Friday, June 1, 2012

Liberal Jews Turn on Obama


The Weekly Standard ^ | 6/1/12 | William Kristol



Have pro-Israel liberals—at least some of the intelligent ones—finally had enough of President Obama's incompetence and dithering with respect to Israel and the Middle East?

Apparently. First, there was the extraordinary column by well-known journalist Ari Shavit, a man of the left, in Israel's newspaper of the left, Haaretz, last Thursday. Here are the highlights (but by all means read the whole thing here):

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The six ways homosexual activists manipulate public opinion


Life Site News ^ | May 31, 2012 | BRIAN CLOWES



May 31, 2012 (HLIWorldWatch.org) - Anyone who is concerned about the influence of the homosexual agenda on reshaping traditional values must become intimately familiar with the major tactics that homophiles commonly employ in order to anticipate them and respond in charity and truth. Homophile strategists are very adept at manipulating public opinion with an arsenal of six tactics that are based upon deceptions and half‑truths:

  • Exploit the “victim” status;
  • Use the sympathetic media;
  • Confuse and neutralize the churches;
  • Slander and stereotype Christians;
  • Bait and switch (hide their true nature); and
  • Intimidation.

One reason these tactics have worked so well is that homophile activists have succeeded in marketing a harmless and friendly image of their movement. They have lulled people into thinking that the wider society will not be adversely affected by their radical social agenda. Homosexual strategists have, in many cases, toned down their extreme rhetoric and have cloaked their agenda in soothing language. Over time, however, many have begun to think of themselves and others as “homophobes” or “haters” if they oppose any aspect of the homosexual rights agenda — or, incredibly, even if they question it in their own minds.

Generals and attorneys often wish that their opponents would write a book. Interestingly, leaders of the “homosexual rights” movement did exactly that. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen clearly laid out this agenda in the marching orders of the movement, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear & Hatred of Gays in the 90s.[1] This volume is an absolute treasure chest of information for those pro-family stalwarts who are actively engaged against the homosexual rights agenda.

By far the most popular homophile tactic is the claim to victim status, which is a very powerful, almost paralyzing, weapon that gives them a distinct advantage in the public square. Kirk and Madsen summarize the potent effectiveness of the victim status:

In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be portrayed as victims in need of protection so that straights will be inclined by reflex to adopt the role of protector. … The purpose of victim imagery is to make straights feel very uncomfortable; that is, to jam with shame the self-righteous pride that would ordinarily accompany and reward their antigay belligerence, and to lay groundwork for the process of conversion by helping straights identify with gays and sympathize with their underdog status. … the public should be persuaded that gays are victims of circumstance, that they no more chose their sexual orientation than they did, say, their height, skin color, talents, or limitations. … gays should be portrayed as victims of prejudice.

Does this sound familiar? It does if one pays attention to any mainstream media coverage of these controversial issues as they play out in law and society. But the victim status requires a story to back it up. Thus, perhaps the most common lament of the garden-variety homophile revolves around the alleged “tidal wave of anti-gay” hate crimes.

An analysis of FBI statistics on hate crimes committed against homosexuals during the time period 2000-2008 shows that the probability of any individual homosexual being the victim of a hate crime during his or her entire life span is slightly more than one percent.[2] Interestingly, “gays” are more likely to commit hate crimes against “straights” than “straights” are to commit hate crimes against “gays.” According to the FBI, there are 3.98 hate crimes committed by each million heterosexuals annually against homosexuals, and there are 4.44 hate crimes committed by each million homosexuals annually against heterosexuals.[3]

Violence against homosexuals by others gets all the press, but it is interesting to note that the great majority of anti-”gay” violence is committed by other “gays.” The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is the leading tracker of violence against “gays” in the United States. According to the NCAVP’s statistics on anti-”gay” violence, 83 percent of all violence committed against “gays” is carried out by other “gays” in domestic situations. This does not even count “gay-on-gay” violence committed outside the home.[4]

This confusion is now pervasive in society, and questioning the agenda is simply not to be tolerated – especially among America’s youth.

