Professional race-baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson unavailable for comment.
Via Weasel Zippers:
This is a photo of George Zimmerman taken by a police officer on the night of February 26, 2012. A black and white photocopy of this image was provided by the State in the first Discovery. This high-resolution digital file was finally provided to the defense on October 29, 2012. This image was disclosed in the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery. In accordance with the updates to our media policy that we published on November 13, we will be making all public documents related to the case available on our website, including the rest of the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery as soon as we are sure it has been properly redacted according to the Court’s stipulations on protecting information regarding specific witnesses.
Remember this was the same man that ABC described as having “no blood or bruises” after they reviewed a police surveillance video.
Black Friday is always a mixture of chaos and greed to kick off the shopping season. But this is one of the strangest sales we’ve seen today.
You’ve seen video footage of people trampling each other for phones at Walmart, gouging each other’s eyes out for toys at Target, but will there really be a major clamoring for discount, bargain-basement prices at an abortion clinic?
One facility in Florida is certainly hoping so…
A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in souther Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”
Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek noticed the Black Friday discount and responded, “Planned Parenthood brings new meaning to the term, “Black Friday,” doesn’t it?”
It certainly does. Here’s the advertisement…
Leaving commentary to a minimum, since this guy is really only well known for his past in the local political scene.
Former political boss Jimmy Germano, a North Greenbush Democrat, apparently propositioned a boy for sex in Vero Beach Florida. When that plan didn’t go so well, Germano decided to proposition the mother who had confronted her son’s stalker.
Germano was arrested and released on $15,000 bail.
Via the Times Union:
Former North Greenbush Democratic political boss F. James “Jimmy” Germano was arrested in Vero Beach, Fla., for asking for sex from boy and his mother.
The Vero Beach Police Department confirmed that Germano, 83, who controlled the Democratic Party in the town for decades before retiring to Florida, was arrested Nov. 2 on felony charges of procuring a minor for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute. He also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of stalking.
He is free on $15,000 bail, officials said.
Germano was active in town Democratic politics and patronage for four decades and lead the town party for 31 years, before he stepped down Aug. 26, 2002.
According to a report by Vero Beach Detective James Kelly, Germano approached a 12-year-old boy who was walking to his bus stop at 6:54 a.m. that day. In a statement to police, the boy said an older, heavyset man approached him driving a black Cadillac with New York license plates.
“He stopped and asked me if I wanted a ride and sexual stuff and I kept walking to my bus stop,” the boy said in a written statement.
The boy then used his cellphone to call his mother, who rushed from her home to the bus stop. The mother, 31, said in the statement that she was then approached by Germano in his car and repeatedly propositioned for sex.
Jim Franco has a copy of the police report, and his own accounts of Germano’s erratic behavior dating back to the ’90s, including this gem:
While he was trying to take over the Democratic Party Committee back in the 1990s after Ed McDonough resigned there was a battle on the floor and one person called him a thug. He stood up and said: “You call me a thug again and I’m going to break their F***ing knees.”
Nothing quite says peacenik like a threat of knee-capping.
With gas shortages plaguing consumers, a transportation system in gridlock and underwater, 37 lives lost, and an estimated $20 billion in damages to his city, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided it was time to act.
So he pulled out his checkbook and scratched a $1.1 million donation to those in need … an obscure congressional candidate in Florida, Val Demings.
Demings is a gun-control nut cut from the same cloth as Bloomberg, and is best known for having her own weapon stolen from a police vehicle. She is running against incumbent Daniel Webster.
Sunshine State Sarah reports:
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose PAC is spending a whopping $1.1 million to buy TV ads attacking Webster.
Never mind that Hurricane Sandy has left the city he is supposed to be governing with large areas under water, looting problems, gas shortages,and a frightening array of health concerns.
Forget the crippling damage to NYC’s public transit systems. Oh no, forget the actual disaster happening all around, forget the the fact that our nation’s largest city is literally drowning right now, let’s screw with Florida’s elections!
