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Friday, September 19, 2014

Dem. Wisc. Candidate For Gov. Admits She Knows Little About Her #1 Issue By Firing Consultant

Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who is running on a jobs platform was found to plagiarize significant portions of her jobs plan from old proposals published by three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in other states. Today she fired the consultant who she blames for copying the plan--which is either a demonstration that she has a  "dumping the subordinate under the bus" management style or it is an admission she knew very little about her primary campaign promise.

Buzzfeed  reported on Thursday that Burke's plan, called "Invest for Success," includes nearly word for word passages from the economic development plans presented by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, Ward Cammack of Tennessee in 2009 and John Gregg of Indiana in 2012.

But if they were Burke's ideas, how could someone copy them from someone else?  Even if the consultant simply matched the sections to her ideas, didn't she read and approve them to see if the words matched her tone and vision?  Heck this is the key issue in her campaign! Mary Burke sounds like an executive who is too distant from what she is supposed to manage--just like Barack Obama.
Mary Burke has built her campaign around her jobs plan, which she is offering as an alternative to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's approach. One of Burke's key arguments against Walker is that he doesn't deserve re-election because he has failed to live up to his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs and Wisconsin is lagging other states in adding workers.
Burke campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki said the duplicate sections were written by a consultant who also advised the other campaigns. That consultant, Eric Schnurer of the Pennsylvania-based consulting firm Public Works, was fired Thursday night by the campaign, Zepecki said.
Governor Walker's campaign manager commented:
"It's a sad day for Wisconsin when the Democratic nominee for governor misleads voters by offering a plagiarized jobs plan, in which she has staked her entire candidacy. Wisconsin deserve better, and it's clear that Mary Burke cannot be trusted to lead our state."
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus pointed out:
Mary Burke now has zero credibility as a candidate. The entire premise of Burke’s campaign was built around her supposed ability to create jobs, but it turns out she couldn’t even create her own jobs plan without plagiarizing it from other candidates. Copying and pasting isn't how you create middle class jobs or move Wisconsin forward as Scott Walker has. So with just 7 weeks left before the election, Democrats are running a candidate that still doesn’t have a jobs plan of her own.
On the bright side, if Burke does lose, she could always run for U.S. Senator from Montana now that John Walsh dropped out for plagiarizing his masters thesis.

Status Of The 13 Most Important 2014 Senate Races From The 7 Most Respected Political Seers (+1)

Note: The chart below is small, but if you double click on it--- it will open a much larger view. 

The chart below lists the ten states which (IMHO) the GOP has the best chance of picking up senate seats in the upcoming election, and the three states the Democrats have a legitimate possibility to pick up a seat. 

For each race we provide the Real Clear Politics Poll average, and the latest race ratings from Charlie Cook, Stuart Rothenberg, Larry Sabato, NYTimes, 538, Washington Post, and the official "lid" ratings.  Understand, these outlooks are a snapshot at a point of time---and there is still plenty of room before election day for things to change.

As things stand today the Democrats have a 55-45 seat majority in the senate (two independents caucus with the Democrats) Constitutionally the Vice President gets to cast a vote in the event of a tie, to take over the Senate the GOP needs a net gain of six seats to bring them to 51.

When it comes to each of the prognosticators, I tend to lean toward the Cook, Rothenberg and Sabato which include personal experience and gut, over the computer model predictors, the NYT, 538, and WaPo.

My predictions disagree with the experts in some cases. In Alaska most believe the race to be leaning Dem. or a Toss Up. One thing missing is that Begich's election six years ago was a bit of an accident. The GOP incumbent Ted Stevens had been convicted of corruption in a case that was eventually reversed because as the judge who threw out the conviction said, "The investigation and prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens were permeated by the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence which would have independently corroborated Senator Stevens’s defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness." Despite the fact that he had just been convicted of corruption,  Stevens losing margin was a mere 1.25%. Alaska is a conservative state, and this time Begich will not have the help of an opponent   dealing with a politically motivated scandal.

The Human pundits see Louisiana as a toss-up.  In this case I agree with computers who have the state leaning toward the Republican Cory Gardner. Incumbent Landrieu has been hit with a few scandals over the past few weeks, the feeling here is she has no where to go but down.

There was Rasmussen a poll earlier this week showing a tie in the New Hampshire race between Scott Brown and the incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. That poll may have been an outlier as  the two polls after that reported relatively large margins for Shaheen. I hope I'm wrong but right now I see New Hampshire as safe Democratic.

The Republican seat in Kansas may be a problem. If the election was held today everyone would be a huge because it's only Mid-Sept.  With or without a Democratic candidate (and right now it looks like without), incumbent Republican Pat Roberts is in big trouble. IMHO the race is leaning toward Independent candidate Greg Orman. And make no mistake about it, Orman is left leaning and if he wins he will caucus with the Democrats (that's why the Democrat dropped out).

If I was forced to make a final prediction today the GOP has a 60% chance of taking the Senate. They would pick up six seats and lose one for a net of five. The races to keep an eye on are Iowa and Colorado. If everything stays as it is now, and one of those two go GOP--the senate leadership will switch.  Republican Joni Earnst has been trending up in the Iowa polls as has Republican Cory Gardner in Colorado.

But as you know things can change quickly in these two or any of the other 11 races so keep following developments here.

