Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tea Party Congressman Allen West Goes Nuclear On His House Opponent In A New Ad

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Republican Rep. Allen West‘s campaign released one of the most vicious campaign ads of the 2012 election season, slamming Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy for a 2003 bar fight.

West, who is running for re-election in Florida’s 22nd congressional district, contrasted Murphy’s 2003 arrest with what West was preparing to do at the time — go to war.

Here’s the script of the ad:

“Feb. 16, 2003, Fort Hood, Texas: Lt. Col. Allen West had just received deployment orders, and prepares his men to go to war. That night, South Beach, Miami: Patrick Murphy is thrown out of a club for fighting, covered in alcohol, and unable to stand. Murphy then confronts and verbally assaults a police officer. Patrick Murphy was arrested and taken to jail.

Two men, a country in crisis — you decide.”

Murphy’s campaign said in an email that it will have an official response soon.

Murphy was a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Miami when he was arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication and possessing a fake driver license. In an interview with The Palm Beach Post, Murphy called it the “biggest mistake of my life.”

West’s military career, meanwhile, isn’t without controversy of its own. West fired a pistol next to the head of an Iraqi policeman during an interrogation, ending his career in the military. West claimed that he received intelligence of a plot to attack his unit, but later admitted it was “possible that I was wrong.”

Watch the ad below:

UPDATE: The Murphy campaign responds:

“Allen West is shamelessly attacking Patrick Murphy for a mistake he made as a teenager, which he has discussed at length in the media as a mistake he learned from.  West then goes on to discuss his tenure in the military in 2003 while failing to acknowledge that he was criminally charged that year for assault and violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” said Murphy for Congress communications director Erin Moffet.  “The only reason he was able to escape prosecution is because he cut a deal to retire.  Unfortunately, West’s unstable behavior has continued in Congress, and he continues to diminish the office and the people to which he serves.”

This post has been updated.

 

Danish Magazine Defies Palace By Printing Kate Middleton Bottomless Pics

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After the Palace sued French tabloid magazine Closer for publishing topless photos of Kate Middleton, Danish magazine Se og Hør had the gall to print bottomless photos of the duchess sunbathing at a private French estate.

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The pics are of a completely nude Middleton and according to reports, appear “grainy.”

While most American sites and magazines are choosing not to run the photos, Se og Hør Editor Kim Henningsen told the Belfast Telegraph she stands by her decision to print the pics:

It’s a set of unique photos from an A-class celebrity … We are a leading gossip magazine in Denmark, and it is my job to publish them. If the British royal family want to sue us, then it will happen then and we’ll deal with it.

If you must see the photos, Gawker has printed the censored version.

 

Jon Stewart Hammers Fox News For Hypocrisy On Their School-Lunch Freakout

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On Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart couldn’t figure out why kids complaining about school lunches is an actual newsworthy topic. Then he showed clips of Fox News anchors tying it to First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Oh, right,” Stewart said. “Because this isn’t about food or kids. It’s about big-government uber-nanny Michelle Obama — who, if she said we needed clean air, half the country would demand gills because freedom!”

Stewart moved on to slam Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, who gladly showed a video of students parodying the new rules in a song written by a teacher. That was a different tone, Stewart said, than she took when students sung President Obama’s praises in a video a few years ago.

“So how divided are we as a nation?,” Stewart asked at the end of the segment. “Well, we have two types of diabetes in this country, and if Obama is against them, America’s No. 1 news network is for one of them.”

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SNL Mocks Obama: ‘Frankly, I Might Be Long Dead’ Before The Economy Gets Better

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Saturday Night Live had fun at President Barack Obama‘s expense last night in another special Thursday installment leading up to the election, mocking the president for a message that the economy will get better — sometime in the not-specific future.

Jay Pharoah, cast as Obama this season, was at a town-hall-style rally in Ohio, where he found it difficult to find a supporter who was “better off” under his economy — or who had a job at all.

“I understand your frustration,” Pharoah said to one woman who said she had been unable to find a job since 2009. “I said from Day One that real change takes more than one term, or even one president. I don’t know if it will even happen in eight years. Might take 12. Frankly, I might be long dead. Maybe you’ll be dead too.”

