Barone Predicts Romney Landslide: Romney 315-Obama 223

Saturday, November 3, AD 2012

Lat week, in a post that may be read here, I noted that Michael Barone, the most astute political analyst of the American political scene, predicted that Romney would win.  Yesterday in the Washington Examiner he gave his electoral vote prediction:

Which candidate will get the electoral votes of the target states? I’ll go out on a limb and predict them, in ascending order of 2008 Obama percentages — fully aware that I’m likely to get some wrong.

Indiana (11 electoral votes). Uncontested. Romney.

North Carolina (15 electoral votes). Obama has abandoned this target. Romney.

Florida (29). The biggest target state has trended Romney since the Denver debate. I don’t see any segment of the electorate favoring Obama more than in 2008, and I see some (South Florida Jews) favoring him less. Romney.

Ohio (18). The anti-Romney auto bailout ads have Obama running well enough among blue-collar voters for him to lead most polls. But many polls anticipate a more Democratic electorate than in 2008. Early voting tells another story, and so does the registration decline in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County. In 2004, intensity among rural, small -town and evangelical voters, undetected by political reporters who don’t mix in such circles, produced a narrow Bush victory. I see that happening again. Romney.

Virginia (13). Post-debate polling mildly favors Romney, and early voting is way down in heavily Democratic Arlington, Alexandria, Richmond and Norfolk. Northern Virginia Asians may trend Romney. Romney.

Colorado (9). Unlike 2008, registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats, and more Republicans than Democrats have voted early. The Republican trend in 2010 was squandered by weak candidates for governor and senator. Not this time. Romney.

Iowa (6). The unexpected Romney endorsements by the Des Moines Register and three other newspapers gave voice to buyer’s remorse in a state Obama carried by 10 points. Democrats’ traditional margin in early voting has declined. Romney.

Minnesota (10). A surprise last-minute media buy for the Romney campaign. But probably a bridge too far. Obama.

New Hampshire (4). Polls are very tight here. I think superior Republican intensity will prevail. Romney.

Pennsylvania (20). Everyone would have picked Obama two weeks ago. I think higher turnout in pro-coal Western Pennsylvania and higher Republican percentages in the Philadelphia suburbs could produce a surprise. The Romney team evidently thinks so too. Their investment in TV time is too expensive to be a mere feint, and, as this is written, Romney is planning a Sunday event in Bucks County outside Philly. Wobbling on my limb, Romney.

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  • I don’t mean to put a damper on this, but Barone also predicted Sharon Anfle would defeat Harry Reid in 2010.

  • “Landslide” is not an appropriate term for the electoral college. It usually magnifies two-party popular vote margins although in 2004 it did not. I don’t think Barone is predicting a 10 point popular vote margin. I would take a narrow Romney margin (less than 2%) in the popular vote but it would bode ill for the country (see the UK).

  • “but Barone also predicted Sharon Anfle would defeat Harry Reid in 2010.”

    Along with virtually every pollster who looked at that race. I have always wondered if Reid won or stole that race.
    http://redstaterocketeer.blogspot.com/2010/10/nevada-voting-machines-automatically.html

    In 2008 Barone called it for Obama.

  • There’s no doubt in my mind that Reid stole Nevada. I’m just afraid that Obama and company will use that template nationally.

  • “I’m just afraid that Obama and company will use that template nationally.”

    That would be a very, very poor choice on their part.

    Additionally, considering how many states are controlled by Republicans I doubt if it would be possible.

  • Let us hope and pray that Mr. Barone is on the money.

  • D McC says “I have always wondered if Reid won or stole that race.”

    My impression is that it was won on turnout. Harry made sure his union and Hispanic voters turned out while the Republican Party made no great effort for a candidate they disliked.

  • “I have always wondered if Reid won or stole that race.”

    Harry Reid steal an election? Nooo! You don’t think Harry would do such a thing now would you? In any event, I hope Barron is right.

  • Barone was just on Huckabee on Fox taking a look at each of the swing states. I would love to have a tenth of the knowledge of that man when it comes to voting patterns in each state.

  • “intensity among rural, small-town and evangelical voters, undetected by political reporters who don’t mix in such circles”

    That was, I presume, a big part of the reason for Reagan’s surprise (at least to the media) landslide win in 1980. If I remember correctly (I was 16 at the time and not yet old enough to vote), all the talking heads and various polls had Carter and Reagan running neck and neck right up to the end, and it was only in the final week or so that internal (not publicized at the time) polling indicated that Reagan had jumped ahead. Is history repeating itself here?

  • Its been interesting comparing the enthusiasm and size of the Romney rallies with those of Obama. Romney has been drawing huge, boisterous crowds. Obama has been drawing small crowds for a President, many of them bussed in Union members. Yeah, I think the Mainstream Media is completely in the dark regarding the nature of this election.

  • Thank you, Donald, this bucks me up. I am one nervous Nellie – my stomach is in knots. I admit, I am finding the polls baffling. All the trends look to be working in R/R’s favor – a huge lead among white men, a narrowing of the gap among women, Romney leading among independents – and yet polls show the race tied or Obama with a slight lead. On an anecdotal level, I’ve worked the phones for RR and one gentleman told me the other day that he would crawl over ground glass and then swim across a pool filled with rubbing alcohol to vote for Romney. I’ve heard similiar sentiments from other Republicans and there are a surprising number of RR signs in liberal neighborhoods here. I saw the same thing during the Walker recall effort, and I don’t remember seeing ANY McCain signs in the same neighborhoods in ’08.

    At the same time, I don’t want to kid myself by telling myself the polls mean nothing. I feel like I’m going crazy or living in some alternate universe when I look at the polls, which defy logic. But then I don’t understand how anybody could vote for 4 more years of Obama.

  • An observation from downstate Illinois, which is about 53-47 in favor of Romney (but unfortunately, can’t overcome the 80-20 Obama advantage in Cook County):

    The greatest concentration of Obama/Biden signs that I have seen has been in a wealthy enclave of Springfield known as Leland Grove. Older, stately established neighborhood favored by doctors, lawyers, lobbyists, etc. I counted about 8 Obama signs within an area roughly 5 blocks square, about a week ago. (There were about 4 or 5 Romney signs in the same general area.)

    However, the last time I passed through the predominantly African-American part of town (about 3 weeks ago) I did not see ANY Obama signs along the route — though by now that might have changed — but there were plenty of signs for other, local Democratic candidates. Nor have I seen any Obama signs in the middle/working class neighborhoods where they were all over the place 4 years ago.

  • Three other analysts are calling for Romney to win by a landside: Dick Morris, George F. Will, and Wayne Allyn Root.

    Thank God, Romney will be President in 2013.

  • Elaine Krewer: “That was, I presume, a big part of the reason for Reagan’s surprise (at least to the media) landslide win in 1980. If I remember correctly (I was 16 at the time and not yet old enough to vote), all the talking heads and various polls had Carter and Reagan running neck and neck right up to the end, and it was only in the final week or so that internal (not publicized at the time) polling indicated that Reagan had jumped ahead. Is history repeating itself here?”

    IIRC, that’s not the case; Reagan was leading for a couple of months, at least. What changed at the end was the margin.

  • Well, well, well. a Thomas C. Joyce from Buffalo, who I assume is the Thomas C. Joyce who teaches English Lit at Canisius, the Jesuit college located there, dropped by to unleash what I assume he thought was a clever stink bomb:

    “So, with all that enthusiasm for Govenor Romney, and even blacks turning against Obama, I guess the MSM and all their fancy “Polls” loo foolish.

    How did the election turn out? Did anyone get a chance to see Romney’s Victory Speech. He didn’t even write a concession speech, he was so confident.”

    Enjoy your pro-abort parties’ time at the top of the political wheel Professor. Such moments tend to be brief and are to be treasured. Put 2010 out of your mind as you gloat, forget about the problems facing the nation and the threat to religious freedom posed by the administration you support and simply enjoy yourself. In the meantime, we will go about our work helping to make certain that the victory you bask in now will be ephemeral.

Ditto

Friday, November 2, AD 2012

The Las Vegas Review Journal, the largest paper in Nevada, in its endorsement of Mitt Romney for President minces no words:

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in a well-planned military assault on their diplomatic mission in Benghazi seven weeks ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So why are details surfacing, piecemeal, only now?

The Obama administration sat by doing nothing for seven hours that night, ignoring calls to dispatch help from our bases in Italy, less than two hours away. It has spent the past seven weeks stretching the story out, engaging in misdirection and deception involving supposed indigenous outrage over an obscure anti-Muslim video, confident that with the aid of a docile press corps this infamous climax to four years of misguided foreign policy can be swept under the rug, at least until after Tuesday’s election.

Charles Woods, father of former Navy SEAL and Henderson resident Tyrone Woods, 41, says his son died slumped over his machine gun after he and fellow ex-SEAL Glen Doherty – not the two locals who were the only bodyguards Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration would authorize – held off the enemy for seven hours.

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  • U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in a well-planned military assault on their diplomatic mission in Benghazi seven weeks ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So why are details surfacing, piecemeal, only now?

    Because it’s a really, really, REALLY bad idea to try to blame the CIA when you screw up.

  • I expect better of American Catholic than linking to an opinion piece with no sources and few quotes as somehow a reference on what really happened.

  • I have written on this site extensively about the Benghazi attack Jeff, and I see absolutely nothing in this editorial that is not in accord with the facts as they have painfully been coming out, with zero help from a stonewalling White House.

  • Jeff’s failed obfuscation aside, what else can be said about this scandal except that it’s treason? Sacrificing the lives of Americans, denying them help, and for what? Because you’re afraid a rescue will fail and hurt your election chances? Beyond pathetic… Obama is a coward and possibly the worst president of all time. Spin that NY media.

  • “Obama is a coward and possibly the worst president of all time.”

    Possibly? Do you have a contender in mind? Who could it be? I rack my brains and I cannot guess who might have been worse.

  • Woodrow Wilson was no prize as a President or a human being given his devious segregationist policies, autocratic behavior and megalomania. He did do a few reforms here and there so that leftist historians could ooh and aah about him.

  • “I cannot guess who might have been worse.”

    A lot of historians consider James Buchanan, Lincoln’s immediate predecessor, the worst president of all time because he did nothing to stop the nation’s slide toward civil war in the late 1850s. His predecessors, Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce, weren’t much better.

  • Elaine and Rozin,

    What I see as the difference between Buchanan(/Fillmore/Pierce) and Obama is like the difference between a sin of omission and one of commission.

    Buchanan’s presidency led to a transformed United States because he failed to do what was necessary. Obama has laid the groundwork for a transformed United States by positive design.

    His motivation for the purposeful transformation is due, unlike with Wilson, to a dislike of the idea of the United States of America. (I admit I’m speculating, but his policies suggest it to me strongly.) Wilson, as far as I know, did believe in a certain American exceptionalism, derived from the exceptionalism of the Anglo-Saxon race.

    Furthermore, Buchanan and Wilson were undoubtedly Men of Their Times. They were following the general mood of the nation. Obama, on the other hand, is governing counter to the general mood of the nation. He is trying to impose his will, which would not be accepted except for the complicit, duplicitous aid of the mainstream media.

