Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012

BREAKING: CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT OFFICIALLY CONCLUDED: Noam Chomsky appears in M.I.T. ‘Gangnam Style’ parody.

UPDATE: A reader emails that I’ve “missed the best part of the Chomsky cameo in the MIT Gangnam Style parody, explained here. Punch line:”

“Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed “class”… The song’s refrain “오빤 강남 스타일 (Oppan Gangnam style)” has been translated as “Big brother is Gangnam style”, with PSY referring to himself; “Oppa”, a Korean expression used by females to refer to an older male friend or older brother, is also used by K-Pop fans to address their K-Pop idols.

You can interpret “Big brother is Chomsky style” as you wish.

Doubleplus-heh, indeed.

October 31, 2012

SCOTT JOHNSON: THE FACEBOOK SPIKE. Disgraceful partisanship on Facebook’s part. It’s nice that they’ve apologized, but I’d like some assurance they won’t do something like it again.

October 31, 2012

A HALLOWEEN HELEN THOMAS SIGHTING in the White House.

October 31, 2012

LIAR, LIAR:  But will Benghazi-gate catch fire?

October 31, 2012

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October 31, 2012

IN OREGON? WHY BOTHER PULLING THIS IN OREGON? AFL-CIO mailer warns Oregon voters: We know your voting history.

October 31, 2012

FACT-CHECKING the increasingly risible Tom Friedman. “Friedman’s problem is that he knows little or nothing about Minnesota politics. He implies that today’s Republican legislative candidates have only limited appeal because they are too extreme. But he fails to mention that in 2010, the GOP captured both houses of Minnesota’s legislature in a stunning sweep, winning the Senate for the first time since it became a partisan body some decades ago.” Just remember, his foreign reporting probably isn’t any better, just harder to check.

October 31, 2012

CAPTAIN’S JOURNAL ON BENGHAZI: “There is a paper trail of deployments, locations, arming orders, force sizes, and so on and so forth. There is yet another paper trail of orders, requests, directives and other communications that fateful night. We won’t stop until it is all public and assessed by all of us. We will get it, eventually. We will all see it. We will know who did what, who said what, what assets were where, who lied, who equivocated, and who came clean. We will name names. The players who have any integrity left should come clean now and spill everything. It will go better for everyone in the long run. But it won’t change the facts. And the facts will be found out. That’s our promise.”

Related: Classified cable warned consulate couldn’t withstand ‘coordinated attack.’

Also: Obama’s Libya Stonewalling Isn’t Working: “In the latest CBS/New York Times poll likely voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the Libya attacks by a margin of 51 percent to 38 percent. Among independents disapproval is even higher at 57 percent.” Despite the media’s best efforts to protect him.

The truth will come out. Who wants to be the last man to see his career die for someone else’s mistake?

October 31, 2012

WHY ARE YOU CRYING? Oh… it will be over soon.

October 31, 2012

PREMIUM RUSH: NYC Bicyclists Capture Superstorm Sandy Up Close and Personal in new video.

October 31, 2012

ALFONZO RACHEL responds to Marc Lamont Hill.

October 31, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: Is welfare Romney’s clincher? “Don’t sophisticated Washington types like to say ‘personnel is policy’? Obama put paleoliberal activists–e.g. Mark Greenberg, Sharon Parrott–who have no sympathy for welfare reform’s work requirements in charge of the program. That’s Obama’s bad. Now he’s paying the price.”

October 31, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why It’s Okay To Lose Your Virginity In Your 20s.

October 31, 2012

NEW TONE: Pastor who prayed at Obama’s inauguration says all white people will go to hell. “Lowery’s benediction at Obama’s inauguration emphasized peaceful relations between all Americans.” But since then, we’ve experienced change.

October 31, 2012

THE DEADBEAT CLUB: A helpful reminder for anybody owed money by a Democratic organization. “Specifically: if you’re a vendor who has sold goods or services to either the DNC, the DCCC, and/or OfA, and you have not been paid yet… this is the week to settle your bills.”

My advice: With your invoice, include a draft press release dated Friday about how they haven’t paid up. Just for encouragement.

