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Mitt Romney: ‘Is Not Like Us’ – Except Now He Is

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Back in August of 2011,  Politico ran a piece about how Team Obama expected Mitt Romney to be the GOP presidential nominee. This was Obama’s victory plan:

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”

The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s reelection campaign will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”

“First, they’ve got to like you, and there’s not a lot to like about Mitt Romney,” said Chicago Democratic consultant Pete Giangreco, who worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign. “There’s no way to hide this guy and hide his innate phoniness.”

As the plan went forth into the heart of the 2012 campaign, a slogan was developed that nicely summed up Team Obama’s efforts to “kill Romney.”

That slogan was: “Mitt Romney. Not One of Us.”

The plan and the slogan worked even better than expected, especially when Romney himself helped bring the narrative to life.

Here is a “Not One of Us” Obama ad that ran in Ohio.

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Then this little ad circulated around the web. (Notice how Romney looks like that big mean boss you always hated.)

We all know how the story ends. With the help of the mainstream media, the” kill” was accomplished.

Then, shortly after the election, photos started emerging showing how an unemployed Romney really was “one of us.”

Romney pumps his own gas!  (No guys in white gloves helping him.)

Romney eats pizza. (That says “average Joe” more than anything.)

He hugs his wife while making breakfast!  (Mitt and Ann have true love 24/7.)

Mitt and Ann go to the movies!   (When unemployed you have more time.)

And even though he lost the election, Romney still went to Disneyland!

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Tribal Voting Behavior Means The Republican Party Could Go The Way Of the Whigs

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

When I first moved to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia in 1980 there was a sign on a small office building that said National Headquarters for Veterans of World War I. Driving by that building always left me wondering when this distinguished organization would cease to exist.

Sure enough one day the sign was gone, replaced by a shiny new plaque for a law firm.

After the 2012 election results, I wonder if the Republican Party will suffer a similar fate?

Possibly, and here are two reasons why: tribal behavior and demographics with tribal behavior the more devastating of the two.

On November 13th in The New York Times under a subhead that read “MIND”,  Richard A. Friedman, M.D. penned a piece entitled, Primal Emotions Come to Fore in Politics. Here, he describes the psychology behind group voting patterns. He says whether you vote for a Republican or a Democrat is NOT based on ideas alone.

Most people do not choose a political party by carefully analyzing its policies or even its track record for competence. Instead, some social scientists argue that people select their political party in early adulthood the way they choose their friends or social groups: They go for the party that has people who resemble themselves.

Once you’ve selected your party, you are likely to retrofit your beliefs and philosophy to align with it. In this sense, political parties are like tribes; membership in the tribe shapes your values and powerfully influences your allegiance to the group.

So strong is the social and emotional bond among members of a political tribe that they are likely to remain loyal to their party even when they give it low marks for performance. Yankees fans don’t jump ship when their team loses any more than Republicans switch parties when they lose an election.

Here is a personal example of Dr. Friedman’s theory in action. Recently I asked my 86-year-old mother why she voted Democrat her entire life and her explanation was rather simple, “Everyone I knew voted Democrat and I was always one who went along with the crowd.”

My mother’s reasoning also explains why there is so much continuing loyalty to the Democrat Party within the African-American community.

Tribal voting patterns are also prevalent among younger voters.

Within my extended family that is spread across the nation, those in their thirties or younger would not dare vote for Romney or any Republican.  They know it is not cool to vote for a party that wants to turn back the clock. Democrats after all are young and hip.  This sums up what Dr. Friedman wrote: They go for the party that has people who resemble themselves.

Certainty this phenomenon has been prevalent among Jewish voters, teachers, gays and union members for decades. Now even Asian-American voters went 73% tribal for Obama.

But none of this “voter group think” compares with how Hispanic demographics will surely land the Republican Party next to the Whig Party in the history books, considering that 50,000 Hispanics will turn 18 every month for the next two decades.

With Obama last week garnering 75% of the Hispanic vote, you can be sure that Team Obama (or its successor) will know their names, where they live and will be at their doorstep with a birthday cupcake and a voter registration form.

It is painfully obvious that Democrats fully embrace the sheer strength and pull of tribal politics and there is not much Republicans can do about it.

If you want to call me a naysayer then go right ahead, but before you do, read what newly elected Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz told Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker:

In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat…If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House.  New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat.  If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple.  We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter.  If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes.  The Republican Party would cease to exist.  We would become like the Whig Party.  Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. ‘They had Conventions, they nominated Presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.’

If you are looking to me for any explanations about how the GOP can save itself I do not have any. But I do know that Bible based principles, the basis for more traditional thinking on social issues WILL NOT CHANGE and neither will Republican beliefs that less government, lower taxes and more personal responsibility is better for our nation’s future.

So unless there is a dramatic shift in our nation’s tribal voting behavior you can expect that shiny brass sign on the Republican National Committee headquarters to eventually be replaced by a law firm with either all Asian or Hispanic partners.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, George W. Bush Might Well Be The Last Republican President

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

OK, now I am forced to move “FORWARD” in a bus with “Revenge” emblazoned on the side that is waiting to take me to re-education camp.

