The NY Post reports:
As of Friday morning, five generators sat outside of the park along with electrical stations and transformers.
In addition to the generators, a food services truck dropped off hundreds of cases of water, sparking angered responses from hurricane victims.
“I am from Coney Island where everything is flooded and underwater,” Yelena Gomelsky, 65, said. “I live 1 block from the ocean where everything is floating. “[Seeing the generators and water] makes me feel so bad. People have no food, no water, nothing.
“They should make all of these runners bring food and water to people’s houses who need it. They should bring all of these generators to buildings where old people live and give them power.”
Since emergency executive orders have been issued, the governor, mayor — or even President Obama — could take the generators for a more important use, explained Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman.
Such an emergency action would need the approval of the City Council, state Legislature or Congress. And they would have to compensate the owners of the devices.
But plenty in the city wish they had taken such decisive action. After all, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie postponed Halloween for safety reasons, so Gov. Cuomo or Mayor Bloomberg should issue an executive order for lifesaving generators.
More: Outrage over the diversion to keep the marathon going is bipartisan.
Fox’s Jennifer Griffin reports that there was a communications breakdown during the assault in which four Americans were killed at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Top State Department officials decided not to send an interagency rapid response unit designed to respond to terrorist attacks known as a FEST team, a Foreign Emergency Support Team. This team from the State Department and CIA has a military Joint Special Operations Command element to it and has been routinely deployed to assist in investigations — for instance, after the USS Cole bombing and the bombings at the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
That team, these counterterrorism officials argue, could have helped the FBI gain access to the site in Benghazi faster. It ultimately took the FBI 24 days.
“The response process was isolated at the most senior level,” according to one intelligence source. “Counterterrorism professionals were not consulted and a decision was taken to send the FBI on its own without the enablers that would have allowed its agents to gain access to the site in Benghazi in a timely manner.” The FBI team did not get on the ground in Benghazi for several weeks after the attack and at that point any “evidence” had been rifled through by looters and journalists.
“A better response approach could have certainly allowed the FBI to access the site much sooner than the 24 days it would eventually take,” a source in the counterterrorism community said.
Further, the Counterterrorism Security Group, or CSG, was never asked to meet that night or in subsequent days, according to two separate counterterrorism officials, as first reported by CBS News.
Griffin’s story ends with a blockbuster.
Further, Fox News has been shown two independent State Department cables, which have now been published by Foreign Policy magazine, that show that on the day of the attack Stevens’ team sent cables expressing concern that the consulate was under surveillance. At least one of the cables says the Libyan police themselves — the security force provided to the U.S. consulate by the Minister of Foreign Affairs — was photographing the Consulate at 6:43 a.m. on the morning of the attack.
U.S. intelligence officials tell Fox News there were reports from eyewitnesses in Benghazi on Sept. 11 that an armed militia was gathering three hours before the attack on the consulate began at 9:47 p.m.
Obviously, New Jersey is not a right to work, or even right to help out, state.
Crews from Decatur Utilities headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.
The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”
Our friends at NMAWorld in Taiwan have animated last night’s debate. Candy Crowley will not like it.
Watch President Obama’s remarks on the attack and murder of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya on September 11, 2012. He took no questions from the media.
h/t National Journal
Watch Secretary of State Clinton’s remarks below. She took no questions from the media.
h/t National Journal
THIS IS A RUSH, UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT
MITT ROMNEY: good morning. americans woke up this morning with tragic news and felt heavy hearts as they considered that individuals who have served in our diplomatic core were brutally murdered across the world.this attack on american individuals and embassies is outrageous, it’s disgusting, it breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people whohave served during their lives for the cause of freedom, and justice and honor. we mourn their loss and join together in prayer that the spirit of the all mighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.four diplomats lost their life, including the u.s. ambassador j. christopher stevens in the attack on our embassy at benghazi libya. and of course with these words i extend my condolances to the grieving loved ones who have been left behind as a result of these who have lost their lives in the service of our nation. and i know that the people across america are grateful for their service, and we mourn their sacrifice. america will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies, we’ll defend also our constitutional rights of speech, and assembly, and religion. we have confidence in our cause in america. we respect our constitution. we stand for the principles our constitution protects. we encourage other nations to understand and respect the principles of our constitution, because we recognize that these principles are the ultimate source of freedom for individuals around the world. possibly the administration was wrong to standby a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt instead of condemning their actions. its never too early for the united states government to condemn attacks on americans and to defend our values. the white house distanced itself last night from the statement saying it wasn’t cleared by washington. that reflects the mixed signals they are sending to the world. the attacks in libya and egypt under score that the world remains a dangerous place and that american leadership is still sorely needed. in the face of this violence america cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. american leadership is necessary to insure that events in the region don’t spin out of control. wecannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests. over the last several years we’ve stood witness to an arab spring that presents an opportunity for a more peaceful and prosperous region but also poses the potential for perfectly if the forces of extremism and violence are allowed to control the course of events. we muststrive to insure that the arab spring does not become an arab winter. with that i’m happy to take any questions you may have. steve.
REPORTER: the statement you referred to was a a tough lee worded statement last night. do you regret the tone at all given what we know
ROMNEY: the embassy in cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached, protestors were inside the grounds, they reiterated that statement after the breach. i think heights a terrible course for america to stand in apology for our values, that instead when our ground are being attacked and being breached that the first response of the united states must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation. and apology for america’s values is never the right course.
