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To: TideGlider who wrote (482283)4/12/2012 4:15:14 PM
From: sm1th
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Rosen has a problem with people who make kids the old fashioned way. Mom, Dad...babies..

She finds it especially offensive that all 5 have the same father!

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From: LindyBill4/12/2012 4:19:48 PM
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Paul Ryan, Up Close
from Power Line by John Hinderaker
(John Hinderaker) I met Paul Ryan for the first time today at a lunch meeting. I would have said that my opinion of Ryan couldn’t get much higher, but it did. He was even more impressive in person than I expected: funny and passionate as well as superbly knowledgeable about fiscal issues. Ryan is a first-principles conservative, who draws a straight line from the Founding and the Declaration of Independence to our current debt/spending crisis.

I would summarize Ryan’s main themes as follows:

1) The United States has a brief time remaining when we can solve our budgetary crisis without drastic measures. Soon, our debt to GDP ratio will inhibit economic growth, the sheer magnitude of the debt will overwhelm efforts to get it under control, and rising interest rates will crush all other budgetary considerations. For now, we have an opportunity to solve the fiscal crisis without, for example, having to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to existing seniors. This is what the House Republican budget seeks to do. But that window is rapidly closing.

2) Ever-increasing numbers of Americans are becoming dependent on the federal government. Currently around 40% are either “dependent” or “reliant” on federal checks, and 70% of the population takes more out of the federal government in benefits than it pays in taxes. The Democrats seek to accelerate these trends in order to perpetuate their own power (my paraphrase). But those numbers are somewhat misleading, as many are now dependent on government as a result of the current recession. The United States remains, for the time being, a center-right country, and a clear majority continues to favor freedom and opportunity over cradle to grave government control.

3) For the above reasons, the 2012 election is a pivotal contest in which Americans will likely choose one of two destinies: a return to the commitment to freedom and opportunity that is embodied in the Constitution and in American history, or a decisive turn toward European-style social democracy.

4) It is important for this election to be one in which the choice facing the voters is framed starkly so that, if the Republicans win, they will have a mandate to do what is necessary to rescue America from financial collapse and return to the opportunity society that was envisioned by the Founders.

Ryan answered a number of questions from the audience. It is no surprise that his knowledge of the facts and data as they relate to budget policy is encyclopedic. But Ryan is not merely a wonk; he is also skillful at discussing budget issues in a way that is both understandable and compelling. We have all seen him do this on video and television; I would say that in person, he is even more impressive.

Ryan was asked about Mitt Romney and the vice-presidency. He spoke highly of Romney, who he says has the high character that he associates with World War II veterans he has known, and a businessman’s understanding of economics. He brushed off, naturally, any talk about the vice-presidency. It is entertaining to contemplate a matchup between Ryan and Joe Biden, which would be even more one-sided than the 2004 “debate” between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. For that matter, no one would be better able to expose the fatuous demagoguery of Barack Obama than Paul Ryan. For better or worse, that is a spectacle to which we will not be treated.

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From: LindyBill4/12/2012 4:23:15 PM
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Re: Zimmerman and the news:

I only watch THE FOX ALL STARS on cable news, so I miss most of it. You guys, of course, will load me up here. Lets start now trying to hold it down to something new and interesting.

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To: sm1th who wrote (482299)4/12/2012 4:23:31 PM
From: Neeka
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"Hilary Rosen, Frequent White House Visitor

By Jim Geraghty
April 12, 2012 8:08 A.M.

A Democratic consultant with ties to the Obama administration sneering that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life" is an opportunity for the Romney campaign, but a small problem in the big picture. In the big picture, women who are unable to find work in Obama's economy are a bigger one.

Having said that, White House visitor logs indicate that "Hilary Rosen" visited the White House 35 times.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.

Further perspective: Energy Secretary Stephen/Steve Chu visited 16 times. (Guests are listed by name, not by title, so it is theoretically possible these totals count a separate person with the same name. In the case of Chu, I'm presuming he is the one listing of "Steve Chu" as well as the 15 "Stephen Chu" listings.)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has visited 19 times.

Former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, 12 times.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the name "Joseph R. Biden" appears . . . 6 times.

At least Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner managed to get into the White House more frequently than Rosen, but not by much. He has visited 40 times.

So the notion that Rosen is just some Democrat talking head, completely disconnected from the Obama administration and campaign is . . . not plausible.

UPDATE: Arriving in my e-mailbox this morning:


Hilary Rosen Is A Frequent Visitor To The Obama White House And Advised The White House On Messaging During The Obamacare Debates:

Hilary Rosen Visited The Obama White House At Least 35 Times. (White House Website,, Accessed 4/11/12)

Rosen Advised The Obama White House On Messaging During The Obamacare Debates.