So before I board, here are some thoughts on the election.

Romney’s loss has its roots in the GOP primary race. The primary season went on far too long, hurting an already bruised “Republican Brand” giving Obama several extra months to fortify his superb campaign organization — an organization that was never dismantled from his 2008 victory.

Obama’s organization was noted for being the most “micro-targeted campaign organization in history.” Romney’s organization was no match for this well managed and sophisticated high-tech machine

Having said that, more important is the question: How can the GOP attract general election voters if even more “moderate” candidates are forced during the primary season to move far right on cultural and social issues, thus alienating an electorate that is clearly moving more to the middle and left?

It is now obvious that the ultra- right Republican base wields too much power at the grass-roots level. Not only did that force Romney to move far to the right on all social issues during the primaries, but was a major reason why the GOP did not win the Senate when the odds were in our favor in 2012 and 2010.  There must be a balance reached on some social issues, although I will be the first to admit any compromise is going to be very difficult with a Christian evangelical base.

More than any other factor, Romney’s loss can be attributed to the demographic and cultural time bomb that finally exploded last night in the Republican Party.  Example “A” was Romney’s need to win Hispanics by at least 40%.

He fell 11 points short garnering only 29%.

By comparison, McCain in 2008 attracted 31% and President George W. Bush in 2004 won 40% of this growing minority that now comprises 10% of the electorate, up from 9% in 2008.

This past May, noticing that the composition of the GOP base was static, while changing national demographic and cultural shifts were happening at warp speed — I penned a piece on PJ Media posing the question: Could George W. Bush Be The Last Republican President?  Many faithful readers promptly took my head off. But in view of last night’s blow-out let’s revisit some of the reasons stated in the piece.

Rapidly changing demographic trends that favor the Democrat Party.

An education system controlled by liberals that churns out young liberals.

A population with an ever increasing dependence on government in the form of entitlements and subsidies.

A mainstream media that is overwhelmingly comprised of journalists who subtly and not so subtly spin the news in support of Democrats and liberal causes.

The influence of Hollywood, which makes it cool to be a liberal Democrat.

A culture where non-traditional social and sexual behavior has become mainstream.

A hatred for Republicans in general and a tendency to blame the party for “the mess we’ve inherited.”

A Republican Party that is growing increasingly white, old, southern, and male, while alienating majorities of younger voters, Hispanics, African Americans, gays, teachers, young professionals, atheists, unmarried women, and even suburban married women.

Besides all those factors describing Romney’s up hill climb, his lack of response, while being pounded by Team Obama on Bain Capital and the auto bailout, resulted in Obama defining Romney before Romney defined himself — a key reason why Obama won four more years and one where Romney could have launched  a major assault but did not.

Let me close on a personal note before the bus takes me away. (A friend has even offered to visit and bring “a potato for your stone soup.” )

Since around mid- August sometimes while I exercised,  I listened to a leading country music station in South Florida. (Only if I was burned out listening to Talk Radio.)

On the country station, I was surprised to hear Obama ads effectively targeting young blue-color voters. To me this was a red flag that Team Obama really had their summer act together.

Then starting in mid- October, I finally began to hear Romney ads on this same station. His message was not even a targeted message, just a general one saying what Obama had not done and what Romney would do.

So last night after the election outcome was known, I was surprised by how poorly Romney did, but not totally shocked because I remembered this country radio “ah ha” moment.

But the entire GOP top to bottom needs to be shocked into a major course correction or George W. Bush will be the last Republican President.

Now just how much pressure does Senator Marco Rubio feel this morning as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate who might have the best chance of making sure that does not happen?

 

 

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How Will The Mainstream Media Cover President Romney? Hint: Remember George W. Bush?

Monday, November 5th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

What prominent institution did everything it could to make George W. Bush a failed president?

If your answer is the mainstream media (MSM) you would be correct.

The MSM was shocked shocked when Bush won reelection in 2004 and they were not going to cut him any slack whatsoever about anything good or bad that was happening in our nation at the time.

Remember what Senator John Kerry famously said about President Bush during the 2004 presidential campaign, “I can not believe I am losing to this idiot.”

All the MSM agreed, and so their mantra was: Bush is a stupid warmonger, totally out of his league — the economy sucks — he is running up the deficits and unemployment at 5.4% is way too high.

So now if Romney defeats Obama, look for a new MSM attitude that sounds something like this:  “We can’t believe we couldn’t keep Obama  in the White House after we put him there, so now let’s do everything we can to make Romney a one-term president”

With that thought in mind, here are just a few MSM news stories that you should prepare yourself to hear repeatedly over the next four years, starting on Wednesday, November 7th.

