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MEET THE PRESS Loses Credibility by Letting David Gregory MISQUOTE Obama

This shill talking-camel needs to APOLOGIZE.

Meet the Press should correct David Gregory on the record next Sunday. Otherwise, they risk their credibility, which is already skating on thin ice with Gregory having headlined for a major Republican advocacy group. NBC said Gregory wasn’t paid, but they failed to address the matter of his travel, accommodation, meals, swag, etc.

Think Progress busted Meet the Press host David Gregory today, as he “twice asserted that, in May, President Obama declared that “al Qaeda has been defeated.” But apparently, President Obama never said that. As Think Progress points out, Gregory used this false assertion as a premise for laying the Libya attacks on Obama, claiming Obama wasn’t paying attention.

Watch here via Think Progress:

Transcript from TP:

GREGORY: The President has said as recently as May of this year that al Qaeda has not had a chance to rebuild, that al Qaeda has been defeated. There is an election on, as we’ve been talking about, and the President’s challenger said plain and simple, the President failed to level with the American people and call this a terrorist attack, because you had to be concerned about another terrorist attack from al Qaeda in the Middle East after the President said that al Qaeda had been defeated.


Think Progress’ Judd Legum corrected the record, noting that in a televised address from Bagram Air Base on the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama specifically warned us that “difficult days” and “enormous sacrifices” yet to come.


And one year ago, from a base here in Afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The goal that I set — to defeat al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild — is now within our reach. Still, there will be difficult days ahead. The enormous sacrifices of our men and women are not over.


The problems with this are manifold, not the least of which is Gregory’s failure to address his inaccuracy. Raw Story pointed out “Gregory did not reference the question on his Twitter account or his post-show recap on NBC News’ website.” There is also the issue of the desperate hypocrisy of the underlying argument from the President’s opponents in calling the attacks a terrorist attack. It should come as no surprise that just a few days ago, Paul Ryan was making this argument, saying that Obama’s foreign policy was “blowing up in our faces”. Juan Cole made a definitive argument against Paul Ryan’s attacks on Obama’s alleged foreign policy disasters being based on the violence against our consulates:

By the way, does Ryan always consider attacks on US embassies a sign that an administration’s foreign policy is blowing up in our faces? For instance, if if the US embassy in Athens, Greece, was attacked in 2007,, would that have been an indictment of George W. Bush’s foreign policy? What about if the US embassy in Serbia was burned down early in 2008? If the US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, were attacked in September 2008? If the US consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, was attacked in 2004? What if thousands of anti-American Iraqis were regularly demonstrating and even shelling the Green Zone in Baghdad where the US embassy is, in 2008? Did all that mean that Bush’s foreign policy, the most recent foreign policy outing of the Republican Party, blew up in our faces, according to Ryan?



BWHAHAHAHA: Chris Matthews Calls Limbaugh 'Underwater Walrus,' Lampoons Dick Morris

Chris Matthews was on fire Thursday night during a particularly lively segment of "Hardball."

The MSNBC host spent the first half of the segment going after members of the GOP for denouncing recent polls that show President Obama's lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

After playing a clip of strategist Dick Morris criticizing the polls on Fox News, Matthews asked, "Why would anybody ever, ever, ever, no matter who pays him—Roger Ailes, whoever—ever listen to what Dick Morris has to say about anything? Especially when he says all the polls, including Fox's own polls, are not to be trusted because he doesn't like the numbers."

Later, he adopted a strange, deep voice and said the show was now going "underwater to the underwater walrus." Viewers quickly learned that "the underwater walrus" was Matthews' pet name for Rush Limbaugh.

He attempted to impersonate Limbaugh's voice, but admitted that he was having some difficulty. He threw in a few gargling noises though, which helped.


Obama Plays Netanyahu LIKE A FIDDLE, Romney Follows Behind

Obama and Netanyahu talked today, and agreed that Iran shouldn’t have nuclear weapons. Romney raised his hand to announce that he also talked to Netanyahu, but can’t tell us what was said and then reiterated Obama’s Iran policy as his own. This comes as no surprise, since Romney has repeatedly proven himself to be a foreign policy novice — to put it kindly — and Obama’s foreign policy approach is more popular, both at home and abroad. The media has been all atwitter with right wing talking points, why won’t Obama talk to Netanyahu? Somehow they missed that by schooling Netanyahu with the diplomatic but clear cold shoulder, Obama got everything he wanted.

