Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Anti-Romney Vote (Thomas Sowell) - Mitt Romney 2002 Pride Flyer Supporting Gay Rights - The Mormon Debate Over Romney - The creative team that produced the two-minute minute spot for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy donated their personal time in 2008 to make pro-Obama art - Rush Limbaugh's Clint Eastwood "Halftime in America" Parody - Mission Accomplished: Government Dependence Up 23% Under Obama - Holder tells Congress the Obama administration wants to ban guns - 12 Year Old Raises $10,500 To Save Grandma From Foreclosure

 The Anti-Romney Vote (Thomas Sowell)
A funny thing happened to Mitt Romney on the way to his coronation as the inevitable Republican candidate for President of the United States. Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado happened. Rick Santorum beat him in all three states on the same day — and beat him by huge margins in two of those states, as well as upsetting him in Colorado, where the Mormon vote was expected to give Romney a victory.
The Republican establishment, which has lined up heavily behind Romney, has tried to depict him as the "electable," if not invincible, candidate in the general election this November. But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced, especially in a month when pundits had suggested that Romney might build up an unstoppable momentum of victories.

In a sense, this year's campaign for the Republican nomination is reminiscent of what happened back in 1940, when the big-name favorites — Senators Taft and Vandenberg, back then — were eclipsed by a lesser known candidate who seemed to come out of nowhere.

As the Republican convention that year struggled to try to come up with a majority vote for someone, a chant began in the hall and built to a crescendo: "We want Willkie! We want Willkie!"

If there is a message in the rise and fall of so many conservative Republican candidates during this year's primary season, it seems to be today's Republican voters saying, "We don't want Romney! We don't want Romney!"

Two members of the creative team that produced the two-minute minute spot for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy donated their personal time in 2008 to make pro-Obama art. 
 This year’s most discussed Super Bowl ad—a two-minute spot for Chrysler narrated by Clint Eastwood—continues to generate controversy in conservative political circles, where a host of questions have been raised about the automaker’s alleged motives for commissioning the advertisement.

 In the days ahead, similar politically charged queries also are likely to be raised about the highly regarded Portland Oregon-based ad agency that produced the spot—Wieden+Kennedy, some of whose key creative professionals privately supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

 Eastwood was the surprise narrator of the spot that aired during Sunday’s NFL title game, one which both Republican and Democratic politicos have characterized as subtly echoing some of the incumbent president’s major reelection campaign themes.
The talk-radio host and some Internet filmmakers are having a field day with the legendary actor's "It's Halftime in America" commercial.

Rush Limbaugh's Clint Eastwood "Halftime in America" Parody
Obama’s Halftime Hypocrisy - Right Wing News

On Super Bowl Sunday, America was treated to the most expensive political commercial in history — brought to you by Chrysler — called “It’s Halftime in America.”
In a series of vapid non sequiturs, Clint Eastwood’s gravelly voice pinned the promise of a city — no, a nation — to government dependency, claiming that “the people of Detroit” lost almost everything but because “we” pulled together and the “Motor City is fighting again” — punching, roaring, imbued with American grit — we survived.
Or, some might argue, after screwing stakeholders, discarding legal contracts, rewarding failed business models (while punishing those who employ better ones) and sticking taxpayers with the unions’ fat pension tab, America got a heaping spoonful of the Obama administration’s economic policy.
Either way, it’s odd that we didn’t hear much griping about “corporatism,” oligarchies and Citizens United, though a corporate-sponsored campaign spot laid out the president’s re-election narrative rather nicely. Now, I have no beef with Chrysler’s running a campaign ad, but the thing is that if Obama had his way, Republicans would have a good case for banning this kind of politicking. You know, for the good of democracy.


From Booker Rising:

Rep. Tim Scott: "I’m Not Pro-Black, I'm Pro-America"
.From ABC News Charleston, about the conservative Republican Congressman: "Rep. Scott's party affiliation always seems to be up for debate, but not up for discussion. 'There's no doubt, being an African-American, do people in the news and in schools see me as an African-American leader and try to find a way to create a wedge at times? Certainly. I'm more interested in where we're going than where we've been and who you think I am,' he said. 'You don't even know me.' 'I'm not pro-black, I'm pro-America.'"