October 31, 2012

UNFORGIVEN:

Film actor Gene Hackman slapped a homeless man after the homeless man called Hackman’s wife a “c–t”, according to police.

Did we mention the Academy Award winner is now 82?

You don’t want to mess with 82-year old Buzz Aldrin, either.

October 31, 2012

THAT’S GONNA LEAVE A MARK: “To mark Michael Mann’s Nobel Prize, we bought this full-page ad that ran in today’s Penn State student newspaper.”

October 31, 2012

THE YALE DAILY NEWS REPORTS on Pat Moran’s criminal investigation for voter fraud. “Moran was forced to resign as field director from his father’s — U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D) — reelection campaign on Oct. 24 after he was caught on tape telling an undercover reporter to look into a plan that would vote in place of up to 100 registered voters who rarely voted. The volunteer had pitched the plan, and though Moran was initially hesitant, he eventually offers tips on forging utility bills and bank statements to pass voter registration laws.”

October 31, 2012

I’M SORRY, ED, but both of those sculptures are aesthetically awful. The older one is actually worse because Rupert Schmid only intended to say “beauty” and failed. Viola Frey was doing comical commentary and (arguably) succeeded. I’m sure Frey would have found it funny that you and PJMedia deplore her work, but Schmid would have felt wounded to have been thought a tasteless hack.

October 31, 2012

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY: At Amazon, 60% or more off on USB Flash Drives.

October 31, 2012

DO I FILE THIS UNDER HOPE, OR CHANGE? The reverend who gave Obama’s inaugural benediction thinks all white people are going to Hell.

Saul Alinsky could not be reached for comment.

Jim Treacher could though, and adds, “How do you lay a guilt trip on somebody who’s already damned? Hey, white folks, if you’re headed to Hell regardless, you may as well vote the way you want.”

October 31, 2012

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF WESTERN CULTURE IN ONE PHOTO.

Camille Paglia, call your office:


October 31, 2012

YEAH, THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN THEIR WEAK SPOT: Piers Morgan Wants CNN Anchors to Get More ‘Provocative,’ ‘Opinionated.’

And they’re happy to oblige: CNN’s Bossy Soledad O’Brien: I Treat Rudy Giuliani Like One of My Kids.

But see, that’s the problem right there, as Soledad and her network treat Obama as if he were their dad.

October 31, 2012

CHANGE: “A shouting match over journalistic ethics broke out on the Obama plane.”

October 31, 2012

UNEXPECTEDLY: Non-shocker of the day: September jobs data revised by half.

October 31, 2012

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The Last Gasp of Union Power. “In Michigan, a collective bargaining initiative will wreak havoc on an already weak economy.”

October 31, 2012

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: Sacrificial Cow Kills Man At Palestinian Muslim Slaughter Feast.

October 31, 2012

OBAMACARE SNEAK PREVIEW: As a service to the public, Americans for Tax Reform has released a projected tax form to help families and tax specialists prepare for the additional filing requirement of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision.

October 31, 2012

DEMOCRATIC DENVER MAYOR HANCOCK: Let’s Face It, We’re Losing Wisconsin Right Now.

October 31, 2012

STACY MCCAIN focuses on what’s important in Ohio.

October 31, 2012

NOTE: WEAR HAZMAT SUIT TO ALL OBAMA-BIDEN EVENTS: Biden Vows “I’m Going To Give You The Whole Load Today.”

RELATED: Biden to Voter: “Are you Indian?” Voter to Biden: “American.”

Wow, what a bitter clinger that man obviously is.

October 31, 2012

TEN REASONS WHY DONALD PLEASENCE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON: The only. The Donald.

October 31, 2012

JOHN McCAIN: “This president is either engaged in a massive cover-up deceiving the American people or he is so grossly incompetent that he is not qualified to be the commander in chief of our armed forces. It’s either one of them.”

As distant cousin Stacy McCain’s co-blogger Smitty writes, along with a Tea Party video demanding the MSM cover the Benghazi story, “Barack Obama had better hope he loses next Tuesday. You can’t sit behind the Resolute Desk with this much albatross hanging from your neck.”

