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Friday Night Videos

August 31st, 2012 - 10:21 pm
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A soundtrack almost nobody bought to a movie almost nobody went to see, even though both were superior efforts. I did both, but I suspect the reason for the swing and the miss is that the movie and the soundtrack just don’t mesh.

It’s still a killer song though.

Microsoft to City Teachers: Drop Dead

August 31st, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Microsoft refuses to give a teacher their standard education discount on Office, because her email address ends in .gov instead of .edu — just like every other New York City public school teacher.

Brain-dead service.

(H/T, the Bearded One.)

Dejected Occupiers are Dejected

August 31st, 2012 - 1:53 pm

You want something that will make your day? How about photos of sad hippies?

“Republican National Convention protesters sobbed in each other’s arms as their weeklong series of protests came to an abrupt and unremarkable end.”

It’s almost as uplifting as the end of Easy Rider.

Is Iran Suicidal?

August 31st, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Here’s Krauthammer:

In U.S.-Soviet deterrence, both sides knew that a nuclear war would destroy them mutually. The mullahs have thought the unthinkable to a different conclusion. They know about the Israeli arsenal. They also know, as Rafsanjani said, that in any exchange Israel would be destroyed instantly and forever, whereas the ummah — the Muslim world of 1.8 billion people whose redemption is the ultimate purpose of the Iranian revolution — would survive damaged but almost entirely intact.

This doesn’t mean that the mullahs will necessarily risk terrible carnage to their country in order to destroy Israel irrevocably. But it does mean that the blithe assurance to the contrary — because the Soviets never struck first — is nonsense. The mullahs have a radically different worldview, a radically different grievance and a radically different calculation of the consequences of nuclear war.

Read the whole thing.


August 31st, 2012 - 11:12 am

More Whining from the Whiner-in-Chief

August 31st, 2012 - 10:59 am

President Obama tells Time magazine why his policies are so unloved:

The president says he also wants to do a better job of explaining to the public how his policies will help the economy grow. Obama claims he didn’t do a good enough job selling Americans on the stimulus plan and the auto company bailout because he was so focused on acting to fix the economy.

“[W]e were in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, so we had to just do stuff fast. And sometimes it wasn’t popular,” Obama told Time. “And we didn’t have the luxury of six months to explain exactly what we were doing with the Recovery Act, which was basically a jobs act and making-sure-middle-class-families-didn’t-fall-into-poverty act.”

Poor salesmanship, eh? Too busy presidenting to do any speechifying? That’s not what the record says — this President was omnipresent during 2009 and 2010. His polls tended to rise when he cut back on all the speeches and personal appearances.

Maybe — just maybe — Americans are sour on the stimulus because of this chart.

Obama’s next B.S. excuse is that “we didn’t know how bad it really was.” Puh-lease. What did he spend his transition doing? What was he reading in the weeks prior to passing the stimulus — Cat Fancy?magazine?

He didn’t have time to make the sale, he didn’t know how bad things really were, he didn’t even write the damn legislation. What did he spend the last four years doing, other than just being his totally awesome self and working up his March Madness picks?

We should also note that the economy had bottomed out in June of 2009, before a single stimulus dollar had been spent. All the stimulus did was dole out hundreds of billions to special interest groups and accelerate the dual bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare.

Could His Campaign Be Any Worse?

August 31st, 2012 - 9:25 am

Trifecta: Maybe President Obama is taking Mark Halperin’s advice, after all.

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

August 31st, 2012 - 9:08 am
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The Lame Leading the Lame

August 31st, 2012 - 8:05 am

The President is doing so well, Mark Halperin has produced a handy list of 11 items for him headlined, “The Way to Win By Mark Halperin.” And under the headline is Mark Halperin’s byline. Helpful, that.

Anyway, Mark Halperin encourages the president helpfully to “Ride the wave of identity politics,” and to “Warm up the armies of Democratic lawyers.” Oh, and let’s not forget Mark Halperin’s advice to “Suck it up and log the necessary hours to keep the campaign coffers filled.”

Identity politics! Lawyers! Fundraising! These are the things to stir the passions of million of Americans in our hour of need.

