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January 21, 2012

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narciso

They give the Soros folk the first but not the last word;

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/21/while-obama-delays-controversial-keystone-oil-pipeline-vast-network-energy/?intcmp=trending

steve

Tis the latter.

hit and run

TM:
I also think that, if we are limiting ourselves to the three non-Romneys for his runnng mate

But why would we?

does Ron Paul make any sense at all for VP, or is this just another symptom of my ill-advised switch to decaf?

I say decaf.

narciso

What happens with GovMo stays with GovMo;

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-20/chevy-volt-battery-fire-investigation-closed-by-u-s-regulator.html

Gmax

Funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, PPP has this nugget in this AM's poll release:

One thing that continues to work to his advantage are the debates. 60% of primary voters report having watched the one last night, and Gingrich has a 46-23 lead with those folks.

Gmax

I thought the V/P choice was suppose to balance the ticket? So you balance the ticket by bringing the unbalanced guy onboard?

centralcal

I don't want to have any of what TM is drinking, this morning. ha ha.

Rick Ballard

I haven't seen any breakouts on the size of the racist, anti-semitic nutter demographic but Paul would definitely be an attraction for them. I'm rather secure in saying that the subtraction of feelers repulsed by him would more than offset the addition.

I don't know why Romney would limit himself in his selection of running mates. Anyone with a personality would be a plus.

narciso

Seriously with this guy as his policy man, what could go wrong;

http://www.americanfreedomagenda.org/News/default.html

Danube of Thought

If people don't want to come, there's no way you can stop 'em.

Minus 16 at Raz today.

narciso

I would think the Times poll is more representative, I reserve the right not to be nauseous at that statement;

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/gallup-obama-approval-hits-three-year-low-average/327251

Melinda Romanoff

Kim Strassel, yesterday, had a great piece on the Ronulan strategery. It's all for the convention games he intends to play.

narciso

Now that could make me nauseous, in related news, one begins to doubt his bonafides


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204257504577154730006383176.html?mod=WSJ_article_MoreIn_Opinion

Melinda Romanoff

Hey narciso, I was saving that for lunch reading!

narciso

Well one begins to doubt the whole 'narrative'
in light of said facts, of the last dozen years,

Rick Ballard

Gallup puts a little sugar on their dismal report of BOzo's disastrous performance but the facts are the facts. He ain't coming back.

Put TM's question in a different way - who should Governor Romney select as a matter of principle, setting aside any theoretical electoral advantage? I'd go for someone in the coming crop and right now I'd lean towards Walker.

Porchlight

Gallup reports Obama averaged 44% approval in his third year.

And then there's this:

Obama's 12th Quarter Average, 43%, Is Lowest for Elected Presidents

http://www.gallup.com/poll/152123/Obama-Averages-Approval-3rd-Year.aspx

narciso

Yes the trendline is down,

narciso

I should clarify, that I mean the Saudis or the Pakistanis would ever want him back,

Gmax

Remember Gallup is doing Adult polling. Never voted and not registered to vote, not likely to vote this time around, No problem. Got an opinion you heard off NBC for us to mark down?

Zero is on a trajectory for Carter approval numbers.

MarkO

It gets late early out there.

hit and run

Gmax:
Remember Gallup is doing Adult polling.

Bom chicka wah wah...

Gmax

Sugar, Rick? This pretty much tells the tale:

Obama's 44% average job approval rating is well below average, ranking 53rd of the 68 presidential years measured.

Well below average = mediocre. I might go so far as to say miserable failure incompetent ideologue.

narciso

I thought Carter got a bump after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan,

Sara

Betsy over at Betsy's Page is a Santorum supporter, and she has this:

A lot of observers were commenting on Twitter and elsewhere last night that Gingrich won the debate last night in the first five minutes by blasting John King for asking about the ABC interview with his ex-wife. Sure, a candidate can always win applause from Republicans by bashing the media. But fiercely attacking the media is not a qualification for the presidency. Whatever anyone thinks about the Marianne Gingrich interview and the timing of the story, I suspect that people will be a bit queasy about voting for a candidate who cheated on his wife, wanted an open marriage, and asked for a divorce right after she'd been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Overall, I think that Santorum was the clear winner of last night's debate. He summed up the problem with Gingrich in one sentence,

“Grandiosity has never been a problem with Newt Gingrich, he handles it very well.”

