Sunday, October 14, 2012

More on Biden's performance

If a tree falls in a forest and Joe Biden isn’t there, did it make a sound?

Vice President Biden didn't just double down on the administration's story of the attack in Benghazi, Libya. He emptied the bank account and put the deed to the house on the table.

Asked why the administration initially claimed for more than a week that the incident grew out of a street protest over a YouTube video, Biden said that's what they knew at the time.

"That's exactly what we were told ... by the intelligence community. The intelligence community told us that. As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment," he told moderator Martha Raddatz.

For good measure, he added: "We weren't told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again."

Well, Joe, we're told the Arabic word for "malarkey" is "kalam fadi."

Biden's comments were so divorced from reality that White House spokesman Jay Carney was forced to argue on Friday morning that the vice president "obviously ... wasn't talking about the administration at large" but just himself and the president.

Snatching Defeat from the jaws of victory

TWENTY-FOUR hours after the American compound in Benghazi was attacked and our ambassador murdered, the tragedy seemed more likely to help President Obama’s re-election campaign than to damage it…

What happened instead was very strange. Having first repudiated the embassy’s apology to Muslims offended by a movie impugning their prophet, the Obama administration decided to embrace that apology’s premise, and insist that the movie was the crucial ingredient in the Sept. 11 anniversary violence.

Did Biden Interrupt Ryan 85 times? 

Here’s a montage of them that you can watch for yourself. 

It ain’t over til the fat lady tweets

I found this to be an interesting take on the changes in how to judge a debate.

John, let me suggest that the criteria for victory are changing. The debate no longer ends when the debaters walk off stage. And now it no longer ends when the TV spinners have, like cuckoos, laid their eggs and flown away. There is now the long, long reverberation in social media, where the basic debate footage serves as raw material for mash-ups and parodies and treatments for the rest of the election cycle and beyond. And Biden’s performance, which won him some tactical advantage in the debate, has set him up as the target for rich satire and a way that Ryan’s conventional performance didn’t and cannot do. His performance is comic gold, and although within hard-core Dem/left circles he will be celebrated as the warrior, everywhere else, and especially for basically apolitical young YouTube viewers, he will be the jackass supreme. I suspect that by Election Day, the various parodic videos will have had a larger viewership than the debate itself. By this criterion, the tactic was a massive miscalculation.

Coal Miners call for Obama’s campaign to stop lying

oal miners at the American Energy Corp. Century Mine said they want President Barack Obama to stop what they term the war on coal - and to stop spreading mistruths about them.

The miners said Obamas campaign team is running ads filled with blatantly false statements about the miners regarding their participation in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneys August campaign stop at the Century Mine.

These coal miners are losing jobs because of President Obama’s policies but that isn’t stopping the Obama campaign from saying the miners were “forced” to attend a Mitt Romney campaign event.  How stupid is the Obama campaign?

Obama Campaign is pro-Big Bird

In the week after the first debate, President Obama mentioned Big Bird 13 times.  That is 13 time more than he mentioned Libya.  Just what the country needs.  Someone who knows what the country’s priorities are.

Obama’s latest Executive Order

The latest executive order (EO) emanating from the White House October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a “sanctioned person” may own or try to perform — all in the name of “Iran Sanctions.”

A collision at sea can ruin your day

This is an old saying at the Naval Academy and it happened with a USCruiser and a US Submarine. 

Global Warming stopped 16 years ago

The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. 
The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

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