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Monday, August 13, 2012
Paul Ryan Is Mitt Romney’s Game-Changer
Crystal Wright / Townhall Daily
Ryan is Mitt Romney's game changer. Period! As House Budget Committee Chairman, Ryan crafted a bold budget in 2011which proposed $6.2 trillion of cuts in government spending over 10 years.
Ryan's budget included reforming the tax code, offering Medicaid block grants to the states, Medicare premium subsidies so seniors can choose private insurance and giving people the option of investing their Social Security benefits. It passed in the House and course the Democrat Senate has taken no action on it or proposed an alternative.
In picking Ryan, Romney put President Obama on notice that he will no longer be able to run from his record of economic failure, broken promises and lies. As of August 11th, this election will be about the important things facing our country, “the higher unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt” caused by Obama’s “misguided polices,” said Ryan. Standing ready for battle, against the backdrop of the USS Wisconsin, in Norfolk, Virginia, Ryan continued with the obvious, “This is the worst economic recovery in 70 years.”
After hearing Romney's news, Obama tried to obfuscate his record yet again, tweeting Saturday in response to Romney’s VP announcement:
“Paul Ryan is an architect of the top-down GOP budget that cuts education, energy, & innovation even as it gives tax cuts to the wealthy.”
The truth is Obama has been the architect of nothing but misery for Americans: $16 trillion in debt, 42 straight months of 8% plus unemployment, diminished wealth, and 1 in 6 Americans becoming poor.
Ryan knows America’s piggy bank has gone bust and Ryan has been the architect of a plan to get America’s fiscal house in order so Granny won’t lose her Medicare and fall off the cliff in her wheelchair. Ryan and Romney have faced the reality America can’t sustain our current levels of spending. Obama, on the other hand, wants to spend America out of greatness, even ignoring the dire warnings from his own Simpson Bowles debt reduction commission: “The era of debt denial is over, and there can be no turning back.”
With Ryan as his running mate, Romney has the ammunition to make every second of every minute of every day of this campaign about the fact that “Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem and Mitt Romney is the solution,” as Ryan said. Obama has spent over $1 trillion dollars every year he’s been in office, “creating the largest deficits and biggest federal government since World War II,” Ryan noted.
Certainly, this is not the kind of hope and change Americans wanted in 2008.
Obama has made it clear he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. But Ryan reminded us America is “the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”
“This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed. This idea is under assault,” Ryan added.
Conversely, Obama believes without government we can’t build businesses or achieve anything as individuals. Obama’s re-election campaign promotes the Life of Julia a fictitious woman who depends upon government from cradle to grave to exist. Obama’s policies demonize success and promote Robin Hood policies that take from those who work hard and redistribute their successes to those who work less. This is not America!
“We have a critical decision to make as a nation,” warned Ryan. Voters can chose the path upon which this nation was founded “the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed,” he said. Or Americans can allow Obama to continue to grow an unsustainable nanny state, void of jobs, where Americans are dependent upon government to live.
You know a conservative is a real threat to liberals when they begin to heap mountains of hate onto him or her. Shortly after Romney announced Ryan as his VP pick, CNN's Candy Crowley crowed, “looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish.”
Ryan bolstered Romney’s run for president -- and that is scaring the heck out of liberals like Crowley. Mitt and Paul combined have a better plan for renewing America than the current duo running the show. In one day, Ryan helped Romney haul in $3.5 million. That doesn’t look like a death wish ticket to me.
Dear Candy, the death wish occurred in 2008 with the election of Barack Obama. If Americans are really honest with themselves, they will admit Obama has been an utter disaster.
Mr. Romney said of Ryan, "I did not make a mistake with this guy.” No you didn’t Mitt. As Liberals look on with fear, envy and loathing, America’s Comeback Team is off to a roaring start. We the people can’t wait to see what lies around the corner.
Rush: Economy to rocket with Ryan win
'The moment it's known that Obama's out of office'
by Joe Kovacs
“I guarantee you, if Ryan and Romney win this election, you’re gonna see the stock market go through the roof,” Limbaugh said this afternoon.
“You’re gonna see small businesses start to hire. It’s gonna happen so fast, you’re not gonna believe it, the moment it’s known that Obama’s out of office.”
“I like the fact that there’s somebody who’s gonna be on the news every day that can talk like I do,” he said.
“And I don’t mean to make this about me. That’s not the point. We’ve got somebody who can articulate what we believe. It’s in his heart. He doesn’t need crib notes, he doesn’t need briefings, he doesn’t need a consultant to tell him what to think or answer a question. He’s lived it. It’s his soul. That’s why I’m jazzed.”
