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Pew Poll Finds Romney Winning Early Voting by Seven Points; Fox Finds Race a Dead Heat

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Like Gallup, which found a similar edge for Romney in early voting, Pew buries its lead.

The Pew Research Center survey found that the race is even among all likely voters nationwide (47% Obama, 47% Romney). Unlike the last campaign, the race also is close among voters who say they have already voted.

In the poll, conducted Oct. 24-28, 19% of likely voters say they have already voted; that is unchanged from the same week in the 2008 campaign (Oct. 23-26, 2008). Currently, Romney holds a seven-point edge among early voters (50% to 43%); because of the small sample, this lead is not statistically significant. At this point four years ago, Obama led John McCain by 19 points (53% to 34%) among early voters.

Since when does a pollster rush to declare that its number have no significant value?

Fox has released a new poll that finds the national race tied at 46, with some good news and bad news for both candidates.

Independents give the edge to Romney by seven percentage points (46-39 percent).  That’s down from a 12-point advantage in early October.

There’s a gender gap in vote preference, as men back Romney by 51-42 percent, while women side with Obama by 50-42 percent.

The new Fox poll finds Obama under-performing compared to his 2008 exit poll numbers by 13 percentage points among independents, 9 points among white men, 6 points among women and 4 points among voters under age 30.

Among the subgroup of most interested voters, those who are “extremely” interested in the election, Romney leads Obama by 53-42 percent.

The poll, released Wednesday, shows almost all Obama (92 percent) and Romney (91 percent) supporters say they will “definitely” vote for their candidate.  Seven percent of Obama voters and eight percent of Romney voters say they will “probably” support or “lean” toward supporting their candidate.

Still, Romney’s supporters continue to be more enthusiastic: 69 percent say it’s extremely important he win, while 59 percent of those backing Obama feel that way.

And consider this: Fully 82 percent of Romney supporters say this year’s election is more important than the 2008 election.  That’s 16 points higher than the 66 percent of Obama supporters who say the same.

There’s that enthusiasm gap again. It really does seem to be a stretch, that the Republicans could have pulled ahead by a point on party ID as Gallup found, have a lead of between 7 and 15 points on likelihood of voting according to a pile of polls, and lead among independents somewhere between 6 and 13 or more points, and see the race as effectively favoring Obama. You have to oversample Democrats, by modeling the current electorate in accord with the 2008 electorate, to get to the point that Obama has the advantage. Today was a bad polling day for Romney if you believe some of these polls, but with PPP and Quinnipiac in the mix, there’s reason to disbelieve the polls because either their samples or their likely voter screens are out of whack.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie threw a wild card into the race today by praising Obama so effusively, but there’s a flip side to all that. Obama may have helped New Jersey so quickly because we’re in an election year and that is a blue state. When Texas needed help to fight wildfires, where was Obama? He denied us any federal help. When Arizona needs help securing its borders, where was Obama? Suing them. I don’t see Christie’s actions today moving the needle one way or the other. It reminds Americans in other states that this president tends to use the federal government to punish those of us whom he perceives as his enemies.

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Denver’s Dem Mayor: We’re Losing Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has been assisting GOTV efforts in Wisconsin. He says thinks aren’t looking good for Team Democrat.

Hancock told the crowd that the state could be lost if Dems didn’t get out the early vote. Early voting started in Wisconsin on Oct. 22.

“We have not turned out the vote early,” Hancock told the newspaper. “The suburbs and rural parts of Wisconsin – the Republican base – are voting. President Obama’s base has yet to go vote. We’ve got to get our people to go vote.”

The Wisconsin Democratic Party had to scale back Hancock’s statements, telling the Washington Examiner that while it appreciated Hancock’s efforts, his facts were off.

“We are very grateful that Mayor Hancock came and did what we need to do, which is keep people enthused. He is absolutely right that we have to get our base out,” said Joe Zepecki, a spokesman for Obama’s campaign in Wisconsin. “But the numbers we are seeing do not back up his assessment that our base is not turning out.”

So, either the Democratic mayor doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or the Wisconsin Democratic Party is lying.

Wisconsin is a very good pick-up opportunity for the Republicans. Gov. Scott Walker and the state Republicans ran on a reform agenda in 2010, enacted it, it has worked, but the Democrats tried undoing those reforms through recalls. Those recalls failed, but in the process, the Republicans built a strong ground game that has the capability of turning the state for Romney. In all of that, it isn’t hard to find reasons for Democrats not to turn out and vote. Their state is turning red.

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Why Haven’t We Seen a Photo Like This from the Night of the Benghazi Assault? (Updated)

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

The Obama administration has released this photo of the president in the White House Situation Room monitoring the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Obama White House released a similar photo from the Situation Room, said to have been snapped during the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

But we haven’t seen a similar photo from Sept. 11, 2012, the night terrorists murdered four Americans during an assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Why?

We now know that he was in the White House that day, and met with his vice president and defense secretary as the battle was going on. We know that emails came into the White House Situation Room from the field detailing the attack and its origins. We also know that sources in the field during the battle say that they requested help but were turned down three times.

Where was Obama and what was he doing that night? The fact that so far there has been no Situation Room photo strongly suggests that either he didn’t go there, or the photo would show something that the White House doesn’t want shown.

What could that be?

Update: Maybe the what they’re trying to hide is really a who.

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Graham to Tunisian Envoy: Let Us See Benghazi Suspect or Risk U.S. Relationship

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Tunisia’s charge d’ affaires today that the U.S.-Tunisian “partnership could be in serious jeopardy” if they don’t allow American access to the suspect being held in the Benghazi attack.

Ali Ani al Harzi, who was arrested in Turkey for using false travel documents, was allegedly identified on surveillance video of the Sept. 11 attack.

“Press reports indicate Tunisian authorities have in custody Ali Ani al Harzi, a Tunisian citizen suspected by the United States government to be involved in the terrorist attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  These reports also indicate that the United States government has been denied access to this individual,” Graham wrote to Tarek Amri today.

“I have visited your country on several occasions and through my role as the Ranking Member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations, we have included multiple forms of assistance during the crucial new beginning of Tunisia.  However, if these reports are true, our partnership could be in serious jeopardy.”

