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Thursday, October 18, 2012

MUST SEE! Mitt Romney brings the house down at 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York


Be sure to SHARE! Important for folks to see this side of a man the media have tried to paint as a "robot" who "has trouble connecting with real people."

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Top one-liners and quotes from the Presidential Debate in Denver


1. "Mr. President, you're entitled as the president to your own airplane and to your own house, but not to your own facts." -- Mitt Romney

2. "The president has a view very similar to the view he had when he ran four years, that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more -- if you will, trickle-down government -- would work." -- Mitt Romney

3. "You don't just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers." -- Mitt Romney [talking about Obama's $90 billion investment in failed green energy companies]

4. "We've got 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work in this country... When the president took office, 32 million people on food stamps; 47 million on food stamps today; economic growth this year slower than last year, and last year slower than the year before. Going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the American people who are struggling today." -- Mitt Romney

5. "Jim, I -- you may want to move onto another topic." -- Barack Obama [wherein Obama asks the moderator to change the subject because he was getting a shellacking on the subject of taxes]

6. "This is bigger than an election about the two of us as individuals. It's bigger than our respective parties. It's an election about the course of America. What kind of America do you want to have for yourself and for your children?" -- Mitt Romney

7. "I just don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for Obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people." -- Mitt Romney

8. "Well, first of all, I think Governor Romney's going to have a busy first day, because he's also going to repeal Obamacare, which will not be very popular among Democrats as you're sitting down with them." -- Barack Obama [did he just admit Romney's going to have a "first day" in office?]

9. "Look, I've been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what you're talking about." -- Mitt Romney [in response to Obama's claim that the U.S. gives tax breaks to businesses who "send jobs overseas"]

10. "You put $90 billion into green jobs. And I'm all in favor of green energy. $90 billion, that would have hired 2 million teachers. $90 billion. And these businesses, many of them, have gone out of business. I think about half of them, of the ones [that] have been invested in, have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns." -- Mitt Romney

11. "Dodd-Frank is the biggest kiss that's been given to New York banks I've ever seen." -- Mitt Romney

12. "I Had 5 Seconds Before You Interrupted Me." -- Barack Obama [wherein Obama realizes he's lost the debate and lashes out at a moderator who'd already allotted him 10% more time than his opponent]


CNN transcript of the whole debate - a debate where 67% of registered voters say Romney won the debate. The above quotes show why.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood's Republican Convention Speech

I'm not going to bother fully combating the media's stupidity regarding the Clint Eastwood speech tonight. But I want to make a few points.

His deadpan comedy sketch was meant to loosen the crowd for Romney who, let's face it, isn't a comical juggernaut. And in that regard, it was perfect.
 

But, more importantly, I think the Liberal media are making a misstep here. They think they are distracting people from tonight's home-run speeches by Romney and Rubio by claiming that Eastwood "went unhinged," and in doing so, they assume they're helping Obama. To what end? Eastwood's speech was hilarious and, I think, will appeal to a great many Americans. So... the media's plan is to shift focus to it and make it go viral? Fine by me. 

Oh, and there's a sub-narrative here: the idea that the only Hollywood stars who could even entertain the idea of mocking Obama are necessarily "unhinged" and "crazy." Classy. 

It's also worth noting that, as of the conclusion of Romney's remarks, Romney and Rubio's speeches had been Tweeted about significantly more than Eastwood's. The MSM narrative that "social media was abuzz with chatter about the Eastwood debacle" and that "people are talking about Eastwood more than Romney's speech" was false, but will likely turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, now -- perhaps once and for all answering the question about whether the media make the news or report it.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Romney's trip abroad a success, despite media obfuscation

Let's discuss for a moment what the mainstream media have labeled Romney's "string of gaffes" abroad which were, as a statement of fact, nothing of the sort. 

The "disconcerting" statement in London was an honest assessment (reinforced by prior media reports) from a man who, himself, had previously run the Olympics. Obviously, it wasn't what the Brits wanted to hear, but it doesn't make his comment invalid, or mean that his sharing the insight translates into poor diplomatic prowess. 

If he'd wanted to appease, he could have avoided voicing his concern, yes, but what if something terrible had happened and he had, instead, said everything looked perfect? He'd have looked clueless. Better to be honest. The "controversy" was definitely "a bit of a fuss about nothing." What's more, Obama's done far worse, far more often. 

That an American Republican speaking in Israel said something that upset the Palestinians is neither shocking nor news. To attempt to connect his statements about culture - statements he made in his book, has regularly made in stump speeches, and which were tied to objectively true figures comparing the two cultures' avg. individual salaries - to any sort of "racism" wreaks of desperation. Never mind the fact that he was right, culture does matter.

His moment at the wailing wall - and that he chose to go to Israel at all when our own President hasn't visited - were truly striking contrasts to the current administration.

His time in Poland was a humerun. While Mitt was being endorsed by reknowned anti-communist, Lech Walesa, Obama was getting the nod from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Again, stark contrasts.

And what's more, the media's massive overreach on this, to pretend like these non-controversies were "gaffes," to choose and crop imagery so as to make it seem like support was lacking for Romney when it wasn't, only serves to hurt their credibility. Honestly, if they were looking to undercut Mitt here, all they had to do was roll the video of Obama's visit four years ago and the massive European crowds that followed... or just not cover Mitt's trip at all. But to make up fake controversies only serves to further discredit American news media.

And to sink even lower, these same media sought to "create a moment" at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with shrill attempts to get a rise from Romney. Sure, an aide responded in kind. As I might have were I in his position --- they were way out of line, and being wholly disrespectful of the Polish people and their sacred site. I can't help but think that if they had treated Obama the same way, critics would call it raaaaaaaaaaaaacism (like they did when he was questioned in the Rose Garden, or when pressed by Fox commentators in the rare interviews they've been allotted).

Finally, the entire point of Mitt's trip abroad was never to attract droves of adoring fans but rather to draw stark contrasts between his foreign policy and Barack Obama's. As he outlined in his book, he wants America to draw closer to the very allies he just visited. His trip wasn't the "me fest" Obama's was - it was about showing what type of president he would be. And in that respect, the trip was an absolute success.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Did you hear? Barack Obama killed Osama Bin Laden


File this under: rare instances when comedians step outside of their own ideology to explore the treasure trove of material available for mocking President Obama...

And Chris Rock said it was difficult to make jokes about our beleaguered president. It is to laugh...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

DNC choreographs musical number for 2012 convention


"We rob from the rich and give to the poor, THAT'S RIGHT!"

Unfortunately for the DNC, the narrative that the "rich" aren't "paying their fair share," is as ill-formed as the rest of their party platform. A recent report by the CBO reveals that top income earners actually pay 68% of the tax burden.

As the Daily Caller reports:
The top 1 percent of earners’ pre-tax income dropped 36 percent between 2007 and 2009, while the four lowest quintiles saw a loss of only about 5 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office. During those years,  the average pre-tax income for all earners dropped. 
The top 20 percent of earners — the top quintile — bore 67.9 percent of the federal tax burden in 2009. The middle quintile paid 9.4 percent, while the lowest paid .03 percent of the federal tax burden.
As for Mitt Romney's plan:
According to analysis by the Tax Policy Center, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s plan would reduce taxes for three-fourths of taxpayers by an average of $4,700. Obama’s plan, on the other hand, would lower taxes for just 12 percent of filers, while raising taxes for about 27 percent of filers — those making more than $250,000, ABC News reports.
So much for Robin Hood.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Social Media and Political Campaigns

An interesting infographic here with valuable data as it pertains to using social media for political campaigning. Click for larger image... 

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