“We now have somebody on the ticket who’s us,” he continued. “Somebody’s on the ticket who can explain all of this, believes all of this in his heart and in his soul. His name is Paul Ryan and he can do it with optimism and a smile on his face and no bitterness and so forth. I like it because we’re tackling this head on. You know if [Romney would] have chosen say [U.S. Sen. Marco] Rubio, the accusation would have been that he was pandering to a group. If he had chosen Condi [Rice], same accusation: pandering to a group. This pick told me that Romney is not just serious about winning, but governing.”
Limbaugh said the presence of Ryan on a stage with Romney has elevated and energized Romney.
“Romney’s a new guy. Romney is a different guy,” he explained.
“I watched ’60 Minutes’ last night, Ryan chomping at the bit to answer every question. Ryan wanted in ’cause he’s got the answer. He had the answer for everything Bob Schieffer threw. He’s got the answer for every objection the Obama team is going to make. All the lies, all the distortions, all the smears, Ryan has the answers. Ryan knows how to react to those things, because he is an ideological conservative. He is from the camp of Ronaldus Magnus (Ronald Reagan).”
President Obama is welcoming Ryan to the race, saying, “Congressman Ryan is a decent man. He is a family man. He is an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney’s vision. But it’s a vision that I fundamentally disagree with. They have tried this before. They have tried to sell us this trickle-down fairy dust before. And guess what. It did not work.”
“It did work!” Limbaugh exclaimed in response. “It works every time it’s tried! What isn’t working, sir, is you. And your ideas are not fairy dust. Your ideas are garbage!”
“This election, we’ve said it before and others have said it, but this is ball game,” Limbaugh concluded.
“If Barack Obama gets four more years, I really don’t think that the American people have any idea what’s in store for them. I don’t think, particularly a lot of Obama supporters, I don’t think they have any idea what’s in store. I don’t think they have any idea what’s in store for this country if Obama gets another four years. In fact, I think there are probably a lot of Republican voters who don’t really understand.”
“I’ll Be There [to Vote Republican] Or I’ll Be Dead”
By Kevin “Coach” Collins / The Western Center for Journalism
Almost every day we are insulted by polls that over sample Democrats to create the false impression that Barack Obama is either winning or the race is “too close to call.” These use ridiculous over sampling of Democrats, but they can’t change the facts.
While the media does an excellent job of covering up the Democrats gapping and growing enthusiasm gap careful research and cross referencing can bring out the truth. Each of these factors spells trouble for Barack Obama.
With less than three months to go compared to 2008 conservative Republican enthusiasm is 16 points higher and liberal Democrat enthusiasm is 22 points lower.
Gallup had Republicans 19 points more enthusiastic to vote than Democrats in 2010. In 1994 Republicans had a 9 point edge in enthusiasm and in 2006 Democrats had also held a 9 point advantage. The phrase Res ipsa loquitur comes to mind.
The difference between the enthusiasm level of young voters and that found among seniors was summed up by a female Romney volunteer. When asked whether or not she would be voting. She said, ““I’ll be there or I’ll be dead.”
Over the years a sharply unbalanced right track/wrong track sentiment among voters has been lethal to presidential reelection campaigns. Rasmussen reports the “right track/wrong track index is 27/63 wrong track. In 1980 and again in 1992 “wrong track” was around 70%.
Gay marriage chasing Blacks away from Obama. For the first time in memory African American ministers are telling their followers not to vote for Obama.
The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1.
Despite the record low 41% of Americans calling themselves pro –choice Barack Obama is doubling down on his insistence upon running pro-choice tv ads and campaigning with condom Queen Sandra Fluke.
More engaged and enthusiastic to vote senior voters favor Paul Ryan’s budget plan over Obama by 48/42.
The Democrats will try to convince the remaining 10% of “undecided” seniors but that will be a tough pull. Seniors are the only group who were not fooled by Obama in 2008. More than this Republicans lead Democrats by 48/36 as to voters’ preference in handling the federal budget.
The serious matter of Israel’s survival
By: Diane Sori
Ok folks, the time is drawing near as events in the Middle East are heating up. Newly elected Egyptian muslim brotherhood president Mohammad Mursi has ordered the powerful head of Egypt's armed forces, Field Marshall Tantawi, to resign (‘transferred into retirement’ as he calls it), and also ordered a constitutional declaration aiming to curb presidential powers to be nullified and cancelled.