October 31, 2012

WELL, IT’S PRETTY UNFORGIVABLE: Facebook Admits Error In Censoring Anti-Obama Message.

October 31, 2012

NEW EMAILS RELEASED BY HOUSE PANEL CONTRADICT OBAMA DENIAL OF POLITICAL INFLUENCE ON DOE LOANS: A batch of 150 previously undisclosed emails made public today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sharply contradict claims by Obama and several of his top aides that no political considerations entered into Department of Energy approval of clean energy program loans.

Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-CA, said this of how the “most transparent administration ever” handled transparency on this issue: “The Administration should have disclosed these emails directly to Congress and the American people. The Department of Energy failed to produce many of these emails, but the Committee received them from other sources.”

And there’s a Harry Reid angle here, too.

 

October 31, 2012

AND IN A WAY IT WAS ALL OF US: It Wasn’t Just Four Americans Abandoned in Benghazi.

October 31, 2012

HALLOWEEN IN THE DINER: A new – and berry, berrrrrry scaaaaaary podcast from James Lileks.

October 31, 2012

ANGRY DADS TO THE RESCUE: Video: Shirtless, dazed and confused-looking dude wanders onto football field at local Sacramento high school game, angry dads escort him off

October 31, 2012

DISASTER RECOVERY: The Gray Lady versus The Waffle House Index.

October 31, 2012


CONSERVATIVE POLITCAL AD MAKER LADD EHLINGER, JR. HANGING IT UP, to focus on filmmaking. If the above video is indeed his last ad, with its ‘50s themes — the Red Menace, the Blob, ‘60s Jonny Quest-style characters, and 2000-era South Park-style general ambience, it’s a bravura piece of YouTube video to go out on.

(Via The Other McCain.)

October 31, 2012

DIVERSITY IN LEGAL EDUCATION: Law Profs: Obama 72%, Romney 19%.

October 31, 2012

NOT ORIENTED AS TO TIME AND SPACE: 4 Times Joe Biden Couldn’t Remember What State He Was In. Including earlier today. Florida, Ohio, whatever.

October 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, James Bond.

October 31, 2012

IN THE WAPO, MARC THIESSEN ASKS: What was Obama told at the September 10, 2012, NSC meeting on ‘9/11 threats’?

October 31, 2012

THE GROWTH OF DIGITAL FLAKINESS.

October 31, 2012

BEN GARRETT: Sandy And The “New Norm.” “We were told after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that this was the ‘new norm.’ Then we went seven quiet years — some of which featured abnormally calm Atlantic Basin hurricane seasons and some of which featured average numbers of storms but those storms stayed safely away from the U.S.) and heard little talk of global warming in connection with tropical weather. Now we have a perfect storm of sorts slamming the East Coast and this is the new norm.” It’s not climate, it’s just weather — unless, you know, it’s the right kind of weather. Then it’s climate!

Er, except for this: “When were hurricanes most frequent around New York and New England in the 20th Century? The 1950s. In fact, there were 10 — look ‘em up — major hurricanes to strike the East Coast between North Carolina and New England between 1954 and 1960.”

October 31, 2012

I HAVE MY TOWEL:  Stephen Green enjoins us not to panic.  I never knew vodka enhanced rationality!

October 31, 2012

SO DOES CHRISTIE WANT TO RUN IN 2016 IF ROMNEY LOSES? Because if he does, looking too chummy with Obama right now is a suicidal move. People will remember. Not saying he shouldn’t do disaster-tour thing, but if he’s smart he’ll follow up with loud pro-Romney statement.

October 31, 2012

ENDNOTE OF THE YEAR: “I don’t think I could have gotten away with that in the seventh grade, but evidently it’s acceptable at Rowman & Littlefield.” Ouch.

October 31, 2012

YOUR FEDERAL DISASTER-RELIEF DOLLARS AT WORK: Hundreds of NY National Guardsmen Miss Hurricane for Mock Disaster Relief — Until Story Hits The News.

But remember, Romney is the idiot, because he wants to move more disaster-response responsibility to the states. . . .