  • There are 46 million Americans on food stamps.  (Headline every other day.)
  • The unemployment rate for African Americans is 14.3% and 10% for Hispanics. (Romney is just a rich white guy who does not care about people of color.)
  • The national unemployment rate is 7.9% (But since we all know the rate is really around 15%, why don’t we just start saying 15% is the official rate?)
  • Our national deficit is now over $16 trillion and out of control. (OMG, when did that happen? Could it have been during the Democratic National Convention this summer? Oh well, we ignored that, but now let’s make sure every American knows how to write out $16,000,000,000 and truly understands what this number means for our national future.)
  • The liberal agenda and policies of President Obama were not defeated. (This election just reflects the normal ebb and flow of American politics.)
  • Job creation and general economic improvement has improved dramatically since Romney was elected president.  (Romney is the beneficiary of the economic momentum started by Obama. Yes, yes, all hands on deck for this one!)
  • Hillary in 2016.  (Yippee!  Now we must all coordinate our talking points and band together to make President Romney a one-termer who only cares about big business, big oil, big defense, big pharma, and ignores the plight of all minorities, and the poor. Let’s get crackin’ because the 2016 race for the White House starts today!)

 

 

 

 

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Exclusive: Background Story Behind the Full-Page Ad in the Washington Times Today With 500 Generals and Admirals Endorsing Romney

Monday, November 5th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Here is the exclusive background story behind the full-page ad running in today’s Washington Times with 500 names of retired admirals and generals who are endorsing Romney over the current commander in chief.  This ad has become big news and has been widely reported on the day before the election.

The force behind the ad is Carl Smith.  Here is an email he sent me today explaining the ad and how it all came about.

I am a former Naval Aviator (flew with John McCain), and a former Staff Director and Chief Counsel (Rep) on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Now I am a lawyer in private practice (McGovern & Smith, LLC).

I was responsible for building a similar list for McCain in 2008. We have been working this time around with the Romney campaign on something called the Romney Military Advisory Council (MAC). However, our effort in the Washington Times is NOT connected with the campaign. I’ll explain.

In building the MAC, the campaign followed a very thorough (and therefore time-consuming) process to vet and confirm every individual on the list. They stopped taking additions on October 13 when they were planning to publish the list.

Their list was finally published on October 17. That list contained 359 names.

We had (eventually) about 140 or more names that came in too late to meet their process requirements. Those individuals wanted to be identified in support of Gov Romney–but it was too late. So we decided to go out on our own and pay for the ad ourselves. The campaign eventually added 30 names for a total of 389. We have over 500 on our list.

We chose the Washington Times (rather than Washington Post or New York Times) in part because the Washington Times rates were more reasonable and because the Washington Times had been so much more aggressive in reporting on the Benghazi massacre. And quite frankly, we were reluctant to contribute financially to newspapers that had been so blatantly unfriendly to the Romney campaign.

The simple answer to your question regarding why so many are supporting Romney is that (I believe) they see in Gov Romney a man of integrity, competence, and a solid record of achievement–someone who can be trusted with the awesome responsibilities of the Office of the President.

So far, the list has been mentioned on FOX News, Drudge, CNN (Soledad O’Brien), and it is ricocheting around the net.

That’s the story!

PJ Media would like to thank Carl Smith for sharing the background behind this phenomenal full-page ad with our readers.

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What Are They Thinking? The Last 2012 Election Photo Caption Contest

Monday, November 5th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Here we are the day before the wheels come off the craziest train ever!

That means Tatler Photo Contest fans have permission to allow all inner feelings about these two gentlemen rise to the surface and EXPLODE!  No Rules! No Rules!  (Even if the media is watching.)  Who cares about them anyway?

The truth is our normal rules of “be nice and stay classy” are trashed for this contest because the future of our Republic is at stake!

To start things off here is my entry:

Oh no, now we are thinking, “maybe THEY DID build that.”

Not too bad, but you can do better. So let it rip.

The winner will receive train loads of PR in a future post.

Good luck and buckle your seat belt because the next few days are sure to be a rough ride with a chance of a crash landing.

 

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‘Romney’ Spelled Out In The Sky Photo — Is This The Sign We Have Been Waiting For?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Skywriter in Tucson this morning made my day. Covered 10 sg miles and not one thing the libs could do!

Today a friend sent me this photo that she received from her friend in Tucson, AZ.

The caption was from the original email.

This has to be one of the best election photos ever.

What do you think?

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Romney/Ryan Are The First Names On The Florida Ballot — And There Is Even More Positive And Historic News From My Early Voting Experience

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Instead of wearing an “I voted early” sticker, I would much rather wear an “I voted early so stop calling me” sticker. For it is no exaggeration that we receive at least 30 calls a day from Republican groups and candidates.

That said, yesterday was the day I had scheduled to vote early. Several times this week, while driving by the polling place, I noticed the lines were long so I decided to set aside a specific block of time to vote.

My husband who had voted at lunch said it took him about an hour. However, my plan was to cut that time in half by voting during what I thought would be the afternoon “slow session.”

Wrong!  I got there at 3:30pm and began standing in a long line.

The folks behind me in line were chatting it up about President Obama. A man who looked to be about 60, said Obama has not done anything to improve things while in office. (I assumed he was talking about the economy.) That man was talking to a middle aged woman who said Obama’s handling of Benghazi, Libya was disgraceful and he should go before the American people and come clean.

