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Category Archives: Campaign 2012
Stalin is quoted as once saying something along the lines of, “It doesn’t matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes.” Well, if you can get your propaganda into the heads actual voters before they vote, same difference right?
Looks like a lot of folks might owe Jack Welch and apology.
Over at Instapundit, Professor Reynolds has posted an article from the NY Post titled, ‘Census ‘faked’ 2012 jobs report. The excerpt he posts is this, emphasis is mine:
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Continue reading
A ton of people know who Jim Turner is now.
I am sure I was not the only one who emailed the NC Board of Elections, inquiring that one Jim Turner be investigated for potentially having voted multiple times during early voting in North Carolina.
Close up of his comment:
Turner doesn’t even think his comment, true or not, had anything wrong with it:
Indeed, I was not the only one to follow up with the Board of elections. They were apparently overwhelmed. I did receive this answer though:
“We are aware of this claim of multiple voting posted on Facebook. We share your concerns. A preliminary investigation found that this claim is without merit, but we are continuing our investigation of this matter. This claim has been referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities.”
It would seem he intended to cause a stir and he succeeded. Continue reading
I watched former President Clinton via Live Stream on WRAL today here in Raleigh. Clinton held a rally in Pullen park, where park police estimated the crowd to be around 4,000 in an area that can roughly realistically hold 2,000, but who cares. Clinton looked tired and sounded rather hoarse at times.
My initial impression was that he was phoning this one in until someone in the crowd yelled out, “Bill you were the best President ever!” Clinton gave a bemused look out into the crowd where the shout came from and then it was no longer an Obama rally, it was a Bill Clinton is awesome rally. Clinton nearly broke his arm off patting himself and his wife on the back. I had to fight back bile and yelling out, ‘BENGHAZI!’ when he said Obama was a good commander-in-chief.
Clinton: “Obama has been a good commander in chief… And he’s got a heck of a Secretary of State.”
— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) November 4, 2012
Clinton digressed into some kind of sick comedy routine when he started referring to his (Lewinsky?) past exploits near the latter third of the speech. No, I’m not kidding. He made a weird reference about having gotten his ‘hand caught in the cookie jar’. He went on to say he faced up to getting his hand caught in said jar. I think Hillary might disagree.
My favorite line from the most famous, lying President of all time was this:
“You should care whether your president is telling you the truth.”
Clinton hit all the high notes – GM victory lap, $5 trillion lie, Romnesia, student loan cost lies etc., but overall, I don’t think anyone is going to look at cookie jars the same way for a long while.
More at WRAL.
Video is here. Clinton comes on around the 52 minute mark. Continue reading
The race in North Carolina’s 7th district between David Rouzer and Mike McIntyre is heating up. Rouzer just hit McIntyre with a new ad:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWnYC8mvQgc&feature=plcp]
McIntyre, the incumbent made national headlines when he and fellow Democrat, Larry Kissell, announced they would be boycotting the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last month. It was rather a transparent attempt to distance himself from President Obama and Obamacare. Perhaps it was wise, given the disturbing turn of events with voting that ensued regarding the party’s platform.
Nancy Pelosi seemed to have no problem with their absence however, commenting that “I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts (and) use their financial and political resources to help them win their elections.” Well, seems like Pelosi told McIntyre he’s on his own a bit there.
Financial and political resources in their districts, indeed. NC-07 has turned into the 5th most expensive race in the country:
Republicans see an opportunity to dislodge North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre, who finds himself in a much less friendly district in 2012.
McIntyre — one of the last surviving Blue Dog Democrats — is running in a district that has a substantial Republican registration advantage, making him one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country.
Two groups — the NRCC and YG Action Fund — have poured more than $2 million in a bid to unseat the Democrat.
But Democrats haven’t given up on McIntyre, who proved his political chops after winning reelection in a 2010 midterm election that otherwise wiped out the ranks of Southern Democrats. The DCCC and House Majority PAC are combining to spend just south of $1 million to support him. – Politico
The GOP is outspending McIntyre at a rate of 2-1, eve with recent DCCC funds pouring in. McIntyre has been in NC-07 since 1997 and seemingly has gotten very comfortable there. McIntyre also has gotten comfy in Rome on the tax payer’s dime. I’m sure Mrs. McIntyre loved having her 29th anniversary there. We didn’t get a thank you note though:
After flying overnight to Rome, the coterie will check in Saturday for two nights at a 5-star hotel on the famous and expensive Via Veneto. Lunch follows at a quiet restaurant near the Vatican before the group heads off for a tour. Then it’s “evening at leisure.”
Sunday begins with breakfast followed by a Latin High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. An afternoon “cultural tour of Rome” will cost “approx $35/person” so delegation members will need to carry some cash. More personal time follows. The schedule notes: “See Welcome packages for suggested venues.”
Monday morning the business begins. The congressmen will have a half-hour meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne. Then it’s off to the Bank of Italy to discuss, presumably, the European debt crisis that, so far, the government in Rome has managed to stave off.
Then it’s off to the airport and wheels-up to Tbilisi at noon..
A U.S. government official familiar with the planning for the Rome leg said the weekend alone will cost taxpayers about $70,000. He noted that figure includes extra security, drivers and overtime for embassy staff, including a cashier and two guards for a delegation courtesy room at the hotel where guests can exchange their dollars for Euros, instead of heading to the nearest ATM. – Huffington Post
McIntyre also enjoyed not one, but three leased vehicles, courtesy of the taxpayer back in 2005, as reported by McClatchy:
Triple Dippers: The following members lease three cars monthly at taxpayer expense:
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
Those three on 2006 cost $13,130.40 — Chevy Trailblazer; Pontiac Grand Prix ; Pontiac Bonneville. McIntyre did it again in 2009, this time leasing two:
Four lawmakers opted to lease cars rather than
request mileage reimbursements for private vehicles.
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th, leased two 2009 Chevrolet
Malibus, one of them a hybrid. Myrick also leased
a hybrid — a 2009 Honda Civic. – Carolina Journal via the John Locke Foundation, p.3
(Note: The same article also notes it cost $319,123.08 to maintain McIntyre’s offices. Are his chairs made of gold?)
Rep. McIntyre has expensive tastes and he doesn’t seem to hide it much. Perhaps that’s why his offices were targeted recently by burglars:
McIntyre’s office lost two bottles of Scotch, three presidential Easter eggs, two bottles of cologne, and 10 pairs of collector’s cuff links, each valued at $100. Other missing memorabilia from Rayburn includes Gallegly’s collection of license plates, and Lewis’s four autographed baseballs, six bottles of wine, and a set of presidential Easter eggs.
McIntyre’s 16 year track record is less impressive than his presidential Easter eggs or cuff link collection, via OpenCongress.org:
11 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 373 of 440) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 141 of 440)
261 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 192 of 440) 7 Made Into Law (Ranks 303 of 440)
Zero bills that became laws in sixteen years. Underwhelming. OpenCongress also notes he votes with his party 68% of the time. Real Clear Politics ranks this race as a toss-up right now, the voters will speak in a matter of weeks. Time will tell. Continue reading
Charlotte unveiled it’s motto for the DNC – “We made this possible.”
Sounds a lot like “You didn’t build that.”
[IMAGE] Continue reading
Yesterday I posted about my adventures in voter registration at the grocery store with “completely non-partisan” voter drive groups. In case you missed it, here’s the video I shot:
This turn of events left me wondering just how some random group or person can set up a folding card table at a grocery store and register people to vote. So I hit the NC State Board of Elections site in search of answers. I did not like what I found. Continue reading