Graham encouraged the envoy to get the wheels of cooperation rolling between the Tunisian and Libyan governments, and U.S. intelligence services and law enforcement.

“I appreciate the relations between our two nations and remain very hopeful that Tunisia will continue developing into a success story following the Arab Spring,” he wrote. “As with any investigation time is of the essence and every day that goes by is a lost opportunity. I would appreciate an immediate response.  The Tunisian response to this situation is of the utmost importance and could have profound impacts on the relations between our two countries moving forward.

Graham joined Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) today calling on President Obama to immediately respond to questions posed over the past three weeks about the administration’s actions before, during, and after the terrorist attack.

The senators highlight a series of inquiries the administration has not yet answered, from letters to intelligence officials to Obama himself.

“The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it,” they wrote. “We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took – or failed to take – before, during, and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives.”

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Libertarian Mailer Says No ‘True Tea Partier’ Should Vote for Romney

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bridget Johnson

The Libertarian Party has maintained this campaign season that votes for President Obama and Mitt Romney are essentially votes for the same guy, but today the party took aim just at the GOP candidate.

Title of the email: “Why NO True Libertarian, NO True Ron Paul Supporter, NO True Tea Partier Will Even Consider Voting For Big Government Mitt Romney for President.”

The email includes a graphic on the Romney-Ryan budget, arguing that it “Boosts Tax Collections 88%, Hikes Federal Spending 35%, and ADDS $4 Trillion to the National Debt.”

“True Libertarians, True Ron Paul Supporters, & True Tea Partiers Vote AGAINST Higher Federal Tax Collections, Vote AGAINST Higher Federal Spending, Vote AGAINST Higher Federal Debt” the email states. “Vote AGAINST the Anti-Libertarian, Anti-Ron Paul, Anti-Tea Party Republican Presidential Ticket on Election Day.”

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Romney Camp Rips Quinnipiac Poll, Says ‘We’re Exactly Where We Hoped to be a Week Out from the Election’

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

The Romney campaign held a media conference call this afternoon to address the latest polls and trends. The campaign sounded an upbeat note, with senior adviser Russ Schiefer saying that they’re exactly where they hoped to be with a week to go, expanding the map into Obama territory while shoring up the states believed to be in Romney’s column.

Schriefer said that Gov. Romney has an excellent closing message that is helping him close the deal with independent voters in the swing states: Promising real change on day one of his administration, offering specific plans to bring the economy back, and noting that America cannot afford four more years like the last four years. He added that voters in poll after poll show that they are not happy with how the last four years have gone. They’re looking for change, and Romney is offering that change.

Political director Rich Beeson walked through the numbers state by state. In Florida, he said that 2.2 million votes have been cast so far, and only about 39,000 more Democrats than Republicans have voted so far. That’s a 70% drop from the lead that Democrats had in absentee voting four years ago. Beeson added that their campaign expects to win election day voting by double digits, handing the state to Romney.

Romney is overperforming McCain in Ohio’s Republican counties by 11% in early voting, Beeson said, while Obama is underperforming in his counties compared to four years ago.

In Iowa, Republicans have a registration advantage for the first time. Beeson said that Republicans are overperforming in 71 of the 99 counties because the party base is incredibly motivated and the “intensity factor is breaking things our way.”

Virginia’s turnout so far favors the Republicans as the state trends toward Romney.

Beeson said that in North Carolina, Romney has closed the early vote gap by over 100,000 votes, and that he will “win big” in Election Day voting. He noted that the Obama campaign has all but conceded North Carolina, having not visited there since their party’s national convention.

Colorado, Beeson said, has started “slipping away” from Obama. In that state, Democrats need to win early and absentee voting to have a chance of carrying the state, but as we reported this morning here at the Tatler, Republicans are winning early voting by 3 points so far. Beeson even sounded an optimistic note on Nevada, noting that Obama must win Clark County by 80,000 to carry the state but so far he is underforming that number by 10,000. He also noted that despite the Obama campaign’s claims that Nevada is in the bag, they’re spending significant time and money there this week. Why would they do that, he asked, if they have it won?

Romney pollster Neil Newhouse delivered the campaign’s take on the environment in the week leading up to the vote. “Obama,” he said, “has a political environment problem, an intensity problem, an image problem and a ballot problem.” He noted that Obama’s job approval rating is consistently 8 to 10 points underwater on strong approval versus disapproval, reinforcing the intensity gap that Republicans enjoy over Democrats. Saying that “it’s a stretch” to believe that 2012′s electorate will resemble 2008′s electorate, Newhouse said that several factors that helped Obama do not help him now, including the financial collapse, Bush fatigue and the historic nature of Obama’s first presidential campaign.

The race, according to Newhouse, comes down to independents, and Romney consistently leads among independent voters. In fact, Newhouse said that Romney has led with independents in 20 of the 26 Ohio polls conducted this year. He added that voters have come around to view Romney more positively than Obama, which is part of the president’s “image problem.”

Newhouse also addresses the controversial Quinnipiac poll that came out today, showing a 5-point lead for Obama in Ohio and tightening races in Florida and Virginia. He said that Quinnipiac identified 96% of its registered voters as likely voters, making it a poll of registered voters and therefore inaccurate.

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Congressmen Show Solidarity with Kids by Trying their Scant School Lunches

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bridget Johnson

Two GOP congressmen backed up their bill to counter healthy-food mandates at schools by joining Iowa kids today to eat some of their new disgusting cafeteria food.

Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) hosted Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), the original co-sponsor of his No Hungry Kids Act, at Storm Lake Elementary School today for some fantastic fare mandated by USDA.

King said he got a firsthand account of how kids and parents are “coping” with the standards.

“I saw firsthand how President Obama, his wife, and his administration’s rationing of food to students is completely out of hand. This nanny state has gone overboard in determining what children eat — kids should be able to eat all of the healthy, nutritious school food they want,” King said.

“The ‘No Hungry Kids Act’ puts the power back in the hands of parents and directs the USDA to reevaluate the standards and prohibits the USDA from putting all kids on a diet just because some are overweight.”

His bill would repeal the USDA rule that went into effect Jan. 26 requiring most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and cut calories.