For example, the classical notion that universities should be “arenas for the free exchange of ideas” has been completely discarded in the United States. More than three-fourths of U.S. colleges and universities now possess codes of conduct that ban behavior and speech based upon, including many other things, “homophobia.” The danger that these codes represent to academic freedom far outweighs their usefulness. This has already been amply demonstrated, as many colleges have severely punished students for merely desiring to debate the topic of homosexuality.

The squashing of dissenting views on homosexuality in the classroom has been going on for decades now. In 1991, a student at the University of Michigan announced his intention to establish a counseling program to help homosexuals leave their lifestyle. He was dragged before a panel of university administrators, unanimously found guilty of “sexual harassment,” and was thrown out of the university.[5] In 2000, the Student Judiciary of Tufts University voted officially to “derecognize” the Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF) club for taking into account, for purposes of selecting leaders, the beliefs of a member whose views of Scripture and homosexuality were opposed to their own.[6] The TCF was stripped of funding, not permitted to use the Tufts name, not permitted to meet in any room that required a reservation, and not allowed to advertise or announce any of their events or meetings. In 2011, a Fort Worth, Texas high school student was suspended from school for reportedly saying, “I’m a Christian, and I don’t think being gay is right,” during a class discussion.[7] And teachers don’t have it any easier. In 2010 a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was accused of “hate speech” and relieved of his teaching duties for teaching Catholic doctrine on homosexuality in his Introduction to Catholicism class.[8]

Political science professor Jean Betheke Elshtain, while highlighting the dangers presented by codes against racism, also points out the difficulties associated with all punitive codes of this nature: “My hunch is that, over the long haul, the upshot of such endeavors [college speech codes] will not be a purified, racist-free, collective student consciousness, but a simmering backlog of resentment at being labeled as a racist, even if one has never committed a racist act or uttered a racist slur.”[9]

No one should attempt to deny homosexuals their basic human rights; which are the same basic rights that we all have as being sons and daughters of God. But it has gotten to the point where we have to fight to preserve our own basic rights — the rights to free speech, religion, assembly, and teaching our own children our values – in order to protect our own families and institutions.

Those who promote homosexuality are forcibly tearing away more and more of the rights of Christians, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. Who could have possibly imagined just a few years ago that companies would start firing people for writing pro-family articles on their own time, or business owners would be sued for refusing to participate in homosexual union ceremonies?

Now is the time to draw the line, to stand and defend our families and our rights without apology in the public square.

[1] Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear & Hatred of Gays in the 90s [New York City: Plume Books], 1989.

[2] Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) annual report entitled “Hate Crime Statistics.” Table 1, “Incidents, Offenses, Victims, and Known Offenders by Bias Motivation.” http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm.

[3] Ibid.

[4] The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Domestic Violence: 2003 Supplement.

[5] Paul Weyrich. “Politically Correct Fascism on Our Campuses.” New Dimensions Magazine, June 1991, page 44.

[6] Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “Victory At Tufts; Evangelical Christian Group Regains Recognition.” May 16, 2000. http://thefire.org/article/137.html.

[7] “Student’s Homosexuality Comment Leads To Suspension.” CBSDFW.com, September 21, 2011. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/09/21/students-homosexuality-comments-lead-to-suspension-first-amendment-discussion/.

[8] Adam Cassandra. “University Reinstates Professor Terminated for Teaching Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality.” CNSNews.com, August 1, 2010. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/university-reinstates-professor-terminated-teaching-catholic-doctrine-homosexuality.

[9] Stephen Goode. “Efforts to Deal With Diversity Can Go Astray.” Insight Magazine, September 10, 1990, pages 15 to 19.

