Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Final Stretch

Something we are all asking
President Obama Heads into Midterms at Lowest Approval Rating of Presidency

Two-thirds of Americans believe country going off on the wrong track

NEW YORK , N.Y. - October 25, 2010 - President Obama is spending the next week crisscrossing the country in support of Democratic candidates before this year's midterm elections. While the president may do a great job of energizing the base, he may not be able to convert any Independents who have yet to decide for whom they will vote. Currently, TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS (67%) HAVE A NEGATIVE OPINION OF THE JOB PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DOING WHILE JUST OVER ONE-THIRD (37%) HAVE A POSITIVE OPINION. This continues the president's downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 3,084 adults surveyed online between October 11 and 18, 2010 by Harris Interactive.

It's perhaps not surprising that nine in ten Republicans (90%) and Conservatives (89%) give the job the president is doing negative ratings. WHAT MAY BE SURPRISING IS THAT ONE-THIRD OF DEMOCRATS (34%) AND LIBERALS (33%) ALSO GIVE HIM NEGATIVE RATINGS, AS DO SEVEN IN TEN INDEPENDENTS (70%) AND SIX IN TEN MODERATES (60%).

Obama is now in George Bush territory.

RCP Battle for the House

Latest numbers from RCP shows that the Republicans continue to gain in the area of safe, likely and leans Republicans which now stands at 225 (7 more than needed for control of the House). The Democrats stand at 178 and there are 32 toss ups.


Military Tribunals begin

Three thousand, three hundred and thirty-two days after the attacks of 9/11, a Guantanamo Bay detainee yesterday proved military tribunals are the way to go in bringing accused Al Qaeda terrorists to justice.

OMAR KHADR, CAPTURED IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2002, PLEADED GUILTY TO LOBBING A GRENADE AT U.S. SOLDIERS, KILLING ONE, AS WELL AS TO PLANTING 10 ROADSIDE BOMBS. Although there was no doubt that Khadr had committed the acts, he became a cause célèbre among self-styled human rights activists.

A hue and cry went up because Khadr was 15 when he killed Army Sgt. Christopher Speer outside an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan city of Khost. It was said, nonsensically, that Khadr was too young to be tried as an enemy combatant……..

A deal has been reached and he will be sentenced with the maximum he can get is 8 more years. It isn’t enough for what he did, but at least it is a start.

I wonder what is the current status of trying the ringleaders of 9/11 in civilian trials in NYC?

What PBS is really up to
Last week, National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller took a break from her crusade for a government takeover of the media to swat a fly. With now-former NPR analyst Juan Williams suitably splattered across the evening news after politically incorrect comments he made on Fox News, Schiller can return to her real passion – THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL NETWORK TO ENSURE THAT IN THE FUTURE, YOU GET YOUR NEWS FROM THE GOVERNMENT in general and NPR in particular…..

They are beefing up their staffs in local news markets with herds of public news reporters to “take over” coverage as commercial media fails. Nationwide, this will cost $40 billion to $60 billion over a decade, they believe. Their plans, according to the FCC’s Future of Media report, are to raise this money BY TAXING FOR-PROFIT NEWS ORGANIZATIONS – the ones whose reporting Schiller is supposedly trying to “save.” They want to charge “spectrum fees” of five percent of broadcast station revenues for use of the public spectrum and airwaves, which the government controls. They figure that could bring in $1.8 billion a year. A one percent tax on all electronic devices like cell phones, televisions and laptops could bring in billions more. So would a monthly fee on internet subscriptions.

This is absolutely ridiculous. In an age with multiple sources of news, Shiller is proposing a taxpayer sponsored mega-giant news organizations similar to the BBC. JUST ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEFUND NPR. _news/page/full/

Grayson headed for the dumpster

Here’s a story that renews your faith in the American public. Alan Grayson a Neanderthal of a politician is significantly behind his Republican opponent, Daniel Webster.

Holding a steady 7-point lead over a controversial and increasingly malodorous incumbent, Republican Daniel Webster is poised to knock out U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a new Sunshine State News Poll shows.

