Melanie Morgan

Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

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  • GOP Election Results

    President - GOP Primary
    May 30, 2012 - 10:13AM ET
    Texas - 8746 of 8779 Precincts Reporting - 99%
    Name Party Votes Vote %
    Romney , Mitt GOP 992,288 69%
    Paul , Ron GOP 171,830 12%
    Santorum , Rick GOP 114,560 8%
    Gingrich , Newt GOP 67,643 5%
    Uncommitted GOP 61,071 4%
    Bachmann , Michele GOP 12,299 1%
    Huntsman , Jon GOP 9,501 1%
    Roemer , Buddy GOP 4,689 0%
    Davis , John GOP 4,672 0%
    President - Dem Primary
    May 30, 2012 - 10:12AM ET
    Texas - 8782 of 8813 Precincts Reporting - 99%
    Name Party Votes Vote %
    Obama , Barack (i) Dem 516,491 88%
    Wolfe , John Dem 29,459 5%
    Richardson , Darcy Dem 25,028 4%
    Ely , Bob Dem 14,176 2%
     


    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1wMoaOhNG

  • Jobless Rate is Grim

    Supporters of Barack Obama point to the overall jobless rate and its slow decline to argue that his economic policies have worked, and just need more time to bring back widespread prosperity.  Opponents point to U-6 numbers and the actual number of net jobs created in his term (hint: less than zero) to argue that Obamanomics has been a failure.  Who has the better argument?  Consider a new analysis from the Washington Post, which shows just how bad the jobs situation has been all along:

    The proportion of Americans in their prime working years who have jobs is smaller than it has been at any time in the 23 years before the recession, according to federal statistics, reflecting the profound and lasting effects that the downturn has had on the nation’s economic prospects.

    By this measure, the jobs situation has improved little in recent years. The percentage of workers between the ages of 25 and 54 who have jobs now stands at 75.7 percent, just a percentage point over what it was at the downturn’s worst, according to federal statistics.

    Before the recession the proportion hovered at 80 percent.

    This captures the “missing workers” phenomenon, which the topline jobless rate ignores, and shows how poorly this recovery has performed.  Even if one counts from the beginning of the recovery rather than from the beginning of Obama’s term, we have added 3.087 million private-sector jobs in the last 34 months, for an average of 90,079 jobs added per month — too low to keep up with population growth, which adds around 120,000 workforce-eligible adults each month.  We aren’t even really treading water but falling behind slightly over that period.

    As Peter Whoriskey hints, this has significant long-term implications for the American economy and policy, emphasis mine:

    During their prime years, Americans are supposed to be building careers and wealth to prepare for their retirement. Instead, as the indicator reveals, huge numbers are on the sidelines. …

    The falloff has been sharpest for men, for whom the proportion had been on a slow decline before the recession. The percentage of prime-age men who are working is smaller now than it has been in any time before the recession, going all the way back to 1948, according to federal statistics. The proportion of prime-age [working] women is at a low not seen since 1988.

    What happens when this lost generation hits retirement age?  They will not have acquired the wealth needed to retire; some of them might not have acquired the experience needed to support themselves as senior citizens in jobs, either.  We will be facing either a public-assistance bomb or a generation that spent half of its time dependent on their parents and the other half dependent on their children.  Likely it will be a mix of both.

    Obamanomics is not working.  The mix of economic and regulatory policy of this administration has been toxic to job creation.  It’s time for a new direction.

  • AP Fact-Check Blasts Obama Spending Numbers

    Who’s buying the notion that Barack Obama is a fiscal conservative who’s engineered the slowest spending growth since Calvin Coolidge?  Not the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, who gave the argument three Pinocchios in a fact-check yesterday, and not the Associated Press, either.  In a fact-check of their own this morning, the AP’s Andrew Taylor reports that Obama’s “rosy claim” has a lot of problems — with Obama being first and foremost among them:

    There’s also the question of how to treat the 2009 fiscal year, which actually began Oct. 1, 2008, almost four months before Obama took office. Typically, the remaining eight months get counted as part of the prior president’s spending since the incoming president usually doesn’t change it much until the following October. The MarketWatch analysis assigned 2009 to former President George W. Bush, though it gave Obama responsibility that year for a $140 million chunk of the 2009 stimulus bill.

    But Obama’s role in 2009 spending was much bigger than that. For starters, he signed nine spending bills funding every Cabinet agency except Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. While the numbers don’t jibe exactly, Obama bears the chief responsibility for an 11 percent, $59 billion increase in non-defense spending in 2009. Then there’s a 9 percent, $109 billion increase in combined defense and non-defense appropriated outlays in 2010, a year for which Obama is wholly responsible.

    So what’s the real picture?  Spending sharply increased under Obama, and the rate only slowed down due to the influence of a Republican-controlled House:

    If one assumes that TARP and the takeover of Fannie and Freddie by the government as one-time budgetary anomalies and remove them from calculations — an approach taken by Holtz-Eakin — you get the following picture:

    —A 9.7 percent increase in 2009, much of which is attributable to Obama.