Contrary to my normal behavior I did not say a word, while enjoying what I was hearing and seeing — a seemingly pro-Romney crowd standing in this long line, growing longer as the afternoon wore on.

Now in order to be an early Florida voter you must be very motivated and wear comfortable shoes, for every early voter I know has said it took between 1 to 2 hours to cast their vote.

Well 4:45pm rolled around and the time to exercise my right as an American citizen had finally arrived.  Polling staff asked for a photo ID that was promptly scanned. Then they told me to step out of line and wait while they printed my ballot.  (PRINTED MY BALLOT.. in case you missed that.)

After about a minute, four legal size pages were placed in a “privacy cover” and handed to me along with a black pen. At that point I was directed to a desk. Fortunately I was able to sit down and vote while others were heading to the stand up voting area after standing in line for over an hour.

With black pen positioned, I was ready to fill in the little ovals next to the candidate names and amendment issues; all of this reminded me of 1960’s test taking technology.

The first names on the ballot were Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Noticing that Romney/Ryan appeared before Obama/Biden made me VERY happy because this was the second time I had seen their names printed first on the Florida ballot. Let me explain.

Last week, while helping my mother fill out her absentee ballot at her nursing home, I noticed Romney/Ryan listed first on the ballot. Immediately I thought the next ballot would have Obama/Biden printed first to even things out. But now, a week later, my ballot also had Romney/Ryan ordered first. This name order piqued my curiosity as to why Romney/Ryan were receiving what I instinctively thought was a positive placement advantage.

Little did I know then just how positive it was.

After I completed my ballot, the poll workers directed me to the ballot scanning machine, where I was instructed to insert my four page ballot, page by page. There, I asked the man monitoring the scanning machine why Romney’s name appeared first on the ballot.

He responded in a harsh tone saying, “That is the way it is and I don’t make the rules,” while my heart was secretly doing a happy dance.

Finally it was 5:15pm when I exited the polling place. When you count the 15 minutes to drive there, my exercise in democracy took two hours.

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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.)
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Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)
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Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)
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Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)
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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.)
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Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)
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Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)
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Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.)
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Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.)
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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.)
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When Corn Fields Replace Yard Signs

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Last night’s Presidential Debate may have been about war and foreign policy but another battle is growing in the fields across the fruited plain.

City folks have bumper stickers, suburban families have yard signs and farmers have hundreds of acres!

Clearly these farmers either have way too much time on their hands or voting with your field is a new trend.

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Do Not Tell Anyone, But Cupcake Sales Can Predict Who Wins The White House – A True Story

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Last week a Washington D.C. Republican consultant happily told my husband that Romney yard signs had overtaken Obama signs in what is usually his very Democrat leaning, upscale neighborhood in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Situated close to our nation’s capitol, Fairfax County is a fierce battleground within a must-win battleground state for both Obama and Romney.

After the consultant reported this positive development, my husband confirmed how neighborhood observations can, in fact be reliable indicators of larger trends by proceeding to tell him “Myra’s 2004 Election Day Cupcake Story.”

Later, when my husband told me he shared this amusing little story, I thought it would be fun to share it with the world.

On Election Day 2004, (President Bush vs. John Kerry) I was manning a sidewalk table handing out Republican sample ballots, just outside an elementary school in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia where I had voted earlier.

Now, Old Town Alexandria is a Democrat stronghold, and the few Republicans who live there are a frustrated bunch who usually end up drinking heavily on election nights.

It was about 4:00 pm in the afternoon when my husband called, telling me he had heard news reports (later debunked) that national exit polls were showing Kerry cruising to victory. Having worked on Bush’s campaign I was not pleased.

Shortly thereafter, two young women walked by my table and I heard one say to the other, “Did you buy a Kerry cupcake?”  She answered,” Yes, I already ate it and it was delicious.”  Upon hearing this I asked, “Where did you buy the Kerry cupcake?” They pointed to a table near the voting entrance that I had overlooked.

Apparently the PTA, taking advantage of their school’s status as a voting place was holding a bake sale. Prominent among the sweet treats were trays of cupcakes with “Kerry” written in blue icing.

Representing the interests of the other side, I asked if there were any Bush cupcakes for sale. The young PTA mom manning the table bent over and whispered in my ear, “Don’t tell anyone but I sold out of all the Bush cupcakes.”

Upon hearing this surprising news, I kept my composure, walked back to my sidewalk table and immediately called my husband. I told him that despite what he had heard about the exit polls, Bush was going to win reelection because if the PTA bake sale had sold out of Bush cupcakes in Old Town, Alexandria that was an indicator far more reliable than any exit poll.

Even more significant was the PTA mom’s stern whispered warning, “Don’t tell anyone.”  As if selling out of Bush cupcakes was highly sensitive national security information.

My interpretation of her warning was there were droves of loyal Democrats voting for Bush, but afraid to admit this until they were safely inside the privacy of the voting booth. What else could explain trays of unsold Kerry cupcakes?

