Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom [CEO is BIG Obama supporter!]

Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 7, 2012

In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.

Darden said the test is taking place in "a select number" of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it.
In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are "just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care reform will have on our business. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the health care regulations and we simply do not have enough information to make any decisions at this time."
Analysts say many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week.
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Slackers for Obama ^ | 10/09/2012 | Brian Ross

Washington, D.C. (API) - In the event that President Barack Obama is not reelected on November 6th, one million slackers will march on Washington, D.C., according to Slackers for Obama founder Brian Ross (not to be confused with the ABC newsman of the same name).
Slackers for Obama is a nationwide group of un- and underemployed men and women committed to the policies of the President. Among other things, their manifesto calls for free entertainment, the abolition of private property rights and the retroactive abortion of political opponents in an effort to create a more fair and just society. To avoid charges of hypocrisy, Hollywood has thrown in its support and agreed to forego all income.
The "Million Slacker March," as it is officially known, is slated for January 20th and is intended to disrupt the possible inauguration of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as president and, if necessary, to reinstall the slackers' "messiah," Barack Hussein Obama II, as chief of state. "If anyone thinks we're going to go away quietly without the houses, cars and breath mints the 1% stole from us, they are sadly mistaken," said slacker Laura Norder.
The slackers are also calling for additional entitlements including free entertainment, free scrunchies and free cosmetic surgery. "A recent study by Snookie Polizzi shows a direct correlation between wealth and breast size," said Mr. Ross, "and we believe the poor should have just as much access to DDs as the rich."
Democratic operatives believe the sight of one million Americans in the iconic "we want free stuff" t-shirts will have a transformational effect on the country and finally bring an end to 236 years of constitutional rule. The slackers argue that they work far too hard as it is and richly deserve the gifts only government can bestow upon them.
They cite waiting in long lines for welfare and unemployment insurance, the tedious application process for food stamps, sky- rocketing anti-perspirant costs and the crackdown on the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries as just some of the obstacles to the easy life they say they deserve.

High Stakes Ryan-Biden Bout Could Seal Deal for Romney!

Newsmax ^ | 08 Oct 2012 | David A. Patten

President Barack Obama’s perilous drop in the polls following last week’s shaky debate performance sets the scene for an extraordinary moment in presidential politics: A vice presidential debate that could play a major role in the outcome in November.
If Vice President Joe Biden can prevail in his 90-minute face-off against GOP foe Rep. Paul Ryan, it could turn the media narrative and help repair some of the damage incurred by the weak Obama showing on Oct. 3.

But the savvy Ryan, who gobbles up dense budgetary reports as if they were dime novels, will try to replicate the political jiu-jitsu Romney performed against Obama. If he succeeds, it could go a long way toward convincing swing-state independent voters not to wait to see what four more years under Obama would bring.
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The apology speech you'll never hear (from Obama)

WND.com ^ | October 08, 2012 | David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh: Obama 'is psychologically incapable of admitting his mistakes'
Do you know what’s scarier than the possibility President Obama could be re-elected? It’s that in a second term, he would double down on his failed policies.
Don’t take my word for it; he’s admitted it on the campaign stump.
In a speech to his fellow cultural icons in Hollywood, he said, “Everything we fought for in 2008 is on the line here in 2012. And I need your help to finish what we started. … We’ve come too far to turn back now.”
Note that Obama did not say this: “My agenda obviously isn’t working, so I have decided to make major adjustments. Rest assured that my wholesale failure to get the economy moving again, to create jobs, to reform entitlements and to reduce deficits and debts will not be repeated in a second term.
“I will quit misleading the public with the absurd claim that 7.8 percent unemployment is encouraging, especially when so many have quit looking for work and many who are working have only part-time jobs. I’ll stop insisting that I have proposed cutting $4 trillion from spending, when the lion’s share of those ‘cuts’ were either forced by Republicans or not scheduled expenditures (on the wars) in the first place. Truth be told, my most recent 10-year budget projects annual average budget deficits of almost $1 trillion – $9.5 trillion over the next decade. Nor will I throw away hundreds of billions on ill-conceived stimulus plans and green energy boondoggles. I’ll also quit making meaningless, unintelligible statements like, ‘I will grow the economy from the middle out.’
“I’ll quit punishing and bad-mouthing American businesses and entrepreneurs, calling them soft and lazy and accusing them of not building their businesses. I’ll finally allow the private sector
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ObamaCare transforming America into Part-Timer Nation!