It also amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to prohibit the secretary of Agriculture’s minimum nutritional requirements for school lunches from being construed as establishing a calorie maximum for individual school lunches or prohibiting a child from eating a lunch provided by the child’s parent or legal guardian.

“This latest power grab from USDA bureaucrats in the form of menu mandates is a step in the wrong direction,” Huelskamp said. “Instead of increasing local control to fit the needs and diversity of each school district, this mandate imposes yet another one-size-fits-all dictate for the entire nation.”

The bill now has 12 co-sponsors and has been referred to committee.

House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today to investigate the controversial school menu rules.

“State and local officials, parents and students have raised concerns about a number of these changes, specifically the adequacy of the calorie maximum, the cost of the new requirements, and increased food waste in school cafeterias,” Kline wrote. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) signed on to the request.

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Joe Biden on the Trail: ‘Are You Indian?’ Man Replies: ‘American!’

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

You know how you can tell that the campaign is back in full swing? Joe Biden opens his mouth and stupid falls out.

According to the pool report, a man came up to Biden as he was greeting patrons shouting, “You’ve got to get a picture with some guys!”

Biden turned to the group of guys, then, according to the pool report, Biden asked one of them, “Are you Indian?”

“American!” the man responded.

“No, I mean first generation,” Biden replied, “with the further explanation of what he was saying being inaudible to the pool.”

Biden probably marveled at the man’s cleanliness and articulation, before asking which convenience store he works at. Because, despite the media giving him a pass because he’s a Democrat, Biden tends to make racial remarks. Plus, this is how Democrats think. They want to put everyone in a racial box, and then divide and conquer. They’re surprised to learn that people would prefer to be called American without hyphens.

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Romney Wins Endorsements of Retired Admirals and Generals by a Landslide

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Is there a message this star-studded list of retired Generals and Admirals is trying to send us about our Commander in Chief?  President Obama may have “killed Bin Laden” but somehow he lost this distinguished group.  Do not expect to receive an email from the Obama campaign reporting this defeat from the “Battle of the Brass.”  (Retired)

 President Obama’s Endorsements from the Military:

General Wesley Clark, USA , (Ret.)
General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Admiral Donald Gutter, USN, former JAG of the Navy, (Ret.)
Admiral John Nathman, USN, (Ret.)

Mitt Romney’s Endorsements from the Military:

Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.)
General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.)
General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret.)
Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USM, (Ret.)
General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret.)
General Tommy Franks, USA , (Ret.)
General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward , USN, (Ret.)
General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret.)

General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret.)
General William Kernan, USA , (Ret.)
Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret.)
General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret.)
General James J. Lindsay, USA , (Ret.)
General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret.)
General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret.)
Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret.)
General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA , (Ret.)
General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret.)
General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Michael Malone, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William McCauley, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John Theodore “Ted” Parker, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles Henry “Chuck” Pitman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General E. G. “Buck” Shuler, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert Allen “R.A.” Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudius “Bud” Watts, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.)
Major General Nora Alice Astafan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John E. Bianchi, USA , (Ret.)
Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Tom Braaten, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.)
Major General David P. Burford, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.)
Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James D. Delk, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.)
Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Hunt Downer, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Charles Fletcher, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.)
Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.)
Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John A. Hemphill, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James T. Jackson, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas , USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Mario Montero, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA , (Ret.)
Major General William Moore, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Olsen, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Paret, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Richard E. Perraut Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Gerald F. Perryman, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.)
Major General David C. Ralston, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harold Rich, USN , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Roland Rieve, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, USN , (Ret.)
Major General Richard H. Roellig, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Carl Schneider, USAF , (Ret.)
Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Edison E. Scholes, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General David J. Scott, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Richard Secord, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Joseph K. Simeone, USAF and ANG , (Ret.)
Major General Darwin Simpson, ANG , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Oliver “D.O.” Smart, USNR, (Ret.)
Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Donald Bruce Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul O. Soderberg, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. “Bob” Spiro, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Daniel H. Stone, USN, (Ret.)
Major General William A. Studer, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Hugh Banks Tant III , USA , (Ret.)
Major General Larry S. Taylor, USMC, (Ret.)
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Major General Thomas R. Tempel, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Richard L. Testa, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jere Thompson, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Byron E. Tobin, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Larry Twitchell, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Russell L. Violett, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General David E.B. “DEB” Ward, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Charles J. Wax, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John Welde, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Gary Whipple, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Charles Williams, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, USCG, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, USN, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General John R. Allen, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Loring R. Astorino, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard Averitt, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling , USANG, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Clayton Bridges, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Chalmers R. Carr, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Fred F. Caste, USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Christopher T Cline, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mike Cushman, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Sam. G. DeGeneres, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General George Demers, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General David Bob Edmonds, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Anthony Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General James J. Hourin, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Kenneth F. Keller, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General John M. Lotz, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Frank Martin, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Joe Mensching, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Lawrence A. Mitchell, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dave Papak, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, USANG, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Roger Scearce, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Graham Shirley, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Raymond Shulstad, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Donald Smith, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General David M. Snyder, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard Louis Ursone, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Earl Van Inwegen, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, USA , (Ret.)

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Why Jews Critical of the President’s Policies on Israel are still Supporting his Re-election

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Ron Radosh

In Tablet Magazine today, Lee Smith offers us a brilliant explanation of why so many Jewsih leaders who have consistently criticized Obama’s views on Israel- including Alan Dershowitz and Mayor Ed Koch- are still supporting the President’s re-election.  Smith calls it “The Alan Dershowitz Syndrome.” They don’t much like the President’s polcies, he argues, but they are concerned that if only Republicans support Israel, then the bi-partisan backing of the Jewish state could erode, and the left-wing opponents of Israel within the Democratic Party would triumph. Smith writes:

Without that broad agreement—that Israel is a valuable strategic partner in a region of vital U.S. interest, and a friend with whom America has shared values and principles—the relationship would be buffeted by all of Washington’s various political winds. By sticking with Obama in spite of all, Dershowitz and others are arguably protecting the bipartisan nature of the relationship, and at an especially vulnerable time.

As Smith writes, “ Accordingly, the old guard seems to believe that while Obama isn’t great for Israel, backing him is good for the health of the party and the Jewish state.” They want, in other words, to put off the time in which only conservatives support Israel, which would mean in effect the end of a nationwide consensus supportive of Israel.

