Clinton: Obama leading on 'Long Hard Road to recovery

Former President Bill Clinton
From - President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash" and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night in a rousing Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.  Conceding that many struggling in a slow-recovery economy don't yet feel the change, Clinton said in a prime-time speech that circumstances are improving "and if you'll renew the president's contract you will feel it." To the cheers of thousands of Democrats packed into their convention hall, he said of Obama, "I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside." Clinton spoke as Obama's high command worked to control the political fallout from an embarrassing retreat on the party platform, just two months from Election Day in a tight race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Under criticism from Romney, the Obama camp abruptly rewrote the day-old document to insert a reference to God and to declare that Jerusalem "is and will remain the capital of Israel." Some delegates objected loudly, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, presiding in the largely-empty hall, ruled them outvoted. White House aides said Obama had personally ordered the changes, but they did not disclose whether he had approved the earlier version. The convention hall rocked with delegates' applause and cheers as Clinton — unofficial Democratic ambassador-in-chief to anxious voters in a tough economy — strode onstage to sounds of "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," his 1992 campaign theme song. Read more

He Said What?

Jim Spence (left)
Update - President Obama is backtracking on the anti-God and anti-Israel position changes in the party platform faster than I can write columns. Shortly after this column was written Obama reversed course again and put both God and Jerusalem back in his platform. If he can only bring himself to condemn the terrorist organization Hamas once again his party will be back where it was three days ago. In two days the Democrats have revealed how much influence radicals have in the administration and at the convention. Watch this video to see how furious the radicals were by the end of the day when reverence for God and Jerusalem had to be crammed down their throats. So far the convention has been a comedy of errors. Commentary by Jim Spence - The political experts said the declarations made by President Obama earlier this summer could never be surpassed in terms of being a true reflection of his curious state of mind. First there was his statement: “The Private Sector is Doing Fine.” Naturally, the president would later that same day retract his absurd comment once it was explained to him by someone living in the real world that the private sector was not in fact “doing fine.” Fair enough. Anyone can make a colossal mistake, especially someone who never worked in the private sector.
Then came some really incredible finger-pointing at business people, many who have bet their life savings on their businesses, worked eighty hour work weeks, and went without paychecks until they were successful. “You didn’t build that,” explained the president sarcastically after mocking their accomplishments. Later he would retract that statement too explaining he meant the bridges and roads built with taxes paid by...........well.......everyone, including a disproportionate share by business people. That statement was not quite so easy to forgive. He had brazenly insulted job creators while presiding over the worst jobless environment in the nation's history.
Yesterday in Charlotte the president’s team did their level best to top both of the completely astonishing statements Obama made earlier this summer.
First the DNC removed the phrase, “God-given talent” from the Democratic Party platform. Apparently they were satisfied to just use the word “talent,” while striking down any credit that might have been mistakenly given to "God." Next the Obama team removed platform language making it clear that the radical Muslim extremist group Hamas was actually dangerous. Hamas fires rockets into civilian neighborhoods in Israel regularly. And finally, the Obama team removed language in the platform that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Incredible right?
That wasn’t all. The DNC also released a video saying that while we might all belong to different clubs, organizations, and churches, we all “belonged to government.” Of course the Romney campaign quickly suggested that government belonged to us instead of us belonging to the government. But it wasn’t really necessary to correct the Democrats. Just in case anyone is still in doubt, they should know by now that the Obama administration truly believes we all do belong to the government.