On Jobs, Obama is Running from Reality


RedState ^ | 6/1/2012 | Rance Priebus



Today’s extremely troubling jobs report is yet another sad reminder that President Obama’s policies simply are not working—and that we need a president who understands the economy.
Last night on CNN former President Bill Clinton praised Mitt Romney’s “sterling” career in the private sector. This morning Steny Hoyer echoed that sentiment, underscoring the importance of the private sector in growing our economy. While Mitt Romney’s sterling record demonstrates that he knows what it takes to fix our economy, today’s jobs report shows that President Obama’s record is irreparably tarnished.
In short, President Obama has failed to live up to the promise of his candidacy. In 2009, he and his team promised an unemployment rate below 6 percent by 2012. We’re far from it.
And now, President Obama talks about the economy as though he has not been president for the last three years.
“It is absolutely critical,” he said Wednesday, to make sure the economy is “moving full speed ahead.”
Yes, it is. But Obama has spent the last three years holding us back. The president yells, “Forward!” even as he moves backward.
For the weak economy, we can thank Obama’s weak leadership. Instead of pursuing policies that would help job creators put Americans back to work, he’s burdened them with ObamaCare, regulations, and continued threats of higher taxes.
But don’t take my word for it.
Listen to former Congressman Artur Davis, a 2008 Obama National Co-Chair who this week left the Democrat Party: “I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again.”
Not only has President Obama presided over a devastating economy, but he also refuses to hold himself accountable for it. In 2009, however, he was singing a different tune. If he didn’t have the economy fixed “in three years,” he promised, his presidency would be a “one-term proposition.”
It’s been three years, but instead of accepting responsibility, the president casts blame elsewhere—ATMs, earthquakes, airport kiosks, and “bad luck,” among other scapegoats.
In May, he issued Congress a “to-do list,” his latest attempt to distract from his own incomplete task: job creation. And today, the president is in Minnesota to talk about the post-it size list.
While he will go to the trouble of traveling to Minnesota to speak about this political prop, he apparently has not gone to the trouble of looping in members of his own party on Capitol Hill. Democrat Senators Mary Landrieu, Bob Casey, and Carl Levin admitted to Roll Call they don’t even know what’s on it.
If he has not taken the time to inform his friends at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, President Obama must not be too serious about his little list.
No, he’s more concerned about another to-do list: his list of campaign fundraisers. Today, he will attend six of them. He has already attended far more fundraisers for his re-election than his predecessors, 147 in total.
Even as he passes the buck, Obama is happy to rake in the bucks. The promises for his first term ignored, he’s thinking exclusively about a second term.
But unemployed Americans are still worried about the present. As today’s jobs report makes clear, far too many Americans are out of work, without enough work, or giving up on looking for work altogether.
President Obama is working hard to keep his job. It’s just a shame he’s not working as hard to ensure unemployed Americans can find jobs for themselves.

Panicky Ed Schultz Predicts: If Romney Wins, There'll 'Never Be a Democratic President Again'


NewsBusters ^ | 5/31/2012 | Jack Coleman



In a related development, the Republican National Committee is extending heartfelt thanks to Ed Schultz for his help with their get-out-the-vote efforts. Further confirmation that the June 5 recall election in Wisconsin has liberals more spooked than usual was provided yesterday courtesy of radio host and MSNBC flamethrower Ed Schultz.

Departing from trademark bluster, Schultz warned that victory for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could foreshadow President Obama's defeat in the fall -- and a permanent GOP lock on the presidency

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The Language of Deception


Flopping Aces ^ | 06-01-12 | Paul Acosta




Ex KGB defector and university professor Yuri Bezmenov once said, “It is worth noting that the stated goal of the communist dialect is to nudge people from the truth a little bit at a time, until they are so convinced of false realities, that they are no longer capable of discerning the truth even when they see it in front of their own eyes.”
The left’s Orwellian usage of language is so scientifically deceptive, that most of us have friends or family members, who although otherwise reasonable, have been so profoundly nudged from the truth, that no amount of evidence in the world will ever dislodge them from their false realities.
As masters of deception, the left knows how to lure many well intentioned individuals by professing to seek a more humane world, where many of our Judeo/Christian values will be realized.
My father used to say “the left uses great truths, to implement great lies”.
Through the manipulative use of language, the left invokes sentiments that are impossible for well-intentioned human beings to oppose, if not aware of the context in which they are used. Who can possibly be against change, equality, liberty, freedom, justice, fairness, growth, compassion and compromise? These words summon positive feelings in most of us, and it is precisely why they are systematically invoked to nudge us from the truth. A quick analysis of the context in which these words are exploited, should help to illustrate this point.
When the left talks about change, they are talking about structural changes, the centralization of resources, the usurping of private property, the reorganization of most aspects of societies, and the placing of all reins of power in the hands of small groups of self-professed master minds. These alleged elitists believe themselves more capable of making better decisions on behalf of all of us, than we ourselves could if left to our own devices. This is essential in understanding who they are.
Change does not mean personal or societal development, unlike religion; they do not seek to conquer men’s hearts. Their ends justify their means, and so they are content with enforcing their objectives through coercion, which is why their road to Utopia, like the proverbial apple of Paradise, leads to Hell on earth instead.
The left’s most important tenet, the one upon which their entire philosophy revolves, is aimed at destroying the disparity of wealth within a society. Therefore when they talk about equality, they are not talking about the principles upon which our great nation was founded, such as equal rights and opportunities for everyone alike, it is not enough that we may be created equal, to them we must also have equality of results, regardless of effort, contribution or ability. What better example than the Affirmative Action law, to illustrate their approach to resolving society’s ills? The legalization of prejudice is their solution to prejudice itself. They are perfectly comfortable promoting individuals based on their race and or origin, as opposed to their achievements, or the content of their character, as Dr. King had once hoped.
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Obama Job Approval: "What? Are You Nuts?"


Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2012 | Fritz Pfister



The nation is adrift between two confidences. Confidence in what the Obama administration wants you to believe, reported as truth by their sycophants in the media, and reality.
For example on May 20 when the Consumer Sentiment index was released by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan the media was happier than wood peckers in a lumber yard.
Headlines screamed ‘confidence is back’ as found at Bloomberg: Consumer Sentiment Climbs To Highest Since 2007. Across the nation the purported good news was blathered by every liberal talking head playing news reporter.
Quoting Bloomberg: “ A record number of households said they’d heard better news on the jobs outlook, which combined with cheaper gasoline and an improving housing market may help sustain consumer spending and shield the economy from Europe’s debt crisis.”
Then reality set in like a sucker punch at a peace rally when the real consumer confidence number was reported. Quoting The Washington Times: “The nation’s top indicator of consumer confidence took an unexpected tumble in May, suffering its biggest one-month drop since October and hitting a four-month low.“
What did they say was the reason? Slower hiring, difficulty finding a job, and the European crisis.
What’s the difference between a consumer sentiment poll and a consumer confidence poll?
Consumer sentiment polling is like polling on Obama likability. Why yes, he’s a likeable fellow.
Consumer confidence polling is like polling on Obama’s job performance. What? Are you nuts? A good job?
Good timing for the Obama administration with the report coming out just before the Memorial Day weekend. Haven’t heard much from the liberal press since the holiday ended? Why? According to the liberal media you were off on vacation because gas prices were low.
Another Bloomberg story today presents a fantastic example of America’s two sets of confidence. Reporting on the banking crisis in Spain quote: “Its banks are largely paralyzed amid concerns about heavy losses on real estate loans that, by various estimates, could require as much as 120 billion euros ($150 billion) in fresh capital to offset.”
This made me think, Thank God America has a capitalist economy where taxpayers won’t be on the hook for any industry failures. Ours is a free market risk reward system allowing individuals and businesses the freedom to succeed or fail based upon their merits.
Bam it hit me, we are Europe under Obama, but it’s not all his fault. You have to give credit to George W. Bush for taking Paulson’s hook, line, and sinker; the world will go into depression within 24 hours if we don’t bail out my Wall Street buddies, kill my Wall Street opponents, and force banks to do something they don’t want, and pass TARP.
The door was opened wide for the ‘never let a crisis go to waste’ leftist radicals, and government invaded the private sector like a ship full of sailors hitting shore for the first time in six months. Unleashing Dodd Frank with too big to fail supplanting risk reward, the very essence of our national economic system. All in the name of saving ourselves from our own freedoms.
Welcome aboard the U.S.S. America where the Captain and the crew were granted permission to go off course. Now we find ourselves in uncharted waters, and they’re deep, $16 trillion dollars deep, and getting deeper.
When Americans are asked to have confidence by believing; unemployment is the lowest in three years, when we know it’s due to people no longer counted; gas is low, when we are paying 110% more than when Obama took office; Obama isn’t a big spender, when we know he is; when we’re told the economy is headed in the right direction, when we aren’t living it; that inflation is tame, when we buy groceries; foreclosures are at a three year low, when we see short sales at record highs; that the housing market has hit bottom and is rebounding, when we see for sale signs everywhere we look; we end up with two confidences.
Where will people place their confidence? In too big to fail, or in risk reward? In a government orchestrated taxpayer funded bail out economy, or a free enterprise economy? In what Obama says, or in reality?
We’ll find out on November 6 when people make their choice at the polls. The only one that counts. A decision whether we will head into more dangerous waters or sail back to the safety of the American way.
The opinions expressed here are solely those of Fritz Pfister or identified sources, and not necessarily those of RE/MAX Professionals of Springfield or RE/MAX International.

