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Yes, Obama did promise to cut the deficit in half in his first term

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:35 pm - August 8, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Obama Incompetence

Four days ago, Glenn Reynolds reminded us of another Obama statement hitting its expiration date.  Today, I googled and found this video:

A the one-minute mark in the video, President Obama, having cited the exploding size of federal debt said, “That’s why today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term.”

This morning, Jennifer Rubin alerted us to a record that that Mr. Obama has succeeded in “smashing“:

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday estimated that the federal budget deficit stands at $975 billion through July. This guarantees that the deficit for fiscal 2012, which ends Sept. 30, will be above $1 trillion. The deficit under each year of the Obama administration will have exceeded $1 trillion, after coming to $459 billion in 2008.

Do wonder if the legacy media will contrast Mr. Obama’s rhetoric with his record.

More hype for Democratic Convention keynote speakers
(than accomplishment from them)

As I travel, now deep in the heart of Mormon America where, well, popular misconceptions not withstanding, some conservative members of the Church of the Latter-day Saints don’t have much of a problem with a gay Jew, I’ve been finding lots of nuggets in Jim Geraghty’s CampiagnSpot.  Earlier today, he asked an interesting question about San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the Democrats’ 2012 Convention Keynote speaker:

Shouldn’t a political figure have to demonstrate some real changes for the better in his community before he gets all this hype?

You see, despite all the hype surrounding this young politician, he hasn’t really accomplished much, having made “very little measurable progress in addressing” the problems facing his city.  They honor the man for his potential as if it guarantees a great record — even if he has not yet achieved anything save to win election to high office.  Sound familiar?

Remind me again of what exactly the 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speaker accomplished before he launched his 2008 White House bid.

NB:  Tweaked the title.

Watcher of Weasels Nominations 08.08.12 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:12 pm - August 8, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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GayPatriot LiveTweeting Experience – 6:30PM ET Tonight!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:21 pm - August 8, 2012.
Filed under: Food

I’m becoming a part-time foodie blogger!  Tonight, the PatriotPartner (John) and I are going to our favorite restaurant in Charlotte again — Blue Restaurant & Bar.

Blue has special dinners regularly and tonight is a wine pairing dinner with special entrees matched to wines from the Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA.

Below the jump is the menu for this evening.  Live tweeting begins at 6:30PM Eastern.  Consider this alternative programming to the Olympics.

And no tape delay!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)



Have You Heard About The “Fiscal Cliff”?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:00 pm - August 8, 2012.
Filed under: Economy

Head on over to Patriot Consulting for the full blog posting

But here’s a tempting and scary quote from the Associated Press:

The cliff is the prospect of the Bush-era tax cuts expiring Jan. 1 and the automatic spending cuts occurring at the same time. Most economists fear that a combination of higher income taxes on virtually everyone and a simultaneous big drop in government spending would plunge a still fragile economy back into recession.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Media cover for the Obama Democrats’ “weapons-grade nonsense”

Last month, CNN spent several days attacking a freshman Republican Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois for saying this about his Democratic opponent:

“She is a hero, and that demands our respect, but it doesn’t demand our vote. All she does, guys, is talk about her service,” Walsh said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Trying to figure out why such an innocuous statement merited any coverage at all, given that Mr. Walsh is not a particularly prominent Republican.  And he never slurred his opponent’s service.

His comments, according to CNN’s Ashley Killough, “soon generated buzz online, prompting several groups, including and Emily’s List, an organization dedicated to helping Democratic women get elected to office, to condemn the congressman’s remarks.”  “Although organized as nonpartisan,” Wikipedia reports that is

“closely aligned with Congressional Democrats,” and “liberal” in news stories.[8][9][10] In a June 2011 press release, the organization specifically identified itself as the “largest progressive group of veterans in America.”[11]

Like Emily’s List, VoteVets supports Democrats, having run ads in 2010, backing Harry Reid and attacking Missouri Republican Roy Blunt.  In 2008, billing itself as a “liberal group“, it attacked John McCain.

So, when two Democratic groups find a comment that a Republican legislator’s comment generates buzz, CNN stays with the story for days, with coverage largely critical of the Congressman.*  Yet, they — and other “news” outlets —  don’t devote nearly as much coverage to the House Democratic Leader’s statement comparing her ideological adversaries to a bacterium causing food poisoning.

A minor Republican Congressman generates wall-to-wall coverage for an innocuous (but ill-advised) comment about his opponent.  The Democratic leader is all but ignored when she compares conservatives to a bacterium.

Commenting on the blasé media reaction to Mrs. Pelosi’s comment and other similar outlandish statements made by top Democrats, Jim Geraghty observes:

But Reid, Pelosi, the president, his campaign, and his allies continue to throw out weapons-grade nonsense into the media environment with absolutely no consequence whatsoever. (more…)