So whether it be PTA cupcakes or Romney yard signs in formerly blue neighborhoods, all politics really is local and these symbols can accurately reflect national trends.

Finally, if you are surrounded by loyal Democrats but secretly plan on voting for Romney, trust me, you will have lots of company, but “don’t tell anyone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winner of What is President Obama Thinking? – Photo Caption Contest

Friday, October 19th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Now it is time to close out this week’s Great Debate(??) and announce the winners of our What is President Obama Thinking? – Photo Caption Contest.

Thanks to all who submitted entries.  Judging these contests are becoming increasingly difficult, which means you all are becoming more creative and more cynical about our Beloved Leader.

So without further ado, (whatever that means) it is time to announce the winners.

Unfortunately, our VIP judge,  Dr. Spin, called in from his private jet to inform he was too busy to judge our contest today. His spin was (get this) “working too hard helping a D-list celebrity get back up to the A- list from where she once ruled.”

But I forged ahead without him and went to “Judging Plan B.”

This is when I walk across the street to Dunkin’ Donuts and ask the old guys hanging around playing cards if they would like to be our replacement judges. They were delighted, so here are the winners.

Honorable Mentions:

“Move, Mitt! You’re blocking Candy’s hand signals!”  Submitted by GDI

Obama finds he can’t talk through his arse and sit on it at the same time. Submitted by Kimbly  (A former contest winner!)

If I concentrate I think I can make his head explode!  Submitted by Tim

I can hardly see the hidden teleprompter in the back row. Submitted by Sara Noble   (A former naughty contest winner!)

“Oh, so that’s what an intel briefing sounds like!”   

“Mitt, if you win this is how to deep bow to foreign dictators” Both submitted by cfbleachers (Our usual winner!)

The Grand Prize Winners were similar and thus a tie:

So that’s what presidential looks like.  Submitted by JED

So that’s what they mean by “look Presidential.” Submitted by rbj

The only thing that would have made the old guys at Dunkin’ smile more than judging this contest was if I had asked them to judge binders full of women.  Bad joke!

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

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Should President Obama Address Rumors of Election Unrest Before the Election?

Friday, October 19th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Our nation has always prided itself on an orderly and regular transition of presidential power.

Nothing showcases that orderly transition more than the president and the president-elect together riding in a limo up to Capitol Hill for the inauguration ceremony.

This limo ride is especially noteworthy if the president-elect has just defeated the president. You have to go all the way back to 1992, after President Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W Bush for the last time such an awkward ride occurred.

However, if President Obama is defeated, will his January limo ride with Mitt Romney be as smooth?

Maybe not, because as the presidential election winds down, there are two disturbing issues swirling around the blogosphere that have become nearly impossible to ignore.

Recently, Drudge Report has linked to articles predicting riots and urban unrest based on social media, if President Obama loses the election.

Even worse, are increasing threats of an assassination attempts against Governor Romney if President Obama is defeated.

“The Secret Service is aware of this and will conduct appropriate follow up if necessary,” Brian Leary, a spokesman for the United States Secret Service, says in an email, from a piece by the Weekly Standard that was linked on Drudge.

With both these news items going viral, there are several questions that come to mind.

First, should President Obama address these issues?

My answer is “yes.”

For, if on the day before the election, the polls show a genuine tie, President Obama has an obligation to the American people to make a prime-time television address asking all Americans to stay calm.

Certainly an address of this nature would be historic, awkward — but necessary — if news reports of potential unrest or worse continue to abound.

In his speech, President Obama should mention that in our nation’s history there is no tradition of citizens erupting in violence if the election outcome is not to their liking. Furthermore, our non-violent tradition must continue, or our reputation as the world’s most stable and leading democracy would be challenged.

Second, should Mitt Romney address this issue on the day before the election?

Yes, I believe Romney should ask for national calm if Obama does not.

Third, should Obama and Romney together make a nationally televised statement addressing this issue?

In my opinion, a joint statement would send the strongest signal to the electorate that violence would not be tolerated, no matter who wins the White House.

A joint statement would be especially prudent if, for example, before Election Day it was reported that some governors have activated the National Guard as a preventive measure.

Given the polarized state of the American electorate, mixed with the extreme passion and high tension that is now prevalent, anything is possible on the evening of or day after the election.

Just because election unrest or violence is politically incorrect to discuss, this would not preclude it from happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rumors Gone Wild: The Tampon Rumor Rides Again

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

As pointed out on Twitchy today, the “GOP wants to ban tampons” rumor has gooten going on Twitter. You may recall that we reported this one on October 7.

This is actually something that has fascinated me since the old Palin Rumors list. A story will start on a satire site — as this one did — and become common knowledge as the truth.

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Obama Myth: Fast and Furious Started Under Bush

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

We can just turn this one over to Jake Tapper:

Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”

In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.

Previous programs involving ATF agents allowing guns to “walk” across the border so as to trace them were run during the Bush presidency, but not this particular “field-initiated program.”