Analysis: If bad job news persists, advantage shifts to Romney


Los Angeles Times ^ | June 1, 2012 | by Paul West



Another month or two of downbeat jobs reports like Friday's, and the 2012 electoral advantage will shift to Mitt Romney. At the moment, the election is still a coin flip. But even before the latest evidence of slowing job growth, President Obama was no better than a 50-50 pick to win reelection (as noted Democratic pollster Peter Hart put it recently). And with economic storm clouds building, it’s easy to imagine that Obama could be the underdog before too long.

“If the May report is a harbinger of what's coming, Romney’s message that ‘We can do better, but Obama can't’ will really resonate,” said Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, a White House advisor in the Clinton administration.

A top White House economic advisor acknowledged that more needs to be done to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Depression of the 1930s.

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Chevy Volt May Sales Dismal - Ad Spending Ineffective


National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 1, 2012 | Mark Modica



General Motors reported that Chevy Volt sales for May came in at a paltry 1,680. To put this in perspective, GM sold 29,579 Chevy Malibus during the month. The funny thing is, I do not recall seeing as many TV ads for the Malibu as I have for the Volt. While GM's ad strategy (which has seen the company discontinuing advertising on Facebook and the Super Bowl) has received much attention, auto journalists and analysts do not seem to want to question the reason why GM is spending such a disproportionate amount of money advertising a vehicle that is losing money for the company and its shareholders.
GM did not think that spending $10 million annually on Facebook was leading to enough additional sales to justify the expense. Based on the amount of ads I see on the Volt, I would guess that the company is spending at least that much per month on advertising for the Volt. The ad cost per Volt sold must be in the thousands of dollars. Why is GM continuing to be so free with marketing dollars for the Volt as it makes a commitment to improve efficiency of its advertising budget and why isn't anyone questioning the move?
The decision by GM to continue to hype the Volt despite the low demand can not be based on economics. I am aware that Volt owners seem to love their cars, good for them. But let's face it, the car did not live up to the hype and sales rates are no where near enough to meet GM's goal of selling 45,000 this year in the US. The fact remains that the Volt is representative of the Obama Administration's commitment to green energy initiatives that have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Shareholders of GM deserve to know if the company has its priorities straight as share price continues to suffer and the company appears to have political motivations by focusing on a "green" vehicle that is costing both taxpayers and shareholders money.
GM continues to function as Government Motors with odd priorities and shady deals that seem to award cronies like CFO Dan Amman's wife at advertising agency, Mother New York. Shareholders should be concerned that GM seems to have an agenda that does not place profits ahead of politics. And the continuing dismal sales of the Chevy Volt warrant congressional debate regarding the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars to promote vehicles and technologies that the majority of Americans do not seem to want or can not afford. The Chevy Volt, not unlike the Obama green energy initiatives, is more and more appearing to be a misguided and costly idea. Neither is helping with the country's economic, environmental, or energy issues.
Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.

Obama Wants Americans to Buy a Thingamajig! (at least the "JIG" part)


Weekly Standard ^ | June 1, 2012 | Daniel Halper



In remarks today in Minnesota, President Obama said he hoped people would buy a "thingamajig":
(Video at link)

"I assume there are some folks here who could use $3,000 a year," Obama said. "Let's get that done right now. That means they're -- you know, if you got $3,000 a year extra, that helps you pay down your credit cards. That helps you go out and buy some things that your family needs. Which is good for business. 

Maybe somebody will be replacing some thingamajig for their furnace."

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Bad Numbers, At the Worst Time (Latest employment report is very discouraging)


National Review ^ | 06/01/2012 | James Sherk



Today’s employment report is very discouraging. Analysts had expected employers to create around 150,000 net jobs — a bit more than needed to keep up with population growth. We got fewer than half that many: just 69,000 net new jobs. Updates also showed we created almost 50,000 fewer jobs than originally reported in May and April.

