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Partisanship Archives

Who did this?

Who did this?

What would one-party rule look like? If a single political party could run things for at least a generation, could we then look at the results after that time and determine how good or bad those policies were?

With respect to the Presidency of the United States, it’s hard to do that. The party in power changes so often. However, for many large cities, the party in power has been there for 50 years or more (with the occasional 1-term opposition party exception). It’s much easier to make a determination in these cases. And even with a state governor of the opposite party, mayors do have enough power to minimize the governor’s influence.

So who’s been in charge, and how has it worked out? Listen in, and leave your own feedback!

Mentioned links:

Moody’s downgrades Chicago debt to ‘junk’ with negative outlook

Following City, Chicago Public Schools Credit Rating Junked

Mayor of Chicago [Wikipedia]

List of mayors of Detroit [Wikipedia]

List of mayors of Baltimore [Wikipedia]

Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

Mayor of Los Angeles [Wikipedia]

Hogan funds pensions, but nothing more for schools

Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law

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Getting it wrong

Getting it wrong

The recent election results in the UK have called into question the accuracy of opinion polling, especially since the polling got the election results so wrong. Is polling a legitimate science, or just some black art? Do people often say one thing and do another? How does the enforcement of politically correct speech skew polling, and why does it always seem to be skewed in one direction?

You’ll hear my thoughts, but don’t forget to let me know your thoughts.

Mentioned links:

Conservative Voters Give Pollsters Politically Correct Answers . . . and Then They Vote

Massive NBC Prediction Fail: Network Wrong as Conservatives Surge to Power

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We need to get specific on "violent extremism".

We need to get specific on “violent extremism”.

The Right got upset when the summit was called “Countering Violent Extremism”, not mentioning the very real, global threat we face today; Islamic extremism. What’s in a name? Well, if you won’t call it by name, you run the risk of ignoring the main threat and inflating other, smaller ones. The Administration has done just that.

Do you want a President who didn’t finish his last semester of college, or one that turned a state’s economy around? You can have both, actually.

Mentioned links:

DHS Reports: Greatest Threat Is Domestic Right-Wing Extremism, Not ISIS

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

Scott Walker, college drop-out or kicked-out?

Howard Dean calls Scott Walker “unknowledgeable” over college degree question

Gov. Scott Walker reveals the secrets to Wisconsin’s $1 billion surplus

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A do-nothing House?

A do-nothing House?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of obstruction by not passing bills. What he’s not saying (and what you’re not hearing, depending on your source of news) is that there are hundreds of bills they’ve passed that are sitting on Reid’s desk waiting for a vote in the Senate. How many and how many pass unanimously? Well, you’ll have to listen in.

Leon Panetta, who was head of the CIA and later the Pentagon, during the time of our fight with an ascendant al Qaeda and with Iraq, has written a book, “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace”. In it, he’s brutally honest as to his assessment of the Obama administration’s war policies. Some of his observations about them coincide with what conservatives have been saying.

And a Name That Quote segment that could be Name That Column (but isn’t; I only have 10 minutes or less).

Mentioned links:

 ‘Do Nothing Congress?’ House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk, Says Congresswoman

A slapdash Secret Service detail isn’t what’s wrong with the White House – the real scandal is a President who is so complacent about protecting Americans

Panetta: ’30-year war’ and a leadership test for Obama

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Episode 88: Conservatives, Pick Your Battles!

Bigger battles

Bigger battles

This time around, I spend a little time chiding those who are my ideological compatriots. So often I see in blogs, on Twitter and Facebook, such petty attacks against liberal targets that I think it diminishes our impact. In this episode, I note a couple of those that I’ve seen a lot of lately, and hopefully demonstrate that we have much bigger fish to fry.

Mentioned links:

Why You Need to Read and Care About the Name of the Al-Qaeda Group That Just Gained Strength in Iraq

Why Obama’s use of the term ISIL instead of ISIS is actually really important

Levant [Wikipedia]

Conservative Media Freaks Out Over Obama’s ‘Latte Salute’

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Benghazi: Smoking Gun, or All Smoke?

Busy times, both at work and at home, have given me little time to prepare something for the podcast, so I’m going to throw a blog post out here. If you have any ideas for what you’d like me to cover, comment on this post, write me a considerthis@ctpodcasting.com, or call me at 267-CALL-CT-0 (267-225-5280).


What about Benghazi? (ABC News)

What about Benghazi? (ABC News)

When the latest memo to come out of the Benghazi investigation came out…

OK, let me back up. Actually, the memo was never given to the Congressional investigation. It took a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch for this memo to come out. So for starters, it really looks like the administration did not want this out in public.

The thrust of the message was clear: Protect Obama’s image (and re-election efforts) at all costs; American interests and the American public’s right to know be damned. It contained four bullet points:

–”To convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad;

–”To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy;

–”To show that we will be resolute in bringing people who harm Americans to justice, and standing steadfast through these protests;

–”To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

Remember, this all happened in the heat of the President’s re-election campaign. As to the bullet points, we now know that the US was not doing everything it could to protect the consulate, the protest were not rotted in an Internet video (and the administration knew that almost immediately after the incident), we did not bring anyone to justice (not even now, 20 months after the incident), which goes to show that the President and the Administration do not have strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.

But the kiester-covering was in full swing and scapegoats were worth their weight in gold.

In his congressional testimony, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said that then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is the one who linked the video to the Benghazi attacks but that the video was not part of the CIA analysis. In other words, the administration made it up out of whole cloth to deflect blame for its policy failures in relaxing the war on terror…

Indeed, the day after the event:

An email on Sept. 12, 2012, to Rice from Payton Knopf, deputy spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, confirmed the attacks were “planned in advance” and “complex,” not spontaneous in reaction to a video.

