Sunday, October 14, 2012

Angry and confused



CONFIRMED: OBAMA CAMPAIGN IS OUT OF IDEAS!

Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 10-13-2012 | Mike Flynn

October 13, 2012

Mike Flynn

Earlier today, I conjectured that the Obama campaign may be out of attack lines to use against Mitt Romney. After Obama's disastrous debate on October 3rd, it was remarkable that his campaign didn't try to launch any new attacks or create any new diversions to change the media narrative. I wondered that, perhaps, he was out of bullets. Turns out I was right.

Politico is reporting that the Obama campaign is going to go back to the issue of Mitt Romney's tax returns. They have unveiled a new 30-second ad on Mitt's taxes to run in several swing states.
Um, Obama campaign, you did this once before....

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John Zogby to Newsmax: Ohio Momentum 'Clearly With Romney'

Newsmax ^ | October 12, 2012 | David Alliot and John Bachman

When it comes to the all-important swing state of Ohio this election, “the momentum is clearly with Romney,” now that President Barack Obama’s 9-point lead going into the first presidential debate has vanished, pollster John Zogby tells Newsmax TV.

But it’s the independent vote that really matters in the Buckeye State, he says. When asked how important the independent vote is for Ohio, Zogby tells Newsmax: “Extremely important. For starters, Ohio does not have registration by political party. People will identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans but most voters in Ohio are independents.”

(VIDEO AT LINK)

Newsmax has teamed up with Zogby to produce multipart NewsmaxZogby online surveys, focusing on key states like Ohio.
The joint venture will feature three-day Swing State Tracking Polls in Ohio, Florida, and Virginia, and a national poll leading right up to Election Day. The NewsmaxZogby polls use key information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books, and exit polls to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed.
Zogby says the tracking is critical, especially in battleground states like Ohio. “Obama just doesn’t have wiggle room in Ohio. Ohio is very important, and it’s going to be very, very close.”
Out of the gate, “the president starts out with a solid deficit — 39 percent who rate him poorly or strongly disapprove of his job performance,” he says. “That means to be credible, he has to win over 90 percent of the rest of the voters. Right now he’s at about 47 percent overall approval, and 50 percent disapprove. But 39 percent strongly disapprove — they’re just not going to vote for him.”
Zogby says he’s seen the state go from being up for grabs to solidly in Obama’s corner to now, up for grabs again...
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Big Bird doesn't need our help PBS subsidy is the easiest budget cut in Washington!

concordmonitor.com ^ | October 14, 2012 | By Grant Bosse

When I asked Concord Monitor Editor Felice Belman last week about writing a column on PBS funding, I never imagined that President Obama would make it the central theme of his re-election strategy.
The president has invoked the threat to Big Bird in every stump speech. As Jon Stewart remarked on The Daily Show, Obama's comparison of Wall Street to Sesame Street would have been a clever comeback during the first debate, but seemed pretty lame coming a day later when one of his speechwriters loaded it into a teleprompter.
I've been a critic of Latte Welfare for several years. When I ran for Congress in 2008, I called for ending federal subsidies for public broadcasting during a debate on Channel 11, which I'll admit, in hindsight, seems a bit tacky. I testified last year before the state Senate Finance Committee that ending the state subsidy for New Hampshire Public Television was the easiest $5 million in savings that budget writers were going to find.
The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is seeking $445 million next year, $297 million to PBS, $99.5 million to public radio stations, $26.7 million for "System Support" programs designed to benefit all member stations, and $22.2 million for administrative expenses. This adds up to about 15 percent of the operating budget for public broadcasting stations.
Sesame Street debuted in 1969, and was a groundbreaking achievement in children's education programming. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell chronicles how the Children's Television Network studied how young children learned and adapted its programming to be more "sticky." Sesame Street writers also included jokes and cultural references aimed at adults, to keep parents entertained as they watched with their kids.
I debuted in 1972, and grew up on Sesame Street and in Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. I'm also a big fan of Mad Men and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, but I'm happy they don't getting taxpayer subsidies. The global success of Sesame Street shows that such funding is no longer necessary.
We could argue over whether the federal government has a legitimate reason to start a TV network in 1967. But in today's incredibly competitive entertainment marketplace, such an argument is downright silly.
There are dozens of cable networks devoted to programming that used to be unique to PBS. This Old House spawned HGTV. Julia Child paved the way for Food Network. Downton Abbey and Masterpiece Theatre would be more at home on BBC America. Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and a huge block of kids' channels compete for viewers without getting 15 percent of their funding from taxpayers.
And anyone who thinks the political coverage of PBS is superior to the talking heads on cable news has never watched an entire episode of the McLaughlin Group.
We can also dispense with the notion that PBS is needed as a refuge from the horrors of commercial television. The underwriting announcements given to PBS sponsors are indistinguishable from commercials. As I write this, PBS.org in running web ads for United Healthcare and Beaches Resorts. I lost track of how much I've spent over the years buying Ken Burns DVDs as Fathers Day presents.
There are some great deals right now at ShopPBS.org. You can get the American Brew DVD for $9.99, or William and Kate: Planning a Royal Wedding for only $7.99. I've got my eye on a Johnny Cash Blu-Ray for $24.98. Thank goodness we don't have to count on commercial television to pay attention to beer, country music and the Royal Family.
Sesame Street has largely weaned itself off the public dole and receives very little
federal funding. It rakes in millions in licensing deals from 140 countries and countless toys, books, and games. Big Bird is going to be just fine.
The half-billion dollars we spend on public broadcasting isn't much compared to a trillion-dollar annual deficit and a $16 trillion debt. But it is the easiest spending cut anyone is Washington is going to find.
If are elected leaders can't bring themselves to stop subsidizing upper-middle-class television, how can we trust them to make tough decisions?
This debate over funding PBS is actually quite informative. Anyone who insists we still need it obviously doesn't really care about fixing the deficit, and needn't be taken seriously.