And I don’t think it makes things better that they changed their plans once the story got out.

October 31, 2012

A PINCH OF HYPOCRISY: NY Times Called Bush’s 2.7% GDP in ’92 a ‘Letdown,’ But Obama’s Lower GDP a ‘Steady Improvement.’

As I recall, the health of the American economy turned on a dime in the MSM, once GHWB lost his re-election bid in ’92.

October 31, 2012

CONFESSIONS OF A CONSERVATIVE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Pilots are from Mars, stewardesses are from Berkeley Venus, a pro-Romney flight attendant tells Dennis Miller.

October 31, 2012

VIRTUOSO POLL DANCING: That Q Poll Showing Obama Up by Five in Ohio Has a Flaw (Updated: PPP Too?)

October 31, 2012

WHY KIDS STILL NEED TO LEARN MANNERS.

October 31, 2012

JACK KELLY: Benghazi Coverup Much Worse Than “Third-rate Burglary.”

The ride on the Obama bus gets bumpier as more bodies are thrown under it.

The latest to go thumpity thump are journalists who trumpeted the administration’s excuse that faulty intelligence is why the president said for so long the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was a “spontaneous” protest over a Youtube video.

The journalists went under the bus because the Foreign Service and career intelligence officers the administration tried to scapegoat refused to go there. They’ve leaked emails that reveal the White House was informed while it was still going on that the attack was the work of terrorists affiliated with al-Qaida.

To put this in the context of the Mother of All Scandals, these emails are the equivalent of a transcript of what was on the 181/2 minutes of the secret White House tapes President Nixon’s secretary erased.

“What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn, asked during the Watergate hearings. The answer in the leaked emails is that the president knew everything, all along. . . . When the “three a.m. phone call” came (at 6:07 p.m. EDT), the president ignored it. The day after learning Ambassador Stevens had been murdered and sensitive intelligence documents were missing, he jetted off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.

And for nearly two weeks afterward, Mr. Obama and his senior aides blamed the attack on the Youtube video — even though they knew that wasn’t true.

Read the whole thing.

October 31, 2012

GARY TAUBES ON CORRUPTION IN THE MEDICAL/DIET BUSINESS.

October 31, 2012

NO. NEXT QUESTION? With so much cool tech these days, do we need TV reporters standing in the teeth of hurricanes? What was once exciting and novel is now just a ritual. And a dumb one, as reporters stand on the beach warning people to stay off the beaches!!! But it’s just another dumb aspect of mainstream-media coverage you can blame on Dan Rather.

October 31, 2012

LEE SMITH IN TABLET: Pro-Israel Democrats and the Dershowitz Syndrome.

October 31, 2012

LOSING WEIGHT WITH THE HORROR MOVIE DIET. Unless you ruin it with Goobers or Raisinets.

October 31, 2012

STRATEGYPAGE: Austin Bay: More Benghazi Questions.

The Benghazi attack, if it proved to be a planned attack rather than a spontaneous response to a video created without Obama’s approval, would call into question at a politically inconvenient moment the fundamental assumptions that guide his administration’s Middle Eastern diplomacy — in particular, the history-changing impact of his own personality and his insistence that his diplomacy is smart. A planned attack would also demonstrate that the Terrorists War on America continues, no matter what George W. Bush and Barack Obama call the conflict, and that al-Qaida remains capable of orchestrating terror attacks that have strategically deleterious effects on U.S. policy.

The video-did-it narrative gave Obama a political shield to deflect criticism of personally dear policies and achievements. It also gave the old community organizer a rhetorical cudgel to wield against intolerant, Muslim-despising bigots in America. Partisan Democrats connect those code words to bitter clingers — Republican rubes who cling to their guns and religion while waging war on women. Obama went with, then stayed with, the video narrative because he and his campaign advisers believed it was a foreign policy shield and domestic political sword.

Read the whole thing.

October 31, 2012

SAUCE: When The Gander Objects. Hey, people forget that every weapon can point both ways.

