Thursday, June 14, 2012

Residents of key battleground state whoop it up as Romney calls Obama "out of touch"!


Coach is Right ^ | 6/14/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi



“Governor Romney respects our Flag and would be for an amendment honoring our American Flag,” said chief spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom in response to this reporter’s question about pictures of Barack Obama’s crotch salutes making the rounds on the internet.

In sharp contrast to the current President’s Muslim education in Indonesia, Mitt Romney, standing in front of a huge American Flag, proved to his Orlando audience of over 600 this week he is steeped in the principles of our American education and history. Founded on Life, Liberty, and Freedom, the United States is Free Enterprise, he said.

“He’s so out of touch,” Romney went on, saying “Obama doesn’t understand how his policies have hurt our country. This president doesn’t understand the power of...

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Why Some Americans Will Never Buy a GM Vehicle!


National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 14, 2012 | Mark Modica



I recently wrote about a boycott of General Motors' products that was contributing to the company losing market share. The Heritage Foundation now has come out with a report that analyzes the wealth redistribution which occurred during the Obama Administration orchestrated GM bankruptcy process. This redistribution saw money taken from US taxpayers and GM bondholders and given to the politically powerful UAW. The unethical behavior at Government Motors, which has been occurring both during and since the bankruptcy process, gives reason enough to those paying attention to eliminate GM vehicles from the many quality choices offered to new car shoppers.

The Heritage Foundation report confirms what I have long expressed, which is that UAW members sacrificed little compared to other, less politically-favored groups. Even the allegedly corrupt and seldom honest ex-car czar, Steve Rattner, is quoted as stating, "We asked all the stakeholders to make very significant sacrifices. We should have asked the UAW to do a bit more. We did not ask any UAW member to take a cut in their pay." That statement differs from his stance during the GM bankruptcy process when he stated that UAW members deserved to get paid because they made the cars and GM bondholders didn't because they made a bad investment choice. Rattner's previous warped philosophy had no basis in contract law. And for the record, sacrifices weren't "asked for," they were forced.
As little as I respect Rattner, I have to give him credit for being the only member of the Obama Administration or GM who admits that the UAW sacrificed little in the bankruptcy process. While the workers of the UAW deserve to be paid a fair wage, it is totally dishonest to portray the group as having made noble sacrifices to save GM. In fact, the pension plans and benefits that were protected now leave GM with under-funded pension obligations of $25 billion. The higher cost of labor at the company causes GM to operate at lower profit margins than competitors, a fact that Obama-appointed CEO, Dan Akerson, refuses to acknowledge when trying to explain GM's poor stock performance .
The injustice of the GM bailout that cost the taxpayers billions of dollars is enough in itself to boycott GM. What solidifies the negative sentiment is the constant dishonesty and ethical shortcomings at Government Motors as Obama campaigns on the "success" of the bailout. There is now a reliable indicator of how you can tell if GM executives or those in the Obama Administration are lying when they talk about the great success of the company and its political flagship vehicle, the Chevy Volt. That is, their lips move.
The list of questionable ethical behavior at Government Motors is long. The Department of Energy continues to throw good money after bad on its failed green energy initiatives by giving millions of dollars in advisory fees to law firms that cooperated in the GM bankruptcy process. Another $2.7 million of taxpayer money is being handed out to GM to "develop an integrated super-vacuum die casting process using a new magnesium alloy to achieve a 50% energy savings compared to the multi-piece, multi-step, stamping and joining process currently used to manufacture car doors." Why should taxpayers pay for that?
Cronies within GM get their piece of the pie as well. The wife of GM CFO, Dan Ammann, saw her firm awarded a $600,000 contract for an online ad campaign. Even though the SEC was not properly notified of the potential conflict, don't expect a government agency under a president that is campaigning on GM's perceived success to make many waves for the company.
NHTSA has also been criticized for its response to Chevy Volt fires. Regardless of whether or not the fires are evidence of safety issues for the Volt, the agency seemed to forget its obligations to motorists' safety as they were reluctant to publicize news of the fires. They even issued a statement saying the Volt was perfectly safe; before the investigation was complete!
The list goes on. GM's parts supplier, Delphi, had UAW pensions protected while non-union workers lost theirs . Federal funds went to localities so that they could help prop up dismal Chevy Volt sales as false claims of huge demand for the vehicle were made by GM. GM was given huge tax credits enabling them to go years without paying their fair share of taxes . Billions of taxpayer dollars were given to GM's former finance arm, Ally Financial (formerly GMAC) to ensure future funding for GM retail loans and dealership inventories. Promises to back warranty issues for cars sold by "old" GM were broken. Misrepresentations were made that taxpayers were repaid in full. Is it any wonder that those who are aware of these types of misconduct refuse to buy a GM product?
It is a ridiculous defense of GM to say the process had to play out in this manner or the automotive industry would have collapsed. There is no justification for dishonesty, cronyism and political paybacks. If GM wants to appeal to all Americans instead of just to those who condone or are unaware of the bad behavior, they have a long way to go. A removal of the government from GM operations would be a first step as Treasury should not be gambling taxpayer funds by continuing a market-timing strategy for exiting its ownership stake. There are many conflicts arising from a president campaigning on a platform that touts the bailout of GM as the only accomplishment of the Administration, other than the assassination of Bin Laden.
After the government divests its taxpayer-funded stake, management that has been appointed by Obama should be removed. The political undertones of the company have been witnessed as Republicans were blamed for hurting Chevy Volt sales and disproportionate money is spent to market the vehicle, which loses money for shareholders while supporting the failing green agenda of Obama. Akerson should exit with all board members that were appointed by the Administration.
The final closure on the GM bailout debacle will come when there is an admission that certain groups were unfairly treated in the process. An apology is owed to taxpayers, GM bondholders, Delphi non-union retirees and any other group that lost its rights as a result of the unprecedented government intrusion into the auto industry. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting, but until that time I have one thing to say. Car companies other than GM are making some nice vehicles!
Mark Modica is an NLPC Associate Fellow.