Job growth was weak almost across the board. Most sectors showed little to no improvement, with the main exceptions being healthcare (+33,000), transportation and warehousing (+36,000). Manufacturing edged up slightly (+12,000), as did wholesale trade (+16,000). Government employment fell (-13,000), as did construction (-28,000). The latter may be the result of the warm winter moving the start of construction projects (and thus jobs) forward into December and January.

Traditional indicators of labor market strength also showed little improvement. Employers often increase the hours of their existing workforce or hire temporary workers before committing to new full-time employees. Strong labor demand also raises wages. But in May, average hourly wages increased just $0.02, while weekly hours dropped 0.1 hours and temporary-help jobs barely increased (+9,000). In January, temporary-help employment had increased by four times that amount.
The one silver lining is that unemployment numbers are not as bad as advertised. The household survey showed the unemployment rate increasing by 0.1 points to 8.2 percent. Fortunately, this was driven by a 0.2 percentage point increase in labor-force participation rate, not by job losses.
However, there is less to this improvement than meets the eye. It represents a statistical correction from the April report, which showed the unemployment rate falling by 0.1 points and the labor force participation rate falling by 0.2 percentage points. The household survey has a larger margin of error than the payroll survey and often fluctuates like this. Taken over a longer time frame — smoothing out statistical noise — the household survey also shows few signs of improvement.
This bad report could hardly come at a worse time. With the European economies approaching a crisis, and new GDP estimates showing the economy slowing down, the labor market faces real headwinds. Congress and the administration should think long and hard about the wisdom of hitting employers with the massive tax increases scheduled for the end of the year.
— James Sherk is senior policy analyst in labor economics at the Heritage Foundation.

Obama Has Outspent Last Five Presidents (US News!)


US News and World Report (amazingly) ^ | 06/01/12 | Elizabeth Flock



President Obama has shelled out more in federal spending than the five presidents that came before him.

A new chart by the Comeback America Initiative (CAI), a non-partisan group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility by policymakers, shows federal spending by president as a percentage of GDP, and it doesn't reflect well on Obama.
"There has been a dramatic increase in spending under the Obama administration," David Walker, Founder and CEO of CAI, told Whispers. "Most of it is attributable to year one of his presidency and the stimulus... but President Obama has continued to take spending to a new level."
Federal spending was close to 20 percent under the Carter administration, dropped to 18 percent under Clinton, and is currently at an incredible 24 percent of GDP. According to the Congressional Budget Office, federal spending may hover around 22 percent for the next decade.
Federal spending is also higher this year than any year since 1949. The last time spending was higher—in 1946, it was 24.8—the country was just coming down from the exorbitant rates of spending during World War II.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he would cut federal spending down to just 17 percent of GDP.

Bill Clinton criticizes Obama’s Bain attacks, praises Romney’s ‘sterling business career’!


news.yahoo.com ^ | 6/1/12 | Holly Bailey



Former President Bill Clinton suggested in a television interview Thursday that he believes President Obama's re-election campaign should stop trashing Mitt Romney's work in the private equity industry.
In an interview with CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Clinton, a top Obama surrogate who is set to raise cash with the president next week, directly contradicted Democrats who have attacked Romney's business record, suggesting it does qualify him for president.

"I think he had a good business career," Clinton told guest host Harvey Weinstein, a movie mogul who is one of Obama's top fundraisers. "There's no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and, you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, the man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold."

Adding that he has "friends" in the private equity business," Clinton suggested it was dangerous for Democrats to go after Romney's record at Bain Capital—adding that in private equity, "like everything else you try, you don't always succeed" in saving companies or making them more productive.
"I don't think that we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work," Clinton said. "This is good work."

Instead, the former president argued that the Obama campaign should turn its focus to the "real issue" of what Romney will do as president and how it stacks up against Obama's record. He told CNN that he believes Obama will win re-election when that comparison is made.

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After bad jobs report, Obama parties with radicals!


The Daily Caller ^



On the heels of a depressing jobs report, Barack Obama is raising $5 million at fundraisers in Chicago this Friday – including one co-hosted by Marilyn Katz.