    —A 7.8 percent increase in 2010, followed by slower spending growth over 2011-13. Much of the slower growth reflects the influence of Republicans retaking control of the House and their budget and debt deal last summer with Obama. All told, government spending now appears to be growing at an annual rate of roughly 3 percent over the 2010-2013 period, rather than the 0.4 percent claimed by Obama and the MarketWatch analysis.

    The argument was always absurd on its face.  The last fully Republican budget was FY2007, which came in at $2.77 trillion.  The last Bush/Democrat budget was FY2008, which was $2.982 trillion.  The FY2009 budget, which Obama signed into law and which was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, was $3.517 trillion with a $1.4 trillion deficit.  That’s a year-on-year increase of nearly 18%, and those numbers come straight from the White House website.  If you prefer the figures in percentage of GDP, as Kessler noted yesterday, we went from 20.8% of GDP in FY2008 to 25.2% in FY2009, which is an increase of 22% year on year.

    Nor does it get any better.  Using FY2008 as the baseline comparison, FY2010′s budget was $3.456 trillion, an increase of 15.88% over the last Bush/Democrat budget.  FY2011′s $3.603 trillion budget was a 20.8% increase, and FY2012′s projected $3.795 trillion (the White House projection, mind you) is an increase of 27.26% over the last Bush budget — in just four budget years.  An argument that this is a demonstration of fiscal discipline would have to come straight out of the pages of George Orwell’s 1984.

  • Memorial Day+

    Coming up June 12th, but you can help NOW!

                          Troopathon V “Never Forget About Our Troops”
    Some helpful facts to know about this star studded fundraiser

    Troopathon is a once-a-year event held by Move America Forward (MAF) which is a

    non-profit charity dedicated to serving those who protect us: our brave troops.

    Troopathon V is a month-long care package drive that culminates in a star-studded

    8-hour web-a-thon broadcast on July 12th from the Army Depot in Sacramento, CA.

     

    Some Useful Facts About Troopathon:

    • Troopathon is a non-partisan non-political effort. We work with celebrities from Hollywood, television, the music industry, sports heroes and athletes, bloggers, journalists, radio personalities, academics, experts in the field, and elected officials to bring together a wide variety of guests to support our troops.
    • This year Troopathon is hosted by Melanie Morgan who continues to be a voice for our troops through her career behind the microphone at KSFO radio in San Francisco. She is joined by co-host S.E. Cupp, who is an author and commentator and has always been a supporter of the troops through many charitable causes.
    • This year’s program is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Breitbart, who was a guest host for the past 3 Troopathon broadcasts and a dedicated supporter of the troops. We will celebrate his life and honor the troops he gave so much of his time for.
    • Past Troopathons have included an amazing array of guests from every type of industry. Some of our notable past guests have included:

     


    Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee

    Current Navy SEALs

    Michelle Malkin

    Laura Ingraham

    Lars Larson

    Mark Levin

    Andrea Shea King

    Ann Coulter

    Sean Hannity

    Dr. Laura Schlessinger

    Tammy Bruce

    Sarah Palin

    Charlie Daniels

    John Ratzenberger

    Kelsey Gramer

    Gary Sinise

    Jon Voight

    Kevin Farley

    John Ondrasik

    Gavin DeGraw

    Curtis Sliwa

    Rush Limbaugh

    Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski

    Greg Gutfield

    Monica Crowley

    Gerald McRaney

    Buzz Aldrin

    Robert Davi

    Pat Sajak

    Wayne Newton

    Ambassador John Bolton

    Dennis Miller


     

    • Past Troopathon events have raised over $3.6 million for our troops. Last year, Troopathon raised over $500,000 but we’d like to break that total this year!
    • Care Packages sponsored through Troopathon are the easiest way to donate to the troops. No running to the store, no confusing customs forms and postal regulations. Simply donate with your credit card and MAF’s team of dedicated volunteers will send the care packages on your behalf. It’s alsotax-deductible!
    • Each care package includes a special note written by the donor expressing their appreciation for the sacrifice our troops make. Packages can be sponsored for as low as $25 for a single serviceman, up to $1,000 for a Battalion Pack which will serve up to 60 soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen.
    • Troopathon happens on July 12, 2012 at 1PM Pacific time, 4PM Eastern live from the Army Depot in Sacramento, CA. You can view on www.troopathon.org. If you miss the 8 hour broadcast you can still find videos and information on the website right now, leading up to, and after the show.

    We’re proud of the success we’ve had in fighting to make America an even greater nation. Unlike those who constantly criticize our great nation and our military men and women, we see a future where freedom and liberty create endless opportunities for Americans and our friends and allies in a more secure world.

