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February 02, 2012

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Janet

Inside story on Komen split from PP

"My source said Planned Parenthood broke the story for an additional reason: to frighten other corporations from trying to do what SGK did. See what will happen to you if you dare, is Planned Parenthood’s underlying warning."

Clarice

From the republican Jewish Coalition--big party shift:

"In an analysis released today, the Pew Research Center noted:

Even Jewish voters, who have traditionally been and remain one of the strongest Democratic constituencies, have moved noticeably in the Republican direction; Jewish voters favored the Democrats by a 52-point margin in 2008 but now prefer the Democratic Party by a significantly smaller 36-point margin.
SOURCE: http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Trends-in-Party-Identification-of-Religious-Groups.aspx

Republicans have also seen gains among Jewish voters, who have long been strong supporters of the Democratic Party. In 2008, 72% of Jews identified themselves as Democrats or said they leaned toward the Democratic Party, and Democrats held a 52-point advantage among this group. In 2011, the Democratic advantage among Jews has shrunk to 36 points, with 29% of the Jewish population aligning with the GOP. While the majority of Jews are still Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, Democrats' dominance among this group has weakened since the last presidential election. In fact, Jews are the only religious group analyzed in which the percentage who identify themselves as Republican (as opposed to leaning toward the GOP) has risen significantly. [Emphasis added.]
SOURCE: http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Trends-in-Party-Identification-of-Religious-Groups-affiliation.aspx

Reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis in the Jewish Daily Forward quotes Pew researchers on what distinguishes the data on Jewish voters in their analysis:

"The increase among Jews is greater than in the general public, and greater than the increase in... other religious groups," said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at Pew...

"For most religious groups and for the public as a whole, the trend toward the GOP has come from people who are increasingly likely to say they lean toward the Republican party," said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew. "Jewish voters are really the exception.That's the one religious group we've analyzed where the shift toward the GOP is not among leaners, but rather among actual Republican identifiers."
SOURCE: http://www.forward.com/articles/150747/

Ranger

No wonder it has been taking so long to hash out a deal on Greek debt (via Drudge):

EU official: Greece needs extra $20 billion (warning, MSNBC link)

Debt-ridden Greece is close to a deal with private investors to reduce its debt burden by about €100 billion and that — plus an agreement to enact deep spending cuts — could pave the way for a €130 billion bailout from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund. But on Thursday a European Union official said this plan was not enough to help fix Greece's problems, which are getting worse as the effects of the recession take hold.

In order to bring Greece's debt burden to a sustainable level — 120 per cent of its economic output in eight years' time — the country's international debt inspectors calculate that Greece needs an additional €15 billion — a shortfall it believes should be made up by the rest of the 17-country eurozone, the European official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter

The extra money, in theory, could come either from the other euro countries or by having the European Central bank, its national counterparts and state-owned banks like France's Caisse de Depots taking a loss on their Greek bond holdings, the official said...

There's always another shoe to drop in Euroland.

Melinda Romanoff

Ranger-

The Other John Taylor gives some travel recommendations. Get out of Greece, Now!

Clarice

I like the "in theory" part about where the new money infusion os going to come from.

Clarice

No, Mel,, It's Get Out Greece, Now..

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

All of the above.

Ranger

So, just coincience that this news about Greece comes out the same day the Chinese finally float the idea of helping bail out the Euro?

Jane

Just so you know: you guys should have been there!

Janet

Details, Jane! We want details!

Rick Ballard

Ranger,

Looking at the Baltic Dry index provides a rationale for the Chinese cycling dough to EUtopia. I'm not sure that Greece is the primary target - Portugal has so many arrows in it that it looks like a porcupine. China may also have noticed the little problem the IMF is having rounding up enough OPM to buy sufficient spackle.

matt

This is why there is so little hope for an orderly resolution of the Euro crisis. These land mines are buried in every nook and cranny (or crook and nanny) of Europe.

In Italy, Spiegel points out that while the legislative branch (or crookeria)made a great show of cutting their salaries. That's great until you read that the have the highest salaries and benefit package in Europe and that the cut is meaningless.

Belgium's financial system is a shambles, and even the German banking system is being propped up with Fed and ECB money because of their reckless lending practices.