Late Night Convention Humor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
The Democratic Convention began tonight. What a difference four years makes. Last time the theme was “Hope and change.” This year the theme is “Hope you don’t make a change.”
The first two nights of the Democratic convention are at the Time Warner Cable Arena and the big speech by President Obama will be at the Bank of America Stadium. That’s good thinking, the two things Americans love most: cable companies and banks.
Conan O'Brien
If you're a donor to President Obama's campaign, you were promised exclusive access to Joe Biden — and for an extra $10,000 absolutely no access to Joe Biden.
The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
The Democratic National Convention is under way. For three days in Charlotte, N.C., everything the Democrats do is good. And everything Republicans do is evil. It doesn't bother me. I live in Hollywood. It is like that here every day.
Former Democratic nominee John Kerry is going to give a speech about foreign policy. It will be like Clint Eastwood's speech except this time the empty chairs will be in the audience.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
On Saturday the White House released President Obama's personal recipe for a home-brewed beer. That's how bad the economy is. Not only is our president drinking, he's drinking beer he made in his bathtub.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
National Convention have bedbugs. When asked what it’s like to have to deal with thousands of ruthless bloodsuckers, the bedbugs were like, “Eh, it’s OK.”
Over the weekend, a chef in Minnesota created the world’s largest bacon cheeseburger, weighing in at over 2,000 pounds. And if you want to hear what it tasted like, you’ll just have to wait until I interview Chris Christie.

Stop Burning Food During a Drought

From American - by Phil Kerpen - It is always foolish for a country to order the burning of its food supply, but it takes a special kind of depravity to do it in the midst of a severe drought. Yet that is precisely what the misguided federal ethanol mandate is doing, requiring the burning of 40 percent of the corn supply at a time of shortages and sky-high prices. If no action is taken, the impact will be another spike in grocery prices next year, as well as devastation for farmers and ranchers attempting to cope with higher feed prices. Two Democratic governors — Bev Purdue of North Carolina and Mike Beebe of Arkansas — have officially petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a waiver from the ethanol mandate, officially known as the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). They have now been joined by a bipartisan group of 26 senators and 156 House members. The head of the Democratic Governors Association, arch-liberal Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley wrote the EPA in support of the waiver: “In 2012, more than 40 percent of the U.S. annual corn supply was to be used to meet the RFS corn based ethanol requirements established annually by the EPA. If you were to exercise your statutory authority to waive the RFS standards for the next year, it would make more than 5 billion bushels of corn available to the marketplace for animal feed and foodstuffs, driving down costs and significantly lessening the financial impact.” So far, instead of providing relief from the food-burning mandate, the Obama administration’s emergency response has been to buy up meat and poultry at taxpayer expense. It’s an expensive non-solution to a very real global problem — food scarcity exacerbated by food burning. The EPA has now opened up a public comment docket on waiving the ethanol mandate for next year. The comments they receive will likely be overwhelmingly in favor of a waiver — but the ethanol dream dies hard. The Obama administration may refuse to stand up to its environmental allies, even in the face of serious economic and human suffering and a broad bipartisan consensus. Our country’s ethanol experiment has been a failure in good times and bad, but never more tragically than now. Whether the EPA grants the waiver or not, the American people should elect a Congress willing to repeal the destructive ethanol mandate completely and put an end to mandated food burning. Read more


A Stroll Down Unemployment Statistic Lane

Commentary by Jim Spence - "We’ve tried those policies and they didn’t work." You will hear that phrase repeated over and over for the next sixty days by Democrats as they try desperately to hold on to the White House and the U.S. Senate. They are referring to Republican policies. It might be a good idea to take a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment records for those presidents who's policies we have "already tried" and compare them to the Obama record since 2009.
The unemployment rate average during the Nixon and Ford era (1969-1975) was 5.83%. Anyone who lived through the 1973-74 recession will tell you jobs were scarce and the economy stunk.
Ronald Reagan took the oath of office in 1981. The unemployment rate average during the two Reagan terms was 7.53%.
George H.W. Bush served for only one term between 1989 and 1993. The unemployment rate during his term averaged 6.3%. The American people tossed him out of office thanks to that dismal number.
George W. Bush served two terms as president after two terms under Bill Clinton. George W. Bush inherited the popped dot com bubble recession from the end of the Clinton era. Fair enough, but Bush also left a popped housing bubble recession for President Obama. He gave as bad as he got.
Many people believe that the jobs picture under Clinton represented the golden age of employment in America. Under President Clinton the unemployment rate averaged 5.2%. Amazingly, under George W. Bush, the unemployment rate averaged 5.26%. The jobless rate averaged just 6/100ths of 1 percent higher during Bush’s eight years when compared to the two terms of the Clinton presidency.
This brings us to President Obama's record. During his tenure the unemployment rate has averaged 9.08%. If you throw out the unemployment figure for Obama's first year in office and blame that number on George W. Bush (something we did not do on any other calculation), over the last three years of the Obama presidency the unemployment rate has averaged 9%.
If you want to accept excuses during any of these presidencies they are pretty easy to find. Nixon inherited the Viet Nam War from Johnson. He can blame the first of many oil shocks in 1973. Gerald Ford inherited the 1973-74 recession. Reagan inherited the horrible economic malaise of the Carter years. George H.W. Bush created his own troubles with his "Read My Lips" broken promise on tax rates (note the economy slowed markedly AFTER he raised taxes).
George W. Bush inherited the dot com recession from the Clinton era and then the horrific 9-11 attacks. The point is each of these presidents had an excuse and so does Obama. If you average all of their unemployment numbers and throw out all of the excuses you get an average yearly jobless rate for Republican presidents starting with Nixon of 6.22%. So, the next time you hear: "We've tried those policies and...." it is a very good idea to know the facts tell us they worked. And they worked far better than the ones we are suffering from right now.