October 31, 2012

BET THE WHITE HOUSE ISN’T CELEBRATING THIS ANNIVERSARY! It’s been a whole year since the $1.6 billion MF Global bankruptcy debacle became public. You may remember that one as the occasion for MF Global’s chief, former Sen. Jon Corzine – President Obama’s BFF on Wall Street – to admit that he had no idea what happened to $1.6 billion of his customers’ money. Rep. Tim Huelskamp would like to know why no charges have been filed by Obama’s Attorney General against Corzine.

October 31, 2012

IS OBAMA’S BLUE-STATE FIREWALL, INCLUDING OHIO, HOLDING? Fox News’ online politics editor Chris Stirewalt was politics editor at The Washington Examiner before joining the Ailes Brigade. So I know first-hand how sharp he is at deciphering political strategies and tactics. His daily Power Play column is a must-read. Here’s a quote from today’s installment that ought to give pause to everybody who thinks a Romney landslide is taking shape:

“Like any good scary story, the tale of the churning electorate now has a strong element of suspense. Hurricane Sandy has made it harder to poll, and given the existing challenges nationally and in survey-saturated Ohio – cell phones, caller ID, voter fatigue, dishonest answers – we can only guess at what changes are currently taking place in the electorate.”

Read the rest … if you dare.

 

October 31, 2012

AMANDA GREEN HAS HAD ENOUGH: Color me skeptical.  For someone like me who doesn’t watch the main stream media this was a jaw-dropper.  Have they really gone that insane?  Don’t let them saddle us with a four year disaster because of a storm. Vote, volunteer and GOTV… as if your country depends on it.

October 31, 2012

CENTRALIZATION IS BAD FOR LIBERTIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUAL THINGS: Once-Rare Response Is Now Routine and Overused.

October 31, 2012

JOHN TAYLOR: An Introduction To Romneynomics.

October 31, 2012

MORNING AFTER REGRETS: Obama as the cheap date.

October 31, 2012

WELL, IT IS THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY: ‘Climb stairs’: Amputee to scale US skyscraper with thought-controlled bionic leg.

October 31, 2012

IS THE POPE CATHOLIC, DOES THE BEAR LACK FLUSH TOILETS: Voter Fraud: Will The Democrats Vote Early, and Often? [Video]

October 31, 2012

IN RESPONSE TO DAVID IGNATIUS’ BENGHAZI OPED that I linked earlier, Michael McConnell writes:

David Ignatius’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post is a sign that the news block-out in the mainstream media over what happened in Benghazi is starting to break. Finally, the self-appointed guardians of the public’s right to know are starting to ask questions. But Ignatius still fails to hone in on the most important issue. He says, rightly, that there might have been good reasons not to use our available military resources to “bomb targets in Libya that night” (as if that were the only military option). “Given the uproar in the Arab world,” as he says, “this might have been the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a burning fire.” (Failing to defend our people with all available resources might inspire even more attacks, a point Ignatius does not consider.) But he does not ask who reached that decision. The President has stated that “the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.” If someone decided that potential repercussions in the Arab world outweighed the need to do “whatever we need to do” to “secure our personnel,” who made that decision? Did the Secretary of Defense countermand the President’s directive? Did the President rescind his own directive? Or — and I hate to ask such a distrustful question regarding the man who is our Commander in Chief — was such a directive ever actually given?

These are all questions that need to be answered. And for that matter, where the White House Press Corps is concerned, need to be asked.

UPDATE: In response to a reader query, this is the lawprof Michael McConnell.

October 31, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From Fredrick Hahn, Strong Kids, Healthy Kids: The Revolutionary Program for Increasing Your Child’s Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week and The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week.

October 31, 2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN — with this spooky flashback to 2004.

October 31, 2012

WELL, THE CEO’S ATTACKS ON ROMNEY WON’T HELP THEM WITH THEIR U.S. CUSTOMER BASE: GM Profits Fall 12%. But they’re making money in South America!

Say, post-bailout, some wondered if GM’s transformation into an Obama subsidiary would lead hipsters to switch from foreign cars to Chevys. Hasn’t happened, as far as I can tell.