The bureaucrats come out with bland pronouncement right out of Fantasyland, and the markets dearly want to believe the fairy tale is true. Fundamentally though, nothing has changed.

I had an interesting pitch come across my desk the other day. A gold trader was recommending numismatic gold because they predict the US government might pull another Roosevelt.

When the Bernank hedges his bets, you'd better watch out.

Holly

"Early detection makes all the difference most of the time."

Yes. When the cancer is aggressive, early detection is the best medical hope for survival. My husband found mine and I remember thinking, Jeez, how did this get there without my noticing.

Faith, however, is the real hope. Iggy, during those dark days of chemo and fear, you sent me an email with a strong, encouraging message, and for reasons only God knows, your email was the only one of the many I received to somehow pierce the dark haze of chemo brain and make a difference. Somewhere along the way, I lost your email address. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers.

Ignatz

--These land mines are buried in every nook and cranny (or crook and nanny) of Europe.--

Better copyright that one.

Ignatz

Holly,
You can email me anytime you'd like at flipper95665 at hotmail.com.

Gmax

I am going to caution you that this PHEW Polling who very consistently find more Democrats than ever seem to show up at a poll. But look at the trends they are finding. Remember Zero won with 52%. Do you see more than 2% erosion in these numbers? Here:


As the 2012 presidential election approaches, the partisan affiliations of the electorate have shifted significantly since 2008. In surveys conducted in 2011 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 34% of registered voters described themselves as Democrats, down four points compared with 2008 (38%). Over the same period, the percentage of voters describing themselves as Republicans has held steady at 28%, while the total saying they are politically independent or have no partisan preference has risen four points (from 34% in 2008 to 38% in 2011). [...]

Among white evangelical Protestants (a traditionally Republican group), support for the GOP has grown from 65% in 2008 to 70% today. The GOP has also posted gains among Mormons, with 80% now saying they identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. Republican gains are also apparent among white mainline Protestants (who were evenly divided between the parties in 2008 but who now favor the GOP by a 12-point margin) and white non-Hispanic Catholics (among whom an eight-point Democratic advantage in 2008 has become a seven-point Republican advantage at the end of 2011).

Even Jewish voters, who have traditionally been and remain one of the strongest Democratic constituencies, have moved noticeably in the Republican direction; Jewish voters favored the Democrats by a 52-point margin in 2008 but now prefer the Democratic Party by a significantly smaller 36-point margin. There has been less change in the partisanship of black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated, two other strongly Democratic groups.

matt

but what about the Gaians, Wiccans, atheists and Moonbeamians?

Jane

Details? Well I had 3 martinis so thecdetails are not that clear. I love JOMers. No matter who I meet, ( and my number is around 20 ) I love JOmers.

I met Boatbuilder for the first time and immediately asked for free legal advice, and figured out he and Caro were tied at the hip, which TC verified via text. And Hit, who is Hit. And who is celebrating his b- day with all of us kept us all in line (yeah right).

Clarice

Holly, what a lovely post! More evidence why everyone is so fond of Iggy.

Porchlight

That's so wonderful, Holly. Thank you for sharing it. We are lucky to have Iggy here.

Gmax

Roman Catholics are 25% of the population. If 8% of them have switched from D to R, that is an overall shift of 2% all by itself. Consider the shift in Protestants, and the shift in Jewish vote and there is just no way Zero gets to 50%.

And the most likely third party candidate just endorsed Romney.

Say good bye Barry, cant say I will miss ya...

Gmax

"He has been a failure." Romney speaking about Zero with Hannity right now. Hit him again Governor. Harder.

Porchlight

Sounds like tons of fun, Jane. One of these days we'll have a really big JOM party.

Thomas Collins

I had a wonderful time with Jane and Boatbuilder and H&R. And, as Jane noted, caro joined us via text messaging. And remember, Jane, that I helped you with the martinis by consuming the olives!

Janet

Sounds like tons of fun, Jane. One of these days we'll have a really big JOM party.

Wouldn't that be great?! I love hearing about the meetups.