Hotair ^ | 10/09/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Under ObamaCare, companies of more than 50 workers who do not provide health-insurance coverage have to pay significant fines, although not nearly as costly as the insurance itself. That alone might have employers bailing out of the health-insurance market, but the Orlando Sentinel reports that at least one company is testing a way to avoid both costs. Employers do not have to provide health-insurance coverage to part-time workers under ObamaCare as long as they work less than 30 hours a week, and one restaurant company has begun experimenting with changing over entire staffs to part-time work to avoid the ObamaCare mandates and fines (via Instapundit):
In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.
Darden said the test is taking place in "a select number" of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it. …
Analysts say many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week.
If they do not, the companies can face fines of up to $3,000 for each employee who then turns to an exchange — an online marketplace — for insurance.
This is the problem with massive government interventions into markets. They create perverse incentives, and force participants in markets to look for alternatives to the massive costs of those interventions. This is one example. Businesses usually prefer stable labor pools, and full-time status and reasonable benefits usually help provide that kind of stability. As a hiring manager for years, I can tell you from personal experience that managing a part-time staff creates its own costs and headaches, much of which won’t be felt in the home office of a multiple-location entity like Darden.
However, the costs may not outweigh the savings any longer derived from dumping benefits for workers — and that’s doubly true in a bad job market for workers. There aren’t too many competitive pressures at the moment to keep Darden and other companies from pursuing this strategy. It has the benefit of boosting employment numbers, but only among those involuntarily working part time … which, as Mickey Kaus points out, is exactly what the September jobs report showed.
If this turns out to be the trend, what happens then? Reason predicts that we’ll see even more government intervention to cut off those perverse incentives … which will result in even more perverse incentives:
Of course, politicians will, no doubt, scramble to fix this insidious outcome not of the legislation they passed, but of the errors of the uncaring private sector. And that legislation will, certainly, have no more unintended consequences.
In the meantime, the ObamaCare-driven transformation of America into Part Timer Nation will end up making the lives of workers more miserable rather than less so:
This truly sucks if you’re a worker trying to piece together the paychecks needed to live a decent life. Now you have to scramble to pick up another part-time job, and neither will come with much in the way of benefits. OK, the feds will have some health program for you through the government-mandated exchanges, but goodbye vacation time and any other goodies that come from full-time status, such as manageable schedules.
Having had that experience as a hiring manager, I’m not certain that a move to part-time staffs will succeed for businesses, but it’s going to be mighty tempting for them to at least try it out. Don’t be surprised to see this expand over the next two years or so, especially in the service industries.


Big Government ^ | 9 Oct 2012 | John Nolte

At the same time Team Obama released a childish ad hitting Mitt Romney for daring to consider removing multimillionaire, one-percenter Big Bird from the federal government welfare rolls, the Romney campaign released a devastating graphic that shows that since his debate debacle, Barack Obama has mention Big Bird and Elmo 13 times but has not mentioned Libya or his plan to fix the economy even once.

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Romney wins in a landslide -- Las Vegas oddsmaker doubles down on prediction!

Fox News ^ | 10/09/2012 | By Wayne Allyn Root

Yes, you read that headline correctly. I am a Las Vegas oddsmaker (and former Libertarian vice presidential candidate) and here's why I am so boldly predicting a Romney landslide. In November of 2004, only days before the presidential election, I went on CNBC and predicted a Bush victory by 3 points and 30 electoral votes. Every poll at the time showed Kerry in the lead. Bush won by 3 and 35. Newsmax magazine called it the most accurate prediction of 2004.
In October of 2006, I went on Fox News to predict the GOP would get slaughtered in the midterm election and lose Congress. They did.
In December 2011, before the GOP primary, I predicted Mitt Romney would win the GOP presidential nomination and go on to win the presidency. For the next few months, Romney trailed by a wide margin to a range of contenders -- Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. It seemed no one wanted Mitt for president. It seemed no one believed in Mitt. No one, that is, except this Las Vegas oddsmaker and capitalist evangelist.
Fast forward to Spring 2012 after Romney clinched the GOP nomination, but trailed in every poll to President Obama. I boldly predicted a Mitt Romney landslide on Election Day, November 6.
Fast forward to June 2012, when experts predicted a defeat for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election. Unions were pouring unheard of sums into the race in a longtime Democratic state that welcomes union rights. I boldly predicted a Walker landslide victory of 7 to 10 points. He won by exactly 7 (despite reported Democratic voter irregularities).
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CBS reporter blasts Obama claim that AQ “on its heels”