Deliverance with Better Teeth, Clothes, and Haircuts

The American Thinker ^ | October 14, 2012 | Clarice Feldman

.....Other bloggers have made lists of the substantial number of media figures married to Administration appointees and Democratic Party figures....The incestuous relationship between the media and the Democrats is of such longstanding that you could say the Capitol is like Deliverance with better clothes and haircuts.......................
The bigger news of the week....is that the Administration's recounting of what happened in Benghazi has been proven to be a pack of lies, the intelligence community is refusing to take the fall for the Administration's disregard for the lives of its own representatives abroad, and the media is continuing to do its best to divert pubic attention away from this major foreign policy debacle..........
......In scantily reported hearings before the House Government Oversight Committee, it appeared that the administration had repeatedly, callously ignored pleas from our people in Libya for greater security.
....For its part the State Department was also walking away from Ambassador Rice. Maybe Secretary Clinton hoped that would make voters forget she taped an idiotic video shown in Pakistan apologizing for the film or that she continued this charade while standing next to the caskets of those men murdered by her department's brutally cold disregard for their safety.........
......Before the week was out, administration and party spokespersons were imitating the Three Stooges .
...Jay Carney offered up that it is an "editorial judgment" to say the Administration was wrong on the "crisis" in Libya.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz...said just because the Administration's statements about what happened in Libya were wrong, it doesn't mean they were "false."
Stephanie Cutter....offered up this: "...the entire reason [the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that filled four Americans] has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan..."
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The top ten reasons why Paul Ryan won the 2012 VP debate.