WEBSTER, A FORMER STATE SENATOR, LEADS GRAYSON, D-ORLANDO, 48-41. Florida TEA Party candidate Peg Dunmire garnered 4 percent, No Party Affiliation candidate George Metcalfe got 1 percent, and 5 percent of respondents were undecided.

In a previous poll, conducted Sept. 25, Webster led Grayson 43-36, an identical 7-point margin.

Enthusiasm gap
Despite across-the-country rallies by President Obama and get-out-the-vote efforts by his allies, ONLY 37% OF DEMOCRATS AND DEMOCRATIC -LEANING REGISTERED VOTERS REPORT MORE ENTHUSIASM THAN USUAL ABOUT VOTING, a decline from early in the year.

Meanwhile, 63% OF REPUBLICANS AND REPUBLICAN-LEANING REGISTERED VOTERS SAY THEY ARE MORE ENTHUSIASTIC THAN USUAL, the biggest advantage for either party on this key measure in any midterm election since Gallup began asking the question in 1994. Then, Republicans had a 9-point enthusiasm advantage in a year Democrats lost control of the U.S. House and Senate.

Now, the enthusiasm gap is 26 points.

Two points. First the enthusiasm gap is almost 3 times what it was in 1994. Second, Obama is out there trying to get the Democrats pumped up and their level of enthusiasm has declined.

Voter fraud

Ever wonder what voter fraud can look like.? This was very interesting

A new video by conservative activist James O’Keefe appears to show a New Jersey union official describing voter fraud during a Jersey City mayor’s race several years ago.

O’Keefe would not tell The Daily Caller how he obtained what appears to be audio of Wayne Dibofsky, the associate director of the New Jersey Education Association, admitting that voter fraud took place inside the union’s Jersey City office in 1997.

The incident Dibofsky seems to describe took place during a race that pitted conservative Republican Bret Schundler, the incumbent, against Democrat

Jaime Vazquez. On O’Keefe’s video, a man identified as Dibofsky recalls that on election day 1997, a man arrived at the Jersey City union office and dropped off two voting machines.

“I said, ‘we’re not a voting precinct,’” Dibofsky explains. “And the guy says, ‘I don’t care, I was told to deliver them here.’ I said, ‘nobody is going to come and vote,’ and he winks at me and he says ‘doesn’t matter,’ which meant the machines were already loaded, locked and voted, vote tallies were added.”

Race and Obama

Recently the President of the United States of America said in a radio interview that aired on Univision.
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘WE’RE GONNA PUNISH OUR ENEMIES and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

This is an obvious racial call to action. It is completely unacceptable to use this kind of language in 2010 by any mainstream politician. This is not a post racial President, but someone appealing to the worst in us all.

In Search of Racism in Middle America

Rich Benjamin embarked on a treacherous journey into the heart of enemy territory. No, he wasn't a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. And, no, he didn't masquerade as a veiled woman in Saudi Arabia.

A black man, Benjamin lived for three months at a time in these lily-white communities: St. George, Utah; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and Forsyth County, Georgia. HE ANTICIPATED A GAUNTLET OF RACIAL HATE. And yet he describes his journey this way, in his book, Searching for Whitopia.

In St. George, I fell in with a hospitable, if rowdy, poker crew, gathering for Texas hold 'em at least twice a week. Being a proud Episcopal, I regularly attended the Sunday services at Grace Church. ... I hiked up Taylor Creek in Zion National Park with the Episcopalian Seniors social group ... In Coeur d'Alene, I fraternized with retired LAP cops, attending their annual charity golf tournament to support wounded brethren. ... Finally, in Forsyth County, I got to know IgNite, the youth ministry of First Redeemer, and attended the Baptist mega-church's main service every Sunday morning. This drew me into a whirlwind: lunch with the youth after service, Friday night socials, volleyball and pickup basketball in the church's gleaming indoor gym ...

I hosted about ten dinner parties and luncheons, some spontaneous, some formal ... Ben, a twenty-six-year-old cobbler who arrived with Kina, his longtime girlfriend, teased me because they felt the meal was "fancy." TO THIS DAY, I WEAR A HANDSOME PAIR OF SANDALS THAT BEN COBBLED FOR ME ...

Sorry, libs, your bigotry of assuming racism in fly over country and with tea party activists just doesn’t hold true.

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