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Friday, September 21, 2012

Gotta Love The Press

It's the only thing keeping a free people from ...

... tedium and depression.

This is odd.  And amusing:
Griffith supports Romney and Allen
By Dwayne Yancey, Roanoke Times

Umm, has there been any doubt that Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, is backing the Republican ticket this year?

We didn’t think so.

But, lo, today The Hill newspaper lists Griffith as one of several Republican lawmakers who aren’t endorsing Romney.

Griffith quickly put out this statement to correct the error:

“Apparently, some Washington reporters have a hard time understanding Southwest Virginia speak. Imagine my surprise after introducing Mitt Romney at a rally in Salem, introducing Paul Ryan at a rally in Roanoke County and attending a Paul Ryan fundraiser in Roanoke City, The Hill newspaper thought that I had not endorsed Romney for President.

So for everyone in Washington, and for anyone else who may be confused, let me state emphatically I support, endorse and whole-heartedly hope that Mitt Romney is elected President of the United States.

Four more years of economic disasters from the Obama administration cannot be tolerated. Jobs in the coal fields, in the rail yards, in the factories and in every other business are in jeopardy.

“And just in case there is any other confusion, I served in the House of Delegates when George Allen was Governor. I was Majority Leader when Tim Kaine was Governor. George Allen got things done working with Democrats. Tim Kaine found it difficult to work with Democrats and impossible to work with Republicans.

“So in case there is any misunderstanding, I support, endorse and whole-heartedly hope that we elect George Allen to the United States Senate.

“I hope this clarifies what I thought was obvious. But apparently with Washington…” [link]
They didn't even bother to pick up the phone and call him.

Brilliant, fellas.

How Long Will Hillary Get Away With This?

Sooner or later she's going to have to face the American people:
Republican senators decry ‘useless, worthless' Clinton briefing on Libya attack
By Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Several high-level GOP senators emerged from Thursday afternoon's classified briefing with top administration officials incensed that Obama team had offered them no new information and answered none of their questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans.

"That was the most useless, worthless briefing that I have attended in a long time. Believe me, there is more written in every major and minor publication in America about what happened." said Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Corker (R-TN), emerging from the all-senators briefing that included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Adm. Sandy Winnefeld. "It was like a one-hour filibuster with absolutely not one single bit of new information being brought forth... very disappointing."

Corker said that the briefing was so poorly received by senators that it would spur Congress to push for more independent investigations about the causes of the attack, the perpetrators, the security at the consulate, and the personal security of Amb. Chris Stevens, who died in the attack.

"[The briefing], if anything, built far greater distrust about what's happening than just answering questions. It was pretty unbelievable," said Corker. "In every event, when a serious question was asked, the answer was, ‘It's under investigation.' If I were them I would not have come to the Hill ... I think it is going to cause folks to push for something different, because it was received so poorly."

Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican John McCain (R-AZ) agreed and said the briefing was indicative of the administration's pattern of not sharing information with Congress about important national security matters. He also said the administration is maintaining its argument that the Benghazi attack was the result of militants taking advantage of protests spurred by an anti-Islam video on the Internet.

"I learned nothing in that briefing that I hadn't seen or read in the media," said McCain. "They still are blaming the video and they have a fundamental misunderstanding. It's not the video; it's the Islamists that are pushing this video throughout the world to inflame passions on the part of people of the Muslim faith."

McCain highlighted recent statements from administration officials acknowledging that the Benghazi incident was a "terrorist attack" and said that while he didn't know exactly how long it had been pre-planned, there was mounting evidence that significant planning did go into the assault. [link]
Inept. Out of touch. And out of control.

Hillary must go.


A Tim Kaine Gaffe?

Or is this a moment of honest rumination?

If he's being straightforward, he's in big trouble with his base.  And with his buddies in the media.  But me?  I'd like to hear more from him.

Because Tim Kaine may be on to something:
Candidate's "47 percent" remark narrows Virgina Senate race
By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters

Washington (Reuters) - Democrat Tim Kaine handed his Republican rival George Allen a gift in their closely watched Virginia Senate race on Thursday, when he said unexpectedly he would be "open" to a plan to force all Americans to pay some level of federal income taxes.

Kaine made his comment in a debate when he was asked something that should have been easy for him - weigh in on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's assertion that 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes and feel entitled to government assistance.

"I would be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone," Kaine said, a comment that seemed ideal for use in Allen's advertising ahead of the November 6 election.

Kaine continued by referring to Romney, saying, "But I do insist, many of the 47 percent that Governor Romney was going after pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than he does."

The gaffe came just as polls showed Kaine starting to pull away from Allen, a former governor and U.S. senator. The two men are vying for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jim Webb, who narrowly defeated Allen's re-election bid six years ago. [link]
The Reuters reporter dutifully characterizes Kaine's candor as being a gift to Romney, like that which Kaine said was a huge no-no.

But here in red-state Virginia?

Demanding that everyone "have some skin in the game" and that everyone help row this boat we call the USA is very mainstream.* And it'll be well-received here in the Commonwealth.

If he's being truthful ...

* Sorry about the use of that awful metaphor. It won't happen again.
** You can tell the Reuters reporter is pissed with Kaine.  How else to explain the headline announcing that his "gaffe" had narrowed the race, before any polls made such a statement a reality.


This is an act of desperation, launched by rudderless, unprincipled cowards:

Your tax dollars at work: State Department now running TV ads in Pakistan denouncing Mohammed movie

Why not just hand them a scimitar and kneel before them?

To think we are paying for this embarrassing act of grovel.

May God have mercy.

Well, If ABC, CBS, NBC, & CNN Aren't Going To Do It

Obama pressed on failures at Univision forum