Tampa vs. Charlotte

Tampa, Fla., was like the Republican National Convention delegation — older, more experienced, less excitable. Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl; the city had lots of space and nothing to prove. There was a been there/done that feel to the entire affair. Tampa Bay is used to welcoming visitors and has plenty of nice hotels to host them.
You say a hurricane is coming? No worries. They laid out some sandbags, closed up for a night and started up a day later. No need to rush a convention. People don’t come ...


The DNC As I Saw It

I spent this week in Camp Vagina, aka the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I call it Camp Vagina because attendees heard more about genitals than any ideas on how to fix President Obama’s broken economy. Overall, for a convention to promote a campaign with the theme of “Forward,” Democrats sure spent a lot of time looking backwards.
Trying to get the audience to look backwards makes perfect sense when you consider the endless parade of parasites and degenerates who marched across the stage.
Here’s a diary, of sorts, of what I ...


Satan Finally Found His Political Party—The Democrats!

Well, the DNC just wrapped, folks, and it looks like the Prince of Darkness has finally found his political party: the God-booing Democrats!
Booing God? Who the heck boos God? I’ll tell you who: Satan, his principalities and powers, devil worshippers and DNC delegates, that’s who.
Look, I get Democrats raising hell over a picture of George W. Bush, or Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s hairdo, or a video of Rosie speed drinking gallon jugs of chocolate milk … but God? Really?
Hey, media: You can say what you will about Republicans and their foibles, ...


The Fed’s Campaign

This past Friday, as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered his annual address from Jackson Hole – the State of the Dollar, if you will – I couldn’t help but hear it as an incumbent’s campaign speech. While Wall Street was hoping for some concrete announcement, what we got was a mushy appraisal of the Fed’s handling of the financial crisis so far and a suggestion that more ‘help’ is on the way.
It is important to remember that it’s not just President Obama’s job on the line in this election; in ...


Weathergirl Goes Rogue

Your weathergirl Pippa gets fed up, drops some science, gets shut down by The Man.

The End.

(h/t: darthstar.)


Daryl Hall and Jason Mraz: "I Won’t Give Up"


Joe Biden gets his biker on — literally

**Written by Doug Powers

On a slow news day, we can all be thankful for Joe Biden, who appeared in an interesting photograph on Sunday.

The Hill has as much as we dare to want to know:

Vice President Joe Biden got caught in a stunning photo with a female biker sitting on his lap.

The Associated Press snapped the shot at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio on Sunday.

A White House pool report says the bikers may be part of a group called the “Shaddowmen.” No details were available on their real names or what discussion led to the lap incident.

Caption away:


“The best motorcycle? A simple five-letter name: Harley. Fact check it!

Biden’s only regret was that he didn’t bring along his “Gaffe to live, live to gaffe” leather jacket.

Twitchy has the full size photo. Love the look on the face of the guy on the right.

#JoeBidenBikerGangs is born.

Also, President Obama got a post convention lift. Read the story and then sit back and wait for the campaign’s “Republican pizza shop owners for Obama” ads to come out.

Update: Obama also paid stirring tribute to Joe Biden today.

**Written by Doug Powers

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NBC’s Absurdly Rosy Jobs Reporting

Friday morning’s Today show on NBC did its best to paint the most rosy scenario possible on Obama’s latest dismal jobs report. Attempting to inoculate Obama from this economic downturn, host Matt Lauer said that analysts he had “been reading” claimed that the economy will add up to 12 million new jobs, “no matter who is president in the next four years.”
This has already been the worst economic recovery since The Great Depression, but on Friday Lauer and CNBC analyst Jim Cramer put the best face on it they ...


The Coat Hanger Argument & The Flaws Therein

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about coat hangers. Coat hangers and dirty back alleys. Were abortion to be restricted, they say, women will be lining up for coat hanger abortions in alleys. No, seriously, they’re actually saying that.
In nearly every case, the reason a woman has an abortion is that the pregnancy was unwanted. It is not because of a pregnancy due to rape or incest or because the life of the mother is at risk.  I am talking here about abortions of convenience, because the mother does not ...


Nick Gillespie on Government Funding of Art, Culture…and Religion

Last year, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to attack what he considered a
particularly heartless budget proposal by Republicans by noting
that it would endanger government support for a cowboy poetry
festival in his home state.