There was only one person SNL’s Obama could find at the rally who even had a job — but he turned out to be a manager at Burger King who had been a former executive at Bank of America. In calling on other supporters, he encountered a woman who sells actual apples, a man who chases raccoons out of foreclosed homes, and … a meth cook who SNL’s Obama said was “fired up.”

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Obama Demands China Divest From Windfarm, And Rip Up Everything They’ve Already Built

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It’s hard not to read this as anything but an election year move. The White House, though, is painting it as taking action on national security interests.

According to Bloomberg, President Obama has barred a Chinese company — Ralls Corporation — from building a wind farm near a Navy base in Oregon.

Bloomberg reports that it’s the first time in 22 years a transaction like this has been blocked.

“The president’s action demonstrates the administration’s commitment to protecting national security while maintaining the United States’ longstanding policy on open investment,” the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. “The President’s decision is specific to this transaction and is not a precedent with regard to any other foreign direct investment from China or any other country.”

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. — which is headed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner — ordered the company in July to keep away from wind-development sites due to vague “national security risks.” The matter was referred to Obama after Ralls filed suit against the CFIUS earlier this month.

CNBC’s Eamon Javers tweeted that the company will have to remove even early developments like concrete foundations:

 

 

Here’s the full statement from the US Treasury:

WASHINGTON – As chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the U.S. Department of the Treasury today issued the following statement about the President’s decision regarding Ralls Corporation:

The President issued an order prohibiting the acquisition and ownership of four wind farm project companies by Ralls Corporation, its owners, its subsidiaries, and its affiliates.  The order directs Ralls Corporation to divest its interest in the wind farm project companies that it acquired earlier this year, and to take other actions related to the divestment.  Ralls Corporation is owned by Chinese nationals, and is affiliated with a Chinese construction equipment company that manufactures wind turbines.  The wind farm sites are all within or in the vicinity of restricted air space at Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman in Oregon.

The President took this action pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (“section 721”). Section 721 authorizes the President to suspend or prohibit certain acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign persons where he finds that there is credible evidence that the foreign interest exercising control might take action that threatens to impair national security, and where provisions of law other than section 721 and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act do not provide adequate and appropriate authority to protect national security in the matter under review.

The President’s action demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to protecting national security while maintaining the United States’ longstanding policy on open investment.  The President exercises his authority under section 721 with a focus on national security concerns and is committed to ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of all foreign investors.  The Administration will continue to ensure that the United States remains the most attractive place for businesses to locate, invest, grow, and create jobs. The President’s decision is specific to this transaction and is not a precedent with regard to any other foreign direct investment from China or any other country.

The President’s decision took into consideration the factors described in subsection 721(f), as appropriate, and the recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) that he issue an order prohibiting this transaction.  CFIUS is an interagency committee whose purpose is to review transactions that could result in the control of a U.S. business by a foreign person in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.  In assessing the transaction’s impact on national security, CFIUS conducted both a 30-day, first-stage review, and an additional 45-day, second-stage investigation.  CFIUS’s detailed analysis took into account all relevant national security factors, including those elements enumerated in section 721.  CFIUS also received a thorough analysis of the threat posed by this transaction from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as required by section 721.

CFIUS is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and includes as members the Secretaries of State, Defense, Commerce, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Trade Representative.  The Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Labor participate as non-voting, ex-officio members.

Just When It Looked Like Todd Akin Was Making A Comeback, He Stuck His Foot In His Mouth Again

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On Wednesday, things were looking up for Missouri Rep. Todd Akin in his Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Todd Akin

It was clear he was staying in the race. Prominent Tea Party Republicans like Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint offered support. More importantly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee signaled it would change its position and offer financial support.

Thursday, though, gave Akin another chance to stick his foot in his mouth and set his campaign back again. Akin told The Kansas City Star in an interview published Thursday that McCaskill did not act very “ladylike” in their debate last week, causing more backlash from both sides of the aisle.

“I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin said. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”

He added that she was like a “wildcat” in the debate.

That prompted headlines like this one in The Washington Post: “The devastatingly bad candidacy of Todd Akin — and how it could cost Republicans the Senate.”

