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6May/12Off

The Sad, Sorry Life of Julia

“Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia.” The Beatles
That song was written about a combination of John Lennon’s mother and his budding relationship with Yoko Ono. This week, with the advent of a mythical “Julia,” the Obama campaign has given that line new meaning. So much of what the campaign says is meaningless, but it is said just to fool voters. And sadly, this sort of propaganda works on an alarming number of Americans. (Sandra Fluke, anyone?)
When not appealing to people ...

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Overnight Video: Dream From ‘The Glide’


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10 Tough Jewish Characters In Movie And Television by Ronn Torossian

“The Avengers” opened this weekend to the biggest film opening of all time – making over $200 million at the box office in a single weekend in cinemas in North America, and set to become one of only a handful of movies to gross $1 billion worldwide. Unknown to many is that these characters were created by three Jews (Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon), and the film consists of an all-star team of Marvel Super heroes. These were some tough Jewish super-heroes – and has been documented by ...

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Racial Preferences: Unfair and Ridiculous

Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled. Why does the “non-issue” of Harvard Law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s Native American ancestry “require so much attention?” he asked last week.
When Warren was teaching at Pennsylvania, Texas and Houston law schools, she identified herself as Indian — or, to be politically correct, Native American.
Then she was hired at Harvard and dropped the Native American from her biographical description. Harvard Law today says it has one faculty member of Native American heritage. But it won’t say ...

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Locovore’s Dilemma: A Different View On Buying Locally

A Canadian couple of my acquaintance has just published a book provocatively titled The Locovore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet. A new review in Publisher’s Weekly calls it a “daring, bare-knuckled, frequently sarcastic defense of the status quo in Western industrial agribusiness. From the point of view of the well-off, well-fed North American who does not have to toil much of the day for his subsistence, what’s not to praise in the West’s ability to provide the world with cheap, fast, uniform, reliable, bug-resistant, vitamin-enhanced food?”
Publisher’s Weekly ...

6May/12Off

Ron Paul’s Maine, Nevada, and Iowa Victories (Despite Romney Dirty Tricks)

As Ron Paul's much-vaunted, little-understood "delegate
strategy
" continues, he wins yet another state (far too late to
get media credit or momentum for it), Maine. That is, "wins" as in,
the majority of delegates from that state seem set to vote for him
at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.
AP with the newsy details
:

Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican
Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas
congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said.
The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory.

In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine convention,
Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from
Maine to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. The 24th
delegate's seat goes to party Chairman Charles Webster, who has
remained uncommitted throughout the process.   

Making the Paul takeover complete was the election of Paul
supporters to a majority of the state committee seats.....Romney
won the February straw poll with 39 percent of the vote to Paul's
36 percent. Rick Santorum trailed with 18 percent and Newt Gingrich
got 6 percent.

The story says that Romney's people aren't afraid Paul can
stymie their victory, but are "mindful not to do or say anything
that might anger Paul's loyal supporters." A Maine
Paul fan insists
she found a secret Romney supporter
distributing fake slates of Paul-leaning delegates. The same is
reported from Nevada, where Paul also won the most delegates this
weekend (though they are bound by party rules to vote for Romney
anyway), more details on that below.

*The Des Moines Register sums up the situation

going out of Iowa
as of now (though it ain't over yet):

The majority of Iowans on the list to go to Tampa for the GOP
national convention could be aligned with Ron Paul, a presidential
candidate who represents a movement focused on limited government
and constitutional principles.

Of the 13 delegates and 13 alternates nominated Saturday for the
national convention in Florida, just one has publicly endorsed Mitt
Romney for president: Gov. Terry Branstad. And just three others
publicly supported Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses but is
no longer in the race.

The national delegate slate is far from complete, but if the
Paul trend in the Iowa delegation continues, the upshot will be
that the Iowa caucuses essentially had three winners: Romney on
caucus night, Santorum after the certified vote, and Paul in the
delegate count....

