Say What? The July 30, 2012 Edition [Reader Post]



Michelle Obama, to the Olympic audience: “We love you, but we want you to take care of yourselves, help your family, turn off the TV, eat some vegetables—yeah, that’s part of it.”

President Obama: “I believe that the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class, asking the wealthy to pay a little more so that we can pay down our debt in a balanced way.”  The additional amount of revenue potentially generated by tax increases on the wealthy will pay for somewhere between 3 and 8 days.  If all the money made this past year was taken from the wealthy, Obama could very nearly balance the budget–for one year.

Obama supporter above (I am referring to the guy, not what he is wearing)

President Obama: “And I confess the progress didn’t come quickly, and it did not come easily.  Sometimes it didn’t come at all. There were times where I thought about giving up and moving on. But what…has sustained [me] is the belief that in America, change is always possible. That our union may not be perfect, but it is perfectible…yes, we can form that more perfect union.”

President Obama: “Because we’re leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America. There’s more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go,”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a fund-raising email: “Republicans in Congress would obstruct President Obama from having cereal for breakfast if they could.”  Really, it said that.

Vice President Joe Biden: “I had to ask my wife to marry me five times before she said yes.”

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, via email: “The embargo will allow journalists to hear the entirety of the Vice President’s remarks and get the benefit of having their questions answered — before trying to condense a 30-minute conference call about a 20-page NEC report into a 140 characters.”  What was happening was, Biden would say something goofy, and reporters would quickly tweet that.  So, no more tweeting Biden remarks.

President Obama: “For the first time ever, we’ve made military families and veterans a top priority not just at DOD, not just at the VA, but across the government.”

President Obama: “So let’s stop playing politics with our military. Let’s get serious and reduce our deficit and keep our military strong.”

Liberals on the economy:

President Obama: “We tried our plan and it worked!  That’s the difference.”

President Obama: “[A strong economy] was built because we invested in great schools and great universities, and we put rules of the road in place to make sure that everybody was being treated fairly.  Let me just point out that the approach that I’m talking about has also been tested. Just like their [Republican] theories have been tested and didn’t work, my theories have been tested. The last time they were tried was by a guy named Bill Clinton. And we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficits to surplus, and we created a lot of millionaires to boot.”

Liberals on “You didn’t build that”:

President Obama’s off-teleprompter remarks of two weeks ago: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”

Senior campaign adviser David Axelrod: “I was concerned when I saw the initial ad that it might be impactful.  I’ve concluded that it’s not all that impactful. But the ad that we did in response got a very good response in the testing that we did. Because it pushes our message forward.”

However, after being pounded away at for nearly two weeks, the President put out an ad:  “Those ads taking my words about small business out of context; they’re flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own business. Everyday hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run.  And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has. By investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology. I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message because I believe we’re all in this together.”

President Obama complained that, “Governor Romney  knowingly twisting my words around to suggest that I don’t value small businesses.”

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: “[Romney] blatantly twists President Obama‘s words on small business owners and entrepreneurs.”

Obama: “I have to tell you, I generally have patience with what the other side says about me, that’s a requirement of this job.  And if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success. I want to promote success.”

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren: “Of course I stand by those remarks.”

Warren on a 2011 video: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory.”

Nanny government:

Mayor Bloomberg: “I want to congratulate Vietnam for officially going smoke-free. Last week, Vietnam adopted a comprehensive tobacco control law which makes virtually all public places 100% smoke-free and requires vivid health warnings on all tobacco packages.”  And their position on pot smoking?

Liberals on that evil Chick-fil-A and tolerance:

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in a statement to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy: “I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston.  There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”  This was a statement rather than a prepared speech because a spoken Menino would not have the same effect, as Menino is virtually unintelligible.  He later said: “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there…I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”

Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno: “If they’re [Chick-fil-A] serious about that [guaranteeing they will stop giving money to “Focus on the Family”], and they’re willing to put that in writing and they’re willing to adopt that. I think those are the grounds where we can move forward.”  Translation, “You do what I tell you to do, and I will let you bring your business into my territory.”

Joe Moreno: “Same sex marriage, same-sex couples – that’s the civil rights fight of our time. To have those discriminatory policies from the top down is just not something that we’re open to…We want responsible businesses.”
Nancy Pelosi tweet: For the record, I prefer Kentucky Fried Chicken. #ChickFilA

Edwin Lee, mayor of S.F., tweet: Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a leading mayoral contender in 2013, in a two page letter to the president of the New York University: “I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick-fil-A establishment that exists on your campus.  This establishment should be replaced with an establishment where the ownership does not denigrate a portion of our population.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “Chick-fil-A‘s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values…Gay couples are our neighbors, our families, members of our own families, they’re our residents- those are our values.  And we don’t want to have any policy that discriminates against people that are essential members and members who contribute to the value of our city. That’s who we are.”  That’s got to be tough when a Chicago politician says that your morals aren’t quite up to his.

Emanuel press secretary Tarrah Cooper later “clarified” Emanuel’s statement: “If they meet all the requirements, they’re welcome to open a restaurant here.”

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray: “Given my long standing strong support for LGBT rights and marriage equality, I would not support #hatechicken,”

Statement from Muppets’ chieftain: “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. ”

Liberals and the Colorado Massacre:

Democratic candidate in Maine’s Senate race Cynthia Dill, in a fund-raising email: “How many murdered children does it take?  My opponents. both agree it was OK for the Aurora killer to be able to legally purchase a 100-round magazine of ammunition, and I don’t. That’s the difference. Can you chip in $100 today?   …[I am] sick and tired of the bloodbath…[and of] seeing mothers weeping over the bodies of innocent children slaughtered.”