    For these reasons, I think that Obama is not only the worst president we’ve had, but the most dangerous.

  • Nicholas,

    There is no right answer we should all agree. Your response is thoughtful but would only be valid IMO if Obama were to lose in a popular vote landslide. I was thinking of worst President in both political and personal terms also. I don’t think Buchanan was the worst or even second worst President. He suffers by comparison with Lincoln. Fillmore, Pierce and Andrew Johnson had even less going for them. It’s fair to say that a below average series of presidents did nothing to stop the slide towards secession. Wilson was in many ways a duplicitous and detestable person and his betrayal of his own African American supporters illustrates that. Obama’s betrayal of his African American supporters is by neglect rather than malice

    Obama is simply a mouthpiece for the general views of many Democrats today. I have heard nothing from him that I haven’t heard from them previously. That’s why his defeat would not stop his viewpoint. The Democrat nominees in 2016 and 2020 will think no differently than he does.

  • Rozin,

    Let us pray that Tuesday’s results, building on the 2010 midterm elections, and continuing in the 2014 midterms, force a change in the leadership of the Democrat party.

    If Tuesday’s election can become a national repudiation of the current Democrat viewpiont – the way that we saw in 2010 Congressional and state elections – then moderate Democrats (indeed, maybe moderate pro-life Democrats) might be able to take on leadership roles heading into the 2020 election cycle.

    We can pray.

  • Yes Nicholas that’s what I was doing. Even if it takes until 2024 for the Democrats to return to Life I will still be overjoyed.

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  • … unless it pay$ to cling:

    Pelosi headlined fundraiser tied to Islamists
    News
    The Daily Caller
    by: Neil Munro
    Friday, November 2, 2012

    House Minority Leader and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., answers questions at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in September. Photo Credit:AP/J. Scott Applewhite

    Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi headlined a high-dollar fundraiser in May that was attended by U.S.-based Islamist groups and individuals linked by the U.S. government to the Hamas jihad group and to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood movement.

    The donors at the undisclosed May 16 event included Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, according to data provided by the nonpartisan Investigative Project on Terrorism.

    The CAIR group was named an unindicted conspirator in a 2007 trial of a Hamas money-smuggling group.

    Read more: http://times247.com/articles/pelosi-hosts-fundraiser-tied-to-radical-islamists#ixzz2B5VYVus7

  • Good spot.
    I love uncle Joe.
    He is always ready to give us his best.
    What a moron.

  • The post here on the “Last of the Few” brings memories of many people that touched my life as relatives, parents of friends, teachers, members of groups, and work associations. What each would say today could challenge behavior and attitude. Some of the extremists are their oblivious to ungrateful children and grandchildren. I couldn’t comment with the following on the post for them.

    My high school Latin teacher for three years was part of that generation of Americans. We took that time reading “The Iliad and the Odyssey” with declensions and conjugations and the potential of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Pulchritude was his love, and one wanted to meet his gaze when he said the word. The dread was to see where his gaze went when he spoke of ‘stooopidity’ and the ‘illwill’. Beauty and truth were his weapons of choice.

    ‘Obama: ‘Voting is the best revenge’
    November 2, 2012
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    Charlie Spiering

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    The Washington Examiner
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    At a campaign rally this afternoon, President Obama reminded supporters that voting was “the best revenge.”

    During his speech, Obama mentioned Mitt Romney’s name prompting boos from the crowd.

    “No. no. no.” Obama said, “Don’t boo, Vote. Vote.”

    “Voting is the best revenge.” he added.’

    Ever instilling the lowest forms of mentality to the people for his gain.

Akin Comeback?

Friday, November 2, AD 2012

The Democrats thought they had a silver bullet with Todd Akins’ “legitimate rape” comment in explaining why he does not support a rape exception in regard to abortion.  Akin was inarticulately attempting to distinguish forcible rape from statutory rape where consent is given.  He also, once again inarticulately, was attempting to state something that I believe is true:  women under stress are less likely to conceive than women who aren’t.  Never mind.  Akin became a cause celebre for a few weeks and seemed to be the poster child for the Democrat’s War on Women Meme.  He was left as road kill by the Republicans.  Vastly underfunded in comparison to his opponent, he stayed in the race, fought it out and has battled back to a statistical dead heat.   With Romney poised to win Missouri by double digits next Tuesday, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take the Senate seat from the highly unpopular Claire McCaskill.

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  • I speculated elsewhere that there could be reverse Bradley effect at work in this race as people responding to pollsters might be wary of admitting they are voting for Akin, but when faced with the choice of re-electing McCaskill, ultimately will pull the lever for him.

  • I will wager that if the GOP establishment had any nerve or loyalty to social conservatives, this would have blown over much more quickly. I am hoping the voters of Missouri stick a thumb in their poltroonish little eyes.

Die Republicans Die!

Thursday, November 1, AD 2012

Language, violence and common sense warning for the above video.

Remember those calls for civility which emanated from the Left last year when Congresswoman Giffords was shot by a madman, that is when, often times, the same people were not attempting to pin the crime on conservatives?  Well, judging from the above video, some people on the Left do not.  This bloody Republican killing fantasy is the work of a gay rights activist.  Here is a statement he made in a story on The Blaze:

 

The metaphor of Republicans as zombies is unfortunately very appropriate because their heartless opposition to gay marriage, healthcare, and climate change science is a political infection that if not fought back, will be deadly to the lives of millions of Americans,” explained Luke Montgomery, RepublicanZombieDefense.com’s founder and a prominent gay rights activist.

“It is unbelievable that we live in an age when millions of Americans continue to be denied the right to marry, based on their sexual orientation,” he continued. “Progress is being made to eliminate this archaic way of thinking, but allowing Republicans to take the White House in 2012 will deal a huge setback to marriage equality.”

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  • I think if Obama is re-elected, we’ll see laws enacted to even restrict conservative Christian blogs who talk against homosexual marriage and abortion on demand. And yes, I agree that Obama is a symptom of the underlying problem, but this “Republicans are zombies” theme is growing and growing. There are two very, very smart engineers with whom I work who have drunk deeply of the sea of purple koolaide that is Obamania. No logic will persuade them otherwise that Romney isn’t evil. This infestation of rot has seeped well into the cerebral cortex of most every liberal there is. I do not know why these people are so deceived, but it goes back to the warnings in Sacred Scripture about the devil’s deception and people not being able to perceive the truth.

  • “I think if Obama is re-elected, we’ll see laws enacted to even restrict conservative Christian blogs who talk against homosexual marriage and abortion on demand.”

    My lawsuit over it Paul would be a wonder to behold.

  • I would contribute in whatever small way that my finances permit to that law suit. It might be just a hundred bucks, but I would contribute.

  • The lawsuit would be on me Paul. It would be immense fun!

  • Would that there were skits etc. from such as Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, even Johnny Carson, Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett, Benny Hill, John Cleese, Phyllis Diller, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, the Smothers Brothers and so many other civilized senses of humor that we’ve enjoyed up to just a few years ago.

    These days, reaction to the Clint Eastwood skit and the above (I won’t play it) for the incumbent’s party shows a humorless mentality of dangerous lunacy. Smiles to sneers. They don’t feel well.

    All Souls’ Day includes all, though.

  • We need to ask ourselves “What do you Catholics believe when you proclaim, I believe in one God the Father almighty…….and in all that is seen and unseen (or visible and invisible as it is now)? These are not and must not be just words to a devout and conscientious follower of Christ and faithful Catholic. Hopefully you are saying we are aware of the forces of Evil constantly surrounding us trying in any way to tug, tease, or tempt us from accomplishing our mission to do God’s will among men. We realize we live in an imperfect world as the result of sin which lives in those Evil forces attempting to steal as much of mankind as possible from the shelter of Christ’s sacrifice of Love within the Fathers house. Understanding this allows us to look beyond what is obvious for the unseen within what men propose as solutions to our problems or methods to improve conditions or in the vain attempts to tamper with the very physical elements of life itself. These are the areas where the powerful forces of Evil can disguise themselves as benevolent benefits or evolving enlightenment for a society too eager to advance to an earthly man made Utopia without pain or consequence and privilege without price.
    Our Lord came seen as a humble but faithful servant of our Father in heaven teaching the ways of the Father of Love but also clearly acknowledging the ever invisible presence of the devious deception of Evil opposed to His Will, promising us that whoever would believe in Him shall be worthy of the unseen Glory of God awaiting redeemed mankind.
    We may consider what we have seen in recent years as our modern western society’s height of human achievement and marvel at our technological accomplishments but at the same time are we not also witnessing the unforeseen but now obvious collapsing of it both morally and economically?
    Far too often in recent history we have witnessed how leaders have avoided the moral challenges in the light of truth and chosen do their work in the cool comfort of demagogy darkness where their deeds are less visible and the sleepy eyed gatekeepers have often been unwilling to sound the alarm for fear of disturbing the peace and complacency. As a result decisions have been made, choices are in place, and worst of all we have changed our language and vocabulary to fit an agenda contrary to our conscience. An unborn child is no longer a human being. Killing it is not a crime it is a right. Pregnancy is a disease or at the very least, as our own president has declared, it is a punishment for poor hygiene practice. Preventing pregnancy is praised and to be rewarded by a benevolent Federal government with free contraception for women and young school aged girls. All the while the same government disallows any mention of God in all its public schools and buildings. Religious liberty is no longer constitutionally protected but subject to the interpretation of bureaucrats in Washington. Free speech is soon to be a thing of the past as power hungry elitists and legislators have assumed the role of judges of vocabulary allowed to determine what can be publicly permissible speech. Every Christian value which helped build the shinning city on the hill is being challenged or cast aside to establish the Utopia of fools and it is time for us to unmask and reveal the Evil presence in the public policies proposed by the blind or misguided individuals perpetuating the corruption of our culture. The most potent weapon of Evil is our unwillingness to recognize its existence among us.

  • Why weren’t the same videos run against Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and yes Barack Obama before three months ago? I have another question. What did the Democrats do to make a Million Moms vanish? In year 2000 a Million Moms appeared to march in full cry for gun control. Then Al Gore lost the election.and the million moms disappeared. I demand to know. What did the Democrats do to those million moms?

    I think to answer one is to answer all.

  • ^i think it was obvious to a lot of people that Obama’s “personal opposition” to same-sex marriage was a political calculation. Why oppose amendments banning it otherwise?

    The thing is that when there is such a concerted effort to write conservatives out of rational discourse, and claim that opposition to same-sex marriage is the same as being for Jim Crow, you get people so convinced of the purity of their cause that they think videos like this are justified. “We will not tolerate intolerance” etc. that’s why this won’t be one by which side successfully out-tolerances the other (a pointless argument anyway, as no one is under any obligation to tolerate something they think is wrong.) really what’s needed is a pushback against the whole idea that “equality” necessitates same-sex marriage and, by extension, obliterating gender distinctions. Look at what’s happening in France — Parent 1 and Parent 2 on forms. Sure it’s just a bureaucratic detail, but I think it gets to the heart of why people don’t like this, pretending two obviously unequal things are the same.