The at-large delegates nominated Saturday were Branstad, U.S.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Margaret Stoldorf of Red Oak, Michelle Bullock
of Ankeny, James Mills of Nora Springs, Steven Anders of Council
Bluffs, Roger Leahy of Fairfield, Mark Hansen of Council Bluffs,
William Johnson of Dubuque, Lexy Nuzum of Winterset, Andrea Bie of
Waterville, David Fischer of Altoona and Drew Ivers of Webster
City.

Ten of those 13 have expressed public support for Paul, such as
volunteering for his campaign or donating money....

This slate next goes before the state convention in mid-June. It
can be amended to replace certain delegates before a final up or
down vote.

Six of the eight members of the nominating committee voting on
delegates Saturday have public ties to Paul’s campaign and his
philosophy of limited government. But they insisted that they
elected people they believe are politically active and good
Republicans and have no idea who the delegates will back in Tampa.
Iowa’s 28 delegates are “unbound,” meaning they aren’t required to
vote for a nominee based on the results of the caucuses.

*In Nevada, Paul people won
22 of the 25 national delegate slots
open at the end of the
Nevada GOP state convention in Sparks this weekend. This is despite
dirty tricks from the Romney camp--Romney folk pretending to be
Paul folk and distributing fake Paul delegates lists. This is
discussed at both the
Reno Gazette Journal
and Daily
Paul
.

Paul himself appeared at the
convention in Nevada
.


More from the

Las Vegas Sun
on the Paul victory, and how it won't be
expressed in actual votes for Paul, since the delegates are bound
to follow the results of the February caucus vote, in which Romney
won a majority:

But while Paul loyalists will make up the majority of the Nevada
delegation, Republican rules require the first vote at the national
convention to reflect the results of the Feb. 4 caucus, which
Romney easily won.

That means 20 of Nevada’s national delegates must vote for
Romney, while eight will be free to vote for Paul in the first
balloting.

Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired

While some Paul supporters voiced an intention to challenge the
binding requirement, the campaign opted not to further antagonize
the Republican National Committee, who has threatened not to seat
the delegates if they ignore the caucus results and vote for
Paul.

“We are sending a strong delegation to Tampa in August,” Paul’s
Nevada chairman Carl Bunce said. “There are rumors that (the Paul
campaign) will actively work to not follow rules and unbind our
delegates. That is false; we are not doing that. Congressman Paul
is an individual who wants to follow the rules, follow the
Constitution and we follow that lead.”

Jim DeGraffenried, the secretary of the state party, stressed
party officials will not allow the national delegation to deviate
from the binding caucus results.

“We will not allow anyone to break that,” DeGraffenreid said.
“If they do, the will revoke their delegate status and they will be
replaced by alternates.”...

National Republican officials characterized the Nevada
convention as a “Ron Paul super bowl,” noting that his supporters
spent the last four years working to take over the state party
structure. They’ve captured seats on state and county central
committees, elected a state chairman and elected their own to
represent Nevada at the Republican National Committee.

Some talk on Ron Paul Forums on why Paul people might have been
less inclined to try to
change Nevada's own state rules
to unbind the delegates and
allow them to vote Paul on first ballot.

*The Christian Science Monitor on
Paul's Maine and Nevada victories
.

*NPR
finds the Republican Convention in Nevada this weekend to be as
libertarian
as the Libertarian Party convention held
simultaneously in the state.

*My book
Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He
Inspired
.


6May/12Off

The Tyranny of Clichés

Jonah Goldberg demolishes more myths promulgated by the political left; this time it is the use of clichés as a tool of argument.  Jonah Goldberg is one of modern America’s most important critical thinkers. It is not only that he takes on and dispatches important subjects in the historical/political context, but that does so with such [...]

6May/12Off

Starchild Is Here

Las Vegas - San
Francisco Libertarian Party activst Starchild, a Lee Wrights
supporter, was not bothered by the nasty fight for national
chairman, but he was worried about running out of time.

"If we ran out of time that could have shut down the convention
and then the top-down group that controls the LNC would have had to
vote," he said.

The way Starchild sees this fight is that it was originally the
two factions bickering like usual, until accustions of voter
improprities were thrown around. The integrity of the whole process
was at stake, he said. 