Advertisement by a gun-control group headed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Another mass shooting in America.  Another moment of silence. But will the moment ever end?  What will the next president do to stop it?  So far, neither candidate has been willing to address the issue head on. We cannot allow their moment of silence to turn into months and years. We can honor the lost by working together to take simple steps that protect the Second Amendment and protect the lives of innocent people.”

ABC’s Kerry Smith: “As you know, during live breaking news coverage, our correspondent Brian Ross said, ‘There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado TEA party as well, talking about him joining the TEA party last year.  We don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes.’  Later that morning, after our producers had determined that the suspect in custody was not that Jim Holmes, Mr. Ross made that clear both on air and on our website.”

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike.”

Apparently someone spoke to Bloomberg about the illegality of police going on strike and the silliness of a mayor calling for them to go on strike, so he later said: “I didn’t mean literally go on strike.  In fact, in New York, they can’t go on strike. There’s a law against it.”

Liberals on abortion:

President Obama: “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea.  I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices.” Concern for Obama granddaughters?  No so much.

Liberals on the 2012 election:

DCCC field director Brynne Craig: “Pennsylvania’s new `voter I.D.’ law could literally decide the fate of President Obama‘s re-election.  It’s not the first time that Republicans have tried to suppress the vote – but in an election this close, it could be the tipping point that delivers the Presidency to Mitt Romney.”

Nancy Pelosi, in a fund-raising email: “In 2004, an Illinois State Senator named Barack Obama stepped onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention and gave a speech that spoke to the heart of what it means to be an American. In 2008, his words inspired a nation to choose a new path forward.  In 2012, you could be there.”  And what’s the catchphrase?  “If you contribute $3 or more today, you will be automatically entered to win…”

The Liberal agenda:

Representative Maxine Waters: “We have seen politicians at present attacking the Muslim faith…across the country, these people exploit fear and try to convince state legislatures that the state adoption of sharia tenets is a…strategy to transform the United States into an Islamic country.  The scare tactics are working.  In at least 13 states, lawmakers are now considering adoption of legislation forbidding sharia…Newt Gingrich has called for federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States….this is contrary to American values and actually threatens national security.”

The campaign:

Joe Biden to a group of firefighters: “Part of the problem is, I don’t think he [Mitt Romney] just gets you, I don’t think he really understands. I mean this sincerely-I don’t think he understands what you’re all about, what makes you tick.”

President Obama: “I want to thank someone who put so much work into this event, Terry Bean.  Give Terry a big round of applause.”  Terry Bean is, according to the New York Post, a “gay-porn kingpin.”

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: “Apart from the flagrant hypocrisy, these attack ads make you wonder – does he [Romney] even understand how our economy works?”

President Obama: “So if anyone tries to tell you that our greatness has passed, that America is in decline, you tell them this: Just like the 20th century, the 21st is going to be another great American Century.  For we are Americans, blessed with the greatest form of government ever devised by man, a democracy dedicated to freedom and committed to the ideals that still light the world. We will never apologize for our way of life; we will never waver in its defense.” Link is to Obama’s Top Ten apologies.

It’s all about racism…

Christopher L. Broach, a Democratic inspector of elections in the tiny borough of Colwyn on asking for ID from voters: “To ask me to enforce something that violates civil rights is ludicrous and absolutely something I am not willing to do.”

Democrat Jean Yetter, 65, of East Stroudsburg:”If I get turned away from the polling place.  I will never vote again.”  Okay, deal.

MSNBC‘s Toure: “I think comes down to, `Let’s make sure law abiding white people have access to guns and make sure that black criminals are not.’ ”

Liberal Celebrities:

Cher tweet: If u dont know my politics,U do now! I must fight against these T-Baggies ! Michele Bachman & Sarah these r the best they got ! Bring it !

Cher tweet: U R LUV’D & WELCOME! Mitts A Spineless Racist ! 2Words “British Olympics” @Suzannehaley: I GOP Pls don’t make fun of me,showing my luv 4 u !


Many more brilliant Cher-isms right here.

Actor Jason Alexander: “These people [TEA party types] believe that the US government is eventually going to go street by street and enslave our citizens. Now as long as that is only happening to liberals, homosexuals and democrats – no problem. But if they try it with anyone else – it’s going to be arms-ageddon and these committed, God-fearing, brave souls will then use their military-esque arsenal to show the forces of our corrupt government whats-what. ”
Actress Roseanna, demonstrating liberal tolerance: “Anyone who eats s___ Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens…”  She has since backed off on this remark with “I shouldn’t have used the word deserves in my tweet and I apologize.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore about gun control: “I refuse to live in a country like this, [but] I’m not leaving.”  Moore has a number of bodyguards who often carry guns. I certainly don’t begrudge him having protection.  But he would deny this same protection to others.

Michael Moore tweet: 44 million functional illiterates in the USA! It’s easy to manipulate ppl w/ fear if u can keep them stupid thru “schools”, media, religion.

The Compliant Obama Press Corps:

CNN’s Randi Kaye, Anchor: “Sarah Palin is apparently hungry for chicken and controversy. She posted this on Twitter and Facebook: ‘Stopped by Chick-fil-A in the Woodlands to support a great business.’ ”  Sounds pretty fair, right?  Except, this segment was introduced with Pink’s Stupid Girls.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer to Deborah Wasserman-Schultz: “You know, I’m going to ask you about this new edition of Newsweek. They have on the cover Mitt Romney and it says The Wimp Factor.  Now this is reminiscent of a sort of an infamous Newsweek cover back when the first George Bush was running for, running and it said — they put out a cover that said Fighting the `Wimp Factor.’  Is Mitt Romney a wimp?”

Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza: “Someone should have told Mitt Romney that they still speak English in England.”

Cillizza also awarded Romney the “Worst Week In Washington” for laying out security concerns to NBC before the London Olympics — concerns the networks themselves reported beforehand.

NY Times columnist Paul Krugman: “But lies about what I’ve done or said aren’t going to be published on my blog – and I’m going to ban not only specific comments with those lies, but commenters who routinely spew them.”

Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “I think in some ways, the way race might play a role, and I think you [co-panelist Kathleen Parker] are right: people who don’t like Barack Obama because he’s black or because he’s “the other”, they’re not going to support him.  And I think if Super PACs, if Fox News, if they sort of hint at that sort of language, I think it’s going to turn independents off from Republicans. I think that’s the danger that Republicans and people from the far-right playing [the race card]—“

PBS’s Bill Moyers: “The killer in Colorado waited only for an opportunity, and there you have it – the arsenal of democracy transformed into the arsenal of death and the NRA – the NRA is the enabler of death – paranoid, delusional, and as venomous as a scorpion. With the weak-kneed acquiescence of our politicians, the National Rifle Association has turned the Second Amendment of the Constitution into a cruel hoax, a cruel and deadly hoax.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “Without getting into the argument as to whether he is taking the President out of context over the build it business, he is still using the term “foreign” and I’m telling you, this is happening every day, it is a dog whistle [racist comment].”

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts: “If you like marriage equality and you’re for marriage equality and you go there [to Chick-fil-A] that day [August 1st], you’re a chicken-eating Judas.”

The Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker first quotes a Guardian story: [headline] “Mitt Romney‘s Olympics blunder stuns No. 10 and hands gift to Obama” [text] “Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.”  He also points out that, the headline on the inside page was “Britons chafe at Romney Olympics remark.”

Current TV’s Bill Press regarding Colorado: “I think the NRA has blood on its hands and they should be called murder incorporated.”

Howard Fineman on MSNBC: “…Mitt Romney…is playing to- and has from the beginning of the campaign- played to the kind of nativist base of the Tea Party. And by nativist, I mean people who are, in essence, afraid of the world.”

Liberals from the past:

Newsweek, January 23, 2012 cover story:  “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is in violation of the traditions of America. Work must be found for able-bodied but destitute workers.  The Federal Government must and shall quit this business of relief.”

President Obama off-teleprompter:

June 8th: “The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine.”

July 13th: “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

July 24th: “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan – and it worked.”

At the National Urban League, in New Orleans, the president was back on teleprompter again.   Because, the last thing Democrats want is for Obama to say what he means.

Liberal civility:

Bristol Palin is apparently going to be on Dancing with the Stars.   I wonder how liberals might respond to this news?

Aaron Michael Kline tweet: Bristol Palin on DWTS All Stars? Maybe she’ll suffer a horrible injury. That’ll be the only way she’d be entertaining.

Frank Conniff tweet: Bristol Palin is returning to TV this fall in “Dancing WIth The Homophobic Stars.”

Paco tweet: @ Bristol Palin Just another attention whore!!!! Like mother attention whore!!!! ??????????????

Joel Walton tweet: just a huge FYI to anyone who wants to talk to me ever again..if you watch DWTS and support that evil bitch bristol palin, #wearedone.

roger harrell tweet: @WendyWilliams Bristol Palin? Give it up you stupid whore! Surprised by this pathetic choice!

this_isbollocks tweet: Why is Bristol Palin still around? Can’t she just fade back into obscurity like the rest of her white trash family?

What I see Chick-fil-A doing has nothing to do with hate.  But, when any of the Palin‘s are named, that is when I see actual hate.

There are more kind remarks here.

Tytalus” at the Daily Kos, in his article titled “Doughy Pantload vents his violent impulses.”: “So why is the just penalty death? Is it eye for an eye? Do we not trust the prisons to keep us safe from James Holmes, and if not, why not? Is there some impulse toward revenge? I wonder, if Holmes’ own murderous impulses sprang from the same place. And if the desire to execute him posthaste is just another symptom of the disease. Goldberg and Holmes, like two warts on the ass of society.”  This was about Jonah Goldberg discussing the idea of capital punishment for James Holmes (quote to follow).

Nutty liberal, like from-a-different-planet nutty:

Code Pink article: “My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the mass murderer in Colorado: “You know, I’ve seen, I’m a movie buff, like everybody knows, I hope everybody remains a movie buff, to be quite blunt about this, because I love them, the experience of going to a theater. But here is the question. I saw a movie called Minority Report. Tom Cruise was it, sci-fi movie that said you can catch people ahead of time. You can find their projection into the future. I know that’s the sci-fi part. Is there any way in real life to figure out a guy like this ahead of time?”


Badi‘, in a weekly sermon: “Every Muslim must act to save Jerusalem from the usurpers and to [liberate] Palestine from the claws of occupation. This is a personal duty for all Muslims. They must participate in jihad by [donating] money or [sacrificing] their life, in order to save [Palestine] and the men and women imprisoned [in Israeli jails], as well as [Jerusalem], the destination of the Prophet’s Night Journey and the first Qibla [direction of prayer] in [Islam], and in order to enable all those who were expelled to return to their homeland, their homes and their property.”