  • I really shouldn’t say “bureaucratic detail” because I think it’s more than that…my point was that while I don’t think same-sex marriage will transform us into some weird androgynous society, this whole Parent 1 Parent 2 business (not to mention putting same-sex parents on the birth certificate) gets to the whole absurdity of it

  • There are always people who think these ideas and tactics are justified. My point here is the same as with the Million Moms. Without express approval by the DNC and their captive media, they are marginalized or suppressed. The minute the DNC thought gun control was a loser they made sure that the million moms would march no more. When Clinton did Defense of Marriage the DNC/media made sure that there was no widespread outcry or vicious videos against Clinton. The widespread nature of the “gay rights” advocacy occurring now is a result of deliberate DNC strategy and support. If they were to be trounced electorally because of it, the DNC would most likely suppress it overnight. That doesn’t mean they would think any differently but simply would stop funding overt and outlandish advocacy they are currently encouraging.

  • JDP

    Some local authorities here in Scotland have begun replacing “Sex male/female” with “Gender male/female/other.” Very Post-Modern.

  • ‘Progress is being made ….’ by this display of hate?

  • While I don’t expect something so utterly banal to have a significant level of introspection involved in its creation, I am at a loss as to what the intended message of this is to those who might be predisposed to succumb to its influence. After all, the zombie slayers are all so stereotyped and end up being as mindless in their words and actions as the zombies.

    Do the creators have such deep-seated contempt for their constituency that they portray them so one-dimensionally? Do they presume that those who watch this have such vacuous minds so as to be swayed by its message?

    Of course, given that the creator’s previous marketing slogan is a contradiction in terms, it’s probably shouldn’t be terribly surprising.

3 Responses to A Commercial For the Age of Obama

  • Wait a moment. If we could just give obuda one more term we might be lucky enough to never have to worry about fighting stains.
    Stains are the underdog.
    Howard Zinn might even say that stains have had no real voice in History
    That they have never had a voice.
    Stains should be our friends, not clean clothes.
    With Obama, we could help elevate the stain to its proper position.

    Naaaah.
    Let’s keep it clean and wash out the filth in that house of honor.

  • The commercial is right to the heart.
    It is the Obama Age Reality.
    Right up there with Honey Boo Boo.
    Two great icons of reality television.

    Freaked out on the stain tangent…sorry.
    Peace.

  • At first I thought this was a parody. And knowing it isn’t, all I can say is…words fail.

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  • Aside from sowing amorality, every opposite of civility, and encouraging vile, foul bigotry; he set up the following from Gateway as a loud and clear call for the economy.

    ‘ It’s Come to This… Obama: “Some Of The Businesses We Encourage Will Fail” (Video)

    Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, November 1, 2012, 12:25 PM

    The definition of a failed administration–

    Barack Obama told Wisconsin voters today:
    “Some of the businesses we encourage will fail.”

    Oh well, at least Obama’s donors got paid.
    80% of DOE dollars went to Obama backers.

    Over 19 of Obama’s green ventures went belly-up after receiving billions of dollars.
    Heritage reported:

    For those who only hear about these failing companies one by one, the following is a list of all the clean energy companies supported by President Obama’s stimulus that are now failing or have filed for bankruptcy. The liberal media hopes you’ve forgotten about all of them except Solyndra, but we haven’t.

    Evergreen Solar
    SpectraWatt
    Solyndra (received $535 million – now bankrupt)
    Beacon Power (received $43 million)
    AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy
    Nevada Geothermal (received $98.5 million)
    SunPower (received $1.5 billion)
    First Solar (received $1.46 billion)
    Babcock & Brown (an Australian company which received $178 million)
    Ener1 (subsidiary EnerDel received $118.5 million)
    Amonix (received 5.9 million)
    The National Renewable Energy Lab
    Fisker Automotive
    Abound Solar (received $400 million)
    Chevy Volt (taxpayers basically own GM)
    Solar Trust of America ($2.1 billion federal loan guarantee – now bankrupt)
    A123 Systems (received $279 million)
    Willard & Kelsey Solar Group (received $6 million)
    Johnson Controls (received $299 million)
    Schneider Electric (received $86 million)

    That’s 19 (that we know of so far). We also know that loans went to foreign clean energy companies (Fisker sent money to their overseas plant to develop an electric car), and that 80% of these loans went to President Obama’s campaign donors.

    And, Obama hopes you’ll believe this is a success story. ‘

  • 1st Samuel 8:7-8:

    7 The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 8 Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also…”

    That’s the problem – the whole and entire problem. We have rejeced the Lord as our Law Giver, our King and our Judge, and now Government comes to fill the void. An evil man like Obama could have no power except that we gave it to him, just as King Saul would have had no power except that the Children of Israel demanded a King like that of other nations. Well, we got our King Saul – we got a leader just like the socialist nations of Europe.

  • Paul-
    A return of the king is underway.
    I’m not speaking of His second coming.
    I’m speaking of the increase in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. An increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
    The pendulum is swinging back to center.
    Our NW Michigan community just experienced a successful Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration campaign. Over 750 adorers have pledged to take a holy hour. Our goal was to have two adorers for each hour of each day of the week.
    The Holy Spirit came through big time.
    I know we have churches being sold and many struggling parishes throughout the country yet the armor of God is being requested.
    Is this what it takes to wake up the soldiers?
    The HHS mandate- the attack and cover-up on 9/11/12 – the endless deficit?
    I hope their awake and focused to depose the radical king on Tuesday.
    And then ask for forgiveness from Christ our King for our blatant refusal to follow Him.

  • Thank you, Philip. I need reminding about Who is still on the Throne.

  • Paul-
    Your welcome. I enjoy your tremendous faith and intellect of which I am humbled.
    Our Bishop Bernard Hebda will be celebrating the mass on Nov.25th at the opening of our program for Perpetual E.A. at St. Francis where The King will be open to all adorers.
    That date is the feast day of Jesus Christ the KING!

    Praise Him the everlasting Lamb of God.

Election 2012: One Last Argument for Mitt

Thursday, November 1, AD 2012

The election is almost upon us, and many of us have made up our minds as to whom we are going to vote for, or whether we will even bother to vote at all. On the slight chance that someone from the ever-shrinking pool of undecided voters in a critical county in a vital swing state stumbles upon this blog post, the even less likely chance that they are Catholic, and the even less likely chance that their Catholic faith informs their political conscience, I’ll make one last appeal for a GOP vote.

I say a GOP vote, and not a Romney vote, because a) the most important issue at stake in this election really only depends upon which party, not individual man, is in power, and b) many people on the fence probably aren’t very enthused about Romney the man. I’ll admit that even as someone who has made up his mind, I am still not enthused. Granted, Romney isn’t as awful as many of us imagined him to be before he took Obama to the woodshed in the first presidential debate, it still isn’t easy to joyfully rally to his banner. He lacks the consistency and commitment to principle of the enigmatic Ron Paul, a pretty old guy who manages to get thousands of  modern American 20-somethings to care about things other than themselves, which is nothing short of miraculous in its own right. Still, he has emerged as a capable enough candidate for the highest office in the land. But let’s return to the issues.

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  • Permit me to say:
    WE HAVE LEARNED OUR LESSON!!

    Contrary to what Muslim apologist Obama, the progressive liberal agenda, and their adoring media want you to believe America is still a Christian nation in spite of all their ill begotten and somewhat successful efforts to lead us away from the God we proclaimed in our founding documents and in whom we have placed our trust for two hundred and fifty years making us the most generous defender of freedom and champion of peace in the history of the world.

    It has taken an electorate, deceived by media hype and the slick talk of a community organizer with a snake oil political platform built on the sand of Marxist social justice and constructed with inverted racism packaged as hope and change for a better future, four years to realize their tragic mistake but we are there now and the curtain of corruption has been lifted revealing the true and obvious nature of the beast of bureaucratic socialism set to use the next four years to finish the destruction of our country by virtual dictatorship of the most anti-Christian regime ever to occupy the White House. It must not happen.

    Over the years we have gone to every corner of the globe giving every ounce of blood sweat and tears it took to rid the world of tyrants in the name of freedom. Many of those were by all means monsters of madness which sprang up on distant shores but the one we face today has had the audacity to raise its ugly head from within our own house by cleverly deceiving the trust and compassion of, yes¸ the Christian majority of the nation wanting to show the world how tolerant and unbiased we had become. We were foolishly betrayed. That will not happen again this November, we have learned our lesson Christians.

    Bill Sr.

  • Watching the movie “The Hope and the Change” last night gives me some comfort in knowing that those who thought they were voting for a messiah have taken off their rose-colored glasses and faced reality. Let it be Lord, that with the wake up call of Sandy and Benghazi we may vote our consciences, informed and conformed, by the Truth.

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  • Bill Sr.

    You Are Permitted!
    Awaken the sleepers.
    Blow a trumpet.
    Defend our freedoms.
    By God let the poles resound with a cry; “In this Nation we serve God by living the ten commandments and giving testimony that Jesus Christ is King!”
    It is and will always be…Our Father who art in Heaven / Not our father who art in Washington.
    We have reached the precipice.
    We will change direction and repent. Or we will fall.
    Lord have Mercy.

  • I disagree about the missile shield comment. We have a right to defend ourselves. That being said, I have no objection to sharing missile defense technology with the Russians. After all, it’s not an offensive weapon system. Why can’t we work together to defend our individual countries against rouge states like Iran? Hey, if we’re not supposed to engage in wars of adventurism in lands of Islamic fascism for access to mineral slime (otherwise known as oil), then why can’t we defend ourselves from the weapons that these mad men will eventually and inevitably get?

    BTW, want to stop wars in the Mid-East? Go nuclear and stop buying their accursed oil! Stop financing them! We can generate plenty of our own liquid fuels from our own American coal using the heat of nuclear energy from our own uranium and thorium, or alternatively switch over to cleaner hydrogen from nuclear energy. Stop the corporate socialism! Stop financing Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Gulf and all the rest! Treat all energy companies the same: just like nuclear, you don’t get to dump your trash into the environment, and just like nuclear, you get to finance your own self in the free market. This is simple: no more govt loans for anything. No more govt protection for anything. Just common sense regulation applied equally to everyone to protect the public. OK – enough of my diatribe. I am waaaayyyyy off track.

    Overall, good post, Bonchamps, even though I disagree about a few things.

  • “We have a right to defend ourselves”

    The missile shield doesn’t defend us. It eliminates Russia’s first strike capability, which puts it in a weaker geopolitical position and increases the potential for a conflict with NATO. Really it is time to dismantle NATO.

    Even with oil out of the equation, there are still self-righteous imperials who believe that the majority of Muslims harbor a secret wish to live in a Western-style democracy and eat at McDonalds, and that it is our duty to ensure that they are able to do so.

    “Go nuclear and stop buying their accursed oil!”