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Obligatory ‘Little Girl Cries About Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney’ Post

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Here’s a little kid who, like the rest of us, is tired of the election by now. So she cries. It’s cute how she mispronounces Barack Obama as “Bronco Bama,” giving him a sort of southern fried cowboy nickname. I have to wonder, how are the parents talking about the election, that it causes their kid to cry?

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She’ll stop crying after the election, but if the voters choose poorly, tears from grown-ups looking for jobs could come out in a flood.

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Buckyballs and Cubes, RIP

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Sad news to report today: Buckyballs have finally succumbed to government thuggery. This showed up in my inbox today.

There are a few thousand sets still available. I have two sets of the cubes. They’re a lot of fun, and a great way to unstick your brain when you run into things like writer’s block. By buying up some of the last stock, you’re also donating to Hurricane Sandy relief.

Buckyballs have been under government assault since July, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission declared them unsafe for children. The CPSC ended up admitting that government-imposed warning labels tend to be useless. The fact that Buckys aren’t made for or marketed to children has not hindered the CPSC’s campaign to ban the products, and wreck the company and the jobs that it supported.

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

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Its partisan split skews much too far to the left.

Is there any reason to believe that Democrats enjoy an 8-point advantage in a state that consistently swings between the parties, mirroring the national vote? I don’t think so.

Quinnipiac may also be missing a massive trend: It has chosen not to poll PA anymore at all, saying that it’s “In the bag for Obama.” Both campaigns clearly disagree, as they’re both spending money and time in Pennsylvania in the closing days to capture it. It’s a must-win for Obama, and a nice-t0-have for Romney.

Update: Public Policy Trolling gets in on the massive unnatural splits act too.

Update: Ed Morrissey has more here. Bottom line, the Q poll gets Obama into the lead by undercounting Republicans compared to 2008 turnout. That is simply not in line with the 2012 reality.

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Trial Balloon Shot Down, Labor Will Release Jobs Numbers on Friday

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

No delays.

The Labor Department announced Wednesday that Friday’s report will be released at 8:30 a.m., as scheduled, after concerns earlier in the week that the report might be delayed as Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast.

Officials with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said Monday they were monitoring the storm, and no decision had been made as to whether the jobs report would have to be delayed. They added they had every intention of getting it out on time.

Now that the storm has largely abated, BLS confirmed that there will be no delay in the hotly anticipated report.

So now we have the possibility of an October Surprise, with California or some other large blue state impacting the national numbers by failing to report theirs. On the other hand we should see revisions to the numbers from the last couple of weeks.

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White House May Have Told Counterterrorism Group to Stand Down on Benghazi Rescue

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Newt Gingrich appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night and dropped a bombshell. According to Gingrich, two networks may have emails in which the National Security Adviser’s office told counterterrorism forces mobilizing to relieve and rescue American personnel in Benghazi to stand down.

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GINGRICH: “There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down. But they were a group in real-time trying to mobilize marines and C-130s and the fighter aircraft, and they were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. ‘This is not a terrorist action.’ If that is true, and I’ve been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that is true and comes out, I think it raises enormous questions about the president’s role, and Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser’s role, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has taken it on his own shoulders, that he said don’t go. And that is, I think, very dubious, given that the president said he had instructions they are supposed to do everything they could to secure American personnel.”

CNS reports that President Obama was meeting in the White House with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden at the time of the attack. The meeting, which had been scheduled before the attack, began just 55 minutes after the assault was initiated. Neither the White House nor the Defense Department are commenting on what was discussed, but the meeting definitively fixes both the president’s and Panetta’s position at the White House during the attack.

During the attack, the White House Situation Room was among the recipients of emails from the field, in which US personnel described the attack as it transpired. One of those emails came in from Benghazi at 4:05 PM Eastern, less than an hour before the president’s White House meeting. By that time, the attack had been underway for about 25 minutes. The US drone known to have been capturing video from overhead during most of the battle, was feeding video to various US commands likely including the Situation Room.
The question of whether any stand down order was given, and by whom, has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Fox’s Jennifer Griffing reported on Oct. 26 that the CIA’s agents in Benghazi requested help but were denied three times. If Gingrich is correct, the finger now points at National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

But with the president, vice president and defense secretary meeting in the White House as the attack unfolded, the buck has to stop higher than Donilon even if he gave the order. The three men were meeting in the White House as Americans were fighting for their lives. President Obama has previously said that as soon as he learned of the attack he gave out three orders: “Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”

Is any of that actually true? There is no concrete evidence that the president gave any such orders to secure anyone, but there is evidence that someone high up ordered a stand down, and Panetta suggested that that was the proper course in his “Monday morning quarterbacking” comments. Declaring an intent to investigate an attack as it transpires seems awfully convenient, given the administration’s attempt to spin the attack as a protest against a movie after the fact. Bringing terrorists to justice implies capture and trial. That would be out of character for a president who has itched to close Gitmo for years, turning away the opportunity to interrogate terrorists captured in future battles, and who prefers drone kills to capture and interrogation.

The question now is the same it has been for weeks: What did the president know, and when did he know it?

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Republicans Lead Early Voting in Colorado

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Four years ago, Democrats led early voting in Colorado. They went on to win the state. But this year, according to KDVR Republicans lead by three points among the million votes that have already been cast.

So far, 370,982 registered Republicans have returned ballots, accounting for 38.4 percent of the overall number.

Democrats, meanwhile, have turned in 343,721 ballots — or 35.6 percent overall.

Unaffiliated voters have returned 241,294 ballots, which makes up 25 percent of the overall tally to date.

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Is Benghazi Breaking Through the Media’s Wall of Silence?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Last night Jay Leno became the first of the late-night comedians to work criticism of President Obama’s handling of Benghazi into his monologue.

After the Benghazi riffs, which are at about the one minute mark into the clip above, Leno also mocks the Lena Dunham ad that compares voting to losing one’s virginitiy: “The ad says your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. It should be with a great guy who really understands women. But on the other hand, if it is your first time, you might want to do it with someone who doesn’t need eight years to get the job done. That’s all I’m saying.”