Liberals making sense:

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: “[The election issue is becoming] how big should government be? How much of government — how much resources should be devoted to government? How much we celebrate and protect individual accomplishment and merit? This is what a campaign should be about. ”’s Gleen Greenwald: “If you support what [Chicago Mayor] Emanuel is doing here, then you should be equally supportive of a Mayor in Texas or a Governor in Idaho who blocks businesses from opening if they are run by those who support same-sex marriage – or who oppose American wars, or who support reproductive rights, or who favor single-payer health care, or which donates to LGBT groups and Planned Parenthood, on the ground that such views are offensive to Christian or conservative residents. You can’t cheer when political officials punish the expression of views you dislike and then expect to be taken seriously when you wrap yourself in the banner of free speech in order to protest state punishment of views you like and share. Free speech rights means that government officials are barred from creating lists of approved and disapproved political ideas and then using the power of the state to enforce those preferences.”

Mayor Bloomberg said the idea of blocking Chick-fil-A establishments in the city, “a bad idea and it’s not going to happen.”

Liberals being honest:

DCCC email: Monday’s Wall Street Journal had it right: “Unless fundraising picks up, the Obama campaign may enter the season’s final stretch.pulling out of swing states.”  Romney has outraised President Obama two months running, and now they’re polling neck and neck.

Moderates/Affiliation Unknown:

Sharyl Attkisson @SharylAttkisson tweet: Expecting some potential #FastandFurious news this coming week, but am travelling. Will try to get to it all.

[Kukis: Insofar as I know, Sharyl is the only mainstream media person who is actually following and investigating this story.  Other mainstream types will do 10 or 15 seconds on it when they feel their backs against the wall.]

The Catholic bishops in a unanimous statement: “[Sebelius‘s healthcare regulations have created a class of Americans] with no conscience protection at all: individuals who, in their daily lives, strive constantly to act in accordance with their faith and moral values. They, too, face a government mandate to aid in providing `services’ contrary to those values-whether in their sponsoring of, and payment for, insurance as employers; their payment of insurance premiums as employees; or as insurers themselves-without even the semblance of an exemption.”

CBS’s Mark Knoller tweet: Today at the WH, Pres Obama convenes a Cabinet meeting – 18th of his presidency, first one since Jan 31st.

Veteran Kelly Kjelstrom, was refused service when he tried to buy a soda from a Californian Chevron gas station; the cashier noticed his military identification when he went to pay: “The person told me that they don’t like my kind, and I didn’t belong in their country.”

The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Carol Aichele: “As we work to ensure that Pennsylvanians have the identification they need to vote this fall, this new card will provide another photo ID option for voters.  Everyone who needs ID to vote will be able to get it months before the election.”


Reporter: “My question is, is [President Obama] running on the Clinton economy or the Obama economy?”

WH press secretary Jay Carney: “He is running on his record. He is running on a vision for the future and an economic plan that has as one component a fundamental principle that everyone ought to play by the same set of rules and everybody ought to get a fair shot and everyone ought to pay their fair share. Part of paying their fair share is simply suggesting that the highest income Americans; those making over $250,000; the top 2%, including millionaires and billionaires, can afford to, and should, pay income taxes at the marginal rate that was in place in the 1990s when we had one of the strongest economies in American history and when we created 24 million jobs. An economic record that occurred despite all the predictions of a bubble in those years.”

Reporter: “With unemployment over 8%, GDP slowing down now, the worst in a year, you’d rather talk about those years than.”

Carney: “We’re not talking. We’re talking about an economic policy. His plan, which we talk about all the time, which involves a balanced approach, including the expiration of the high-end Bush tax cuts. And as a rebuttal to the assertions from Republicans that this is terrible economic policy, he points to the facts, which are that, are that under President Clinton, marginal rates at that level were in place when we saw this substantial economic growth and job creation. But, lets be clear. I saw recently it suggested by a leading republican that the next President, whether it is President Obama in his second term or his opponent in his first, that his policies should be judged after six or nine months after they come into office, and after that period its a fair grace after which you can judge whether those policies are having an impact.”


Paul Krugman: “Well, I mean, it’s a game of chicken, and I actually think that if Obama‘s reelected, I think that there’s a quite good chance that for a month or two we actually will go off the cliff – which doesn’t do that much harm because it’s brief – because I think Obama if he is reelected he has to say, ‘Government by blackmail is not an acceptable way to run this country. So I’m going to call your guys’ bluff and let the people who are paying for your campaigns come running and demanding that you compromise with me.’  So I actually, I would put, you know, pretty substantial odds that we will in fact at least temporarily see those rates go up, and then, then it’s a different game.”

Noel Shepard: “So Krugman is advocating no resolution to this fiscal and economic nightmare before the end of the year so that the President can then pressure Republicans to do what he wants or let the economy suffer.  Isn’t that government by blackmail?”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “One of the numbers that really jump out at all of us around the table was the question on who was the more negative, who’s running the more negative campaign , and almost by a two-to-one margin, the respondents said the Obama campaign is running the more negative campaign than the Romney campaign.”

David Axelrod: “Partly, Joe , that’s because the Romney campaign and their — and their friends in the super pac world have just spent tens of millions of dollars specifically on spots accusing Obama of running a negative campaign . so I’m not surprised to see those numbers jump a little.”

Scarborough (laughing): “So it’s not your negative ads, it’s their negative ads accusing you of being negative that has caused — “


James Carville in a fund-raising email: “I want to tell you that President Obama has a second term in the bag. I want to tell you that the Koch Brothers are giving up their plot to buy the election.  But here’s where things really stand: We’re gonna have to go through hell and high-water to win this damn thing. It’s gonna be hard. Every big-oil billionaire and Republican Super PAC is throwing the kitchen sink at President Obama.”