REPORTER: governor romney do you think, though, coming so soon after the events really had unfolded overnight was appropriate, to be weighing on this as this crisis is unfolding in realtime?
ROMNEY: the white house also issued a statement saying it tried to distance itself from those comments and said they were not reflecting of their views. i had the exact same reaction. these views were inappropriate. they were the wrong course to take when our embassy has been breached by protestors. the first response should not be to say, yes, we standby our comments that suggest that there is something wrong with the right of free speech.
REPORTER: what did the white house do wrong, then, governor romney if they put out a statement saying they disagreed witness?
ROMNEY: their administration spoke. the president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth but also for the words that come from his ambassadors from his administration, from his embassies, from the state department. they clearly sent mixed messages to the world, and the statement that came from the administration, and the embassy is the administration. the statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology and i think was a severe miscalculation.
REPORTER: you talk about mixed signals. the world was watching, isn’t this assault a mixed stph-ls when you criticize the president when americans are being killed shouldn’t politics stop.
ROMNEY: we were speaking about the different courses we could take with regard to the challenges the world faces. the president and i have differences of opinion with regard to israel and our policies there, with regards to iran, with regards tow afghanistan, with regards to syria we have many distinctions and differences. we join together in the condemnation of attacks on the american embassies and the loss of american life and join insympathy for these people. it’s also important for me just as it was for the white house last night by the way to say that the statements were inappropriate, and in my view a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for american values.
REPORTER: governor some people have said that you jumped the gun a little in putting that statement out last night and you should have waited until more details were available. do you regret having that statement come out so early before we learned about all the things that were happening?
ROMNEY: i don’t think we ever hesitate when we see something which is a violation of our principles. we express immediately when we feelthat the president and his administration have done something which is thanconsistent with the principles of america. simply put, having an embassy which has been breached and has protestors on its grounds. having violated the sovereignty of the united states. having to embassy reiterating a statementapologizing for the right of free speech is not the right course for an administration.
REPORTER: if you had known last night that the ambassador had died, i’m gathering you did not know. hat came later. if you had known that the ambassador had died.
ROMNEY: i’m not going to take hypothetical what would have been known when and so forth. we responded last night in the events that happened in egypt.
REPORTER: now that foreign policy and the situation in the middle east has been thrust into the presidential campaign can you talk about why specifically you’re better qualified than president obama to handle these specific issues.
ROMNEY: i think president obama has demonstrated a lack a car a tee as to a foreign policy. my foreign policy has three fundamental branches. first, confidence in our cause, a recognition that the principlesamerica is based upon is not something we shrink from or apologize for. that we stand for those principles. the second is clarity in our purpose which is when we have a foreign policy objective we describe it uponness lee and clearly to the american people, to congress, and to the people of the world. and number three, is resolve in our might. that in those rare circumstances, those rare circumstances where we decide it’s essential for us to apply military mite,that we do so with force and with clarity of mission and with the u.s. mission involved and understand when it will be complete, what will be left behind us when that mission has been terminated. these elements i believe are essential to our foreign policy and i haven’t seen them from the president. as i’ve watched over the past three and a half years the president has had some successes, he’s had some failures, it’s a hit-or-miss approach but it has not based upon sound foreign policy.
REPORTER: how specifically governor romney would a president romney have handled this situation differently than president obama. you spoke out before midnight when all the facts weren’t known, how would you have handled this differently than the president did.
ROMNEY: i spoke out when the key fact was known, which was that the embassy of the united states issued what appeared to be a policy for american principles. that was a mistake. i believe when a mistake is made of that significance you speak out.
Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.
When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.
That very optimism is uniquely American.
It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.
Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who’s living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.
Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.
Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.
This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.
This was the hope and change America voted for.
I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.
Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”
So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision.
To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.
My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.
Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren. All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love– this world would be a far more gentle and better place.
My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”
I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.
Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church. When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church. We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregations of all walks of life and many who were new to America. We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways.
And that’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.
When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.
So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies. We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.
That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.
But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?
Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.
Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.
To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.
To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.
Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.
What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.
What America needs is jobs.
Lots of jobs.
To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.
I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.
And unlike the president, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.
First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.
Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.
Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.
We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman, and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.
The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.
That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.
That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.
That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our constitution.
That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.
That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.
If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.
PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon is currently scheduled to appear on the Kudlow Report.
O: First things first, to the death
USA: No. To the pain.
O: I don’t think I’m quite familiar with that phrase
USA: I’ll explain and I’ll use small words, so you’ll be able to understand, you pitiful redistributionist buffoon.
O: That may be the first time in my life a country has dared to insult me.
USA: It won’t be the last. To the pain means the first thing you lose will be your adoring multitudes. Stadiums? Ah. You won’t be able to fill a high school gym. Then those financing you will start to have doubts, and Romney will out-fundraise you.
O: [losing patience] And then my golden tongue will desert me, I suppose. I let you have too much freedom last time. I’ll do better in my second term.
USA: You never had a golden tongue. And I wasn’t finished. Finally, even your lap dog press starts to have doubts. You lose your look of inevitability–
O: [exasperated] And then my life. I understand. Let’s get on with it.