On Tuesday at the UN, Netanyahu suddenly announced after relentless sabre-rattling that Israel would not attack Iran before the spring, taking off the table the pre-election strike that loomed behind his earlier words, when he falsely equated violence in Libya with the “regime” in Iran in an attempt to stoke the fires of war. Netanyahu also agreed with Obama that a diplomatic approach might work. This was a long walk from where he had been just days before. Whether Netanyahu started showing respect for Obama because, unlike most conservatives, he can read polls or whether Obama’s cold shoulder finally sank in as Bibi’s only option given Romney’s plunge, or some combination of the two — the end result is Obama got what he wanted and what was best for the United States.

Obama got Netanyahu to back off his threats to attack Iran and he got Netanyahu to stop meddling in US elections. Netanyahu gave Obama credit for leading the effort to impose sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu still did his best to tie himself to fellow conservative war hawk Mitt Romney, and if polls start to shift, I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts sabre-rattling even more furiously. For now, there’s no doubt Netanyahu read the writing on the wall, as papers around the world were blaming him for jeopardizing Israel over his treatment of the US President. He made a wise decision to least stop appearing to be playing election war games.

Romney said he and Netanyahu discussed where the “red line’ ought to be drawn, but Romney doesn’t feel comfortable discussing it. Romney then declared that he thinks we can handle Iran without military action, but he’s not taking it off the table. If those words sound familiar, it’s because they are President Obama’s standard reply. At the U.N., the President took on Iran, saying that while the U.S. remains committed to a diplomatic solution on Iran’s nuclear program, “time is not unlimited.” Romney has long criticized Obama for not taking a harder line against Iran, though there is no harder line than the tough sanctions Obama has already put into place, other than military action. Yet, Romney would not go there. So, how does his policy differ from Obama’s? He won’t say, other than to claim Obama’s position as his own and announce it as the correct one.




Fox News viewers are so out of touch with reality that 90% of them actually think that Mitt Romney is going to win Ohio. Special Report with Bret Baier asked Fox News viewers who they thought was going to win Ohio. Contrary to all of the polling that has Obama leading, 90% of Fox News viewers expect Romney to win.

Here are the current, at the time of publication, results of the poll:


As it states at the bottom of the graphic, this was not a scientific poll. However, it does tell us a lot about Fox News viewers. Like, the fact that 90% of them appear to be completely out of touch with reality. They think Romney will win Ohio, even though new polling suggests that Obama has opened up a double digit lead in the state. Fox News viewers think Romney will win despite the fact that his rallies in the state are drawing hundreds of supporters, while Obama is drawing thousands.

Perhaps they have forgotten that Ohio is the state where Republicans joined with Democrats to repeal John Kasich’s union busting SB 5 by a margin of 61%-39%. This is a state where the auto bailout is supported, 62%-30%. This is a state that Obama carried in 2008, and where his message is playing well again in 2012.




MACACA'S REVENGE: Virginia County GOP Forced to Remove RACIST IMAGES from Party Page


So, Virginia is being humiliated yet again by Republicans and Republican senate candidate George Allen is being haunted by his Macaca moment, through no direct fault of his own this time.

The official Facebook page of a Virginia County Republican Party that helped promote an event for Senate candidate George Allen, the Republican running against former governor Democrat Timothy M. Kaine, got busted yesterday for having super offensive (read straight up racist birtherism) images on their Facebook Page.

See a few here, some of which remain:

Embarrassed after a Democratic group supporting Kaine brought it to their attention, a very nervous state GOP tried to order the Mecklenburg County affiliate to take the images down – including images of President Obama as a caveman and a thug. But as of late last night, R. Wallace Hudson, the chairman of the country committee who runs the page, was having none of that. If you are offended by Obama dressed as a savage, well, too bad for you! You have no sense of humor! Chortle.

Hudson told The Washington Post, “‘If that group is that sensitive, I’m sorry, they’re just not human,’ he said, chuckling. ‘It’s not American. If they’ve got a problem with it, we’re not going to change what we do.’” Hudson took the bully’s refuge by accusing the offended of (sing it with me), “Playing the race card”. It’s not the conservatives who are playing the race card, see? When they suggest Obama wasn’t born here and show him as a savage, that’s just fun. If you are offended, then you are playing the race card. Shame on you, you savages! You are not American or human.




LOL- Paul Ryan Looks Like Somebody KICKED HIM in the Gut When Romney ADMITS OBAMA DIDN'T RAISE TAXES

When Mitt Romney wandered off script and admitted that Obama hasn’t raised taxes, Paul Ryan looked like someone just punched him in the stomach.

Romney said, “I admit this, [President Obama] has one thing he did not do in his first four years — he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes.”

The really priceless moment is happening behind Romney, as Paul Ryan realizes what Romney said, and tries his very best to maintain his smile. Ryan’s face transformed into a pained expression, as Romney accidentally let loose with a bit of truth.