Weasel Zippers comments: “When the DCCC needs more crazy, who do they call? Gollum.”


House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I think that [Obama] he will [get the Jewish vote]…You know, as many of the Republicans are using Israel as an excuse, what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy. So Israel, that can be one reason they put forth.”

Interviewer: “That’s why some of the Republican Jewish supporters are really active.”

Pelosi: “Well, that’s how they’re being exploited. And they’re smart people. They follow these issues. But they have to know the facts. And the fact is that President Obama has been the strongest person in terms of sanctions on Iran, which is important to Israel.”

FoxNewsEd Henry:  “You flatly said that no one in the White House was involved [in the national security leaks], can you today say that no one in the White House was involved?”

Jay Carney: “Involved in which particular case are you talking about? The President takes this very seriously, we all take this very seriously, it is again an insult and preposterous to suggest that this White House would leak information for political gain, classified information for political gain, that did not happen and would not happen under this President.”


Chris Matthews: “Let me finish tonight with this. I think all great events have great impacts. This country has never gotten over the Kennedy assassination. I haven’t. And for younger Americans, especially them, 9/11 still haunts. Well, this horror in Aurora, Colorado, continues to penetrate our country’s feelings. I think its had a stronger impact on this country than all the words thrown back and forth in this presidential election this campaign and this summer. I think people feel for each other in ways that don’t come across in the political back and forth. They care about each other in ways that don’t get displayed when we talk about red states and blue states. I think we need to hold on to those moments of national unity, like this one, that keep them in our minds and hearts when the debate heatens [sic] up and heightens.  We need to remember that we don’t despise each other, but we do despise, maybe, the arguments that are thrown up by the other side. I know that sounds odd coming from me. I freely admit that there are people who really get to me, but I also know that if I found them lying in a ditch somewhere, say after say a traffic accident, I’d do everything I could do care for them. I know this. And you know this about yourself. We are all God’s children. And that is a fact, one that we need to remind ourselves of. One that comes back to remind us in times of we take a hit, suffering a horror together like we’ve done ever since the day that Aurora, Colorado, flashed across the headlines and ventured into our hearts. That’s Hardball for now. Thanks for being with us.”

Chris Matthews in 2009: “You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big?  In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up.  I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp.  That day may come. Not yet. But we’ll be there to watch. I think he’s Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto.  Are you watching, Rush?”


NBC‘s Brian Williams: “So here’s a Republican official familiar with your campaign selection process, told the folks at Politico you are looking for a, quote, ‘incredibly boring white guy’ for your vice presidential nominee. Can you confirm or deny?”

Mitt Romney: “You told me you were not available.”

Williams: “Touche, Governor.”

Mark Shields, PBS:” Why is it that after Katrina, we say, “We have to do something about the levees?” After 9/11, we agreed we have to do something about security and terrorism. But something like Columbine, something like Aurora, something like Virginia Tech, ‘No, no, we are helpless, we’re helpless, pitiable giants. We can’t do anything because the NRA is all-powerful.’ ”

Charles Krauthammer: “The reason that we can’t do it is not because of a lobby but because of the cowardice of the Democrats. We don’t have a debate on gun control in the country. We have it on talk shows, but there’s none in Congress. If you have a debate, you have one party on one side and the other on the other. The Democrats will not speak up. A Democrat would not even give his name in Nina’s quotation here.  The fact is that if you want to blame it on a lobby, you are barking up the wrong tree. A lobby, for instance in the sugar quotas it’s a minority that the majority would oppose if they cared or knew about it. Hear, it is not NRA representing a minority. The reason it speaks and everybody listens is because obviously Democrats and Republicans have the idea the majority of Americans agree with them. So it’s not a lobby, it’s a reflection of public opinion, and that is why there is no debate on.”

Bill Moyers, PBS host: “The killer in Colorado waited only for an opportunity. And there you have it. The arsenal of democracy transformed into the arsenal of death. And the NRA — the NRA is the enabler of death. Paranoid, delusional, and as venomous as a scorpion.”

Bill O’Reilly: “Moyers has no clue, no clue at all. He apparently believes that federal and state governments can actually control gun crimes. That’s so dumb it hurts.  Chicago has banned handguns in public. How is that working out, Bill? So far this year… 1,136 shootings.  How about your state, Bill? New York? Well, it has a fourth toughest gun law in the country, it sounds good doesn’t it? Ready 2011, nearly 4,000 guns were confiscated by New York City cops. Just in the city… 4,000 guns. Yes, those tough gun laws, they’re working great, aren’t they? …You’re a genius, Bill. PBS is very lucky to have you.”

Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff to Keynesian Paul Krugman: “By the way, Paul, what would you think of the idea of appointing you Federal Reserve Chairman as a credible signal?”

Paul Krugman: “People have been saying that Ben Bernanke should go around wearing a Hawaiian shirt so that he wouldn’t be seen credibly. And the fact of the matter is he actually does have a taste for Hawaiian shirts, but it would be better to appoint me. Sure. That would help drive down the dollar, it would help drive up inflation expectations.  The one thing is, as long as somebody else does the actual work of running the place because you don’t want me doing that.” Krugman believes that the problem with the $800 billion stimulus is that, it wasn’t enough.


MSNBC host Dyson: “Do you  feel compelled to push for tighter gun laws?”

A brother of one of the shooting victims: “Here’s the thing. We can try to politicize this and make some sort of polarizing debate and make this a tenet of the election. That’s not what we’re here to do right now. We’re here to celebrate the lives of the victims that have been lost. If somebody wants to do harm to somebody, they’re gonna find a way to do it, whether it be with a weapon such as a rifle or whether it be with any sort of means. We should actually start to think about why people are doing this, and the reason people are doing this is they want their names out there.”