Chicago Now ^ | 10/12/12 | Jeff Berkowitz

Not only did the below statements and actions help bring independents to Romney-Ryan, but they helped set or reinforce the foundation for Romney’s arguments in the second Presidential debate, scheduled for this coming Tuesday night.
  1. We just had an ambassador and three other Americans killed in Libya. That doesn’t happen everyday. And, Joe Biden lied about it in the debate. He said “Nobody asked us for more protection.” But, evidence indicates that is not true. It is clear from documents and testimony in recent hearings that our ambassador was asking for more protection. Worse, the Obama administration’s ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, told everybody well after the incident that the murder of our ambassador was due to spontaneous protests about the production of a U. S. film offensive to Muslims. We now know that was clearly a false statement and Ms. Rice either did and should have known that. Biden blamed last night that error on incorrect intelligence information. That won’t hold up. This was not a good way to win independent votes.
  2. Biden spent the evening smirking, smiling, sneering, interrupting, overtalking and being sarcastic when his opponent, Cong. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) was speaking. Due to a split screen, everyone watching this on TV could see it. It suggests that Biden is an immature, insensitive, quirky person who is too unstable to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Also, you have to wonder about the kind of debate preparation Biden had and does this show disarray among Obama’s staff. Shouldn’ they exercise some control over Biden. This could be dispositive against Obama for independents and undecided voters.
  3. Iran is racing toward a nuclear weapon and nothing that Biden said should have been reassuring to voters. Obama spent several years trying to be nice to Iran, in hopes they would accept the peace offerings. They didn’t and nothing said by Biden last night should have been persuasive to independent and undecided voters that Obama’s approach to Iran is a good one.
  4. As Ryan said last night, the current state of the U. S. economy is not what a recovery looks like: 1.4 % annualized rate of GDP growth, 7.8% current unemployment, 8% to 10% unemployment for most of Obama’s tenure and 23 million Americans struggling with some sort of unemployment or underemployment. A 800 billion dollar stimulus program that did little. Why should anybody think that four more years of this approach will make the situation markedly better. This won’t attract independent voters.
  5. Ryan articulated a Romney-Ryan plan to reform and save medicare, while not changing it for those over the age of 54. Biden said nothing other than he was against any reform of Medicare. Even the moderator, left of center Martha Raddatz, seemed annoyed when she asked Biden, “Why not raise the age for medicare eligibily just one year sometime in the future.” Biden had no answer. Independents are unlikely to be attracted to Biden’s unwillingness to take any steps to fix Medicare.
  6. Biden argued that Obama-Biden would not raise taxes at all for middle class families, but that clearly taxes should be increased for the top 2%. Ryan argued that such tax increases would hurt job creation, as the top 3% include many small businessmen who would engage in less saving and investment and thus create fewer jobs, if their taxes were increased. Independents would like to see true, expanded efforts to create jobs, especially in the private sector.
  7. Biden is very proud of the fact that our combat troops are essentially out of Iraq and we will be out of Afghanistan by 2014. While Romney-Ryan do not differ markedly on this item with Obama-Biden, Ryan did argue that Obama didn’t have to make the time line so certain and public. A little doubt as to our intentions might have slowed down the return of the Taliban. This should be an attractive argument to independents who might want to diminish the power of people who killed 3000 Americans.
  8. Biden thought he would try to scare women into thinking Romney-Ryan had on their agenda legislation to make abortion completely illegal. But Ryan said simply that he believes life begins at conception, referring to the fetus his wife and he saw via an ultrasound. He said the Romney-Ryan policy is one of opposing abortion except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is at stake. Moreover, Ryan doesn’t seem to want to appoint judges who would try to ban abortion. Rather, Ryan thinks abortion policy should be set by the elected representatives of the people, not judges. Further, Ryan alluded to the values of Biden when Ryan pointed out that Biden said he would not second guess China’s policy of forced abortion and sterilization to enforce the Chinese one child policy. Over-all, it appears that the Romney -Ryan position on abortion might be closer to that of independents than that of Obama-Biden.
  9. The abortion discussion took place near the end of the debate. So, Biden smirked, smiled, sneered, laughed and was very sarcastic throughout the entire debate, except for the abortion discussion, when he seemed to be quite serious. This might give independents the impression that Biden was not that concerned about taxes, unemployment, spending, Iran and U. S. ambassadors being killed. Yes, his only serious concern was a woman’s unlimited right to have an abortion anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances. That might not be an attractive position to independents.
  10. To close, Biden said he just wanted to level the playing field and give everyone a fair shot. For Ryan, it was all about the economy and jobs. Ryan said Romney-Ryan would accept the responsibility to bring about a real recovery. Again, advantage Ryan, in terms of winning over independent and undecided voters.

Rambling Retirees Trade Homes for Boats, RVs, Sofas


By Lou Carlozo | ReutersFri, Oct 12, 2012 1:06 PM EDT


At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up.

A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

Semi-retired Ian Morton and his dog Zoey walk up the dock by his houseboat (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi) Now retired from teaching and secretarial work, Elegbede, 68, has become a full-time "couchsurfer" herself, living in other people's guest quarters all over the world. (She has a temporary apartment in Tempe, Arizona.)

"I've lived in Africa. I know how to take a bath from a bucket ... I've lived in caves in Greece and hitchhiked all over the world. Next year, I'm off to India for two or three months."

Call Elegbede one of the "rambling retirees": folks who give up the senior community or a comfy house for a life of constant travel. And they're not all hippies.

"The RV (recreational vehicle) has replaced the rocking chair, and the whole notion of retirement has changed in the last 10 years," says Ken Budd, executive editor of AARP magazine and author of "The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem."

There are no good statistics on just how many boomers are taking retirement on the road. But some indicators - steadily rising traffic at houseboat and recreational vehicle websites, and a growing number of retirement-age members on couchsurfing.com - confirm the trend.

A view from a window in Morton's houseboat (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)There are two drivers, according to journalist Samantha Dunn, who's written about RV retirees for the website Next Avenue. First, wireless technology means you can easily stay in touch with friends and family even while living on the road.

