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Monthly Archives: August 2012
THE FRIDAY FOCUS
RNC 2012 Edition
The 40th Republican National Convention has come to a close and I can say without a doubt that We Built This.
What did we see? We saw a lot of passionate speeches and some controversy. We saw no lack of media bias, which was expected, but still managed to exceed disgust expectations.
What did we come away with? We came away with a sense that there were finally some adults in the room and that the hard jobs that are ahead of us as a nation will finally be addressed — and resolved. A lot of people were hoping for harder punches to be thrown at Obama – give him a taste of his own medicine. That was not what I expected, however. I expected an even, consistent tone that hit Obama on his record and that is exactly what was delivered. This convention was a success in my opinion.
I want to draw attention to the speech given by Pam Finlayson early on in the evening. It brought me to tears several times. I would urge you to read it.
Eastwood was perfect. Understated, with humor yet a remorseful tone at the same time, using an empty chair as a prop in which an invisible Obama was seated. Fitting. Eastwood had many memorable lines like, “When somebody does not do the job, we got to let him go,” and this zinger for Biden, “You’re getting as bad as Biden,” he said to the chair. “Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party: kind of a grin with a body behind it.”
Rubio turned it up a notch and one of his best lines was, “These are the ideas that people come to America to get away from.” Rubio’s speech and introduction of Mitt Romney were clear and rang true.
Mitt Romney’s speech can be described as nothing less than a sincere and honest home run. If I had any reservations about him before, they are now gone. This man, with Paul Ryan as his VP, will lead America back into the light. His speech was longer than the others, as to be expected, but it was this line that drove it home for me and I would think for everyone watching, “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
Here is Mitt Romney’s Speech:
Speech of the night without question goes to Paul Ryan. I’m sure Obama curled up with his laptop and cried last night after seeing that speech. My favorite passage:
Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.
It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.
It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.
It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.
It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.
President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” – as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?
Paul Ryan Rocks. Period. The end. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
O.K., enough mooning over Ryan — Now, on to the meat of last night’s Convention.
This is a roundup of the speakers and related articles for the RNC 2012 Night Two. You can find my post for RNC Night One here. I watched the speeches on UNC-TV, the public station here in the Triangle, NC. I had to if I wanted to actually SEE the speeches in their entirety, since when I browsed local ABC and CBS, it was mostly their talking heads yapping while you could see the speaker on the stage behind them clearly still talking. NBC (WRAL) local didn’t even have coverage of the convention last night. Pathetic.
One piece that needs to be addressed from my RNC Night One post is Juan Williams. It appears he has issued an apolo-attack to Ann Romney on the FOX news website. I read it and think Mr. Williams might want to call over to Current TV to inquire about positions available there. What an ass….but what do I know? I’m just a blogger. Read Dan Riehl’s slap-down of Williams’s apolo-attack – he nails it.
The schedule of events has the list of speakers each night. I’ve got the following speech videos linked below. The GOP has a YouTube channel set up for the convention as well, that’s a useful place to look for videos I may not have posted. My usual useful links and more are at the bottom of the post.
Ron Paul (video tribute)
Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno
The best ones of the night, aside from Paul Ryan, were definitely Condoleeza Rice and Susana Martinez. By the way, Rice didn’t use a teleprompter. She just referred to her notes. Eat it, Obama. I am embedding Ryan and Rice’s speeches below as well, with the full text of their remarks above each video. I originally was going to just embed Ryan’s speech, but then I found out that ABC News Aired Less than Two Minutes of Condi’s Speech and decided ABC viewers might like to see her speech too. Take note of the protester who attempted to disrupt Ryan’s Speech. You can read about it here:
Abortion Rights Protester, Using Pass Obtained From Ron Paul Delegate, Disrupted Paul Ryan’s RNC Speech
I have one thing to say about that — Ron Paul Supporters continue to be their own worst enemies.
Here are the speeches: Continue reading
Recently acquitted Occupier, Scottie Wingfield, leads the charge to recruit poor people to astroturf Occupy’s upcoming DNC protests. Clearly, the low turn out in Tampa is on the minds of the protesters gearing up for the DNC in Charlotte.
