Monthly Archives: October 2014

White House meddles in South Dakota senate campaign


With only days left before Election Day, the FBI has taken the unprecedented step of announcing it is opening an investigation into and incident that happened when GOP candidate Mike Rounds was governor of South Dakota. This is based on an incident that is three years old and has already been investigated by other authorities. Via National Review:

The FBI’s confirmation came nearly three years after a Texas lawyer reportedly notified the FBI of wrongdoing regarding the visa program in South Dakota, and nearly one year after the state’s attorney general says his own investigation came to an end. The revelation’s timing has prompted allegations that it was designed to imperil Rounds’s political prospects in a race once considered a lock for the GOP.

Federal officials have long remained mum about their investigation, refusing even to confirm or deny its existence. That changed as the midterm elections drew nearer and Rounds, one of this year’s most promising candidates, showed unexpected signs of vulnerability. Just three months ago, he had a 25-point lead in the polls; that narrowed to three points in October, with both his Democratic and independent opponents gaining ground. Rounds has since rebounded, but a poll released earlier this week shows his lead is in the single digits.

The announcement by the FBI seems calculated to cast doubt on Rounds’ character in what looks to be an election that is much closer than anyone anticipated. While the FBI has announced the investigation, they have pointedly declined to say what, exactly they are investigating, or who is the target. Again from National Review:

Jeff Lanza, who worked for the FBI for more than 20 years, tells National Review Online that the acknowledgement of an investigation is a breach of FBI protocol unless a public official has made the investigation public, knowledge of the investigation is already widespread, or the public admission serves a law-enforcement function. Lanza tells NRO that it remains unclear whether the investigation met any of these standards, and he says he is surprised by the bureau’s acknowledgement of the ongoing investigation. “It’s highly unusual that you would acknowledge an investigation into a political figure who is running for office in an upcoming election,” he says. “I think it deserves an explanation, because it does come off as potentially political when you announce an investigation in a candidate who’s running for office.” The FBI has not identified the …read more    

@BuzzFeed continues orgy of self-beclowning


Only two days after posting on why BuzzFeed is not trusted by either right or left, BuzzFeed continued to provide proof of the accuracy of that statement.

While the crux of the post was about a Pew poll that rated BuzzFeed, except for its collection of celebrity T&A and Facebook quizzes, as totally unreliable, we pointed out the cheap, reflexive hit BuzzFeed did on GOP senatorial candidate David Perdue in which they simply repackaged a “tracker” video, were called out on how grotesquely wrong it was, and had to retract the allegation. That was not sufficient chastisement.

Enter Andrew Kaczynski and his no-hold’s barred, hard hitting journalistic exposé Iowa Republican Copied And Pasted Passages In Newspaper Dispatches

During her time as a member of the Iowa Senate, Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst frequently published reports of the goings-on in the statehouse for her constituents. These updates took the form of articles in her local newspapers, the Red Oak Express and the Opinion-Tribune, and an online newsletter.

Large portions of many of these articles, which were published under her name, appear to have been copied word for word from templates sent as guidelines to Republican members of the Iowa Senate.

That’s right folks, she reproduced press and constituent materials that were designed to be reproduced. But it gets worse:

Other passages in Ernst’s dispatches appear to have been directly lifted from Gov. Terry Branstad’s 2012 “Condition of the State” address, a Branstad press release about a tax return deadline after flooding in the state, and language from a law.

ZOMG!1!!11!!1! She reprinted a “press release.” Guys, this is why you hire PR people to write press releases. So that they are used, either verbatim or with very minor alterations. It is nice when someone just uses your release as an idea but I have had my releases appear, verbatim (and once including a typo), in papers across this nation. Including some like the Houston Chronicle, LA Times, and Chicago Tribune.

Andrew Kaczynski, in case you don’t know, is the relentless intelligence behind BuzzFeed’s one-man war on plagiarism. This is the schlock he churns out:

I suppose if you were examining things that actually mattered, like scholarly journals, this would be a noble effort. But when your editor has decided that the best way you can contribute to the operation is by scanning the op-eds and campaign literature of candidates that should be a clue that your skills …read more    

The Democrats’ Degradation of Women

I’m so tired of Obama and his Democrats continually getting away with their hypocritical “war on women” campaign. They raise this tired and false meme over and over. And with the help of the biased media wing of the Democrats’ party you seldom heear about the the real war against women — the Democrats’ barrage of demeaning comments about female Republican candidates.

So I was thrilled this morning to see that the good folks at the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a new video, “Democrats Degrade Women,” highlighting how Democrats have insulted Republican female candidates during this election cycle.

It’s good to see the RNC call out Democrats for their war against Republican ladies.

North Carolina Democrat gubernatorial candidate Vincet Sheheen called Gov. Nikki Haley a “whore” at a campaign event. As you see in the video, Sheheen appeared gleeful, rather remorseful about the insult. Like Sheheen said, “Think about it y’all”

In New York 21st Congressional District millionaire Democratic Aaron Woolf attacked Republican Elise Stefanik for never having worked a manual labor job, “You’ve lived a I don’t know if you have ever worked manually for a living like I have.

As RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day puts it, Americans are tired of Democrats insults:

“Democrat candidates are getting increasingly desperate in the final days before the midterm election as they continue to attack female candidates with misleading stereotypes. The American people are tired of the Democrats’ deceitful and misleading insults.

Where is EMILY’s List? Where is N.O.W.? Where are they?

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