Then there's the financial angle. Today's retirees have limited budgets and long life expectancies. Living on the road for a year or five can be a way to spend less than hanging on to the big house or moving into a service-heavy retirement community.

"Even if you buy the $100,000 RV rig, it's cheaper than dealing with an oversized house and taxes and all the things home ownership entails," Dunn says.

Folks who have done it agree. John Graves, editor of the Retirement Journal and author of "The 7% Solution," a book about financing retirement, spent 10 years without a fixed address and traveled to 80 countries. By living simply, bartering and eating from street vendors, Graves, 64, says he saved the equivalent of $36,000 annually.

If that's sounding good, read on. Here's what it takes to retire on the go, whether you choose to hang your hat in a houseboat, a mobile home, or on the back of someone's sofa.

DIFFERENT STROKES: FREESTYLE

Morton walks onboard his houseboat docked at Le Port De Plaisance de Lachine (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)Couchsurfing is the practice of moving from home to home, sleeping in whatever space is offered gratis. Of the almost 5 million members at couchsurfing.com, some 160,000 are over 50 years old; their ranks have at least doubled since 2009. Accommodations can range from a weathered futon in someone's living room to a yacht bunk or a Maui tree house. Typical stays last two to three days but can also last several months. While you can reciprocate and offer your own couch when your host travels, there's no requirement that you do so.

Lodging comes free, though extended stays in a city may mean side trips to a hostel or hotel while hopping between host homes. Elgebede says she can stay in South America for as little as $1,200 a month, or China for $1,500, including eating out.

Couchsurfing.com has a group for global couchsurfers over 50 years old with 145 members, up 7 percent from a month ago. It includes members from all over the world, including Iran, Argentina, Uzbekistan and the Ukraine.

AFLOAT AND LAID-BACK

As many as 9,000-plus people have retired to houseboats in the United States and Canada, an estimate based on statistics collected by the Center for Competitive Analysis of the University of Missouri.

Semi-retired Morton drinks his coffee while holding his dog Zoey onboard his houseboat (REUTERS/Christinne Mus …Some houseboaters float from dock to dock, though many stay in one place on the water. People who call themselves "liveaboards" have a leisurely life marked by sunbathing and grilling.

Houseboaters vary as much as the retirement population itself: upscale and downscale, singles and married couples, serious sailors and novice boaters, says Ian Morton, editor of the All About Houseboats website. Many are concentrated on Kentucky's Lake Cumberland, affectionately known as the "Redneck Riviera."

A used boat for a couple, plus room for guests, will cost $50,000 to $250,000, Morton says. The same boat new ranges from $200,000 to $1 million, and amenities can include dishwashers, garbage compactors, a full kitchen and even a hot tub.

Morton, 51, is semi-retired and lives on a houseboat six months out of the year in Montreal, Canada. (He also travels in an RV and has an apartment.) His major annual costs are insurance ($2,000 for a $200,000 boat) and docking ($3,000 and up).

A marine survey for your floating home to ensure its shipshape can run $1,500 to $2,000. First-year costs typically run $25,000, including maintenance and fuel, says Morton, citing the survey and improvements to a newly acquired boat. Annual costs may drop 20 percent or more in subsequent years, assuming a lack of weather damage or major repairs.

Morton, who's saving thousands of dollars annually compared to a land-based life with a mortgage, plans to live on a houseboat as long as he's able.

"It's peaceful, everybody's in a good mood, you get to fall asleep with the rocking of the waves and the wind, and with the Internet, you can home-office from just about anywhere."

Informative websites include Houseboat magazine, Boat Owners Association of The United States and All About Houseboats.

DESPITE FUEL COSTS, RVS REMAIN POPULAR

Estimates vary on how many retirees live in RVs year-round, but it's probably north of 25,000, based on data from the Escapees RV Club and the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Morton interacts with his dog Zoey onboard his houseboat (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)Large variations exist in RV price, says Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, co-editor of the RV Lifestyle Experts website and co-author of "Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement."

A used Class A RV, manufactured on a large truck chassis, can run from $10,000 to $150,000. Some top out at more than $1 million. The Lazy Daze, a Class C motor home (built on a cutaway van chassis), is especially popular. It sells in the $100,000 price range new, or as little as $5,000 used.

RV expenses top out at $14,000 per year, calculates Rich Arzaga, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Wealth in San Ramon, California, who just took an extended RV vacation with his family to sample the lifestyle.