Of course, I guess this shouldn’t be surprising from one of the worst nanny-state meddling politicians in recent American history. Bloomberg is, after all, the same goofball who wants to outlaw large sodas. [Insert mind-numbingly obvious comment that anyone can just buy two sodas to get around this ridiculous rule here.]
A report from Red State adds:
There must be some cruelly ironic joke being played on New York City’s hurricane-soaked residents. As thousands of New Yorkers still sit in the dark, unarmed, vulnerable, and worried about looters, the Big Apple’s billionaire mayor is sending $1.1 million to Florida to buy ads for union-bought, gun-control advocate and congressional candidate Val Demings.
One political consultant called the donation ‘considerable’ and ‘extremely significant’. At the same time however, due to the state of the race in Florida, it has been dubbed ‘a waste of money’.
You know who might benefit from that $1.1 million? The residents of Mayor Bloomberg’s city. Maybe the Red Cross. Perhaps the people burned out of their homes in Breezy Point.
It must be nice to have the luxury of throwing money away, while residents of your city struggle to recover from a devastating storm.
Don’t doubt me people.
Via the Business Insider:
Just one week after his disastrous performance in the first presidential debate, President Barack Obama has lost his advantage across the electoral map, according to a new crop of swing state polls released Thursday morning.
First, a round of new round of NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls show Romney making gains in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio — the three largest battlegrounds in play this cycle.
In Virginia, the Republican presidential candidate now edged out his opponent, 48 percent to 47 percent, reversing Obama’s advantage in last week’s poll. He also gained seven points among independent voters in the state, and now leads Obama 50 percent to 42 percent with that group.
Another NBC/WSJ/Marist poll shows Romney gaining two points in Ohio, narrowing Obama’s lead to a 51-45 margin in the key battleground state where Romney has spent several days campaigning this week. When Ohio’s early voters are taken out of the poll, Obama’s lead shrinks to just two points, 48 percent to 46 percent. More significantly, the poll shows Romney advancing 12 points among independent voters to lead Obama 49 percent to 41 percent/
And in Florida, the NBC/WSJ survey shows the race remains virtually tied, with Obama maintaining a one point lead over Romney.
I still maintain we have a Romney landslide on our hands.
Pollsters Really Want You to Believe Obama is Winning Big, Problem Is They Don’t Believe It Themselves
A new poll released by the New York Times seems to be very dreadful news for the Romney campaign.
For weeks, Republicans in Ohio have been watching with worry that the state’s vital 18 electoral votes were trending away from Mitt Romney. The anxiety has been similar in Florida, where Republicans are concerned that President Obama is gaining the upper hand in the fight for the state’s 29 electoral votes.
Those fears are affirmed in the findings of the latest Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls of likely voters in both states, which show that Mr. Obama has widened his lead over Mr. Romney and is outperforming him on nearly every major campaign issue, even though about half said they were disappointed in Mr. Obama’s presidency.
Upon further review, the poll is just another example of how the media is intentionally manipulating numbers in an attempt to keep Romney voters discouraged, and by extension, from showing up to the polls.
Jamie Wearing Fools explains just how the Times ended up with their numbers, and why the reality is that those swing states appear more as a dead heat right now, than a landslide victory for the President.
Here’s the real kicker though. The Assistant Director of Quinnipiac Polling, when asked about the sampling data used in a previous similarly skewed poll stated that even he didn’t think the numbers matched up with the likely voter turnout come November.
From Da Tech Guy:
By an odd coincidence the last time this poll came out Hugh Hewett questioned Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polls and asked him about this (emphasis mine):
Hugh Hewett: But I don’t know how that goes to the issue, Peter, so help me. I’m not being argumentative, I really want to know. Why would guys run a poll with nine percent more Democrats than Republicans when that percentage advantage, I mean, if you’re trying to tell people how the state is going to go, I don’t think this is particularly helpful, because you’ve oversampled Democrats, right?