Gingrich responded that this was a grandiose country. Nope. We're a grand country, but not grandiose. For one who prides himself on his rhetoric, Gingrich should know what the word means.

characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration

Gmax

Carter got a bump initially after the Mullahs committed the war act of invading our embassy ( American soil ) and holding Americans hostage. It petered out pretty damn fast as Carter had not a clue what to do...

Porchlight

Reagan averaged 45% his third year. But his trajectory was up, and he roared back in 1984. Not seeing that with Barry although he is up slightly so far this year.

rse

Janet-

I am struck by your comment yesterday on the community college prof. I think in the ed world the Promised Land is so close, people are being careless in the associations they are trumpeting. There was a gratuitous article this week that was like handing me the jar of cherries and whipped cream for an already nicely iced cake. Everything being trumpeted as a selling point has a 2nd real meaning that I had already documented. I am thinking :"How nice of you to all come so clearly into the same room and proclaim you are friends and relatives after I had documented how you work together regularly".

Ann-Another search put me on some radical political site and I recognized the prof commenting and hitting his name sent me to some radicals for BO site. They were complaining about Jodi Kantor's book because everyone knows those Ivy League credentials certify FLOTUS as the most brilliant FL ever. Close 2nd was Eleanor Roosevelt even though she stopped her formal ed at 17.

Can't imagine what radicals who long for the days of Vladimir would make a connections between MO and Eleanor. Fondness for the UN?

Jane

Rand Paul not Ron Paul - it solves both problems.

Gmax

Bet me on this one getting national coverage:

Barack Obama’s 2008 New Media Director was arrested on Friday and charged with identity theft. Zach Edwards currently works for a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

Extraneus

I suspect that people will be a bit queasy about voting for a candidate who cheated on his wife, wanted an open marriage, and asked for a divorce right after she'd been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Which of these are facts, besides that somebody suspects someting?

Jim Ryan

Does Paul have any expertise in economics, military affairs, or foreign policy? Does he have proven executive prowess?

PDinDetroit

Fox News was interviewing Ron Paul this morning and were talking about him getting no respect. While he was in mid-sentence, they cut to commercial.

Priceless.

MarkO

From the Medical Dictionary. Compare and contrast with Obama and others.

Grandiosity
An exaggerated belief or claim of one’s importance or identity, manifest by delusions of wealth, power, or fame


Manic Episode
A period of predominant mood elevation, expansiveness, or irritation together with some combination of inflated self-esteem or grandiosity, decreased need of sleep, talkativeness, flight of ideas, distractibility, hyperactivity, hypersexuality, and recklessness.

Sara

In case you're unfamiliar, Betsy Newmark is an AP History and AP Government teacher in Raleigh, NC. She has been blogging since 2002.

centralcal

Extraneus: I thought I read somewhere that the ex-wife was never diagnosed with MS.

narciso

the world is very strange and ironic, in a Futurama sort of way;


http://voxday.blogspot.com/2012/01/voltaire-had-it-wrong.html

Ralph L

Remember Gallup is doing Adult polling.
Bom chicka wah wah...
The pencil is no fun, but it's amazing what can be done with a clipboard.

Rick Ballard

Gmax,

Definitely sugared.

At the same time, Obama's approval ratings are improving, with upward momentum in his most recent quarterly average and with his daily average now sitting at 45%, closer to the 50% level that would make him a strong bet for re-election.

The "trend" is MOE limited and to the extent that it exists, driven by him reducing his public appearances (IMO). If he could find a place to hide it might continue.

Sandy Daze

Romney - Palin?
Gingrich - Palin?
~
Palin - Ryan (not our Jim. . ., but Paul)
Palin - Bolton?
Palin - Cheney?
Palin - DeMint?
Palin - West?
Palin - Santorum?
Palin - Rubio?
Palin - McDonnell?
Palin - Jindal?

Just asking.

OMG - ABO !!!
Sandy

PDinDetroit

Sara - I am not a Gingrich supporter, but I was impressed by how he handled the situation during the debate. I want a candidate, and eventually a President, who knows when and how to "get tough".

He is certainly no McCain who reminds me of the scene in Animal House - "Thank you sir, may I have another?". No wonder McCain supports Romney. LUN.

narciso

And Will Folks, something one would scrape off your shoe, is supporting Ron Paul.

Well he could kill Zawahiri, but the Pakistanis aren't eager to give up their last earwig,

centralcal

In our dreams, Sandy Daze, in our dreams only.

