Hilarious – First Debate as Interpreted By Bad Lip Readers

October 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm (Comedy, Debate, Eye of the Sparrow, Funny, Jim Lehrer, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

The debate was entertaining enough for the Mitt Romney beat down, but what happens when you turn the volume down and really bad lip readers interpret what is being said?  Glad you asked…

(h/t All-American Blogger)

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Bombshell: ABC Reports There Were No Protests Outside Libya Consulate Prior to Attack

October 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm (Al Qaeda, Benghazi, Christopher Stevens, David Petraeus, Dutch Ruppersberger, Libya, President Obama, Protest)

The Obama administration’s story on the attacks that killed four Americans unravels even further.

Watch the report:

Takeaway quotes:

“Details that we have never heard before about what went down.  And this is significantly different than what we were told at the time.”

“At the time as you recall we were told it was a protest that went bad and became an attack.   Now we are told there was no protest going on outside that embassy.” 

“A very complex attack.  Without precedent in U.S. diplomatic history.”

You mean it wasn’t a spontaneous protest over a video that nobody had seen before?  You don’t say.

Refresher from ABC News, three days after the attack:

The attack that killed four Americans in the Libyan consulate began as a spontaneous protest against the film “The Innocence of Muslims,” but Islamic militants who may have links to Al Qaeda used the opportunity to launch an attack, CIA Director David Petreaus told the House Intelligence Committee today according to one lawmaker who attended a closed-door briefing.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intel committee, said Petraeus laid out “a chronological order exactly what we felt happened, how it happened, and where we’re going in the future.”

“In the Benghazi area, in the beginning we feel that it was spontaneous – the protest- because it went on for two or three hours, which is very relevant because if it was something that was planned, then they could have come and attacked right away,” Ruppersberger, D-Md., said following the hour-long briefing by Petraeus. “At this point it looks as if there was a spontaneous situation that occurred and that as a result of that, the extreme groups that were probably connected to al Qaeda took advantage of that situation and then the attack started.”

Obama, September 20th:

“What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.”

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Top Security Chief to Testify That State Department Reduced Security in Libya Over His Objections

October 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm (Benghazi, Eric Nordstrom, House Oversight Committee, Libya, Obama Administration, Security, Terrorism, Tripoli)

Tomorrow, top security chief Eric Nordstrom is set to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee that diplomats in Benghazi needed more security – and didn’t get it.

Via the Daily Beast:

The former top U.S. diplomatic security official in Libya will tell Congress Wednesday that the State Department reduced security personnel for Libya over his objections.

Eric Nordstrom, the regional security officer for the U.S. embassy in Tripoli from September 2011 to June 2012, is slated to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he will discuss publicly for the first time a 51-page report he prepared this summer on security incidents in Libya since June 2011.

“The incidents paint a clear picture that the environment in Libya was fragile at best and could degrade quickly,” Nordstrom wrote in an Oct. 1 letter to the committee. “Certainly not an environment where post should be directed to ‘normalize’ operations and reduce security resources in accordance with an artificial timetable.”

We’re learning that this is why the White House spent so much effort concealing the true reasons behind the attack in Benghazi, because they are complicit in it’s success in killing Americans.  There were 13 different security incidents, and multiple requests for added security.  Yet the Obama administration simply went whistling through the graveyard.

This cover up is on a similar scale to Watergate, with the exception that nobody died in Watergate.

And yet we watch the media cover items like Obama’s Big Bird ad.  What has become of this country?

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Tax Report: New York Ranks Dead Last For Business

October 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm (Andrew Cuomo, Business, Business-Friendly, Economy, Governor Cuomo, New York, NY Works, Open For Business, Tax, Tom DiNapoli)

While the Cuomo administration has experienced what some would call an historic term in office, one aspect contributing to that description has been the Governor’s insistence that New York is open for business, promoting a new business-friendly atmosphere in the Empire state.

Just a few months ago, the governor had this to say about conducting business in New York:

“The focus of the administration has always been and will continue to be making New York work to help create jobs and grow businesses in every region of the state.  In the spirit of entrepreneurial government and through our New York Works initiatives, we have positioned the state as a partner to the private sector to encourage billions of dollars of new investment in nanotechnology and other growth industries.”