USA: Wrong. You lose the election. Your life you keep, and I’ll tell you why: so that in your voluntary Kenyan exile, no matter how much you tell the world the only reason you were kicked out was racism, you’ll know you were a complete failure. Every joke a late-night comedian makes at your expense, will be yours to cherish. Every time you hear or read the phrase “worse than Carter,” you’ll know they’re talking about you. Every time your nose-in-the-air mannerisms are spoofed, you’ll see it or hear about it. Every time people giggle at “hope and change” you’ll know they’re laughing at you.
USA: This is what “To the pain” means: I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.
O: [cautious] I think you’re bluffing.
USA: It’s possible, Renegade. I might be bluffing. It’s conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass of Marxist indoctrination, that I’m only lying here because I lack the strength to stand. But then again, November draws near… And perhaps I have the strength, after all.
Loosely based on:
Yes, that’s a Romney sticker in the window. So at least we know where the driver stands on that debate.
Accusations flew all over the Internet this week, from multiple sources, that Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada is a pederast. The accusations were based on evidence equal to the evidence proffered by Sen. Reid, that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for ten years; i.e. no evidence at all. One of the anonymous and nonexistent sources described the senator as a “creepy old bird.” Another described him as a “disgusting git.” But the serious accusations against Sen. Reid were abundant in the public conversation, and today, his office has addressed them.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson delivered a “chilling” one-word response to the allegations:
Should the spokesman for a senator accused of heinous crimes against children use the word “Cute” to respond to the allegations against his boss? Is this not the sort of non-denial denial that indicates a guilty conscience? Or is it an admission of some sort?
Reid’s office’s official response only leads to less certainty regarding the serious allegations against him, and leads to more questions about his behavior. “Cute” also brings up the possibility of a cover-up, using taxpayer-funded Senate staff.
Reid has yet to answer allegations that he embezzled the $535 million that was intended for Solyndra, and paid no taxes on his booty. That allegation, like the allegation Reid levied against Mitt Romney, is also based on an equal amount of evidence to the other noted allegations; i.e. no evidence whatsoever.
Source say that the investigation into the multiple, serious and unfounded allegations may snare Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Cher – who called the putative Republican presidential nominee “Richy Rich Romney whitest man in magic underwear” thus achieving the twofer of being both a classist and an anti-Mormon bigot in one tweet.
For the record, Cher’s own net worth, according to celebritynetworth.com, 305 million. (Plastic surgery non compris.)
Plus: A reverse tingle from Chris Matthews!
Istria Cafe is a small business in Chicago, one of the most over-regulated cities in America. PJTV’s Alexis Garcia interviews the Pribaz brothers, the owners of Istria Cafe, to show you how regulations are destroying businesses and jobs. Would you believe that it is almost impossible to run a business in Chicago without violating rules and regulations, and paying extraordinary fines? From utilities, to health care Alexis Garcia tells you why some businesses might not survive in the down economy.
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868
I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If our eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.
II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
III. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of
JOHN A. LOGAN,
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.
Lyrics: Made possible by a grant from the Lolo D. and Catherine T. Soetoro Foundation
He only comes out at night
To find a tasty bite
Nothing is new, I’ve seen his gaze before
Watching and waiting
He’s sitting with you but eyeing some Basset Hounds
So many to taste and see
Dear Leader is wild, but he’s tamed by the taste of a puppy’s tail
Served up on a platter
The school lunches are sure gonna get bizarre
Oh here he comes
Watch out Bo he’ll chew you up
Oh here he comes
He’s a dogeater
Oh here he comes
Watch out Bo he’ll chew you up
Oh here he comes
He’s a dogeater
I wonder if Michelle approves
Fried puppy just won’t do
Poached poodle flan, the One will really rip their fur apart
Mind over matter
TelePrompTer glaze but a beast is in his heart
Oh here he comes
Watch out Bo he’ll chew you up
Oh here he comes
He’s a dogeater
Oh here he comes
Watch out Bo he’ll chew you up
Oh here he comes
He’s a dogeater
Todd Westby is a small business owner, husband and dad in Omaha, Nebraska. In this video he shares the struggles he faces as a small business owner when it comes to running his business, from keeping the lights on to getting his products to his customers.
Recent EPA regulations like Utility MACT and the new proposed GHG standards will make power prices more volatile. The new GHG standards will effectively prevent coal plants being built down the road, while Utility MACT will force plants to either close or upgrade — both of which will see these costs shifted back on to the consumer. This is essentially the ‘cap’ part of a backdoor cap and trade program. Coal usage is becoming prohibitively expensive and that will affect small businesses who need low overhead. And it’s all part of the president’s plans:
From the AP:
An agitated Rick Santorum on Sunday called Mitt Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama” even as it appears the former Massachusetts governor is on pace to clinch the party’s nomination in June.
Santorum later lashed out at reporters, using a profane word as he accused them of “distorting” his speech.
Santorum told voters that Romney is “uniquely disqualified” to be the GOP’s presidential pick and urged his supporters to stand with him even as he faces an increasingly improbable pathway to the nomination. Santorum said “the race isn’t over until the people of Wisconsin sing,” and urged them to give his underfunded, underdog campaign a chance to derail Romney.
“Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” Santorum said at an evening rally near Racine.
Back in 2008, things were a little different.
“SANTORUM: Obama Is Preferable To Romney. No he’s not, and you just demonstrated that it’s time to end your campaign. Either you’re an idiot, or you’ve cracked under the pressure. Either way, go home.”
