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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Pro-Illegal Alien Poll Watching? There’s an App For That

September 13, 2012 at 7:03 am (2012 Elections, Common Cause, Elections, George Soros, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, New York, Open Society Institute, Poll Watching, PollWatchUSA, Sonia Sotomayor)

There is a new poll watching app being rolled out for smartphones in a few local primary races in New York today.  The app, named PollWatchUSA, will allow users to report problems at the ballot box.

A new app that lets voters flag polling-place irregularities will be tested at the primaries on Thursday and, if it works well, will be rolled out citywide for the November general election.

The program, PollWatchUSA, enables voters to report in real time if they are experiencing undue delays, having trouble getting or casting a ballot, or being subjected to harassment or intimidation.

Here is how the reporting will work:

In addition to allowing people to report impediments to voting quickly and easily, the application maps election trouble spots and allows observers, from the news media or from good-government groups like Common Cause, to alert the Board of Elections and to dispatch their own monitors to affected polling places.

It isn’t the app itself which should raise some eyebrows, but rather the group that is testing out PollWatchUSA today – an extreme, racially biased, pro-illegal alien group known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

The monitoring and advocacy group LatinoJustice PRLDEF will have a dozen or so volunteers posted at polling sites Thursday in Washington Heights and the Bronx equipped with the app.

“Our hope is to be able to use the crowdsourcing feature for poll monitoring so that we can assess any language, intimidation or other issues as they arise and address those problems by dispatching volunteers to those stations,” the group said in a statement. “We will use the data to better prepare polling stations for the general election in November.”

LatinoJustice currently has ‘expanded right(s) for illegal aliens’ as a central goal, and have long demanded “a path for legalization and citizenship for the millions of undocumented living in the United States.”

Why would a group whose main focus is the rights of illegal aliens need to stalk election locations?  And is this borderline intimidation for the to monitor the elections, and have the ability to call in the media when they find something objectionable to their pro-illegal agenda?

A recent article by Kevin Mooney over at Breitbart mentions LatinoJustice as a group trying “to keep non-citizens who tend to favor Democrats registered as voters.”  And now they’ll be able to make sure they vote as well.

That’s a concern.

The LatinoJustice group is so controversial that they came up as a possible deterrent in the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

From Accuracy in Media:

Sotomayor was a member of the National Council of La Raza from 1998 to 2004, and also gave speeches at La Raza-sponsored events. La Raza, whose name translates to “the Race” in Spanish, lobbies for radical policies like open border laws and access to drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants.

The Supreme Court nominee also spent over a decade serving on the board of the left-wing LatinoJustice Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund (PRLDF) from 1980 until 1992. The PRLDF “pushes for enforced multiculturalism, diversity, bilingual public education, race-based gerrymandering of electoral districts, race-based employment quotas, tenants’ rights, and illegal immigrants’ rights,” argued Matthew Vadum of the American Spectator on May 26th.

And if that isn’t enough to raise eyebrows, LatinoJustice also receives funding from the George Soros group, the Open Society Institute.

Intimidation by pro-illegal alien groups at the polls?  Now there’s an app for that.

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The Only Way to See Positives in Obama’s Economy is to Kill Expectations

August 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm (2012 Elections, George W. Bush, Job Reports, Jobs, Jobs Created, Lowered Expectations, Obama Economy, President Obama, Unemployment)

With today’s jobs report indicating an increase in unemployment to 8.3%, the Obama campaign is sure to draw attention away from the number 8.3 and instead focus on the number of jobs created, 163,000.

It will be celebrated as progress, a step in the right direction, and proof that the private sector is doing fine.

But the only way anyone can possibly believe that is to have been barraged for four years of repeatedly lowered expectations.

Jonathan Collegio of American Crossroads writes:

In short: It is impossible to celebrate 163,000 new jobs as an accomplishment three years into a recovery – unless you have lowered expectations to the point that you do not expect to get folks back to work. Today’s jobs report only exceeds expectations if the president has exceedingly low expectations for America.

Proof of that can be found in the President’s own words.  Surely he had higher expectations when George W. Bush was in office, based on this statement criticizing the number of jobs created in a 2004 report.  Then Senator Barack Obama blasted President Bush on the state of the economy in a radio address to fellow Democrats:

“For the past few weeks, President Bush and members of his administration have traveled the nation to celebrate recent improved economic statistics. Well, I’ve been traveling too, all over this large and diverse state. In cities and suburbs, downstate and upstate, I’ve heard from people who say it’s way too early to claim victory when it comes to our economy,” Obama says in the Democrats’ radio address from June 26, 2004.