    After Fukushima, the after-effects of which still threaten all life on Earth, I’m a little less enthusiastic about the prospect of building more nuclear power plants. However, I think Palin had it right when she said “drill baby drill.” Drill it all up, as far as I’m concerned.

  • Fukushima happened because the plants were built next to the shore line without sea wall protection for the air intakes to the emergency diesel generators. So after the tsunami struck, the diesel intakes were flooded and AC electricity was lost. The plants were on the batteries that last only 8 hours. When the batteries died, the power to the governor controls for the steam inlet valves to the High Pressure Coolant Injection was lost. Those valves went shut. The HPCI steam turbines stopped, making their pumps stop. That resulted in a loss of core cooling. Eventually core heatup resulted in a zinc water reaction that produced the hydrogen gas which subsequently detonated. In spite of ALL of this, only SIX people died outright from Fukushima, and they were plant employee volunteers. NO MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC DIED FROM FUKUSHIMA. But a nearby town of 17000 people was completed flooded by a failure of the hydro-electric dam that cracked and crumbled from the Sendai Earthquake that caused the tsunami. And the natural gas and oil refinery tanks in the Chiba Prefecture burned for TEN DAYS, spewing their never ever to decay away toxic carcinogens into the environment. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of people died, but NOT from nuclear. Additionally, the NEW Westinghouse AP1000 and GE ESBWR passive safety designs obviate this ENTIRE failure scenario. These designs have 72 hour submarine type batteries and do NOT require electricity for emergency core cooling. Additionally, their spent fuel pools are located BELOW grade unlike the Mark 1 BWR containments at the Fukushima plants. I personally KNOW this because I worked on ESBWR and at a BWR and at a PWR for 30 plus years. One last thing: the safety upgrades that US plants did in the 1980s were offered to the Japanese, but they decided not to implement them. Now they got Fukushima, and your suggestion is no nukes, making them MORE reliable on dangerous fossil fuel failures like one that happened in the Chiba Prefecture. Kindly stick to Ron Paulism. it’s what you’re good at. I am a nuclear engineer and know what I am talking about. The Japenese screwed up – period. God help them. And donate to the nuclear workers at Fukushima instead of complaining.

  • Sorry for the spelling / grammar errors. Hate this I- Pad. Neverthless, I know what I am talking about. 30 years of training and experience. I am not lying. I am not misrepresenting the facts. I am a nuclear professional. AndI will defend the safest and cleanest form of energy God gave man with the same vigor that Inapply to other topics here at TAC or anywhere else for that matter.

  • Folks,

    Now that I have calmed down – there is very good information on the response of the US commercial nuclear industry to Fukushima here:

    http://www.nei.org/keyissues/fukushima-response/

    Please click on the various daughter links to learn more.

    For the passive safety features of the new GE-Hitachi ESBWR design, please go here and use the media gallery to view an interactive video:

    http://www.ge-energy.com/products_and_services/products/nuclear_energy/esbwr_nuclear_reactor.jsp

    For the passive safety features of the new Westinghouse AP-1000 design, please go here and use the on-screen instructions to view the various animations:

    http://ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com/station_blackout_home/

    A Fukushima event in the US is very, very, very unlikely, but failures from hydro-electric dams that can threaten millions are likely, as are explosions of natural gas pipelines. We should also note that 30,000 people die annually in the US from fossil fuel pollution due to particulate emissions from coal-fired power plant plants and other fossil fuel emitters.

    I can provide more information on spent fuel if need be, but the answer is the same: it’s safe – use spent fuel in fast neutron burner reactors like the GE-Hitachi PRISM or the Carlo Rubbia Energy Amplifier to consume the long lived actinides and leave only short lived ash residue. But waste from fossil fuel – including oil and natural gas – kills.

  • One last thing, Folks:

    Ash and other residue from coal fired power plants that supply 50% of US electricity releases more radioactivity into the environment in the form of naturally occurring uranium, thorium and radium than any US nuclear power plant does.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste

    http://www.uswag.org/usgsradash.pdf

    http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html

    But in spite of that, the amount of radiation released to the public does NOT constitute a danger. What does constitute a danger are the carginogens that burning coal, natural gas and oil release, but Bonchamps motto is, “Drill, baby, drill.” My motto is: “Recycle the spent nuclear fuel and stop dumping your fossil fuel excrement in the air that I breath.”

  • You don’t have the right to insult me on my own blog, so your offensive comment was deleted.

    Look, I’ve read what I’ve read about Fukushima. I’m sure your expertise is extensive and your opinions educated and valid. There are others who are equally if not more experienced and educated who disagree. My positions on energy aren’t set in stone and final – its not really a moral issue like abortion – and I am able and willing to change my views as new information comes to my attention.

    Now that you know this, kindly refrain from insults, hysterical CAPITAL LETTERS, and multiple postings on posts of mind that mention energy in passing.

  • Fine, Bonchamps, but when something is said wrong about Fukushima or the US nuclear industry, I will correct it. Kindly read the link to NEI that I provided. One goes to a brain surgeon for brain surgery and to a rocket scientist for a rocket. One should go to the nuclear engineers at NEI and the NRC for Fukushima and not the news media or the anti-nuke kooks (didn’t say you did). To get back to the topic of this post, Mitt Romney is a viable candidate in part because he does support a sane energy policy that includes nuclear as well as fossil energy. Nuclear is best. Fossil is better than no energy, but not nearly as good as nuclear. Mitt Romney is sane about these things. Obama and his support for useless wind and solar energy is not. And yes, energy policy can be a moral issue when tens of thousands die from fossil fuel pollution every year and those deaths can be prevented or minimized by increasing the percentage of nuclear used in the energy mix, which Romney will do. It is one of many reasons why I support Romney, which is the topic of this post. But wheverever nuclear is mentioned, people cite Fukushima, Chernobyl and TMI, and the explanations on these are complex and involved and difficult to understand to a person who knows nothing about radiation, nuclear engineering and related sciences. Too often the people making the initial comments don’t know anything about what they are commenting on – not their fault, they just haven’t been trained in science properly, thanks to our school system (a different topic for a different day). That said, Romney for President!

  • PS, I should not have used the word ignorant in a previous comment, Bonchamps. I apologize sincerely. It would have been better to have said misinformed instead of using emotionally charged terminology that is now regretted.

  • I’d say anything that can defensively eliminate Russia’s first strike capability, or any other nation’s with which we do not have aligned interests, is in the best interest of the US and its citizens.

    But as to the thrust of the post, Amen.

  • As a former nuclear submarine reactor operator, I agree with Paul D. Defense against aggression is always moral. I recommend Dr. Jerry Pournelle’s “The Strategy of Technology.” He was Ronald Reagan’s science advisor on the Strategic Defense Initiative. And Romney’s support for SDI is another reason to vote for Romney. He won’t sell out to the Russians.

  • One thing that can be said about Mitt Romney is that he will almost certainly and hopefully immediately eradicate these policies.

    Almost and hopefully. How reassuring. That said, I suppose it’s better than the persecution full steam ahead by the O.

    I am almost as PaulBot as one can be, but I agree w/ Paul on the nukes. France is what, 70-80% nuke, and I don’t recall hearing anything about them. Why look to Japan rather than France as the model, particularly given that the US has far more geographical choice about placing the plants than Japan does?

  • and by the second Paul, I meant Paul Primavera, obviously.

  • Thank you, C Matt. The new French socialist President is against nukes – no surprise there. He wants to de-nuke France to 50%. Foolish. I will write about this whole thing on my blog and post the link here to that discussion, but that’s not the topic of Bonchamps post and we should respect that. However, the statement Bonchamps made – “After Fukushima, the after-effects of which still threaten all life on Earth…” – is an example of anti-nuclear propaganda (no offense against Bonchamps intended) and unsubstantiated by web links to reputable nuclear engineering resources. As a nuclear engineerof 30+ years and a former submarine reactor operator, I know the statement to be demonstrably incorrect. I posted web links to reputable sources. Science is science and not open to public opinion. Not Bonchamps fault. He isn’t a nuclear engineer. We can’t expect an expert in one area to be an expert in all. And I should respect him and not use terms like “ignorant.” Confession time for me. But I can’t discuss more here since it’s not on topic. Romney for President and a sane energy policy that embraces nuclear power! OK, gotta go to Neutrons ‘R Us and keep your lights on and your refridgerators running!

Michael Moore Does His Best to Aid Romney

Wednesday, October 31, AD 2012

Tactical nuclear language and intelligence advisory to the above video from Michael Moore and MoveOn.Org.  Are these people trying to sabotage Obama?  Yeah, the country is going to be swayed by foul mouthed geezers threatening violence in the event of a Romney win.  The video is an excellent demonstration of how exhausted humor on the Left in this country has become.  Michael Moore:  I’ve got a great idea! We’ll have a group of sweet oldsters who are supporting Obama and then we’ll have them use the F-Bomb and threaten mayhem against Romney.  Brilliant!  If I wasn’t shaped like Jabba the Pizza Hut, I’d break my arm slapping my back!  With friends like Moore, Obama really does not need enemies like me.

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Why I Wrote The Catholic Tide Continues To Turn

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

Some six years ago my first book; The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism came out, which detailed the Good news happening in the Catholic Church.  Since then and especially this year, I am often asked is the tide still turning? Rest assured I am not looking at the world and the Catholic Church through rose colored glasses, the book not only gives positive spin on what is going on through stories and anecdotal evidence, but I outline a lot of statistical and demographic data to prove my point.

Honestly writing a book requires a great deal of time and patience, and though I had enough material for about half a book, I was waiting for the right time to finish it. However last summer, I felt God really pushing me to get this out. Providentially many events within the Church and the political realm helped to convince me that now was the time. I am glad I listened and finished the book this spring because recently my wife and I welcomed another baby into our home, and with two small children, writing a book would have been very difficult.

The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn (Aquinas and More publishing) picks up where my previous book left off detailing the Good News occurring in the Church, but also, and this is very important, I address why the Catholic Church and religion in general is coming under attack in our modern world.  Readers of my articles and first book continually asked my why we are facing these attacks? This is nothing new. Ever since the French Revolution in 1793 the Catholic Church and religion in general in the Western world has come under attack from powerful forces that for some demented reason have a problem with God.

In the book, I take a look at timelines in World History and examine revolutions like the American Revolution where religion was embraced compared to those like the French Revolution where it was attacked. This helps us in 2012 figure out why some in government and academia don’t like the Catholic Church and for that matter most religious institutions. The book also looks at the HHS Mandate and the political upheaval that unjust mandate has brought.

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  • Your book sounds very interesting, worth reading. It must be mentioned here, especially on all Hallow’s eve, much of what is happening all over the world, was foretold repeatedly by Our Lady. The fruits of ignoring the message of LaSallete are very apparent in the Church today. Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath day. This has been errased from our culture. Because of this, we have allowed ourselves to become slaves. Resting in the Lord, renewal and detachment, are unknown to most souls. When the commandments of God, the 1st three pertaining to Love of God are ignored, the other 7 pertaining to Love of neighbor FALL LIKE DOMINOES! This is what we are seeing. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee.