So Benghazi has found its way into the late-night talk shows. Leno’s writers tend to go for the safest jokes; if they see Benghazi as something that people understand enough to criticize Obama about, that’s a good sign that it’s getting past the mainstream media’s active silence on it.

Over on the Washington Post‘s editorial page today, seven weeks after the attack, David Ignatius is troubled by the turns the story has taken. Ignatius asks about the delays and the “stand down” order, and about the wisdom of relying on Libyan militia troops to defend the U.S. consulate. Unfortunately, he asks no questions about why the Obama administration went out of its way to mislead Americans regarding the nature of the attack itself. But let’s appreciate baby steps.

More: White House May Have Told Counterterrorism Group to Stand Down on Benghazi Rescue

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Now Up on the PJ Media Homepage

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

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Comedy Central

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Michael Walsh

It’s tough to top that Children of the Corn zombie video I posted here – you remember, the one that makes the Horst Wessel Lied sound like Ring-Around-the-Rosie – but this Greatest Generation mock public-service ad certainly tests some new lows. It you think old folks cussin’ and threatening to give Mitt one right in the bollocks is comedy gold, then this laff riot is for you. Enjoy!

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In the New Star Wars, Will Mickey Mouse Shoot First?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Disney is buying up the galaxy far, far away.

The Walt Disney Company announced today it has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm and is planning Star Wars Episode 7 for 2015! In a later conference call, Disney revealed that they are planning a new trilogy starting in 2015 with a new movie coming every other year. They were also asked about “Indiana Jones,” but said that they were going to concentrate on the “Star Wars” franchise for now. This is following such big purchases as Pixar and Marvel Entertainment.

At first blush this sounds like horrible news. Outrageous, even. But giving it a second thought, it’s probably the only thing that can possibly save Star Wars.

George Lucas has absolutely destroyed that franchise. He tinkers with the good ones and the prequels were disasters for the storyline. The only part of it that still holds any interest to me, a Star Wars fan since Han actually did shoot first, is in the games. The Force Unleashed was solid and probably more than half of the LucasArts games have been worth playing. The Battlefront games were pretty good. But the movies…eh. Out of the six, two and a half are still watchable. The prequels aren’t among those.

To kids, Star Wars is not cool. I don’t know if it was the prequels or the Clone Wars stuff, but kids now just don’t pay the whole thing any mind. I tried watching the Clone Wars series just to see if it was worth my time. It covers an interesting part of the story but the way it’s done is somewhere south of meh.

Can Disney make it any worse? Possibly, but not probably. They want to make money and they’re very good at not wrecking properties that they acquire. If you’re worried about Disney cartoonifiying Star Wars, well, Lucas already did that. He also made it political and ham-handed and kind of stupid. Lucas selling to them at least means that he’ll stop tinkering with everything that has managed to survive his butchery. It also means that we’ll actually get a new Star Wars movie directed by someone who knows how to direct real live people in a couple of years. Maybe Disney will hire Spielberg or Joss Whedon to direct one. Disney owns Marvel, Whedon did The Avengers. It could happen.

So after the initial feeling of outrage wore off,

If Disney fixes Star Wars, great. If not, well, I didn’t sink $4 billion into the swamps of Degobah.

Update: Heh, look who else is buying stuff. Obama is buying ads in Michigan for very different reasons than Disney bought Star Wars.

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Nashua (NH) Telegraph Abandons Obama, Endorses Romney

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Another major newspaper in another swing state has decided that four years have been enough to adjudge Obama worthy of firing. The Telegraph endorsed Obama four years ago.

As we noted when we endorsed Romney for the GOP nomination prior to the New Hampshire primary in January, Washington is broken. In order to fix it, it will take a strong leader willing to roll up his sleeves and work directly with the heads of both parties to carve out the best possible solutions.

We believe Romney has demonstrated that he can do that; the president has had four years to demonstrate that he can’t.

To be clear, we didn’t make the decision not to endorse Obama for a second term lightly. Nor do we believe, like many of his critics, that he is without achievement during his time in office.

At the very least, walking into the second-worst economic crisis in the nation’s history, the president and his administration deserve credit for steadying the ship of state through a combination of middle-class tax cuts, a stimulus program and a rescue of the auto industry.

And there can be no denying that House and Senate Republicans did everything in their power to stymie the president’s agenda, even putting the nation at risk of default during the debt-ceiling debacle of 2011.

But true leaders find ways to work around such obstacles, much like Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did during their terms in office.

True leaders also don’t wait until two weeks before Election Day – in the form of a 20-page booklet, no less – to lay out a specific agenda for the next four years. Coupled with the negative tenor of the campaign, that merely confirms the president and his strategists felt that attacking Romney’s agenda was more politically expedient than releasing one of their own.

The paper’s endorsement hits the print edition tomorrow.

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Obama’s Hurricane Howler: ‘We Leave Nobody Behind’

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

President Obama visited Red Cross offices today and said something that he must only mean in the context of domestic issues which he can turn to his political advantage. Or perhaps it’s only valid when there is a camera nearby to capture his remarks:

This is a tough time for a lot of people; millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard, but America’s tougher. And we’re tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of stand together to make sure we’re providing the help that’s necessary.

“…we leave nobody behind…”

Just last week, the facts of Benghazi refuted that line.

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

The fact is, President I Am My Brother’s Keeper has failed to help his brother George, and his administration did leave Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans behind in the face of a terrorist assault.

Obama went to bed not even knowing how that battle would turn out. He began to lie about the attack’s origins the following day, and then went to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.

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‘Civil Rights’ Leader: NBA Team ‘Too White’

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Robert Wargas

Since racism is essentially a conspiracy theory (i.e., an unfalsifiable grand narrative), the more illogical the evidence, the more solid that evidence is perceived by the conspiracist, since it only proves the extent of the enemy’s cleverness and evil. It was, therefore, only a matter of time before you read a story like this, entitled “Are Minnesota Timberwolves Too White?”:

Minnesota Timberwolves fans may notice something different about their team this year. In a league in which American-born black players made up 75 percent of roster spots in 2011, the Timberwolves will have an opening-day roster comprising just 33 percent black players (five out of 15).

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, this year’s squad will be the league’s whitest since the 1980s Boston Celtics.

Is that a problem?