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Romney Rumors: Romney Used “Cheat Sheet” During Debate

Friday, October 5th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

You can sort of see how the Obama fans would believe this.  How could the Smartest Man In The Room — for any room — the Lightbringer, the One, be bested intellectually by someone who merely has two Harvard graduate degrees and made a zillion dollars.  So it makes sense that Kos, for example, would conclude that Romney must have had help (just as they concluded Bush was getting radio control during the 2004 debate, when he more or less whupped John Kerry):

There is a scandal brewing that suggests that Mitt Romney used crib notes for the debate.  This is of course, C-H-E-A-T-I-N-G!, and would be awful if true.

I believe the candidates are only supposed to have a blank piece of paper (pad) and a pen at the podium, provided by the CPD.  No notes, this isn’t “open book.”

In a move that might remind many of Joe Niekro ‘s flying emery board Romney seems to have gotten caught taking notes from his pocket and later unfolding it on the podium.

Thanks to BuzzFeed, we now have conclusive proof that Romney had something at the podium:

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Obama Myth: When Did the Obama Administration Start? (A Bleg)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

Before I started trying to catalog the various Romney Rumors — to which I’m now adding Obama Myths starting today — I pointed out something odd I’d noticed: that Obama’s term in office had started peculiarly late. At least, it seemed that all 2009 spending had been signed by Bush (although the budget was signed in March 2009 and the Stimulus was signed in February), and Fast and Furious, started in late October 2009 was supposed to have started under Bush.

We learned today that according to Nancy Pelosi, assignment of diplomatic security in Benghazi, which is done by the State Department, was also weak because the Republicans did it.

So I thought we should crowd-source this a little bit: in the comments, please link me examples of the Democrats saying that something actually happened during the Bush Administration or under Republican control of the Executive functions.

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Romney Rumor: Mitt Doesn’t Understand What Working As A Garbageman Is Like

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

As just reported by my colleague Bob Owens, not only has Romney worked as a garbageman, he even used the same line about how garbagemen are invisible.

Raising the question of whether AFSCME’s ad agency are fools, plagiarists, or actually working for Romney.

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Romney Rumor: Did Romney Force His Name Into a ‘Ryan’ Chant?

Friday, September 28th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

MSNBC wants you to think so:

On Wednesday, MSNBC aired a clip of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leading what looks like a failed “Romney-Ryan” chant at a campaign stop in Ohio on Tuesday, prompting an embarrassed Joe Scarborough to mutter “Oh, sweet Jesus” and a purse-lipped Mika Brzezinski to ask “What’s wrong with those people?” You can see our coverage of Scarborough’s outburst here, but we’ve included the clip as a refresher:

Blaze readers who were there didn’t agree:

“I … [was] near the front of the crowd and Paul Ryan had just finished speaking,” Michele Jewett of Carlisle, Ohio, told TheBlaze in an email.

“He introduced Governor Romney and handed the microphone to him. Gov. Romney said, ‘What about that Paul Ryan’ and the crowd immediately started chanting, ‘Romney, Romney‘ not ’Ryan, Ryan’ like the closed captioning on the MSNBC video stated,” she adds.

Indeed, the MSNBC closed captions claims the was crowd chanting “Ryan!“ when attendees say they were actually chanting ”Romney!” Obviously, this changes a lot about the situation. Instead of awkwardly inserting his name into what sounds like a failed chant, Gov. Romney was actually including his running mate in a crowd chant of his own name.

“Mitt said, ‘Let’s try this, Romney/Ryan, Romney/Ryan, I like that better!‘ Jewett’s email continues. “I thought to myself ‘what a humble guy to include Ryan in our chant.’”

And C-SPAN lets you decide for yourself.

Remember: they think you’re sheep.

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Winner of ‘Romney Winning 301 Electoral Votes Projected by Polling Data’ – Photo Caption Contest

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Seriously folks, someone had to help me off the floor because I was laughing so hard after reading all these submissions to our latest PJ Tatler – Photo Caption Contest.  If you missed it, click here for a guaranteed good time.

As expected, I received numerous emails and calls from friends “who side with the enemy,” accusing me of drinking, doing drugs, fantasizing, gone wacko and this one:

 I would forward your map on to Chuck Todd, who is a leading expert on the polling….but it would be an embarrassment to me…and in like…to you. What is scary is that you actually believe this stuff (kind word) you produce.   (Name withheld – next to a smiley face which proves he still loves me!)

But who cares what they say, we had fun didn’t we?

To determine the winner, I consulted a friend who is a “world famous spin doctor to the 1%” (my friends have bizarre skill sets) and since he was too busy being a “world famous spin doctor to the 1%,” ignored my immediate pleas for help and I was forced to judge alone.

So here are the results of the Me, Myself and I expert panel of judges.

