Monthly Archives: January 2012

Florida: The Final Stretch; Update: Romney Wins

And I mean “the final stretch” as far as the Sunshine State’s primary goes — not in the “God’s waiting room” sense.

The latest polls put Romney back on top by about a dozen over Gingrich. Will Mitt take it, or will Newt have the eye of the tiger? Oops, I mean, will he have what it takes to win (I knew Survivor would eventually find a way to get back in the news).

Gingrich had been up in Florida for a short time by nearly double digits, but that disappeared so quickly the lead was either never actually there or Romney’s not really as far ahead as they’re now saying he is. It probably won’t be a runaway for Romney, though he seems to have gotten out to a lead among the early voters. And let’s not forget about Santorum. There’s always a chance for a surprise due to some last-minute disenchantment with the top two.

Meghan McCain writes that Newt should like totally quit the race after the Florida primary. I’m serious you guys!

Make your own predictions and place your bets! I’ll update tonight as the results come in (and I may be blogging at Michelle’s place as well… not sure yet).

Final question: How will Romney perform in the “cracker counties”?


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Update: The Florida primary has been called for Romney. I’m writing a little about it at Michelle’s site.

‘Green’ Fail of the Week

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“Waterless urinals” in schools? What could possibly go wrong?

Here’s the latest self-inflicted green fail:

Palm Beach County public schools decided to go green several years ago to help protect the environment and save on energy bills. But the switch to waterless urinals in numerous boys’ bathrooms has become a costly mess on some campuses.

Copper pipes behind the walls in at least two bathrooms at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton corroded, leading to urine flowing across floors and students holding their noses.

“It was seeping through the hallway into the classroom next door,” Caleb Rader, 15, a freshman, said of the urine leaks before winter break. “Pretty disgusting.”

Administrators say they have cleaned up, started repairs, and ordered a return to flush urinals, this time with low water flow.

“We’re really concerned because we don’t think it’s a sanitary place for our children to be,” said Mara Shapiro, president of the school’s PTSA, whose son is a junior. “The hallways reek.”
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Permanently fixing the problem could cost a total of $500,000 at Spanish River and three other high schools with similar bathroom designs and urinals: Palm Beach Lakes in West Palm Beach, Santaluces near Lantana, and Wellington.

School district officials say they are negotiating with the manufacturer of the urinals, Falcon Waterfree Technologies of Los Angeles, to reimburse them for much of the repair and renovation expenses.

“We want to hold them accountable,” said Joseph Sanches, district chief of facilities management.

The district chief of facilities management should be the one held accountable for not seeing this coming before having the things installed. Or maybe at least he should give Al Gore a call — the Goracle is on Falcon’s Advisory Board. So is Dick Gephardt. Not exactly ringing endorsements if you ask me.

This story pretty much sums up what the world would be like if everything were constructed under Gore’s “green” guidelines: Broke and fetid.

Juan Williams: ‘Constitution’, ‘Founding Fathers’ and Other Racial Code Words

Note: This excerpt from Juan Williams’ column is Sheila Jackson Lee approved

So what word or words in the English language should the GOP candidates never utter this year in order to avoid being accused of being either overt or covert racists? Pretty much any of them:

Race is always a trigger in politics, but now a third of the nation are people of color — and their numbers are growing. With those minorities solidly in the Democratic camp and behind the first black president, the scene is set for a bonanza of racial politics.

The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”

The funniest thing about this is that Juan Williams was fired from NPR for basically not being liberal enough.

Anyway, Williams has a point. Read the following quote from one of the candidates and you might agree that it just drips of racism of because of those code words at the end:

“These days, a lot of folks who are doing the right thing aren’t rewarded, and a lot of folks who aren’t doing the right thing are rewarded,” he said. “And that’s going to express itself politically in 2012 and beyond until people feel like once again we’re getting back to some old-fashioned American values.”

Calm down, Juan — actually, Barack Obama said those things, but of course that’s fine.

It should be a fun election year watching a Republican try to win the presidency with half the dictionary tied behind his back.

DNC Chair Who Blamed Tea Party for Tucson Shootings Says Comparing Obama to Cruise Ship Captain is ‘Incendiary’

RNC chairman Reince Priebus compared President Obama to Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. On a Debbie Wasserman Schultz “inflammatory remarks” scale of 1 to 10, that rates about a 1.5, but DWS nevertheless wants you to believe it’s the most offensive thing she’s heard since the last time she asked an completely honest person “how’s my hair look today?”

From Real Clear Politics:

“The captain of the Costa Concordia has been charged with manslaughter, and for the RNC chairman to compare the President of the United States to someone who has been charged with manslaughter shows a dramatic level of insensitivity to the families of those victims. Unbelievable comparison.”

Yet when people were murdered and injured in the Tucson shootings, Debbie Downer not only blamed the Tea Party, but stands by it to this day. Isn’t that fit of politically motivated dishonesty insensitive to the families of those victims? In DWS’s world, I guess not.

To quote Navin Johnson in The Jerk, “roll the ugliness”:

Update: The Looking Spoon has a photo to go with this story that would just thrill DWS.

Another Crazy Tea Partier Arrested for Death Threat Against a Public Official

Wait, it wasn’t a Tea Partier who was arrested, and the threat was made by an Obama supporter against a public official on the right side of the aisle… but I’m sure the Tea Party drove him to it.

In any case, if the tables were turned, this would be the lead story on all the nightly newscasts:

A 33-year-old Phoenix man is being held by sheriff’s deputies in Phoenix in connection with an Internet death threat against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate.