Some civil rights leaders in Minneapolis think so. Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul’s African American leadership council, told the Star-Tribune that he thinks the unbalanced roster could be seen as a ploy by the ownership to sell the team to a majority-white fan base.

‘How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?’ Terrell said to the Star-Tribune. ‘I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance.’

This may (read: may) constitute the first time someone has claimed that a basketball team is “too white.” Nevertheless, even if I am wrong about that, the phrase “too white” is becoming eerily commonplace these days. It seems this phrase has been mainstreamed over the past year or so. Racial demagoguery has been around for years, but I don’t ever recall reading “too white,” written with such blase, nothing-to-see-here glibness, until relatively recently.

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Obama’s Campaign Rhetoric: So Fresh and Substantive The Simpsons Mocked it 16 Years Ago (Updated)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Here’s MD Gov. Martin O’Malley at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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O’MALLEY: With 29 months in a row of private sector job growth, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By making college more affordable for millions of middle class families, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By securing the guarantee of Medicare for our seniors, President Obama is moving America forward, not back!

Democrats attending the convention ate O’Malley’s lines up.

Going back to his “slow jamming the news” appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show in April, President Obama has gone with the “forward, not backward” bit.

The 140-character pitch: Another Twitter question was from a father who wanted to know what he should tell his teenage children about why he’d vote for him. Obama wanted to respond on Twitter, and so he went for pithy: “Let’s move forward, not backward. I believe in young people and I’m going to fight for you.”

Aside: What does “I believe in young people” even mean? That young people exist? That they have potential? Obama is a stand-up Captain Courageous for going out on that limb.

Obama and his campaign thought the brief pitch was so good that they added to their official tumblr site, where Obama’s followers dutifully tweeted it zillions of times.

If all of this “forward, not back” stuff sounds familiar, you may have caught a classic Halloween episode of The Simpsons. The Simpsons run “Treehouse of Terror” specials every year. In their 1996 version, which aired just a few days before the election that year, aliens invade the earth with the intent to take over. They snatch both Sen. Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton and replace them. The two alien candidates blur every distinction between themselves and go hollow on the campaign rhetoric. Fast forward to about 4:45 in this clip.

ALIEN REPLICANT BILL CLINTON: My fellow Americans, as a young boy I dreamed of being a baseball. But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward! Upward, not forward! And always, whirling, whirling, whirling, towards freedom!

Springfield’s citizens eat up the alien Clinton’s words. Later, alien replicant Dole declares that the “politics of failure have failed,” which is every bit as substantive as “I believe in young people.”

h/t DR

Update: Obama worked in some electioneering during his visit to FEMA headquarters today. Well, either he was electioneering, or auditioning for a gig on MSNBC.

“The president made clear that he expects his team to remain focused as the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy continue and lean forward in their response,” the White House said in a statement about Mr. Obama’s video-teleconference that he conducted from the White House Situation Room. “Forward” is the slogan of his re-election campaign.

Lean forward, eh?

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Best. Cartoon. Ever.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Roger L Simon

Click to enlarge.

h/t Powerline

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Romney Takes Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ to Pennsylvania’s Airwaves

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

In 2008 Barack Obama clearly stated that he had a plan to drive energy prices high while bankrupting the coal industry. His EPA has followed through on that plan, but for the most part, the media has ignored Obama’s 2008 comment and steered clear of linking them to any EPA regulatory action. There’s a good chance that a majority of Pennsylvanians have never seen Obama’s comments at all. But starting today, the Romney campaign is putting Obama’s comments front and center in its new move to capture PA’s 20 electoral votes.

Obama’s comments show an arrogance and complete disregard for the livelihoods of Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry. They rip the mask off Obama as a uniting figure, showing that he intended from the start to use harsh policies that he knew would hurt millions of people and destroy jobs. Matched up with the insensitive comments by EPA regional head Curt Spalding, telling coal communities to just “go away,” this ad can help swing Pennsylvania into the Romney column.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Unlikely to Win ‘Father of Year,’ Ever

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Robert F. Kennedy, apologist for the likes of Hugo Chavez who once tweeted that Sen. Jim Inhofe is a “prostitute for Big Oil,” was having an affair with actress Cheryl Hines while he remained married to his estranged wife, Mary. This affair played a central role in Mary’s suicide earlier this year. According to her family, she could not bear to see photos of Kennedy with Hines, which were constantly showing up in the media.

The Kennedys have a teenage daughter, Kyra. Understandably, the suicide of her mother sent the girl into trouble of her own. Robert’s answer: Send Kyra to live with his mistress in Los Angeles.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr has been labelled insensitive after he sent his daughter Kyra to live with his girlfriend following her mother committing suicide in May 2012.

It has recently emerged from sources close to the family that Kyra, 16, was sent to live with Curb Your Enthusiasm star Cheryl Hines, in Los Angeles, after Robert found her behaviour difficult to cope with.

When Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead after having hung herself in the family barn earlier this year, her daughter took the news extremely hard and had been reportedly getting ‘out of control’.

A source told RadarOnline.com: ‘She started going off the rails a bit and the family was concerned over what she would do, how it would all play out.

‘The last thing the Kennedys wanted was another embarrassing scandal, so, Robert decided the best move was to pack her off to live with Cheryl in L.A., away from her friends and any bad influences.’

The decision to send Kyra off to Cheryl surprised many people as it is believed that Mary’s depression was triggered by Robert’s relationship with the blonde actress.

Quite the sensitive father, is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

[A]ccording to close friends of the Kennedy’s, it was no surprise that Robert decided to move Kyra out of his site and it was typical behaviour of his.

‘It wouldn’t even have crossed his mind that it might be difficult for Kyra to deal with, living with her father’s girlfriend while she is trying to grieve over her mother’s suicide.

‘It also probably wouldn’t have been a consideration that maybe his daughter really needed to be surrounded by her own family while she tried to work through her emotions,’ said the source.

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Obama Campaign Co-Chair: Hurricane Reminds Us How Important Federal Government Is

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bridget Johnson

A co-chairman of President Obama’s national campaign said on MSNBC today that Hurricane Sandy’s devastation should serve as a reminder of the usefulness of federal government.

“I think both campaigns are trying to deal with this situation in a sensitive way, knowing that so many of our fellow countrymen and -women are — are suffering,” said former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D). “But this circumstance demonstrates as clearly as anything I can think of the importance of having a strong federal government.”