Gmax

50% to 45% is what, something like just over another 11% increase? That is not going to happen. No previous President has polarized the electorate like this miserable failute has deliberately done. If he has the smaller piece of the pie ( and he does ) there just is no way to climb back without a huge move to the center. I see no inclination to do so. He is toast.

narciso

Maybe they are reading the chart upside down, left to right, mind you if he learns this lesson;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zekiZYSVdeQ

peter

An awful lot of Yogisms are actually Sam Goldwynisms.

Nobody should write their autobiography until after they're dead.

(my fave)

narciso

This is a disturbing trend, of course, Barnett
and co, are somehow impressed with Erdogan's
fancy footwork

Extraneus

Betsy Newmark is an AP History and AP Government teacher in Raleigh, NC. She has been blogging since 2002.

Although none of these are very impressive credentials, I am unfamiliar with her work and assume you wouldn't quote a questionable source just for the purpose of dinging Gingrich, so I'm sure she's fine. But the question remains: Were any of the statements in her quoted passage facts?

1. Cheated on his wife. I read somewhere they they were separated for six years, reconciled, etc. Seems complicated, as these things often are. I assume he cheated on his wife at some point or points, but have no idea whether this is an established fact.

2. Wanted an open marriage. He denies this, or at least denies that he asked for such a thing.

3. Asked for divorce "right after she'd been diagnosed" with MS. I read yesterday that she was once diagnosed with some sort of condition that could someday lead to MS, and doesn't even have it today. And I thought I also read that she's the one who filed for divorce.

Anyway, I'm not up for researching this carp, which is why I asked about which of the statements were facts.

Sara

Yesterday Obama singing to his crowd was all over the news, but who knew he had a rival in the singing department in Mitt Romney. Romney sings Happy Birthday to Nikki Haley as she celebrates her 40th.

sbw

No. Ron. Paul.
No. Ron. Paul.

Isolation is more than stupid; it's dangerous.

Jane

Does Paul have any expertise in economics, military affairs, or foreign policy? Does he have proven executive prowess?

Absolutely not. He just brings the libertarian vote.

Jane

GMAX,

I bet you it won't. Hell, you didn't even post a link.

narciso

Along with the Nazi/9/11 denialists,

boris

"denies that he asked for such a thing"

Based on what she said he did not use the term "open marriage" or anything that fits the common meaning. According to her refusing to break up with a mistress is the same as asking for open marriage.

Atrollpasinthru

Sarah says, "I can't understand why so many people dislike me. I'm just so, so, well, so cutesy." (curtsy)

bgates

I haven't seen any breakouts on the size of the racist, anti-semitic nutter demographic but Paul would definitely be an attraction for them.

I'd estimate it at about 8-12% of the electorate, but Obama has those votes locked up.

Gmax

Jane

Let me see where I found it. Honestly though, I have not seen a great deal of clicking through links and find I make the point better and quicker with a synopsis to more folks.

sbw

Jane: He just brings the libertarian vote.

Perhaps those that misunderstand what libertarian means.

sbw

Just got an email with that "Churchill" quote. It is too good to check before posting, but I still want to see the source.

sbw

From an earlier thread: "does anyone else find Senator Santorum a tad bit sanctimonious?"

We already have a president who knows what I need.

daddy

Good morning:


Instalanche for JiB:

Haven't see if it's posted above yet, but worth posting again whether it is or not:

"UPDATE: Reader Jack Lillywhite emails:

"And who has a big stake in Burlington Northern? A guy in Omaha named Buffett.

And by having TransCanada tie its Keystone XI to the border crossing approval you can’t get a segmented line from Montana to Port Arthur, TX that the Bakken field could tie into. That is the concept. A collector system named the BakkenLink runs down to Montana from ND and ties into Keystone XI (known as MarketLink). A twofer you might say.

So, in a way it is a Win-Win for Obama – He wins his Green base and his Crony Capitalism base. Pretty clever, eh?"

They win, we lose. As usual."

Well done JiB!

Gmax

You want links we got link, via Jim Hoft at Gatewaypundit:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/01/obama-new-media-director-charged-with-identity-theft-faces-2-years-in-jail/

RichatUF

Not sure that the InfoWars/Coast-to-Coast demographic would add much.

jorod

Yet it's the Congressional elections that really matter.

Neo

A Des Moines man has been arrested after police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.
Zachary Edwards was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying Schultz’s office discovered the scheme on June 24, 2011 and notified authorities.
The criminal complaint says Edwards fraudulently used or attempted to use the identity of Schultz or Schultz’s brother with the intent to obtain a benefit. No other details were given.

...
After a stint as a part-time political blogger and local democratic volunteer, he joined the Obama campaign in early 2007 as an intern organizing North-West Las Vegas.