Hotair ^ | 10/09/2012 | Ed Morrissey

As the RNC pointed out earlier today, we've had eight mentions of Big Bird and five of Elmo from Barack Obama and his team since the presidential debate last Wednesday, but we've heard nothing about Benghazi or Libya. However, Obama did finally talk about terrorism last night at a fundraiser in San Francisco. Included in his by-now familiar chest thumping over the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, the President made a curious claim about the status of al-Qaeda in light of the events last month:
"Now, four years ago, I made a few commitments to you. I told you I’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said I’d end the war in Afghanistan, and we are," said Obama. "I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11, and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more."
The extraordinary thing about Obama's claim is that it was made less than a month after al Qaeda carried out a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed the American ambassador to that country, as well as three other Americans. That attack coincided with the same day–9/11–of al Qaeda’s most successful attack again America, which happened 11 years earlier in New York City.
More over, in the same month, al Qaeda carried out at least 3 other successful attacks against American embassies abroad.
“[T]he U.S. consulate in Libya was not the only diplomatic facility assaulted by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in September,” Thomas Joscelyn reported. “Terrorists with ties to al Qaeda’s senior leaders, including al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, were involved in at least three other U.S. embassy sieges in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and possibly elsewhere.”
Clearly, AQ isnot “on its heels,” as Obama claims. In fact, AQ and other radical Islamist terror networks now have a lot more room to operate in eastern Libya, thanks to the NATO effort led by Obama to decapitate the Qaddafi regime without controlling events on the ground. That led directly to the attacks on Western consulates in Benghazi over the last several months, culminating in AQ’s first successful mission against a US diplomatic mission in 14 years, as well as the three lesser-known involvement in embassy sieges noted by Joscelyn.
Nor is the Weekly Standard the only media outlet reporting on this. CBS’ Lara Logan, a 60 Minutes correspondent who was sexually assaulted while reporting on the protests in Tahrir Square in February 2011, told a Chicago audience over the weekend that not only is AQ not “on its heels,” it’s making a comeback, along with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan — and that those saying otherwise are propagating a “major lie” (via Katie Pavlich):
Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.
“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.
The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. …
“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”
Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.
She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”
Logan has a prescription for that:
Logan even called for retribution for the recent terrorist killings of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other officials. The event is a harbinger of our vulnerability, she said. Logan hopes that America will “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”
It’s been four weeks since that attack. We’ve spent a grand total of twelve hours on the ground in Benghazi since in an attempt to track down the terrorists who conducted the attack. So far, at least, it doesn’t appear that Logan’s advice carries the day at the Obama White House, where instead they spin fantasies of terrorist networks vanishing while the ruins of our Benghazi consulate still smolder.

Black faith leaders announce campaign goal to strip 25 percent of black vote from Obama!

Daily Caller ^ | October 9, 2012 | Caroline May

Unhappy with President Barack Obama‘s support of same-sex marriage, a group of African-American faith leaders have announced a campaign aimed at stripping 25 percent of the black vote that went to Obama in 2008 (95 percent).
The newly formed nonprofit group, God Said, will begin targeting voters in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida with television and radio advertising, as well as a grassroots campaign to encourage people to consider the gospel when they enter the voting booth.
“The black community is among the most religious in America and we are offended that President Obama has announced his support of same-sex marriage, that the NAACP has blindly supported the secular views of the Democratic Party, and that their national platform plainly supports same-sex marriage,” said Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani of RagingElephants.org, and a God Said founder, in a statement. “I am confident that this message will be well received and acted upon on Election Day.”
The group currently has 22 advisory board members and plans to spend an estimated $1 million on the campaign, a spokesperson told TheDC, adding that its message has support among other faith leaders and congregants, including the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), which has vociferously protested against Obama’s same-sex marriage stance. Some of the CAAP members are on the God Said board.
“During the 2008 elections, 70 percent of African Americans voted to ban same-sex marriage in California while they also voted for Barack Obama for president,” added Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and black outreach director of the pro-life Priests for Life. “We fully intend to shift 25 percent of the black vote from the 2008 election by charging every voter to examine each candidate and vote for the one that supports their core belief in natural marriage.”
The group claims their goal is to give voice to black supporters of traditional marriage who feel like they are not represented by the Democratic Party or NAACP. To be sure, a vast majority of African Americans identify as Democratic.
[LINKS at source]