This is very curious. Stories about first daughter Malia Obama’s spring break trip to Mexico with 25 Secret Service detailed to protect her and her friends keep returning 404 errors or redirects.
Here’s Huffington Post’s link to its story about the spring break. Click on it and see where it goes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/malia-obama-mexico-spring-break_n_1364063.html
Yahoo! ran a story about it. But it has since been run off. http://news.yahoo.com/obamas-daughter-spends-springbreak-mexico-145031176.html.
That Yahoo! link is redirecting to a story about something entirely unrelated.
Essence had the story. Emphasis on the past tense. http://www.essence.com/2012/03/19/malia-obama-travels-to-mexico-for-spring-break/
Even the UK Telegraph story is now off the grid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9152796/Malia-Obama-guarded-by-25-Secret-Service-agents-on-spring-break-in-Mexico.html. That’s the version that Drudge was linking to.
Drudge linked to a different version, at the International Business Times, and now that story is down the 404 hole: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/316249/20120319/malia-obama-mexico-spring-break-travel-warning.htm
The spring break trip really happened. This blog post about it hasn’t gone 404 (yet), and has several pics of Malia with her friends.
What is going on here? Is the White House trying to scrub the Internet of all stories about the first daughter’s spring break trip to Mexico?
Update: The Daily Caller now has its own post up about the disappearing story.
Update: The White House has admitted that it was behind the scrubbing.
The Tatler received the following in our mailbox:
If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
If a Republican decides he needs health care, he buys it, or gets a job that provides it .
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.
If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.
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In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart’s Enemies React to His Passing (Updated w/ Ugliness from Slate’s Matt Yglesias)
One of Andrew Breitbart’s most endearing habits: when angry progressives sent their hatred his way he retweeted it for all his followers to see.
Andrew argued that we needed to show everyone the nature of the people working to destroy America. With that insight in mind, this post will serve as a continually-updated collection of the disgusting reactions to his death.
As of 2:00 PM on the East Coast:
- Cenk Uygur @cenkuygur It’s confirmed. Breitbart has passed away. tinyurl.com/7hbactc Ironic legacy is that no one was sure because it was reported by his website.
@brodeep Andrew Breitbart was a cancer of society, a separatist, and above all, a fucking CANCER. Enjoy Hell, you bastard. @silasgalactic Andrew Breitbart is the Paris Hilton of political journalism except he has no money, no talent, and no original ideas. @Dakoda_1022 Andrew Breitbart died, age 43. Laying doubt to the saying ‘the good die young’ huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/and… @twolf10 Who will ask romney if his church will now baptize Andrew Breitbart? @BenFinfer What kind of god takes Andrew Breitbart but leaves Ann Coulter? @darrenfiorello: Andrew Breitbart died? Is it wrong that I’m happier about that than when they got bin Laden and Saddam? @shivabeach Andrew Breitbart poisoned himself to death with lies and deception. He did this just to get away from Shirley Sherrod. @janxjue7 LOLing at the image of Andrew Breitbart arguing on Twitter then clutching his chest like Fred Sanfor9um5OM @FakeJanBrewer Andrew Breitbart dead at 43, proudly with no health insurance! xo AZ Gov Jan Brewer @peterfhart ABC on Breitbart: He “broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal.” NO SUCH THING. Fitting tribute to his “work” @patrickhermann [dead but he was a dick] Andrew Breitbart @cliffordNYC Andrew Breitbart is dead now. It’s not funny I guess, technically @CM721F So, Andrew Breitbart is dead. Congratulations humans on ridding yourself of one of your more angry members. @dkbilson How long will it take before Michelle Malkin accuses ACORN of murdering Andrew Breitbart? @Knightscribe Youdon’tdie of natural causes at 43 unless you were caught in a fucking earthquake. Coke, or smothered by a gay escort
- @ChicoDelainky I thought I was going to have a good morning, it’s turning out to be a great morning;The sky is blue, & hatemonger #AndrewBreitbart is dead.
@BlackArcturus So apparantly #AndrewBreitbart is dead. Now who is going to randomly psychotically scream at #OWS supporters? #TooSoon?
- @RenSaiyuri #AndrewBreitbart, I strongly suggest you stfu before you end up with your undercover lover, #JamesOKeefe, in jail.
- @orgchaosmedia The Christian in me wants to conjure up some type of sympathy 4 #AndrewBreitbart & his family. Sorry, I just can’t.
@jaberard The world is a better place without #AndrewBreitbart Karma always levels the field.
- @BillHicksHero #AndrewBreitbart I normally don’t celebrate when someone dies but in this case I’ll make an exception. 1 douche down about 100 million to go
@YhwhX “Live by the sword, die by the sword.” Happy National Breitbart Day [ #p2 #AndrewBreitbart] @Elexcinta #AndrewBreitbart dead unexpectantly at 43 yrs old!!! What!! God bless his family, for he was a racist sumn sumn . #andrewbreitbart @anghellik9 And nothing of value was lost.
- @MaryMacElveen Bad Karma begets bad Karma. #AndrewBreitbart what mud you slung in life, came back to you ten-fold. You could have been a force for good.