(Another) Barbara

Completely OT - but an interesting post-obit from one of my favs, Andrew Ferguson, writing in Commentary about Christopher Hitchens (LUN). I like and admire Ferguson more than Hitchens. Although it's likely not many here will agree, I thought Hitchens's writing was often overheated and overrated and his hatreds (President Reagan, Mother Theresa, among many others) astonishingly overlooked. In any case, interesting article, IMO.

daddy

Nice Vote fraud scheme just uncovered in Florida:

an NBC2 investigation uncovers flawed record keeping and human error allowing people who are not citizens of the United States to vote.

"...county election supervisors have no way to track non-citizens who live here. So NBC2 did something election officials never thought to do, and found them on our own."

"The Cape Coral resident is not a US citizen, yet she's registered to vote. NBC2 found Dennett after reviewing her jury excusal form. She told the Clerk of Court she couldn't serve as a juror because she wasn't a U.S. citizen."

"We found her name, and nearly a hundred others like her, in the database of Florida registered voters...Naples resident Yvonne Wigglesworth is also a not a citizen, but is registered to vote. She claims she doesn't know how she got registered. Records show Wigglesworth voted six times in elections dating back eleven years."

Makes me wonder how widespread this situation is across the nation. Anyone know if Aunt Zeituni's cast any votes?

jorod

Makes me nostalgic for Louis XVI.

Porchlight

I share your view of Hitchens, (A)B. I was initially a big fan and grew more ambivalent the more I read. His blind spots were so huge and his rage against his targets often hard to defend. However, he was so charming and so much a guy I wanted on our side that I was able to forget that for long stretches. I wish he was still with us.

Porchlight

"Flawed record keeping and human error." It is to laugh.

Clarice

Niters/

narciso

Yes, his blindspots were legendary, but when he was good he was on fire, with the War on terror, and particularly carrying the torch
for Chalabi and the Kurds, I imagine he thought himself in the pattern of Thomas Paine, but even then he had some shortcoming,
But he was never trite, even in his choice of invective.

centralcal

Oh sure, I leave for dinner and the party moves to this thread. I think I know why!

centralcal

I agree - we need a JOM meet up. How about Lost Wages after the election?

centralcal

Holly - what a lovely and inspiring story. We are all Iggy fans here. He is a special guy who is very deserving of special blessings!

(Another) Barbara

But he was never trite, even in his choice of invective

Matter of opinion, I suppose. Comparing Mother Theresa to a prostitute working the streets may not have been trite, but there are other descriptors. Have you read "Koba the Dread," Narciso? In it Martin Amis describes Hitchens's giggling and snarking about the massacres of entire villages of the innocent carried out by the Soviets. Reading that book wrecked any admiration I might have had for Hitchens.

jimmyk

Jewish voters favored the Democrats by a 52-point margin in 2008 but now prefer the Democratic Party by a significantly smaller 36-point margin.

So it goes from something like 76-24 to 68-32? Not exactly a revolt.

Re Hitchens: Who was it who critiqued "God is not Great" by saying something like "Never have I read an author so sure of himself on a topic of which he is so ignorant"?

Still, did I read this story about Hitch (who was technically Jewish) here?

A friend of theirs once took Christopher Hitchens and his wife Carol Blue to dinner at Palm Beach's Everglades Club, notorious for its exclusion of Jews.

"You will behave, won't you?" Carol anxiously asked Christopher on the way into the club. No dice. When the headwaiter approached, Christopher demanded: "Do you have a kosher menu?"

Happy Birthday, H&R!

Gmax

Hitchens recognized the radical muslim threat for what its is. Other than that, he was a snarling garden variety liberal on most issues.

narciso

That's what I was trying to say, he still believed Fidel had represented some kind of idealism, and his contempt for Hillary, for
somewhat esoteric reasons, let him to embrace Obama.

Ignatz

--Never have I read an author so sure of himself on a topic of which he is so ignorant--

Steve Prothero, Boston U religion scholar;

I have never encountered a book whose author is so fundamentally unacquainted with its subject.

Jim Miller

Well, according to the exit polls, the best any Republican candidate has done with Jews was Reagan in 1980, 39 percent. (And, I know, the numbers are so small that the error bounds on those estimates are large.)

In the last five elections, the Republican candidate got above 20 percent only once, Bush with 25 in 2004.

So 32 is very good, relatively.

Similarly, any Republican presidential candidate would be delighted to get the 18 percent of the black vote that Nixon got in 1972, or the 16 percent that Ford got in 1976.