“After three dismal years of job-loss, we all welcome encouraging statistics,” Obama acknowledges in the 2004 address. “But for most Americans, the health of our economy is measured in a different and more personal way: If I lose my job, where will I find one that pays as well and offers real benefits? Can I afford health-care coverage on my own, or the cost of sending my children to college? Will I ever be able to save and retire with dignity and security? These are the questions I hear hardworking people asking. For them, the basic rewards of a middle-class life, rewards that we once took for granted, have become an elusive dream.”

The numbers Obama blasted?  310,000 jobs created, and 5.6% unemployment.  Somebody should be making a campaign video right now with those very same words, referring to today’s economic outlook under the President.

Collegio is correct, the only way anyone can look at the economic reports coming out of the Obama administration and see a positive outlook, is to have bought the lowered expectations.
We need a President who will raise Americans expectations, not lower them to make himself look better.

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Poll Results – Mitt Romney Will Not Win the GOP Nomination

January 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm (2012 Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Presidential Campaign, South Carolina)

Well, the results are in and we had a pretty good response from readers of the Mental Recession.

We asked – Will Mitt Romney win the GOP nomination?

And mimicking the late surge in South Carolina of Newt Gingrich, there was a late surge of ‘No’ votes for Romney.  The results?

Yes – 40%

No – 52%

Not sure – 8%

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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New York Democrats – Voter Fraud is ‘A Normal Political Tactic’

January 18, 2012 at 12:05 am (2012 Elections, Anthony DeFiglio, Anthony Renna, Carmella Mantello, Corruption, Democrats, James Gordon, New York, Troy, Voter Fraud, WFP, Working Families Party)

As the city of Troy, NY, awaits jury selection in the first trial involving two Democrats and their alleged roles in a “massive”voter fraud scheme, new details have emerged from the investigation.  Details involving two other veteran political operatives that have already pleaded guilty. 
According to a recent Fox News report, Anthony Renna, a Democrat guilty of second-degree forgery, and Anthony DeFiglio, a Democrat guilty of first-degree falsifying business records, are trying to drag all local politicians, regardless of party affiliation, down with the ship.  
Thus far, eight people have been charged in connection with the ballot fraud investigation, four of which have pleaded guilty.
Reports emerging from the investigation indicate that the Democrats are trying to implicate Republicans of the same conduct they have been charged with.  According to the state police, Renna and DeFiglio both claimed that, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.”
Renna explained that the process of handing in forged ballots and fake votes ensures that “ballots are voted correctly.”  He adds, “‘Voted correctly’ is a term used for a forged application or ballot.”
DeFiglio added that such fraud is actually “an ongoing scheme and it occurs on both sides of the aisle.  What appears as a huge conspiracy to nonpolitical persons is really a normal political tactic.”
Local Republicans, presumably the party being referred to on the other side of the aisle, are vehemently denying that ballot fraud was,or is, a normal political tactic.
James Gordon, Chairman of the Troy Republican Committee said, having been a part of the election process for a number of years that he has, “never heard or seen anything resembling these actions.”
He added, “In fact, after the Democrats were caught in 2009 the records at the Board of Elections were searched.  More cases of fraud were found dating back to 2007 or 2008, all attributed to Democrat candidates and operatives.  Nothing from any GOP members.”
One particular case involved former Troy City Clerk, William McInerney, who resigned from his position after being implicated for falsifying absentee ballots dating back to 2007, the year he helped Democrats seize control of the Council.
Recent Troy Mayoral candidate and former Troy City Councilmember, Carmella Mantello, also denied that these election tactics were ever commonplace in the GOP.
“This ‘practice’ was never part of the electoral process.”
With eight Democrats facing charges in the investigation, Gordon sums up the situation by saying, “Democrats wanted to win and it appears at any cost.”
“This was greed, ignorance, lack of ethics, and laziness.  Bad people doing bad things.”
Photo Credit:  Times Union

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Is There Life Left in Gingrich?

January 12, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Presidential Campaign, Rick Santorum, South Carolina)

A new poll on South Carolina seems to indicate that Newt Gingrich still has a little kick left in his campaign.  Are the multiple Romney attacks having an effect?  Can Newt pull out SC and get back in this thing?

From NewsMax:

The InsiderAdvantage poll of South Carolina likely Republican primary voters shows Newt Gingrich surging, coming within a statistical tie of Mitt Romney.

The poll of 726 registered voters was completed Wednesday night and offered the following results:

Romney — 23 percent
Gingrich — 21 percent
Santorum — 14 percent

Read more on Newsmax.com – Poll: Gingrich Surging in South Carolina 


Perhaps Mitt’s coronation is a bit premature…


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Video: DNC Chair Blames Tea Party for Tucson Shooting

January 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm (2012 Elections, Congress, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrats, DNC, Florida, Gabrielle Gifford, Karen Harrington, President Obama, Tea Party, Terrorism, Tucson Shooting)

Insane

… Yes, a full year after having an opportunity to come to her senses.

