Monday, September 10, 2012

Obama's flop of a speech; The faulty thinking of black Christians; $1 million reward offered; WE are the change, according to Obama; Fact-checking Biden, as asked; The real unemployment picture; Romney to keep some of Obamacare; $60 million a year to operate 9/11 Memorial; How Biden got his job

Verdict is in: Obama speech a flop - even with Democrats

Politico is blaming this on Obama's strict adherence to the "politics of 2012" -- "a race that has been defined by relentless, almost mechanical efforts to motivate voters with narrow appeals to specific constituencies and to destroy the opposition as a credible alternative."
Such may be the case, especially since for the first time in 30 years, a sitting president had absolutely no case to make for his own re-election. Even rhetorically (forget the delivery) the speech fell flat. It was like giving a sports report and not mentioning the scores.
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In every important respect Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election was a victory for racism. First there was the racist claim that his skin color made his election somehow significant for black Americans with whom he otherwise shares no common moral or historical heritage. Second, his stubborn advocacy of the parent’s right to murder her child made it a victory in principle for the racist notion that ‘inferior’ physical development leaves people with no rights that must be respected by their supposed betters. Third, the U.S. Constitution has been openly set aside on account of fears that racist violence would result from investigating the facts regarding his citizenship at birth (lest they support the conclusion that he is constitutionally ineligible to serve as president of the United States.) Truth, right and the Constitution – all sacrificed for the sake of racist fears and premises.”
For all the Democrats’ talk of unity, the years during which Obama has occupied the White House seem to me to have left our country more deeply and critically divided than at any time in its history (excepting perhaps the years just before the Civil War.
At the Democrats’ convention this week, these black Christians saw the fruits of their idolatry. They saw the party that lifted up their idol expunge the name of God from its platform. And when some sought, for cynical political reasons, to mitigate the assault with just one mention of God’s name, they saw and heard the wave of sacrilegious scorn and contempt that rose to drown out the feebler voices that were raised to support the gesture. (The proposal passed, but only because the chairman’s gavel tolled a lie.)
Did black Christian voters feel the shame of this demonstration of hatred and contempt toward God, whose hymns of praise and honor they profess to sing?
Will the Christian conscience of black Americans sleep forever? Or will they rise to join with others who reject would-be leaders, whatever party label they wear, who openly reject God; or who give hollow lip-service to His name but reject His authority in their policies and actions.
(CNN) - A magazine known for its sexually explicit material is offering a reward of $1 million dollars for a different type of bare-all expose.
The publisher of Hustler magazine, Larry Flynt, is offering the sum for the skinny on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's financials, the magazine announced.
[Although she is explaining her disappointment in her Barack Obama and disdaining Republicans, here is an amazing column from the radical Left Maureen Dowd on the ways in which Obama has failed her.]  
 HOW did the one formerly known as The One go for two?
In his renomination acceptance speech here on Thursday night, he told us that America’s problems were tougher to solve than he had originally thought.
And that’s why he has kindly agreed to give us more time.
Because, after all, it’s our fault.
“So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me,” President Obama explained. “It was about you. My fellow citizens, you were the change.”
We were the change!
We were the change? Us?