UPDATE: One of their traditional customer base, reader Tom Armstrong, writes: “I’ll be damned if I’ll ever buy another GM or Chrysler product- and I’ve had multiple Chevy’s and Mopars. I will buy something American made; probably a Toyota or BMW. I might consider Ford, but they’re UAW, and as far as I’m concerned, the UAW is the puppet master of the whole debacle.”

There seem to be a lot of people who feel this way, and siding with Obama here won’t help that. On the other hand, if you’re CEO of GM, Obama’s who you work for, so . . . .

October 31, 2012

I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER HIM: when someone as uninterested in politics as my husband writes political satire, it’s telling (either that or he lived too long with me.)  At any rate, O Llama and I is free on Amazon today.  Stick or Treat, also free today, is his more usual fare — even if Amazon did something funny to the cover.

October 31, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: CalPERS Goes After Compton. “California’s pension crisis is metastasizing. Last week we noted that the California public pension fund CalPERS was at loggerheads with the city of San Bernardino, which was using its bankruptcy filing as grounds to default on its obligations. This week, CalPERS sued the city of Compton, which owes $2.6 million to the fund. One detects its desperation here. . . . Spin it as you like, but math wins in the end. California’s retirement numbers just don’t add up, and clinging grimly to failing policies and dying institutions is not the way forward. CalPERS can sue every city in California, but that won’t fix the pension crisis — and it won’t get the California economy on track for the kind of growth that would make the tradeoff between pensions and services a little less dire.”

Something that can’t go on forever, won’t. Debt that can’t be repaid, won’t be. Promises that can’t be kept, won’t be.

October 31, 2012

AND THEY THINK THIS IS A GOOD AND PROPER THING: For campaigns’ traveling press corps, social media has changed way game is played.

October 31, 2012

VOTER FRAUD IN NORTH CAROLINA: Former Morrisville councilwoman faces voter fraud charge. Her defense: “I forgot.”

October 31, 2012

NO FEAR.  THERE’S NO REASON TO CAMPAIGN THERE: Rats To Invade NYC Streets?

October 31, 2012

NOT THE HEARTBREAK OF PEOPLE WITH HORRIBLE HAIR: Biden says Transgender discrimination is the civil rights issue of our time.  To be honest, it might be.  In his native world.

October 31, 2012

HOMELAND SECURITY MEETS OFFICE POLITICS.

There’s something inspiring about those mind-numbing tales of office politics. When the furor over the extremism report erupted, Homeland Security officials refused to defend the document, Johnson’s team was “left floundering day-to-day without any meaningful work to do,” and the department ended up adopting a new civil liberties and privacy review process. As far as Johnson is concerned, he’s telling a tale of spineless bureaucrats succumbing to political pressure and snuffing out his valuable efforts. But if you remove the filter of the author’s perspective, you’ll see that what Johnson calls political pressure could just as easily be seen as popular protest working. Offended citizens rose up; an unelected bureaucracy backed down; a lousy approach to tracking terror threats took a blow. All we needed was a leak, some public outrage, and the ass-covering instincts of the civil service. Take heart, civil libertarians: If they cowered once, they can cower again.

Make it so.

October 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, Warehouse Deals in Sports.

Also, today only: Swann 4-Channel Security System, $199.95.

October 31, 2012

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Studies Find Cancer Comes In More Shades Than Pink.

Once again, we have suffered through a full month of pink, pink and more pink, all in the name of “breast cancer awareness.” What once was a health-related cause has become the feel-virtuous-and-buy-stuff season wedged between back-to-school and holiday gift giving.

Read the whole thing, which is actually more about science than marketing.

October 31, 2012

BOB KRUMM: Urban Legends In The Wake of the Storm:

“An ATR spokesman comments, ‘the photo you have is of a photocopy of a piece of mail we sent out in September. Someone is either trying to be cute or deliberately trying to mislead.”

It’s not even the same flyer. The background is the same, but the words in the alleged flyer apparently have been photoshopped over the real ATR advertisement.

If you chose to be skeptical, congratulations; you are well-suited to wading through our nation’s sometimes confusing political minefield. If not, as a consolation prize, perhaps you have employment options with the Houston Chronicle or MSNBC.

