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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Debate

If Jeanne Shaheen’s goal in her debate with Scott Brown today was to create more material for Brown's campaign ads she had a great night.  But assuming the incumbent Democrat wants to win her reelection campaign it was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Debate. 

In a rare moment of candor, Jeanne Shaheen admitted that she and every other Democratic senator on the ballot this fall was the deciding vote for ObamaCare. And as if that wasn’t a big enough problem on its own, Shaheen said she was proud of her record of supporting President Obama 99 percent of the time and waffled on whether she wanted the President to come campaign for her....Yikes... watch her multiple gaffes below.

Jeanne Shaheen Admits She Was The “Deciding Vote” For ObamaCare

Jeanne Shaheen: I’m “Proud” Of My 99% Voting Record With Obama

Jeanne Shaheen Waffles On If She Wants Obama Campaigning For Her

NBC's Chuck Todd Partners With Media Matters To Attack Fox News

The new host of "Meet The Press," Chuck Todd, criticized Fox News, claiming that they have an “obsession” with finding media bias in every story. Todd also believes Fox straight news anchors interview conservatives without any balance from the other side.

Most interesting was the venue which Todd chose to bash Fox News, the progressive propaganda site funded by George Soros, Media Matters For America. Almost one hundred percent of Media Matters' content is dedicated to trashing Fox News. Todd is no dummy he knew exactly what he was doing and where he was doing it.

In the interview Todd claimed he's had a politically diverse range of guests on his show. When the Media Matters interviewer mentioned some Sunday shows balancing conservatives with news reporters, Todd said he doesn’t do that; it's a “Fox phenomenon” because they have an agenda.

Media Matters: And how about when you have group discussions that feature a partisan conservative commentator matched up with a news reporter? There seems to be a working assumption that a straight news reporter will balance --
Todd: I haven't done that.

Media Matters: No, in a lot of the Sunday shows.

Todd: I can't -- I mean people that do that -- that's a Fox phenomenon. That's not a -- Fox may do that, but that's their -- they have an agenda. You know what I mean? I don't do that. I don't believe in that. If I've got a right-leaning voice, I need a left-leaning voice. Now, I think a bigger problem is -- I think that all the shows need to reflect -- it's like, we go through this diversity checklist, right?
Perhaps Todd has never watched MSNBC, where he hosted a daily show. That network rarely has a guest offering the conservative perspective. As for Fox News, they usually have at least one leftist guest to debate the conservative guests.

Todd blasted Fox News in particular and how they have, in his words, an obsession and fixation on the subject of media bias:
Media Matters: So what do you think is the role of Fox? Do they do it right? Do they do something wrong? What do they do right and wrong?

Todd: I again, I think their obsession with always -- I think it's amusing to me, their obsession with trying to make everything about media bias. Whatever story, whatever angle, whatever stories is out there, there's always some sort of supposed media-bias angle to it. And I'm like, "Aren't they the number one media -- news media outlet on cable?" So my concern, frankly, is less about the media organizations and more about the group think that's taking place with the populace. I think citizens -- too many citizens are only getting news from one place and not understanding the other side. Look, I want Meet the Press to be a place that hard-core conservatives and hard-core progressives feel like they can get a better understanding of things, as well as moderates, pragmatists, whatever you wanna call 'em. Everybody's got a different name for them. Wishy-washy people, right, if you think they don't stand up for their principles enough. Whatever it is. But that's a challenge in these times. I think more and more people are gravitating toward their comfort zones politically and ideologically, and I think that that is reinforcing the negative perception on the press and journalism.
Todd neglected to mention the recent Robert Morris University survey which stated:
Fox News was named by 18.4% of all respondents as the one most trusted for accurate and objective reporting. Fox News was followed by CNN as the most trusted (14.1%) as well as ABC News (7.5%), local broadcasts (7.0%) and NBC News (6.9%).
The same study reported "by nearly a four-to-one margin, Americans see the U.S. news media biased in favor of liberals and against conservatives at 45.7% compared to those (12.7%) seeing the news media biased in favor of conservatives and against liberals.  Few, 16.2%, noted the news media is not biased in their coverage."

In other words, Fox News may be obsessed with media bias, but as Joseph Heller wrote in his classic novel Catch-22, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."

Does President Obama Hate Michelle Nunn? Tells Radio Station A Nunn Win Advances His Policies

Senate Democrats are practically begging President Obama not to link their candidates to his policies. Early in October Obama said that his policies were on the ballot this fall, last week he told Al Sharpton that its OK that Democrats are running away from him because that's just to get elected, in the end they support his administration and policies. Today he tried to sabotage the candidacy of Georgia Democratic Party hopeful Michelle Nunn.