Peter Brown: But we didn’t set out to oversample Democrats. We did our normal, random digit dial way of calling people. And there were, these are likely voters. They had to pass a screen. Because it’s a presidential year, it’s not a particularly heavy screen.
HH: And so if, in fact, you had gotten a hundred Democrats out of a hundred respondents that answered, would you think that poll was reliable?
PB: Probably not at 100 out of 100.
HH: Okay, so if it was 75 out of 100…
PB: Well, I mean…
HH: I mean, when does it become unreliable? You know you’ve just put your foot on the slope, so I’m going to push you down it. When does it become unreliable?
PB: Like the Supreme Court and pornography, you know it when you see it.
HH: Well, a lot of us look at a nine point advantage in Florida, and we say we know that to be the polling equivalent of pornography. Why am I wrong?
PB: Because what we found when we made the actual calls is this kind of party ID.
HH: Do you expect Democrats, this is a different question, do you, Peter Brown, expect Democrats to have a nine point registration advantage when the polls close on November 6th in Florida?
PB: Well, first, you don’t mean registration.
HH: I mean, yeah, turnout.
PB: Do I think…I think it is probably unlikely.
This is the man conducting the polls saying essentially that he doesn’t think the oversampling of Democrats used in the poll will be representative of the turnout in November.
There’s still plenty of work for Romney to do to win these swing states, but Republicans need not nearly be as concerned as the media would like them to be.
Remember when Eric Holder dismissed video evidence of how easy it was to perpetrate voter fraud by calling it ‘manufactured’?
A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections.
Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest.
“The Maryland Democratic Party has discovered that Ms. Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008,” wrote Yvette Lewis, the state party chair. “This information is based on an examination of the voter files from both states. We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation.”
Bryan Preston of PJ Media writes:
Democrats love to claim that voter fraud does not exist. That voter ID is not necessary. That voter ID is, in fact, voter suppression.
But suddenly Democrats have to admit that voter fraud exists. That’s really going to dent the narrative.
Their narrative has been more than dented, it’s non-existent. Voter fraud is real, it is prevalent, and it is a consistent Democrat tactic in elections.
President Obama, in a speech regarding the economy and jobs in Jacksonville, Florida today, claimed he spends “every waking hour thinking about you”.
Here is the full quote (video below):
“And most of all, I would wake up every single day, every single day and spend every waking hour thinking about you. Fighting as hard as I knew how for you.”
The problem is that this doesn’t match up with a recent report indicating that he hasn’t spent a single hour – let alone every waking hour – to meet with his own jobs council in over six months. The Wall Street Journal reported:
“President Barack Obama is at odds with some of his handpicked outside advisers on hot-button election topics such as regulations and corporate taxes. Many of the recommendations at issue stem from the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a group of business and labor leaders with whom Mr. Obama hasn’t met in six months.”
Another report from the National Journal shows that the President has had time to attend 106 political fundraisers during that same six month period.
And then there’s a report from Breitbart today showing that Obama has spent more time golfing (over 100 rounds) than he has spent focusing on the economy.
An eye-opening new report by the Government Accountability Institute reveals that President Barack Obama averages just eight minutes more a week on economic meetings than the average dog owner spends walking their dog.
When it was recently reported that Mr. Obama had played his 100th round of golf, the president said that playing golf was “the only time that for six hours, I’m outside.” Therefore, by his own estimate, the president has spent 600 hours playing golf, as compared to just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency…
… just how little time Mr. Obama has spent working on the economy can be seen in the data contained in the Government Accountability Institute’s analysis:
- Throughout the first 1,257 days of his presidency, Mr. Obama has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
- In 2012, so far Obama has spent just 24 total hours in economic meetings of any kind
- Assuming a six day, 10-hour workweek, Obama has spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
- There were 773 days (72 percent), excluding Sundays, in which he had no economic meetings
- Mr. Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings. According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, new dog owners spent an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs
The study, which was based upon the president’s official schedule, practically bent over backwards to include anything even remotely akin to an economic meeting.