Jim Collier: "Michigan's Hoekstra Delivers Anti-Asian Ad"

 Horace Cooper on Ghost Voting & Voter IDs interviews Horace Cooper, a fellow with the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research. The conservative Republican discusses "ghost voting" and the need for the U.S. Department of Justice to embrace ballot integrity efforts rather than fighting them.

 Obamacare and the American Conscience - Ace of Spades 
From the WSJ: what I meant, but expressed more competently.
The political furor over President Obama's birth-control mandate continues to grow, even among those for whom contraception poses no moral qualms, and one needn't be a theologian to understand why. The country is being exposed to the raw political control that is the core of the Obama health-care plan, and Americans are seeing clearly for the first time how this will violate pluralism and liberty.
Right. As this thing unfolds and we "find out what is in it," we're going to see that it violates many aspects of our self-determination, not just our religious conscience.
Any one-size-fits-all code in a culturally pluralistic country must violate most everyone's freedom of choice in one way or another, or it would have to have so many exemptions carved out of it that it would eventually not be a uniform code at all, being full of contradictions and unfairness, and therefore unequally prosecuted.
 Obamacare Encourages Employers to Drop Coverage for Sick Workers
 Romneycare: Worth Getting Worried About
"So Santorum has a chance. He's run an impressive campaign, but he’d better be wearing armor and kevlar tomorrow morning, when the Romney team unleashes all of its negative artillery against him. But what can Romney dwell on that would damage Santorum as much as Romneycare harms Romney? When Santorum was assailing Romney on health care in Jacksonville, Romney told Santorum, "It's not worth getting angry about." Well, the voters in Missouri and Minnesota may not have been angry, but something about Mitt Romney concerned them. I suspect at the heart of their concern was Romneycare. And I suspect it's worth Mitt Romney getting worried about. "- Bill Kristol
 Mitt Romney 2002 Pride Weekend Flier

Inside The Mormon Debate Over Romney
A leaked e-mail exchange on a Mormon listserv shows some of Mitt's coreligionists cringe at the mingling of religion and politics.
12-Year-Old Raises $10,500 To Save Grandma From Foreclosure

 It's such stuff as uplifting after-school specials are made on. A plucky Wisconsin tween recently managed to raise enough money to save his grandmother from losing a house that had been in the family for three generations.
The boy's 72-year-old grandmother had begun falling behind on her mortgage payments in 2010 and her house was slated for a foreclosure auction on Feb. 15.
But the 12-year-old took to the internet to create this website explaining his grandma's situation and asking people to help the woman who had helped so many others over the years by serving as a foster parent to hundreds of children.
I know I have spent a lot of time on this blog blasting today’s youth but I gotta tell you I smiled when I checked out this story. Finally a kid out there was acting unselfishly willing to give something back instead of taking. This story should be and inspiration to all those deadbeat lazy ass narcissistic kids, teens and young adults out there.

 Mission Accomplished: Government Dependence Up 23% Under Obama - Jammie Wearing Fools
It’s all going according to plan. Take a nation of formerly independent, hard-working people and make them slaves to the government.
Consider it one great vote-buying scheme.
The American public’s dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.
The conservative think tank’s annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were “traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families.”
The increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.
 Holder tells Congress the Obama administration wants to ban guns - DailyCaller
Last Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions about his role in the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal. However, instead of answers, Congress got more defiance, more arrogance, and more wasted time with an attorney general who clearly feels no sense of obligation to the American people or our rule of law.
But for all the stonewalling, there was at least one telling moment at this hearing, and it should concern law-abiding gun owners and all Americans who expect accountability from our government.
In a rash attempt to deflect attention away from himself and his own irresponsibility, Holder let Congress know that the Obama administration is still working toward the day when it can reinstate former President Bill Clinton’s so-called “assault weapons” ban.

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