It also prompted conservatives to either come out, once again, against Akin’s candidacy or to lament the fact that he was the chosen Republican candidate.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, for instance, went on a bit of a tangent this morning on “Morning Joe”:

“That puts him in a difficult position. By the way, Akin saying that there are some people in Washington who don’t understand conservatism — I don’t think that’s the case. And again … people are debating whether we are going to be the conservative party or the moderate party. I’m just tired of us being the Stupid Party. You talk about the Stupid Party — the Stupid Party selects Akin when they know he’s the least likely to win a general election and get Harry Reid out of the Majority Leader position.”

McCaskill, meanwhile, came out swinging herself this morning on the show. Here’s her key quote on Akin:

“I mean, this is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.”

 

Car Chase Ends With Suicide On Live TV — SHEP SMITH DECLARES ‘WE REALLY MESSED UP’

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A stunning moment just happened on Fox News

Shepard Smith was in the midst of narrating one of his famous car chases.

However it appeared to end in tragedy, as the suspect ran out of his car and shot himself in the head on the middle of a field.

After a quick break, the network cut back to Shep Smith, who was stunned and apologized for not cutting away sooner.

He explained that there was a problem with the delay.

“We really messed up.”

Lots more to come, including video Shep’s stunning apology.

If you must see what happened, Mediaite has posted the video.

Here is Shep’s stunning apology.

Michael Savage Exits Talk Radio Network

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MICHAEL SAVAGE has exited TALK RADIO NETWORK after winning in an arbitration against his longtime syndicator.

A message posted on his website reads, “After a grueling legal battle that cost him and his family dearly, MICHAEL SAVAGE can announce (that) he won! He is free at last. Free to work with whomever he wishes in the radio industry from today forward.

“MICHAEL will not be heard on the radio for some time, but you can keep up with him by logging onto michaelsavage.com every day for updates and by subscribing to his free newsletter at the top of his website.”

SAVAGE’s attorney DAN HOROWITZ told ASSOCIATED PRESSthat the host had been trying for two years to get out of his contract, which was 10 years old and prevented SAVAGE from changing syndicators.  He added that SAVAGE, who he said spent over $900,000 on the case, won over $1 million and the right to all archived tapes of his show.

TRN CEO MARK MASTERS issued a brief release late THURSDAY saying, “We are all looking forward to announcing a bright future; radio’s OCTOBER Surprise will begin on MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st.”

Mitt Romney Gives His Strongest Embrace Yet Of Romneycare, Which Could Ignite Conservative Fury

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Mitt Romney fully embraced the Massachusetts health care bill he signed into law as governor today as a proof that he cares about advancing the interests of middle-class Americans.

Mitt Romney

The health-care law, colloquially dubbed “Romneycare,” shows empathy, Romney told NBC in an interview. But it’s a move that also has the potential to ignite fury from conservatives who consider it his main weakness against President Barack Obama.

“I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don’t forget — I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney told NBC’s Ron Allen. “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”

Early last month, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul touted Romneycare in an interview that otherwise slammed an Obama campaign ad. It prompted some prominent conservatives — Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter among them — to say that it could have been the moment Romney lost the election.

Conservatives’ main gripe with Romney all the way back to the Republican primaries was his implementation of “Obamacare” on a state level. The prevailing notion was that he would be an ineffective messenger on repealing the president’s legislation.

Here’s what Coulter told Sean Hannity that day:

“Anyone who donates to Mitt Romney — and I mean the big donors — ought to call Mitt Romney and say if Andrea Saul isn’t fired and off the campaign tomorrow, they are not giving another dime. Because it is not worth fighting for this man if this is the kind of spokesman he has to respond to this by citing health care in Massachusetts.”

There’s no point in you doing your show, there’s no point in us going to the convention and pushing for this man if he’s employing morons like this. This ad is the turning point, and she has nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. She should be off the campaign.”

Today, though, Romney’s embrace of his health-care legislation signifies that he is attempting to empathize with middle-class Americans following the backlash from leaked fundraiser comments critical of Obama supporters.

