A message from my good friend Chris Fields who’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District – Steve Foley
Dear Fellow American,
While I was fighting on a battlefield in Iraq, my opponent was doing everything he could to cut funding for the war and the soldiers fighting it.
Keith Ellison is militantly anti-America. He attacked the Pledge of Allegiance, voted countless times to throw our troops serving in harm’s way to the wolves and teamed up with Barney Frank to destroy the banking industry. Not surprisingly, he’s the proud co-chairman of the radical Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Is this the type of man you want representing you in Congress? It’s not who I want! That’s why, after retiring from the Marine Corps less than one year ago, I’m challenging Keith Ellison and his anti-American agenda.
Will you stand with me to bring common sense, American values back to Washington? Please follow this link right away to make a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign.
I’m not your typical Republican candidate. I grew up in the South Bronx with two younger siblings and a single mom. Although my mom worked long hours to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, we relied on well-meaning but poorly designed government programs like food stamps and welfare. After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and took control of my future.
“Honor, Courage and Commitment” is instilled in every Marine and I took these three principles to heart. During my 21+ year career, I earned my commission as a Marine Corps officer, went to college, graduated with the academic distinction of Magna Cum Laude, and served two combat tours in Iraq. Now I’m running for Congress to continue serving the country I love–because when I look at what’s happening in Washington, I’m ashamed.
Congress has become a sea of stubbornness filled with men and women who have lost sight of their purpose–to provide leadership. Instead, they’ve made getting re-elected their main priority and neglected their responsibilities to their constituents. Keith Ellison is the worst offender of all.
With your help, we’ll retire a man who has no business advocating for his anti-America agenda in Congress and restore our values to our government. Thank you in advance for your support.
Major, United States Marine Corps – Retired
Candidate for Congress
P.S. My opponent, Keith Ellison, is militantly anti-America. We cannot allow him to continue serving in Congress. That’s why, after retiring from the Marine Corps less than one year ago, I’m running for Congress. Will you help me restore common sense, American values in Washington? Please follow this link to make a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign today.
From the Washington Post:
In a statement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee makes explicit how GOP leadership feels about Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.):
“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual. By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.
“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement. Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.
“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”
The DNC Is Plagued By Money Troubles And Obama’s Worst Surrogate
JUST A FEW WEEKS OUT FROM ITS CONVENTION, THE DNC’S FUNDRAISING OPERATION IS IN DIRE STRAITS
In July, The DNC Raised About $10 Million, While Spending $32 Million, Leaving It With Just $15.4 Million Cash On Hand. “Early reports showed the Democratic National Committee spent about $14 million in coordinated advertising with Obama. That’s as the DNC raised roughly $10 million in July while also spending $32 million, leaving the party with about $15.4 million in the bank by month’s end.” (Jack Gillum, “Obama, DNC Spending Exceeded Donations In July,” The Associated Press, 8/20/12)
“The DNC Alone, Meanwhile, Raised Nearly $10 Million In July – Less Than Half The Amount The Committee Collected In June, According To Federal Reports Filed By The Committee Today.” (Dave Levinthal and Tarini Parti, “Obama Campaign Spent More Than It Raised In July,” Politico, 8/20/12)
- “The Committee Spent Nearly $32 Million In July, Leaving $15.4 Million In Its Reserves.” (Federal Election Commission,Accessed 8/20/12)
- “It Also Ended The Month $4.5 Million In The Hole.” (Federal Election Commission,Accessed 8/20/12)
- In June, The DNC Raised $20.5 Million And Spent $12.7 Million. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 8/20/12)
DNC CHAIR REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL) RANKS “DEAD LAST” FOR HER EFFECTIVENESS AS AN OBAMA SURROGATE
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Obama’s Pick For DNC Chair, Became A “Headache” For The Campaign. “Another headache hidden behind the no-drama veil soon cropped up, in the person of the Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Obama’s choice to head the Democratic National Committee. After a long internal debate in early 2011, Obama’s team had picked Wasserman Schultz on her strengths as a battleground-state surrogate and fund-raiser. She was chosen over the former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, but the decision was a close one.” (Glenn Thrush, Obama’s Last Stand, 2012)