  • Dem's Deserting Obama

        Original Article
    Love is always being able to tell liberals I told you so. Ok, I don’t know if it’s love exactly, but man it sure does feel good. A few weeks ago, after West Virginia’s Democrat governor and US Senator both refused to endorse Obama for reelection in 2012, I wrote: Scores of Democrats running for reelection will defect from Obama before the campaign is done. And scores of Democrat voters will reject him too. Why? The same reason voters will likely vote to kick Obama out of the White House: self-interest, if not outright self-defense. Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West
  • Dem's Deserting Obama

        Original Article
    Love is always being able to tell liberals I told you so. Ok, I don’t know if it’s love exactly, but man it sure does feel good. A few weeks ago, after West Virginia’s Democrat governor and US Senator both refused to endorse Obama for reelection in 2012, I wrote: Scores of Democrats running for reelection will defect from Obama before the campaign is done. And scores of Democrat voters will reject him too. Why? The same reason voters will likely vote to kick Obama out of the White House: self-interest, if not outright self-defense. Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West
  • Obama and Private Equities, Problem Intensifies

     
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    One of President Barack Obama’s 35 campaign “co-chairs” partnered with a private equity firm frequently decried by progressives — Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) — to lay off workers at Del Monte Food Company. The revelation underscores the difficulty that Obama faces while trying to simultaneously slam Gov. Mitt Romney’s investment career and also spur donations from the many wealthy Democrats in the investment sector. After complaints from several Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Obama has changed his campaign-trail rhetoric
  • Tea Anyone?

    I know it's a little late, but well worth it.

    The San Francisco Tea Party went to the Redwood City fundraiser for the President's re-election effort. Tickets for the little people started at $38,000 dollars. Enjoy these photos from Jack Wallace, a KSFO listener.

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  • Live from Palo Alto - Donate Now!

    The Fisher Houseis built and staffed specifically for the families of our service members and veterans to stay while their children, spouses or parents are undergoing surgical procedures or working through rehabilitation programs.

    Currently, the hospital is unable to supply rooms for families on a guaranteed basis. With the cost of hotel rooms averaging close to $110.00 per night, plus the car rental fee and meals, the majority of families who live outside of the Bay Area are unable to afford to stay with their loved ones through this most difficult time.

    Since the VAPAHCS Fisher House opened in April 2006, more than 1,100 families have stayed there free of charge.  The average visit is 22 days, but many families reside there for six months to a year.  One young wife with two small children has been there for eight months.  Her husband, an Army sergeant, lost both legs and was severely brain injured by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.  When he arrived at the VA in Palo Alto, he was still in a coma. Now he is talking and actively participating in physical and speech therapies.  Because of the Fisher House, his wife and children could stay with him throughout his arduous road to recovery.

    Our Fisher House occupancy rate is on average 98 percent. We often need to house guests in nearby hotels because it is full.  Fortunately, we have donated funds that help families pay their hotel bills and offset some of their commuting costs.  However, the Fisher House is much, much more than just a free place to stay.  It also serves as a haven for many of the families.

    The wife of an injured Marine, just 21 years old, was eight months pregnant with their first baby when her husband was badly injured in Iraq.  She arrived at Palo Alto knowing no one, but that didn’t last long.  The other families at the Fisher House literally adopted her.  VA ensured she had prenatal health care at Stanford Hospital, where she also delivered her baby.  After her delivery she said, “I had so much attention, there was never a time I was sad or lonely.  I wish everyone could have had the kind of family I had at the Fisher House.  I felt so loved.”

    There has been an extraordinary outpouring of support to the Fisher House from the community. Companies such as Wal-Mart, Safeway, Medicore and Target and organizations like the local Rotary Clubs, VFW and Blue Star Moms have given donations of food, money and presents to the families, not only during the holiday season, but also throughout the year.  Many guests come here with very little other than a devotion to their loved one’s recovery.

    Alan Armstrong, who works at the Fisher House, says that families frequently express that the Fisher House is a “true blessing.”  The families are appreciative on so many levels.  They can make home-cooked meals for their loved ones.  When the injured service members become ambulatory, they come to the Fisher House and get relief from the hospital atmosphere.  The families talk to each other and offer support that only someone in a similar situation can do.  It even helps them to focus on another’s problems – distracting them from some of their own burdens for a time.

    The houseguests have compared the VAPAHCS Fisher House to a 5-star hotel.  “I’ve heard it again and again and again.  From the standpoint of craftsmanship, décor and friendliness, people are just incredibly impressed,” said Mr. Armstrong.  “One of the mothers recently said, ‘I have never stayed in a hotel this nice.  I’ve seen pictures, but never been in one.’” In addition to the quality, of equal importance is the unique sense of comfort and genuine care from the staff and other families at the house; something you would not find in a 5-star hotel.

    Another group who are thankful for the VAPAHCS Fisher House is VA staff, particularly our nurses and social workers.  Prior to the Fisher House, staff constantly struggled over how to help these families in need.  Our Hometel was only a partial solution and not one at all for families with children.  The Fisher House has taken a huge burden off of our staff, allowing them to focus all their attention on their patients.  The fact that a nurse on our Spinal Cord Injury Unit made the first donation of $5,000 to build the Fisher House, says a lot about the need. 

    Our financial goal was to raise $2.5 million, giving us the ability to build and furnish the home which will be capable of accommodating up to 15 families per night. The home will be equipped with all of the daily living necessities and have a full-time staff to care for the families staying there.

    While we have reached our goal for a Fisher House, there are other ways in which you can contribute.

     

    Channel 2 KTVU coverage of the Dedication Ceremony, April 19, 2006

    Learn about the VA Polytrauma Center

    “Rebuilding Wounded Lives”

    Goal: To Support the Families of Our Returning Service Members who were Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Who Do Men Prefer? Smart, or Dumb?

