Obama, Dems Almost Answerable to No One

Obama already doesn't answer to the mainstream press -- and they're fine with that which is why they never ask him directly challenging questions, or even simple ones like, "can we see your college transcripts?" I mean, that's an easy one. And the follow up is easy, too: "why not?"Another easy-peasy: "define 'transparency'".So, forget the press. Obama does not answer to them and never will, because the press doesn't even want that. They've worked very hard building their narrative and … [Read more...]

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Obama’s Golden Champagne Tower

Okay, in fairness, it's not really Obama's champagne tower, worth over $100,000. It's Jay-Z and Beyonce's golden champagne tower and it was a centerpiece of last night's Obama campaign fundraiser (his 141st this year) at Jay-Z's 40/40 club, where for a mere $40,000 per person, folks got to hang with the president and hear his pearls.There's nothing more to be said, really, except the picture and accompanying story come to you courtesy of the UK press, as both of Obama's fundraisers in NYC … [Read more...]

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Cleverest Remark on DNC and Clinton

Yesterday, the DNC had to pretend it had a 2/3 vote to assert that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and for the inclusion of the phrase, "God-given gifts" into their national platform, because three attempts to vote couldn't bring it. Whether it was the "God" language or the "Jerusalem" language they resisted more is hard to say. But the nays seem to have it it.And then, of course, the mob boo'ed, jeered and hissed.Later, Bill Clinton came out and did what Bill Clinton does better than … [Read more...]

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God not “booed” but DNC Policies and Smarts Unclear

After the Democrats made a hasty move to restore God and a policy about Jerusalem into their national platform, from which they'd earlier been expunged, I see a lot of headlines (and tweets) about this video, and describing convention attendees as "booing God and Jerusalem."If, in fact, that's what they're doing, you gotta think that (especially for the so-called "smart" party**), that's pretty dumb. Not only do you not put those optics out there, you also don't give an impression that … [Read more...]

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Calming the Catholic Caricatures

Three excellent pieces, today, all making the very excellent and true argument that Catholics cannot really be labeled and pigeonholed into political and ideological caricatures, no matter how desperately the media (and too often Catholics themselves, of each other) try to do it.First up, Father Robert Barron looks at Paul Ryan and says, he's neither the social menace or the knight in shining armor that partisans want you to believe:In its social teaching, this same sort of "bi-polar … [Read more...]

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Paul Ryan, Patheos’ “News and Politics” and “Public Catholic”

Deacon Greg is probably one of the least "political" writers at Patheos, but he is still a newsman and his Catholic perspective has him rounding up articles on Paul Ryan and also culling specific Ryan/Catholic issues from the headlines, like this one: Ryan's Budget a "Quandary" for some Catholics"Meanwhile, just in time for the electoral season (and destined to live beyond it), Patheos has created a sort of one-stop landing page for all of your "mixing my faith with my politics" needs, … [Read more...]

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LA Times Raises an Eyebrow at Ann Romney’s Horse?

It is, of course, the usual mainstream media free-assist that should probably be considered a kind of campaign contribution: the LA Times, read by Hollywood folk who air-condition their garages while telling the little people to make sure they hang their laundry out to dry, today tries to help the Obama campaign's class warfare efforts by talking about Ann Romney's equestrian hobby, which both the headline and the very first paragraph of the Times' story points out, is "pricey."This is an … [Read more...]

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“Cool”: You keep using that word… UPDATE

Apparently, in reaction to the reality that the youth vote is fading on Obama, a memo has gone out from the campaign to the mainstream media, Democrat operatives, Hollywood moneybags, and all the ships at sea. It's message was succinct: "Obama Hip, Cool! Romney Square. Peace-and-Drones Out, Daddy-O."Do an internet search of "Obama cool" this morning and there is an embarrassment of riches:The New Yorker: Mr. Cool; Obama and the Hip FactorChris Cillizza at the WaPo didn't even break … [Read more...]

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Elizabeth Warren: Southie in her Heart! UPDATED!

Holy Smokes, but what a staggering fraud Elizabeth Warren is. I am almost embarrassed for her, and it's probably good that someone is embarrassed for her, since she seems incapable of feeling it for herself:Last week, news broke that Harvard Law had cited Warren as a minority hire — a Native American — when it was under criticism for lack of faculty diversity in 1996. Asked Friday for proof of her Indian ancestry, Warren’s said it’s part of her family “lore.”She also said she couldn’t “r … [Read more...]

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Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney and the Credentialists – UPDATES

Although I use it during the day mostly to promote Patheos writers, after hours I consider Twitter to be something of a virtual pub; it's a place to wind down, engage in some casual conversation, yell about baseball and then say goodnight.Last evening, I tootled in to find the tweets flying fast and um, furiously. "Wha'd I miss?" I asked someone.It seems lobbyist and Dem operative Hilary Rosen had gone on CNN last night and spoken unwisely not once, but twice, first declaring that the … [Read more...]

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