I’d say Debbie Wasserman Schultz stooped to a whole new low, but this is pretty much a consistent level for her.

Speaking in New Hampshire this morning, Wasserman Schultz heavily implied that the Tucson shooting was a result of Tea Party anger.  (Video below)

Washington Examiner reports:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaking in New Hampshire this morning, reminded her audience of the tragic Tucson shooting last year — and also insinuated that the Tea Party, which she said regards political opponents as “the enemy,” has enhanced divisiveness in Congress and had something to do with the shooting, at least indirectly. 

“We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords — who is doing really well, by the way, — [was shot],” Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair said during a “Politics and Eggs” forum this morning. “The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular . . . has really changed, I’ll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement.”

Be sure to click on the link, it actually gets worse as she doubles down on her charges.

Zip comments:

Wasserman Schultz is fully aware the shooter was deemed unfit for trial on account of his mental illness and yet, with no facts to back her up, she uses the one-year anniversary to blame the Tea Party.

She is an utter disgrace, but this is what Democrats truly believe about the Tea Party.  They want you to link the words Tea Party with terrorism.  Will the President denounce DWS?

Wasn’t it just a year ago that Obama stood in front of a crowd in Tucson that had anxiously sought leadership amidst the chaos of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting; a teachable moment that had The Guardian gushing about how the President had delivered “calm amid the toxic rhetoric.”
That moment of calm has long since dissipated.  Where once the President had denounced discourse that places “the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do”, we hear Republicans blamed for holding the American people hostage to their economic policies.  Where once we were urged to talk “with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds”, we now hear Tea Party members being denounced as terrorists.

If you’re sickened after watching the video, please feel free to read more about her future replacement, Karen Harrington for Congress.

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Eighth Democrat Indicted in Upstate New York Ballot Fraud Investigation

January 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm (2012 Elections, ACORN, Corruption, Democrats, Gary Galuski, Karen Scharff, New York, New York Communities for Change, Roger Stone, Troy, Voter Fraud, WFP, Working Families Party)

Welcome Instapundit readers…

Gird your loins for 2012, conservatives.  A voter fraud case in upstate New York should serve as a reminder of what crooked politicians are willing to try during an election year.

The election fraud in Troy grows ever larger…

Via the Times Union:

A grand jury investigating ballot fraud in a 2009 primary indicted City Councilman Gary Galuski.  He is the eighth person to face charges in connection with the probe.

Galuski was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Rensselaer County Court by Greene County Court Judge George J. Pulver. Galuski pleaded not guilty.

Galuski was charged with four counts of first-degree falsifying business records.

The case centers around fraudulent attempts to get Democrat candidates on the ballot for the Working Families Party.  The problem with the WFP?  Roger Stone reports:

The WFP has been proven to be nothing more than a front for ACORN and its left-ward agenda.

WFP is used by ACORN as a sledge hammer to force Democrats to toe the Union line.  WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.  The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.

For those thinking ACORN has disbanded in New York, think again.  They simply had a name change to  New York Communities for Change.


I covered corruption in the local WFP a year ago:

The question is, why wouldn’t the Working Families Party fight for the integrity of their own voting and registration process by ensuring these things do not reoccur? The answer is, they are nothing than a bastion of corrupt politics.

What you won’t see in any media report is the long-established history between the WFP and the uber-corrupt former organization known as ACORN.  ACORN has recently fallen on hard times but much like the Hydra from Greek mythology, if you cut off one head, two more will grow in it’s place.

The WFP has been shown to be nothing more than a front for ACORN and its radical policies. Why?

  • RedState has demonstrated that the WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.
  • The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.
  • Roger Stone calls the New York Working Families Party “one of ACORN’s most successful projects”.
  • The New York Post analyzes the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.

When the upstate voter fraud case first broke, the Times Union interviewed Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP.  A little digging on Scharff’s political history reveals the following:

  • Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN.  A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog.
  • Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.
  • An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.
  • Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.
  • Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.

Scharff, of course, continues to show up on advisory boards with members from the newly named ACORN.

Read more of my report at Emerging Corruption…

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Romney Jumps to Biggest Lead Over Obama in Latest Poll

December 29, 2011 at 11:20 am (2012 Elections, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

Via Rasmussen Reports™:

Mitt Romney has now jumped to his biggest lead ever over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. It’s also the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over the incumbent in Rasmussen Reports surveying to date.

The latest national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the former Massachusetts governor, while 39% prefer the president. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

While I still maintain that Romney has the best path to the nomination, I do not buy these polls that have the other named candidates trailing Obama.  Despite differences amongst conservatives, they will undoubtedly unite behind whatever candidate is challenging the President, save for Ron Paul.

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