Obama Fundraiser and Solyndra Loan Promoter Spinner Bolts When ABC Camera Crew Sees Him

Steven Spinner
ABC - The Obama campaign rolled out the red carpet this week for a former top Energy Department official who was at the center of the ill-fated government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel firm that wound up in bankruptcy. Steven J. Spinner joined other top fundraisers for a VIP tour of the Democratic National Convention floor in Charlotte Monday evening, posing and waving for a photographer while standing behind the podium. When he saw ABC News cameras, however, he ran for the exit.
Spinner was last in the headlines in October, when emails surfaced showing he had pushed for the Solyndra loan from his post in the Energy Department, apparently in an effort to score the loan as a political victory for President Obama. Read full story here: News New Mexico

The Change of a Few Words Tells the Story of Day One at the Democratic National Convention

Members of Hamas Enjoying a Rally
The story of the first day of the Democratic National Convention was made before Michelle Obama ever took the stage last night. The story was the removal of a few words and phrases from the party platform. These specific choices made by the Obama administration tells the average American how much the Democratic Party has changed in just four short years. The choices made by Democrats were simply remarkable. The inluence of Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farakhan could be seen everywhere.
For starters, the Democrats removed three sentences identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The language below was chosen for removal:
"Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."
The Democrats also simply removed without further comment the following language designed to call attention to the danger of the notorious terrorist group Hamas: "The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and abides by past agreements."
Considering the DNC has devoted two hours to an event Friday that is tabbed as a "call to prayer for Muslims," an event in which a Catholic Cardinal was denied the right to also say a prayer, ties together and provides continuity to each of these platform actions by the DNC.
Also gone from the Democratic Party platform is a previous reference to “God.” Democrats chose this phrase for modification:
"We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential." In this year's platform the Obama administration decided the words "God-given" should simply be removed. The changes can be summarized as follows: References to God are to be diminished except of course for the DNC's sponsorship of the Muslim call to prayer event. Condemnation to a radical Muslim terrorist organization has been driopped and Israel's capital city was put up for grabs. Interesting.

Judge Orders Taxpayers to Pay for Convicted Murderer's Sex Change Operation

Boston Globe- A federal court judge has ordered state officials to provide a sex-reassignment surgery for a transsexual prison inmate, convicted of murdering his wife, after finding that the treatment is the only adequate care for his serious mental illness, gender identity disorder.
US District Court Chief Judge Mark Wolf also noted that the treatment for Michelle Kosilek had been prescribed by Department of Correction doctors, and that the only justifications for denying the treatment were based on public opinion.
“This fact that sex reassignment surgery is for some people medically necessary has recently become more widely recognized,” Wolf wrote in a landmark, 129-page ruling issued today.
Kosilek strangled his wife, Cheryl, in Mansfield in 1990 and dumped her body in a car at the Emerald Square Mall at North Attleborough. Kosilek then fled to New York State before being arrested.
Kosilek was convicted of first degree-murder in January 1993 and is serving life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Read full story here: News New Mexico