Stirring stuff, yes?



And Mark Halperin wouldn’t be offering up such cold porridge if he didn’t understand that this is a President in deep electoral doo-doo.

Dirty Little Muppet Secrets

August 30th, 2012 - 3:16 pm

The Swedish Chef? Actually Norwegian.

Geeks Over 40, Rejoice!

August 30th, 2012 - 2:12 pm
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But That’s Unpossible!

August 30th, 2012 - 9:44 am

Trifecta: Romney-Ryan and the GOP are already winning the first race of 2012 — the money race.

Program Note

August 30th, 2012 - 8:23 am

I plan on drunkblogging all of tonight’s RNC festivities. Tune in at… oh, whenever it is. I’ll start the drinking just as soon as I get Number One Son home from school.

“Want To Win the War on Women?”

August 30th, 2012 - 6:36 am

“Act like one!”

That’s Mary Chastain at Misfit Politics. Here’s more:

Both parties claim to be the party for women. The Democrats and liberals constantly mess up, and Code Pink are the quintessential example of the Left’s ridiculousness.

Walking vaginas!!! Yes, because that is the absolute best way to gain the respect of men.

If you don’t want to be treated like a SEX object then don’t walk around dressed as the woman’s SEX organ.

I made a walking penis costume this morning, and it was really easy to do. Just put on the same tie Chris Matthews is wearing.

UPDATE: Had forgotten the link before.

Obama Tarnished in the Silver State

August 30th, 2012 - 5:07 am

Über-lefty poling outfit PPP has President Obama slipping a bit in Nevada:

PPP’s newest Nevada poll finds Barack Obama holding on to a small lead in the state over Mitt Romney, 50-47. Obama’s advantage has been declining over the course of the year. In late March we found him up 8 points, in early June it was down to 6 points, and now the advantage is at 3.

At 50%, Obama is still likely to win the state, which in my mind traded placed with Colorado a month or so ago as the western battleground state least likely to flip for Romney. That said, the trend line can’t be a happy sight for Team Obama.

PPP’s sample was 38% Democrat, 34% Republican, 28% Indy or other. That strikes me as a pretty fair sample for NV, although looking at the swing from 2008 to 2010, Ds might be oversampled a point or three, and Rs slightly under. In 2008, Nevada voters cast just over 50% of their ballots for Democrat congressional candidates, and 55% for Obama. There was some ballot-splitting going on, but not much. In the 2010 congressional races, the ballot split was almost 51% for the GOP candidates and just 45% for the Democrat candidates. It’s safe to say that Nevada is more red today than it was in 2008, but there’s no way of telling just how much more.

Some of the demo breakdowns are also of interest:

Romney’s keeping it close despite Democrats’ registration advantage in Nevada because he’s ahead 51-41 with independents. Romney is also blowing Obama out with white voters, 57-40. Obama leads anyway largely because he has a 67-28 advantage with Hispanics.

This fits in nicely with Jeb Bush’s admonition yesterday to his fellow GOPers:

Speaking at a panel discussion at the Republican National Convention, Bush repeated his frequent warning that the party must change its tone, an admonition he has frequently raised about the party’s hardline position on immigration.

“The future of our party is to reach out consistently to have a tone that is open and hospitable to people who share values,’’ he said, adding “the conservative cause would be the governing philosophy as far as the eye could see … and that’s doable if we just stop acting stupid.”

Yes. That. Exactly.

One of Our Presidents is Missing!

August 29th, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Jay Cost, on the man who wasn’t mentioned even once during the primetime speeches at the RNC last night — Barack Obama:

At first blush, it might seem like an odd move. After all, this president is unpopular and in a weakened political position. Isn’t the time to strike now? The answer is, probably not.

For months, Democratic politicians, pundits, and strategists have been insisting that this election would be a choice, not a referendum. Little did they know that the Republican party actually agreed with them. Democrats thought that this “choice, not referendum” meme was their trump card, but in fact virtually every successful challenger throughout American history has won by making the contest a choice.