@DeAnnaMisrahi i wouldn’t be surprised if this was some kind of publicity stunt by andrew breitbart. he’s that skeevy. #andrewbreitbart @KCMJournalist So long, #AndrewBreitbart. Let’s hope there are a few conservatives to protect you in the special hell you’re now… @BloggerNewsNet: #AndrewBreitbart is dead? Oh well. Honestly, not a big loss for the world. The man was scum.” @thejamestripp: “Is it wrong to click ‘Like’ when you read about the death of #AndrewBreitbart on #facebook?”” AndrewBreitbart I hope wh en they do the autopsy they find cocaine and AIDS in is system. No one dies of natural causes @ 43. @BillHicksHero#
- @BillHicksHero #AndrewBreitbart Ding Dong The Douche Is Dead. The Wicked Douche Is Dead. Whoop! Whoop! Maybe Westboro Baptist Church can picket funeral.
- @ChicoDelainky Oh! Here comes my Happy Feet. #AndrewBreitbart is dead, HOORAY! #AndrewBreitbart is dead, HOORAY! #AndrewBreitbart is dead, HOORAY!
- @BillHicksHero #AndrewBreitbart 43, died unexpectedly from natural causes. That’s weird, I didn’t know you could die of being a douche fuck.
- @Milmore #AndrewBreitbart waited until black history month ended before overdosing. He hated black history month…
#AndrewBreitbart @CelticAngloPres Jewish American Times writer dies,one less anti-white Jewish supremacist/Israel Firster Worlds a better place for the West
- @Babycheezits we “lost” #andrewbreitbart, which dumbass is next?
@DwayneJohn1978 Hope he died in terrible pain. #AndrewBreitbart
- @BillHicksHero Dead. Finally the first feel good story of 2012. Now maybe his wife can get some big black Obama cock she’s always craved.
@coughlan616: Apparently OD’ing on coke whilst bumming a 14 year old Nigerian rent boy is “natural causes” #AndrewBreitbart @DannyRay Angry is just angry. Game Over dude! #AndrewBreitbart @DwayneJohn1978: #AndrewBreitbart is dead. Good, one less dishonest dick. #toosoon? Fuck that racist cunt. Hope he died in terrible pain
- @Mad_Ryan #AndrewBreitbart is dead huh? While I certainly feel for his family, I can’t help but thinking karma really is a bitch.
@jneproductions you don’t advocate for the deaths of millions like scum did. The world is a better place today. #AndrewBreitbart #goodriddance
- @haikubituaries I chose not to use / “Burn in Hell, motherfucker” / As a middle line • #YoureWelcome #AndrewBreitbart
@evanmoody It’s days like this I wish I believed in Hell. #AndrewBreitbart
- @ChicoDelainky #AndrewBreitbart’s Eulogy: He was a racist asshole.
- @persuacussion When a person breathes fire,they should expect reciprocation. #andrewbreitbart
- @jneproductions my name is Jorin Efstathiou. I am ecstatic that he is dead. Scum of the lowest on the planet. #goodriddance #AndrewBreitbart
- @funnykeithlyle What #AndrewBreitbart did to Shirley Sherrod will surely get him into hell. He died at 43 of natural causes. That’s suspicious
@Damascus_Steele: I didn’t realize that karma was considered a natural cause of death. #AndrewBreitbart @BillHicksHero: #AndrewBreitbart Awesome news. Now if we can just get Ann (cont) tl.gd/g6u9sn
- @ScottQuenette at least the world got a little less awful today #AndrewBreitbart
- @InnerPartisan It’s common decency not to celebrate the death of anyone. But we all have our dark side – so good riddance, douchebag! #AndrewBreitbart
- @Dr_Truly_Evil So…I couldn’t have been the only one who smiled when I saw the headline….#AndrewBreitbart
- @Jslip929 Goodbye #AndrewBreitbart you were truly a #doucebag just like @EricCantor @ThadMcCotter @THEHermainCain @farenthold @RickPerry & @MittRomney
- @swellgalmary I try not to be happy when someone dies but there are times when I find myself whistling a happy tune #andrewbreitbart
- @The_Johnny I won’t wish ppl dead but I also won’t pretend to feel sorry when an intolerant, hate mongering dick like #AndrewBreitbart checks out. #p2
- @JGibsonDem Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012 . May he rot in hell! http://t.co/8zgs2MUr /@TPM #andrewbreitbart #p2 #topprog #ripandrewbreitbart
- @ChicoDelainky The hate #AndrewBreitbart was carrying finally killed him. My condolences goes out to the person who had to give him Mouth-to-Mouth. Yuk!
- @roccaworld #andrewbreitbart I guess God couldn’t take it anymore and decided to shut him the fuck up! Condolences to his family.
- From Slate.com’s Matt Yglesias: @mattyglesias Conventions around dead people are ridiculous. The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead.
- @mattyglesias If you think
@AndrewBrietbart‘s opponents shouldn’t be glad he’s dead, you’re not taking his life’s work seriously.
- @BillHicksHero #AndrewBreitbart I can’t believe how crazy the right wing nuts are over this Andrew business.You guys will really go nuts when Limbaugh dies
- @texad Wow. Right wing conservative/bigot/character destroyer #AndrewBreitbart dead at 43. http://t.co/zZgauLWC
- @mmboucher8 #andrewbreitbart Remember your tweets when our beloved Ted Kennedy died? Read them they apply to u U piece of shit.