Gmax

And per the Des Moines Register see if you can detect the man's past, his political affiliation or the fact that he worked on a President's campaign in five states. Words fail me:

A Des Moines man has been arrested after police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.

Zachary Edwards was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying Schultz's office discovered the scheme on June 24, 2011 and notified authorities.

The criminal complaint says Edwards fraudulently used or attempted to use the identity of Schultz or Schultz's brother with the intent to obtain a benefit. No other details were given.

The case did not appear yet in online court records and no attorney information was immediately available.

If convicted, Edwards could face up to two years in prison.

MarkO

Experience? It seems that actual, knee-deep experience in the world outside politics and political organizing serves as a disqualification for President. After all, last time, the country chose to elect someone with no history, no experience and no qualifications.

"You made money? You have tax returns? Well, I've handed over one, now you give me all of yours and let me see what I can do with that." Such a charge once came from the far left. Now it comes from the one who claims to be the "only" conservative in the race. He may have made enough money by now. Everyone benefits from spreading the wealth around.

Now Mitt, in turn, wants Newt to release the sordid details not of his sex life but of the ethics violations of which he stands adjudged guilty. I understand the "same to you" quality of it, but this pre-season seasoning may well have given us four more years of a know nothing president.

Somewhere I read that despair is worse than doom.

RichatUF

Hummm...dirty up a Rep SoS and his brother...

Wonder if that guy or Link Strategies is tied up with Soros's Secretary of State Project?

daddy

Have to go to work quick, but from the current battling Blog stories, is it now pretty much dividing into 2 camps:

1) Newt can't win, stick with Romney

and

2) I supported Romney but he's proved to be so weak in debates, it has to be Newt

or is there a 3rd

3) Get it to a brokered convention.

Just wondering your guy's opinions.

It seems to me that I can link decently reasoned opposing columns on 1 and 2 all day long, and if anyone can figure out where the NRO guys and Steyn have currently floundered/foundered to, let me know.

Gmax

I had the exact same thoughts Rich

Its certainly possible, cuz Harkin is lower than a snake belly in the Grand Canyon.

centralcal

I just missed Lady Lynn on Cavuto, came in when she was discussing Newt baggage, so is she going to support Romey? Did anyone hear or see?

Gmax

Ed Morrissey makes a couple key points that I dont think are understood here by all so here you go:


as I remind readers occasionally, head-to-head polling at this stage of the cycle is not particularly predictive. The reason for the lower satisfaction among Republicans is because they have other options than Romney at this point, while Democrats do not. That’s also why Republicans poll lower in head-to-head surveys against Obama. The actual key in those surveys is Obama’s support level, and even that is probably overstated to some degree, thanks to the necessary debate taking place in the GOP primary.

daddy

"They were complaining about Jodi Kantor's book because everyone knows those Ivy League credentials certify FLOTUS as the most brilliant FL ever."

rse, Re that insane adulation for our Prez & wife

Was wondering if you or anyone else has seen hide nor hair of Michael Beschloss, the moron Presidential Historian of "Obama's the smartest guy ever to hold the Office" ignominy.

I haven't, and I would have imagined that in the 3 years since he delivered that unbelievable bit of stupidity on Imus, he's had plenty of opportunity if he wanted to, to re-open his pie-hole and regurgitate similar stupidity all over again.

So, any Beschloss sightings?

To me he is noticeable by his absence.

JJ

Ron Paul would certainly keep the goofy-VP tradition going. Joe Biden -> Ron Paul. If you skip Dick Cheney since he was the exception to the rule, it's Al Gore -> Biden -> Ron Paul. Even better.

I still haven't forgotten Ex-Speaker Newt's stuff in his speaker days. I don't understand why everyone is forgetting the Great Fizzle Out now??

Porchlight

I'm pretty much at 3), daddy.

Think about it. It would blow the Dems minds if they didn't know who they were up against until almost September.

RichatUF

"Interestingly, on June 24, the same day as Zach Edwards alleged crime, Under the Golden Dome, a blog connected to Iowa Democrats, launched a three-part series of articles critical of Matt Schultz. They were based on documents obtained through an open records request from “a tipster.” The blog alleged that a batch of emails from Schultz’s office “raise some serious questions about his ability to remain independent and ensure election integrity”."

link here...nothing direct yet...

MarkO

daddy, Duke has Florida State today. I'm nervous.

Cecil Turner

How about:

4) Romney is no more electable than Newt, so why not try to elect an actual conservative?