Writes Nick Gillespie in his contribution to a recent debate
over government funding for the arts at The Economist,
"First they come for the cowboy poets, Reid seemed to be
saying....The barbarians were already past the gate, Reid seemed to
warn, and the slaughter of innocent cowboy poets was upon us like
the Goths upon Rome."

In fact, argues Gillespie, the arts should be separated from the
state - for art's sake.

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Photo of the Day: The Big Hug

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And the followup:

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But wait ... it gets even better:

You have to wonder how Mitt Romney would react to being hugged like that.

It's ridiculous to even speculate, of course, because no one would want to.

UPDATE at 9/9/12 1:45:34 pm

Meanwhile, at a diner in Ohio, the real Joe Biden and the Onion Joe Biden converge:

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Conventions May Put Obama in Front-Runner’s Position

According to poll guru Nate Silver, President Obama is emerging as the clear favorite in this election.

On Friday, we began to see reasonably clear signs that President Obama would receive some kind of bounce in the polls from the Democratic convention.

Mr. Obama had another strong day in the polls on Saturday, making further gains in each of four national tracking polls. The question now is not whether Mr. Obama will get a bounce in the polls, but how substantial it will be.

Some of the data, in fact, suggests that the conventions may have changed the composition of the race, making Mr. Obama a reasonably clear favorite as we enter the stretch run of the campaign.

On Saturday, Mr. Obama extended his advantage to three points from two points in the Gallup national tracking poll, and to four points from two in an online survey conducted by Ipsos. He pulled ahead of Mitt Romney by two points in the Rasmussen Reports tracking poll, reversing a one-point deficit in the edition of the poll published on Friday.

A fourth tracking poll, conducted online by the RAND Corporation's American Life Panel, had Mr. Obama three percentage points ahead of Mr. Romney in the survey it published early Saturday morning; the candidates had been virtually tied in the poll on Friday.


What Obama Meant to Say in His DNC Speech

Fellow Americans and community organizers,

So glad to see all of you people here tonight! I apologize for moving the location inside, unfortunately the turnout was drastically lower than we expected, so a smaller venue became necessary in order not to make the convention look like a failure.

How do you like all the change since I became president? Increasing taxes and spending is not working and we are in a depression. Real unemployment is around 24% which is Great Depression era levels. People are losing their homes at an ...


Tim Cavanaugh on Antonio Villaraigosa’s Disastrous National Debut

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa's bumbling chairmanship of the Democratic National
Convention revealed his untrustworthiness, emotional neediness and
severe intellectual limits, writes Tim Cavanaugh. But it also
showed how shallow the Democrats' bench is in California. With
Wisconsin, New Jersey and even Massachusetts generating
high-profile Republicans, the Golden State is the closest thing to
a heartland the Democrats have left. Yet the state's antique
senators, less-than-fresh House members and Putinesque term-limit
rotations make it a poor breeding ground for politicians. There's
just not a lot to choose from. 

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History Reveals Obama’s Radical Second Term Agenda

During his convention speech accepting renomination, President Obama didn’t offer much in the way of policy specifics. Charles Krauthammer described it as “one of the emptiest speeches [he] had ever heard,” and then in a devastating critique observed:
“At least Romney had a five point plan. What we heard from Obama was a vision. And he pulls numbers out of a hat. 100,000 new math and science teachers. 600,000 more people working in natural gas. Two million more trainees, and he doesn’t say how we get from A to B. It’s ...


Debate her opponent? Diane Feinstein won’t even debate reporters asking if she’ll debate her opponent

**Written by Doug Powers

In July, a Los Angeles Times editorial urged Sen. Diane Feinstein to debate her Republican rival Elizabeth Emken. Polls show Feinstein maintaining anywhere from a 15 to 20 point lead on Emken, so there’s a better chance Jerry Brown will be convinced to scrap the Train to Nowhere than of Feinstein agreeing to a debate that she obviously believes would offer nothing but downside.

At the Democratic convention in Charlotte, a reporter asked Feinstein about her refusal to debate Emken, and Feinstein responded the way any comfortably entrenched incumbent would — she walked out on the question:

Suggested Feinstein 2012 slogan: Dismissiveness we can believe in.

A comment on this story at The Blaze says Emken should go ahead with a debate but have Feinstein represented by an empty chair. Heh.

**Written by Doug Powers

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