[Aug 28, 2012] Lloyd Marcus: Obama versus Jesus: Black Christians Must Decide "A poll claims that Romney will receive zero percent of the black vote. Well, if the poll proves correct, it means that a vast majority of black voters are ignorant of the truth...or else they're racist.
Black Christians who vote for Obama knowing his crimes against Christianity and biblical principles have chosen to worship the idol of racial loyalty over their discipleship to Jesus Christ. Pure and simple.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."-Exodus20:3
Incredibly, some blacks have completely forsaken their Christianity for Obama. A fellow PK(preacher's kid) said her parents recently changed their stance on same-sex marriage in support of their black president. I find this remarkable.
Though I disagree, I have been sympathetic and understanding with black seniors who have suffered dearly, with hearts still bearing scars of racial injustice.
A year or so ago, I hosted the first Black Conservative Press Conference at the National Press Club in D.C. Several prominent black conservatives from numerous black conservative groups/organizations spoke. My brother brought my 84-year-old black dad from Baltimore. That evening, Dad said, "Everything I heard today is true. But, because of racism I suffered in my youth, I can not turn against Obama."
At that time, I respectfully gave my hero, my preacher dad, a pass. Some may criticize me, saying, Lloyd, either you stand for conservatism or you do not. While you may have a valid point, it is in my DNA to respect my parents. How do you respectfully tell your usually character-driven parent that his decision to support Obama, no matter what, is rooted in racism and a refusal to forgive?

But now that Obama has been exposed as the most anti-Christian president in U.S. history, senior black Christians must no longer be given a pass for supporting this man.

At stake...."

Bring out the popcorn!

Obama Sent Form Letters For White Navy SEALs, Personal Note For A Negro Rapper!

True Conservatives On Twitter ^ | October 9, 2012

Leadership: The lack of respect our commander in chief has for our fallen heroes was shown by the sending of a form letter signed by auto-pen to the families of 17 Navy SEALs killed in a crash in Afghanistan.
'I don't take these folks too seriously," President Obama recently told the Virginian-Pilot, referring to a group of former SEALs who formed the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., to run ads attacking the leaking of details of the Osama bin Laden raid and other national secrets to further his reelection chances.
Apparently the president doesn't take the sacrifice of Navy SEALs who've fallen in battle and the grief of their surviving families too seriously, judging from the form letter sent out to the families of 17 who were among 30 U.S. service members killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter transporting them crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 6, 2011.
As Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit reports, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent after their son's death in that crash. It shocked her to discover that all the families had received the same letter with only the names different.
It shocks us too. This was the single greatest loss of life in the decade-long Afghan war, one involving 17 Navy SEALs who were on a mission to aid a U.S. Army Ranger unit that was under heavy fire. Such a sacrifice by this group of genuine American heroes warranted more than a form letter to the families.
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With a few words, Romney causes a coal rally: Obama could put 77,000 megawatts out of commission!

The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2012 | Hoppy Kercheval

"I like coal," Mitt Romney during the presidential debate.

The beleaguered industry got a lift from the Republican presidential candidate, and it needed it.
Romney's endorsement of coal as an essential ingredient to the country's energy portfolio caused company stocks to bump up. Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources, Consol, Peabody Energy and Walter Energy all saw increases of at least 4 percent the day after the debate.
"It's amazing what 15 words about coal in a presidential debate can do for stocks," Michael Dudas of Sterne Agee told Reuters. "These stocks have been volatile, but you can't discount what a man running for president said about coal. Call it the Romney rally."
Coal claims President Obama and his EPA have waged a "war on coal" over the last four years. One can disagree with the analogy, but it's clear the president's strategy plays favorites - green energy and natural gas over coal.
The drop in natural gas prices, slack demand and the toughened regulatory approach by the EPA are the trifecta that have triggered industry layoffs and pessimism about the future.
Economists at The Brattle Group reported earlier that market conditions and the regulatory environment will cause about 30,000 megawatts (or 10 percent of coal generating capacity) to shut down between 2012 and 2016.
However, Brattle has now updated its findings based on recent market conditions and "ongoing environmental policy uncertainty."
The research group came up with two scenarios - one based on lenient environmental control technology and another based on strict policies.
Even under a more lenient approach by the EPA, the reduction of coal generating capacity will be twice as large as previously believed, about 59,000 megawatts.
But if the EPA takes a stricter approach, 77,000 megawatts of generation capacity will likely disappear rather than retrofit to meet tougher environmental standards.
The shortsighted view - the one held by the anti-coal crowd - is that a dirtier energy source will be replaced by cheaper natural gas and alternatives.
But natural gas prices, which are now low, aren't going to stay there.
Natural gas prices are highly volatile. As demand increases, prices will naturally rise.
Additionally, domestic natural gas producers are looking to expand exports.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, "Many big consumers of natural gas are worried currently proposed projects, which could export more than a third of daily production in the continental U.S., would raise natural gas prices," reported the Wall Street Journal.
A thriving economy depends on massive amounts of energy that are relatively cheap and readily available. A true all-of-the-above approach is best because it takes advantage of the country's remarkable bounty of coal and natural gas.
The Obama administration and its EPA are openly hostile to the country's primary energy source of coal, while simultaneously propping up questionable green alternatives with taxpayer dollars.
No wonder coal was buoyed by a few kind words from Romney.