“FEMA is doing a wonderful job, and they’re going to be called upon. And these times remind us, in a very clear way, that we are a big, national family, and that we can do things collectively that we can never accomplish as individuals,” he continued. “And part of that is to provide the kind of protection and relief and recovery that we’re going to need during this storm situation.”

Mitt Romney held an event in Ohio today at which hurricane relief was collected. “We’ve got people right now that are — that are having some hard times because of this terrible hurricane and the storm that followed it, and your generosity will make a difference,” Romney told the crowd.

The White House announced today that Obama will skip a campaign event tomorrow in Ohio to “monitor the response to Hurricane Sandy and ensure that all available federal resources continue to be provided to support ongoing state and local recovery efforts.”

“You know, without trying to politicize this thing, I believe that this event reminds us once again that there is a proper role for government, and that we need government as a — as a partner with our state and our local communities, and the federal government is essential to that,” Strickland said. “And you know, I remind people, I think appropriately so, that during during the primary season Mitt Romney was talking about the advantages of privatizing FEMA or — or turning these responsibilities over to the states.”

“We are all in this together, and I think this storm is going to remind people that there are some things government must do, and can do, and should do, and we need to support it. And our firefighters, our nurses, our police officers putting themselves in harm’s way during these terrible times also reminds us of the value of our public employees and how we should honor them as the heroes that they are.”

Both campaigns have been accusing the other of politicizing the hurricane.

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Obama’s Latest Campaign Donor: ‘Osama bin Laden, 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, CA 91101.’

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Occupation: deceased terrorist chief.

The “Bin Laden” donations, actually made by WND staff, included a listed occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.”

“Bin Laden” is currently set up on the official campaign website to contribute more to Obama’s campaign. The name is also registered as a volunteer.

Since the “foreign” contribution was sent, “Bin Laden’s” email address has received several solicitations from Obama’s campaign asking for more donations.

WND staff made the donations in bin Laden’s name using a Pakistani Internet protocol server and a disposable credit card. They made the donations to test the already proven fact that the Obama campaign continues to flout federal law regarding accepting illegal foreign donations. PJ’s man in the UK, Mike McNally, proved the same thing last week on three separate occasions. When he called the Obama campaign to discuss the matter, they hung up on him.

Thus far, the Obama campaign has taken no action whatsoever to stop foreign donations, and the mainstream media has chosen not to make an issue of this clearly illegal activity.

How many actual terrorists or other enemies of America are out there exploiting the Obama campaign’s lack of standard security to try and buy the president another four years in office? We have no way of knowing, do we?

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Meghan McCain Uses Super Storm to Goad Republicans on ‘Climate Change’

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Subheadline: Meghan McCain, still an idiot.

Political analyst Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is challenging widespread GOP skepticism about climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“Political analyst” is being very generous. Meghan McCain’s opinion would not be sought after if not for who her father is, and the fact that she consistently embarrasses him with her ignorant statements, ill-advised tweets and posing as a Republican while in fact being a silly and vapid person.

“So are we still going to go with climate change not being real fellow republicans [sic]?” McCain wrote, via Twitter, around midnight as the storm was slamming ashore.

McCain’s father has advocated for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and co-sponsored cap-and-trade bills several years ago.

However, substantial numbers of Republicans now dispute widely held scientific views about global warming and the extent of humans’ contribution.

It’s not just Republicans who doubt the political taxation campaign that has come to be called “climate change.” (The climate itself does change, as it always has and always will until the Sun burns out. That’s not politics, it’s science. But “climate changes,” as it has become a political issue, is hokum.) It’s people who think for themselves, who doubt “climate change.” People who have kept track of Climategate and watched Michael Mann falsely claim to have won a Nobel doubt “climate change.” People who know who Mann is (I suspect Miss McCain is not among them) and who understand the significance of his easily debunked lie, doubt “climate change.” Mann is the “hockey stick” guy. If he lied about winning Nobel, what won’t he lie about?

Only 18% of Americans even rank “climate change” as their top environmental priority. Meghan McCain is the leftist media’s stooge and useful idiot. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Romney Campaign Memo Outlines ‘Ever Expanding’ Electoral Map

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Today the Mitt Romney campaign released a memo describing what the campaign calls its “ever expanding” map to win 270 electoral votes and capture the presidency. The memo, written by Romney political director Rich Beeson, leads off noting that former PA Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, has stated that a “startling upset” for Romney over Obama is a possibility in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has consistently been in the “safe Democrat” column until the past couple of days. It is now rated “lean Democrat” by ABC News and as a “toss up” by the RealClearPolitics average.

“What a difference a few days makes,” Beeson writes. “Not only has Minnesota has been moved to ‘Lean Dem’ and the Obama Campaign is  up in that state with a significant television buy, but the Chicago gurus have  heeded Governor Rendell’s plea and are buying television in Pennsylvania and sending the Vice-President in to help prop up their flagging campaign.”

Beeson writes that the Romney campaign’s strong fundraising efforts enable it to compete with the president’s campaign across the board, while leaving none of the “lean Romney” states short of support. “As a campaign, we will put more resources into the target states in the final week, than previous GOP campaigns have been able to do in the final 10 weeks.    The Romney campaign has the resources to expand the map in ways that weren’t possible in past cycles (without reducing any effort in any other target state).  After fully funding the paid media effort, the ground operations and the voter contact programs, Governor Romney’s message of bringing real recovery continues to resonate with voters, volunteers, and donors.”

Beeson adds that Obama is particularly vulnerable in Pennsylvania because of the “war on coal,” which has targeted western Pennsylvania. “The western part of the Keystone State has become more conservative (and President Obama’s war on coal is very unpopular there), and Mitt Romney is more competitive in the voter-rich Philadelphia suburbs than any Republican nominee since 1988. This makes Pennsylvania a natural next step as we expand the playing field,” Beeson writes.

Comparing the body language of the two campaigns, it’s evident that the Romney campaign is confidently moving forward into states thought to have been safe for Obama, while the president’s top men played an unconvincing defense during their conference call on Monday. No McCain 2008 state is in play for Obama, while the president’s firewall has become a 5-alarm blaze.