"The problem was it wasn't clear whether a.) People could change
their vote; b.) whether people that didn't vote could vote, or
whether people that voted only in previous rounds could vote; c.)
Whether it was okay to lobby people to change their vote. People
didn't know what the rules were. So it became a huge clusterfuck,"
he said. 

With the defeat of what he calls the "top-down faction" (Alicia
Mattson, Aaron Starr, Wayne Allyn Root, Bill Redpath, Mark
Rutherford, and others) though, he found hope for the future of the
party. 

"It might be too early to say that the party has turned a corner
but I think it's headed in the right direction," he said.

Starchild was elected to an at-large spot on the Libertarian
National Committee. He joins Bill Redpath, Wayne Allyn Root,
Michael Cloud and Arvin Vohra on the committee.

Watch his nomination video after the jump. 


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Geoff Neale is the new LNC Chairman

Las Vegas - Six ballots
later, the Libertarian National Committee has a new chair: Geoff
Neale.

Neale, a former chair of the national committee between
2002-2004 and the Texas state party in 90s, was not a candidate for
the race until today when he was nominated from the floor before
the third round of voting. Neale, originally from England, is a
technology consultant. He defeated None Of The Above 61 percent to
37 percent. 

During his victory speech Neale used the famous Las Vegas
tourism slogan, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" to encourage
delegates to not leave angry and at odds with each other. 

"Thers been a lot of rancor at this convention. I 'd like
to think that we have been advocates for our view points not
adversaires, please try to take that away with you from this
conventon. Passionate advocacy is essential for libertarian
communications and opperations as a group," he said. 

Neale said that his first act of business as chairman was to
sitdown the national commitee and with the Johnson campaign to see
what they can do to help the campaign as well as ensure ballot
access nationwide. 

Mark Rutherford, the former vice-chair of the party, was Neale's
strongest opponent and the only candidate to survive Saturday's
debacle.

Neale received the endorsement of former presidential candidates
Lee Wrights and Mary Ruwart, powerful representives of the
so-called purist wing of the party. 

Neale's nomination video after the jump.


6May/12Off

Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. the Wingnuts

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calls out the ideological extremists who dominate today's Republican Party: California's GOP Should Take Down Its Small Tent.

I've been writing my memoirs recently, and looking back at how I came to my political identity has reminded me that this election cycle marks my 44th year as a Republican. I can't imagine being anything else.

That's why I am so bothered by the party's recent loss of two up-and-coming Republicans: San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, currently a state assemblyman, and former assemblyman and current Congressional candidate Anthony Adams, both of whom left the party to become independents. On the one hand, I respect their standing up for principle. On the other, I hate to see them go.

I'm sure they would have preferred to remain Republicans, but in the current climate, the extreme right wing of the party is targeting anyone who doesn't meet its strict criteria. Its new and narrow litmus test for party membership doesn't allow compromise.

I bumped up against that rigidity many times as governor. Not surprisingly, the party wasn't always too happy with me. But I had taken an oath to serve the people, not my party. Some advisors whose opinions I respect urged me to consider leaving the party and instead identify myself as a "decline to state" voter. But I'm too stubborn to leave a party I believe in.


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Sarkozy voted out in France; Socialist Party candidate wins presidency; Updated

**Written by Doug Powers

We’ve been a little preoccupied talking about the upcoming face-off in the U.S., but there are other elections going on around the world. One of them is in France, where Nicolas Sarkozy has been voted out of office in favor of a Socialist Party candidate:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has conceded defeat in France’s presidential elections, saying he called challenger Francois Hollande to wish him “good luck” as the country’s new leader.

Sarkozy thanked his supporters Sunday and said he did his best to win a second term, despite widespread anger at his handling of the economy.

He said “I take responsibility … for the defeat.”

Sarkozy faced voters’ anger over austerity Sunday in a presidential run-off expected to replace him with Socialist rival Francois Hollande, with far-reaching consequences for efforts to fight Europe’s debt crisis.

Hollande will be the first Socialist Party president of France since Francois Mitterrand was elected in 1981, and Sarkozy is France’s first one-term president since Valery Giscard d’Estaing was voted out, losing to Mitterrand.