Newsbusted Shocker: US Gov. Job Hunting Site Advises Unemployed to Move Out Of United States

Five years after the "great" recession (I didn't think it was that great) job growth is still very, very slow and too many people are still looking for a job.  The federal government tries to help with a website which gives advise to Job seekers. However Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller has uncovered a shocker. (see video below) in a rare display of honestly for the federal government the job hunting site is recommending to job hunters if they really want a job they should move to another country (at least until there is a Republican President).

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from (embedded below) include; Jay Carney starts at CNN; Detroit  (what's left of it); ISIS use of Social Media; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell forgot to press play and now people are calling for him to resign. So if you don't want plane flying over your house telling you to quit your job,  you better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gallup: Americans Don't Trust MSM, Say It's Too Liberal

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report the news "fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped back to its all-time-low, recorded two years ago. Only four in 10 Americans express a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of confidence in newspapers, television and radio in reporting the news, a return to its lowest recorded level, recorded in 2012. The trust in media had increased a bit to 44 percent in 2013, but has dropped since then.

This drop of trust is part of a long-term trend of disillusionment with the mainstream media that generated the citizen journalism movement and media watchdogs such as TruthRevolt. The source of the mistrust was explained in a Gallup release:
As has been the case historically, Americans are most likely to feel the news media are 'too liberal' (44 percent), rather than 'too conservative' [19 percent], though this perceived liberal bias is now on the lower side of the trend. One in three (34 percent) say the media are 'just about right' in terms of their coverage--down slightly from 37 percent last year.

The Democrats have declined to a 14-year low of 54 percent, down from 60 percent in 2013. Their belief is that the mainstream media is too conservative. Only 27% of Republicans trust the media (down from 33%), and media trust among Independents is at 38%, almost the same as the 37% in 2013. 

Unsurprisingly, the majority of Democrats believe the media's liberal/conservative bias is just about right, which they should. After all, a majority of Republicans and a plurality of Independents believe the media is skewing coverage toward the liberal position.

Granted this report is will come as no surprise for most conservatives but it's nice to know the lefties are coming along.

John Kerry And Code Pink Long-Time Partners In Promoting Terror

Some were surprised on Wednesday when John Kerry answered the first Code Pink outburst with an explanation of why the group should support the airstrikes against ISIS. Even more surprising was that compared to other hearings the radical group was relatively quiet during the Secretary of State's testimony compared to other testimony.  The reason for for the calm is Kerry and Code Pink go way back.

In December of 2009 the crazies from Code Pink led an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gaza Freedom March, they did so with an official endorsement of their efforts by the former Democratic Party Presidential Candidate.

Then the Senior Senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry provided a letter on Senate stationery to . The purpose of the letter was to help code pink and friends cross the border from Egypt to Gaza so they could participate in the pro-terrorist march. It said that his staff met with the Massachusetts delegation before they left, and his staff would be briefed about the trip upon their return.

Code Pink co-founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin used Kerry’s letter at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to pressure the Egyptian government to allow 1300 leftists passage into Gaza from Egypt. The leftists gathered in Cairo from around the world to mark the one-year anniversary of Israel’s defense against Hamas’ rocket and mortar attacks. 

Images of the letters from Kerry and Carson were posted by the publisher of The Electronic Intifada, and by Ali Abunimah on his blog at at the time,

Abunimah wrote that he, Benjamin and Kit Kettridge met for over an hour with “three officials, including Gina Cabrera, head of US citizen services, and Gregory D. LoGerfo, First Secretary in the Office of Economic and Political Affairs. The third official, whose name I did not note, identified himself as a ‘regional security’ official.”

Benjamin and Kettridge also met with “the embassy’s Deputy Director Matthew Tuellar, in command while Ambassador Scobey was on leave,” according to Abunimah.

(Margaret Scobey was a career Foreign Service officer who was appointed ambassador to Egypt by President George W. Bush in 2008.)

The text of Kerry’s letter was as follows
December 23, 2009

To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing to express my strong support for members of the humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts that will be traveling to Israel and the Palestinian Territories from December 27th to January 15th. The humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts is sponsoring this visit and they plan to meet with non-governmental organizations, assess the health care system and observe human rights and trade union conditions among Israelis and Palestinians.

I respectfully request that every courtesy be given the members of the delegation during their visit. My staff has met with members of the group and is impressed with their ability, dedication and commitment to the peace process. We look forward to seeing them again upon their return and hearing about their visit.

For any questions or concerns please feel to contact Christopher Wyman in my Boston office at 617 565-8522

Thank you for cooperation in this very important matter.


John F. Kerry
Not once does Kerry mention terrorism in his letter. Clearly the Senator didn't understand the threat of terrorism then, nor he understand it now.

Part of the problem is that Kerry tends to look at terrorism as a crime rather than an act of war.  In a 2004 appearance on Fox news, Kerry spoke about his book The New War: He said, "In that book, I wrote about how we needed to strengthen our ability to be able to fight international criminal crime, including terror." In another selection of the book, which he did not cite on Fox, the senator claimed, "The damage done by international crime is rarely as specific and dramatic as that of a terrorist attack, but in fact it is greater." Thus when he said in his book that Yassir Arafat was a role model for other terrorists, (because he has made a transformation from outlaw to statesman) it was in the context of jurisprudence, prisoners being able to be rehabilitated.

Kerry's vision of terror as a crime may partially account for his reluctance to call the ISIS operation a war.