So who is Marilyn Katz? According to the New York Times, she’s the person who gave Obama “entry into another activist network: the foot soldiers of the white student and black power movements that helped define Chicago in the 1960s. As a leader of Students for a Democratic Society then, Ms. Katz organized Vietnam War protests, throwing nails in the street to thwart the police.”

The Chicago Tribute also noted that Katz, “once advocated throwing studded nails in front of police cars, back in the SDS days when the group was alleged to have thrown cellophane bags full of human excrement at cops and cans of urine and golf balls impaled with nails.”

This is not to say she hasn’t evolved. As the Tribune added: “Under this Daley, [Katz's] firm, MK Communications, has many city deals, and one involves public relations for the Chicago Police Department’s community policing program. From nails to contracts, the Chicago Way. Apparently, irony was not a ’60s thing.”

Aside from the jobs report, it also seems telling that — with the Wisconsin recall just days away — Obama is spending his time in another Mid-Western state, raising money for his own re-election.

Perhaps party loyalty only goes so far.

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Has Support for Gays Cost Obama the Black Vote?


Speigel Online International ^ | 5/31/12 | Marc Hujer



By openly supporting gay marriage, US President Barack Obama has offended many of the country's African-Americans, who number among his most loyal supporters. Several of the community's religious leaders have even called on their congregations to withhold the support that will be crucial to his re-election.

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Obamateurism of the Day [Outrageous and sickening]


Hot Air ^ | JUNE 1, 2012 | Ed Morrissey



This was the official White House Photo of the Day for Memorial Day on Monday. No, I am not kidding (via Moonbattery ):

President Barack Obama is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall as he delivers remarks during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Really? The takeaway image of Memorial Day for the Obama White House is the silhouette of non-veteran Obama on a memorial to war dead, complete with glowing halo around his head?


Oooooooooo-keedokee.

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'Amateur' hour inside Obama's Oval Office!


The Lowell Sun ^ | 6/1/2012 | Peter Lucas



This book will make you shudder.

It is Edward Klein's The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, a devastating picture of a president so far in over his head as to make your own head spin.

And, if you have not already heard, Klein, former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, takes his title from remarks he attributes to former President Bill Clinton, remarks Clinton made at a private gathering at the Clinton home in Chappaqua, N.Y., in August.

The Clintons were arguing in front of guests over Bill Clinton urging a very reluctant Hillary to challenge the sitting president in 2012 primaries, to unseat the man who defeated her four years earlier, but who had appointed her secretary of state.

Chelsea Clinton sided with her father. "You deserve to be president," Chelsea said to her mother

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Never Leave Home Without Your Weapons!

U.S. economy adds a disappointing 69,000 jobs in May


Los Angeles Times ^ | June 1, 2012



U.S. employers created 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up.


The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering.


The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11 months.



The Labor Department also says the economy created far fewer jobs in the previous two months than first thought. It revised those figures down to show 49,000 fewer jobs created.


Weak job growth could damage President Barack Obama's reelection prospects. (we can only hope)

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Clinton: Romeny Is Qualified For Presidency [video] (Any Doubt Bill Still Hates Barack?)


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President Bill Clinton ditched his Democratic talking points Thursday night, telling his TV interviewer that Gov. Mitt Romney’s investment capital work qualifies him for the presidency.

“This is good work… There’s no question that a man who has been a governor and has a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold,” he said on CNN.

Republicans hope that statement could deeply damage Obama’s effort to paint Romney as unqualified and irresponsible, and a short portion of the interview was showcased Friday morning by emails from the Republican National Committee.

Clinton and Obama have been rivals since 2007, when Obama challenged and eventually defeated Hillary Clinton in the hard-fought Democratic primaries leading up the 2008 election. Without Obama, Bill Clinton would likely be in the White House as first spouse to President Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: Clinton gives Obama faint praise)
In the CNN interview, Clinton provided some support for Obama’s argument that the 2012 election is a choice between the programs pushed by Romney and Obama, and not a referendum on the current president.
A referendum-style election could be problematic for Obama because the nation has suffered through record debts and deficits, record unemployment and sharp political divisions during his time in the White House.
For voters, Clinton said, “the real issue ought to be what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president, what has President Obama done and what does he propose to do.”
“That’s the most relevant thing.”