Poor Jay Carney had the unenviable job of trying to deny that these memos had anything to do with Benghazi, even though they were provided due to a FOIA request about…Benghazi.

The fact that they, indeed, speak to the Benghazi issues specifically, but the administration hung on to these memos and did not give them to Darrell Issa and the committee, shows just how revealing they are.

But only now are the mainstream media noticing this story. The Benghazi hearings have been pitifully covered. The idea that this has been a “Fox News story” (as though they made it up) only came because they gave it the coverage it deserved, while the rest of the media sat on its collective hands. Now, even ABC news reporters found themselves amazed at the stonewalling and dissembling.

But even with that, ABC has been very reluctant to report on it. Even the President has called out Fox on this — no other network — so you know it’s been getting short shrift elsewhere. And at other networks, without coming out directly and saying it, the news executives suddenly wouldn’t find time to report on it.

Yes, the daily interviews from the committee can be yawners, and it’s not always breaking news. That much is true. But it’s also true that the latest revelations are news, and even that is getting reported primarily by Fox.

Oh, and MSNBC? Yeah, never mind about them. If it doesn’t have a link to Chris Christie and “Bridgegate” (where nobody died), they don’t care much about it.

This is important. If you news outlet isn’t covering it, you may need to switch sources.

A fair and balanced hearing?

A fair and balanced hearing?

It’s that time once again, to take 10 minutes (or less) out of your day to get your recommended dose of conservative commentary.

Hearkening back to my first episode ever, the Columbia Journalism Review tackled the subject of paid liberal analysts at Fox News vs. the lack of dissenting opinion at MSNBC. Once again, the question is, “Who will give you a fair hearing, or any hearing at all?” The answer really should not surprise you, and should also be good news if you want to get your voice heard on this particular show.

The President described recent budgets (well, recent spending, since Democrats have been very reluctant to pass actual budgets) with a word that, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, doesn’t mean what he thinks it means.

And finally, can the President get a little “rspect”? Ask Dan Quayle.

Mentioned links:

Journalism Review Explores Fox’s Liberal Pundits, Confesses Fox Is More Balanced Than MSNBC

And from the left…Fox News

With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity

austere (definition)

Dan Quayle : “Potatoe” [Wikipedia]

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Episode 57: Millions of ObamaCare Broken Promises

It’s not what you were sold.

You were told that, if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. But hospitals are laying off people by the thousands.

You were told that, if you liked your health plan, you could keep your health plan. But the Affordable Care Act has, written into the bill in 2010, estimates of how many people would lose it anyway. You were lied to.

And supporters of ObamaCare are now waking up to the realization that, indeed, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Turns out we do have a single-payer system. It’s just that the single payer is us. How is it that conservatives saw this but liberals didn’t? Hmmm.

Mentioned links:

 [FLASHBACK] Obama: If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan

Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year

NEARLY 1.5 MILLION LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE DUE TO OBAMACARE

Ben Shapiro’s tweet

Death Panels in Action: Hospitals Suffer Massive Layoffs Thanks to Obamacare

THE KOS KIDS LEARN ABOUT OBAMACARE

Obamacare shock: $12,600 deductible, 40 percent co-pay, zero competition

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

NBC Buries Own Reporter To Hide Obama Lie

A Plan For Replacement

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A very high-profile supporter of foreign aid to Africa has had his mind turned around upon learning what capitalism has done for the continent. Aid is a stop-gap measure, not a cure. See if you can figure out who it is before I spill the beans.

The anti-war movement has had its resolve tested by being given virtually identical scenarios about war-making; one with a Republican President and one with a Democrat. The outcry should be the same, if the stance they take is on principle rather than on politics. Listen in to see how they measure up.

Mentioned links:

“Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid”

George N. N. Ayittey

“Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future”

Syria: Dozens protest outside White House

Where have all the flowers gone

Bozell Column: The Vanishing Anti-War Left

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Can a state government decide what law it will and will not uphold? In Pennsylvania, the state Attorney General has promoted herself to state Supreme Court Justice by refusing to defend a state law’s constitutionality because of her own personal opinion of the law. So then, do we need to keep two sets of laws for the state; one with a Democrat as the AG and one when it’s a Republican? When the US Supreme Court said that the people of California didn’t have standing to try to keep their own constitutional amendment in force, they opened the door to this.

The Left’s “Birthers”: 26% of Obama voters think the Tea Party is a larger terror threat than radical Muslims. Yes, really.

The trial of George Zimmerman riveted the nation’s media attention for weeks, which is understandable when the charges are 4 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of 3rd degree murder. OK, I’m playing with you there. It was just 1 count of 2nd degree murder that was on the line for George Zimmerman. Those other charges were against Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor, who was ultimately convicted of 3 of the 4 murder 1 counts, and the murder 3 count was reduced to involuntary manslaughter. So how did the coverage compare?

And all the while, in that shining beacon of gun-control, Chicago, hundreds of people, many of them Trayvon Martin’s age and race, are shot dead every year. They don’t get media coverage, or marches, or Attorney General Eric Holder’s attention, or a moment of silence at a Beyonce concert.

Mentioned links:

Pa. attorney general says she won’t defend state’s gay marriage ban

26% of Obama Supporters View Tea Party as Nation’s Top Terror Threat

Fred Thompson’s tweet

Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of first-degree murder

Top Media in 1st Week of Trials: Gosnell, 5 Stories; Zimmerman, 203 Stories

Trayvon Martin, one year later: When will black-on-black slayings get the attention they deserve?

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