Adam Eugene Cox was taken into custody at his home Friday by Phoenix deputies, along with sheriff’s officers from Knoxville, Tenn., on an unrelated warrant for assault and is being held as the prime suspect in the Arpaio death threat investigation, said Maricopa County Sheriff’s spokesman Jeffrey Sprong.

Deputies served a search warrant and seized a computer and other evidence from Mr. Cox‘ home. The alleged threat against Sheriff Arpaio came to light in October 2011 in which Mr. Cox reportedly said in an Internet posting that the sheriff and his family would be killed.

Maricopa County officials said the postings read, “I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this … He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.”

The officials said the postings also indicated that Mr. Cox is an avid supporter of Mr. Obama and that Sheriff Arpaio’s ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate may be behind the threat to kill the sheriff. They said Mr. Cox‘ mother confirmed that her son is an Obama supporter and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said he has a history of assault.

Damn those violent Tea Partiers. They just refuse to tone down the rhetoric.

Hannity to Malkin: What’s the Deal with Never Praising Any of the Republican Candidates?

For some people, the crop of Republican presidential candidates has left their thirst for conservatism as unwhetted as Michael Moore’s appetite at a vegan restaurant. Sean Hannity is becoming concerned that the criticism this leads to might be playing into the hands of Obama when the general election rolls around, and last night he asked my blog partner and columnist extraordinaire Michelle Malkin why she seems to offer more critique than praise of the candidates — one of whom we’ll need to defeat Obama in November.

I liked this exchange because it was cordial yet pointed. Click the pic to see watch the video at The Right Scoop:

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My view on on the primary season is that it’s sort of like boot camp, with the candidates being the recruits and the voters as the drill instructors. Part of the DI’s job is to weed out those who either can’t cut it or won’t be able to withstand the assault when the actual sh*t comes down. Primary season not as much a time for “hey, great job” as it is for kicks in the pants for purposes of course correction. This is training for political battle, not a Miss America contest (well, okay, sometimes it is). Hannity believes we must be supportive because one of these guys has to defeat Obama. I think voters need to be tough and thoroughly vet them… for exactly the same reason. Simply not being Barack Obama won’t be enough to win in November.

Then again, I’m speaking as somebody who isn’t completely sold on any of the final four yet. Your mileage may vary.

If Warren Buffett Paid Higher Taxes Maybe His Secretary Wouldn’t Be Forced to Confine Herself to Only Two Homes

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Debra Bosanek, Warren Buffett’s longtime “secretary” who is Obama’s newest favorite stage prop in the theater of class warfare, has become the “Joe the Plumber” of the left. She’s used as an example of the put-upon 99% who struggle to make ends meet while people like her boss pay lower tax rates and make off like bandits. The fact that “all of the above” are working together on the same team is the best evidence that some kind of sham is being perpetuated.

The State of the Union speech had some comical optics. There was President Obama, spouting class warfare rhetoric and outlining how the best way to lift the proletariat out of the mud is somehow to raise taxes on the rich, all with the First Lady nodding in agreement while wearing a nearly $2,500 dress. In the First Lady’s box and serving as living proof of the human misery that has been caused by under-taxed billionaires was Buffett’s poor old secretary:

Despite a heavy tax burden, Warren Buffett’s secretary last year was able to purchase a second home in Arizona, a residence complete with a swimming pool and a “professional PGA putting green,” according to real estate records.

Debra Bosanek, 55, and her husband Gerald bought the 2100-square-foot home in Surprise, a city outside Phoenix. The Bosaneks paid $144,000 for the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath property (the purchase was financed, in part, by a $115,200 mortgage).

The principal Bosanek residence is in Bellevue, Nebraska, several miles from Buffett’s corporate headquarters in Omaha. The couple’s 2568-square-foot home, built in 2000, also has four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. But the modest property, which Sarpy County assessors last year valued at $217,716, offers no outdoor amenities for swimmers or golfers.

Buffett has said that his secretary makes $60,000 a year. The executive assistant (they obviously call her a “secretary” only for the picture it helps paint) for a billionaire? Either her job has been wildly overstated or she’s working for a little less than others in similar positions. And the tax tables would tell a different story if we’re to believe this whole tale as it’s been advertised. Of course, we also have no idea what her husband does or what he might earn, and that could also affect the tax rate if they file jointly. The point is that between these variables and the “income tax” vs. “capital gains tax” differences we’re well beyond an apples & oranges comparison. More like apples & Buicks.

I’ll go with Limbaugh on this and say that the only way the matter can be settled is to see her tax returns. ::crickets::

(h/t Jim Treacher)

At Last: The Ron Paul Action Figure

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Well it’s about time:

Revolution PAC Saturday unveiled a series of collectible action figures bearing the likeness of presidential candidate Ron Paul. The launch was made in conjunction with the super committee’s webcast of the South Carolina Primary results.

The 12”, talking, limited edition action figures are available in two models – the “Commander-in-Chief” Paul, complete with the U.S. Constitution, and “Super Hero” Paul. All proceeds go toward Revolution PAC’s efforts to secure the Republican nomination for Congressman Paul. Purchase at ronpaulactionfigures.com.

It’ll actually respond to you, too. For example, if you say “Super Hero Paul, there’s a crisis in the Middle East and the people need your help” and pull the string, the action figure will reply “why don’t you just mind your own business and stop with the nation building?”