(I've seen claims that the 15 percent of the black vote that Bush got in Ohio in 2004 gave him his margin in that state.)

Ignatz

--I like and admire Ferguson more than Hitchens.--

Yep. Thanks for the link AB.
Been reading Ferguson since he was just a stripling at AmSpec many years ago.


Ann

Holly, thanks so much for sharing that beautiful story about emails from Iggy.. I have a similar story. I have saved a special email from Iggy that I return too often when I feel sorry for myself. He really is a doll. It is that kind of encouragement and faith that helps all of us.

Ignatz, we love you. Please know that you and your wife are in all of our hearts and prayers. Where did your lovely wife ever find you? You will have to tell us that story someday. She is really blessed to have you by her side. Of course, it looks like you got lucky yourself, according to that picture you posted. ::wink::

TexasToast

Reading the comments after a long vacation, Tom's previous point about polarization is verified. SGK trying to deny political neutrality is a case in point. Sad.

OldTimer

Glad to see I wasn't the only one disgusted at the odious Dem performance during the F&F hearings today:

http://pjmedia.com/blog/house-dems-disgraceful-at-holder-hearing/

TexasToast

Rather, assert political neutrality.

Katrina beena whila.  Missy mossa sippi.

Whoa, cha cha cha cha charboy. Another blast from the past.
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BR

Yes, OldTimer, it was as if the Dems had been handed talking points to bolster Holder by Holder.

BR

That way he wasn't on record for perjury, but it was good hearing him say the penalty for perjury is 10 years in prison.

BR

Janet, your 11:38 am link in the previous thread is just amazing, worth linking again, showing WaPo collusion in Fast & Furious agenda on gun control.

Aieeeee, they even listed the Lone Wolf Trading store as a culprit while in reality it was an unwilling, coerced participant! How come they never spoke to its owner. Or did their embedded reporters already know that and pushed the lie to promote the agenda!!!

BR

So, now all they have left is trying to shut us up with sugar threats!

Haaa, actually, brown sugar is good for the skin, elasticity, collagen, and may even turn gray hair back to normal. It's the copper, higher content in brown sugar than regular or coconut sugar.

Not a chain saw massacree, but bloody enough.

I gotta great story about Wilson's Disease. Apparently a psychotic sufferer killed his doctor, who'd missed the diagnosis. The diagnosis was only made in prison, and treatment completely resolved the psychosis. This fella had a marvelous sense of humour, bgates pretensions, I'm tellin' ya, and I guess he had to have one in order to remain in prison, with equanimity.
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Jane

Nice to see you Texas Toast.

Boatbuilder

A very good time was had by all at the JOM meet-up.
Hit, who is of course very young, made the mistake of assuming that his host, who has only lived in Hartford for 28 years, would know the way to the airport. (Happy birthday, Buddy!) He won't make that mistake again.
Just think how beautiful that drive through the New England countryside would have been in daylight! You owe me bigtime!

Jane

BB,

Now that I've sobered up a little, it was really fun to meet you. I had a great time.

Ralph L

I thought the Hitchens were C of E, not Jewish. He didn't have any use for the Clintons in the 90's--I don't think he liked anyone with power. Why he thought the government should have so much power baffled me.

A Casual Observation

All that Mitt Romney showed in Florida is that he is a sleaze, a liar and an unscrupulous, dirty fighter. In fact, Barack Obama is more honest and more principled than Romney is, and trust me, the voters in November will see it if that slimy liar, Romney, is the Republican Party's nomineee. The Democrats, the Rinos and their shills in the MSM must be wringing their hands with glee. It will be 2008 all over again. The dummies are in the majority, and they're ruining, er, running this country. God help us.

Jane

I always knew you were an Obama suppoter aco.

Clarice

The percentage drop actually is significant, jimmyk.
Hitchens found out late in life that his mother had been born Jewish so "technically" he was, too, as jimmyk said. Under Jewish law, the child of a Jewish mother is Jewish. But he and his brother were raised C of E.

Clarice

There wasn't a great deal that I agreed with Hitchens on but he was brave in supporting Bush on Iraq and he was a very talented writer.

Captain Hate

Nothing in the WSJ about the Holder hearings yesterday. Well done, Rupert.