Democrat Flag Day

GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS...




Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why.

A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.

It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.

She let out a very loud scream.

The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.

He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.

His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.

The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him on the stretcher, and started carrying him out.

About that time, the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch.. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.

The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.

By now, the police had arrived.
Breathe here...

They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little garden snake!

The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa and one of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.

Meanwhile, neighbors saw the burning drapes and called in the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires, put out the power, and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).

Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car and all was right with their world.

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.

And that's when he shot her.

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ONE of my all-time heroes is Diogenes the Cynic,
who spent most of his life chilling in his barrel
outside the city-state of Corinth . He was the original
Cynic because he believed that men and women lived
a life dictated by rules and taboos and therefore no one
was really truthful or honest. Actually Diogenes is my hero
because he was witty, rude, and had little respect for authority.

Dead Beat Obama Fails to Pay Father’s Day Lunch Tab!


ABC News ^ | 14 Jun 2012 | Mary Bruce



Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday Obama apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.

Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.

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Doin' Fine



Romney goes on attack with new TV ad, “Doing Fine” (Watch video)


Hotair ^ | 06/14/2012 | Ed Morrissey



The Romney campaign goes negative for the first time, as Jim Geraghty points out, in the general-election cycle --- at least on television. Team Romney has been hitting Barack Obama for his remark that "the private sector is doing fine" almost from the moment he said it last week. Mitt Romney himself slammed Obama's remarks at an appearance in swing-state Iowa, and the campaign has posted more than one web video featuring the remarks. Now they're putting their money where Obama's mouth is:

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO


CNN reports that this will have $3.24 million behind it and will air in seven swing states:
Political analysts predicted – rightly – that Obama’s words would soon end up in a political advertisement. The Republican National Committee and later the Romney campaign both put out web videos highlighting the words.
As CNN reported Thursday, Team Romney has bought its largest ad buy of the general election media campaign and this ad will be the featured presentation. It has purchased $3.24 million in seven battleground states for time running through next Tuesday.
It’s a straightforward spot, with no embellishments other than data that comes straight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and from media analysis of the economy. Here’s the script released from Team Romney, complete with links to the data:
VIDEO TEXT: “June 8, 2012”
VIDEO TEXT: “23.2 Million Americans Are In Need Of Work”
· 23.2 Million Americans Are Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Have Stopped Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 6/4/12)
VIDEO TEXT: “40 Straight Months Over 8% Unemployment”
· Under President Obama, Unemployment Has Remained Above 8% For 40 Straight Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 6/4/12)
VIDEO TEXT: “Middle-Class Struggles Deepen Under Obama”
· Since President Obama Took Office, Median Household Income Has Declined By $4,300. “Yet real median household income in March was down $4,300 since Obama took office in January 2009 and down $2,900 since the June 2009 start of the economic recovery, according to an analysis of census data by Sentier Research, an economic- consulting firm in Annapolis, Maryland.” (Mike Dorning, “Obama Fails To Stem Middle-Class Slide He Blamed On Bush,” Bloomberg, 4/30/12)
· Median Family Net Worth Has Hit A Two-Decade Low. “The Great Recession shrank Americans’ wealth so much that in 2010 median family net worth was no more than it had been in 1992 after adjusting for inflation, the Federal Reserve reported Monday. Median net worth declined from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010, a Fed survey of family finances found. The median marks the point where half had more and half had less.” (Martin Crutsinger, “Fed Report: Middle Class Net Worth Tumbles,” The Associated Press, 6/12/12)
VIDEO TEXT: “Millions Of Homeowners Underwater On Mortgages”
· Millions Of Homeowners Are Underwater On Their Mortgages. “Despite rising home prices, more than 30% of borrowers, or close to 16 million homeowners, were underwater on their mortgage during the first quarter, according to Zillow. The percentage of borrowers who owed more on their home than it was worth increased to 31.4% during the quarter, up slightly from 31.1% three months earlier, according to Zillow.” (Les Christie, “More Than 30% Of Mortgage Borrowers Still Underwater,” CNN Money, 5/24/12)
VIDEO TEXT: “The President’s Response?”
VIDEO TEXT: “June 8, 2012”
VIDEO TEXT: “11:01 am”
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.”
· PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)
VIDEO TEXT: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine?”
VIDEO TEXT: “June 8, 2012”
VIDEO TEXT: “11:01 am”
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.
· PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)
VIDEO TEXT: “How Can President Obama Fix Our Economy…”
VIDEO TEXT: “If He Doesn’t Understand It’s Broken?”
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.”
· PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)
MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.”
It’s an effective attack, and if more bad economic data comes out, Team Romney will undoubtedly refresh the ad to include it and re-release it as often as possible. They want to define Obama as clueless on how to restart job creation and the kind of growth that should have taken place over the last three years, and they’ll use every syllable of help Obama presents to them as a gift.

Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana lawmakers restore gun rights to free men!