Part of Hollande’s platform includes initiatives that sound like they were scripted as porn for die-hard Keynesians, including what sounds like a Buffett Rule on steroids:

Hollande has promised more government spending and higher taxes — including a 75-percent income tax on the rich — and wants to re-negotiate a European treaty on trimming budgets to avoid more debt crises of the kind facing Greece. That would complicate relations with Germany’s Angela Merkel, who championed the treaty alongside Sarkozy.

Hollande also pledged to lower the retirement age from 62 to 60 (which Sarkozy had raised from 60 to 62) and to add 60,000 employees to France’s public education system. And yet the budget, according to another of Hollande’s campaign promises, will be balanced by 2017.

What’s French for “good luck with that”?

Update: Ben Brogan at the UK Telegraph: French Socialists’ joy of election victory will be shortlived

Update II: By way of Twitchy, for some reason, this sounds very familiar:

Update III: “The Dictator” congratulates Francois “Hollandaise” on his victory.

Update IV: Rocketman pointed this out in the comments: Are France’s wealthy packing up their Château Lafite Rothschild for a move across the Channel? It would only make sense.

Update Cinq (let’s start doing the numbers in French now, what the heck): Not surprisingly, a friendly working relationship may already be developing:

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

6May/12Off

Gary Johnson: The LNC Chair Race is Exciting! Interesting!

Las Vegas - Just before endorsing
Wayne Allyn Root and Bill Redpath for at-large spots on the
Libertarian National Committee, Gary Johnson reflected on the
current battle for chair of the party. 

"It's exciting, it's interesting," he said.

While we were talking Johnson introduced his campaign manager,
Ron Nielson, to LNC chair candidate Geoff Neale.

The thing is, Neale hasn't been elected chair yet. 

“Congratulations!” says Nielson.

"Well, I haven't beaten nobody yet,” laughs Neale.

Nielson laughs, too.

“I have heard nothing but good things about you,” Johnson says
to Neale.

Johnson returns to talking with me. Does he think this is bad
for the party?

“No, no. I don’t. I really don’t. It’s help me understand the
faction that I didn’t understand. When I say factions I am not
casting negative on either. There are those that believe this
should be all about principle, which I happen to agree with,
meaning that it has to absolutely be principled. Then I think there
is a group that really wants to grow the party,” he said, before
Neale and Nielson moved off to the side to chat.

“The principled would argue that growing the party compromises
the principle and I don’t think you have to have that. As the
presidential nominee I’ve been saying that. I’ve been saying you
gotta be able to articulate Z but if you’re gonna be able to get to
E, that’s a good thing,” he said.

Johnson said he is looking forward to a brief break after the
convention tonight to take in a show on the strip with his fiancé,
Kate Prusack. 


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Sarkozy Defeat Prompts Euro Death Watch, Carla Bruni Reported “Disheveled”

When hair this good can't win, France has clearly given up on being a stylish nation. French President Nicolas
Sarkozy's action-packed six-year term has ended in
defeat
at the hands of Socialist challenger François
Hollande.

Hollande, who ran on pledges to raise income taxes,
took
a little less than 52 percent to Sarkozy's little more
than 48 percent in the runoff election. 

Hollande has promised to raise income tax rates from 41 percent
to 75 percent. He has also pledged to accelerate the departure
of French troops from Afghanistan. His election comes at a time
when unprecedented levels of public debt coupled with work-averse
political cultures are threatening to break up of the
eurozone. 

France's unemployment rate is at a 13-year high of 10 percent
(handy comparison
with other countries, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The
country's inability to manage its debt led Standard & Poor's
Ratings Services in January to lower France's triple-A debt
rating. 

Although France remains among the less-stricken economies in
Europe, the resiliency of its bureaucracies make it
impossible
for the country to control the growth rate of public
spending. The European debt crisis has made dissolution of the euro
an attractive option for inflation-happy governments eager to
abandon the transnational movement and return to local
mismanagement and socialist immiseration. 