Not good NOT good at all.
Since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the relationship between islamists and the military has become increasingly tension filled. And now with Mursi naming General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, an open supporter of the muslim brotherhood, as Tantawi’s replacement for both armed forces chief and defense minister things could not be more on edge.
Mursi's opponents have most assuredly underestimated his power. This newly elected man has now successfully overridden the Egyptian generals who were the power behind Mubarak, and the ones who took control of the country after his overthrow.
But now that power has come to an end as the muslim brotherhood is in total control of Egypt. And with Egypt sitting right on Israel’s southern border Israel has to wait and see if the two country’s treaties will be honored by the new government. Add this to the list of Israel’s problems with Syria to the north and the Palestinians in Gaza, and you have one very on edge nation.
And of course let’s NOT forget Iran, the nation whose leader wants to wipe Israel off the map.
"All of the threats on the home front shrink in the face of another threat – Iran cannot be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said in a recent newspaper interview.
Yesterday, in what I believe to be preparations for war, the Israeli government approved amendments to its protocol giving Netanyahu additional powers. Under the new amendments BiBi will have the power to delay motions passed by ministerial committees and the option to decide government voting orders, which means Netanyahu would be able to readily secure a majority vote for major decisions; important if war is indeed on the horizon.
And even with this a wrench is always thrown into the mix, and in this case it’s in the guise of former Prime Minister Olmert who says Iran poses no threat to Israel right now and that he doesn't foresee Israel acting for months, if they act at all.
Oh how wrong he is. Netanyahu would NOT have been given the additional powers at this point in time if war was not close at hand. And while he will probably bring the issue of declaring war to the full cabinet, honorable man that he is, make no mistake about it, Israel will go and end the threat to their survival, for now that Egypt has fallen they are totally surrounded by those out to kill them.
But Israel will act on Israel's timetable NOT on anyone else’s...as in Barack Hussein Obama. Netanyahu will NEVER allow Israel to be used as campaign fodder for Obama’s try at re-election. BiBi knows that Obama is NO friend to Israel and that he sides with Israel’s enemies; he knows that Obama wants East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, something Israel will NOT allow as dividing Israel's capital of Jerusalem is NOT open for discussion; and he knows Obama wants Israel to return to its now indefensible pre-’67 borders, again something that will NOT happen.
Netanyahu also knows that if Obama is given a heads-up on Israel’s timetable for action, that Barack Hussein Obama will pick-up the phone and place that call warning his muslim brethren of not only what’s to come but when exactly it will come.
And most importantly, Benjamin Netanyahu knows that if Barack Hussein Obama is allowed to use Israel as fodder to get re-elected that Israel might cease to exist.
As always, November 6th can’t come fast enough...both for America and for Israel.
See no evil: Racial violence underreported
DOJ: Victims don't tell police about half of violent crimes
And if they do, police often do not file crime reports, say local newspapers around the country.
“More than half of the nation’s violent crimes, or nearly 3.4 million violent victimizations per year, went unreported to the police between 2006 and 2010,” said a Justice Department analysis.
That’s 17 million violent crimes off the books in five years.
Some say it is even worse. They point to the experience that cities around America are having with ShotSpotter: An anti-crime technology that features an array of wireless microphones that can pinpoint the location of a gun shot to within 40 feet.
The system is 96 percent accurate.
Using ShotSpotter, the New York Times reports that neighbors called police only 10 percent of the time guns were fired in a high-crime area of San Francisco. In Oakland, 22 percent of gunshots prompted 9-1-1 calls.
Chief Chris Magnus of Richmond, Calif., a community of 120,000 north of Berkeley that routinely ranks among country’s most violent cities, recalled listening to a ShotSpotter recording of a gun battle in 2010 that involved more than 100 rounds fired from four guns.
“It was just mind-boggling,” he said. “This is like 11 at night on a summer night, and nobody even called it in.”
And often when people “call it in,” the police do not file a report, further skewing the statistics in places like Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
In Queens, a New York Times headline reports, “A new police tactic: Keeping crime off the books.”
New York police refused to take a report when a man groped Jill Korber several days in a row.
“He told me it would be a waste of time, because I didn’t know who the guy was or where he worked or anything,” said Ms. Korber, 34, a schoolteacher. “His words to me were, ‘These things happen.’ He said those words.”
Katherine Davis told the Times she hid in a closet when a man entered her apartment, searched the room and left.
After the police arrived and questioned Davis, she asked for a case number so she could follow the investigation. “There is no case number,” they told her.