- Wasserman Schultz “Grated On Chicago .” “From the start, Wasserman Schultz grated on Chicago. She insisted the DNC hire a handful of her top congressional aides. While she was a tough and effective cable warrior and a serious fundraiser, she tended to do better on MSNBC and struck too harsh a partisan tone when she crossed over to the Sunday shows, they thought.” (Glenn Thrush, Obama’s Last Stand, 2012)
A Focus Group Commissioned By The Obama Campaign On Surrogate Effectiveness Ranked Wasserman Schultz “Dead Last.” “She won the skirmish but lost the war- eventually becoming marginalized. Her fate, to be fair, has been shared by many a party chief in an election year, but by spring some in Obama’s orbit were openly speculating about how much better things might have been under Strickland or Villaraigosa. No sooner had that speculation died down than Wasserman Schultz called Chicago to ask why her national TV appearances, especially on the Sunday shows, had dropped off. The campaign dropped a bomb on her. A focus group, secretly conducted by Binder’s company, was commissioned by the campaign to rank the relative effectiveness of various in-house Obama surrogates. The results, which were made available to me, placed Robert Gibbs at the top. Cutter was second (a later version of the poll placed Jen Psaki, who was soon to return to the fold as Obama’s traveling press secretary, third). Axelrod did pretty well. Plouffe and Press Secretary Jay Carney, not so much. Wasserman Schultz ranked dead last.” (Glenn Thrush, Obama’s Last Stand, 2012)
(Las Vegas, NV) – As seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley campaigns with President Obama this week, maybe now they will both explain how their policies are good for Nevada. Cutting Medicare by $700 billion, forcing a 2 percent cut on the Medicare program and crushing debt are just a few of the policies that need to be explained.
“Shelley Berkley has followed President Obama lockstep to cut $700 billion from the Medicare program and voted just last year to force two percent cuts to Medicare across the board. They think it’s a good idea to give 15 Washington bureaucrats the power to deny care to seniors. And, together, Shelley Berkley and President Obama passed a trillion dollar stimulus that Shelley Berkley promised would create 34,000 jobs. Instead, Nevada lost 62,000 jobs.
“Shelley Berkley and President Obama’s only ideas for economic recovery have been to send $700 billion in taxpayers’ dollars to Wall Street and force every single Nevadan to take on $22,500 in debt at a time when Nevadans were struggling the most. Shelley Berkley, other than massive debt and stripping benefits for seniors of their benefits, what other ideas do you have?” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Shelley Berkley and President Obama’s Policies Aren’t Working:
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- Shelley Berkley and President Obama cut more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. (Douglas Elmendorf, “Letter to the Honorable John Boehner,” Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/2012)
- Shelley Berkley and President Obama empowered 15 Washington bureaucrats to cut reimbursement rates for seniors on Medicare. (Editorial Board, “The Presidential Divider,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/14/2011)
- Shelley Berkley and President Obama voted for a 2% cut from the Medicare program which would restrict seniors’ access to care: Sequestration as a result of the Budget Control Act would require Medicare cuts of up to $11 billion a year (about $140 billion over ten years) if deficit reduction targets are not reached (RC #123, 112th Congress, 1st Session).
- Shelley Berkley sent $700 billion to bail out Wall Street, including almost $80 billion for Detroit, when Nevada was losing jobs. Dean Heller was the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout. (HR 1424, Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, 110th Congress; U.S. Government Accountability Office Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance,“Continued Attention Needed to Ensure the Transparency and Accountability of Ongoing Programs,” July 21, 2010)
- In 2009, Shelley Berkley promised that the trillion dollar stimulus would be responsible for “creating or saving 34,000 jobs over the next two years.” Nevada has since then lost 62,000 jobs. (Press Release, “Economic Recovery Package Aims To Create Jobs, Spur Economic Growth,” Office of Rep. Shelley Berkley, Feb. 19, 2009)
Politico: 2012 brings bevy of bumbling candidates
2012 brings bevy of bumbling candidates
Alex Burns August 21, 2012
It took a catastrophic, unforced error from a major U.S. Senate nominee to prove the point: In 2012, candidate quality matters – a lot.