One side is campaigning like winners; the other, not so much. Don’t get cocky, but do draw your own conclusions.

Samsung Android Owners Giving Up?

August 29th, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Now this is just weird:

According to new data from cell phone resale company Gazelle.com, Samsung smartphones are being dumped by users following a California jury’s declaration that 21 of Samsung’s Android devices infringe on Apple patents — the company reports a 50% increase in the number of Samsung smartphones sold over the past few days. “Consumers seem to be jumping ship,” Gazelle.com’s chief gadget officer Anthony Scarsella told MarketWatch. “We expect this trend to continue, especially with this latest verdict.” Scarsella also noted that the increase in sales has prompted a 10% average price drop on used Samsung devices, and MarketWatch adds that several experts believe prices will continue to fall.

Samsung owners, presumably happy with their devices, start selling them because of a jury verdict in California? This makes no sense to me. In fact, I would think the story was a hoax if there weren’t real numbers backing it up.

Does anyone have anything like an explanation?

I Swear I’m Not Making This Up

August 29th, 2012 - 2:41 pm

President Obama right this very instant is campaigning… on Reddit.

While black babies drown!

First, there was “jumped the shark.” Then we had “nuked the fridge.” But only Obama could top them both with “campaigned on Reddit.”

UPDATE: Twitchy has already compiled the greatest hits. Me, I love the commenter who commented to another commenter, “Don’t correct the President, neckbeard.”

I’ll be on Twitter later, trying to make that a meme.

The Telling Detail

August 29th, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Rasmussen has President Obama up 51% – 43% in Connecticut, with 3% undecided and the remaining 3% for various third party candidates. So, let’s face it: Mitt Romney is not going to take Connecticut.

Of course, Romney was never-ever going to take CT. Not in a million election years. It’s one of the most reliably Democrat states in the Union.

What’s interesting is, Obama won the state last time around with nearly 61% of the vote. He’s down ten points from 2008 in, as I just said, “one of the most reliably Democrat states.” And it isn’t like Obama has a big ton of undecideds to win back from the middle. Connecticut voters have pretty much made up their minds: They still like Obama, but they’re out of love with Obama.

So how do voters in purple states like Colorado or Ohio really feel?

Yahoo News Bureau Chief: Romney’s a Racist

August 29th, 2012 - 11:54 am


In video broadcast Monday night by ABC over the internet, an ABC News employee can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Issac.

“They aren’t concerned at all,” the person says on tape. “They are happy to have a party when black people drown.”

That line elicits laughter from several employees listening in on the joke.

That “employee” was none other than Yahoo’s Washington Bureau chief, David Chalian. He was fired today, and rightly so. Just remember, that these are the people deciding what’s news and what isn’t.

Here’s the audio.

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Media bias is a myth, right? I mean, it’s not like they all laughed or anything.

UPDATE: ABC News very bravely turned and ran and made the video clip private — but not before NewsBusters saved the relevant part and made it their own. The new clips above should play just fine if you were having problems before.

H/T to our own Ed Driscoll for the save.

Jonah Goldberg adds and subtracts the big numbers so you don’t have to:

I keep hearing defenders and even objective analysts saying that the Obama campaign’s financial “burn rate” isn’t that big a problem because the Obama campaign is making long term “strategic investments” in “infrastructure” that will pay off down the road (Sound familiar?). Here’s Obama campaign press secretary Ben Labolt: “Since we knew from the outset that Republican super PACs would likely outspend us on the air, we made a decision to invest early in building the largest grassroots campaign in history so that our supporters could engage in 500 days of persuasion with their networks.”

I have three responses to this. First: “Well, see.” Investments can only be verified as wise when they pay off.

Second, I’m not sure it’s even true. If you look at what the Obama campaign is spending on, it’s not immediately apparent it’s even spending a lot on all of this infrastructure stuff. It’s certainly not true that all of the campaign’s deficit spending is the result of anything other than ad-buys.

In July, Obama for America took in $49.1 million and spent $59 million. Of that Obama spent more than $48 million on advertising (more than double Romney’s expenditures. The breakdown: $39 million on conventional ad buys, $8.7 on online ads, $2.9 million on payroll, $1.2 million on payroll taxes (!), and polling $900,000.