Rocco

I don't understand why everyone is forgetting the Great Fizzle Out now??

It's deja vu all over again!

rse

Funny you should ask that daddy as I believe I saw him a few days ago as a blurb for an adoring new bio on Woodrow Wilson.

Let me go look.

MarkO

"why not try to elect an actual conservative?"

Would Goldwater meet your criteria, because this is beginning to feel like 1964.

Today, Mitt asked Newt to disclose his contract with Fannie and the report he provided. Boom.

One may not love or even endure Romney, but Newt is still the guy with nitro hanging in a vial around his neck.

DebinNC

This site describes the Republican delegate allocation rules. Right now Option 3 is looking to me like our only hope. It would certainly draw a huge audience and generate lots of excitement, which I can't imagine any of the Flawed Four accomplishing.

Gmax

Would Goldwater meet your criteria,

No would McCain fulfill yours?

Jane

Thanks GMAx, I found it soon after. Jodie Kantor is on CPAN talking to David Brooks (I'm not joking).

Newt seems quite petulant and nasty today. Is it me?

Gee Jodi Kantor just said Michelle Obama and David Brooks have something in common. If I were Brooks, I would resign.

I saw Lynn whatshername. She lost me when she said Hillary was a moderate. She then went on to say Mitt needs a "Sister Solta" (that's how she pronounced it)moment. He must go out and say that low tax rates (15%) are wrong and he promises to change them.

Ugh

Jane

I think we have to face the fact that everything in this election is being orchestrated by David Axelrod. Neither Romney of Newt have any control over that.

hit and run

Hi Deb! We've missed you.

MarkO:
Somewhere I read that despair is worse than doom.

Marilla: You're not eating anything.
Anne: I can't. I'm in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?
Marilla: I've never been in the depths of despair, so I can't say.
Anne: Weren't you? Well, did you ever try to imagine you were in the depths of despair?
Marilla: No, I cannot. To despair is to turn your back on God.

Gmax

Spartans on ESPN taking on the Boilermakers. AT HOME.

bgates

I don't understand why everyone is forgetting the Great Fizzle Out now?

I don't remember why he was forced out. Was he not Compassionately Conservative enough?

I don't understand the electability concerns, either. In my lifetime, the pasty, chubby, adulterous Southern know-it-all always beats the incumbent who withdrew troops from Iraq.

rse

LUN is the April 2011 bio that has Beschloss referring to it as "magisterial, judicious, deeply researched". Gosh he certainly loves the flowery adjectives doesn't he?

He's toward the end, right after Jon Meacham.

I guess the ability to reimagine the Constitution in power grasping ways that directly contradict the language and intent of genuine intellectual titans like Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Adams is what Professor Michael really admires. Or the idea that you could go from a university payroll to leader of the free world just brings out the lust for power in those confined to the library, classroom, lecture circuit.

"It could-a-been me! I'm as much of a contender as that guy. If he's the smartest Pres ever, everyone will recognize the same would have been said about me."

Beschloss belongs in a category with Krugman for most self inflicted damage to a professional rep

Sara

Ext: Betsy used to be linked quite regularly. She was one of the first bloggers along with Glenn Reynolds and Bill Quick of Daily Pundit. I have her in my feed reader, so I see her entries every day. I don't think she is given to excessive partisan rhetoric and I'm sure she is well-respected. Clarice probably remembers her from the early days. However, even though I see her posts every day, I don't usually read much past the headlines, since I'm not all that interested in what is happening in the schools since my kids are long past school age.

As to Marianne, this link says she was diagnosed with a brain inflammation in 1998 and that Newt was with her when the doctor told them and said she should avoid stress. Within six months, Newt was asking for a divorce.

Marianne Gingrich disclosed Tuesday that she has suffered from neurological problems that could be a precursor to multiple sclerosis.

The ex-wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sought treatment in September 1998 at the Emory Clinic for tingling in her right hand, said a statement released by Emory with her permission. Tests showed an inflammation in her brain.

“Such an episode could represent a single event, perhaps related to a viral infection, or be a forerunner of multiple sclerosis,” said her neurologist, Dr. Barney Stern.

She was treated with a two-week supply of steroids but did not begin long-term drug therapy, which is sometimes recommended in such cases.

“We hope that as more and more time elapses, the possibility that she will develop definite multiple sclerosis becomes less and less,” Stern said.

Also from same link:

Marianne Gingrich “said Newt moved for the divorce just months after she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, with her then-husband present. ‘He also was advised by the doctor when I was sitting there that I was not to be under stress. He knew,’ she said.”