Costs include campsites, which average about $30 a night, and gasoline: Expect to spend around $300 to fill a 74-gal. tank. Insurance can run $2,000 and storage an additional $1,000 annually.

With housing costs for renters and homeowners averaging $16,557 (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), living in an RV is actually cheaper by at least $2,500 annually, says Arzaga. "Full-time RV travelers can also choose their state of residence, and eight states have no income tax."

Informative websites include RV Lifestyle Experts and the Escapees RV Club.

Many retirees living in RVs, such as Fran Reisner, 52, suggest towing a car to explore back roads.

"I have a Honda CRV, which happens to be one of the easiest to tow," says Reisner, who paid $92,000 for a 35-ft. Winnebago Adventurer in a high-stakes trade-in: life at home in Frisco, Texas, for life on the road, indefinitely.

Her rolling home has a king-size bed, double-wide refrigerator and a washer-dryer.

Reisner says RV life has worked out well financially, and she has no plans to give it up. Having just hit the one-year mark, she's logged 18,000 miles across 27 states. And countless miles of exploring remain as life takes her down a new road: photographing nature and wildlife.

Second Term?

Still in the ditch!

The Mess

Little Debbie Nutty Bars

Borders

Walls

Debt Limits

Another historic accomplishment!

History Will See Obama as Nothing But a Communist Tool... and a Failed One at That!



Outside of wishful thinking... at this point,
how could anyone attempt to purport otherwise?


Uncle Joe sez...

STALIN on ACORN/urban Democratic 'machines':
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
STALIN on today's "progressive" agenda:
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
STALIN on religion:
God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist.
STALIN on counting-your-blessings:
"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs."
STALIN on gun control:
"If the opposition (citizen) disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves."
STALIN on corporate useful idiots (GE, GM, banks):
"When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use."

Obama's specious, intentionally misleading
stated agenda
(-jobs! -deficit! -economy!) while in reality pushing this nation right to the edge of the abyss economically, socially, and diplomatically -utilizing every and any lever available to him, precisely as Stalin schemed decades ago- makes it clear these actions are meant to undermine and/or destroy everything that made the United States of America great.

Unfortunately for those of us who actually do love the country, he's already done considerable damage- saddling our economy with stratospheric (and soaring) debt levels, stomping on The Constitution at every turn, and creating deep social scars that may take a generation -or more- to heal.

Today -as Michele Bachmann is gang-mocked by Obammunist drones in the dinosaur media for bringing some much-needed light to the anti-American intentions betrayed by the President's actions- how bout the other side explaining then why we should just sit back and allow vengeful and embittered radicals both inside and outside of government -like Van Jones- to raze this country to the ground...?

Seems the charge hits a little too close to home for some of the Administration's apologizer-enablers...and Bachmann is right.

And who's surprised by the USSR zombie popping-out of the grave to kill us, anyway? Obama's weirdo parents met in Russian class- what kind of people took Russian in the US in 1960...? Besides fellow far-left freak Neil Abercrombie,
Lee Harvey Oswald comes to mind.... bama is a communist

Watch Closely

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Half Staff

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Ah, Jeeze!

Misguided Leadership

Debate opponent

Send in the clown!

Closer

Obama has taxpayers funding graduate programs in Uganda!

WorldNetDaily ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | Steve Peacock

"Training would offer energy-management courses in East Africa"

The Obama administration wants U.S. taxpayers to finance the creation of energy-management doctorate and master’s degree programs at a university in the East African nation of Uganda.
Obama, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, wants to help “current and future Ugandan professionals” and others to develop expertise “in sound environmental management and biodiversity conservation in relation to oil and gas development.”

Before doing so, however, those same taxpayers and other interested parties have a chance to submit comments to USAID on the proposed endeavor.

The USAID/Uganda Education for Environmentally Sound Oil Management initiative, as it is known, plans to hire contractors to create Ph.D. and other post-graduate programs at Makerere University, Uganda’s largest institution of higher learning.

While the invitation for comments primarily is designed ...

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Explaining Romney's Surge


By Hugh Hewitt

"Tonight the part of Wile E. Coyote will be played by Vice President Joe Biden."


Thursday night's debate between Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan went according to the super-secret plan of Karl Rove to not only defeat but deeply embarrass the Democratic Party.

Rove had previously arranged for President Obama to take two Ambien before the first debate.