Mitt Romney, on the Olympics: “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out . . . There are a few things that were disconcerting.”

British Reporter: “This time, it’s proving to be about more than sport as well, particularly for some American politicians, perhaps their wives, so how do you think the preparations have gone so far?”

Michelle Obama: “Oh my goodness, you know, the United Kingdom, they’ve had a phenomenal year, I mean, they’ve pulled off a major wedding, a diamond jubilee, and now the Olympics. They know what they’re doing.”

Democratic State Sen. Louise Lucas, one of President Obama’s official “Truth Team” surrogates in Virginia: What I am saying to you is Mitt Romney, he’s speaking to a segment of the population, who does not like to see people other than a White man in a White House or any other elected position.

Let’s be real clear about it. let’s be real clear Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don’t like folks like Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position. We know what’s going on here and some people may be afraid to say it but I am not. I am not afraid to say it.

He’s speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position. Senator Miller said it before she died and I agreed with her. They don’t want President Barack Obama in office as President and for all the reasons that you and I and a lot of other people understand.

Host: Do you really believe now that this all about race?

Lucas: I absolutely believe it’s all about race and for the first time I’ve convinced my children finally that racism is alive and well.

Host: Even in Virginia?

Lucas: In Virginia how about all across this nation. And especially in Virginia!

Host: So, do you think race as this campaign goes on through this summer.

Lucas: We need to have this discussion because it has not become addressed appropriately. And we do need to have that discussion. And I know that there are people who are cringing in their seats because they don’t want to hear it but it’s time that we face the reality that we need to have a national discussion on racial issues.

From WZ

The logic here is pathetic.  If there is an election between a Caucasian and a Black guy, does the white guy really need to expend any effort to win the racist vote????


Rep. Mike Kelly: “It only took 1,100 pages for the government to determine whether you’re a qualified borrower. Are you kidding me?”

George Will: “ The speech was that if you build it, you didn’t really build it. That kind of statement of the progressive vision, that, in fact, we’re all social creatures in society. We’re all involved in asserting propositions that no one denies. But it detonated Mitt Romney, who came out and suddenly — you know, the greatest columnist America ever produced was Murray Kempton.  He once said, the difference, the similarity between professional wrestling and American politics is the absence of honest passion. We had honest passion on the part of the president and on the part of Mitt Romney.”

Mitt Romney: “I am an unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country.  I am not ashamed of American power. I take pride that throughout history our power has brought justice where there was tyranny, peace where there was conflict, and hope where there was affliction and despair. I do not view America as just one more point on the strategic map, one more power to be balanced. I believe our country is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, and that our influence is needed as much now as ever. And I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century.  If we do not have the strength or vision to lead, then other powers will take our place, pulling history in a very different direction. A just and peaceful world depends on a strong and confident America. I pledge to you that if I become commander-in-chief, the United States of America will fulfill its duty, and its destiny.”

Mitt Romney on the Obama foreign policy: “In dealing with other nations, he has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it was not deserved and apology where it was not due.”

George Will: “We’re told that the president is the brightest president since Madison, the best educated president since John Quincy Adams, and the most articulate president — politician since Pericles. Why does he spend so much time explaining what he actually meant?”

Dinesh D’Souza, director of “2016 – Obama’s America”: “Well the idea of the film here is not sort of a `Don’t vote for Obama’ film. It’s really more of a `Who is the real Obama?’ film.  It’s a film that sort of raises the curtain on this mysterious man in the White House, a man who is sort of different than other presidents we’ve had before.”

Dinesh D’Souza: “Obama does get it. He knows what Assad believes. He knows what the Mullahs in Iran stand for. He knows what the Muslim Brotherhood is all about. He is not trying to get X and accidentally getting Y. He wants to get Y! He intends the results he is getting.  He works really hard to get those results and he is amazingly successful in achieving his agenda. He may not be successful in achieving our agenda, but he doesn’t intend to achieve our agenda.”

George Will about crafting a new law to stop theater shootings: “No, conservative has, I think, a tragic view of life, which is that however clever the experts are going to assemble, and we heard a call earlier in the show for bringing in the experts, and how ever meticulously you draft whatever statute you wind up passing, the world is going to remain a broken place and things like this are going to happen. ”

Jonah Goldberg: “ We don’t know whether or not he’s [the Colorado shooter] mentally ill, but odds are he isn’t. Indeed, criminologists and psychiatrists will tell you that most mass murderers aren’t insane. But the public debate is already caught up in a familiar tautology. What Holmes did was an act of madness, therefore he must be a madman. And if he’s a madman, we can’t execute him because he’s not responsible for his actions. And if he’s not responsible, then “society” must be. And we can’t execute a man for society’s sins…If the death penalty is always wrong, let us have an argument about James Holmes, a man many Americans are aware of, informed about and interested in. Let us hear why the inequities of the criminal justice system require his life be spared. Fight the death-penalty battle on this battlefield.  That won’t happen. It won’t happen in part because nobody on the Sunday talk shows wants to debate the death penalty when the case for it is strong. They like cases that “raise troubling questions about the legitimacy of the death penalty,” not cases that affirm the legitimacy of the death penalty.”