"Demonstrating the political element of the health care debate, the records show that senior adviser Axelrod held what was described as a 'communications message meeting' on March 13 with 18 people, including prominent Democratic strategists Brad Woodhouse, the party's communications director, and his predecessor Karen Finney; Steve McMahon, a campaign veteran and media strategist; Hilary Rosen, the former top lobbyist for the music industry; Jennifer Palmieri of the liberal Center for American Progress, John Edwards' former press secretary and a veteran of the Clinton White House; Maria Cardona, a specialist in Hispanic outreach at the Dewey Square Group; and Simon Rosenberg a founder of the centrist New Democrat Network." ("Records Show White House Health Care Talks," The Associated Press, 11/25/09)

my note: this one would be hilarious if it weren't so pitiful.

The Obama Campaign Enlisted Rosen's Help As A Political And Media Advisor To The DNC:

The Obama Campaign Enlisted Hilary Rosen As An Advisor To DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "Obama advisers have occasionally told her to 'tone it down' and 'back off a smidgen,' Ms. Wasserman Schultz says. She agreed with them to enlist two seasoned Democratic female pros, Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen, to begin giving her occasional political advice and media training, advisers say."(Monica Langley, "Combative Top Democrat Gains Clout In Campaign," The Wall Street Journal, 2/16/12)

Rosen's Firm, SKDKnickerbocker, Is A Paid Advisor To The DNC And Played A Prominent Role In The Obama White House & 2008 Campaign:

Since 2010, Hilary Rosen Has Served As Managing Director Of SKDKnickerbocker. "Hilary B. Rosen is a well-known Washington, DC strategist who effectively navigates the intersection of communications, media, and politics. Rosen joined SKDKnickerbocker in 2010 and specializes in the firm's strategic communications and public relations practice." (SKDKnickerbocker Website,, Accessed 4/12/12)

Former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn Also Serves As A Managing Director At SKDKnickerbocker. "Since returning to SKDKnickerbocker after serving as White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama, Anita has developed SKDK's public relations and strategic communications practice." (SKDKnickerbocker Website,, Accessed 4/12/12)

During The 2012 Election Cycle, SKDKnickerbocker Has Been Paid At Least $120,864 By The DNC For Media Consulting, Communications Consulting, And Media Production. (CQ MoneyLine Website,, Accessed 4/12/12)

SKDKnickerbocker's Website Includes A Section Highlighting Their "Broad Role" In The Obama 2008 Campaign. (SKDKnickerbocker Website,, Accessed 4/12/12)"

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From: Neeka4/12/2012 4:27:11 PM
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Sounds like Hillary Rosen didn't respect or heed her Grandmother's words.

"Depends on the meaning of "the rights of women everywhere"

Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:06am

Hilary Rosen last night:

Ann Romney "has never worked a day in her life."

Hilary Rosen September 4, 2008:

And what about the argument that [Sarah Palin] is a negligent mother who will be distracted from her important role? I am a mother who constantly feels the pressure from others about whether I am fit to be a parent, whether I put my kids first often enough and whether my children get enough of my attention. Who has the right to judge my family?

My grandmother always said, "You can't tell time on someone else's clock." Judgments about people's personal lives are better left unsaid and unrealized.

Hilary Rosen last month:

"We are proud to provide pro-bono support to Sandra Fluke, an incredibly courageous young woman who is standing up for the rights of women everywhere in the face of sustained, personal attacks. This week, we began helping Sandra, a full-time law student, manage the enormous volume of incoming media requests that came to a head when she was publicly disparaged for advocating for contraception coverage. We were first connected to Sandra through one of her personal friends who came to us seeking our assistance. I am proud of our staff for donating their time and energy to work with Sandra during this important and difficult time." – Hilary Rosen, Managing Partner, SKDKnickerbocker"

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From: LindyBill4/12/2012 4:28:19 PM
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Democrat Apologizes for Ann Romney Comment

The strategist Hilary Rosen apologized for saying that Mrs. Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

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To: LindyBill who wrote (482286)4/12/2012 4:28:47 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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LOL. Burma has been a black hole for most people, me included. We associate it with arms trading with N. Korea, large-scale opium production, sex-slave trafficking, and terrible human rights abuses. It would take a novel to put all that in context, but suffice to say it's a rare example of bi-partisan support with the goal of putting the country on a path to true lasting democracy, which appears to be happening at a breathtaking pace.

On the positive side, Myanmar is an unspoiled country with gorgeous beaches, friendly people, and abundant natural resources, strategically located between China and India with seaports pointing to Europe. It's a far cry from what anyone would dare expect given the dearth of information emanating from the country over the years due to sanctions and a tight control of the press, both of which are easing dramatically. It's also already projected to be the world's #1 most popular trendy vacation spot as well as the fastest growing country in the world over the next 20 years. Think S. Korea when the military ceded control to the people.