  • When you look at this world and what is happening, then your heart and soul, understands why Our Lady`s heart tries so hard to tell humanity Her Words, eg :

    http://www.abortion—my-heart-weeps-tears-of-blood.net

  • Please remember: FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY. We all need to ask God for an increase of these virtues for ourselves and the world. Pray the beautiful Memorare often – every day, several times a day. Ask Our Lady to intercede for our Church and our country, and that this election will go well, that the results will be good for our Church and our country. Please God give us new leadership – a new President.

  • “….the Catholic Church and religion in general is coming under attack in our modern world” is explained in great detail in the book:
    “Animus Delendi-I, Desire to Destroy” by Atila Sinke Guimarâes

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Election Schadenfreude

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

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  • I love it! “walking off the anxiety…”
    They should be anxious!
    They backed an inexperienced arrogant Marxists that is finally transparent.

  • Yes, I do enjoy this too. I said that night that I thought Romney won, but I thought it was fairly close and both candidates did fine. Romney had a few memorable remarks (to Obama’s none) and demonstrated the level of seriousness necessary to rebut the Obama campaign’s effort to portray his as an extremist. But the conventional wisdom that Obama faltered terribly came not from the right, but from the left (like these poor pathetic SFGate souls) who could not fathom how a messiah could not take down a mortal. Their post-debate hysteria is what gave rise to the meme that Romney clobbered the president, when what he really did was perform marginally better than the president — something that most presidential challengers tend to do in the first debate — which while important is not necessarily transformational. I believe that the Left’s exaggerated response helped turn what would have been a bounce into a surge. This fact is like dessert to the schadenfreude.

  • It’s interesting to look at the maps on various polling/prediction sites. When the Republican Party is on its game, the Democrats look like the party of the West Coast and New England. But in the past 20 years, it’s been like watching a storm front move down from New England to the Great Lakes region.

    Now, look, it’d be great if Romney wins every single state that he’s close in. Personally, I think that nobody wins this race with more than 275 electoral votes. But the interesting thing to me is that in the last four years, the GOP has started to look like a viable party, from top to bottom, in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Remember, McCain lost Indiana! We don’t have to win PA this time, at least I hope not, but then again even if Obama wins the party has a lot more prospects than it used to.

  • Right now my prediction is that Romney takes all the states of the Old Confederacy, all of the Great Plains states. All the states of the West except for New Mexico and Nevada. In the Midwest, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Add on Kentucky, West Virginia, New Hampshire and the Congressional District in Maine. That comes to 296. It might go higher but I doubt if it will go lower. Romney might well also take Nevada. I have a gut feeling he will take one of Michigan or Pennsylvania. Outside shots at Minnesota and Oregon. If Romney were to sweep all these states he would be looking at 355. That would be close to the 365 that Obama ran up against the hapless John McCain.

  • From your keyboard to God’s eyes.

  • I agree with your prognosis, Don, entirely.
    I have a hunch that PA will be too close to call that night, which means it won’t matter.

  • We ALWAYS matter… We are the Keystone State.

  • “If Romney were to sweep all these states he would be looking at 355. That would be close to the 365 that Obama ran up against the hapless John McCain.”

    As much disdain as I have for McCain, I have to admit that I’m not sure Romney would have been able to win against Obama in 2008.

  • What matters most is the children.
    That they are witness to the fragility of freedoms within our own borders.
    That the media can try to sway votes however the truth be told. That freedom is not free.
    Let us all please continue our prayers that the above predictions come true. That the efforts of God fearing men and women who don’t debate the placement of God in their political platform, will avenge anti-patriots.
    In God we trust.

  • still might be an O surprise pulled out of the hat. These people are not without intellectual and economic resources, and are very strong willed.

  • “have to admit that I’m not sure Romney would have been able to win against Obama in 2008.”

    Probably no Republican could have won in 2008, but most would have put up a better fight than McCain, who seemed to lose all energy for the contest after he got the nomination.

  • I tend to think not Anzlyne. Pride is a singular master, it permits no competition from the intellect.

    If Obama had anything left in his bag of tricks, he would have used it to slow the slide in the polls. I suspect we will continue to see more of the same; Obama’s campaign team relying on the MSM to withhold information from the public and pipe-dreams.

    I try not to watch political cartoons but, during lunch, I accidentally watched one of Obama’s. Where does he get off by calling his aspirations “plans.” He says something like “during my second term I plan to invest in eduction, I plan to reduce the deficit, I plan to rebuild the economy.”

    Those aren’t PLANS you twerp! Those are goals, aspirations, dreams even, but not “plans.” Plans tell you how to get from one point to the other. The things Obama aspires to in his ads are to plans what artist’s renderings are to architectural drawings.

  • “Probably no Republican could have won in 2008, but most would have put up a better fight than McCain, who seemed to lose all energy for the contest after he got the nomination.”

    McCain never really had the stomache to go after Obama. Maybe if McCain pretended Obama was a conservative republican, he would have went after Obama. But instead surgically planted his lips on Obama’s backside.

    I do think Obama was beatable in 2008 if the re[publican establishment took the time to show who Obama really was and still is.

    As far as my predictions as to what to expect from a Romney presidency, I would say a couple of things. On foreign policy, I think he will be a somewhat emasculated version of George W. Bush, unless of course, events force his hand the way 9/11 did with Bush. Since Romney has explicitly stated there are parts of Obamacare he would keep in place, I would interpret that as key elements of Obamacare will remain. The HHS contraceptive Mandate will be gone. If Romney doesn’t abolish that, Paul Ryan had better threaten to resign the Vice Presidency in protest. But I think it’s safe to say it will be history.

    In any event, I predict that under Romney, there will be and will remain, greater government control over health care than there was when Obama took office. And that will be a victory for the left.

    I believe the one time Obama wasn’t lying was when he said that he would rather be an effective one term president. And from the perspective of advancing leftist ideology as policy, he will have, unfortunately, achieved that.

  • The Philly and Detroit machines prefer not to lose. There are a lot of names on the voter lists, and there’s been a lot more early voting and mail-in voting. And there are millions of people who really believe that the President has pulled us out of a near-depression despite the obstruction of the Republicans, and that Romney wants to raise taxes for the middle class. I’d love to see Romney take Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but looking at that RCP map, he only needs Ohio if he takes FL, NC, VA, and CO. That’s my bet. Romney/Ryan 275. Ohio still scares me, though.

  • This morning’s 7 of 7 news blips on the msn internet explorer landing zone includes a headline: O visits victims, R campaigns … while their tv heads pathetically berate the candidate for asking for aid for the American Red Cross. More twisting than I can tolerate.

    If O were a Republican, then the copybook would have some real investigative journalism on tap.

Biden is a Faithful Catholic? Hilarious!

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

I have long praised our Veep, and Beloved National Clown, for his efforts to keep up our national morale during these dismal economic times by endless gaffes and verbal pratfalls.  Now he has outdone himself!

In the above video the completely pro-abort Biden tries to portray himself, get this, as a faithful Catholic!  Howlingly funny.  I  am sure Joe of course understands full well that a man with his voting record is as far from a faithful Catholic as it is possible for a politician to be.  I am certain he is aware of this section of a letter written by Cardinal Ratzinger:

1. Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision,  based on a reasoned judgment regarding one’s worthiness to do so, according to  the Church’s objective criteria, asking such questions as: “Am I in full  communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a  penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me to receive Holy  Communion? Have I prepared myself by fasting for at least an hour?” The practice  of indiscriminately presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion, merely as a  consequence of being present at Mass, is an abuse that must be corrected (cf.  Instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum,” nos. 81, 83).
2. The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical  Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that  authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a “grave and  clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. […] In the case of  an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it  is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign  in favour of such a law or vote for it’” (no. 73). Christians have a “grave  obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if  permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the  moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. […] This  cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of  others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it”  (no. 74).
3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia.  For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the  application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not  for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy  Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war,  and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may  still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse  to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among  Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with  regard to abortion and euthanasia.
4. Apart from an individual’s judgment about his worthiness to present himself  to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion may find himself  in the situation where he must refuse to distribute Holy Communion to someone,  such as in cases of a declared excommunication, a declared interdict, or an  obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin (cf. can. 915).
5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal  cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician,  as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and  euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the  Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy  Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning  him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
6. When “these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they  were not possible,” and the person in question, with obstinate persistence,  still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, “the minister of Holy  Communion must refuse to distribute it” (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative  Texts Declaration “Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics”  [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a  penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s  subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to  receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

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  • That is a beautiful commercial, just beautiful. It really will be a new Camelot when Obama is elected. I want to go right out and join Catholics for Obama. But first I’m going to watch the other great commercial about voting for the first time. So inspiring. Maybe by Thursday, abortion day at the Planned Parenthood in Dover, DE, the storm will be over and I can say the rosary in front of the building where the government-funded operations are performed. Oh, wait a minute, are we talking about THAT President Obama?

  • Catholic social doctrine?
    B_ _ _ S _ _ _!
    It is so difficult to view this.
    I love our Catholic faith.
    My folks were on the streets during the 70′, 80′ and 90′ standing with true Catholics doing their duty in their state in life, for the right to life. Their strong witness is a large part of my witness today in this fight with darkness. Joe blowfish is a pawn, a coward, and a blemish on the Holy Families name. When will this pretender be publicly corrected by Church authorities as being in error? I’ll send a financial contribution to help counter joe’s ad with a clear message from one of our prelates. I wish they would consider it. How many Catholics will buy Joes lie? How many will think it is okay to vote for the most vile anti-life president in history?
    I should laugh at this but I’m mad as hell.

  • We fight it Philip, but we also give them the horselaugh. Always remember that the Devil cannot stand to be mocked, and that humor is not the weakest weapon in our arsenal.

  • Your right Donald.
    I needed to vent.
    My grandpa use to say; “Vey is der so many more horses asses den der is horses?”

  • Oh, Philip, you sure gladden the heart of this old Catholic. Yes, as Donald says, the Devil cannot stand being mocked. His Pride cannot allow it. And Biden need not even be solemnly and formally excommunicated by the Vatican or be privately advised by his Ordinary to abstain from presenting himself for Holy Communion. He long ago, excommunicated himself from Mother Church, and he knows it. Each and every Holy Communion he receives, he piles up Sacrilegious and Cardinal Sins upon his already “dead” soul…..and you know what, listening to him on that Clip, he is fully aware he has sold his soul the Devil and couldn’t care less. When I see such people, I am impelled to really, really, pray very, very hard for them in this way:

    ” Oh Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I beseech You by the agony of Your Most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Your most Immaculate Mother, wash clean in Your Blood the sinners of the whole world when they are in their final agony and especially those who are on their way to Eternal Damnation.”

    Biden and Company are fully aware that soon, when they stand before the Seat of Personal Judgement, God will have only these few words to say to them “”Thy Will be done”. I feel confident America will redeem herself and vote Obama out, two weeks from to-day

  • Mary:
    I was going to leave a comment until I read yours. Beautifully stated. No need to say more – except – Where are the bishops? Let’s pray for them, too. Are they not also complicit? How can they permit the continued sacrilege? How can they allow these “Catholic” politicians to mislead Catholics and others? I wish I could laugh. But here I am with tears in my eyes.