It was less than a year ago that Cuomo launched a new marketing initiative called, “New York Open For Business”, which according to a press release, had the following aim:

In recent years, businesses have left the state in record numbers and job losses have devastated local communities, giving New York the image of having one of the worst business climates in the nation. The goal of the “New York Open for Business” initiative is to promote the many assets of investing in New York so the state can regain its reputation as a business-friendly location.

Sad news to report today however, indicating that it doesn’t matter if you open your doors to business, if nobody wants to go inside and buy anything.

Via Capitol Confidential:

This is interesting in light of today’s scheduled events, which include an update on Wall Street’s contribution to the state economy by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and a NY Works meeting which is part of a Cuomo initiative to rebuild the state’s economy.

The Tax Foundation which, granted, looks askance at taxes, ranks New York dead last in terms of the business tax climate. They cite not just the income taxes but the state’s property taxes, unemployment taxes (overly complex and saddled with surcharges, they say) and overall complexity.

Here’s what they said:

Despite moderate corporate taxes, New York scores at the bottom this year by having the worst individual income tax, the sixth-worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes. The states in the bottom 10 suffer from the same afflictions: complex, non-neutral taxes with comparatively high rates.

Read the full report here.

Here is how the rest of the United States stacks up.

This of course, comes on the heels of a summertime report in which the Empire state was ranked dead last in business friendliness, and saw rankings drop in several other categories such as Quality of Life, Economy, Access to Capital, Cost of Living, and Infrastructure & Transportation.

As it stands now, doing business in New York under the Cuomo administration is an historically bad idea.

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Video: Is This Man Seriously the Leader of the Free World?

October 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm (2012 Elections, Barack Obama, Big Bird, Elmo, Mitt Romney, Sesame Street, Wall Street)

While last weeks debate clearly showed some fundamental differences in both Presidential candidates, perhaps this weeks dueling speeches make it even more crystal clear – Obama wasn’t presidential material in 2008, and he hasn’t improved in that regard in four years.

Watch this video and think to yourself, this is the President of the United States speaking…

Elmo is heading for the border in a white suburban … like OJ?
This man has nothing – nothing – to run on.  He can not talk about foreign policy, Libya, the economy – nothing of substance.  He has to talk about government funding of PBS and Big Bird.
Don’t believe me?  Obama, in the last few days, has mentioned Big Bird eight times in his speeches, Elmo five.
Libya and the economy?  Zero

Now contrast that with this man…
Which man looks like a leader, and which one looks like a joke?
Perhaps President Obama himself said it best…
“If you don’t have a record to run on … you make a big election about small things.” – Barack Obama, 2008
Mr. President, your campaign is about small things.  Your administration has provided nothing but small things.  America deserves bigger.  We deserve better.

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Even Politico Isn’t Taking Obama Seriously

October 9, 2012 at 7:19 am (2012 Election, Big Bird, Chicago, Mitt Romney, Obama Campaign, PBS, Poltico, President Obama)

Even the left-leaning Politico is out there mocking the Obama campaign as having no real message for the American people.  They have a new blog posting titled, Chicago Gets Serious…, in which the first sentence reads, “…and by serious, we mean not at all serious.”

The Obama campaign is out this morning with a goofy video of the Big Bird variety, mocking Mitt Romney, as the president has put it, as going easy on Wall Street but heavy on Sesame Street.

The campaign is calling this a TV spot, but did not, as officials there usually do, say where it’s airing, suggesting this is a video for media and YouTube consumption.

As Alex noted yesterday when the Pew poll numbers came out, we’ve long warned – and been warned – about big swings in surveys in what has been a fairly stable race. But the sampling of surveys out there do suggest a real Romney bounce.

And the president, as others have noted, and his team have been going fairly small at a moment when Romney is consistent in a message and pivoting toward going bigger (the foreign policy speech, more emotion on the trail, and so forth). And this video is the kind of small ball that Boston smacked over for months.

Here’s the ad in question…

You know it has to be bad when the President has lost Poiltico.  But the fact is, the campaign has to run ads about non-substantive issues such as the funding of PBS and Big Bird, because the administration has zero real policies that they can tout as successful.  The only success he’s had in four years is the ‘I killed Osama’ chest-thumping, but even that has been tempered by the disaster in Libya.
They’re grasping at straws.  This is what happens when you put amateur hour up against an actual Presidential candidate.

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