    Ask a straight man, “How do you like your women?” and it’s unlikely he’ll answer, “Dumb and sleepy.” But according to new findings, these characteristics—and any other traits suggesting that the lady isn’t particularly alert—are precisely what the human male has evolved to look for in a one-night-stand.

    In an article soon to be published in Evolution and Human Behavior, University of Texas–Austin graduate student Cari Goetz and her colleagues explored what they called the sexual exploitability hypothesis. The hypothesis is based on the differences between male and female reproductive strategies as humans evolved. For ancestral women, casual intercourse with an emotionally unattached man who had no clear intention of sticking around to raise any resulting offspring constituted a massive genetic gamble. By contrast, for a man with somewhere around 85 million sperm cells churned out every day—per testicle—the frivolous expenditure of gametes was far less detrimental to his genetic interests. Goetz and her team began with the assumption that—because our brains evolved long before prophylactics entered the picture—female cognition is still sensitive to the pregnancy-related consequences of uncommitted sex and women remain more reluctant than men to engage in it. They set out to test the idea that any indication that a woman’s guard is lowered—that she’s “sexually exploitable”—is a turn-on for your average man. “[T]he assessment of a woman’s immediate vulnerability,” surmise the authors, “may be central to the activation of psychological mechanisms related to sexual exploitation.”

  • He Came, He Saw, He Cashed Out

    Three fundraisers for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama last night in the Bay Area.

    ....we don't know if THIS had anything to do with the President's visit, but...

    A fighter jet was making low circles around San Francisco's Ferry Building and Embarcadero Center last night.


    All the President's men (and women) were in place for face-time - if they could afford the 38 grand for ticket in Atherton.
    Later, the President motorcaded to the Fox Theatre for a "people's" visit which cost a mere $4,000.

    But the area was filled with Tea Party protestors, too. although you wouldn't know it from the pathetic coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle:

    "...Scores of protesters, most of them good-natured, greeted Obama in Redwood City. Among the signs: "The war on drugs is the war on the people," and "Hey Obama, don't deport my mama."

    But James Lee, from Occupy Redwood City, came to protest because, he said, "we're most concerned with the amount of money being spent here."

    "It should be the people out here who are inside with Obama," Lee said, "not just the people who have the money to be with him."


     
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    President Obama greets the crowd after landing at Moffett Field in Mountain View to begin his whirlwind Bay Area fundraising tour with a $38,500-per-person dinner in Woodside.


    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/23/MNC51OMH6H.DTL#ixzz1vndzGy4g
  • LOL

    resident Obama Denounces GOP ‘Wild Debts’: I’m Not an Over-Spender

    Alex Wong/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- At a fundraiser for his re-election campaign in Denver Wednesday night, President Obama set out to upend conventional Republican wisdom that his administration has been defined by excessive government spending.

    “I’m running to pay down our debt in a way that’s balanced and responsible. After inheriting a $1 trillion deficit, I signed $2 trillion of spending cuts into law,” he told a crowd of donors at the Hyatt Regency. “My opponent won’t admit it, but it’s starting to appear in places, like real liberal outlets, like the Wall Street Journal.

  • For Our Silicon Valley Readers

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    Mark Zuckerberg's Wife
    The SIMPLE
    Ruby Wedding Ring

    Exclusive

    0523_priscilla_chan_wedding_ring_photos_launch_v2If Mark Zuckerberg's new wife was expecting a MASSIVE diamond on her wedding ring... she was SORELY disappointed.

    Just days after the surprise wedding of the century, Priscilla Chan-Zuckerberg took her brand new ruby rock on the road... flashing her piece during a lunch date with a friend in Palo Alto, CA yesterday.

    According to reports, the $20 BILLION Facebook honcho -- who has a reputation for not caring about excessive displays of wealth -- designed the ring himself.

    It's unclear how much the ring cost... hopefully not much... 'cause his Facebook stock has been sinking like Natalie Wood ever since it debuted on Friday.

  • Mitt Smiles, Mark Frowns

    ** FILE ** In this May 8, 2012 photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Lansing, Mich. Romney padded his lead in the race for convention delegates in Republican presidential primaries Tuesday in Arkansas and Kentucky as he inches closer to the nomination he's all but certain to win. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

    Romney outpaces Obama in Ky., Ark. primaries

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    President Obama won 58 percent of the vote in Kentucky’s Democratic primary on Tuesday but lost 42 percent of the vote to “uncommitted” — another worrisome sign for him as he seeks re-election.

    Following his attorney Frederick D. Cooke, Jr., (left) Thomas Gore, a campaign treasurer for Mayor Vincent C. Gray, makes his exit from the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse after his plea hearing in the District on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)
    ** FILE ** In this Oct. 10, 2011, file photo, a magnifying glass is posed over a monitor displaying a Facebook page in Munich. Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company before the stock started trading. (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

    Regulators probe bank’s role in Facebook IPO

    By Marcy Gordon - Associated Press

    Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst’s negative report about the company before the stock started trading.

  • I'm siding with the neighbor...

