Big Money, err Mitt Romney carries Florida

Mushrooming super PAC spending leaves mark on Fla. ads – USATODAY.com
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-27/gop-primaries-ad-spending-super-pacs/52895296/1

The spending is leaving its mark on Florida, the site of today’s crucial GOP primary. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his allies, especially the pro-Romney Restore Our Future, aired 12,768 television commercials in the state through Wednesday compared with 210 by former House speaker Newt Gingrich and his supporters, a study released Monday by the Wesleyan Media Project shows.

“It’s one-sided domination,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, the project’s co-director and a Wesleyan University political scientist. “If you have a television on in Orlando or Fort Myers or West Palm Beach,you are seeing Romney ads and very few pro-Gingrich ads.”

And so it goes….

Hopefully this will get over soon, and Mitt can get to convincing half the people he didn’t just say half the things the things he said to get the nod.

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Unelected Lobbyist Threatens to Impeach President if he wins in 2012

NJ At the end of 2012, a number of major tax provisions, including the Bush-era cuts, are set to expire. Do you have any predictions?

NORQUIST We’re focused on the fact that there is this Damocles sword hanging over people’s head. What you don’t know is who will be in charge when all of this will happen. I think when we get through this election cycle, we’ll have a Republican majority, [though] not necessarily a strong majority in the Senate, and a majority in the House. The majority in the House will continue to be a Reagan majority, a conservative majority. Boehner never has to talk his delegation going further to the right.

If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I’m told that they could do an early budget vote—a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years. You take all of those issues off the table, and then say, “What do you want to do for tax reform?”

Then, the question is: “OK, what do we do about repatriation and all of the interesting stuff?” And, if you have a Republican president to go with a Republican House and Senate, then they pass the [Paul] Ryan plan [on Medicare].

NJ What if the Democrats still have control? What’s your scenario then?

NORQUIST Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach. The last year, he’s gone into this huddle where he does everything by executive order. He’s made no effort to work with Congress.

via Impeach Obama? – Yahoo! News.

You may think Norquist doesn’t actually control the Republican party.  You would be wrong.

‘Small Government’ Fascists in Virginia get rhetorical dose of their own b.s.

Senate gives preliminary backing to abortion ultrasound bill | Richmond Times-Dispatch
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/jan/30/senate-gives-preliminary-backing-to-abortion-ultra-ar-1650692/

A bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound took another step toward passage in the Virginia Senate today — but not before outnumbered Democrats rose to express their opposition in clinical terms.

Sen. Janet D. Howell, D-Fairfax proposed an amendment — that any man seeking prescription medication for erectile dysfunction must first submit to a digital rectal exam and cardiac stress test.

Howell told her colleagues on the Senate floor that she was proposing the amendment because Senate Bill 484 requires women “to have an unnecessary medical procedure, it’s adding to the cost and and it’s opening them up for emotional blackmail.”

“I think we should just have a little gender equity here,” Howell added.

I am all for this…and then scrapping these idiotic laws.  Scarlet letters are the next step for these idiots, and they will, of course be exempt.

National Speed Shortage Wakes Parents Up to True Nature of The Drugs they put their kids on

NYT: Children’s A.D.D. Drugs Don’t
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/childrens-add-drugs-dont-work-long-term.xml

What gets publicized are short-term results and studies on brain differences among children. Indeed, there are a number of incontrovertible facts that seem at first glance to support medication. It is because of this partial foundation in reality that the problem with the current approach to treating children has been so difficult to see.

Back in the 1960s I, like most psychologists, believed that children with difficulty concentrating were suffering from a brain problem of genetic or otherwise inborn origin. Just as Type I diabetics need insulin to correct problems with their inborn biochemistry, these children were believed to require attention-deficit drugs to correct theirs. It turns out, however, that there is little to no evidence to support this theory.

I hate, hate, hate how one if the most common ‘disorders’ in modern times doesn’t have a pathogen or any way to be physically diagnosed.   But my god look at the marketing effort. 

Is there a single position Newt Gingrich holds that isn’t blatantly hypocritical?

syracuse.com : Gingrich urges students to get jobs, apparently unlike himself
http://mobile.syracuse.com/advsyra/pm_29245/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=m8rjxx8G

“Students take fewer classes per semester. They take more years to get through. Why? Because they have free money,“ Gingrich said. “I would tell students: ’Get through as quick as you can. Borrow as little as you can. Have a part-time job.’ But that’s very different from the culture that has grown up in the last 20 years.“

Or maybe it is not so very different.

In a 1995 profile for Vanity Fair, author Gail Sheehy discovered that Gingrich financed his own education largely via the hard work of this then-wife. When things got tight, finding a job was not high on his to-do list. Sheehy wrote that Gingrich turned first to his adoptive father for help, and then to his biological one:

“Newt, who avoided Vietnam with student and marriage deferments, resisted taking a job. During his college years, Newt called up his father and stepmother to ask for financial help. His stepmother, Marcella McPherson, can still hear his exact words: ’I do not want to go to work. I want all my time for my studies. . . .Bob Gingrich told me he will not help me one bit. So I wondered, would you people help me?’ Big Newt began sending him monthly checks.

“Dolores Adamson, Gingrich’s district administrator from 1978 to 1983, remembers, ’Jackie put him all the way through school. All the way through the PhD. . . .He didn’t work.“

The Gingrich campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

I mean…c’Mon, this has to be a joke.  And by ‘this’ I mean, Gingrich with a reasonable chance of being nominated for President. 