In Milwaukee, 50 black people looted a convenience store in 2011. Then they moved to a nearby park where they assaulted 10 people having a Fourth of July picnic.
The following day, several of the victims went to the police station to learn about the status of their case.
“What case?” asked the officer on duty. There was no report. Eventually, after pressure from talk radio and television reporters, police launched an investigation.
Less than one year later, a headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said it all:
“Hundreds of assault cases misreported by Milwaukee police department. City’s violent crime rate lowered based on faulty data.”
In Minneapolis, a talk show host at the CBS affiliate was patiently explaining to his listeners how a recent epidemic of racial violence in that city was an anomaly. And he refused to believe police and newspapers were ignoring it.
A caller named Haley soon set him straight when she told him about how a black mob beat her son, breaking several bones in his face.
The incident is recounted in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How The Media Ignore It.”
Haley set out to find the criminals. And “nobody did anything about it,” she said. They would not look at security cameras video tape. They would not help her look at it. “But they didn’t care. I get flamed up thinking about it. They basically told me they had bigger fish to fry.”
In Riverhead, N.Y., neighboring the Hamptons on Long Island, 750 black people were fighting and destroying property in the street at 2 a.m. The violence was so intense the local police issued a Code 3 emergency call for help from five surrounding police departments.
Stories from nearby newspapers, interviews with local police officers and postings on local Internet sites and Twitter confirmed the nature and extent of the racial violence.
But the locals wanted nothing to do with this July 2012 incident: The editor of a local newsletter denied anything at all had happened to disturb the peace in her bucolic neighborhood: “I know this even though I wasn’t there – because there were no arrests. If there had been lawlessness and violence, there would have been arrests.”
Riverhead City Councilman John Dunleavy added: “This was simply a very large block party, with no incidents, and no action had to be taken.”
In Seattle, Nihan Thai was beaten on the doorsteps of his inner city neighborhood. Seattle’s King 5 News wanted to know, “Is crime going unreported in parts of Seattle?”
“Thai started visiting his neighbors, they had a lot to say, and soon he realized he was doing his own crime survey. Thai knocked on 49 doors. Thirty-two people were home. How many of them had been victims of a crime since moving to the neighborhood? All but three.
“Many victims told Thai they’d never reported the crimes to police. ‘It happens to them so often that after 2 or 3 times they stopped reporting because they didn’t see any progress,’ said Thai.”
In Atlanta, Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park was an annual family ritual for 15,000 people who enjoyed movies under the stars. In 2010, a mob of hundreds of black people tore through the crowd, beating, stealing, marauding. Result: one police report.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Dozens of eyewitnesses from last Thursday’s Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park offered similar accounts of unruly – and sometimes violent – teens taking over the event with little resistance from security officers. But only one incident related to the fracas was reported to authorities, police say.”
Many of the witnesses said there were no police to take reports. Others were too busy trying to stop the riot.
In Wilmington, Del., store owners say police do not respond to frequent calls to report shoplifting. “It happens all the time,” said one store owner. “We have it on video. But the police won’t do anything about it or even file a report.”
Also in Wilmington in August 2012, a group of 10 black people attacked a minister, knocking him unconscious. He waited for police for more than an hour before going to the hospital without filing a police report.
At a community meeting several days later, neighbors talked about the violence in that neighborhood, and how they did not report it because they feared retaliation – one of the main reasons for not reporting crime cited in the Department of Justice study.
Twenty percent of the victims also lack confidence in the ability of police to do anything about the lawlessness, says the study.
In schools, 75 percent of the 450,000 violent crimes that happen every year were not reported during this five year period.
South Philadelphia High School could be the poster child. For several years ending in 2010, Asian students reported daily violence at the hands of black students in this predominantly black school. Teachers, school security guards and the principal ignored the complaints.
The principal even blamed the violence on the Asian students, saying they antagonized the black students.
After the initial complaints started to appear in the media, the principal gave the Asian students a pamphlet telling them how to act and speak in such a way as to avoid violence in the future.
At NBC News, anchor Melissa Harris-Perry and Harvard professor Leila Ahmed were talking with Mona Eltahawy about her article on violence against women in the Arab and Muslim world. Harris and Ahmed worried that reporting crimes to police or the media would make blacks and Muslims look bad to people who:
“… can look at your article and say ‘ahhh, look at how horrible those men, or those societies, or that religion is.’ And that is part of the reason why, for example, we have an under-reporting of rape and domestic violence in African-American communities. Because we know the violence enacted on black men by police, so we often don’t call. Right?”