Paula Priesse fb posting: July 24th – 3 things gun control advocates might consider: 1) Crime rates rise sharply in cities passing strict gun control laws. The murder rate in Chicago is off the charts. In DC, the murder rate went up 73% during its handgun ban. 2) As for “assault rifles,” in the Columbine & VA Tech shootings no such weapons were used. But both were places where firearm possession was prohibited & the victims defenseless. & 3) On April 22nd, also in Aurora CO, Kiarron Parker shot and killed the pastor’s mother outside the New Destiny Church. Parker then tried to enter the church when Antonio Milow killed Parker before any further harm. As an off-duty cop, Milow legally had a gun. If only Milow had been in the theater that night. P

Paula Priesse fb posting: July 29th – Unemployment over 8% for 41 straight months. GDP growth at 1.5%. Trillion dollar plus deficits. Poverty at the highest level in 50 years. Now imagine if a republican president had said, “We tried our plan and it worked.” The media would go bonkers! O uttered these exact same words last Monday. But nary a peep from ABC, NBC, CBS & CNN. In 1980, more than 50 million Americans watched network news. That figure today is barely over 20 million. CNN‘s ratings are the lowest since 1991. This is O’s last election. Be nice if it was the last election for the corrupt media as well. P

Fox business guy Charles Payne: “I can’t believe how few Obama bumper stickers I see when I’m in traffic.  I remember 4 years ago, every car had ‘Obama’ on it.”

Michelle Malkin to Tamara Holder: “Let me put the pause button on you and let me put a pause button this entire madness.  Michael Bloomberg, an elected government official, essentially endorse endorsed anarchy. He called on police officers who are paid and who are employed by the government to protect and to serve, to go on strike.”

Rick Lowry on the idea that the TEA party could have any connection to the Colorado massacre (as reported on ABC news): “This is not a major plank of the TEA party ideology—massacres in movie theaters.”

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, as an example of what a businessman should never say: “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.  We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling: “I stand with Chick-Fil-A. The smear campaign against their brand, against the right to free speech, and against traditional values is shameful and wrong.”

John Nolte: “The problem with CNN, though, isn’t CNN or its President. The problem is the news media — and it’s an institutional problem that won’t be solved until a new way of thinking emerges that doesn’t revolve around the selling of the soul to get Barack Obama reelected while pretending that’s not exactly what they’re doing.”

Mr. Curmudgeon: “Sexual harassment on the job may lead to a swift termination of employment, but same-sex sexual harassment of society at large is a sacrament of the new-age religion.”

Conservative snark:

Newsbusted: “The English soccer team, Manchester United, tops the Forbes list of the world’s most valuable sports franchises, and the LEAST valuable team?… President Obama’s economic advisors!”

From Rush Limbaugh’s Pearls of Wisdom:

Rush: “We are in this mess because a particular ideology has taken us in this direction and delivered us here — with the assistance of Republicans by not stopping it, by not even trying to stop it in some cases.”

Rush: “You have to love the irony.  Here is Rahm Emanuel saying that Chick-Fil-A doesn’t represent the values of Chicago.  What are the values of Chicago?  Chicago leads the country in political corruption.  I don’t know if the murder rate in any other city is what it is in Chicago these days.”

Rush: “The left has always had it in for the suburbs. The left believes that the suburbs is everything that’s wrong with America.”

Rush: “I’ve seen drumsticks, and I’ve seen a penis, and, believe me: I know the difference — particularly when I’m looking at ’em in an Astro van driving on I-95.”

Rush: “Let’s turn this around. What if I were to say, ‘All of you people that work in nursing homes, you are meaningless, you are worthless. What makes you feel so special?’ That’s what Obama’s doing here to people in the business community. That’s what he wants you to think about people who have been successful in business.”

Rush: “This isn’t about roads and bridges. Obama and the Democrats are engaged in what I would call ‘a determined philosophical takedown of the individual,’ at the expense of the total empowerment of the state.”

Rush: “I have all the answers. So my questions to myself are rhetorical.”

Rush: “There is discrimination being practiced by Obama at the highest levels of government against people who succeed.”

Rush: “Obama wants to socialize profit and wages.  The premise being that it wouldn’ta happened without government.  Government owns it all.”

Rush: “Private property is as important as the right to free speech.”

Rush: “The founders, John Locke, believed that there could be no real liberty unless there is property that the government cannot take from you.  And Obama is trying to erase that.  Obama is trying to wipe that off the books.”

Rush: “What Obama is saying about business is actually true about government.  The government has nothing on its own.  The government does nothing on its own.  It can’t.  It has no money.  Everything the government does comes from us.”

Rush: “An intellectual deals with theories and ideas, but in the real world where your fingernails and hands get dirty, they haven’t the slightest idea what to do.”

Rush: “Blaming guns for murder is like blaming forks for obesity. Someone misused a gun; therefore no one’s allowed to have one. This is what passes for logic among the left.”

Snarky comments from Weasel Zippers:

House Democrats: There’s A Koch Brothers “Plot To Buy The Election”.

When the DCCC needs more crazy, who do they call? Gollum.

Lib Behemoth Michael Moore: If Founding Fathers Saw An AK-47 They Would Support Gun Control.
I’m positive the Founding Fathers would be a million times more horrified by seeing what the left has done to this country.

Biden: “I Wish My Kids Would Become Wealthy”.
So he’s saying they should vote against Barack Obama?

Report: Top Obama Campaign Bundler Heads Democracy Alliance, Secretive Group of Liberal Billionaire Donors.
But . . . but . . . but . . .  the Koch Brothers!

Chilling: Romney Super PAC Donor Hit With IRS Audit And Depart of Labor Investigation After Being Singled Out By Obama Campaign For His Donation.
The chances of this being a coincidence are somewhere between slim and none.

Howard Dean: “By Every Measure Our Economy Is Getting Stronger” . . . Wait, Did He Say Stronger?.
What parallel universe is this guy living in?