And here is the video of Obama’s outrageous claim…
This would be a major mistake. A Romney campaign adviser has suggested that not only has Sarah Palin not been asked to speak at the GOP convention in Tampa later this summer, but they haven’t even invited her to attend the event.
[T]he Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party’s marquee event in Tampa. Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence. Palin does not seem surprised. “What can I say?” she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism.”
The Romney camp will not comment on Palin, or on plans for the convention, but one adviser associated with the campaign suggested that Palin would be prohibited from speaking at the Republican convention by her contract with Fox News. “It’s true I’m prohibited from doing some things,” Palin says, “but this is the first I’ve heard anyone suggest that as an excuse, er, reason to stay away from engaging in the presidential race. I’m quite confident Fox’s top brass would never strip anyone of their First Amendment rights in this regard.” (Fox says her contract would not prohibit speaking at the convention if she sought permission.)
Say what you will about the former Republican candidate for vice-president, but she knows how to ignite interest and motivate conservatives. And Romney has an incredible street cred issue when it comes to his base.
The convention itself is more pomp and circumstance, a celebratory formality akin to a wrestling skit in which politicians provide over the top speeches to motivate their party to action. And motivational speeches are where Palin excels. We saw this when she turned the 2008 campaign on its head.
More recently, I had the opportunity to watch her work the crowd at CPAC, where Palin generated far more buzz than Mitt Romney could ever have hoped for. Here’s a little reminder of some ovation earning soundbites provided by Palin:
“We aren’t red Americans, we aren’t blue Americans, we are red white and blue Americans and, President Obama, we are through with you!”
“We will never apologize for America’s strength and our greatness… we refuse to accept that a weak America means a better and safer world.”
“The president says small-town Americans, we bitterly cling to our religion and our guns because we’re just doggone frustrated with his pace of change. We say, ‘Keep your change. We’ll keep our God, our guns, our Constitution.’ ”
“Hope and change? Yea, you gotta hope things change.”
“This is Obama’s Washington. It is not the Washington of our founders, but the Washington of the permanent political class. It is something that our forefathers never envisioned as they would have sworn their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to change.”
“He says he has a jobs plan out, a jobs plan to ‘Win the Future.’ W.T.F. — I know.”
Whatever the reasons, the Romney campaign needs to rethink this strategy. His biggest obstacle in November will be an unmotivated base who think he’s little more than Obama lite.
There is no better person to light a fire under the voters, and widen the enthusiasm gap between Romney and Obama even further.
Bury the hatchet. Invite Palin. Let her speak. And enjoy the results.
Allen West, once again showing that he fears nothing in his quest to deliver truthful commentary on the state of today’s liberal Democratic party, ripped into the left’s perpetual use of the race card and stated that ‘true racism’ lies with white liberals.
West was responding to an article in the Los Angeles Times that ripped into Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for not condemning past comments from the Congressman from Florida. The Times piece showed their true colors by referring to West as a “gaffe-ster” and a “clown prince” of outrageousness.
Apparently, the author would have preferred that Priebus refer to West in the same terms.
West’s response, in an interview with Mike Huckabee, was laced with typical verbal beatings for the left (h/t Right Scoop):
I really feel that it is demeaning to me to think that I need some individual to justify me and my existence. Look, I went through 22 years being in the military, I rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel, I have a bachelor and 2 masters degrees.
And for these white liberals to believe they can have this condescending manner toward black conservatives that we need to have approval from our quote unquote, I guess “masters”, for us to be able to speak – see that’s where the true racism really lies governor is with the white liberals who don’t want to see someone such as myself that broke away from their dependency class and is out here and able to possibly contend against them with the policies that they are promoting that’s destroying the black community.
I know I’m their #1 target and it just emboldens me to speak out even stronger. And the heck with them if they think someone else needs to approve of me and what I stand for.