 Pauline Kael still doesn’t know anyone who voted for Romney.  Submitted by Chris Henderson

(Google the Pauline Kael reference to Nixon if you don’t understand)

 “Darn it. I just can’t be defeated, or Romney will spend the next four years blaming me for the economy.   Submitted by gagblue

 I was blue until I red this map.  Submitted by Raoul Magneto

 A bitter clinging to guns & religion.  Submitted by RockThisTown

 Obama quakes in Mideast cause landslide in US.  Submitted by cfbleachers

 Caption: Axelrod to Obama: ” We’re skewed!”   Submitted by Visforvoter

 And the two GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (because it was impossible to pick just one) are:

His march Forward is blocked by a Red Sea, try and part this one oh chosen one.  Submitted by Independent Thinker (IT)

 “Plouffe, the magic’s draggin’ !”   Submitted by cfbleachers  (A contest regular with amazing talent.)

Thanks to all who played along and we look forward to hearing from you next time a photo or image is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

 

 

 

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Romney Rumor: Ryan Calls Romney “The Stench”

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

Okay, Rick and Michael have already pretty well covered this (that’s what I get for going out to lunch) but this has to get in the Romney Rumors.

When Roger Simon wrote in Politico Wednesday that Paul Ryan’s new nickname for Mitt Romney is “Stench,” a number of news outlets — from MSNBC to Mediaite — took it seriously.

Simon told BuzzFeed: “Some people always don’t get something, but I figured describing PowerPoint as having been invented to euthanize cattle would make the satire clear. I guess people hate PowerPoint more than I thought.”

As Buzzfeed points out, the list of people who fell for it is long and extinguished distinguished:

I think I’m going to create an official Sheep Award for people who fall for these things.

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The ‘Stench’?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 - by Michael Walsh

Well, this stinks.

You’re not going to like this much (or maybe you will), but here’s what Politico is pushing:

Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.

“I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday…

Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”

Even before the stench article appeared, there was a strong sign that Ryan was freeing himself from the grips of the Romney campaign. It began after his disastrous appearance on Friday before AARP in New Orleans. Ryan delivered his remarks in the style dictated by his Romney handlers: Stand behind the lectern, read the speech as written and don’t stray from the script.

If true, can’t say I’m terribly surprised. Ryan’s a fighter.  Mitt… not so much. On the other hand, Ryan could simply be making a joke at the Times‘s expense — after all, it’s not like the media has a sense of humor or anything.

 

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Romney Rumor: Romney Pays Lower Tax Rate Than Middle-Class

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

Obama’s campaign is now running this video:

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Is it true? In a word, no, and several groups have pointed it out.  FactCheck.org for example:

According to Romney’s 2010 tax return, he had an adjusted gross income of about $21.7 million in 2010 and paid about $3 million in taxes. That comes to an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent. That’s considerably less than the amount paid by most people with that high of an income, but in Romney’s case most of his income comes from dividends and capital gains — which are taxed at 15 percent rather than the highest marginal rate of 35 percent. Romney dipped below the 15 percent threshold because he donated about 14 percent of his income to charity.

The question, though, is whether Romney paying 14 percent is “probably less than you.”

It’s not if you look strictly at the income tax paid to the IRS. Scott Hodge, president of the business-backed Tax Foundation, released a report based on 2009 IRS tax data that found 97 percent of American tax filers paid a lower rate of income tax than Romney did. The bottom 40 percent of tax filers pay no income tax at all, or receive a refund, Hodge told us in a phone interview, and so “by definition, those people are paying less than Mitt Romney.” On average, Hodge said, people making between $100,000 and $200,000 paid about 12 percent in federal income taxes. That’s less than Romney’s 13.9 percent, and people making less than $200,000 represent more than 97 percent of all tax filers.

In fact, at 14 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center, Romney pays a higher rate than 97 percent of Americans.

Of course, that considers income tax only.  What about with payroll taxes? Then it edges up.  Again from FactCheck.org:

But there’s another way to look at this, and that is to include payroll taxes, those often unnoticed taxes that are usually withheld from an employee’s paycheck to pay for such things as Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance. The employer also pays payroll taxes for each employee, money that arguably would go to an employee if the company didn’t have to pay it. Together, those payroll taxes actually account for the lion’s share of federal taxes most people pay.

In February, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center released an analysis that found that when you include income tax and payroll taxes paid both by the employee and employer, people in the middle 20 percent paid an effective rate of 15.5 percent. That’s a higher percentage than Romney (who paid no payroll taxes because he declared no wages or salary in 2010).

I’ll just note in passing that if the Obama campaign is making that argument, it would be the first time in living memory that a Democrat has admitted the employer’s share of FICA was a tax on the employee.  Romney, being retired as far as the tax law goes — no wages, living entirely on investment income — doesn’t pay employment taxes.

But what about all those people in the Obama video who say they’re paying much more?  The problem is that most people confuse their actual tax rate and their marginal rate.  Your actual tax rate is easily calculated: take how much tax you paid over your total income.  The marginal rate is what you pay on your next dollar of income at your current, basically what the tax tables tell you when you do your taxes.  But because we have a progressive tax system, that’s not your total tax rate.  Say you make $50,000 — the first $20,000 or so has a tax rate of zero.  The next maybe $25,000 is taxed at, say, 12 percent. Then, in this admittedly contrived example, you get to that last $5000, and it’s taxed at your marginal rate, say 20 percent.  But you remember your marginal rate and think your actual tax rate is 20 percent.