  • U.S. Catholics SUE Federal Government

    Original Article
    This week Catholic bishops are heading to federal courts across the country to defend religious liberty. On Monday they filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) sterilization, abortifacient and birth-control insurance mandate. Like most Americans, the bishops have long taken for granted the religious freedom that has enabled this nation's diverse religions to flourish in relative harmony. But over the past year they have become increasingly concerned about the erosion of conscience
  • Day One of Romney Presidency

    Campaigns are not won on attack ads alone.  A candidate for any office has to roll out a positive vision of their agenda, even when running against a failing incumbent.  Alternately, a campaign can do a little of both in the same spot, and that’s what Team Romney tries to do in the new ad rolling out today, “Day One”:

    You want positive?  The tone of the spot is upbeat, optimistic, and colorful, and it spells out Romney’s priorities for his presidency — jobs, the economy, energy, and more jobs.  Competitive? The spot hits Obama on every point: approving the Keystone pipeline, reversing Obama’s policies on taxes and spending, and most importantly, replacing Obmacare with something that works without blowing up an already-disastrous entitlement overhang.  It’s a smart, well-produced ad that challengers can run more effectively than incumbents in any cycle.  Don’t forget that Barack Obama ran on similar Day One promises in 2008, made effective by essentially running against George Bush more than John McCain, including closing Gitmo and imposing bars on lobbyists serving in his administration.  How did those Day One promises turn out? Er ….

    I’m sure we’ll see a similar ad in this cycle from Team Obama eventually, although it might be difficult to put an upbeat, positive spin on continuing the status quo while depicting it as a change.  That’s the tough part of running for a second term.

  • Econ Majors, Please Read

    Who needs government, even for road maintenance?

    This happened in Maui, Hawaii:

    “Anyone still wondering how their tax dollars are going to be wasted, here is your answer: $4 million for a job that private business can do for free in 8 days. Government contractors are already drooling after the insane profits they will be making off of overpriced stimulus deals.”

    How?  “So Slack, other business owners and residents made the decision not to sit on their hands and wait for state money that many expected would never come. Instead, they pulled together machinery and manpower and hit the ground running March 23. Watch the volunteers repairing the road »

    And after only eight days, all of the repairs were done, Pleas said. It was a shockingly quick fix to a problem that may have taken much longer if they waited for state money to funnel in.”

    Government said it was a two year project costing tens of millions—average citizens did it for $4 million in eight days.  Now you know how much money government wastes.  Want to find waste?  Look for the union label.

  • Obama Pulls Ahead in Fox News Poll

    President Obama tops Republican Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup, according to the latest Fox News poll, which finds American voters feeling more positive about the economy.

    Obama would have an advantage of 46 percent to 39 percent over Romney, if the election were held today. Three weeks ago the candidates were tied at 46 percent each.

    The national poll, released Wednesday, shows the president’s lead is just outside the poll’s margin of sampling error.

    Click for the full poll results

    About a third of voters say they are “extremely” interested in the election. Among just that group, Romney tops Obama by 50 percent to 44 percent.

    Overall, each candidate’s party support is strong: Most Democrats back Obama (88 percent) and most Republicans support Romney (84 percent).

    Among independents, 34 percent back Romney, 29 percent support Obama and more than a third are undecided or say they won’t vote (36 percent). Last month, independents broke for Romney by 46 percent to 33 percent.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Polls

    From Rasmussen Reports...

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Mitt Romney earning 47% of the vote and President Obama attracting 46% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another four percent (4%) are undecided.

    Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.

    In the key swing state of North Carolina,Romney has opened an eight-point lead over the president. In a recent radio update for the WOR Radio Network, Scott Rasmussen points out that for now the national polls matter more than Electoral College guessing games.

    Nationally, 51% of voters trust Romney more than Obama when it comes to handling the economy.  But voters still trust their own economic judgment over either candidate’s.

    Fifty-three percent (53%) believe the federal government has done a poor job regulating the financial industry. In fact, by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans believe that more competition and less regulation are better for the financial system than more regulation and less competition. As Scott Rasmussen notes in another radio update, Americans want accountability more than regulation. If  JP Morgan loses big, Americans want to make sure the right people pay the price. And they want to be sure that the nation’s taxpayers are not stuck with the tab.

     

  • OWS V. Tea Party

    WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Remember when Occupy Wall Street was sweeping the nation? “The media branded it the left’s answer to the Tea Party, the start of a grand national mobilization; depending on who you ask, half of America once supported the OWS protestors, double the amount who back the Tea Party. The Huffington Post even launched a separate page devoted entirely to coverage of OWS. How the mighty have fallen. . . . OWS has essentially fallen apart. It is not a significant presence on the streets; it is not a significant presence in Democratic Party politics; it is not a significant presence in the national conversation.”

    OWS was never mighty. It was always a bubble full of media hot air, and it collapsed when its actual behavior damaged it to the point that even the media’s best effots couldn’t keep it inflated, at which point the press started pretending it had never existed. . . .

    via Instapundit

  • Team Obama FREAKS Over NYT Polling

    If a left-wing president were to lose the New York Times, there would be good reason for him and his operatives to flip out. President Obama hasn’t lost the New York Times; he has merely “lost” a new poll by CBS/New York Times taken five months before the election. It shows him trailing Mitt Romney 46-43, and trailing among women by 46-44. And he hasn’t “lost” that poll in any strong sense; Romney’s lead is within the margin of error

    Apparently, though, this “setback” was enough to cause the hyper-sensitive Obama operation to lash out at the Times. According to a campaign spokesperson, the poll used a “biased sample.” The sample was biased, according to Team Obama, because the Times had used the same sample in April. That, of course, wouldn’t make the sample biased. Politico reports, however, that according to the Obama camp, the group surveyed in April had produced an “outlier” result in which Romney led its man.

