MR CAMPAIGN MODE
Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office. (on Taxpayer money not campaign money).
The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign , give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.
Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.
And still has 6 months to go!
Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in the 1980 campaign, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004. (KFYI)
“I worry that we might not see a really major turnaround in our lifetimes,” Shiller said.
The S&P/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 0.2 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the first uptick in prices in 10 months.
But Shiller called it “a very mixed bag.” Nine of the 20 cities recorded falling or flat prices on the month.
He said suburban areas in particular might endure further price declines as high gas prices increase demand for “walkable cities.”
Journalism once proudly patrolled our society and sought to tell us the stories that informed and sometimes inspired us. They also presented the news that would irritate us—and the irritation was not over the delivery, but the content as corruption and misdeeds were revealed.
In recent years, journalism had grown increasingly dependent on spin-doctor spoonfeeding and the circular and insular quoting of other journalists instead of attempting to locate and quote actual first person sources. I told you a couple of weeks ago about how the NY Times, Newsweek, Time, and other media outlets took words I said on my radio commentary and instead of quoting them, summarized them and then distributed them. Bloggers and other supposedly professional journalists then took those already distorted interpretations, treated them as sources, and added their own spices. Newsweek even had the audacity to use quote marks around a statement never even uttered as if it were my actual words.
Survivors include the American people, who long ago stopped buying the ink-stained drivel that smeared the pages of paper and the people who attempted to read it. No memorial is planned as the practitioners of propaganda seem to be unaware that they have passed away and continue to publish anyway.
In early February, Politico reported that the Obama campaign, hoping to rekindle enthusiasm among young voters, was “looking to revive the cool appeal.” Then, suddenly, news stories started popping up about Obama’s alleged coolness, in contrast to that drip Romney. A sampling:
• President Obama: The cool factor
• ‘Cool’ Obama Returns GOP Fire on Gas Prices
• Obama: The new King of Cool
• Barack Obama is cool. Mitt Romney is not. What does it mean for 2012?
• Campaigning for the ‘Cool’ Vote
• The Obama-Romney ‘Cool Gap’
• The Ned Flanders of Politics: Romney Isn’t Cool
• Obama On Late Night Too Cool For Cool?
• Obama, Jimmy Fallon and the race for cool
The surprising call for a boycott of Arizona came Tuesday from Representative Raul Grijalva, who represents southern Arizona in the United States Congress. He had some advice to businesses: “Refrain from using Arizona as a convention sight spending their dollars in Arizona until Arizona turns the clock forward instead of backwards.”
The family of a paralyzed Afghanistan veteran is going head-to-head with a Texas school district over pro-military t-shirts that apparently landed two their elementary school children in trouble.
The shirts, which have the logo of an organization that provides homes and support for wounded veterans, apparently violate Masters Elementary School’s dress code.
Josie Perez-Gorda, the mother of Savannah, a first-grader, and Taylor, a fourth-grader, said that her daughters were wearing shirts from the Homes For Our Troops organization. The family’s connection to the group is a very personal one.
The group, with a self-proclaimed mission of “helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001,” may be providing housing assistance to Perez-Gorda’s family. Her husband, Army Spc. Justin Perez-Gorda, was injured when he encountered a road-side bomb in Afghanistan.
The mother maintains that her girls should have been permitted to wear the shirts in honor of both their father and the organization without incident.
“These guys are fighting for our country and they should be able to wear something that honors their parents, especially if they are wounded,” she said.
The school district, though, claims that the girls have been in trouble for violating dress regulations numerous times before. Additionally, a spokesperson for the Judson Independent School District emphasized the need for continuity. Currently, the dress code requires that students, grades pre-K through eighth, wear a Polo-styled shirt (any color is permissible) or a shirt with a college or JISD campus spirit logo.
“We do have a standardized dress code,” proclaimed spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor. “We certainly support the military, but we do have to be consistent across the board when it comes to following the dress code.”
Chancellor urged the family to attend a school board meeting if they wish to see the school’s dress code amended.
Wanna test that with Army, Navy or West Point College shirts?
Or maybe an American Flag on Cinco De Mayo. :)