Obama was interviewed by Atlanta radio station V-103 Tuesday and told listeners that i was crucial to elect Michelle Nunn so he can continue his policies.
“These last two years I want a Congress that does work, and the only way I can do that, even though I am not on the ballot is to make sure that our people turnout to vote. … And when we do, we win. And no place is a better example than in Georgia. Michelle Nunn will win the Senate if there’s high turnout among Democrats. And if there’s low turnout, or just ordinary turnout, then she won’t win. And if Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate. And that means that we can keep on doing some good work.”
The entire interview is embedded below:

Canadian Terrorist Contacted Known Syrian Terrorists

Police sources confirmed this image tweeted from an ISIS account depicts Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

The day after the attack we are learning more about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the slain Muslim convert who shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in an attack on the Canadian parliament. The most stunning new information is that the terrorist had connections with Muslim extremists in both Syria and in Canada:
As the investigation of Wednesday's shooting rampage in Ottawa continues, CBS News can report that his passport was revoked by Canadian officials after he contacted known militants in Syria, possibly with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
The Toronto Globe and Mail is reporting that while Zehaf-Bibeau had known at least one Muslim extremist in Canada his motivation may have been less of a terrorist than simply mentally ill. According to the report he told one friend that the devil was after him.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau grew up in Eastern Canada, including Ottawa and Montreal, and had spent time in Libya before moving to Western Canada to become a miner and labourer, according to friend Dave Bathurst.

Mr. Bathurst said he met Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau in a Burnaby, B.C., mosque about three years ago. He said his friend did not at first appear to have extremist views or inclinations toward violence – but at times exhibited a disturbing side.

“We were having a conversation in a kitchen, and I don’t know how he worded it: He said the devil is after him,” Mr. Bathurst said in an interview. He said his friend frequently talked about the presence of Shaytan in the world – an Arabic term for devils and demons. “I think he must have been mentally ill.”
The last time Mr. Bathurst saw him was a month and a half ago and Zehaf-Bibeau was talking about going back to Libya so he could learn more about Islam. Soon after his passport was confiscated.
His father’s history offers a hint of what Mr. Bathurst was concerned about. In 2011, a Montrealer named “Belgasem Zahef” was quoted in a Washington Times dispatch from the front in Libya, where he had travelled to join the rebel fight. The man described being detained at the Zawiyah oil terminal, where he witnessed torture.

At the Burnaby mosque, Mr. Bathurst said his friend’s “erratic” behaviour – he did not elaborate – caused frictions with the elders at the house of worship, who asked him to stop attending prayers. At that time, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was living in a barely furnished single-room apartment.
According to Bathurst his friend knew Hasibullah Yusufzai, a Vancouver-area resident who was charged in July by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with traveling to Syria with the intent of joining a deadly terrorist group. Authorities have issued an international warrant for Yusufzai, but he remains at large.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Senate Democrats: ‘The Ineptitude Of The White House Political Operation’ is ‘Embarrassing’

The National Journal is reporting that the White House and Senate Democrats are fighting again. Their relationship hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration's press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama's appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. As I realized when I opened my email box in the morning and saw the original transcript of Mrs. Obama's address and underneath that a corrected version there was a big mistake in the email---the subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the "Democratic candidate for governor."
The botch came after the first lady repeatedly referred to the Democratic Senate nominee as "Bruce Bailey" in a campaign appearance earlier this month—and it took an attendee in the crowd to correct her mistake. On Tuesday, she made light of the incident, reminding the audience she messed up his name last time and joking that she sometimes calls Barack Obama "Bo." But the self-inflicted errors continued after her speech with the White House press shop's email. At midnight, two hours after the initial press release, the White House issued a corrected e-mail that reflected his accurate title.

Indicating the sensitivity of the mistake, top Senate Democratic officials wasted no time lashing out at the Obama administration's political team in response, suggesting it was acting like a junior varsity operation two weeks before the midterms. The slipup comes one day after President Obama told Rev. Al Sharpton on his radio show that Senate Democrats keeping their distance from him are still "folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress." That alarmed Senate Democrats up for reelection this November, most of whom are working hard to distance themselves from an unpopular president.
To Senate Democrats the President is like Lord Voldermort "He who must not be named"
"The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing," one senior Senate Democratic aide told National Journal. Another Senate official told the Washington Post that Obama's comments were "not devised with any input from Senate leadership."
Now why would they expect their political operation to be any better than the economic or foreign policy operation.  When you think about it the only part of the White House working correctly is the cover up the scandals operation.