    Team Obama’s complaints are without merit and border on the ridiculous. First, the April CBS/New York Times poll showed Romney and Obama in a dead-heat; Romney was not ahead. And this finding was not out of line with other polls. Fox also showed a dead-heat. Quinnipiac had Obama up by 4 points, NBC/Wall Street Journal by 6, and CNN by 9. But Gallup had Romney ahead by 5 points and Rasmussen had him up by 3. Thus, nothing in the April results suggested that CBS/New York Times should not re-poll the group that showed the candidates tied.

    Second, there is nothing wrong with re-polling the same people. In fact, doing so can be useful in seeing how a major event (here Obama’s flip-flop in gay marriage) has affected the race. As a Times spokesperson patiently explained:

  • So, How Did Mr. Obama Make $10 Million Dollars?

    Original Article
    Three things are apparent from President Obama's annual financial disclosure statement, released today: He is a wealthy man, with assets of as much as $10 million.He has a hefty stake in JPMorgan Chase, the megabank that just made a bad $2 billion bet. Obama has an account worth between $500,000 and $1 million. Despite the nation's $15.6 trillion debt, he is a believer in government paper. More than half of his assets are in Treasury bills and notes.
  • How is that War on Women Working Out?

    Um, not so good, according to the newest polling numbers.

    via Instapundit

    #NARRATIVEFAIL: CBS Poll Shows Romney Leading Among Women. If you look at the full results, it’s Romney 44, Obama 42 among women. What’s more, that’s a big improvement for Romney since last month, when it was Obama 49, Romney 43. So apparently this whole “War Against Women” narrative hasn’t played too well for them. . . .

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty

    Star Trek geeks like me are thrilled to read this news today: Progress In Quantum Teleportation. “Since 1997, researchers have been able to quantum teleport photons with a major record being set by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai. In 2010, that team successfully teleported a photon over 16km. Now that same team has released new findings, in which they claim to have teleported photons nearly 100km, or over 60 miles.”

    http://blog.speculist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/teleportation_0129.jpeg

  • Catfight!

    Is It On Between Oprah and Michelle Obama?

    Is It On Between Oprah and Michelle Obama?

    Monday May 14, 2012 - A new book called "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House" claims that Michelle and Oprah are NOT fans of each other. Michelle has reportedly accused Oprah of using the White House for TV ratings.

    Read more...
  • Let's Make YOU a Star!

    Have you seen the movie "Atlas Shrugged"? It was amazing, thought-provoking, and stimulating.

    The story, writen by Ayn Rand, the libertarian icon, is about a powerful Railroad executive and her struggles to help her business survive while society crumbles around her.

    My friend Matthew Marsden plays her brother James Taggart.

    Now there is an fabulous opportunity to join the cast as an extra in the new film "Atlas Shrugged 2" Instructions below. Please tweet and Facebook this.

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    http://blog.atlasshruggedmovie.com/2012/05/be-extra-in-atlas-shrugged-part-2.html

  • He was FOR Gay Marriage before he was AGAINST it, and now he's FOR it!

    The president of the United States has just endorsed gay marriage—putting him not just in stark opposition to Mitt Romney but to Americans who firmly oppose it and have defeated every state referendum designed to legalize it.

    Obama made the declaration to ABC News just three days after Joe Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with men marrying men and women marrying women—which prompted some administration officials to suggest the vice president was freelancing and that his remarks had not been cleared in advance.

    While Obama insisted he was speaking personally, rather than mounting a campaign to change state laws: "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts. The full interview will appear on Thursday’s Good Morning America,with excerpts Wednesday evening on World News.

    At the risk of resorting to hyperbole, this is a political earthquake that shakes the landscape by putting a divisive culture-war issue front and center. The betting had been that while Biden and others would signal support on a wink-wink basis, Obama would play it safe and take no position until after the election.

  • BHO's Bad Day on the Trail

    Looks like Tuesday was a bad day for Barack Obama, Democrats in general, and particularly the unions.  Three states held primaries, and in each, voters rejected positions and/or candidates associated with all three, in embarrassing vote totals.  Let’s start with the least significant of these outcomes, the Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia, where an inmate in federal prison ran a novelty primary challenge to Barack Obama — and came within 20 points of winning (via Polipundit)

    Read the rest of this super encouraging news, giving hope to all of us for REAL CHANGE in November right here.

  • "Dumbass" Occupiers

    "It’s one thing to squat in your darkened basement scribbling word salad messages to the demons in your head. It’s quite another to carefully craft an oversized protest sign intended for public display at the next Occupy protest. But many of the Occupiers could not seem to keep the two behaviors distinct, and the result can only be seen as evidence for major thought disorders among some of the protesters. Occupy Wall Street: serious protest movement, or manifestation of brain malfunction."

    Zombie's assimilation, collation, and collection of photos from Occupy L.A.