Bombshell: CNN takes money from foreign dictators to run flattering news stories about them!

Natural News ^ | Thursday, October 04, 2012 | J.D. Heyes

Those of you who are regular readers of Natural News—and your numbers are many—may not always agree with points of view expressed here, but we believe you at least consider us a trustworthy news source, a point driven home by the tens of millions of page views we receive every month.

That said, how much trust would you place in us if, say, we were being paid to put out certain information or relate only a singular point of view? We're guessing that number would be much, much smaller.

Yet that's what one establishment media organization—CNN—appears to be doing, according to multiple sources who say the network has begun engaging in a practice of killing stories that portray governments and countries which have become the network's sugar daddies in a bad light. …

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$5 Trillion Is Also How Much Obama Promised to Cut the Debt in 2008! - Did He Give Details?

 by zencycler

Romney and Ryan will continue to be pressed for details about the 20% tax cut proposal with regard to how they will come up with $5 trillion in offsets by telling specifically which deductions would be reduced or eliminted.

Did Obama give any details when he promised to cut the $10 trilion debt in half (which would also be $5 trillion)? I don't recall, but I guess what's most important is that HE DID NOT DO IT!

This gives Romney/Ryan a great comeback if they get pressed for details on the offsets in future debates:

$5 trillion - where have I heard this before? Oh yes, that's the amount by which then candidate Obama promised to cut the nation's debt when he ran for office in 2008.

So clearly, it's not knowing details in advance that will result in a $5 trillion promise being kept, but rather the sincerity and the ability of the person who makes that promise.

You can't have my Obama-Phone!

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Shitty Shitty Bang Bang!

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It's a chain saw, stupid!

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GE, Chesapeake Offer 'CNG In A Box' For Gas Stations

Yahoo via IBD ^ | 8 Oct 2012 | KEVIN HARLIN

General Electric (GE) and natural gas supplier Chesapeake Energy (CHK) have partnered on a "CNG in a Box," an all-in-one package that allows convenience stores and gas stations to add a pump for compressed natural gas. CNG, a cleaner-burning fuel than gasoline or diesel, is about $1.50 cheaper than the equivalent amount of gas, thanks to huge domestic reserves. The fuel is being embraced by fleets — about 40% of trash trucks sold in the U.S. last year ran on natural gas. But very few consumer vehicles run on the cheap, plentiful fuel in part because of the higher costs of the cars and sparse network of fueling stations. Proponents are hopeful that expanded fueling networks will spur CNG auto demand, which in turn will encourage more stations to set up CNG pumps...

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Dear Leader TANKING, Oh My...

Reaganite Republican ^ | October 9, 2012 | Reaganite Republican


Pew Research: Romney 49%, Obama 46 amongst likely voters, with women now 47-47 tie, when last month Obama led Romney by 18 points (56% - 38) among female likely voters (!).

Gallup: Romney and Obama now tied (= five-point debate bump): by a 'record-setting margin' debate watchers say Romney did better last Wednesday, Independents named him the victor by a devastating 70-19 margin... ouch!

Washington Times/Zogby: Romney up 45.1 - 44.5%
(+9 bounce)

Battleground: Romney crushing Obama with
Independents 51-35%

Military Times: Romney 66%, Obama 26


American Thinker: 'Why Obama Will Lose All Three Debates'

Daily Beast: 'Does Obama Even Want to Win the Election?'

(hyper-liberal) Andrew Sullivan: "Seriously: has that kind of swing ever happened this late in a campaign?

Has any candidate lost 18 points among women voters in one night ever?

And we are told that when Obama left the stage that night, he was 'feeling good'. That's terrifying.

On every single issue, Obama has instantly plummeted into near-oblivion. He still has some personal advantages over Romney - even though they are all much diminished."

"Look: I'm trying to rally some morale, but I've never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week..."

"Too arrogant to take a core campaign responsibility seriously. Too arrogant to give his supporters what they deserve."

"Maybe if Romney can turn this whole campaign around in 90 minutes, Obama can now do the same. But I doubt it. A sitting president does not recover from being obliterated on substance, style and likability in the first debate and get much of a chance to come back. He has, at a critical moment, deeply depressed his base and his supporters and independents are flocking to Romney in droves."

Jim Lehrer @ PBS: "Spin doesn't work if everbody's
seen the event..."

John Zogby: "Don't ever ask again if polls matter"


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