After three consecutive wave elections – the Democratic landslides of 2006 and 2008 and the Republican revolution of 2010 – both parties have rapidly remembered that they can’t always count on a national tide to sweep their candidates into office. In those cycles, an array of sub-par candidates managed to win largely on the strength of their party label, from lackluster campaigners like Virginia Democrat Jim Webb to offbeat ideologues like Kentucky Republican Rand Paul.
This year, the battle for control of the Senate has turned into a far more muddled and unpredictable affair because there’s no overwhelming national tide. While Democrats started out back on their heels, defending 23 seats to the GOP’s 10, the unexpected weakness of several Republican candidates has left Republicans far short of the easy takeover that some once anticipated.
On both sides, political missteps and candidate defects have reshaped the map in surprising ways. The most astounding example came this week, when Missouri Rep. Todd Akin threw his Senate candidacy into a state of crisis by suggesting that rape victims can stop themselves from becoming pregnant.
Akin has since apologized for the remark, but a long list of Republicans have pressured him to end his campaign and salvage the GOP’s chances of knocking off Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
But Akin is not the only bumbling candidate to befoul his party’s grand 2012 strategy. Republican strategists have voiced dismay for weeks over the Senate contest in North Dakota, where GOP Rep. Rick Berg was expected to dominate the race but instead finds himself tied or trailing Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, a sympathetic former state attorney general. On the other side, Democrats find themselves struggling to gain traction in Nevada after Rep. Shelley Berkley, the party’s nominee, found herself embroiled in an ethics investigation in the House of Representatives.
The list of flaws and flubs goes on: Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senate nominee in strongly liberal Massachusetts, spun out a biographical flap about whether she has Cherokee heritage into a controversy that hobbled her for much of the summer. In Indiana, conservative state Treasurer Richard Mourdock has failed to establish a lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in the aftermath of a slashing GOP primary that turned off moderate voters.
If both parties have suffered from candidate malpractice in 2012, the brunt of the damage seems to have fallen on Republicans. With more than half a dozen credible takeover opportunities, many of them in conservative-leaning states, today only one Democratic-held seat looks like a sure thing for the GOP: the one currently occupied by retiring Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson.
Now, with 11 weeks to Election Day, Republican and Democratic strategists have begun to reflect on the reality that these races really might come down to the tactics and performance of individual candidates. And Republicans are starting to fume that the party may have jeopardized a historic opportunity…
Read the full story here:
Is support for same-sex marriage worth a $10 billion loss in stock value? That’s a good question for Starbucks as the National Organization for Marriage announced its Dump Starbucks campaign, launched in March, has had an impact on Starbucks stock. Similar chains such as Panera and the Olive Garden (Darden Restaurants) are up for the year. Forbes began to notice a partisan divide over Starbucks in mid-July, the full timeline is below. It’s also worth noting that 32 out of 32 states have voted to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman – including “blue” states such as Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Hawaii and California (twice). The most recent state to vote was North Carolina (a state won by Barack Obama in 2008) in early May and marriage was upheld by 61-39%. Perhaps it wasn’t so wise for Starbucks to accuse so many of its customers of being ignorant and bigoted.
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- March, 21, 2012 – Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz tells shareholder Thomas Strobhar – in response to Strobhar’s question at a shareholders meeting of whether or not the corporate decision to endorse a controversial social matter such as same-sex marriage was prudent – that Starbucks was going to measure its support for same-sex marriage by whether it was in any way dilutive to shareholder value. He said to date it had not damaged their business and that the decision was in the best interest of the entire company.
- March 21, 2012 – The National Organization for Marriage announces its “Dump Starbucks Campaign.”