Some local dipstick councilman is trying to ban the Komen sponsored Race for the Cure because "he doesn't want politics involved" in it. STFU dunce. To his credit, the head of a local morning show on the local NBC station seemed fairly incredulous at this.

pagar

More bad stuff on Holder.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/02/02/advertising-dollars-flow-to-defend-eric-holder/

Captain Hate

Btw I have to give special credit to Eleanor Holmes Norton for acting like a complete retard at the Holder hearings yesterday. I don't think Marion Berry on crack could've given a more embarrassing performance. Well done DC; and we're supposed to feel bad for your purported lack of representation?

squaredance

Too funny.

Is this news?

Once you have socialized medicine, anything and everything will be regulated by the government. You as an individual somehow "owe it" your fellows citizens to behave a certain way lest you "increase medical costs" and thus burden "the community". Not only do you not have any property rights, but you very behavior in all it aspects is owned by the government.

No doubt soon certain beliefs, political affiliations and reading materials will be found to be dangerous to health as well.

This sort of vileness is inevitable once we start down the road of socialism. This is inevitable once we allow ourselves to be ruled by mindless, power grubbing socialists. More practically, this is what happens when we chuck the constitution and accept the absurd reinterpretation of the "commerce clause" thrust on us by the politicians, Democrat and GOP, as somehow rational and legal.

(Of course, no one ask if the clients of big government "owe" anything to the rest of us.)

Ban incandescent light bulbs. Regulate sugar. Valorize homosexuals. Slander Christians as evil immoral conspirators against "the community".

Up is down. Black is white. Our civilization is crumbling. It cannot survive for much longer this total inversion of all values.

It cannot survive being ruled by callow and arrogant moral idiots.

Clarice

CH, I could only bear to watch her for a couple of minutes. She's a fraud, you know, a tax dodger who goy away with it. She was defending a local black favorite. WS boils the whole Holder defense down as give me credit for great work on civil tights cases at DOJ. URGH

I notice TM has added substantially to his original post. I agree , the more the govt is paying for health care, the more it intrudes and will intrude on our decisions about eating and life style.

Well IQ is definitely heritable..and has a definite correlation with income . I'm waiting for someone to propose combating poverty by allowing only smart people to reproduce.

hit and run

Hah! I just sent an email to my new bestest buddies lamenting that I wouldn't be able to post on JOM because it's blocked at work (and the track ball on my phone,my normal means of checking JOM at work,has gone kaput) -- but I came out and tried, and whaddya know, JOM is unblocked. Better take advantage of it while it lasts.

Jane:
Well I had 3 martinis so thecdetails are not that clear.

And I had 14 beers. ::hic:: I'm amazed that I made it through security, found my gate, made my connection, and made it home in one piece.

Boatbuilder:
Just think how beautiful that drive through the New England countryside would have been in daylight! You owe me bigtime!

Heh. It wouldn't be a hit and run New England meetup if someone didn't get lost.

And hey, I got to go through Laguardia instead of Charlotte,so that was a bonus.

centralcal

Well, this is depressing, even though predictable:

gabrielmalor Gabriel Malor
AG Holder's Hill testimony was not mentioned on any broadcast network newscast last night. None at all.

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Glad you made it home safely, Hit. (And all the other JOMers did too!)

henry

Unexpectedly, the recall Dems hired Chicago to run things for the recall elections. Follow the link and you get a Chicago newspaper -- no mention anywhere in the WI MSM.

Hit, late HB. I once spent 4 years lost & drunk in CT -- you made your plane & escaped on time.

Captain Hate

AG Holder's Hill testimony was not mentioned on any broadcast network newscast last night. None at all.

I put a comment at the WSJ's online site bitching about the lack of coverage in the dead tree. I'll see if I get any responses.

RichatUF

I'm trying to catch up and I'm just not seeing Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Candy...BATFEC. Bother.

Happy belated birthdays to Hit and Run (that meet up sounded like fun) and JM Hanes.

Ranger

Well, another European airline went down today, and in Egypt, we have another day of rioting and a new foreign hostage event (this time its American tourists).

Second day of clashes hits Cairo after football deaths

The health ministry said more than 1,000 protesters were injured, some with broken bones, most suffering from tear gas inhalation. Some 54 police officers and soldiers were also reported injured.

The unrest has now spread across the country, and two people were shot dead in Suez as a crowd of hundreds attempted to overrun a police station.