Urban legends, or outright political fraud? More like the latter.

October 31, 2012

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT HALLOWEEN QUESTIONS: So Your Daughter Wants To Dress Like A Hooker. What Do You Do?

October 31, 2012

DAVID IGNATIUS IN THE WASHINGTON POST: Benghazi Questions Deserve Answers.

So what did happen in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, when Woods, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two others Americans were killed? The best way to establish the facts would be a detailed, unclassified timeline of events; officials say they are preparing one, and that it may be released later this week. That’s a must, even in the volatile final week of the campaign. In the meantime, here’s a summary of some of the basic issues that need to be clarified. . . .

Looking back, it may indeed have been wise not to bomb targets in Libya that night. Given the uproar in the Arab world, this might have been the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a burning fire. But the anguish of Woods’s father is understandable: His son’s life might have been saved by a more aggressive response. The Obama administration needs to level with the country about why it made its decisions.

My sense from this, and the piece in the NYT yesterday, is that they’re trying for a modified limited hangout between now and the election. (Bumped).

UPDATE: Obama Met With Panetta and Biden at WH As Benghazi Terror Attack Unfolded.

October 31, 2012

NEW TONE: At Alan Grayson’s Hollywood Fundraiser, Rape Jokes Abound.

October 31, 2012

LIBERALS TO ROMNEY: Only We Can Politicize Hurricane Sandy.

October 31, 2012

UH OH: Jay Leno Brings Up Benghazi.

October 31, 2012

EARLY VOTING IN ATLANTA: Reader Shane Nichols writes: “At 8:00 am, it is 41 degrees (cold for Atlantans) and this is the line outside the Buckhead (in town) Public Library (it snakes inside, not sure how long it is). The guy behind me in line said that he stopped on his morning commute to vote today because this was the shortest he’d seen the line outside since early voting began.”

October 31, 2012

MICHAEL BARONE: Romney Pressures Obama By Expanding Electoral Map.

As the East Coast recoils from Hurricane Sandy, the political news is of new states suddenly inundated with presidential campaign ads. First Wisconsin, then Pennsylvania, more recently Minnesota. Ann Romney is campaigning in Michigan, Bill Clinton in Minnesota.

All these are states Barack Obama carried by 10 points or more in 2008. Why is the electoral map scrambled this year?

One reason, which I wrote about last week, is that Mitt Romney seems to be running better in affluent suburbs than other recent Republican nominees. That’s one reason he made big gains after the first debate in Florida and Virginia, target states where most votes are cast in relatively affluent suburban counties.

The tightening race in Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Obama carried by 16 and 10 points in 2008, seems to reflect a move toward Romney in the affluent suburbs surrounding Detroit and Philadelphia.

Read the whole thing. And note this:

Obama’s comparative advantage on war and peace issues seems to be gone. His campaign and his convention boasted constantly of how he ordered the attack on Osama bin Laden.

The murder of our ambassador and three other Americans in Libya and the apparent failure to respond to cries for rescue undercuts the Obama narrative that the Muslim world is peaceful and friendly now that he is president. Turmoil and chaos abroad do not work in favor of an incumbent president.

Indeed.

October 31, 2012

OPTIMISM: Dick Morris: Here Comes The Landslide.

Peter Ingemi: Ride Right Through Them, They’re Demoralized As Hell!

Michael Graham: My Prediction: Mitt Wins!

Me: It’s nice to see some confidence compared with last summer, but don’t get cocky, kids.

October 31, 2012

PHILIP KLEIN: Why Clinton’s attempt to attack Romney on Sandy was such a failure.

October 31, 2012

MI SUPREME COURT SHOWDOWN:  Two conservative Michigan Supreme Court justices are facing tough elections this November– Steven Markman and Brian Zahra.  A lot of union money is being spent to unseat them.  I knew Markman from my early days on the law faculty at Michigan State.  He’s a super smart guy, an strong originalist, and deserves to be reelected.