- April 10, 2012 – NOM announces the Dump Starbucks Campaign is going international.
- April 13, 2012 – Starbucks reaches a high of $61.67 per share.
- July 26, 2012 – Starbucks stock closes at $52.405 per share. That evening, after the market closed, Starbucks releases its quarterly financial information which investors find disappointing.
- July 27, 2012 – Starbucks stock opens at $46.61 per share, a drop of $5.795 per share. Multiplied by 760 million outstanding shares of Starbucks and that is a loss of $4,404,200,000, or $4.4 billion.
- August 1, 2012 – Starbucks customer relations agent emails a concerned customer regarding the company’s support for same-sex marriage, noting they have “not provided any financial support of (sic) this legislation,” referring to same-sex legislation in Washington State where Starbucks is based. (emphasis mine)
- August 17, 2012 – Starbucks stock closes at $48.21 per share, a loss of $13.46 per share since the April 13 high. Multiplied by 760 million shares and that is a loss of $10,229,600,000, or over $10 billion.
Is a loss of $10 billion dilutive to shareholder value?
(These numbers all come from Google/NASDAQ at http://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:SBUX)
The National Organization for Marriage Announces Success of Starbucks Protest
“Starbucks supported same-sex marriage, saw their support from Republicans dwindle, missed sales projections, and watched the company lose $4.4 billion overnight and over $10 billion from their 2012 high.”
– Brian Brown, NOM president –
Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that their protest of Starbucks is achieving results. “Starbucks supported same-sex marriage, saw their support from Republicans dwindle, missed sales projections, and watched the company lose $4.4 billion overnight and over $10 billion from their 2012 high,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “While executives of publicly traded companies have had a wonderful time claiming that not supporting same-sex marriage hurts their employee recruitment and retention efforts, we now have a case study in how alienating millions of customers can directly affect the bottom line of a public company and damage shareholder value.”
On Wednesday, March, 21, 2012, Starbucks Chairman and CEO told shareholder Thomas Strobhar, in response to Strobhar’s question of whether or not the corporate decision to endorse a controversial social matter was prudent, that Starbucks was going to measure this situation by whether it was in any way dilutive to shareholder value, and that to date it had not damaged their business and that the decision was in the best interest of the entire company. Over $10 billion dollars in shareholder value later it is no wonder that Starbucks turned down same-sex marriage advocates who initially sponsored a Starbucks Appreciation Day and responds to customer inquiries about their corporate position on same-sex marriage with a statement that Starbucks has never donated any actual money to same-sex marriage advocates in Washington State where they endorsed same-sex marriage.
“True success in this protest effort will not be achieved until Starbucks steps back from the debate over the meaning of marriage. The fact is that Starbucks has alienated millions of customers worldwide, has seen their sales fall behind even their own conservative estimates, and has watched their stock value drop as investors and shareholders have gotten cold feet. This should give pause to any publicly traded company that is looking to advocate against the traditional definition of marriage,” continued Brown. “Stock prices and sales are subject to a myriad of factors, but business leaders and voters would do well to consider the experience of Starbucks, and the millions of people who voted in support of traditional marriage at Chick-Fil-A on August 1st with their pocketbooks, when they are being told by gay marriage proponents that support of same-sex marriage will be good for their bottom line and the business community in general.”
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An In-depth Documentary that Journeys Into the Life of Barack Obama
2016 Obama’s America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”
Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn’t know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him–who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world.
Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best selling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.
Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.
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Born in Mumbai, India Dinesh has truly lived the American Dream. He moved to the United States to attend Dartmouth University on a Rotary Scholarship. Following graduation he went to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst.
He has been a fellow of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Roots of Obama’s Rage. His other titles include the popular What’s So Great About Christianity, Letters to a Young Conservative, and The End of Racism. He is a popular speaker and has appeared on Hannity, The Colbert Reporter, Glenn Beck and Politically Incorrect.