Just another day in the now peaceful and democratic Egypt, untainted by that tyrant Mubarak.

fdcol63

"AG Holder's Hill testimony was not mentioned on any broadcast network newscast last night. None at all."

This is why the Revolution needs to start with taking back the MFM. Their power and influence may be waning with the advent of New Media, but they will still have considerable power and influence so long as they serve as gatekeepers of information to large numbers of Americans (especially older folks) who continue to get their news through TV and print media.

The Revolution then needs to move on to academia, Hollyweird, and gov't bureaucracies. If not, the liberals who dominate those institutions will continue to brainwash our kids with their BS.

tysmwest

In 50 years in part of the country life will be good, people will be happy, healthy, and wealthy. In another part they will be miserable, poor, and sick...the border area between the two will be a no mans land with major fighting between the two with the good side keeping the bad side penned.
Which do you think will be red and which blue and where do you want to be?

pagar

"AG Holder's Hill testimony was not mentioned on any broadcast network newscast last night."

Sounds like no one in the MSM cares about the DOJ.

Unbelievable.

Ranger

The chaos helps explain why this sort of thing is happening:

Two US tourists 'kidnapped in Egypt's Sinai peninsula'

Gunmen in Egypt's Sinai peninsula have kidnapped two American women tourists, Egyptian security sources say.

fdcol63

It's a shame that Americans have been seized in Egypt, but to be honest, I question why ANY non-Islamic Westerner would go on holiday there at this particular time.

LarryB

Large drop in unemployment rate to 8.3%. The policies of Obama, Reid and Pelosi are starting to bear fruit. We must vote the Republicans out in November to keep this growth going!!!!

rse

Has anyone covered that a component of the current push for digital textbooks is that it will come with a mandate that all homes have access to "affordable" internet service?

That's why Julius G of the FCC has gotten involved. It will be an extraordinarily expensive boondoggle for the chosen businesses.

No one seems to be quantifying the cost. Just pushing it as a right.

We have become a crony capitalist economy.

Sorry to miss your b'day hit. Adult beverages and good company sounds nice.

RichatUF

From way up the thread...

Ranger-

...the kind of resolution we need to figure out what was the straw that broke the back of this recovery...

My 2 cents, gas prices (and oil). They went from about $1.50/gal for the first 6 months of the "recovery" to back over $3.50 today and its looking to be a tough couple months with them climbing back over $4.00/gal in most of the US. It may also explain Bernanke's drive to be both more transparent and loose with monetary policy. This paper (I haven't given it an indepth read) tries to disaggrergate oil shocks, raising interest rates, and recessions and one of the findings is that if rates are held low and expectations are that the low rates will continue, an oil price shock will moderate over time (this is a thin thumbnail sketch of the paper and it has come under criticism that I haven't looked through). YMMV.

fdcol63

I don't think we've seen the worst of the oil shock. That will happen when Israel is compelled to attack Iranian nuke sites (maybe this spring?) and Iran retaliates by trying to block the Strait of Hormuz and things escalate from there.

RichatUF

LarryB-

Forget the /sarc tag?

Captain Hate

I don't know if this has been linked but watch the embedded video, particularly at the end, as Stedman uses every dishonest tactic, including insulting the questioner, to avoid taking responsibility for what happened under his supervision http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/02/fast-and-furious-and-what-2010-meant/

Clarice

About those tourists...I think this might be a good time to put into play the ((Jane) rule that "if you do IT..you're on your own getting out of IT." It's the only way to save the planet from the creeping notion that responsible people have to keep sacrificing their interests to bail out the improvident.

Ranger

Via RCP this morning:

Rocky Terrain: Obama's Electoral College Map Grows Steeper

In sum then, Obama in 2010 could reach an Electoral College majority by carrying states where his approval rating stood at least at 46.6 percent, something that would be difficult but hardly impossible. To reach a majority based on the 2011 results, he'd need to carry states where his approval stood at 43.7 percent or above. That's a much more daunting prospect...

In 2011, the states in which Obama's approval rating exceeds 50 percent-enough to make him a clear favorite-have a combined total of 159 Electoral College votes. His rating stands between 47 percent and 49.9 percent in states with another combined 56 Electoral College votes. That means he's favored at least somewhat in states with 215 Electoral College votes. That's a big decline from 2010, when he stood above 50 percent in states with 175 Electoral College votes and from 47 to 49.9 percent in states with another 84, for 259 favored votes.