Daily Caller ^ | 13 June, 2012 | AWR Hawkins



In an era where many politicians give lip service to gun rights while seeking election and then do their best to undermine those rights once in office, it’s refreshing to see Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and that state’s GOP-led legislature passing laws that restore rights which courts have stripped away from Indiana citizens in recent years.

Case in point — in a bid to restore the fullness of the right to use guns to protect life and property, the legislature passed, and on March 20th Gov. Daniels signed, Senate Enrolled Act 1 (SEA 1) into law. That law clarifies, and thereby strengthens, the right of law-abiding citizens to defend their homes from intrusion, even in the event that the intruder is a law enforcement officer entering the home illegally.
True to form, critics and anti-gunners have pounced on the Indiana legislature for passing this bill and on Gov. Daniels for signing it. However, it must be noted that such critics did the same thing decades ago when concealed carry laws began to be passed in various states, and then did the same thing again when Castle Doctrine laws followed. In every instance, we were incorrectly told there would be a blood bath in the streets and that these laws meant a return to the “Wild West.”

The critics of SEA 1 are rehashing these same, tired arguments in their criticisms today.
For example, once the bill had passed the Indiana House, but had yet to be signed by Gov. Daniels, a writer on The Daily Kos put forth a logically vapid argument against the bill in a post titled “Now Nearly Legal to Murder Police in Indiana.”
The author could have saved herself the trouble of writing that post if she had simply waited until Gov. Daniels studied SEA 1 and explained why he signed it — because the governor made it clear that the legislation not only protected the rights of Hoosiers to defend their lives and property against illegal invasions (by anyone), but also gave added protections to police officers going to a home in the line of duty. As Gov. Daniels explained:

"Contrary to some impressions, the bill strengthens the protection of Indiana law enforcement officers by narrowing the situations in which someone would be justified in using force against them. Senate Enrolled Act 1 puts into place a two-part test before a person can use deadly force against a law enforcement officer: First, it clarifies and restates the current requirement that a person reasonably believe the law enforcement officer is acting unlawfully. Second, it adds that the force must be reasonably necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the citizen."
Sadly, even an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department failed to read Gov. Daniel’s explanation, and therefore also wrote a critical article in which he claimed that now, because of SEA 1, officers that mistakenly enter the wrong home “might find themselves in a gunfight with the occupants.”
Seriously? It’s embarrassing to me as a free man that I can’t be given a bit more credit for my ability to determine who’s a friend and who’s a foe when there’s a knock at my door, a car in my drive, or a stranger suddenly standing in my entrance hall. No free man wants to take a life in cold blood in any circumstance, and would never take it with or without the qualifiers in Indiana’s SEA 1.
On the other hand, criminals don’t read the law. And all the added protections for policemen and property owners contained in this bill won’t stop one criminal with mal intent from doing what he or she planned to do anyway.
Free men are capable of discerning when to shoot and when not to. And the beauty of SEA 1 is that it confirms the faith both Gov. Daniels and the GOP-led legislature have in free men to do just that.
AWR Hawkins is a conservative columnist who has written extensively on political issues for HumanEvents.com, Pajamas Media, Townhall.com, and Andrew Breitbart’s BigPeace.com, BigHollywood.com, BigGovernment.com, and BigJournalism.com. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. military history from Texas Tech University, and was a visiting fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in the summer of 2010. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

New Mexico Fires Just Another Enviromentalist Induced Catastrophe - 250,000 Acres Lost


JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/14/2012 | JoeClarke.Net



We, perhaps, will never be able to reckon the entire extent to which the Environmentally ill and the EPA have caused the loss of life, limb, and monetary resources due to their obsessive love for Gaia, their Mother Earth. Frankly, I think they have done more harm to their Ma, than we could ever guess.
New Mexico, as well as other western states, have been the latest victims of an out of control environmental policy as directed by out of control Democrats, especially in the Obama administration as of late.

As Spain goes broke from going solar, as Obama works toward his promise of "bankrupting coal," as China refuses to account for its airplane emissions to the floundering, green European Union, history is replete with evidence of environmentally induced tragedies. The following proof comes from a local New Mexico newspaper which, as far back as 1996, shows how the current and devastating wildfires were started with the help of environmental policies.
High Country News @1996 [About Catron County, New Mexico - The heart of the current devastating fires] Loggers, timber companies, environmentalists and the Forest Service all agree that thinning is needed to restore a forest that's choking on smaller trees and threatened with catastrophic fires. But those trees can't be removed until the legal issues are resolved that have stopped all Southwestern logging since 1995, the year a federal court injunction was issued. ...A proposal contends that the federal government, by refusing to recognize "private rights' to federal land, is becoming "more of a planner and a controller of people than a servant." Timber-cutting would resume, targeting small trees. The sale of wood products and grazing fees would help raise funds to run the program.
History is replete with examples of death, starvation, and destruction caused by ideologues who have martyred themselves in order to implement their superior ideas on their fellow citizens in order to establish a more perfect Nirvana on earth. There are so many, but here are just a couple of many instances where the EPA has wreaked havoc such as:Environmentalists Induced Fires In California back in 2011. Even one of NASA's greatest disasters, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia, can be attributed to wacko Environmentalists meddling in the U.S. space program.

Locally, in northeastern Ohio, a candy factory was not allowed to build when and where it wanted in Twinsburg (Where the international Twins Day Festival is celebrated), because said buildings might interfere with the habitat of the Indiana Lactating Bat - which had not even been seen in this area in 8 years!