A few minutes later the Harvard professor chimed in:
“You began, Melissa, by noting that some things in the African-American community are not publicized precisely because of the racism,” said Dr. Ahmed as Harris-Perry nodded in agreement on the split screen.
“Mona, I appreciate what you do,” continued Ahmed. “I would love it if – I understand if you want to get your message across. It’s an important message. But if possible [you should not] give fuel, fodder to people who simply hate Arabs and Muslims in this climate of our day.”
In Baltimore, reporters lament that people who report large racial disturbances in the Inner Harbor just don’t care about crime statistics that show people worry too much about it.
Denise Kostak was visiting the Inner Harbor in May of this year when, from her hotel room, she saw a large group of black people fighting and destroying property on the streets below.
After returning to her New Jersey home, Kostak made several calls to police and Baltimore Sun reporters wanting to know what happened to people who were creating the mayhem.
Nothing. “There were no police reports,” Kostak said. “No story. They just moved them along.”
The Baltimore Sun explained it all in a headline: “Downtown mobs – what police call routine others describe as scary.”
“For the police, it was just another group of kids they had to push out of downtown. They made no arrests, saw no crime, had no reason to make an announcement. There’s not even a report – it’s just something that happens.”
“Are they right? Did they unfairly judge the city by one experience? In the end, it really doesn’t matter. Impressions matter. Crime stats do not.”
Curiously, just three days before, the same newspaper ran a story about how the police misreported a St. Patrick’s Day 2012 riot that involved 500 to 1,000 black people, maybe more. Not just the 10 or so originally said to be involved.
The incident that kicked off the Sun’s investigation was the viral video of a black mob beating, robbing and stripping the clothes from a tourist on the streets of the Inner Harbor. The criminals involved posted it on YouTube.
The Sun gathered police audio tapes from the riot. One tape featured an exchange between a police helicopter pilot and dispatcher who wanted to know where the mobs were forming:
“They’re everywhere,” he answered.
Azhar Bhatti, a driver for Checker Cab, found himself in the middle of a mob scene, trapped at Baltimore and Light streets.
“There was a lot of people, fighting, arguing, cursing, fists flying,” he said. “You didn’t know who was fighting who. Police were there and they did their best, to be honest, but it looked like the number of police officers was not enough for that mob. It was scary.”
Less than a week later, Maryland State legislator Pat McDonough called on the governor and mayor of Baltimore to create a “no-travel” zone there because “Black mobs are terrorizing Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.”
Maryland’s political establishment and the Baltimore Sun lined up to excoriate him as “dangerous” and a “race-baiter” and “misinformed.”
A spokesman for the mayor of Baltimore reminded everyone that his boss had “reduced crime to historic lows. As an elected official, Del. McDonough should show more respect for the work our police officers do with the community every day to make Baltimore safer.”
Gov. O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore, told the Sun he did not know how McDonough could be unaware that “Baltimore had cut its crime rate more than any American city of comparable size.”
The easiest way to cut the crime rate to zero is to “remove all the police and stop taking reports,” McDonough said.
In Chicago, after a series of flash robs, Rep. Bobby Rush – a former Black Panther leader – said this type of crime has existed in there for as long as he can remember.
The only reason people are paying attention now is the criminals have left the ghetto for greener pastures.
“You know as well as I – shootings, killings and flash mobs,” Rush told the Local CBS station. “This is a new one now. Flash mobs, pepper spray assaults by young men have dominated this weekend’s news. I’m disturbed because it happens on the South Side on a regular basis. It seems as though when it happens on the North Side, then it’s newsworthy.”
For the people who did not know, black columnist Stella Foster let the cat out of the bag:
“I heard from a reader who informed this columnist that the flash mob incidents have been going on for the longest time on the South Side with virtually no media mentions nor any real action on the part of our Chicago Police Department.
“The reader told me that certain drugstores and supermarkets have been attacked by groups of young males, who would congregate in the parking lots of these businesses, walk into the stores, take what they wanted and then boldly walk out and jump on bikes for their getaway.
“When the reader asked why the store employees didn’t call the police, the response was, ‘We stop calling the police because it happens so frequently that the police stop responding.’”
The Second City Cop is a blog for and by Chicago police officers. After a recent violent weekend featuring three attacks of black mobs in the 018 beat, the downtown area, the blog reported:
“And for the record, the ‘three’ ‘muggings’ that are being ‘investigated?’ Add a zero to that for incidents occurring last night in 018. Crime is down and if no one reports it or the media doesn’t get a hold of it? It never happened.’”