“Only you can make sure that doesn’t happen,” the president chastised us. “Only you have the power to move us forward.” 
We’re so lame. We were na├»ve, brimming with confidence that we could slow the rise of the oceans, heal the planet, fix the cracks in the Capitol dome.
Today, Vice President Biden said that he should be fact checked, and we agree,” said Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “The vice president knowingly and deliberately leveled false and discredited attacks. This is further proof that the Obama Campaign is unable and unwilling to talk honestly or substantively about the most important issues driving the country."
[For example:] Among the questionable remarks were Biden's argument that "after the worst job loss since the Great Depression we created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months" – a frequent response by the Obama campaign when questioned about the slow economic recovery.
The Associated Press and others point out that statement is misleading because it counts jobs from the recession's lowest point to where employment began to grow again – excluding jobs lost earlier in Obama's term and masking that overall unemployment has increased over that period. [This reminds me of the "hockey stick"  lie supposedly proving global warming.  Simply start your statistics at the place that would give you the results you desire.]
When you include the underutilized labor figure with the eight million Americans who have lost hope altogether and stopped looking for a job, real unemployment now stands at just under 19 percent. 2.  If the labor force were the same as when President Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate reported on Friday would be 11.2 percent
3.  A record 88,921,000 Americans are no longer in the labor force. To be included in that figure, an individual must be over 16 years of age, a civilian, not in a mental hospital or nursing home, and have stopped hunting for a job for at least four weeks.
4.  The average American lost 40 percent of their wealth from 2007 to 2010.
Romney, who faces Obama in the Nov. 6 election, has vowed throughout the campaign to repeal and replace the Obama healthcare law. But asked about the Obama healthcare law on NBC's "Meet the Press" program, Romney said, "Well, I'm not getting rid of all of healthcare reform."
"Of course, there are a number of things that I like in healthcare reform that I'm going to put in place," Romney added. "One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like." [To those who are alarmed by this, keep in mind that he never said he would do away with all healthcare reforms, and the pre-existing conditions coverage is for those who have continuously had insurance.  Reforms do need to be made, just not the entirety of Obamacare.]
Read more on Romney: I'll Keep Parts of Obamacare
This kind of mechanism, using high-risk pools combined with prohibitions on pre-existing condition exclusions for the continuously insured, has been part of just about every conservative health-care proposal in recent years, including John McCain’s in 2008, the Ryan-Coburn alternative to Obamacare, and the congressional Republicans’ “Pledge to America” before the 2010 elections (as well as older proposals in the Bush years).  The basic structure of these different proposals is very similar, and is based on many years of conservative policy proposals along these lines—here’s a great detailed overview of how this would work.- [I have often thought that when a person leaves employment with one company, he should be able to keep that same insurance policy instead of having to pick up a new one, sometime with a pre-existing condition.]
With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5million visitors in its first year.
But all that  magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the $700million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60million a year to operate.
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Book: Mafia Hit-Man & Teamster Boss Helped Joe Biden Become U.S. Senator

The book I Heard You Paint Houses came out in 2003, so it’s been gathering some dust on a number of bookshelves around the country for quite some time.
The book’s title, according to Amazon, comes from the first words infamous Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors.
The book is essentially the deathbed biography of one-time Delaware Teamster boss and mob hit-man Frank Sheeran and truly is a fascinating read.

While the book has been out for some time, it wasn’t until last night, during Joe Biden’s prime time speech, that I was reminded of some of the book’s contents, most notably this piece that appeared in the Orange County Register a few weeks ago:
One additional item relates to Biden’s integrity. In the fascinating biography of Teamsters and Mafia hit-man Frank Sheeran, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the lifelong thug describes a favor he performed while he was president of Teamsters Local 326 in Wilmington, Delaware.
In 1972 Sheeran received a visit from “a very prominent lawyer” he knew who was “very big in the Democratic Party” in Delaware. The November general election was approaching, and the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by a Republican was expected to be close. The lawyer wanted help in preventing the distribution of a paid Republican political ad – an insert in the Delaware-wide newspapers – that would run for a week and expose the campaign misrepresentations by the Democratic challenger. Sheeran promised the operative that he “would hire some people and put them on the picket line.” He added, “People nobody would mess with.”
The picket line went up, the papers were not delivered all week, and, as Sheeran said, “The day after the election the informational picket line came down, and the newspaper went back to normal and Delaware had a new United States Senator.” His name was Joe Biden. Thereafter, said admitted extortionist, thief and murderer Sheeran, of Biden, “You could reach out for him, and he would listen.” [Emphasis added.]
So, there you have it. The Vice President of the United States got his job as U.S. Senator with help from a Mafia hit-man and Delaware Teamster boss. No wonder Barack Obama keeps Joe as his running mate.

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