Caroline Kennedy: Our Degenerate Kennedy Clan Is “At Its Lowest Point Ever”.
But . . . but . . . Camelot!

Yesterday: Obama Hits Colorado For Photo Op While En Route To California Fundraising Tour – Today: Obama Demands Romney Prove His Latest Trip Isn’t “Photo Op And Fundraising Tour”.

USDA Tells Employees Not To Eat Meat On Mondays To Help Fight Global Warming.
Shockingly, not everyone thought this was a great idea.

Hugo Chavez: Romney Represents “Extreme Right-Wing Agenda Bordering On Fascism,” Obama A “Good Guy”.
Chavez auditioning for his own show on MSNBC?

Libs Outraged Obama Skipped International AIDS Conference To Fundraise.
He has his priorities.

Conservatives from the Past:

Thomas Sowell: “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read.  The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think.  The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”

Thomas Sowell: “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it.  The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

Thomas Sowell: “Elections should be held on April 16th-the day after we pay our income taxes.  That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.”

Thomas Sowell: “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.”

F.A. Hayek: “Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.”

Walter E. Williams: “Tariff policy beneficiaries are always visible, but its victims are mostly invisible.  Politicians love this.  The reason is simple:  The beneficiaries know for whom to cast their ballots, and the victims don’t know whom to blame for their calamity.”

Frederic Bastiat: “Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways, hence, there are an infinite number of plans for organizing it:  tariffs, protection, bonuses, subsidies, incentives, the progressive income tax, free education, the right to employment, the right to profit, the right to wages, the right to relief, the right to the tools of production, interest free credit, etc., etc.  And it is the aggregate of all these plans, in respect to what they have in common, legal plunder, that goes under the name of socialism.”

Ronald Reagan: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:  If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

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Best news of the bunch?

Sharyl Attkisson @SharylAttkisson tweet: Expecting some potential #FastandFurious news this coming week, but am traveling. Will try to get to it all.

Have you noticed how CBS has tried to marginalize her?
Some stories she’s been assigned to:
Weird weather.
Plane parts falling to the ground.


What Elizabeth Warren said;

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory.”

What she didn’t say was that there was one marauding band you would have to worry about. That is, government, in all of it’s various flavors.

Odd this part:

“You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory.”

Why odd?
Because Elizabeth Warren also said of the Occupy Wall Street’ers:

“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do. I support what they do.”

And what did Occupy Wall Street do?
They marauded and cost businesses a great deal of loses.

President Obama: “I believe that the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class, asking the wealthy to pay a little more so that we can pay down our debt in a balanced way.”

I agree with strengthening the middle class. I don’t agree with the method claimed to do that. In fact, what Obama proposes does nothing to strengthen the middle class.

Consider this part, “….so that we can pay down our debt in a balanced way.” Sounds good, right? Except that nothing Obama has proposed, or the liberal/progressives in Congress have done, has done anything remotely related to paying down the debt. Instead, Obama and the liberal/progressives in Congress added hundreds of Billions of $ onto the baseline budget with the passage of the Stimulus in 2009. Our deficits soared to well over a Trillion $, each year Obama has been in office. Paying down the debt is the least of the worries right now. Balancing a budget is a more primary concern, and as it stands, even with an increased share of tax burden placed on the “wealthy”, we won’t come close to doing even that.

Now, as for strengthening the middle class, does Obama not realize who actually pays for a business’ taxes? The burden will be even greater upon the middle class, as small business’ shift that added tax burden onto the consumers of their products and services, ultimately resulting in higher cost of goods for all. And that weakens the middle class, rather than strengthening it.

Along with the above, the expected realization of revenue to the government will not happen. It never does, statically. It takes years and years to realize the stated revenue expectation, but by then, the expectation is even higher. So, when the expected revenue is not realized, one of two things will happen; Either the rate of taxation of that $250k/$200k barrier will be addressed again, or the barrier itself will be addressed(by lowering the barrier). Smart? Stupidity more like it.

@Nan G:

Maybe she meant to say;

“You didn’t have to worry that the wrong kind of marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory.”

President Obama: “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices.”

I suppose that if they stay within the protected class of elites, that won’t be a problem. Woe be to them, though, if they join in with all of us regular folks.

Maxine Waters – “…..this is contrary to American values and actually threatens national security.”

No, Ms. Waters. Sharia Law cannot be adopted into American law because many of it’s tenets violate the freedoms and liberties within our Bill of Rights. Sharia law is incompatible with the Constitution, and therefore, American values. To suggest otherwise borders on treason, and violation of your oath of office.

Filmmaker Michael Moore about gun control: “I refuse to live in a country like this, [but] I’m not leaving.” Moore has a number of bodyguards who often carry guns. I certainly don’t begrudge him having protection. But he would deny this same protection to others.

The very definition of ‘elitism’. What’s good for them should be denied to everyone else.

Jay Carney;

Part of paying their fair share is simply suggesting that the highest income Americans; those making over $250,000; the top 2%, including millionaires and billionaires, can afford to, and should, pay income taxes at the marginal rate that was in place in the 1990s when we had one of the strongest economies in American history and when we created 24 million jobs. An economic record that occurred despite all the predictions of a bubble in those years.”

I’d say, considering what we know now, that a bubble did occur, and on Clinton’s “watch”. And another bubble was just getting started.

Noel Shepard: “So Krugman is advocating no resolution to this fiscal and economic nightmare before the end of the year so that the President can then pressure Republicans to do what he wants or let the economy suffer. Isn’t that government by blackmail?”

It’s also hypocrisy, which is an inherent trait of liberal/progressive ideology.