For Some Reason the LIBERAL Media Won’t Report This News! (“Government Spending Down for Second Year in a Row”)

December 19, 2011 12:44 PM

As with most things in Washington, this year’s appropriations process was slow and frustrating, but the end result is a major victory for fiscal sanity.

On December 16, Congress finalized a fiscal 2012 government appropriations bill that cuts spending for the second consecutive year — the first time since World War II that government spending has been reduced in back-to-back years. These are real spending cuts that reduce spending by $95 billion compared to fiscal year 2010 and brings non-defense discretionary spending down to 2008 levels.

via Government Spending Down for Second Year in a Row – Rep. Cole.

I think it’s a complete conspiracy that this press release from the fourth ranking Republican member of the House, Tom Cole R-OK, was completely ignored by the liberal mainstream MSM media, of which radio and cable TV, except for 3rd and 4th ranked channels, are not a part.

Note: Conservative media has ignored reporting this as well.  But what’cha’gonna’go?

What he told her was something like, “Hey, I’d love to sit down with, but the last time I did so you lied about what happened in your book.”

But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who was standing just feet away from the president and the governor on Wednesday during their now-infamous encounter, told TPM that Obama seemed calm the whole time.

“He wasn’t tense at all,” Stanton said on Friday. “The guy’s a pro.”

Though Stanton declined to discuss exactly what the governor and president said to each other, he said Obama’s classic coolness was evident.

“He doesn’t get animated, but he looks you in the eye and tells you what he thinks,” Stanton said. “And I think that’s honestly what he did is he looked the governor in the eye and spoke and told her what he was really feeling.”

Stanton, a Democrat, is now the second elected Arizona official whose account of the incident contradicts the way Brewer has described it.

via 2nd Mayor Says Obama ‘Wasn’t Tense At All’ During Brewer Encounter | TPMMuckraker.

This is a silly little story, but it’s got a nice dramatic picture to it, so there’s some open spin territory for certain folks.   Always nice to have a witness to the actual event, however.

It wouldn’t be that strange that my President is more popular than my Governor…but I live in Texas…soo….?

AUSTIN — Rick Perry’s dismal showing in the presidential contest has plunged his approval among Texans to its lowest level in a decade, and more than half say in a new poll that he should not seek re-election as governor.

The poll by The Dallas Morning News shows that Perry now has a lower job approval rating in his home state than President Barack Obama, despite the GOP’s domination in Texas. Many also say that Perry damaged Texas’ image with his stumbles as a presidential candidate.

via Perry’s job approval plunges after failed presidential run, News poll shows | Perry Watch – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News.

Obama ended the Iraq War…Perry seemed to want to fight it again is one explanation…I guess.  Still pretty wild stuff.

Making campaign promises for his second term before winning the nomination for his try at a first?….Gingrich does that for breakfast

NPR.org » On Florida’s Space Coast, Gingrich Aims For The Moon
http://m.npr.org/story/145882817?url=/2012/01/26/145882817/-president-gingrich-promises-permanent-moon-base&ps=cprs

‘The First Permanent Base On The Moon’

The space shuttle mission ended last year and with it the possibility of any imminent manned space flight. It also meant job losses on the Space Coast and a lack of a well-defined mission for NASA.

If elected, Gingrich promised, “by the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be American.”

Gingrich said he would encourage commercial activities in space, including science, tourism and manufacturing. And he promises, in about eight years, a rocket capable of reaching Mars.

Gingrich gave no details on how much a re-energized space program might cost or how he proposes to pay for it, except to say that commercial interests might be promised prizes in the billions of dollars for developing the hardware.

Details, p’shaw, those are for the devils to figure out.

Children Committing, err, Training For Genocide…Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You (with Indiana Jones, no less)

Harrison Ford will play Colonel Hyram Graff and Ben Kingsley takes on the role of Mazer Rackham. But its the young actors attracting much of the attention: Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, Abigail Breslin plays his older sister, Valentine Wiggin and Hailee Steinfeld takes on the role of Petra Arkanian.

Author Orson Scott Card won two of science fictions highest honors for this novel. He is working on the film so he cannot talk with us yet But he is excited and hopeful. So, are those in the book world.”Enders game is relatable on every level, and even though it was written that long ago, it still holds its own,” Evans said.

via Enders Game will hit the silver screen with big star power | ksl.com.

Take a wild guess how the Republican candidates want to pay down the debt…

Comparing the Gingrich and Romney tax plans – CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57366331/comparing-the-gingrich-and-romney-tax-plans/

Romney has come under fire from some conservatives – and the Wall Street Journal -because they say his tax plan is too timid and doesn’t go far enough to lower taxes now.

The non-partisan Tax Policy Center in Washington estimates that if the Bush tax cuts stay in plane, the Romney plan would add $180 billion to the deficit in the year 2015. The Gingrich plan would add $850 billion that year.

The candidates argue that cutting taxes would create so many businesses and jobs that ultimately there would be more tax revenue, not less.

Hrrm, that sound awfully familiar.  One would think, if this actually worked..we’d be swimming in jobs and growth right now, as we have the same tax rates that Bush Jr, promised would do the same thing.

Oh…and who is suprised Romney wants to completely get rid of the estate tax?  Anyone?