Paul Ryan’s reaction to Mitt Romney’s accidental admission of the truth was priceless. Ryan has to be wondering what he got himself into here. He was once one of the GOP’s “Young Guns,” but now he is watching his image and his future national prospects go up in smoke as he finds himself trapped in the burning building that is the Romney campaign.


Geoff Mackley, Extreme Adventurer, Records AMAZING FOOTAGE From INSIDE Fiery VOLCANO


Geoff Mackley is equal parts volcanologist and daredevil. The New Zealand native has spent 15 years attempting to get as close as possible to some of nature's most amazing, and most terrifying wonders: active volcanoes.

Last month, Mackley achieved one of his lifetime goals when he stood just 30 yards above a mesmerizing, superheated crater of lava in the South Pacific.


LOLOL!- Ann Romney Responds to Campaign Criticism: LEAVE MITT ALONE!

YOU BUILT THAT? LOL!: How Mitt Romney SHOOK DOWN American Taxpayers For His Welfare Olympics

It's been called Mitt Romney's "golden moment"—the time he took over the troubled Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and led them to respectability on the world stage in 2002. His boosters say that Romney's stewardship of the U.S. Olympics show that he would be a fine president because of the way he managed a vast international enterprise with a huge budget. What they don't talk about is how Romney and his Salt Lake buddies raised the money to finance the games. They took a page from the playbook of Bain Capital and other private equity funds, using an approach popular with the moneymen known as OPM—other people's money. Never put up your own cash if you can find someone else to do it for you.

For the Salt Lake games they found the biggest sugar daddy around: the federal government.
Many records were set at the 2002 Winter Games, but chances are that one will never be broken. That's the amount of federal dollars that Romney and his crew siphoned out of the federal treasury to help pay for the Olympic games: $1.5 billion. That was more than the federal government had spent on all seven Olympic Games held in the U.S. since 1904—combined. In inflation-adjusted dollars.We discovered this during a yearlong investigation to find out who was paying for the Olympics and who in Utah would benefit from the games.

With the help of Utah's congressional delegation, Romney's Salt Lake Olympic committee pried federal dollars out of more than three dozen agencies on an unprecedented scale: $500 million for highways, bridges, roads and interchanges; $30 million for parking lots; $25 million for buses; $11 million for infectious-disease monitoring, food inspection, and medical response; $2 million to house the media; $1 million for a weather forecasting system; and several hundred thousand dollars to plant new trees in and around Salt Lake City—to name only a few of the goodies.

Romney himself lobbied Congress for a $12.7 million handout to cover the overtime pay of local police during the games. In defending the request for federal dollars, Romney said: "This is one last piece of the public-safety puzzle. You can't have the complete chain if you take out a couple of links." No matter how you look at it, the strategy that Romney and the Olympic committee employed so effectively in Salt Lake City to underwrite the games is completely at odds with the image that he and his running mate Paul Ryan are now trying to project as stalwarts of a frugal government that disavows subsidies and expects people to
stand on their own.

Their philosophy appears to depend upon where you happen to be standing.




Over 1000 PASTORS Set To DEFY IRS, Redefine ‘Separation Of Church And State’

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of “ministries” with a clearly conservative political agenda, have announced their intention to confront the Internal Revenue Service (and the U.S. Constitution) over the issue of political speech from the pulpit. A 1954 amendment to the tax code prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. The group intends to videotape over 1000 pastors doing just that, and sending the tapes to the IRS. Their purpose is to force the government to impose sanctions on one or more of the churches, as a prelude to a court case, challenging the constitutionality of the law.

The amendment states tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, are:

absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.

Violation of this restriction “may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax.”
According to Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, in an interview with FoxNews.com:

The purpose is to make sure that the pastor — and not the IRS — decides what is said from the pulpit. It is a head-on constitutional challenge.

We’re hoping the IRS will respond by doing what they have threatened. We have to wait for it to be applied to a particular church or pastor so that we can challenge it in court. We don’t think it’s going to take long for a judge to strike this down as unconstitutional.

In a country that has seen an upswing in ‘Christian conservatism’ in recent years, this could become a milestone in the direction of American politics and law. It could have far-reaching effects to uncounted social and legal spheres, affecting even or military and the reasons we go to war. If this is a first amendment issue, as is claimed, it would seem the ADF’s argument is invalid; the government (in this instance the IRS) is neither prohibiting or restricting anyone’s free speech. Pastors and other clergy, are already free to make political endorsements from the pulpit; they have no inherent right to expect the U.S. government to exempt them from taxation, however. Political endorsement is clearly beyond the spiritual realm. Taking monetary gifts or donations while participating in the political process is simply not a free speech matter.


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