  • “I feel confident America will redeem herself and vote Obama out, two weeks from to-day”

    If they wait 2 weeks to vote, I’m afraid they’ll be a little too late. Election Day is NEXT Tuesday – only ONE week from today.

  • Joseph, read the response of Jesus regarding the darnel and the wheat. “Let them grow up together. At the harvest time we shall uproot the darnel first…..”. Any faithful Catholic, Joseph, shall never be mislead by the Bidens and Pelosis of the U.S. of America.

    Your Bishops have spoken times without number. Even The Holy Father has congratulated their standing up for Holy Mother Church especially this time unflinchingly, but your secular Media shamelessly gives them a total back-out. But, hey, even Jesus was given a black-out by the Chief Priests and the Pharisees who bribed the Guards to say they were asleep when Christ’s Disciples stole His body from the Tomb. And you know, Joseph, for a Soldier to sleep on the job meant facing the Firing Squad. Even His Apostles had all, except young John, ran away from Him. And He did not take away their Authority to become the Founders of His Holy Church with the thrice denying Peter – the Holder of the Keys of Heaven (and his successors) – as the first Pope. And we know His Church born and entrusted to these scared Apostles is alive and kicking these 2,000+ God’s Will Shall Always Prevail.

  • You are right, Jay. I surely got the date of your Elections wrong. From this beloved land of your President’s filandering, drunken Father, we are praying Obama loses and his Cousin here, who was the cause of the death of over 1,300 innocent peasant farmers and poor small business people and the destruction of all they owned on this earth and displacement of over 60,000 now destitute people, who are still living in deplorable Internally Displaced People’s tattered tents will also lose in his pathological obsession to become our next President.

  • Why do Democrats invoke Jesus to justify their socialism as social justice, but when we invoke Jesus to protect the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, the Democrats accuse of trying to establish a theocracy and impose our morality on others? How then is Joe Biden not imposing his social justice morality on others?

  • Paul, because that is how Satan argues His case. Remember He was tempting Jesus by quoting the Scriptures. They will use anything and any argument, no matter how bizzare to justify their Culture of Death.

    Again, sorry, Jay, the displaced Kenyans are over 600,000 and not 60,000. Many of them are widows, orphans and nearly everyone of them lost a loved one, a friend, a relative or a neighbour. And when the new ICC Prosecutor showed her face here last week and visited the victims in their pathetic camps, the Displaced asked her who are Ocampo’s Witnesses who have taken the wrong people to ICC were because he never came to interview any of them, yet they are the victims. They told her they know who killed, raped, burned down their properties and chased them away from their homes and all they wanted to know who paid those attackers. The whole rallying Call of the murderous atrocities of the 2007/08 Post-Election Violence in Kenya was : you guessed it : “NO RAILA, NO PEACE”. And that is your President’s Cousin and he is walking free and determined to become our next President. We pray – HEAVEN FORBID

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  • Just curious….anyone know if this faithful Catholic attended Mass today? Just curious….

    I guess the same could be asked of Ryan!

Andrew Sullivan Whistling Dixie

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

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Andrew Sullivan, the renowned gynecologist who spends most of his time attempting to prove that Sarah Palin could not be the mother of her son Trig, on ABC This Week yesterday began the work of establishing that Obama is going down to defeat because of racism.

This is a column he wrote after the video above:

I think America is currently in a Cold Civil War. The parties, of course, have switched sides since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The party of the Union and Lincoln is now the Democratic party. The party of the Confederacy is now the GOP. And racial polarization is at record levels, with whites entirely responsible for reversing Obama’s 2008 inroads into the old Confederacy in three Southern states. You only have to look at the electoral map in 1992 and 1996, when Clinton won, to see how the consolidation of a Confederacy-based GOP and a Union-based Democratic party has intensified – and now even more under a black president from, ahem, Illinois

I will leave to others a determination as to the skill of Sullivan as a gynecologist, but in constructing historical parallels he reeks.  A few thoughts:

1.  Race and Obama-Obama is likely to end up with some 38% of the white vote and 95% of the black vote.  I don’t construe anything from this, but if race were regarded as a factor in voting, it would seem that Obama’s overwhelming support among blacks might be considered to have a racial factor behind it, if it is assumed, as Sullivan does, that whites voting against Obama are motivated by race.

2.  What a large Confederacy-  I did not know that the Confederacy included such states as Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska, the Dakotas,  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and, probably, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, and, perhaps, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and, in that northern bastion of Dixie, a congressional district in Maine.

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  • Sullivan is not into loads of logic.

  • What do you call someone who calls you a name just because you disagree with him or her? Childish.

  • Unfortunately Andrew Sullivan is given a nation-wide voice, so while thinking people who are closely following these things understand that what he says is wrong, the majority of people watching ABC won’t have paid that kind of attention to the facts to realize Sullivan is wrong. And the liberal news media won’t put anyone on the air who would debunk what Sullivan says. Everything is skewed left, and therein lies the danger.

  • I’m reminded of the constant refrain from the Left during the second Bush Administration: “whenever we disagree, the Right says we are unpatriotic but opposition is patriotism.” I didn’t see what they were talking about then but, if they felt as offended as I am by the allegation that my opposition to this administration is merely cloaked racism, I may be better able to understand why they took it so personally.

  • The Left is into Narratives not History or Analysis. I call it the Dictator’s Whim. What he decides today he may undo tomorrow for convenience or whim. He has flacks to explain how the two situati0ns are totally different or deny that yesterday took place. No different than the dear old boys of the Soviet Union retouching the photos. “Those who are unaware of hist…” Oh never mind.

  • Michael Lind, who’s similar to Sullivan (ex-neoconservative, currently hysterical denouncer of all things conservative) already tried his hand at the “neo-Confederates in non-Southern states” theory during the debt ceiling fight — the Confederate “mentality” has metastasized through the Midwest, Mountain West, and red counties of blue states.

    of course for these guys the religious right = the Confederacy and really any position they don’t like = the Confederacy/some other irrational losing side of the past, anything to make it something they don’t have to debate seriously. It’s a standard leftist tactic. Of course you get crazies on both sides but on the Right you don’t get people echoing the moonbat arguments in the way the leftist intelligentsia does.

  • also that woman’s face in the screenshot is priceless

  • one last thing, I don’t read him but from what I can tell secondhand this is Sullivan’s modus operandi at this point — say something insanely hyperbolic and basely partisan, then try and intellectually defend it on his blog to portray himself as a noble, impartial seeker of truth.

    So when he suddenly starts claiming the LDS church’s past racial supremacism is the sum of all it’s ever been, it’s not a panicked response to Romney’s surge in the polls, no sir, he’s just asking questions

  • Many truly want to play this card [racist].
    It couldn’t be that Oblamma has proven his inabilities to govern…could it? Or that he has said one thing and acted completely the opposite. No. No. That’s absurd. It’s those white church going, gun loving, small business owner, Chamber of Commerce member, Constitutionalists that just can’t stand the idea of an African American being president.
    Wow. Kool aid bath in the Sullivan home.

  • As I hunker down in my house, listening to NOAA’s ongoing broadcasts and the wind howling through my trees, I am comforted to know that my wife and children are up-state, out of the track of this storm. Obama was right about my clinging to my guns and religion… I have both with me now. He was wrong about the cause and effects though.

  • Stay safe G-Veg, and that goes for all our contributors, commenters and readers in the path of this storm!

Bishop David Ricken: “This could put your own soul in jeopardy.”

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin released a letter to his diocese on October 24 outlining considerations that should be taken into account by Catholics when voting:

I would like to review some of the principles to keep in mind as you approach the voting booth to complete your ballot. The first is the set of non-negotiables. These are areas that are “intrinsically evil” and cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person.   They are:  

1. abortion  

2. euthanasia  

3. embryonic stem cell research  

4. human cloning  

5. homosexual “marriage”  

… Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally “complicit” with these choices which are intrinsically evil.   This could put your own soul in jeopardy.   The other position to keep in mind is the protection of religious liberty. The recent aggressive moves by the government to impose the HHS mandate, especially the move to redefine religion so that religion is confined more and more to the four walls of the Church, is a dangerous precedent. This will certainly hurt the many health care services to the poor given by our Catholic hospitals. Our Catholic hospitals in the Diocese give millions of dollars per year in donated services to the poor. In the new plan, only Catholic people can be treated by Catholic institutions.

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  • Alas, I think he will be ignored by many. In our state, (my own town actually) a Democrat Catholic publically came out with the Personally Opposed, But… and is running for state office. You know, she just might win too.

  • If the choice is unlimited abuse of the U.S. Constitution or preserving the rights of the people under the Constitution then one shouldn’t have difficulty in making the correct choice. In my opinion the impact of a biased msm is more damaging to our nation than the visible attack of a radical regime. If our Catholic church can not distinguish between the enemy of freedom and it’s supporters then loss is inevitable. I pray the united Bishops effort has been enough to save our freedoms.
    Bahl has too many followers in the world including our church.

  • …..including some of the members of our Holy Church. ( correction added )

  • I preface by stating that I will be pulling a Republican straight ticket this year – the first one of my life.

    That having been said, philip, I pray that the GOP places a return to constitutional principles at the forefront of its plans. Such is not the case now.

    I disagree with many of the specific positions of our Libertarian cousins but the general thrust of their belief that we have deviated far from the principles of the Republic and that the GOP is not committed to restoring our constitution is spot on. It is noticeable that Romney has said not a word about Executive Orders. Obama was lying when he said, as a candidate, that he would not dive down that unconstitutional rabbit hole. Romney is silent.

    Is Romney reserving the power to rule by executive whim? Hopefully he will beat Obama and we will see.

    Even if Romney refrains from running the Executive Branch like his own little private agent and an extension of his party – sins visited upon us in large and small ways for the last three and a half years, it seems clear that GOP Representatives and Senators have no sense of the power vested in the Legislature by our constitution. They follow the executive, whomever he is, like stubborn goats, propelled forward only by an insatiable and gluttonous desire for individual prestige and advantage. They see no more clearly than their Democrat counterparts that the US Constitution places them in the driver’s seat, not the rumble seat of American policymaking.

    Finally, from top to bottom of the federal government and through all three branches, there is an overwhelming sense that Federalism is dead. Would that the states saw it differently but they are too busy making their administration the tool of federal policy to do other than stand, hat in hand, at the doors of Washington, hoping for the crumbs of the bread ripped from the hands of their own people.

    I truly do wish that our Republic was even a shadow of the constitutional government created by the Framers but we have transformed our people into ignorant and servile sheep. Forty years of teaching our children social studies instead of civics and history, doling out government benefits on every class of society without placing any burden to advance ourselves, and litigiousness as a substitute for personal responsibility has ripped the very soul out of America. But for a vanguard, curiously attached to the past, we would have ceased to be ourselves before now.

    So, yes, I will vote for Romney and the slate of Republican candidates on the ballot but it is an act of desperation, not one of optimism.