Obviously she was diagnosed with something, whether it developed into full blown MS does not seem the issue to me here. It is the callowness on Newt's part. To me, worse than the infidelities, is the betrayal, and his ego and complete insensitivity to his wives, in their hours of need. If you can't count on your husband to be there for you in sickness, who can you count on?

Normally, I don't want to even know this personal stuff, but I'm bothered about Newt's caddishness in a way that is hard for me to understand. Maybe I'm projecting. My husband didn't cheat on me with another woman, but from the first year of our marriage, I knew that the Navy would always come first and somehow the Navy always had him when I needed him the most (major illness, surgery, child birth, major moves), so I identify with Marianne on a level that has little to do with the infidelities.

Like Marianne says:

"You marry to get married, not because you want to change the world." Source: Leslie Kaufman-Rosen. "Newt's one-woman focus group." Newsweek. 2/13/1995. pg. 31.

As with so many politicians and men desiring power, they are power driven and other people are tools and props toward this goal. He strikes me as a man who dumps women when they no longer serve his ambition.

Cecil Turner

Today, Mitt asked Newt to disclose his contract with Fannie and the report he provided. Boom.

"Boom"? Yeah, and a couple days ago it was a demand to release the confidential House Ethics report . . . all in a ploy to avoid releasing Mitt's tax returns, which he could do in an instant.

PDinDetroit

Sara - hasn't Newt been with Calista now for 18 years? Seems out of character with your statement of "strikes me as a man who dumps women when they no longer serve his ambition".

matt

That amazing Kim Jong Il has had his first miracle!

"On Thursday, the official North Korean news agency reported a "natural wonder" that occurred at the embassy in Berlin on Dec. 20, the day after the news of the death of leader Kim Jong-il was announced. A small songbird spent an hour at the entrance to the embassy, apparently paying tribute to the late Kim. "It seemed that upon hearing the sad news of the demise of the outstanding great man, the bird flew to the mourning station to express its sadness."

I wonder if this was a product of the beatings will continue until morale improves program?

Sara

Ext: One more thing. I was unfamiliar with AP History so I looked it up. From the College Board site:

The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.
Gmax

As with so many politicians and men desiring power, they are power driven and other people are tools and props toward this goal.

As opposed to the altruistic and benevolent Romney who loves kittens and Englbert Humperdink ballads? LOL

PDinDetroit

matt - that songbird was singing the sweet sound of freedom....

bio mom

Newt was adulterous and divorced his wives twice!! That is a pattern. One mistake? Many will say okay (not me however). But twice?? I do not want this guy anywhere near the presidency. Let him run for Congress again where bloviating and giving bombastic speeches are what is required. Or be a radio talk show host.

rse

sara-

AP US History has been extensively revised now for implementation in the 2012-13 school year. That description strikes me as the new one.

I was able to help stop the World History changes that were to have gone into effect this year. I have left AP US alone but imagine the changes and attempts to propagandize are similar. Had heard CB is mandating a lot of coverage going back basically to what the cavemen were doing in the Americas. I just figured some whistling is best done explaining the why of bad ideas that are in place.

Having said that I would agree that Betsy is a fine teacher. I suspect these changes are infuriating to her.

Cecil Turner

I don't remember why he was forced out. Was he not Compassionately Conservative enough?

He wasn't actually forced out, he resigned after a miserable showing in the mid-term election post-Bubba impeachment. His ethics violations all centered on GOPAC, and the sanction was an agreed-to $300K fine to cover the cost of the investigation (of 84 ethics charges by Democrats, all subsequently dropped). One charge was referred to the IRS which eventually cleared Newt:

Special Counsel James M. Cole concluded that Gingrich violated federal tax law and had lied to the ethics panel in an effort to force the committee to dismiss the complaint against him. The full committee panel did not agree whether tax law had been violated and left that issue up to the IRS.[68] In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the "Renewing American Civilization" courses under investigation for possible tax violations.[69]
Short version: he lost five seats in a mid-term.

Sara

ploy to avoid releasing Mitt's tax returns, which he could do in an instant.

Huckabee said getting talked into releasing his returns was the worst decision he made. Hermann Cain says that everything anyone needs or wants to know can be found in the FEC finance reports all candidates are required to file. They think Romney should just refuse and move on as the only people clambering are the press and the dem machine. I would include the conservative Romney haters who are playing this up to try to smear Romney.

I don't care personally one way or the other, other than to believe if he does release them, he should do it when he is ready and not a minute sooner.

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