For a better explanation of the above, check out:

For an example of an all-girl music group I like and support, check out:

- Jeff

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To: LindyBill who wrote (482300)4/12/2012 4:29:44 PM
From: MulhollandDrive
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Ryan was asked about Mitt Romney and the vice-presidency. He spoke highly of Romney, who he says has the high character that he associates with World War II veterans he has known, and a businessman’s understanding of economics. He brushed off, naturally, any talk about the vice-presidency. It is entertaining to contemplate a matchup between Ryan and Joe Biden, which would be even more one-sided than the 2004 “debate” between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. For that matter, no one would be better able to expose the fatuous demagoguery of Barack Obama than Paul Ryan. For better or worse, that is a spectacle to which we will not be treated.

so which is romney?

a crony capitalist or a man of high character with a businessman's understanding of economics?

from one paul ryan, highly admired by the right , no less

how can ryan be so intelligent , impressive, and knowledgeable yet apparently completely unable to see through the crony capitalist, romney? (according to the jonah goldberg piece)

it really is bizarre watching these people on the right tie themselves into knots with their continuing attacks on romney even as he cruises his way to the nomination

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (482305)4/12/2012 4:33:35 PM
From: LindyBill
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It's obvious that the Brits didn't do the Colony job there they did in India. Another example of why the British Empire was so good for the East where it was applied.

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From: Paul Smith4/12/2012 4:34:14 PM
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War Looms for Obama in Iran, Syria, and North Korea

Military confrontations loom for Obama in Iran, Syria, and North Korea. And he can’t head them off with the usual duet of threats and talks, writes Leslie H. Gelb. by Leslie H. Gelb | April 12, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

President Obama is being pushed and pulled into three conflicts–Iran, Syria, and North Korea–where the respective endgames could be either just more inconclusive blather or actual military confrontation. Events are being driven mainly by three bad guys. Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, intolerably, is trying to keep open the option to build nuclear weapons. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, intolerably, is killing rebels to keep power. North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, unacceptably, is trying to have his nuclear cake and eat American food too. Slowly but inexorably, all three situations are becoming testier and riskier with little sign of being saved by warnings or compromise.

On the one hand, Americans can’t stand to deal with, let alone compromise with, bad guys like these three. None of these tyrants hesitate to spill the blood of their own people. It’s against the American character to look away from humanitarian tragedies. Americans always feel they have to do “something.”

On the other hand, polls show that American majorities oppose more wars. Sure, majorities also don’t want to see their country pushed around by the bad guys, and they want their president to be tough. But mainly they want to get their way without any real cost.

Typically, Mr. Obama is reacting like almost all his predecessors in presidential-election years: he is trying to simultaneously show strength and avoid war. He is walking the familiar tightrope; no matter which way he leans to keep some balance, his political adversaries will be trying to knock him off and will delight in his fall.

It is unusual for U.S. presidents to be facing so many potential war situations at the same time. Probably the last president to face this many nightmares was John F. Kennedy. He had to look down the barrel of potential Communist victories in Berlin and Indochina.

Make no mistake, Mr. Obama is being pushed and pulled into a confrontation with Iran. It’s hard to imagine a compromise acceptable to Israel and thus to the U.S. And without that, it’s very likely Israel will attack before the U.S. presidential elections. If Israel does strike, Mr. Obama is almost bound to take some action on its behalf. So the risks are high here.

President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. , Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP Photo

With Syria, it’s possible that former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Anan will work a miracle ceasefire between al-Assad and the rebels. But if it happens, it’s not likely to last. With no viable political compromise in sight, the Obama team will find it increasingly hard to justify a policy of restraint. After all, they didn’t hold back when it came to humanitarian intervention against Col. Muammar Gaddafi, and he was killing far fewer rebels than al-Assad is. Conservatives and neoconservatives are trumpeting this issue as another example of Mr. Obama’s lack of leadership. But the president can probably resist as long as the Pentagon remains utterly opposed to putting its military toe into Syria’s unpredictable and dangerous civil war. Still, don’t discount temptations building for the U.S. to supply arms and intelligence, as starters, to appease American conservatives who see Syria as a grand opportunity to give Iran, Syria’s closest ally, a body blow.

Similarly, Mr. Obama seeks to avoid direct confrontations with the nutcases who rule in Pyongyang. There is no telling what these leaders would do in a game of chicken. U.S. intelligence expects that the North would up the ante to every American riposte. By week’s end, Washington expects the North to launch a satellite, meaning with a rocket in violation of various agreements. South Korean intelligence officials have warned that the North might follow this with a nuclear test. If Mr. Obama does nothing in response, Republicans will bash him for dangerous weakness. Yet if he retaliates with more economic sanctions or some military move, Pyongyang might start climbing the escalatory ladder. And what happens if Obama doesn’t escalate as well? Or maybe of greater significance, what happens if he does escalate?

White House officials are well aware that they stand at a threshold. Up till now, Republicans have found Obama’s foreign-policy record a near-unhittable target politically. Of course, they’ve been taking potshots at him over leaving Iraq too early and getting out of Afghanistan too fast. But Iran, Syria, and North Korea represent fresh meat, opportunities to charge the president with ineptitude in handling the nation’s power abroad. To be sure, these issues are fair political game. But it is up to the media to hold the critics accountable. It’s the media’s duty to know enough to press critics to explain what specific actions they would take if they controlled the White House and precisely how these actions differ from what the president is doing. It’s not nearly enough for journalists to ask a question about war and peace, get some vague or political response, and then follow up with that tried-and-true killer question, “What did you have for supper?”

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