So how do we square that with this report from WaPo’s Aaron Blake? Read:

Democrats are winning at least one key aspect of the 2012 campaign: voter contact.
Some Republicans are starting to fret a little bit about their ground game and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that fear is at least somewhat justified.

According to the poll, 20 percent of registered voters say they have been contacted by the Obama campaign, compared to 13 percent who say they have been contacted by Mitt Romney’s campaign.

That’s on-par with the gap at the same point in the 2008 campaign, when 18 percent of likely voters said they had been contacted by the Obama team and 11 percent who said they had been contacted by Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign.

But it didn’t use to be the case. The Republicans’ voter turnout machine was once vaunted – particularly its 72-hour voter mobilization program.

McCain’s ground game sucked eggs. Period. It couldn’t have been more lackluster had McCain personally spiked all the campaign HQ coffee makers with Demerol. If Romney is using the pathetic ’08 effort as his yardstick, he’ll deserve to lose. Locally, my friend (and sci-fi author with a new book coming out) Sarah Hoyt emailed me that she’d received three phone calls from the Obama campaign, and none from Romney. And the Obama calls kept coming, despite some unladylike things she might have said to a pollster or three. She’s worried, maybe rightfully so, that Obama is doing such hard work in GOP-friendly Colorado Springs, while Romney is seemingly doing nothing.

But all the phone calls might have something to do with a article from The Hill from July. Dr. David Hill, a GOP-affiliated pollster, wrote:

What’s up with all that polling the Obama camp is doing? Recently the folks over at the Weekly Standard combed through campaign spending disclosure records of the Obama campaign and related committees, discovering that they’ve spent $15 million on polling since the first of the year…

Let’s try to put some metrics to this. Using my own firm’s rate card, $15 million for polls would compute to about 6 million minutes of polling time. Assuming interview lengths of 10 minutes, that’s like 600,000 interviews. More than a half-million times, the Obama campaigners may have approached randomly sampled Americans to see what works and what doesn’t.

Seems to me as though a big part of Obama’s vaunted ground game this time around consists of sniffing around voters for wedge issues, in numbers no candidate has ever done before.

Is that smart politics, or is it desperation? When you’re down 16 points with independent voters, is there a difference?

UPDATE: Sarah read this and emailed to say, “Obama’s Magic Eight Ball Campaign. He’s polling that much because he doesn’t like the answer. He’s trying ‘ask again.’”

Caution: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is Involved

August 29th, 2012 - 10:55 am

Trifecta: Caught on tape — CNN’s Anderson Cooper committing an act of journalism.


Where Are the White Women At?

August 29th, 2012 - 9:33 am

Caught this on Twitter from FreedomWorks’ Kemberlee Kaye:

Hi @nbcpolitics, why did you selectively edit out the speeches of Mia Love, Artur Davis, Ted Cruz and Luce Fortuno? Hmm?

Hmm, indeed. And that’s not just the part-time coverage from NBC, but also the supposedly full-time coverage from the vile progs at MSNBC.

We have a black, female mayor and GOP candidate for Congress. A black former Democrat congressman who changed to a Republican — who had also served as one of Obama’s co-national chairmen in 2008. We have the Hispanic GOP candidate for the US Senate from Texas, who earned his nomination from out of nowhere on a wave of Tea Party, grassroots, and new media support. And we have the First Lady of Puerto Rico, whose husband is also a member of the Republican National Committee.

So who did NBC bother to show us last night?

I dunno. I wasn’t watching. I tuned in to some other network. But NBC has been getting a lot of that the last few years.

ASIDE: After watching not-NBC last night, I tweeted, “I don’t toss around the word Reaganesque lightly, if at all. But @MiaBLove? Reaganesque.” Her performance last night — and the way the MSM ignored her — might go some small way toward explaining this:

Tuesday night after rising GOP star Mia Love brought down the house with her inspiring convention speech, the stomach-turning Left labeled the black conservative a “token” and an “Aunt Tom.”