The examples of unnecessary oppression by EPA/Sierra Club/Audobon etc. people are endless, yet, this year, the Sackett family that had fought the EPA for 8 years finally won their right in the Supreme Court, only, to go to a lower court in order to further plead their case to build their retirement home on land that the EPA mistakenly called a "wetland." Thanks to the Pacific Legal Foundation for fighting this one to the (almost) finish. 

AFL-CIO TO CUT DIRECT FUNDING TO DEMOCRATS!


biggovernment.breitbart.com ^ | June 13, 2012 | Ben Shapiro



After President Obama’s decision to avoid the Wisconsin recall election, undercutting desperate union members who wanted to oust Governor Scott Walker, the AFL-CIO has announced that it will take money away from political candidates and instead put it into “infrastructure and advocacy,” according to AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein. “There will be less contributions to candidates.”

That means that President Obama will receive less direct funding from the AFL-CIO than usual, but it doesn’t mean the AFL-CIO will be silent – it just means they’ll message independentlyof the Obama campaign. “This is not a slight at the president,” Goldstein said. The goal is to create a massive system that would give “different kinds of support to different candidates.” Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, had said back in 2009 that the labor movement would be building its own campaign machinery.
While the AFL-CIO will undoubtedly back Obama in 2012, they will do so from outside.

It’s a sign that a lack of trust is building between the two camps. The unions would now prefer to run their own campaigns rather than handing cash over to Obama directly. The question is whether absent centralized coordination, the Obama campaign will be on point with the unions. After Wisconsin, it’s far from clear that such singularity of messaging will take place.

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Obama's New Message: I Need More Time (To undo damage done by George W. Bush)


Christian Post ^ | 06/13/2012 | Napp Nazworth



In a Thursday speech, President Barack Obama will argue that he needs four more years to undo the damage done under his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

The Obama campaign's new tactic will be to convince voters that they would be worse off with his Republican rival, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, as president because Romney would be similar to Bush, according to an analysis by Andy Sullivan and Caren Bohan for Reuters. Sullivan and Bohan spoke with some Obama campaign insiders for the report.

With the economy in poor shape, many Democrats are coming to the conclusion that they need to contrast Obama's achievements with the state of the economy when he took office in 2009.
Just a month before Obama won election, the nation saw a financial collapse accompanied by a swift decline in home prices. A Monday report by the Federal Reserve quantified the economic devastation of that recession: American's median net worth fell to its lowest levels since 1992.
Obama's new message is reflected by Jonathan Bernstein in a Tuesday article for The Washington Post. The 2012 election is really an election between Obama and George W. Bush, he writes.
Since Obama entered the White House during the deepest part of the recession, Bernstein reasons, the 2012 election will come down to whether voters believe Obama should be held responsible for the economy's current deprivation.
"That's why so many of the campaign messages you're going to hear this year come down to the argument about whether Barack Obama should be rewarded or punished for the current state of the economy, which boils down, in large part, to that Obama vs. Bush question," Bernstein wrote.
In a preview of what's to come, Obama has tied Romney's policies to those of George W. Bush in recent speeches.
"When I hear Governor Romney say his 25 years in the private sector gives him a special understanding of how the economy works, my question is, why are you running with the same bad ideas that brought our economy to the brink of disaster," Obama said.
The setting for Thursday's speech is intended to reinforce Obama's message. Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland is known for its retraining programs which help laid-off workers find new careers in biotechnology, wind power and advanced automotive manufacturing.
Obama will likely use the setting to contrast his proposals for more spending for education and job training with Republican proposals to reduce spending in these areas.
"It's a very successful institution that's a good forum for the president's message. It's likely to appeal to voters whose support he needs," John Green, professor of political science at University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, told Reuters.

DOJ whistle blowers provide Speaker Boehner with courage to charge Eric Holder!


Coach is Right ^ | 6/14/2012 | Doug Book



Just days ago, House Speaker John Boehner shocked the conservative world by at last granting his long awaited approval for next week’s contempt of congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder.

But it wasn’t the thought of doing what’s right for the family of Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata or others killed in the Regime’s Fast and Furious scheme that prompted the Speaker’s decision.

After all, Mr. Boehner is hardly one to risk a loss of political advantage—or more importantly, anger the national media—just because a few hundred people have been killed by his Democrat friends.

No, the very cautious Congressman Boehner and other Republican leaders at last chose to take a stand because of reports that “…at least one and perhaps two sources within the Justice Department…have approached the Issa committee seeking whistle blower status.”

For weeks it has been suggested that House and Senate committee’s investigating Eric Holder’s participation in Operation Fast and Furious were receiving vital information from a leak in...

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“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”