- @KCMJournalist #AndrewBreitbart was a stain on the profession of journalism, a man who made a name for himself by distorting… http://t.co/uIetCzdS
- @LeeringMaligner Who’s gonna fight fake racism in the agriculture department, or make sure non-profits don’t help fake pimps? #andrewbreitbart
- @Arturo_Ulises “Cocaine is a hell of a drug!” – #AndrewBreitbart’s last words.
- @Snoozer6645 I should probably feel bad that #AndrewBreitbart croaked. But I don’t.
- @IsaiahLCarter #AndrewBreitbart was a man who told lies and ruined lives for political and financial profit. He was a man with neither integrity or class.
- @jsmack710 @GGoddessVV – lets not forget #andrewbreitbart owned a rape van #rip #tcot http://t.co/EsWGln2Z
- @_RobertaSparrow #AndrewBreitbart is dead. Good, fuck him.
- @BettyBowers As if Hell wasn’t unpleasant enough! #AndrewBreitbart
- @Real_People Eulogy: #AndrewBreitbart his short time on earth made America worse. Rest In Pieces
- @INKTUP I just read #AndrewBreitbart was adopted .that explains a lot. As an adult adoptee myself we are a fucked up bunch. Fuck him anyway
- @PissdOffDem Since when is autoerotic asphyxiation while blowing a homeless guy considered natural causes? #AndrewBreitbart #RotInHell
- @web_rant #AndrewBreitbart dead at 43. Interesting that multiple confirmations must be used in his death notice as truth was never his strong suit.
- @PissdOffDem “@ea32da32: #AndrewBreitbart very sad day for us that really liked Andrew.” yeah … all six of you.
- @PissdOffDem Today Andrew Breitbart finally did one thing to make the world a better place. #AndrewBreitbart #DingDongTheBitchIsDead
- @BettyBowers While technically true, I think calling Jesus’ wrath “natural causes” is a coy euphemism. #AndrewBreitbart
@ChicoDelainky: Yes, #AndrewBreitbart had a wife & 4 kids, but that didn’t stop him from spewing hateful rhetoric, so, burn in Hell, ass!
- @ChicoDelainky I’m an Atheist. If there is a Satan, I would like to thank him for taking #AndrewBreitbart out of our lives.
- @Bruce_Garrett “Death only closes a man’s reputation and determines it as good or bad.” You blew it #AndrewBreitbart
- @Beatles0223 Why should a villain be elevated to special status because he croaked? Satan’s waiting for you, #AndrewBreitbart. U made the world uglier.
- @NatefromUSA “BossCare” goes down in the Senate AND #AndrewBreitbart is dead. #news #p2
- @NatefromUSA So…. does this mean #ows and go back to “raping the people”?? lol #AndrewBreitbart #AndrewBreitbartIsDead #p2 #news #politics
- @AsaArmin Nothing any1 on the left can say can ever be as hateful as the venom #AndrewBreitbart spat on a regular basis in his routine hate speeches
- @RJStockton #AndrewBreitbart died as he lived. . . With a bad heart.
- @panboz #AndrewBreitbart was a hateful bully. The only reasonable thing to wish for him is justice. He took a giant step towards that this morning
- @TheDailyScrew #OccupyHell you piece of shit. #AndrewBreitbart #OWS
- @The_WSE #AndrewBreitbart Good riddance.
- @nkvickers Thanks for erecting two of the most bullshit news propaganda sites in history! #andrewbreitbart #whatalegacy
- @BillHicksHero #AndrewBreitbart I had a lot fun today. For those who left negative replies I hope your mothers get raped by a gang of syphilitic Mexicans.
- @mike_aday #andrewbreitbart will NOT be missed. The world doesn’t need more people spewing hatred and lies.
- @Milmore “@SlashMorgath: #AndrewBreitbart was unprincipaled scum. We are better off without him. (Waves bye-bye and good riddance)”
- @RJStockton To folks mad about neg. tweets re #AndrewBreitbart, consider: We’re mean to him bc he was a dishonorable pig. Hope that clears things up!
- @ehhjeep #ShirelySherrod you are safe now from the evil #AndrewBreitbart
- @ChicoDelainky I’ll admit it, at times like this, I wish I wasn’t an Atheist & believed #AndrewBreitbart was getting some punishment for his bigotry.
- @Milmore “@ghosting13: fuck #AndrewBreitbart i am glad you are dead.”
- @InfoshopDotOrg Good Riddance: Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012 http://t.co/0PVmZUOq #andrewbreitbart #uspolitics #deadscumbags
- @shananigins15 I feel a bit of sympathy for #AndrewBreitbart’s wife and kids….and for Satan who is now stuck with him in Hell for eternity. #p2
- @RJStockton I’ve read that #AndrewBreitbart was the father of 4. #JosefGoebbles had 6!
@DammitWeber: Let’s all remember what #AndrewBreitbart was really about; he was an awful person. thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/…”
- @Quiteinsane #AndrewBreitbart.God rest his soul..died of natural causes..I am surprised #RushLimbaugh is still alive..hate lies and deceit can kill YOU
- @AmericanTee While we send condolences to the family of #AndrewBreitbart we have every hope he’ll be reincarnated as Snooki’s baby. #karma
- @Tony_Cooke #AndrewBreitbart Karma is a bitch… LOVE EVERYONE….
- @whitt_ashley #AndrewBreitbart Some people are just hateful and wouldn’t we all like to think that they get what they deserve.