  • G-Veg-

    Constitutional law.
    Obama can be counted to do the very opposite of what he claims he will do. The game plan he uses is based upon lying as a means to get what he wants.
    I do not blame you at all for your straight line approach this election season.
    May God preserve the republic.

  • It is a curious reality that the majority of the lawyers I know have little respect for the Constitution. Constitutional Law professors have even less. I think this is a result of “thinking like a lawyer” – that terrible corruption of the mind that teaches one to manipulate truth like a sculptor does wood. I would expect no less of Obama than to have no respect for the Constitution and to have such hubris as to assume he could do better if only he had the chance to re-write the rules.

    Our Republic is not advantaged by having so many citizens taught to “think like a lawyer.”

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  • G-Veg-
    Manipulate truth….
    Your right on. The ego and law. Seems the appetite of many lawyers is feeding their unsatisfiable ego.
    I hope you had a safe night riding out the storm. We prayed for you. All of you in harms way.

  • Why is it ok to vote in favor of envy, jealousy and coveting other people’s money.? Why is it ok to vote to put government in the place of God and to encourage people to look to government to meet their needs and solve their problems?
    The party of death and sodomy is also the party of envy, jealousy and covetousness.

  • It isn’t OK.

    The genius of the Framers was that they assumed the worst in those who aspired to be active in politics and used those vices to safeguard the Republic. It is precisely the greed, the hunger for power and influence, the very human inclination to twist and manipulate for one’s own devices that the Constitution uses to prevent tyranny.

    My view is that the Framers assumed those vices would rule many who seek office and pit those vices against one another: the Executive Branch and Judiciary on one side and the Legislative Branch on the other, the States as states on one side and an hamstrung national government on the other, the impulse for unfettered license against the impulse for rigid conformity.

    The US Constitution is a formidable foe for any tyrant, even well-meaning ones. We have come close to abrogating it several times: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Civil War, the Red Scare, and the Obama Administration. Each time though, it has been the jealously guarded rights and greed of men that has preserved us.

    So it is now.

    It is a testimony to the wise compromises of the Framers of our constitution that the President could not get even a fraction of what he wanted through the healthcare debate and has had to resort to limitless Executive Orders to satisfy the diverse factions of his party. He cannot get what he wants lawfully and, so, has to directly abrogate the Constitution.

    What concerns me is that the Legislature, both Republican and Democrat, stand aside and let presidents rule by whim through Executive Orders. I don’t think it is a stretch to assert that Executive Orders represent the greatest danger to American liberties. The Framers counted on a legislature that would jealously guard their legislative prerogatives. Yet, since the second Clinton Administration, we have seen an increasingly fawning and emasculated Congress, begging for leadership and receiving dictates. It is even worse to contemplate that the States as states have lost all sense of themselves, with notable exceptions like Texas and Arizona. The States accept federal dictates without even a murmur of protest and act as though the Framers intended the federal government to dictate the terms and conditions of state powers.

    This issue concerns me greatly and that both parties seem quite comfortable with the degradation of liberties and Federalism, it is difficult to get behind even the GOP.

    I am Republican because there is no viable alternative for a Catholic but the GOP is only a shadow of what it should and could be.

  • G-Veg,
    Can executive orders be rescinded?
    Your explanation to Jared is appreciated.
    I remember in May how Obama almost threatened the Judiciary branch just prior to the announcement of their ruling on obamacares constitutionally. I was outraged at his arrogance toward the system, ( if it didn’t go his way) . Individual mandate…by the way.

  • …constitutionality! Sorry.

  • Executive Orders are controlled by each new Administration. When Obama took office he modified a host of GW’s, he eliminated a few, and added many of his own.

    Scary stuff.

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Pat Caddell: These People Have No Honor

Sunday, October 28, AD 2012

Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter’s pollster and a long time Democrat political operative, said it all last night on the Jeanine Pirro show on Fox  about the Benghazi coverup and the unwillingness of much of the Mainstream Media to cover it for fear that it will devastate the re-election prospects of Obama:

“been in the tank on this in a way I’ve never seen… I am appalled right now. This White House, this President, this Vice President, this Secretary of State, all of them, are willing apparently to dishonor themselves and this country for the cheap prospect of getting reelected…willing to cover up and lie. The worst thing is the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth – the leading mainstream media…they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people… these people have no honor… coverup is too nice of a word…”

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  • Politics, The Golden Calf, Obama agenda for what … the UN?
    No honor among thieves.

    or Moses, The Law and the Land of milk and honey for His people.

  • It’s time to re-read Exodus chapter 32 as PM intimated.

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  • Finally, someone who understands the press and how it operates has called the liberal press out for what they are Bias, untruthful and totally behind the election of Obama

    It is truly sickening that Americans gave up their lives to secure the freedom we enjoy, one being freedom of speech, and this mass of reporters continue to hide the truth from the American people. their freedom is to act responsively, transparent but also honestly and this has not been the case for a long time

    I salute Pat Caddell and ask that his voice become louder and that through his efforts the truth will come out and tell the American people what a bogus group of politicians, in this administration,and news corp we have and can call them out for what they actually are dishonest

  • Many of the leading people in the MSM have direct relations with the DNC either through marriage or work background (e.g Dem staffer etc.). In addition their livelihood or at least their high incomes are based on Dem support as is the case with the public sector unions. They are there precisely because they are political operatives. Their lack of honor is not so much in bias, but not stating forthrightly they are tied to the DNC and only present news from that perspective. I give Mika Brzezinski some credit in admitting they get memos from the WH on how to present the news. In addition Daily Caller showed the direct connection between the leftist blog sites and the DNC. I also seem to remember several years ago it was discovered that TV execs had regular conference calls with DNC operatives.

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  • Has everyone forgotten ANOTHER horrific cover up? FAST & FURIOUS? This administration has been the height of deceit, dishonor, lack of ethics, and willingness to do anything for continued power, fame and money. It is disgusting!

  • God Bless Pat Caddell and his willingness to open his mind to truth.
    Also, today on Chris Wallace I heard two Democratic governors say Libya should not be politicized, questions will be answered later…. They posited that asking questions about Libya is politicizing the issue— so dishonest. Stalling, obscuring the people’s view of this issue so that no harm is done to Hizonor – that is the real politicization of the deaths of those 4 men.

    And speaking of positing– the out front woman on CNN posited an understood close-mindedness in her question to Ryan– ‘’given this information do you think you could become open-minded?

  • excuse me, the obfuscators were Senators–not governors

  • The godless liberals never hesitated to politicize George Bush being in a school with small children when 9-11 happened.

  • Yes, this is apalling. The info that has emerged over the past week or so is very damaging to Obama; but I simply cannot understand how his desire to be re-elected is numbing his judgement. His lack of action and decision while, on real time live video, he could see the events unfolding just stuns me. But for the media to be silent also – what has America come to?
    After Obama gets trumped, the citizens of the USA will have to deal to their media somehow, and ensure this type of subterfuge and cover-up is not repeated. Otherwise, goodbye free world. (except for isolated outposts 😉 )

  • I think that the media believe that this administration can still pull off a
    re-election, and that’s why they’re willing to risk a public spectacle of
    their sellout. If the whores in the media felt that their darling president
    had no chance of taking this election, it would behoove them to make a show
    of being impartial truth-seekers, if only to save their own reputations from
    the wreckage.

    I hope, for the good of this country, that Mr. Romney not only wins, but wins
    in such a landslide that Obama and his court eunuchs in the media cannot
    spin any post-election confusion into chaos.

  • This man has no integrity. He lies everytime his lips are moving. He is the one we need to be concerned about voter fraud. This man has become the president of the USA, to bring in a socialist nation. With the FEMA re-education camps and the loss of freedom of speech, this sounds more and more like Nazi Germany. He has people in high places who helped him to win so the one world government would come.

  • Don the Kiwi-
    How do we do it? The left will say we are trying to censor the press. We know that the msm is criminal in its disregard to be non-biased. So what is the solution to this problem in our era?

  • Philip says “We know that the msm is criminal in its disregard to be non-biased. So what is the solution to this problem in our era?”

    A spotlight and persistence will reduce the problem. This requires an attitude totally at variance with Repub SOP which is to wring hands and hope it goes away without saying anything. I think even they are beginning to see the media will not go easy on them however much the Repubs fawn and placate.

    Historically the press was always partisan but it didn’t pretend otherwise. Just going back to that would be better. The public seems to be gradually wising up but the indolence of the Repubs has slowed the rate of change.

  • RM Nixon must be having a good laugh.

  • Once reality comes a-calling, only the most zombie-like partisans will have any more use for the Lamestream. Simple free-market economics will take care of the rest. Network news viewership has fallen dramatically over the past 10-15 years and will positively plummet once the lies and distortions are brought to light. No more will need be done. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or another branch of ABCNNBCBS abandon its evening news broadcast format and go to a web-based service where it can preach propaganda to its faithful, sometime in the next 3-5 years.

  • The main stream media in this country very seldom reports the whole story anymore. We get the revised edition, after it’s been flavored with their political bias. I digest their dogma just like that of the politicians…with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism.

  • WK Aiken-
    ….free market economics…

    Your right. The demand for snake oil will fall away. Good answer. Thanks.

How Weird is the Obama Campaign?

Sunday, October 28, AD 2012

Yeah, as weird as the above video.  This piece of repulsive tripe is the work of the advertising agency, believe it or not, that came up with the Got Milk? ad campaign.  Go here to the Daily Caller for the details.  Obama is losing this election primarily because of the lousy economy, but it doesn’t help him that a fair number of his more ardent supporters are so disconnected from reality that they think having kids sing about what a lousy future they will have under President Romney, and blaming their parents for it, will help Obama.  The normal reaction of course is to view this as a creepy attempt to enlist kids in the political battles of their parents and to feel sorry for the kids being used as pawns.  This video is of course merely the flip side of the video below when Obama was running the first time:

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  • If Obama wins, then he will turn this nation into something like North Korea. The man worships no one but himself.

  • The first two video’s remind me so much of Hitler’s youth army that is reflected in the last video. There was a web article earler this week that the first group of ‘youth army’ trained under HLS/FEMA graduates and ready to respond to their call to arms.
    This is from just one article: “One set of images made available by Rense.com shows trailer after trailer carrying these new DHS and FEMA armored fighting vehicles, complete with machine gun slots. They’re labeled with the usual backward American flag and the title, ‘Homeland Security’. Below that and the DHS logo, it also reads, ‘Immigration & Customs Enforcement’. Joining those markings, the black vehicles with white lettering also display ‘POLICE/RESCUE’ on one side and ‘Special Response Team’ on the other.”
    http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-graduates-first-corps-of-obamas-brown-shirts-homeland-youth/
    Along with the fact that the president set up a ‘hot line’ for people to call/email and tell on their neighbors if they spoke out against him was/is the electronic ‘brown shirts’.

  • If Obama wins, then he will turn this nation into something like North Korea. The man worships no one but himself.

    Take a pill.