Flopping Aces ^ | 06-14-12 | Skookum





“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
John Burroughs

How well we remember 2007, the Affirmative-Action candidate promised so much and was praised so well by his loyal propaganda media, but among many of us there was the lingering doubt: Wealth Redistribution is one of the tenets of Marxism and how is he going to join us together, when he has already alienated so many with his hints of Socialism.
He won, and many like myself were in a state of shock; thus, the '08 election was the impetus for millions to become politically active for the first time in their lives.
We no longer trusted the media, it was obvious they were in league with this fabricated man, who was like the characters in his biography, merely a composite of traits designed to lure a complacent citizenry to vote for him.
The media still plays the game, but America is no longer ready to be deluded again, except for the functionally illiterate and the die hard Progressives. Fortunately for America, there are not enough of them to win in 2012.
The Affirmative Action president has held the office for almost four years, but you need more than hype to pretend for that long. Everything is recorded now, the internet and our keyboards expose the lies and prevent them from corrupting the consciousness of the voting public. Everyone knows Obama's record of failure and every one of his asinine statements will be analyzed and eviscerated before the propagandists can run them through the sterilization and apologist filter to salvage some type of meaningful thought.
No longer can he vote in a serial procession of "Presents" to avoid voting on the wrong side of an issue.
He came into the office with the confidence and arrogance of a Hollywood celebrity; however, without integrity and ability, these traits are as useless as a man hiding his nudity with lace doilies. Obama and all presidents of the future will be under the intense scrutiny of these monitors and keyboards, at least, until someone does away with the Constitution like Obama wanted to do so desperately.
The memes of racial harmony, Hope and Change, and bipartisanship were nothing more than the flotsam and jetsam of election hype, to be forgotten and abandoned once the 2008 election was over. Obama dismissed his bipartisan BS by telling Republican leaders he had won the election, just in case any of them had missed out on the election results. In one moment, Obama set the theme for his administration and came by a new nickname "The Won" honestly. Not only did he dismiss the Republicans, but he dismissed the American people as well.
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Steven Spielberg Behind Obama's Failed Bain Capital Attack!


Big Hollywood ^ | June 14, 2012 | John Nolte



Michael Barone is correct, Obama really needs to stop taking advice from wealthy, limousine liberals.
If you were looking for advice on how tell a story that would impact millions upon millions of people, would you go to a director whose last four films were "War Horse," "The Adventures of Tintin," Indiana Jones 4," and "Munich?"

Nope.

But Team Obama did, and what they got in return was a continuation of the ongoing Spielberg flop-streak:

At DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg spent three hours explaining how to capture an audience’s attention and offered a number of ideas that will be rolled out before Election Day. An early example of Spielberg’s influence is RomneyEconomics.com, a website designed by the Obama team to tell the story—a horror story, by their reckoning—of Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital. Afterward, Spielberg insisted that Messina sit down with the DreamWorks marketing team. Hollywood movie studios are expert, as presidential campaigns also must be, at spending huge sums over a few weeks to reach and motivate millions of Americans.

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Obama's Stunning Loss Of African-American Support Has Extended To Nevada


Business Insider ^ | June 13, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato



A day after a poll in North Carolina showed a stunning loss of support for President Barack Obama among African-American voters, a new poll from the same firm finds the same thing is happening in Nevada.

The survey, from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, gives Obama 69 percent of the African-American vote. Republican nominee Mitt Romney gets 28 percent.

If these numbers are accurate, than this is astounding. In the North Carolina poll released Tuesday, Obama got 76 percent of the African-American vote, to Romney's 20 percent.
Much like North Carolina, Obama garnered the vast majority of African-American support in Nevada in the 2008 election. He received 94 percent to John McCain's 5 percent.
(GRAPH AT LINK)
Like North Carolina, Obama's favorability in Nevada among African-Americans is also down from PPP's last poll of the state. In March, his approval rating stood at 81 percent. Now, it's 69 percent.
Meanwhile, Romney's favorability has jumped from 14 percent to 41 percent among African-Americans....
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Obama unveils new Africa strategy (forget about the USA)


AFP ^ | June 14, 2012 | Stephen Collinson



US President Barack Obama released a sweeping new Africa strategy Thursday, declaring a continent torn by poverty, corruption and discord could be the world's next big economic success story.
The new US blueprint seeks to boost trade, strengthen peace, security and good governance and bolster democratic institutions, and is designed to help Africa's increasingly youthful population lead its development.

"As we look toward the future, it is clear that Africa is more important than ever to the security and prosperity of the international community, and to the United States in particular," Obama said.
The plan was unveiled nearly three years after Obama, whose father was Kenyan, laid out his priorities for the often crisis-scarred continent in Ghana, on the sole trip of his presidency so far to sub-Saharan Africa.

It comes as Washington, spending more money tooling a foreign policy towards trade and development, also views Africa's intractable conflicts with concern, including in areas ripe for extremists to exploit, including in Somalia and even Mali.

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Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon?


The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 13, 2012 | Elspeth Reeve



In 2004 George W. Bush's re-election campaign worked to put anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives up for vote in several swing states in order to turn out more hard-core conservatives to the polls. This year the question is whether marijuana legalization measures will turn out young voters for Obama.
Bush's plan to use gay marriage bans -- in states that did not actually allow gay marriage -- as a turnout booster led to signs featuring icky public restroom symbols proliferated and liberal panic that the Christian right had taken over. The press obsessed over "values voters." One of Bush's aides, Ken Mehlman, who later came out as gay himself, has apologized for the strategy, two others say it didn't work.

This year there's another incumbent president with modest approval ratings who could turn out his base with controversial ballot measures. But this time, the issue features no biblical or scatological imagery. In 2012, voters in swing states will decide whether they'll allow their fellow citizens to bear joints. Unlike the gay marriage votes, there's no indication that Obama's re-election team is behind any of the pot legalization initiatives, but there are Democrats who are hoping that it will boost turnout among weed's biggest fans: young people.
Getting more young people to vote has long been a Democratic fantasy, since they tend to vote so heavily Democratic. But past attempts to bong the vote have been disappointing, in part because stoners aren't the group anyone would most count on to bother filling out a ballot. Ahead of the 2010 midterms, The Wall Street Journal ran the story, "Democrats Look to Cultivate Pot Vote in 2012," noting that California's pot-legalizing Proposition 19 was being studied...
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In Colorado Focus Group, Obama Voters Disillusioned!


