Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Foreign donations to Obama; Part-time workers cause drop in unemployment; Attacking any Republican actress; Obama can't alway perform flawlessly; Black middle class' gains of 30 years wiped out; Romney leads military vote 66-26; Court may reopen GM Bailout due to GM lies; Obama phones benefit Obama donor; How to steal an election, at public schools; Romney's 12 point swing in polling; Romney among Independents - 78-14%; The true Obama - in 2007; Romney wants teachers; Teaching children to rebel

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a non-partisan investigative and research watchdog group, announced today the release of a 108-page report entitled: "America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign and Fraudulent Online Campaign Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections?,” the first in a series regarding the impact of the Internet on American elections.  The report reveals that over an eight-month investigation, GAI discovered President Obama’s campaign website, along with nearly half of congressional websites, lack some of the common, industry-standard security measures used by most e-commerce websites.  In addition, the report found that the Obama campaign has actively solicited donations from foreign nationals. 
The report found almost half (47.3%) of congressional campaign donation websites lack anti-fraud credit card security systems common on most e-commerce websites.  As for Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign, the research found his website does maintain the proper security measures.
Obama Campaign Lacks the Industry-Standard Level Of Credit Card Security For Donations, But Uses It For Merchandise Purchases: To purchase Obama campaign merchandise, the campaign requires buyers to enter their credit card CVV security code, but does not require the credit card security code to be entered when making an online campaign donation. By GAI’s estimates, the Obama campaign’s failure to utilize industry-standard protections potentially costs the campaign millions in extra processing fees. https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/13a40fbbdd0a8df8
The issue arose again when the Obama Administration alleged, during the 2010 elections, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Republican Super PACs were bankrolled by foreigners. David Axelrod led the charge, but mustered no proof for his case; rather, he demanded that the Chamber prove it was not funded by foreigners. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/329687/hypocrisy-those-foreign-campaign-contributions-eliana-johnson
As Phil notes, the reason for the drop in unemployment is not that people have suddenly gone out and found a bunch of new full time jobs. It’s that part time workers have given up looking for full time work and are now considering their part time jobs to be full time. http://www.redstate.com/2012/10/05/the-books-werent-cooked-obamas-recovery-is-just-crap/
Given the way Hollywood touts itself as the bastion for tolerance, you’d think someone willing to speak a minority opinion would be praised as brave. Considering the only actors who have had the courage to come out as conservatives are untouchable legends in the entertainment industry, like Clint Eastwood and Jon Voight.
CSI Actress Stacey Dash was the victim of such “tolerance” this weekend when she sent out a tweet supporting Mitt Romney for President of the United States. “Not long after, obvious Obama supporters began insulting her for her opinion saying she isn’t black enough,” Stu said. “Several even asking if the actress would just kill herself.  One man wrote, ‘this hurts you, being a Romney‑lover, and you slutting yourself to the white man only proves why no black man married you’.” [Aren't liberals oh, so tolerant and nice?] http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/10/08/what-happens-when-a-hollywood-actress-voices-support-for-mitt-romney/?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2012-10-08_168311&utm_content=4589507&utm_term=_168311_168319
Attending a star-studded concert that included the likes of Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder where money was raised money for his campaign, President Obama said "everybody here is incredible professionals, they're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly, night after night."
"I can't always say the same," the President said to laughter from the crowd at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/07/obama_pokes_fun_at_debate_i_cant_perform_flawlessly_night_after_night.html 


Black middle class economically vulnerable

Downturn has wiped out gains of last 30 years, Urban League says http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-07/news/ct-met-black-middle-class-austerity-20121007_1_black-middle-class-black-households-national-rate


Poll finds Romney with 40-point lead among active, reserve military troops 

The survey found Romney with a wide 66-26 lead that is similar to the advantage enjoyed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over Obama in the 2008 race. http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/260749-poll-romney-way-ahead-with-troops


A backroom deal hatched by General Motors during the auto bailout to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy could be reversed, draining the automaker of nearly all of its cash on hand and leaving it in worse shape than it was when it collapsed in 2009.
As GM teetered on the edge of bankruptcy in June 2009, it cut a $367 million “lock-up agreement” with several major creditors in order to prevent its Canadian subsidiary from going under. The move spared the subsidiary from fulfilling the $1 billion debt it owed the creditors—major hedge funds—ensuring that GM would not have to face bankruptcy courts in two nations, which could have delayed the company’s recovery.
The trustee for (old GM) creditors shortchanged by the government-driven bankruptcy are now suing the hedge funds in a move that could undo the bailout.
Industry experts say GM should be very concerned with the judge’s reaction to the deal.
“The judge has made it very clear that he is greatly dissatisfied with the process,” one analyst said. “He’s basically implying that GM hid it from him and that reopening the sale is a possibility.”
If the court decides to reopen the bailout, new GM could cease to exist, according to the bankruptcy expert. Its stock would be removed from all stock exchanges and the company would have to repay the $27 billion it owes the federal government—a major problem considering the company has just over $30 billion in cash. http://freebeacon.com/general-motors-is-alive-for-now/
A wireless company profiting from the so-called “Obama phone” giveaway program is run by a prominent Democratic donor whose wife has raised more than $1.5 million for the president since 2007.
Last week a video of a President Barack Obama supporter in Ohio claiming to have received a free phone from the president—“[Obama] gave us a phone!”—went viral, prompting media outlets to investigate. http://freebeacon.com/obamaphones-profiting-obamadonors/
Florida Republicans are outraged after a school district allowed a pro-Obama organization to conduct student voter registration drives and deliver speeches to classes – but denied the Romney campaign similar opportunities.