At the same time, the Gallup data suggests, the number of Electoral College votes that have hardened against Obama has notably increased. In 2010, his approval rating averaged below 42 percent in states with 99 Electoral College votes. Now that's up to 193. There are also fewer states where he's just below the 47 percent threshold. In 2010, he stood between 42 percent and 46.9 percent in states with 180 Electoral College votes; now that's down to 130...

It looks like the man who campaigned on Hope and Change is facing the consequences of his changes.

Janet

This is why the Revolution needs to start with taking back the MFM.

I agree with this. It should be a scandal how the MFM is just fed Dem talking points & stories to lay the groundwork for later legislation.
Do they EVER do that for like pro-life groups? Headline after headline about PP breaking the notification laws or a clinic shut down because of negligence & filthy conditions, or women permanently injured because of a botched abortion. Headlines...TV lead ins...60 Minutes exposes. Then a poll that says Americans are more concerned about the lousy abortion mills. Then highlight the corrective legislation.
We could get some change if we had a MFM machine like the Dems do.

narciso

Sadly, that is true, fd, welcome back btw, QE 2, and the Gulf moratorium, along with the Libyan unpleasantness, probably had a lot to do with the spike,

RichatUF

fdcol63-

Almost seems like the administration is trying to bait the Israelies into acting? Although I'm doubtful the Iranian attempts to jam up the Straits would be sucessful. The Tanker War.

Yea, the jobs numbers are being trumpeted as "Good News". Let's give Obama another term.

Bill in AZ sez it's time for Obama/Holder murder trial in Mexico

I'm trying to catch up and I'm just not seeing Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Candy...BATFEC.

Hopefully a convenience store chain after we take the country back from the commies. Gas pumps out front selling American sourced fuel.

bgates

The policies of Obama, Reid and Pelosi are starting to bear fruit.

Another reason to ban them. Fruit contains demon sugar, Larry.

Ranger

The problem for ObamaCo is that even as unemployment goes down, the labor participation rate doesn't go up:

...while the civilian labor force participation rate held at 63.7 percent.

The result is a "Pravda effect" in which the "good news" is simply disregarded by the population as propaganda, becuase they don't see it in their own lives.

Janet

as Stedman uses every dishonest tactic, including insulting the questioner, to avoid taking responsibility for what happened under his supervision

...just sickening. Holder doesn't seem threatened at all. That congresswoman was wonderful.

narciso

LOL, bgates, Rick warned off of the alchemy
that would be coming,

Porchlight

How many people had to be removed from the labor force this month to get to 8.3%?

Oh, I see it's 1.2 million.

Captain Hate

About those tourists...I think this might be a good time to put into play the ((Jane) rule that "if you do IT..you're on your own getting out of IT." It's the only way to save the planet from the creeping notion that responsible people have to keep sacrificing their interests to bail out the improvident.

Exactly. Who in their right mind would be traveling to Egypt with how unstable it currently is? When there are no consequences for stupid behavior, it will keep happening. A number of years ago I saw a picture in a paper of a gorgeous mosaic wall surrounding a desert city in Yemen. Under the picture was the warning "The State Dept has advised against travel to Yemen and cannot guarantee one's safety". IOW Don't go there.

narciso

Well if you believe in the 'Wonderful Egyptian' revolution, as our new aspiring
Insect Overlord does, when then it would seem to be a good bet,

narciso

The main issue, while the effect of the lotus
wears off;


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/record-12-million-people-fall-out-labor-force-one-month-labor-force-participation-rate-tumbles-

TMLutas

What are the chemical formulas for the bad sugars? Will more complex sugars be labelled precursor chemicals? This is ill thought through madness right up there with the FDA claiming regulatory power over your own stem cells because they are a drug.

Ranger

Well, be prepared for another Instalanch...

narciso

So the Crop report came through, I was so worried, this nice fellow Beeks delivered it.

Captain Hate

How does the jugeared fellow trumpet this economic good news to his deadbeat constituents who are still "unexpectedly" out of work? That they just haven't been swept up by this employment juggernaut?

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