National Journal ^ | June 13,2012 | By Josh Kraushaar



Last night, veteran Democratic pollster Peter Hart conducted a focus group featuring 12 undecided, ticket-splitting voters in Colorado, which illustrated the tough challenge President Obama faces in winning a second term. He's lost significant ground among these swing voters: Ten of the participants voted for Obama in 2008; only three of them said they leaned towards re-electing him in 2012. In an initial survey taking leaners into account, Mitt Romney led Obama 5-3, with four completely undecided.

Shown some of Romney's campaign speeches, participants commented that he was short on specifics and sounded like a politician.
"I identify with Romney's background, but Obama still has a lot of good ideas out there that haven't quite comes to pass, and I don't know what Romney has out there," said Stephanie Rydalch, 38, a state care provider, leaning towards supporting Romney.
The bottom line: The reactions from the focus group explain why Obama is going hard-negative against Romney - it may be the campaign's only way to win. Most of the participants sounded dissatisfied with president and were ready to make a change, but didn't know much about the challenger, either.
Almost unanimously, the participants said they'd prefer to hang out with Obama over Romney, but no one said that would shape their vote in November. It's a sign that even if Obama holds a significant edge on personal likability, it's unlikely to translate into many votes if they view his job performance unfavorably.
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A Million Immigrant Workers Still Stream to U.S. while Many Veterans Have No Work


Open Salon ^ | JUNE 13, 2012 | Open Salon



One in Three Young Vets is Unemployed; Unemployment for African American Vets Tops 40%
Despite across-the-board high U.S. unemployment and the platitudes of government officials, Congress and the President still hew to policies that allow almost a million new legal immigrant workers to enter the country annually.

The unemployment picture for returning veterans is particularly grim. One in three young vets is unemployed. Recently returning veterans age 18 to 24 are being disproportionately affected. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, young male veterans had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent, nearly double the rate of their nonveteran counterparts. And, unemployment for African American male vets tops 40 percent.
Young Americans have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as served in other places both around the world and at home. Many from already-depressed areas of the country joined the military for lack of other opportunities. So to serve the country and return home still without job prospects, and now too often with physical and or mental health problems as a result of service, has got to be the definition of “adding insult to injury” for these servicemen and servicewomen.
There are no rational or logical underpinnings to policies that undermine putting American citizens first. And while reducing legal immigration and its handmaiden, illegal immigration, will not solve the crisis in the U.S. job situation, doing these two things will help. It’s an increasingly common belief among citizens that the government does not serve them. Limiting legal immigration and eliminating illegal immigration will not only get Americans back to work, it will help restore the much-eroded credibility of the U.S. government.
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Heated Juan Williams/Michelle Malkin Shoutfest Gets Personal With Eyerolls, ‘Snotty’ Accusations


Fox News via Mediaite ^ | 13 Jun 2012 | Frances Martel



Juan Williams‘ patience expired fairly openly on Hannity tonight after an attack of “elitism” from Michelle Malkin that stemmed from a debate about Attorney General Eric Holder where Williams took offense at Malkin saying Williams and other liberals only blamed Bush for President Obama’s failings, to which he initially replied “I’m a real reporter, not a blogger out in the blogosphere somewhere.”

“All you can say is Plame, Plame, Plame; blame, blame, blame; Bush, Bush, Bush,” Malkin told Williams as he argued that the current national security White House leaks were not different from what had transpired in other White Houses. Williams took offense to that, telling Malkin that he was a “real reporter, not a blogger out in the blogosphere somewhere,” which in turn visibly offended Malkin, who retorted, “right, because I’m not a real reporter.” Williams completed his point that reporters “did not get any classified information,” over both Hannity and Malkin, before Hannity gave Malkin the last word.

She used that last word against Williams. “The American people are sick of the kind of snotty condescension from liberal elite journalists like Juan Williams who tell us that the rest of us are not doing our jobs, when the point is that when Eric Holder was shamefully approved and nominated and approved to be Attorney General–” At this point, after a heavy eyeroll and mouthing “Oh my God,” Williams interrupted to inform her that she was “way off topic” and “not talking about what we’re debating here tonight on Sean’s show.” Hannity interjected when Williams tried to repeat that nothing different had happened in the Bush administration, and Williams and Malkin coolly thanked each other at the end of the segment.

The Birth of Bureaucracy (Where Long Lines, Red Tape & Arcane Rules Began; 1650 to 1100 B.C.)


Archaeology ^ | July/August 2012 | Amanda Summer



The Birth of Bureaucracy!

At the site of Iklaina, excavations are revealing new evidence of how the Mycenaean state functioned -
Pylos, in Greece’s southwestern Peloponnese, is known for its miles of soft sandy beaches, rocky islets soaring out of the water marking the edges of the Bay of Navarino, and the mountains that cut it off from the rest of Greece.

The surrounding region, known as Messenia, is also home to dozens of archaeological sites. Since the nineteenth century, Messenia has attracted archaeologists hoping to uncover remains of Greece’s Mycenaean age, the period from approximately 1650 to 1100 B.C., famous for such mythical sagas as the Trojan War. Among them have been Heinrich Schliemann, who came from Germany to search the area in vain to locate a royal settlement, and American Carl Blegen, who excavated the Palace of Nestor in Pylos in 1939.
Fifteen years later, in 1954, Blegen’s colleague, Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos, went hiking in the hills above Pylos. There, near the small modern town of Iklaina, he came upon the remains of a structure with massive walls, surrounded by large deposits of pottery. The Iklaina site was overgrown with olive groves and the terrain was difficult to traverse, but a brief trial excavation suggested the existence of an important site. However, other work beckoned Marinatos and it would remain buried for decades.
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Oh my: AFL-CIO Pulling Campaign Funds from Obama Re-Elect!


Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2012 | Guy Benson



Remember what we wrote about Obama's fracturing coalition this morning? More trouble in paradise:

The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama. The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president's failure to show in Wisconsin last week, where labor unions led a failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker. "We wanted to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy," AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein told Whispers. "There will be less contributions to candidates," including President Obama. While there were "a lot of different opinions" about whether Obama should have gone to Wisconsin, according to Goldstein, "this is not a slight at the president."

They're denying that this decision represents any form of retribution for Obama's controversial decision to literally fly over Wisconsin in the midst of a contested, high-stakes election for organized labor. Maybe this shift truly was in the works for months, maybe not. Motivation aside, this move could have a significant adverse impact on Democrats' ground game in the fall:

The shift in funding is significant due to the federation's role in past presidential campaigns, where the AFL-CIO built up a massive political structure in the months leading up the election, including extensive "Get Out The Vote" efforts, as well as financial contributions.

This news comes on the heels of a new poll showing Mitt Romney running five points ahead of John McCain among union households, and in the aftermath of Walker's decisive victory -- in which he attracted nearly four in ten union-affiliated votes. Parting thought: Should Wisconsin Lefties really be bitter over The One's conspicuous absence on the ground? After all, his mystical "lightworker" presence did wonders for Creigh Deeds, Jon Corzine, Martha Coakley, dozens of 2010 Democrats and Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid.

UPDATE - It appears many liberals have moved on from MoveOn.org:

Fundraising messages from MoveOn.org’s political-action fund are taking an increasingly pessimistic and frantic tone. A recent message declared, “If we can’t increase our budget, we’re going to have to pull the plug now on some absolutely crucial campaigns.” According to documents filed with the FEC, MoveOn.org Political Action raised $9.1 million in contributions from January 2011 to March 31, 2012. In that same period, the group spent $10.5 million, and it has $2.75 million left in cash on hand. With just under five months until Election Day, and additional fundraising efforts ongoing, those totals are certain to increase. Still, it is a dramatic drop from last cycle and all the preceding cycles except one. By March 31 in the 2010 cycle, MoveOn.org Political Action had raised $18.5 million; by that date in the 2008 cycle, $14 million; in the 2006 cycle, $11.8 million; and in the 2004 cycle, $2.79 million — but that was in the first 15 months of the PAC’s existence. The group would need to have a surge in new donations to keep pace with past cycles, never mind past presidential cycles.

Single tear.


Planning for the Future: A Sneak Peek at Tomorrow's Europe


Der Spiegel ^ | 06/11/2012 | Konstantin von Hammerstein, Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult



Because they have been unable to find agreement, European leaders have asked top Eurocrats—European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi—to come up with a plan. They hope to share some initial proposals at the European summit scheduled for the end of this month. A concrete plan is to be ready by autumn. …
The four are intent on making the currency union irreversible, and deepening it to become a political union. A completely different Europe would emerge from such a process.
The plan envisions nation states giving up significant elements of their sovereignty to European institutions. It would mean that the European Parliament would have to fight for relevancy with a new body that would be granted important oversight functions. The result would be a two-speed Europe, the core of which would be represented by the currency union.
At the heart of the deliberations is the creation of a real fiscal union, which would prohibit member states from taking on new debt on their own. Governments would only have complete control of funds that are covered by tax revenues.
Those needing more money than they generate themselves would have to register their needs with the euro group, made up of eurozone finance ministers. They would then analyze the financial needs and the amount of funding requested from the different countries before deciding which were justified and which were not. Euro bonds would then be issued to finance the debt.
The group of finance ministers would be led by a full-time chair—and not, as is presently the case, by one of the finance ministers. The chair would ultimately become a kind of European finance minister. …
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Obama Listens to Rich Liberals, at His Own Peril


Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Michael Barone



Who does Barack Obama listen to?

Not Republican politicians. Evidently weeks go by between his conversations with Speaker John Boehner, who determines what legislation comes to the House floor.