@weskos: “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good. #AndrewBreitbart is dead. Good.””
- @realtalkforyou Because your “Fearless” and “Passionate” doesn’t mean your not also a self important lying blowhard #AndrewBreitbart
- @ChicoDelainky “Hell is a bad enough place, now I have to deal with #AndrewBreitbart. Thanks for nothing, God”~ Satan
- @DaisyDeadhead @Snarky_Basterd Is that why you liked the hate-filled bigot so much? Well, I guess *that* makes sense. (not) #AndrewBreitbart
- @DaisyDeadhead @nycconservative Cokeheads who abandon their wives and children and spread bigotry are the real evil ones, doncha think? #AndrewBreitbart
@ChicoDelainky America truly lost an asshole. I’m sure Satan will treat him good. #AndrewBreitbart”
- @shananigins15 #AndrewBreitbart spent his life attacking the rights of women, LGBT, colored people, & Obama’s birth certificate…Satan is so ashamed. #p2
@ChicoDelainky I’m an Atheist. If there is a Satan, I would like to thank him for taking #AndrewBreitbart out of our lives.”
- @BettyBowers People who die at 43 probably shouldn’t have made their raison d’être limiting healthcare. #AndrewBreitbart
- @JimDMaynard #andrewbreitbart was a lying, neo-fascist right-wing hypocrite, he trashed Ted Kennedy when he died, same to you!
- @DaisyDeadhead @ReaganRules2 Reagan was an adulterer too. Do you people read the Bible you *claim* to believe in? #AndrewBreitbart is in hell.
- @DaisyDeadhead #AndrewBreitbart shows his deranged, drunken cokehead ass to the world, then he dies. Interesting timing. http://t.co/U3MtV61F
- @JoeLewisdixon Why do Republicans grieve? Doesn’t your good buddy Jesus & Daddy Reagan meet you folks on the other side when you die? #AndrewBreitbart
- @shananigins15 Conservatives who are outraged at my Tweets about #AndrewBreitbart – give me a break…I’m only truthfully eulogizing him. Settle down.
- @shananigins15 Like I said before. I have sympathy for #AndrewBreitbart’s wife & kids. I have zero sympathy for him. He spent his life spreading hate. #p2
- @theshaunnavarro @Freedomwarrior Douche Drops dead #andrewbreitbart
- @AntiGlib #AndrewBreitbart is dead? Meh. Let’s see the death certificate. Then the corpse, so we can piss on it. #FuckThatGuy #LyingSackOShit
- @TheWubster #AndrewBreitbart was a hateful bigot. I feel bad for his wife and kids.
- @TheDailyScrew BREAKING NEWS! #Breitbart #AndrewBreitbart joins #OccupyHell. Unable to tweet. #TimeWarnerCable scheduled between 12pm and eternity #OWS
- @JillHohnstein #AndrewBreitbart was a lying fuckwad, to be sure, but celebrating his death is inelegant. Cut it out.
- @Dead_Peasant #AndrewBreitbart is dead. Proof that it’s not only the good that die young.
- @jbrady77 #AndrewBreitbart Closest evr came 2 meeting him was at #WICapitol. Warming up for #sniperspice he yelled at us #gotohell. U first I guess.
- @INKTUP Hey #andrewbreitbart when you get finished with orientation in hell do me a favor and say hi to my dad for me
- @ToddPiken @KurtSchlichter If by warrior you mean bigot and liar, than you are correct #AndrewBreitbart
- @TROYBROWNTV Not worth protesting @shananigins15 If there was ever a funeral that Westboro Baptist Church should protest at it’s #AndrewBreitbart #p2
- @Stephenhonest @AndrewBreitbart True story- The world recieved a gift today!
- @TweetsWithJesus @JamesOKeefeIII Like you never edited and hid the full video you POS. God struck @AndrewBreitbart down, you might be next
- @TerryHunter When somebody dies, people often say, “He’s in a better place.” #Nobody is saying that about @AndrewBreitbart. #JustSaying #ItNeededToBeSaid
- @JAE34 RT “@lawscribe: It has come around: RT @AndrewBreitbart: Rest in Chappaquiddick”\\Only their *Eternities* will be in 2 VERY DIFFERENT places
- @EGrafenberg KARMA! ISN’T IT A BITCH.@andrewbreitbart @michellemalkin @danaloesch
- @dwsNY @nigelcameron @dcseth @seanhackbarth @AndrewBreitbart can we toast him as an evil pile of shit? It’s what he’d want. http://t.co/iCIh9495
Agence France Press reported yesterday that Oliver Stone’s son Sean converted to Islam in Iran. AFP made an error in its report, however, by asserting that the famed director is Jewish. Judaism is matrilineal and only Stone’s father is Jewish. His mother – ironically, given the nationality of the press agency – is French and Catholic.
But never mind. The question remains why would Stone’s son convert to Islam? A conventional answer might be the oft-cited links now between Islamism and leftism. But there may be another reason: Islam’s attitude towards women. Stone pere has been married three times, but his reputation as womanizer (and, to some, misogynist) extends far beyond that paltry number. Perhaps his son, in the tradition of the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, was seeking opportunities via Islam his father never had: simultaneous marriages, “temporary” marriages, divorce laws tilted notoriously in favor of men, etc.
In case you missed it.