Update: Meanwhile, Ohio’s polls may be understating Romney’s support there.

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Graham ‘Cannot Believe Lack of Inquiry’ About How Consulate Became ‘Death Trap’

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bridget Johnson

One of the Republican senators holding the Obama administration’s feet to the fire over Benghazi said he “just cannot believe the lack of inquiry about how the consulate in Libya became a death trap.”

“I know this, that if it happened on President Bush’s watch, it would be a totally different response by the mainstream networks, and it’s really disappointing and our hearts do go out to the people who are suffering from this storm, but a week from today, we’re going to pick a commander in chief,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Fox this morning.

“They promised us transparency and are covering up, they’re delaying, they’re denying, and they’re in denial about the rise of Al-Qaeda, and this is a big issue. Unanswered.”

Graham noted that he and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), as well as others, have asked questions for weeks about the attack to no avail.

“I can’t believe on September 11 there were no assets that could get there within nine hours. We don’t need an investigation for the president to tell us, did he know of a request for assistance? Did he order this compound to be reinforced, and tell us why it was never reinforced. It was attacked in June,” he said.

“There was a statement by the State Department that ‘we will do an investigation on the June attack to find out how we were attacked in June so severely,’” Graham added. “Where is that investigation? Did the president know about the April and June attack? I can’t believe he did not. I can’t imagine any White House would let the president go out and in the public and not know about an attack. So how did it become a death trap after the attack?”

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Reporters Caught Mocking Romney on Politico Live Stream (Update: Buzzfeed Busted!)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

The things you learn on Twitter:

 

Names and affiliations would be nice to know.

This is far from the first time members of the allegedly non-partisan media have been caught showing their partisan bias. A hot mic caught reporters coordinating their attack questions for Mitt Romney at his Sept 12 press conference on the Benghazi attack. Yahoo! news DC bureau chief was caught on tape racially mocking the Romneys during the RNC convention.

Yahoo! fired him, and then Politico hired him.

Update: The snide reporter was none other than Buzzfeed’s own McKay Coppins.

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Thomas Friedman, Pro-Clown

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bob Owens

One has to wonder if the New York Times editorial board has any access to normal human beings outside of their insular bubble; perhaps if they did, they might grasp that their hyperbolic missives strike adults trained in the basic skills of logic and reasoning as little more than the funny pages.

Columnist Thomas Friedman provides an example of this unintentional hilarity with his latest column, “Why I am Pro-Life,” in which he grandly eschews any extremism not his own.

Friedman is appalled that a number of Republican Christian candidates actually maintain positions consistent with church doctrine towards the sanctity of human life in regards to the unborn. There can be few things as troubling as those views that attack his secular progressive theology, and Christianity is one of two direct threats to his position on human life.

The other direct threat to Friedman’s view of life is the problem of biology. It is a biological fact that vertebrate animal life begins at conception, without exception. Biology does not consider the living, gestating being to be a “lump of cells” or non-human, purely because of the leftist political necessity. Friedman and his pro-infanticide allies would ask you to believe that a baby within the uterus isn’t a baby, but once several inches removed, is a human. It is a completely illogical position where proximity dictates humanity.

Then again, there is a certain perverse, nearly logic-like construct in Freidman’s brain regarding proximity and worth, considering his contempt for those on the wrong side of the Hudson.

As a student of history I find Friedman’s views towards firearms to be even more absurd. I had to stifle a chuckle and a role of the eyes through several gems such as this:

In my world, you don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater.

“In my world,” indeed; his world is a curious place, where denizens are unable to recognize that “semi-automatic” and “assault rifle” are opposing and exclusive terms. An assault rifle, by definition, must be selective-fire. The rather slow-witted Mr. Friedman should have said what he actually meant, which is that he would ban access to common rifles, and the action type of most guns in the United States.

The Smith & Wesson M&P15 carbine used by James Holmes is a branded version of the most popular variant of centerfire rifle manufactured and purchased in the United States. The AR-15 (AR is short for Armalite, the company inventor Eugene Stoner worked for when he created the rifle) or copying designs are produced by 12 of the top 20 long-gun manufacturers. Semi-automatic firearms are the most popular handgun and rifle designs. No other action type — bolt-action, single-shot, pump-action, revolver — comes close.

These are not “weapons of war.” These are firearms popular in sport shooting events, such as “three gun” competitions and National Match events. They are firearms completely modular in design, and used from hunting everything from small game to large herbivores such as deer and elk, and dangerous game such as bear and boar. They are chosen for their ergonomics and their accuracy. I can personally attest to the fact that an accurate AR-15 with good optics can make accurate, repeatable hits on softball-sized targets out to more than 500 yards. They are, quite simply, “America’s gun.”

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Are PA and MN Slipping Away from Obama? (Updated)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Bryan Preston

Maybe. Monday afternoon, ABC moved both from “safe Obama to “lean Obama.”

With one week to go, states that were once considered Obama strongholds now look less solid. Republican groups are putting resources into Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Team Obama brushes off these incursions as wishful thinking by Republicans, but noticeably they are putting money and muscle into both states. Minnesota has been added to Bill Clinton’s schedule. And, Obama campaign officials admitted that they will once again start running ads in Pennsylvania.

VP Joe Biden is spending time in Pennsylvania this week as well, and the Obama campaign is going up with ads there.

Of the two, I would rate PA as the better GOP pickup opportunity. Senate candidate Tom Smith is running a strong race there against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey. History suggests that Smith can win, and Pennsylvania has been trending red: Republicans now control most major state offices and a heavy majority of the state’s counties. Obama has tended to run weaker there than most blue states, and ObamaCare, for which Casey voted, is not popular in the Keystone State. A Smith win or strong showing can help the top of the GOP ticket.

MN, meanwhile, last voted Republican at the top of the ticket in 1972. The fact that it’s shaking even a little bit loose from Obama suggests that he is in major trouble and that his firewall is on fire. The Obama campaign has previously claimed that four states are safe, which are no longer safe: Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

Together, PA and MN represent 30 electoral votes. They’re worth the Republicans taking a shot at, if only to force the Obama campaign into spending more time and money to keep them.

Update: The Obama campaign just threw an additional $650,000 at keeping “safe” Pennsylvania.

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