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Romney Rumor: Romney Thinks Airplane Windows Should Open

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

Oh, my, this was popular yesterday.  See, eg, the LA Times:

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”

Huffington Post:

Making post-fundraiser comments this weekend, presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed a tenuous grip on the science of aviation, despite the fact that he and his wife, Ann, have been flying around the country this summer on the campaign trail.

After his wife’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing this weekend,Romney told the Los Angeles Times, he was worried for her safety. The candidate then continued on a bizarre tangent that showed just how little the Republican nominee understands about flight.

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney told the paper. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly.”

HuffPo added an update to the same article:

UPDATE: He was for rolling down airplane windows before he was against it.

Mitt Romney gave the Internet – and Rachel Maddow – a chuckle Monday after post-fundraiser comments that appeared to show the candidate has a tenuous grasp on the physics of flight.

But after Mitt Romney was quoted as saying that airplane windows “don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that,” a campaign pool reporter says the candidate was joking.

Ashley Parker, a New York Times reporter who filed on the comments, tells New Yorkmagazine that “it was clear from the context that he was not being serious.”

Dan Amira at New York magazine did a little fact checking and found (emphasis mine):

The Los Angeles Times story that relayed Romney’s airplane remark to the world was based off a pool report written by the New York Times‘s Ashley Parker. When we asked Parker this morning whether it seemed as if Romney made the mark in jest, she left no doubt. “Romney was joking,” she e-mailed. Parker told us that while the pool report didn’t explicitly indicate that Romney was joking, it was self-evident that he was. ”The pool report provided the full transcript of his comments on Ann’s plane scare,” she said, “and it was clear from the context that he was not being serious.”

 

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Romney Winning 301 Electoral Votes Projected By Polling Data – New Photo Caption Contest

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

Am I dreaming?

Maybe or maybe not, but either way this Electoral College map from Examiner.com  is based largely on projected results from UnSkewed Polls.com and some other astute analysis.

Upon seeing this map, I immediately knew it was time for another world famous Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

Since this past Sunday when Charlie Martin wrote about UnSkewed Polls.com on this very same PJ Tatler and then the Drudge Report linked to Martin’s piece, UnSkewed Polls has been quite the rage.

You can think of UnSkewed Polls as the web site equivalent of Advil. You take the site two times a day for relief from all the aches and pains caused by ingesting data from the usual polls, skewed by the oversampling of Democrats, resulting in depressing supporters of Team Romney.

Warning label: Taking UnSkewed Polls twice daily may cause delusions and euphoria.

So ignoring the warning label, here is my entry:  President Obama did not build this map and has canceled the election.

Lame, so lame and I know Tatler readers can do MUCH better.

(Actually, one could say President Obama’s policies did build it, but this is not part of my “official” entry.)

The winning caption writer will, as always, receive priceless PR in a future post.

Now, proceed immediately to your keyboard and submit a creative caption worthy of this Electoral College map projecting a solid red Romney romp.

For any reader new to our world famous Tatler Photo Caption Contests there are only two rules, “be nice and stay classy” because “the media” is watching.

Yes, THEY ARE watching, because if these projections ARE accurate, “the media,” (along with a ton of polling companies) will be out of business on Wednesday, November 7th – or probably trying to convince the American people that Romney stole the election.

Good luck and don’t get too cocky because all the red states on this map are only reflections of 2012 “hope” triumphing over 2008 “change.”

 

 

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Romney Rumor: Romney Thinks “Middle Income” is $200K-$250K

Friday, September 14th, 2012 - by Charlie Martin

Sometimes just a couple words makes all the difference. Here’s how the Huffington Post just reported something Romney said recently:

BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is promising to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans.

But how does he define “middle-income”? The Republican presidential nominee defined it as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year.

Romney commented during an interview broadcast Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

…. The definition of “middle income” or the “middle class” is politically charged. Both presidential candidates are fighting to win over working-class voters.

President Barack Obama has defined “middle class” as income up to $250,000 a year.

Now, let’s look at how it was reported elsewhere:

But how does he define “middle-income”? The Republican presidential nominee defined it Friday as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.

The definition of “middle income” or the “middle class” is politically charged as Romney and President Barack Obama fight to win over working-class voters. Romney would be among the wealthiest presidents, if elected, and Democrats have repeatedly painted him as out of touch with average people.

Obama also has set his definition for “middle class” as families with income of up to $250,000 a year.

I’ve bolded a few inconvenient words. Observe: the HuffPo reports “$200-$250″; the AP story elsewhere says $200K-$250K and less. Add the “and less” and suddenly Romney is saying the same limits as Obama — and the other bolded words make clear.

By the way, this is first in a series of Romney Rumors; it’s become clear that we need to capture these things just as we did with Palin. If you see anything you think needs to be debunked, pass it along.

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