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The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.

“We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!” Donna Solli told visiting officials. “You don’t understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It’s been three days!”

Staten Island was one of the hardest-hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents are still without power. Many are homeless, and at least 19 people died on Staten Island because of the storm.

One of the devastated neighborhoods was overwhelmed by a violent surge of water. Residents described a super-sized wave as high as 20 feet, with water rushing into the streets like rapids.

via ‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy – ABC News.

From the President’s 2008 nomination speech:

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; 

I guess things just don’t always work out like you planned, huh?

Note: I thought that the Left and the MSM were wrong when they demonized President Bush ’43 over Katrina, and I don’t blame President Obama for Sandy. But, perhaps the Left will learn a lesson about acting like juveniles and making politics out of devastation, although I doubt that they a capable of that maturity.


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Democratically-controlled and Republican-controlled “superPACs” have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising in all the key battleground States. The Obama campaign and Romney campaign have spent hundreds of additional millions of dollars on ads, polling, radio, newsprint, direct mail. Perhaps more than $2 billion will have been spent on the Presidential election.

And… for months, the polls stayed the same. From February through the first debate, the tracking polls were basically unmoving. Other than the false polling reports two weeks before the first debate, the President had a statistically meaningless lead over his challenger, Governor Romney.

Then 70 million viewers tuned into the first debate to watch 1 candidate spar and the other candidate withdraw. Almost 52 million viewers tuned in to watch VP Biden “yuck-up” his way to 82 interruptions in 90 minutes. Then over 65 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2nd “mano-a-mano” debate where the President first stepped into the mendacious story that is Benghazi. Finally, just shy of 60 million viewers tuned into the “Boredom-in-Boca” (but 1 out of 6 viewers watched on Cable’s FOX channel — setting a record).

The first debate began a momentum swing to Romney and each debate has seen the movement to Romney continue… Why were these debates that important? Why after billions spent on advertising, thousands of hours of “news” commentary, and hundreds of proxy speeches did the race really just come down to the four debates?

Because free and widely spent money in politics by both sides meant that many voters only have one way to gauge the reality of the candidates… To see them, personally, without filters, without pundits, without spinmeisters, without tele-prompters. Americans are a smart people. Sometimes their busy and so its hard to get their attention, but once they are focused, they are a smart people. They waited to see the candidates for themselves.

There were about 130 million votes cast in 2008. Assuming that each of the debates had 80% audience overlap (a total guess on my part), that means that perhaps as many as 95 million unique viewers watched at least one debate. That means that as many as 3 of 4 Presidential voters tuned in to see the candidates personally face-off. Those are stunningly high numbers. Those are wonderful, heart-warming, stunningly high numbers.

When all is said and done, the unfettered ability for each side to promote their message through television, radio, mail, social media, “news” outlets, etc. have led to a wonderful result. Voters tuning in to watch the candidates, themselves, without television ads, radio ads, direct mail, social media or “news” outlets. Democracy in action is a beautiful thing.

I support Mitt Romney. However, if the President should win re-election, it will be because Americans tuned in and made their decision after watching the candidate himself. If my guy wins, the same facts hold. Thank goodness for campaign spending. It failed to move the needle or shed new light on the race which forced a level of importance on the debates that was unexpected. Just imagine a world with spending controls and limits. Just imagine a world in which 4 media outlets control who gets to be heard.

God Bless America.

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“These guys eat too much red meat!” (Source: Ray Dawn Chong in the movie Commando)

Only 47% of the electorate is ‘X’ chromosome challenged. In other words, 53% of the voters are women. Last night’s debate, which was generally a draw, was a display in chest-pumping, intimidation-matching action. I have heard that women are a very large share of the professional wrestling market, but I wonder if our two Presidential candidates, in an effort to not look “meek”, are now in a blood match to see who can be more aggressive, macho, and rude. It is very evident that the two gentlemen have a pretty low opinion of the other.

In the “I’m as manly as you” category, the President did succeed in matching Governor Romney. But, he failed to describe, other than repeating his “let’s tax small businesses making $200,000 or more” mantra, how he alters his policies of continued run-away spending and economy-choking regulatory oversight.

Furthermore, the President was forced to take the opening made by the moderator to quickly move away from the Benghazi discussion. She gave him coverage by interrupting Governor Romney as he was going to challenge the President on his handling of Libya and the Middle East. There is a large distinction between claiming that a mob of unruly hooligans crashed the barricades and killed our Ambassador as a result of a Youtube video and admitting that an armed Al Qaeda paramilitary organization, operating under orders, purposely attacked the US, murdering our Ambassador, in its on-going war against the West. For two weeks, the Administration obfuscated, misled, and confused the two, to the detriment of America. You can clearly hear the President repeat, several times, “Let’s move on.”

Or, to quote another movie (this time Monty Python & the Holy Grail), “Run Away!!!”

On the other hand, Governor Romney opened the door to the President’s 47% closing statement, which was not a strong ending for the Governor.

Net-net, neither side gave ground and neither side scored any major points. My opinion, being among the XY-chromosome community, is that it will be interesting to see the impact on the 53%, an impact that I’m ill-equipped to fully fathom.