October 31, 2012

THE OBAMA ECONOMY: STILL NOT RECOVERED: The economy is not even back to where it was when the recession began, Tom Blumer writes.

Of course, for John Kerry and Claire McCaskill, that’s a feature, not a bug.

October 31, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Gender Pay Gap Is A Media Myth.

Last week, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) released a study on the gender pay gap, the claim that women are paid less than equally-qualified men. The AAUW study limited itself to new college graduates, hoping to show that a pay gap exists even before women marry and bear children, which most academic studies find to be the main drivers of gender pay differences. The AAUW study generated the headline result – the only one that really matters – that new female college grads are paid only 82 cents for each dollar of male earnings.

To its credit, AAUW went further by factoring in male/female differences in college major, hours worked, etc. Having done that, the pay gap shrinks to less than 7 percent. This indicates that, at most, discrimination lowers female wages by 7 percent.

But in preparing for an NPR program discussing the study, I ran some quick numbers using data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. I limited myself to full-year private sector workers with a bachelors degree who were ages 21 to 26 in 2009-2010. Within this group I controlled for age, race, Hispanic and immigrant status, detailed geographic location, weekly work hours, college major and occupation. Controlling for college major accounts for the fact that men tend to choose majors that lead to higher earnings later in life. Controlling for occupation captures “compensating wage differentials” for positive or negative aspects of the job. For instance, dangerous or unpleasant jobs may pay more, while jobs offering flexible hours or more generous benefits might pay less. Including all these controls, the gender pay gap for young college grads drops to around 1 percent.

Even then, do my results mean that discrimination reduces pay by 1 percent? Hardly.

Well, that hardly fits the narrative.

October 31, 2012

TEN THINGS THE MSM CAN CELEBRATE IF OBAMA WINS: “Hooray! There are still JUST enough people left in the country who think we’re telling the truth,” Andrew Klavan quips. And don’t miss Drew’s video on “Picking Losers, Why Cronyism Isn’t Capitalism:”


October 31, 2012

POLITICIZING DISASTER RELIEF:   Totally predictable, of course, but still utterly ignoble.  The editors of the Wall Street Journal document the Obama campaign’s–and its surrogate, the lamestream media’s–panicky attempt to capitalize on Hurricane Sandy by implying that Romney and Republicans are opposed to disaster relief.   Uh, yeah, whatever.

But seriously, here’s how inane the Democrats’ efforts are:

As for Mr. Romney and FEMA, the liberals are excavating remarks from one of the early GOP debates. CNN’s John King asked if “the states should take on more” of a role in disaster relief as FEMA was running out of money.

Mr. Romney: “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

“Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut—we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in.”

This isn’t an argument for abolishing FEMA so much as it is for the traditional federalist view that the feds shouldn’t supplant state action. As it happens, the response to Hurricane Sandy has been a model of such a division of responsibility.

Exactly.  Word of the day for our liberal/progressive friends out there:  FEDERALISM.  It’s part of this thing called the “Constitution.”  You should check it out some time.

October 31, 2012

LUCY STEIGERWALD: Putin vs. Punk.

October 31, 2012

GOVERNMENTS ALWAYS DO THIS: Outcry In Japan Over Diversion of Tsunami Aid Funds. “Japan has funneled much of the money it promised to disaster-ravaged communities into an array of unrelated projects, recent independent audits have shown, setting off outrage among a public already wary of the government and its response to last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami and the nuclear crisis that followed.”

October 31, 2012

ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: Chris Matthews: Global Warming Deniers Are “Pigs.” Video at link:

Well Professor [Michael] Oppenheimer, back in the 60s, we called such people pigs. Pigs. No, really. They don’t care about the planet, they don’t care about the destruction of war. All they want is what they got, their stuff, and they want more of it.

The reference to “stuff” and wanting “more of it” is an odd remark from a man who is reported to make five million dollars a year, but setting that aside, when Chris calls half the country “pigs,” (and it’s not the first time he used the p-word in reference to global warming) he must know that in the context of the 1960s, it reminds many viewers of some rather unsavory historical connotations.

RELATED: Rand Simberg on The Climate-Change Ambulance Chasers.