[Scottie Wingfield Mug Shot]
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Wingfield is one of the Occupiers I identified back in July as having won a slot in the DNC lottery under her individual name, likely in an attempt to mask her association with Occupy.
From the Charlotte Observer:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Protesters went door-to-door in a low-income west Charlotte neighborhood on Tuesday to face one of their biggest challenges: Convincing the poor to join street demonstrations meant to highlight their struggles. Continue reading
Hey remember back at the end of July when I said gas prices were ticking up again?
Remember last week when I said Obama’s lies about Romney’s abortion stance weren’t working?
Well remember these too, taken today – August 29th in Raleigh, NC area:
Gas was already on the rise and now it’s going to get worse. Continue reading
Despite Hurricane Isaac, the first night of the 2012 RNC went off smoothly with Mitt Romney accepting the nomination and after the conflict on the floor regarding rules changes being voted on. I have to say, I think some of these rule changes were a bad move. The GOP needs to be embracing not distancing themselves from the grassroots efforts. I’m fairly upset with the turn of events led and “approved” by Boehner and Sununu.
The Right Scoop has many of the speeches from last night (below). Don’t miss Artur Davis’ speech because it was epic, as was Mia Love’s.
The Right Scoop also has streaming coverage of the convention here. There are more highlights from The Washington Examiner as well: Video highlights from the first night of the Republican National Convention
NJ Governor Chris Christie gave the keynote speech. He hit all the notes he should have and his bombast was a little more contained, but occasionally you saw it wanting to come out and say “Hi”. The theme of it in a nutshell was ‘no more Bullcrap’ and he is the right man to deliver that message. The Weekly Standard has a good piece on the feel and objective of Christie’s speech. Full text of the speech is here. Continue reading
Bring on the abortion debate, Democrats.
On August 28, 2012 the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) announced the launch of a $150,000 television ad campaign across Missouri highlighting President Obama’s extreme record on abortion and featuring abortion survivor Melissa Ohden. Missouri has recently been at the center of the conversation on abortion.
“In light of the recent national discussion over abortion, it’s important Americans know the President’s best-kept secret: his extreme record on abortion. Melissa Ohden’s powerful story draws a stark contrast to his unbending support of abortion and the abortion industry and reveals the human face to this debate.” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “President Obama’s appalling record on abortion is not just limited to his four votes to deny rights to abortion survivors but spans to his recent heartless refusal to support bans on sex-selection and late-term abortions. These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the President’s first term pre-election talk of finding common ground. Recent polling reveals the majority of Americans support bans on these horrific practices.”
The ad, which will air in media markets across Missouri, can be seen here. A partial script reads:
Ohden: I was aborted, and my body discarded…like I didn’t exist.
But a nurse heard me crying…and cared enough to save my life.
There’s something else you may not know…when he was in the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from a failed abortion. Not once, but four times.
I know that it is by the grace of God I am alive today…if only to ask America this question:
Is this the kind of leadership that will move us forward? Leadership that would discard the least and the weakest among us?
This ad is the first in a series highlighting President Obama’s extremist record on abortion. The SBA List has additional ads being considered for release in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This week, the SBA List is in the midst of a five state “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour which has drawn attention to President Obama’s extreme record on abortion. Full schedule available at http://www.SBAbus.com
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its connected Political Action Committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, are dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the election, education, promotion, and mobilization of pro-life women.
Related Link/Audio: Obama calls newborn baby a ‘fetus outside of the womb’ Continue reading
Add jokes to the list of what is now racist in this country.
Hang on, pulling up the ‘that’s racist’ kid now…
Don’t you dare joke about Obama’s birth certificate. That’s racist and Chris Matthews, the great sensitivity warrior, is in a terrible lather over it. Only Obama and Democrats can tell jokes like that, you got it?
Gotta love that faux outrage from a campaign that thinks civility is falsely accusing your opponent of being a felon and killing a woman with cancer. Besides, the really funny stuff is being don by Team Obama and his media minions and their anti-Mormon jabs at Romney. Religious bigotry — That’s just so hilarious!
Hey, you know what else is funny? Obama ate dog. No really, he ate dog. Now that’s funny stuff.
Related ‘That’s Raaaacist’ links…. Continue reading