Not even a maniacal, all-powerful Rove could be blamed for the Democrats decision to attempt to cover-up the details of the terrible tragedy in Benghazi or the serial malfeasances before or after the attack of 9/11 that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans --Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods. The collapse of the president in the first debate and the implosion of the vice president in the second were mere political misfortunes, but the murders in Benghazi were horrible personal tragedies and a national nightmare.

That Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter then politicized the deaths by blaming the attention paid to them on politics rather than on the trauma of a shocked nation left her radioactive and forever branded as the operative willing to say anything.

These are the events that changed a nation's mood and the election that is to be held after the shift.

Many will always argue that Mitt Romney would have surged into the lead in any event given the underlying economic havoc the president has wrecked upon the country, and indeed that is the fundamental premise of the University of Colorado model that has correctly predicted the result in presidential elections back to 1980.

It is the state of the state-by-state economies that drive their votes according to this model, and this model, updated and released this week, shows Mitt Romney accumulating 330 electoral college votes and romping to a victory.

Whatever the reason --terrible debate performances, a searing national tragedy brought about by terrorists and its cover-up, or economic misery on a state-by-state basis, Mitt Romney is winning, and the country will be ready to celebrate when he does. A fresh start is needed.

Most economists still don't see another recession looming, but the number who do is rising rapidly and Europe is sinking deeper into a recession that could pull us along with it.

The price of gas has topped $5 a gallon in many places in California, and the consequences of the president's feckless energy policy are everywhere coming into clear view and brining with them agony for the middle class.

Devastating cuts to the military's personnel and equipment are poised to occur under the "sequestration" and the president is cheering them on.

And of course the fiscal cliff looms and we are headed towards it in Thelma and Louise style, with the president hitting the gas and demanding the "Bush era tax cuts" fade and the country fly off the side of the canyon into who knows what.

Did I mention Obamacare unfolds in all of its maniacal bureaucratic density in the next year?

All of these factors have driven the surge towards Romney, and poll after poll shows that the country is shaking off the torpor induced by the endlessly talking, talking, talking president and the endlessly gesturing, gesturing, gesturing vice president.

Democrats are hoping that the president can work some of his old magic on Tuesday night, in effect requesting an entire nation to step up on to the stage and be hypnotized --again.

Who is going to volunteer to sleep walk through another four years?

There is a fine new satire out by Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn of the Daily Caller. It is The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer, and it is wildly funny as only good and timely satire can be.

What it mocks are (1) conspiracy theorists who spin bizarre tales about the president, and (2) most especially the president and his inner circle, the Chicago Gang.

Knocking the nutters about is pretty easy stuff though funny, but the art is in laying open the many, many conceits of Team Obama, especially those of its world-weary senior advisors and their deep seated belief that they know what they are doing at all times.

In fact they are and have been from day one a group of bumbling, stumbling amateurs, bereft of real experience in anything outside of the ward politics of Chicago, and propped up as best as was possible by a permanent governing class and especially by an incredibly effective military, and covered for by a Manhattan-Beltway media elite that fell in love with the president's story (especially those parts that closely resemble their own.)

Having blown through all the intelligence and all the world position willed them by President Bush --Mark Steyn is especially good at recognizing how this cupboard has been stripped bare-- Team Obama is now witnessing the rolling collapse of the president's ego-driven plans that is materializing at breakneck speed, and the consequences are terrible for the country and the West it leads (or used to lead.)

"But wait," they cry, "unemployment is down to 7.8%!"

Put aside your suspicion and believe the number.

That's it? That's the re-election campaign? Unemployment down to 7.8%?

Yes, it is. That and the promise of four more years of Joe Biden's unintentional comic relief.

There are many reason behind the rise of Mitt Romney to the top of the polls, and for his continuing momentum. Chief among them is the country's desperate hunger for competence and for integrity, for candor as to the problems and transparency in the explanation of the choices ahead.

A turnaround is possible and we are lucky to have a turnaround specialist at hand.

Whatever the next two debates bring us, whatever Rove has cooked up, the essential dynamic of Election 2012 was, is and will remain the need to make a U-Turn.

We went down a wrong road in 2008, for a lot of very good and understandable reasons. But it was a huge mistake, a mistake we can begin to correct in four weeks.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.

It Begins…Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Obama’s Presidential Records

nicedeb.wordpress.com ^ | October, 6, 2011 | nicedeb

According to Judicial Watch, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) has introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up.

In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.

Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001 Bush penned an executive order severely limiting public access to his presidential records. Shortly after swearing in, Obama killed it as part of his much-ballyhooed commitment to government transparency. At the time, the new president claimed that he was giving the American people greater access to “historic documents.”

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