Meanwhile, revoltingly racist, woman-hating Wikipedia vandals were hard at work updating her entry with disgusting slurs like “House Nigger” and “dirty, worthless whore.” The page called her a “total sell-out to the Right Wing Hate machine and the greedy bigots who control the GOP.”

The vile progs have never acted so desperately in my lifetime. If you missed her speech, here’s why.

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“When tough times came, [my parents] didn’t look to Washington. They looked within.”

She’s one amazing lady.

Democrats Admit: Romney Way Up with Indies

August 29th, 2012 - 8:40 am

Democracy Corps — that’s James Carville and Stan Greenberg’s polling outfit — has Romney up 16 points with independents.

16 points.

Voter ID typically runs low-to-mid 30s for Republicans and Democrats alike, leaving the remainder as Independents. What’s that mean? If Carville and Greenberg have it right (and many other polls show Romney way up with Indies), it can mean only one thing: Democrats are being oversampled, and grossly.

Admittedly, voter ID is a tricky thing to measure, and trickier still to sample. But most polls I’ve seen have had D samples the same or higher than in 2008, when Black Jesus was still bringing us the hope and change and lowering the oceans and all that stuff. And they’ve R samples the same or lower than 2008, even though the GOP managed to flip 63 House seats in 2010.

The game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you from playing.

News You Can Use

August 29th, 2012 - 7:56 am

Man playing Bigfoot hit and killed on Montana freeway:

The man was wearing a military-style “Ghillie suit” consisting of strips of camouflage fabric and was standing in the right-hand lane of a highway south of Kalispell on Sunday night when he was hit by the first car, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. A second car hit the man as he lay in the roadway, authorities said.

Flathead County officials identified the man as Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell. Trooper Jim Schneider said his motives were ascertained during interviews with friends, and alcohol may have been a factor but investigators were awaiting tests.

“He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting,” Schneider told the Daily Inter Lake newspaper on Monday. “You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him.”

Dressing up in highly effective camo and running around a highway is probably not the best (or safest) use of one’s time. US Air Force Colonel Steve Austin was reportedly on the case, but could not be reached for comment.

The Eagle has Landed

August 28th, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Trifecta: Remembering Neil Armstrong.

Tim Cook is Gonna Sue Somebody…

August 28th, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Fer cryin’ out loud, Samsung.

I won’t have to tell Mac users what this means. For everyone else, Samsung has copied the OSX dock wholesale, and pasted it into their Windows 8 machines.

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

August 28th, 2012 - 11:21 am
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And these are actual Democrats, just like that other ad.

REPORT: GM to Shutter Volt Plant Again

August 28th, 2012 - 10:02 am

That’s the word (H/T, Mickey Kaus) from people in the know:

General Motors plans to idle the plant where it assembles the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for four weeks starting next month, two people familiar with the plans said.

GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15, one of the sources said. Union representatives last week told the plant’s roughly 1,500 workers about the scheduled downtime, the source said.

GM also notified suppliers last week, according to another source in the supply chain.

A GM spokesman wouldn’t confirm whether the company planned to idle the plant.

“We don’t comment on production schedules,” the spokesman said. “We continue to match supply and demand.”

Shoot. You don’t exactly need to squint to read between those line.

Nah Nah Nah Nah?

August 28th, 2012 - 8:38 am

What’s the big secret of the election? Obama is losing. John Nolte collects the evidence:

It’s 8:21 on a Saturday morning and according to this photo snapped by Sharon Broadie, this is the size of the crowd that showed up in Powell, Ohio, (just outside of Columbus) to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:

Here’s a look at the line to get in, and another look at the crowd from another source. And a real jaw-dropper.

Meanwhile, President FailureTeleprompter is relegated to rationalizing his lack of turnout into a “deliberate” desire for smaller, more intimate crowds. Yeah, that sounds like the Mr. Greek Column we’ve all come to know and grow tired of.

Read the whole thing — it’s about a lot more than just crowd sizes.

But Obama losing isn’t really a secret. It’s more like the elephant in the living room.

Or should I say “in the Oval Office?”