Pasco County Schools confirmed to Fox News that volunteers from Organizing For America were given access to as many as a half dozen high school and middle school campuses.
“They did register students to vote,” spokesman John Mann told Fox News. “We don’t know how many children were registered – (but) we have an ongoing investigation.”

In addition to voter registration, a former teacher was allowed to deliver Obama speeches to a number of senior high school students.
“She got into six classrooms and gave pro-Obama speeches – like way off to the left,” said James Mathieu, general counsel for the Pasco County Republican Party. “That got out to parents and parents complained.”
Matthieu told Fox News he has filed a complained with the Florida Division of Elections and also contacted the Florida Attorney General’s office. http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/school-lets-dems-register-students-to-vote-but-not-gop.html
The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating. Before the debate, Obama had a 51 - 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 - 45 lead. That's a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama's performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing.
Romney's favorables are above Obama's now. Yes, you read that right. Romney's favorables are higher than Obama's right now. That gender gap that was Obama's firewall? Over in one night: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/10/did-obama-just-throw-the-entire-election-away.html
Among Independents, Romney won by an astounding 78-14 margin.
The great Thomas Sowell writes: Innumerable facts, however, show that it is our Commander in Chief who is Phony in Chief. A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is important, as we shall see.
In his speech -- delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama doesn't use anywhere except when he is addressing a black audience -- he charged the federal government with not showing the same concern for the people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after hurricane Andrew hit.
Unlike Jeremiah Wright's church, the U.S. Senate keeps a record of who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007 shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted against -- repeat, AGAINST -- the legislation which included the waiver.
When he gave that demagogic speech, in a feigned accent and style, it was world class chutzpah and a rhetorical triumph. He truly deserves the title Phony in Chief.
If you know any true believers in Obama, show them the transcript of his June 5, 2007 speech at Hampton University (available from the Federal News Service) and then show them page S6823 of the Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, which lists which Senators voted which way on the waiver of the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans.
Last week's presidential debate revealed one area of agreement between the candidates: We need more teachers. "Let's hire another hundred thousand math and science teachers," proposed President Obama, adding that "Governor Romney doesn't think we need more teachers."
Mr. Romney quickly replied, "I reject the idea that I don't believe in great teachers or more teachers." He just opposes earmarking federal dollars for this purpose, believing instead that "every school district, every state should make that decision on their own."
Let's hope state and local officials have that discretion—and choose to shrink the teacher labor force rather than expand it. Hiring hundreds of thousands of additional teachers won't improve student achievement. It will bankrupt state and local governments, whose finances are already buckling under bloated payrolls with overly generous and grossly underfunded pension and health benefits. http://www.ask.com/web?l=dis&o=100000031&qsrc=2873&gct=sb&q=obama/i%27ll%20have%20more%20flexibility%20after%20i%20am%20reelected
Students in the Denver Public Schools need to know reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but what about the fourth “r” — revolution?
District officials have scrambled to respond to a public outcry over language in the new teacher-assessment criteria that describes a “distinguished” teacher as one who “encourages students to challenge and question the dominant culture” and “take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice.”
After critics challenged the language, calling it more suitable to an Occupy Wall Street manifesto than a public-schools document, the district revised the standards by eliminating references to the “dominant culture” and “social change.”
The updated language says a top teacher “encourages students to think critically about equity and bias in society, and to understand and question historic and prevailing currents of thought as well as dissenting and diverse viewpoints,” and “cultivates students’ ability to understand and openly discuss drivers of, and barriers to, opportunity and equity in society.”
“Let’s face it, in DPS, roughly 50 percent of the children across the board can’t even read at grade level. In math it’s the same, sometimes worse,” Ms. Benigno said. “And yet they’re going to spend time and have teachers being concerned about these types of issues.”

Read more: Denver schools' rebellion not the one they wanted - Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/8/denver-schools-rebellion-not-the-one-they-wanted/#ixzz28nrJvYCg


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