“I think people have the chance, who watched our Republican convention, to see the lives that I’ve had a chance to touch during my life,” he said, “to understand that as I served as a pastor of a congregation with people of all different backgrounds and economic circumstances, that I care very deeply about the American people, people of different socio-economic circumstances.”

Meet Dean Chambers, The Only Pollster Who Still Thinks Mitt Romney Is Winning

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The last few days have brought a wave of good news for President Obama in national and swing-state polling. But according to one pollster — and only one pollster — Mitt Romney is still the one with the advantage.

 

That pollster is Dean Chambers,  the founder of UnSkewed Polls. His site, which has earned endorsements from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and The Drudge Report, has picked up steam this week, becoming a rallying cry for conservatives who cite it as proof that polls are slanted in a effort to paint a much rosier picture for Obama than reality.

“Imagine how different the narrative would be if they adhered to proportionate sampling,” Chambers said in a phone interview, pointing to the CBS/New York Times and CNN/ORC polls as the main culprits of “skewing.”

“They’re just creating the illusion that Obama is doing much better than he is. They hope it will drive voters.”

Others polling agencies, he says, are simply doing it wrong without any bad intentions. But Chambers’ main problem with the recent polls that, on average, give Obama a 4-point lead over Romney, is that they oversample people that identify as Democrats. That reflects a popular conservative consensus as of late.

What Chambers, a 45-year-old from Virginia, does on his site is “unskew” the results. He uses Rasmussen’s party registration numbers — 37.6 percent Republican, 33.3 percent Democrat and 29.2 percent Independent — and re-weighs the polling data according to those numbers. If, for example, 90 percent of Republicans vote for Romney in a poll and 5 percent go for Obama, he’ll reweigh that in accordance with the revised percentages.

There’s no happy medium: The results give Romney disproportionately gigantic leads. So a recent Reason/Rupe poll that gives Obama a 7-point lead all of a sudden becomes … a 7-point Romney lead. A Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll giving Obama a 5-point lead turns into … a 10-point Romney lead.

Chambers can see where this might be a little implausible.

“It’s only an estimate,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday. “My unskewing is an attempt to repair their badly done polling data. Romney not might actually lead by 8 percent. But he’s definitely not behind by the 7 percent they report.”

But there’s a reason why almost every polling firm does not reweigh its polling data according to party ID.

Jim Williams, a pollster from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, outlined a few:

  • Party ID on polling is an attitude, not a demographic. It’s easy to change your party identification — even from one election cycle to the next. What doesn’t change is a person’s age, race and gender, demographics for which pollsters do adjust.
  • Attitude can even change within the race. For example, a registered Republican disenchanted with Romney as the party’s nominee might identify as an independent.
  • Williams gave this example: A voter might register as a Republican or Democrat at a younger age and then vote more for the other side as time goes on. But the voter might not change registration because it’s not a necessity and it takes time.

 

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Are the polls being unreasonable to Mitt Romney?

 

Williams explained that overall, pollster

s don’t reweigh for party ID because it forces the pollster to project what he or she thinks the turnout will be, which is simply unreliable.

Chambers’ answer to that, though, is that he can reasonably predict it. He was spurred into action, he said, by a July ABC/Washington Post poll that had a plus-9-point Democratic split.

“It just didn’t look right compared to a few other polls that I’d seen,” Chambers said. “I don’t think anyone can really honestly argue that 2012 electorate is going to look like 2008.”

But the question, of course, is whether Rasmussen reflects the electorate’s party makeup as a whole in 2012.

Gallup, for example, found this year that 4 percent more people identify as Democrats than Republicans. Talking Points Memo’s database found an average of 32.2 percent Democrats and 24.4 percent Republicans over the past two years.

Chambers concedes that Rasmussen’s numbers might not be absolute. But he said it’s “common sense” to think that Democratic enthusiasm can’t match what it was in 2008. And therein lies the theory that the pollsters and media are playing the results to discourage Republicans.

“There’s no harm in questioning them,” Chambers said of polls. “No one should ever look at any polling by anyone and assume it’s completely accurate. After all, they’re just polls — they’re not perfect. The only poll that really, truly counts, of course, is the actual votes.

“Voters should realize the effort on the part of the media and some of these pollsters. The mainstream media is playing them. They should realize they’re being played.”