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Lara Logan is a CBS foreign correspondent and 60 Minutes Reporter. Yes, the same CBS that was embarrassed by Dan Rather’s fabricated story about George W. Bush. Ms. Logan, during her coverage of the “celebration” in Tahrir Square after Mubarak stepped down as Egyptian Dictator (aka President), was attacked, raped and almost killed. She tells the story of her ordeal on 60 minutes (which can be found here).

She spoke recently at the Better Government Association annual lunch on her investigations into the was in Afghanistan. Almost 20 minutes of the speech can be seen below. Some quotes:

“Our way of life is under attack and if you think that’s government propaganda, if you think that’s nonsense, if you think that’s warmongering, you’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight.”

“In your arrogance, you think you write the script, but you don’t. There’s two sides and we don’t dictate the terms. In fact after eleven years of war in Afghanistan, we’re rushing for the exits as fast as we can, not only do we not dictate the terms, but we have less power to dictate anything on the world stage.”

“Ambassador Ryan Crocker said, ‘We’ve killed all the slow and stupid ones. The ones that are left are more committed and they didn’t become any kinder or gentler in the last eleven years.’ Another thing he said. “We think we’ve won the campaign and they haven’t even begun to fight.’”

“The Taliban was a government in power and they’re fighting to get back in power. They don’t see themselves as insurgents. It’s a very important distinction. If you fail to identify the ideological component to this fight, if you fail to identify what your enemy is really fighting for, if you lie about who they really are, I don’t see how you can possibly have the right strategy.”

“And when I look at what’s happening in Libya. There’s a big song and dance about whether this was a terrorist attack or a protest. And you just want to scream, ‘For God Sake! Are you kidding me?’. The last time we were attacked like this was the USS Cole, which was a prelude to the 1998 embassy bombings, which was a prelude to 9/11. And you’re sending the FBI to investigate?!?! I hope to God that you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors who are going to exact revenge and to let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered and the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.

Whether we as a country want to admit it or not, we are at war. Despite the deplorable economy in the western world, we are still far, far stronger than anyone else. The question is… Do we have the will to win? Currently, the answer seems to be no…

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Confirmation from Delaware’s traveling Attorney General that when President Obama said that “as President I bear responsibility for everything, to some degree” (See the 60 Minute Interview of President Obama by Steve Croft from September 24th, 2012), that he meant what he said. He has responsibility only “to some degree”. Evidently, when it comes to Libya, the State Department has the real authority.

Beau Biden, who insisted that his father [during the Vice Presidential debate] was speaking only for himself and the president[when he claimed that they didn’t know about the requests for more troops], called criticisms of the Obama administratin’s handling of the Libya attack “outrageous” and accused Republicans of “politicizing” the attacks.

via Beau Biden defends dad over debate performance | The News Journal | delawareonline.com.

Frankly, I think that it is outrageous that the White House is blaming the State Department. After all, doesn’t the State Department report to the White House? I guess on “to some degree”.

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As everyone, including the estimable Rachel Maddow, knows, President Obama was awful in the debate the other night. Simply awful. There have been many excuses from “He wanted to look Presidential” to “Jim Lehrer is a right-wing stooge”. I blame the President and his campaign for a fundamental error… His sparring partner in the run up to the debate was none other than John Kerry.

Yes, that’s right. John Kerry. The 2004 Democrat Presidential candidate who failed to beat George W. Bush in the debates that year. The same John Kerry who had trouble fitting in 400 words when 25 would do. This is a guy who speaks in run-on sentences that would make William Faulker blush. This has to be one of the dumbest moves of the Obama campaign since they claimed that a video incited the violence that killed an American diplomat.

Here’s some free advice to the Obama folks… Get a sparring partner who is a good, pit bull-type debater. I’m sure that Ed Rendell or Howard Dean are available. These guys don’t leave meat on a dead animal. They aren’t cerebral (as the President allegedly is), but they will rip him into shreds, which is something that he needs if he expects to not repeat Jimmy Carter’s experience.

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A few years back, it was a mantra on the Left to say, “Bush lied, people died.” Of course, rational people (usually those not working in the MSM) knew that Clinton, Kerry, Gore, Pelosi, Reid, et al had seen the same intelligence as the Bush Administration and had come to the same conclusions as President Bush. It was bad intelligence, but making the issue political was and remains hugely damaging to potential bi-partisanship in Washington.

I won’t go so far as to say that the President lied. Maybe he was fed bad intelligence. However, the fact remains that there has been a concerted effort by the Obama Administration and the MSM to blame a video on the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya. It was a foolish claim at the time (protesters don’t come to a protest carrying their RPG’s). But, in order to deflect the charge of gross negligence and incompetence on the President’s Administration (leaving our Embassies in the Middle East under protected on the anniversary of 9-11), the MSM was willing to trump up a false charge and change the topic to Governor Romney’s poorly structured argument as to why 47% of the nation continues to support the President despite record poor levels of employment, debt, and economic activity.

You know that it is getting bad when even the AP has to report the truth…


WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it was a “terrorist attack” that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three others, and she says the U.S. will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice.

Clinton told reporters Friday at the State Department that, quote, “what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” And she said the U.S. would track down, quote, the “terrorists who murdered four Americans.”

(Source: AP News)

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