    Well worth examining, so read more here.

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  • Funniest. Political. Story. Ever.

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    Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd (pictured left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia's primary, coming a close second to President Obama
    Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd (pictured left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia's primary, coming a close second to President Obama
    Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd (pictured left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia's primary, coming a close second to President Obama
     

     

    Barack Obama was not the only Democrat on the ballot on Tuesday in West Virginia's Democratic Presidential Primary. Keith Judd - also known as Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas - was running against him. Judd, who is serving out a 17.5 year sentence for extortion, currently has received 40 percent of the vote, with 83 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. Obama currently has received 60 percent of the vote. Obama’s lack of popularity in West Virginia has been well-documented.
  • Politics & Stuff

    President Obama invited the new French president to the White House. And political experts are eager to hear what comes of a meeting between the world's most prominent socialist....the new President of France.

    The Wise Bros.

    CHANGE: “Carville: Democrats Will Rule Washington for 40 Years.”

    – Headline, US News & World Report, April 26, 2009.

    “Carville: ‘Wake Up’ Democrats You Could Lose.”

    – Headline, Breitbart TV, last night. More at theDaily Caller.

    RELATED: “Obama’s awful, terrible, catastrophically bad day.”

    Instapundit.com

    Pete Stark Said What? Pete Stark has said many bizarre things after 40 years in Congress. petestarksaidwhat.com
  • Would You Jump Into a Vat of Acid to Save a Friend?

    A New Jersey roofer jumped into a vat of nitric acid solution to save a co-worker who had fallen 40 feet through a roof and into the tank, fire officials said.

    Rob Nuckols, 51, was working on the ground floor Monday morning at Swepco Tube LLC when his colleague Martin Davis plunged into the vat of diluted acid and became fully submerged, officials said.

    He jumped into the vat and was waist-high while he and three others pulled Davis out, Clifton Fire Chief Vince Colavitti told The Record of Woodland Park ( http://bit.ly/Jsf7II). The vat contained a 40 to 70 percent nitric acid solution used for cleaning metal tubing.

    Rescue workers arrived after five minutes, cut Davis out of his clothes and sprayed him with water to limit burns, Colavitti said. Nuckols had already rinsed himself off.

    Davis is in critical condition with a broken rib, punctured lung, and burns on his legs and side, a relative said.

    Nuckols was treated for burns on his legs and abdomen. The three other roofers were taken to hospitals but there was no sign that they were seriously injured.

    The men were working for Gar Con Enterprises of Flemington. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it was investigating and looking into both companies.

    An employee at Swepco said the company had no comment, and Gar Con did not return calls.

  • Six Months Out, It's a Tie

    The first USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll since the GOP settled on a presumptive nominee shows big challenges for each side: Mitt Romney in generating enthusiasm and a personal connection with his supporters, and Barack Obama in convincing Americans he should be trusted to manage a fragile economy.

    The president and the former Massachusetts governor start their head-to-head contest essentially even among registered voters — Obama 47%, Romney 45% — in the dozen battleground states likely to determine the election's outcome. That's closer than the lead of 9 percentage points for Obama in the Swing States survey in late March.

    But the poll also finds a reversal in what has been a key GOP asset in the five previous battleground surveys taken since last fall: an edge in enthusiasm among voters. For the first time, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting — a shift from a 14-percentage-point GOP advantage at the end of last year to an 11-point deficit now.

    That drop is driven by Republicans who describe themselves as moderate or liberal, about a third of the party, even though the candidate widely viewed as the most moderate in the GOP primary field is poised to be nominated. Just 7% of moderate and liberal Republicans now say they are extremely enthusiastic, down from 24% in January and compared with 34% of conservative Republicans who feel that way.

    Swing States poll: The gender gap widens

    The gender gap is getting bigger. A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll of swing states shows a difference of 20 percentage points in the presidential preferences of men and women.


    Women support President Obama by 12 points, 52%-40%, in the survey of registered voters taken April 26-May 2 in 12 battleground states. Men support Mitt Romney by eight points, 50%-42%.


    The gender gap was 12 points in the February Swing States survey and 17 points in March, a time when Democrats were decrying what they called a “war on women” in GOP policies on contraception policy and abortion rights. Republicans have responded by arguing that Obama’s economic policies have hurt many women, and the Romney campaign has put Ann Romney in the spotlight.

  • Colombia Hooker: SS Guards Were "Fools"

     

     

    Original Article

    Washington - A US Congressman is demanding that government investigators interview the prostitute at the centre of the Secret Service's Colombia sex scandal after she described the bodyguards as 'fools'. New York Republican Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, acted after Dania Londono Suarez appeared on television to reveal her side of the story. (Snip) Miss Suarez said: "They were a bunch of fools. They are responsible for Obama's security and they still let this happen.
  • Veterans Pissed Off

    • Ad Time for Video Critical of Comments on bin Laden?

      Veterans group behind video accusing the president of politicizing bin Laden raid may purchase ad time

      In the wake of a warm conservative reception for a web video trashing the president for “spiking the football” on the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death, the conservative group Veterans for a Strong America plans to gather Navy SEALs and Special Forces operators to criticize the White House during the 2012 campaign. “We’re looking to [put together] a coalition, to field SEALs and operators that want to come out publicly,” executive director of Veterans for a Strong America, Joel Arends, tells BuzzFeed. “I’ve had a lot of discussions with former SEALs and current SEALs. I’ve been talking to operators...