Not Democratic politicians. We have it on good authority that he seldom talks to Democratic members of Congress. Lyndon Johnson used to be on the phone constantly, cajoling and inveigling but also on the alert for shifts in opinion.
Speaker Tip O'Neill walked around the Capitol, asking member after member, "What do you hear?" In contrast, Obama, a former adviser told Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum, "is a total introvert. He doesn't need people."
But there is one group of people Obama has to listen to: the people who give him large sums of money. He recently attended his 150th fundraiser. That's more than the number attended by the last four presidents put together.
Obama has seen enough Architectural Digest-type interiors in Park Avenue triplexes and Beverly Hills mansions, and on the block in San Francisco's Pacific Heights, where every house is owned by a billionaire, to develop an expertise in Louis XV walnut commodes and Brunschwig & Fils fabrics.
He's also had plenty of chances to absorb the advice of the kind of rich liberals who like to give money to Democratic presidents. And the evidence that he has taken some of that advice is his initiatives on three controversial issues, each of which involves serious political risk.
The first and least risky of these stands is his endorsement of same-sex marriage. Many Democratic money-givers, straight as well as gay, have strong convictions on this issue and were probably not appeased by his assurance that he was "evolving" from his opposition to it.
Obama's reversal will likely help him rekindle the enthusiasm that pro-same-sex-marriage young voters once felt for him. And there's some polling evidence suggesting that his new stand has changed the opinion of many previously anti-same-sex marriage black voters.
Still, his move probably turned off some older voters and puzzled others who wonder why with a sluggish economy he was spending time on an issue that he said should be handled by the states.
The second issue on which Obama seems to have been listening to his money-givers was the health insurance mandate requiring employers to pay for contraceptives and abortifacients.
Many rich liberals feel strongly that women's "reproductive rights" (actually, the right not to reproduce) are so vital that government must ensure they have free access to contraception, even though it is widely available and inexpensive.
That's one view. Roman Catholic bishops and leaders of Catholic institutions feel that such services are sinful and refuse to provide them. They cite the Constitution's guarantee of free exercise of religion, while the other side relies on what courts have called "emanations" and "penumbras" radiating from constitutional texts.
The political point is that, as polling suggests, most Americans don't like government forcing people to violate their religious convictions. That's in line with tradition in a country that exempted those with religiously based conscientious objections from military service in a war in which more than 400,000 Americans were killed.
The third issue is the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil produced from tar sands in Canada to United States refineries and create thousands of jobs in the process.
Earlier this year, Susie Buell Tompkins, John Kerry's fourth-biggest money-raiser in 2004, picketed outside an Obama fundraiser at San Francisco's W Hotel to protest the pipeline. She wanted Obama's State Department to block it because she thinks tar sands production hurts the environment and the planet.
Our neighbors the Canadians, who are not unconcerned about the environment themselves, disagree. The pipeline's promoters say it would produce 20,000 American jobs and would tend to lower U.S. gas prices.
Obama came out on Tompkins' side and blocked the pipeline.
If the same-sex marriage reversal seems somewhat risky politically and the contraception mandate considerably riskier, the Keystone pipeline decision seems downright foolish politically. Voters tend to favor it by two-to-one margins -- and if they're not aware of it, the Republicans (and maybe the pro-pipeline unions) will make sure they are.
When given a chance to draw new boundaries of his state Senate district in 2002, Obama made sure to include Chicago's richest lakefront neighborhood. He's been working hard to court rich liberal contributors ever since.
The question is, is he listening to anyone else?

Red Networks in America


Christian Concepts Daily ^ | June 14th, 2012 | Jeff Nyquist



The evidence and documented testimony is overwhelming. If you study it, there can be no doubt regarding Obama’s ideological preferences and loyalties ... "Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production,” explained David Green of the DSA National Political Committee. “Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace….” America under the DSA would resemble the Soviet Union....

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The Designated Leaker


Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Michael Reagan



Glory be to the commander in chief.

Everyone in the Washington-New York Axis of Evil knows that's why there has been a string of White House national security leaks.

Each of the leaks has been a transparent attempt to pump up President Obama as a tough warrior who deserves re-election because he's been intimately involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden, the cyber-sabotage of Iran's nuclear program, and choosing which specific terrorist gets blasted to heaven by a U.S. drone.

Everyone also knows the leaks have damaged our ability to operate our future military and counter-terror operations, and they put our intelligence agents and commandos at risk. And everyone but Obama press spokesman Jay Carney knows exactly where the leaks were authorized -- the White House.
The only big mystery left to solve is who the happy leaker is.
The Re-Elect Obama team has two Justice Department lawyers looking into the leaks, which is a joke. Republicans in the Senate including Lindsey Graham want a special prosecutor to mount a much wider and deeper investigation, which if it happens would bring the president deserved political troubles but would most likely only catch a few little fish who work for the big fish.
The list of White House leak suspects is long. The media accounts of the president's brave foreign-policy exploits in The New York Times and elsewhere have included quotes from Leon Panetta, Jim Jones, Gen. Doug Lute and Gen. David Petraeus.
But I don't think those gents are up to doing such partisan press work. I have a hunch the Obama administration's leaker is someone else. Before I say who I think he or she is, I have a little story about my father Ronald Reagan and his problem with a leaker.
When my father would hold discussions with his security advisers about possible covert military operations against the Soviet Union or Libya, there was always a certain U.S. senator in the room representing the Senate leadership. Even if everyone else agreed with a decision except the senator, the senator would often threaten to leak the plans to the press if the president authorized the operation.
It got so bad that when my father was planning to invade Grenada, he told no one in advance because he feared that the senator would blab to the media and cost American lives. That senator who caused my father so much trouble was none other than Joe Biden.
I have no proof, of course, but I think the Obama administration's leaker is Joe Biden.
Every White House has a designated leaker who tells their friends in the media what the administration wants it to know in hopes of getting politically favorable coverage. My father's was David Gergen.
Biden is perfect for the job of designated leaker. He works in an administration that spends half its time patting itself on the back and the other half trying to get the media to do it. Plus Biden, unlike the other suspects, has a vested interest in pumping up Obama's reputation as a strong leader because it'll keep him in the vice president's mansion for another four years.
One more thing. Remember when spokesman Jay Carney misspoke the other day? First he said "the Obama administration" wasn't responsible for the leak. Then he caught himself and said "the White House" wasn't responsible.
Though it's only my opinion, I bet Jay was actually telling the truth. It's not the White House that's been leaking. But if I were doing the investigating, I'd have someone take a very strong look at the plumbing in the vice president's house.