  • After six years of very creepy weirdness from the Obama ” Team”, I have maxed out. My wife and I had our chance to respond yesterday at the polls, I hope that this miscreant is on the way home.

  • I will put it in explicit terms if you insist.

    1. Mr. McClarey makes a joke comparing wretched campaign commercials to a fictional scene from late Weimar. Fair enough.

    2. You follow up with an apparently perfectly serious statement averring that Obama aims to erect the most wretched totalitarianism.

    The man is suffused with his own vanity conjoined to a weird sort of apathy. He apparently chows down lock, stock, and barrel on Democratic partisans’ somewhat fanciful version of the history of the last 80 years and without a doubt his camp followers will always advance the interest of various core constituencies in the Democratic Party (e.g. the leave-no-social-worker behind approach to welfare policy). In other words, he is a willing agent for the usual collection of pretentious rent-seekers. He is not an aspirant Kim Il Sung. He is quite bad enough as he is. Stop making a godforsaken fool of yourself.

  • I stand by what I said, Art Deco. I am not going to take a pill, other than required medication from my physician for my heart condition and diabetes and leg injury. Furthermore, I shall not take any pill other than that. Indeed, I see little difference between a Chicago gangster who murders unborn babies and sanctifies homosexual filth, and the godless and diabolical regime of any of the communist dictators, past or present, except in degree only. I am not insane. I am not a God-foresaken fool. I see what the demonic Democrats are trying to do, and I shall therefore maintain plenty of ammunition for my mini-14 not to initiate force, but to soberly and sanely defend myself should the need – Heaven forbid – arise.

  • No dial back for the guy who called me a God foresaken fool?

  • The guy who produced this describes himself as a “lapsed Republican.” Now I know we’re always being told by the media that the GOP needs to be a bigger tent…but, if Romney happens to lose, let’s hope it doesn’t get THAT big.

    i sincerely hope if this happens that the GOP doesn’t get, let’s call it “Huntsmanized,” because I do not want to see a 2016 candidate running who has complete contempt for the Republican base, no discernibly conservative positions, and won’t win enough swing-state moderates/liberals to make up for the loss in base support. i honestly feel like Romney, despite his rep as Mr. Moderate, has to win this one to prevent a leftward GOP turn. perhaps I am being too pessimistic though.

  • No dial back for the guy who called me a God foresaken fool?

    I have a great many shabby lapses, but I have not yet suggested you were a fool in essence or a fool in remarking on any aspect of this world, nature, or social relations other than in your assessment of certain topical questions of domestic politics.

    The Democratic Party is a vehicle for the material interests of the general run of (non-uniformed) public employees, of the educational apparat (especially higher education), of the helping professions (especially social workers), of a large slice of the bar, the bulk of the media, and a more modest slice of the financial sector. It also acts in various ways to advance the capacity of these groups to define the terms of public discourse. These sectors harass and extract rents from everyone else in society.

    Obama shows no evidence of much interest in or knowledge of social theory of any description, of history, or of any empirical social research programme. Maybe he has it, but you sure never see it. He is often called a Marxist, but it is doubtful he knows Marxism from marmalade. A good wager about the man is that he has moved through one social circle and then another and absorbed the groupthink therein.

    He picks up no real skills. As a lecturer at the University of Chicago, he taught disposable courses some law students refer to as “___ & the Law”, where legal instruction collides with cut-rate sociology; he published no papers in academic journals; by some accounts he served on no faculty committees and his evaluations from students declined monotonically throughout his tenure. He serves in state and federal legislatures for more than a decade, but has identifiable expertise in no area of public policy and (again by some accounts) the Speaker of the House of Representatives considered his utterances a species of muzak.

    This man is dangerous only because the times we live in require someone skilled at the helm and he is vacationing in Vegas and filling in his bloody NCAA brackets. He is not an aspirant totalitarian. The subcultures from which he has arisen are crooked and pretentious, not brutal.

  • Precisely Art. It would be comforting in some ways to view Obama as some sort of diabolical genius figure, because then his defeat would automatically right much that is wrong with this country. However, he is not. He is a fairly typical liberal politician who has spent his entire adult life in politics. The policies he has pursued represent common wisdom in the Democrat party which has gone ever further to the left over the past few decades. The truly disturbing feature of the Obama presidency is how many Democrats are in complete denial of just how great a disaster his presidency has been.

  • which has gone ever further to the left over the past few decades.

    A quibble. In the Democratic Party, advocacy on certain questions of social policy has grown more gross and bizarre with time. In other respects, not so much. The functional pacifism that was modal during the years running from 1973 to 1991 is now a minority taste of modest significance (and more intense on the palaeodweeb right). Michael Dukakis’ views on criminal justice are also atypical. The Obama crew found bureaucratic subterfuge and press-assisted lying necessary to promote welfare policies advocated openly and quite vehemently 25 years ago.

  • “The Obama crew found bureaucratic subterfuge and press-assisted lying necessary to promote welfare policies advocated openly and quite vehemently 25 years ago.”

    I would disagree with that Art. I think Clinton’s agreement to welfare reform was a bump in the road for the Democrats and their overall adherence to an ever-growing entitlement state has never been greater. The Obama administration has demonstrated how weak the moderate Blue Dog Democrats are in the modern Democrat Party. Many of them were defeated in 2010 and more will be defeated next week, in addition to a fair number of retirements. I doubt if the Democrat party has ever been further to the Left in almost all aspects than they are today. Once a Republican is president we will see the Democrats embrace functional pacifism again swiftly enough.

  • “It would be comforting in some ways to view Obama as some sort of diabolical genius figure, because then his defeat would automatically right much that is wrong with this country. However, he is not.”

    I agree with that statement. Obama’s defeat, while essential, is no panacea. Yet I do think that Obama is diabolical in his actions and in his policies and programs, though no genius. Anyone who goes out of his way to promote the infanticide of the unborn, the sanctification of the filth of homosexual sodomy, and all the other perversions and wickedness that go along with such things is diabolical. It is not that Obama is a daibolical genius, but that Satan who inspires the current policies and programs is a diabolical genius. And yes, even more than ever we have to remember Jesus’ words to Pontius Pilate that His Kingdom is not of this world. An election of Romney over Obama can’t bring about God’s Kingdom on Earth, but it sure can slow the advance of diabolical liberalism, yet only if we keep tight watch over him whom Donald has called the Weathervane.

    So yes, I am very cantankerous and I utter loathe and despise what Liberalism in general and Obama in particular has done to this nation. The solution, as always, is personal repentance and conversion. However, that doesn’t detract one iota from people like Obama, Biden, Kerry, Pelosi, et al., being the little anti-christs that St. John talks about in his first epistle.

  • I would disagree with that Art. I think Clinton’s agreement to welfare reform was a bump in the road for the Democrats and their overall adherence to an ever-growing entitlement state has never been greater.

    In scale, not in scope. The scale is driven by demographic changes and by deformations of particular economic sectors (medical care and higher education) due to poorly-structured subsidies. There are quite a number of economic nostrums bruited about within the Democratic Party ca. 1971 and ca. 1984 that they cannot openly promote or have abandoned. Among them:

    1. Ralph Nader’s consumers’ democracy (indeed, any approach to economic life congruent with Mr. Nader’s misunderstandings).

    2. “Welfare rights”

    3. Rent control and public housing (bar in New York City)

    4. “Comparable worth” (i.e. extending the federal government’s GS scale to private employers but jiggering with it to curry favor with professional feminists).

    Beyond that you have “industrial policy”. I suspect the comedy serial that is the Obama energy department may persuade careerist Democratic pols to put that one to bed.

  • Art, as usual you bring insightful perspective to the conversation. While I think the Dems’ “adherence” to an ever-growing entitlement state (including your listed nostrums) continues unabated, they certainly have ceased their advocacy of them. Other than religious liberty and abortion, the key issue for me going forward is the avoidance of health care nationalization. We need to move away from an insurance-oriented system to one whose insurance component is tailored to the purpose of insurance — i.e., the sharing and distribution of catastrophic risks. Under this assumption I’m even fine with a state level mandate to address the free rider / pre-existing condition problem. But universalizing our bloated and inefficient insurance-based model is a step toward service that will simultaneously degrade and get more expensive.

  • I’m going to ignore the first video because I can’t process the mindlessness of it. The last video needs no discussion.

    The middle one interests me though…

    Let us assume for a moment that it really is something that happened at a “neighbor’s” house and not a compensated performance. That’s some pretty wacked stuff.

    Dinner at our house lasts about an hour and my wife and I talk about appropriate adult things at the table so-as-to invite our kids into the conversation. Politics comes up repeatedly and our kids certainly know our views. We try to answer their questions as fully, and fairly, as possible. We have many relatives who have drunk deeply from the Left’s well of insanity and our kids know that there are opposing views from people whom we admire and trust, that these issues are far more complicated than we present them to be.

    I don’t remember ever hearing about an indoctrination event like this from friends or family, however far Left or Right. Does this really happen? Probably not.

    If this is, then, merely a compensated political stunt, whom is it supposed to inspire? Only someone utterly out of touch with reality would find it inspiring and they are already committed. It certainly wouldn’t inspire any uncommitted voters to vote for the President. What is the point then?

  • “What is the point then?”

    A religious ceremony. The pleased and proud reaction of the adults, presumably parents of the kids, put me in mind of the reaction of parents after their kids have had their first communion. I don’t think this was a compensated political stunt. I think it was an act of faith by the adults involved, and I find that fairly disturbing.

  • If not compensated, it is scary indeed.

    What do you mean by “the reaction of parents after their kids have had their first communion”? Are you referring to the extremes to which people take the parties and gift giving?

  • No, just the regular pride and pleasure of seeing your kids taking a step on the path of the religion that you follow. For quite a few folks on the far Left of our political spectrum, politics is very much a substitute religion.

  • I missed the connection. Sorry about that.

    At some core level, political loyalties are weird. Any measure of critical thinking presents ample evidence that one’s political affiliations are greatly flawed. Presumably they are less flawed than the opposite views or one would switch allegiances. Nonetheless, we often behave as though it is an all-or-nothing game.

    I suppose it has always been thus. Since I’m home waiting out the storm, I watched the Military History Channel’s War of 1812. This connects to the present discussion because the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Democrats created an all or nothing affiliation right at the outset of our Republic.

    Perhaps the learned Dr. Zummo can explore subject more fully for I am not qualified to lay out the history in an intelligible way but my impression is that the factionalism that Washington warned about was as strong then as today. My impression is that this was so in Britain then as well.

    What is it about us that we set aside what we know – that our side has its own deep-rooted flaws and that the opposing side has its own deep-rooted strengths – in favor of a damning determination on the other and a virtual free pass on our own?

  • I think for most conservatives politics is more of an annoyance than a religion. Most conservative initiatives tend to be an attempt to have government stop doing something, at least domestically, rather than to implement some vast new government program. Conservatives simply lack the faith in government to make life better that many Leftists have as an all consuming passion, contra most evidence.

  • Unintentional truth is always the best:

    “When we look around
    The place is all dumbed down
    And the long term’s kind of a drag”

    Go figure.