In three short years, an unprecedented explosion of spending, with borrowed money, has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt. And yet the president has put us on a course to make it radically worse in the years ahead.
The federal government now spends one of every four dollars in the entire economy. It borrows one of every three dollars it spends. No nation, no entity, large or small, public or private, can thrive, or survive intact, with debts as huge as ours.
The president’s grand experiment in trickle-down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. He seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. In fact, it works the other way: A government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class and those who hope to join it.
Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say, “First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you’ll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.”
The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private-sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills.
That means a dramatically simpler tax system of fewer loopholes and lower rates, a pause in the mindless piling on of expensive new regulations that devour dollars that otherwise could be used to hire somebody. It means maximizing on the new domestic energy technologies that are the best break our economy has gotten in years.
Full text here.
Time was that if you were a woman and wanted to work at a newspaper, you were sent to cover parties and the doings of “high society.” Either that or, like the late, great Dorothy Kilgallen, writing “sob stories,” human interest stories aimed at bringing a tear to the reader’s eye, a lump to the throat.
Then came the 1970s, Roe v. Wade, penumbras and emanations, women on the march, complete with their own anthem, I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar:
And now, having achieved parity in news columns and as columnists, The Washington Post’s relatively new publisher, Katharine Weymouth, granddaughter of the late Katharine Graham, has brought the institution full circle with a new blog with the air-sickness-inducing name of She The People, — “The World As Women See It.” And the birth of She The People –get this — has inspired the newspaper’s ombudsman, one Patrick B. Pexton to inquire, of all the questions in all the world, Is The Post Innovating Too Fast?
Earth to Mr. Pexton: What The Post is doing is not innovating too fast; it is, rather, bicycling backwards too slowly, uphill. This ludicrous new blog is the opposite of progress.
Now the gals are back in the corral where they were lassoed from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Thanks a lot.
At least here at PJM we’re all considered bloggers, contributors and columnists, irrespective of our gender. Isn’t that what the so-called women’s movement was all about?
From Howard Fineman at the Huffington Post:
In a brief interview with The Huffington Post on Friday, Paul acknowledged he will have a decision to make if he loses the GOP bid come August.
In his conversation with HuffPost, Paul noted that he had won nearly as many delegates in Iowa as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum had, and that he was likely to pick up a good share here in New Hampshire and — having hauled in $13 million last quarter — in other contests to come.
With many delegates in a bloc heading into the convention in Tampa, didn’t that mean he would remain committed to the GOP and not run an independent candidacy in the fall, even if he did not secure the nomination?
“I’ll decide that later,” Paul said while he was waiting for his son Rand Paul, a GOP senator from Kentucky, to finish an interview with the press.
When asked whether it would be difficult to run independently with a son who might want to run for the GOP nomination some day, the senior Paul said again, “I’ll decide that later,” before being hustled to a press event.
In the past, Paul has sounded more certain that he wouldn’t seek an independent presidential run, though he has not flatly denied the possibility.
Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum joined forces today and filed a joint motion with a district court in Virginia, joining Rick Perry’s effort to force the Virginia Board of Elections to put them on the ballot for the state’s March 6 presidential primary.
The candidates are seeking to intervene as plaintiffs in a case filed by Rick Perry for ballot access to the Virginia primary pursuant to an order issued by the court on December 29, 2011.
Here’s a link to the motion.
Tatler Exclusive: DOJ Source Says Texas Attorney General Abbott Is Blowing the State’s Voter ID Defense
Justice Department sources report to Tatler that DOJ lawyers are flabbergasted at the ineptitude of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on a variety of election related issues. The latest example is yesterday’s Fort Worth Star Telegram story about voter ID. In it, Abbott spokeswoman Lauren Bean says Abbott will defend Voter ID, but only after DOJ objects to the law. The Star Telegram says:
“The Department of Justice’s decision to deny pre-clearance to South Carolina’s Voter ID law is inconsistent with its own previous decisions and flies in the face of U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” Bean said.
The DOJ sources report that Texas seems unaware that the Georgia preclearance was conducted using an old legal standard, no longer in effect. A new standard was passed by Congress in 2006 and Texas’ misplaced reliance on the Georgia Voter ID approval by DOJ is making Texas seem out of touch with the environment they face. They also say there is nothing in Supreme Court rules that are inconsistent with the South Carolina objection, and Texas doesn’t seem to understand that. More from the story:
“The Texas attorney general’s office is prepared to take all necessary legal action to defend the voter ID law enacted by the Texas Legislature,” spokeswoman Lauren Bean said.
The DOJ source reports that “if that were really true, then Abbott would have filed in federal court against us after the South Carolina objection. They have no clue what they are doing and the damage they are doing to Texas Voter ID. They think they can win after an objection. Good luck. They have no idea what is about to happen.”
In this conversation with Roger Simon, Victor Davis Hanson discusses his PJMedia article on race that prompted the Stanford Daily newspaper to demand his ouster from Stanford. He also talks about the difference between elite and middle class notions of what is racist and actual racism. Click on the image to watch.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer talks to Bill Whittle about the illegal immigration problem along the southern border. The border is starting to resemble a war zone. Brewer is outraged about the approach the federal government is taking on border issues. Has the Obama administration surrendered sovereign US territory to illegal immigrants? Will drug cartels take over the United States? Hear what Gov. Brewer has to say.