NOTE: Wait, the sample went from D+2 to R+9? Gee, does anyone think that a heavily-Republican sample might be why Akin isn’t trailing yet?
From the American Thinker:
A Democrat polling operation, Public Policy Polling, is giving away the Democrats’ desire to have Todd Akin stay in the Missouri Senate race. In so doing, it also reveals how polls are manipulated to produce the desired PsyOps effect. It is simply a matter of adjusting the sample, that is, poll more Democrats if you want one result, and poll more Republicans if you want another. In this case, PPP has suddenly adjusted its sample to produce a poll indicating Akin has a chance to defeat Claire McCaskill.
Jim Geraghy of NRO’s Campaign Spot spots the game being played in a blog titled, “PPP’s Sample in Missouri Suddenly Becomes More Heavily GOP”:
This morning, Public Policy Polling races to tell us that “Missouri voters strongly disagree with the comments Todd Akin made about abortion over the weekend, but it hasn’t moved the numbers a whole lot in the Senate race. Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43. That’s basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread.” [snip]
Let’s take a look at that sample…
Democrat ……………………………………………….. 30%
Wow, R+9? Well, Missouri has been trending red lately, so maybe that’s not that abnormal… Let’s take a look at PPP’s survey in this state in late May, when they found Obama leading Romney in Missouri by a point:
Democrat ……………………………………………….. 35%
Wait, the sample went from D+2 to R+9? Gee, does anyone think that a heavily-Republican sample might be why Akin isn’t trailing yet?
Rep. Akin should take note that Democrats consider him a goner, and their polling lackeys are willing to expose their sample game in order to con him into staying on the ballot. If he stays in the race, he will hand a seat and possible Senate control to the Democrats. His name will be mud among conservatives for the rest of his life. I urge him to consider very carefully whether the ego thrill is worth it.
From the Washington Examiner:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is making no secret of its desire to see Todd Akin drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri after his comments on females being able to magically prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”
Moments ago, NRSC communications director Brian Walsh sent around an email titled, “fyi–What leading conservatives are saying about the Missouri senate race…”
It included a roundup of conservatives calling on him to step aside. He has until 5 pm today.
Good morning –
Just a quick background update on the situation in the Missouri Senate race. While much of the press coverage has understandably focused on the statements by Republican leaders yesterday regarding Congressman Akin, I wanted to point out for your background that they have been joined by leading conservatives across the country who have called on Congressman Akin to step aside for the good of the party and the pro-life movement he cares so deeply about.
Below are just a few examples for your consideration…..
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- Radio/TV Host Sean Hannity urged Akinyesterday to reconsider running and reminded him that “elections are bigger than one person”
- Radio Host Mark Levin similarly urged Akin to step aside saying this race is far too important to risk losing to the Democrats.
- National Review’s Jim Geraghty observes,Who Isn’t Calling for Akin’s Withdrawal? Claire McCaskill & Planned Parenthood.
- Columnist/Radio Host Dennis Prager penneda column for Townhall.com calling on his fellow pro-life leaders to join him in disavowing Akin’s remarks.
- Columnist Charles Krauthammer on Fox News last night called Akin “toxic” and said “he’s got to go”
- Radio Host Hugh Hewitt tweeted – “If Akin drops out and GOP wins Senate, he has career. If he stays in and GOP doesn’t win Senate, infamy and injury to prolife cause”
- Author Ann Coulter penned a column in Human Events calling on Akin to do the right thing and step aside for the good of the pro-life movement
- National Review editorial board called on Akinto step aside, writing in part, “Akin is a stalwart conservative and an honorable man, we regret to say that he inspires no such confidence”
- Wall Street Journal editorial board also called on Akin to step aside, writing in part, “Having uttered one of the more offensive and ill-informed comments in recent years, Mr. Akin could cost his party a seat it is favored to win this November and thus possible control of the Senate.”
- The Tea Party Express called on Akin to step aside saying “It is critical that we defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in November, but it will be too difficult to achieve that with Todd Akin as the conservative alternative.”