Although Sarkozy's defeat is being depicted as a repudiation of
free-market economics, he was never a
particularly good friend
of the free
market.
He was, however, a reliably entertaining
political presence
who may have slightly widened the scope of
allowable political opinion in France. This included his
introducing the cocktail of Carla Bruni into the mix of
international politics. Predictably, model/actress/singer Bruni is
now being blamed for his downfall. France24 denounces the outgoing
first lady as the "worm in Sarkozy's mouldy apple," while the Daily
Mail posts photos of Bruni looking "disheveled"
(i.e., still better put together than 90 percent of the population
of Planet Earth). 


6May/12Off

Is the AOL/HuffPo Honeymoon Over?

There may be trouble in the AOL/HuffPo relationship, a report by Keach Hagey at the Wall Street Journal suggests:
Arianna Huffington acknowledged Thursday that her portfolio at AOL Inc. is being scaled back to include only the Huffington Post, undoing a structure put in place when her website was acquired by AOL last year. …
The wider separation of the Huffington Post and the rest of AOL … has fueled questions about the Huffington Post’s long-term future at the company.
Ms. Huffington said Thursday that she had been approached by private-equity firms interested ...

6May/12Off

Obama’s failed policies cause millions of Americans to give up

The April unemployment report brought attention to the millions of Americans suffering in silence as a result of President Obama’s failed economic policies.

The Romney campaign has released a new video “Silence” highlighting the terribly disappointing April unemployment report:

No wonder that during his so-called official start to his reelection campaign, President Obama told Americans not to ask if they are better off than they were four years ago, but how they’ll be tomorrow.

Only 115,000 jobs were added in April, far fewer than the 180,000 economists were expecting. The reason the unemployment rate declined slightly to 8.1 percent and the broader “U-6″ measure remained at 14.5 percent is because 342,000 more people gave up looking for work and quit the labor force.

As Mitt Romney said, “It’s still about the economy…and we’re not stupid.”:

  • The unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for 39 straight months.
  • Only 115,000 jobs were created in April, which is the smallest monthly jobs gain in five months. Hiring has now slowed in three straight months.
  • The labor force participation rate declined in April to 63.6 percent, which is its lowest level since 1981.
  • If the size of the U.S. labor force as a share of the total population was the same as it was when Barack Obama took office—65.7% then vs. 63.6% today—the unemployment rate would be 11.1%.
  • When President Obama pushed through his $800-billion stimulus bill, his administration claimed unemployment would drop to 5.9 percent by April 2012.
  • 22.8 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, or are only marginally attached to the workforce.

Millions of Americans are suffering in silence as a result of President Obama’s failed economic policies. No, they are not satisfied.

6May/12Off

In Which CNN Contributor Dana Loesch Calls Me a ‘Stalker’

If you haven't already, be sure to read STLActivist's devastating LGF article on the cynical self-promoting tactics of CNN contributor/Breitbart editor Dana Loesch: How Dana and Chris Loesch Exploited the Conservative Movement ... Again.

As we've seen before, Loesch and husband Chris do not respond well to criticism; their usual reaction is to spew insults and conspiracy theories, and yesterday that's exactly what she did ... again. "Jazzy" is Loesch's nickname for me, because apparently in her world having a successful career as a jazz musician is something to be ashamed of. (No, I don't really understand it either.)

That "TOS abuse" the "conservative army exposed" is Loesch's brain-dead conspiracy theory that I've organized a massive secret campaign to silence conservatives on Twitter, by "abusing" Twitter's "block and report" feature. I haven't, of course -- this conspiracy is completely imaginary. The last thing I want is to silence people like Loesch, who do such a great job of exposing themselves every time they tweet or post an article at Breitbart.com.

But if I've committed "Terms of Service abuse" on Twitter as Loesch accuses, it seems odd that my account has never been suspended -- while the accounts of many people associated with Loesch, including her husband, have been suspended more than once. Someone's definitely abusing Twitter: Loesch and her deranged right wing followers, who stalk, harass, and defame people they've identified as enemies.

"Stalker" is just the latest hateful insult from Loesch; previously she's called me a racist and a child molester.

Related:
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Dana Loesch Calls for an Investigation Into My Nefarious Scheme to Silence Her