  • Obama Caught Lying About former Girlfriend

    President Obama's First Serious Girlfriend Said He Had a Great "Sexual Warmth" But "Didn't Have a Black Bone In His Body"

    Thursday April 3, 2012 - President Obama's First Serious Girlfriend Said He Had a Great

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    "I was wondering when something like this was going to surface, seeing as how it is an election year and that’s usually when people come out of the shadows with stories of their past lives with politicians. Take Genevieve Cook for example; she met Barack Obama before his presidential status back in 1983 when he was a young 22-year-old Columbia University graduate with big dreams."

     

  • Anarchist Destroys Niketown Wearing NIKE's

     

    Dumbass.

     

    (Click image for larger view).

    What not to wear as an anarchist. This protester was trying to break a Bank of America window in Seattle during the May Day protests Tuesday, but check out his shoes. Photo: Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com.

    Um, someone didn’t get the anarchist memo on what to wear for a day of vandalizing.

    Sure, the guy pictured here trying to smash a bank window during Seattle’s May Day protests has the standard-issue anarchist outfit: Black  jacket, black pants, black face-hiding thing.

    But look closer. There’s the tucked-in lavender shirt. And the red headband. Probably forgivable, because anarchy is hard work and sometimes your one good black shirt is in the laundry.

    But then you get to the shoes … and what the frack is that? It’s a pair of Nikes! That swoosh is unmistakable. (No word on what the guy on the left was doing, but he probably wasn’t a protester).

    What makes the irony especially rich is that this window-banger also targeted Niketown while wearing his nice-looking Nike sneakers

  • May Day a BIG Bust

    Despite threats to shut down banks, schools and offices as punishment for "economic inequality" nothing of the sort took place. The Occupy Everything crowd wanted MILLIONS to participate but "the people" did not rise up and revolt.

    Hundreds of protestors in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland did turn up. But what were the people in the streets REALLY saying?

    An end to income inequality? A call for Communism? Socialism? A chance to run wild in the streets and commit crimes?  All of the above yesterday in Oakland and San Francisco where violence took place, but the MESSAGE from the Occupy Everything crowd was last in the flash bang of police weapons. The rallies did not have the same drawing power as last year for the Occupiers, or even the half dozen years ago May Day rallies for immigration reform. 

    There was some violence. Anarchists and punks did manage to do damage to the people they claim to represent, as well as attacks on the police.

    And there are questions to be answered about the thugs in San Francisco's Mission district. Residents want some answers from the left-wing government leaders who some say allowed the violence to go unchecked.

    Original Article

     

    From Lucianne.com

     

    Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage. Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night. Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group -

     

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    Police officers are hit with paint after they tackled one protester and held him down on Broadway Street. Hundreds of activists and Occupy Oakland members converged on downtown Oakland, Calif. for May 1st marches and protests.


    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/01/BA671OBO28.DTL#ixzz1tiUf6J2L

  • It's a Dead Heat in Prez Sweepstakes

    Election 2012 Trial Heat: Obama vs. Romney

    Among registered voters -

    Gallup Poll

    ELECTION 2012 TRACKING

    Apr 26-30, 2012 – Updates daily at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-day change

    TRIAL HEAT
    CHANGE
    46%
    -
    46%
    -1

    RCP Polling Results

    Polling Data

    PollDateSampleObama (D)Romney (R)Spread
    RCP Average 4/11 - 4/30 -- 47.4 44.0 Obama +3.4
    Rasmussen Tracking 4/28 - 4/30 1500 LV 46 46 Tie
    Gallup Tracking 4/26 - 4/30 2200 RV 46 46 Tie
    FOX News 4/22 - 4/24 915 RV 46 46 Tie
    National Journal 4/19 - 4/22 1004 A 47 39 Obama +8
    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 4/13 - 4/17 RV 49 43 Obama +6
    CBS News/NY Times 4/13 - 4/17 852 RV 46 46 Tie
    Quinnipiac 4/11 - 4/17 2577 RV 46 42 Obama +4
    CNN/Opinion Research 4/13 - 4/15 910 RV 52 43 Obama +9
    PPP (D) 4/12 - 4/15 900 RV 49 46 Obama +3
    Reuters/Ipsos 4/12 - 4/15 891 RV 47 43

     


     

  • Listen Live: May Day, May Day

    I am taking to the streets of liberal San Francisco this morning for a series of live reports on the antics of the Occupy Whatevercrowd...and it promises to be a weird and strange day.

    The Occupy Whatever people are asserting that "millions of people throughout the world - workers, students, immigrants, professionals, houseworkers, employed and unemployed alike - will take to the streets to unite in a General Strike against a system that doesn't work."

    From San Francisco to New York, general strikes are being called, even by the writers and journalists charged with covering these events. Media bias? What's that?

    Tune into KSFO 560 AM in San Frnacisco for my live coverage.

    "Fasten your seat belts, we are in for a bumpy ride"  Bette Davis, All About Eve, 1950