FLORIDA #2: DNC looking for “Macaca” moments

Perhaps Allen Boyd is acting at the behest of the DNC:

The Democratic National Committee is seeking “Macaca” moments. The party today is opening a website, www.accountabilityproject.com, designed to recruit and display embarrassing audio and video of Republican candidates, as well as information about their schedules and copies of their mailers.

Campaigns have long made videotapes of each other, using “trackers” who follow the opposition from event to event. It was a young tracker who shot the video footage of then-Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) that wound up sinking his campaign.

The DNC hopes campaigns and journalists will use the footage in ads and news coverage. The site targets both 2010 candidates and 2012 hopefuls.

“[R]egular citizens can upload video or audio they’ve captured at pubic campaign events, and they can upload event information for upcoming campaign appearances by Republican candidates so others can attend and hold Republicans accountable of they don’t tell the truth.,” a DNC official said. “Unlike YouTube where you can only upload video, … users can download high quality videos from the site for clipping and using for their own projects (web videos, a

Well, well. No wonder all those cameras are out there. The Dems are looking for You-Tube ammo.

H/T: Mary Katherine Hamm

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 30, 2010

KAGAN WATCH: Blogs react to Kagan deception of abortion

From Daniel Foster at the Corner:

Shannen Coffin details for NRO Elena Kagan’s role as a Clinton adviser in rewriting the science of partial-birth abortion, including her apparent strong-arming of a group of obstetricians into reversing themselves 180-degrees on whether there were cases in which the procedure could save the life of the mother.

The blogosphere is already starting to get the word out — Powerline, Volokh Conspiracy, AmSpec, Gateway Pundit, and Patterico have all written dispatches on the story — but the more important question is whether the Senate Judiciary Committee will confront Kagan with the charges.

Will they?

From attorney KrisAnne Hall:


We cant be distracted by Kagan’s strict stance on following the law,
make no mistake she will follow the law but it will be according to her interpretations
of the law based upon her beliefs. WE MUST KNOW her beliefs.

Hall was the Florida State’s Attorney wom was fired for speaking at Tea Party rallies.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 30, 2010

FLORIDA #2: That troubling NPR poll for democrats and the peril of gerrymandering

From John Fund:


Mr. Obama’s approval numbers may mask the real peril Democrats face because his job rating among blacks is an overwhelmingly positive 91%. As Michael Barone of “The Almanac of American Politics” points out, those readings imply that his job approval rating among whites is likely only about 39%.

That’s especially significant because most of the 70 competitive House races polled by NPR (as well as most of the states with the closest Senate races) have below-average populations of black voters. Racial gerrymandering justified by dubious interpretations of the Voting Rights Act has concentrated blacks into mostly safe Democratic districts, meaning now that most competitive seats are more white than average. These districts are more likely to be hostile to President Obama’s agenda, and thus more likely to be treacherous political terrain for Democrats. No wonder party strategists are so worried about this fall.

Florida #2 is part of the NPR data.

H/T: Lucianne

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 30, 2010

MUSLIM INTOLERANCE WATCH: Daily Links

A new catergory:

Saudi textbooks are still teaching hatred.

German Muslims attack a Jewish dance troupe.

A Muslim girl is stoned and kicked to death.

Let’s jihad against Christians now!

US Muslim jurists issue fatwa that forbid aid to troops.

Louis Farraakhan says that Blacks are the true children of Israel

Persecution and murder of Christians in Egypt.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 29, 2010

DEMOCRAT TAKEDOWN: Diane Feinstein’s Hypocricy on Judicial Experience

From Patterico who quotes Feinstein from 2003:


Miguel Estrada has never been a judge. So we have no record of judicial decision-making to examine. This is not dispositive in itself, but it is the first area where we find no record to help us in our decision.

Mr. Estrada is not a prolific writer. So we have no real record of writing to examine. Again, this alone would not be dispositive, but it is strike 2 in terms of where we can get information about this nominee.

We have not been granted access to the memos he wrote at the Department of Justice. So we can only take the word of the man who supervised him that those memos were ideologically driven and that he could not be trusted.

Says Patterico:

Elena Kagan has never been a judge. She is not a prolific writer. We have not seen her internal memoranda and correspondence from when she was Solicitor General

And now Feinstein finds that Kagen’s lack of judicial experience “refreshing.”

As Patterico says, this is just too easy. If a drip of Democrat hypocricy becomes a river, it will make these hearings far more interesting, won’t it? Patterico is a Los Angeles attorney and I’m sure his post will get back to Feinstein’s staff.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 29, 2010

FLORIDA #2: GOP Candidate Debate July 8 in Destin

From the Okaloosa County Rebublican Party

Congressional District 2 Forum

Thursday, July 8, 2010 6:30 PM

Destin City Hall – 4200 Two Trees Road, Destin

Invited Candidates:

Eddie Hendry, Ron McNeil, Barbara Olschner, David Scholl, Steve Southerland

Open to the Public

Thanks to BloggyBayou for the link. I’ll be there.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 29, 2010

POLITICS: Wow. Someone to take on Anthony Weiner

It’s Bob Turner.

And there’s a story about him in National Review:

Running for office was the farthest thing from Turner’s mind when he was watching Weiner on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show one March night. But, as Democrats were forcing their unpopular health-care revolution through, Weiner didn’t even have the decency to answer his interviewer’s questions. Weiner’s “dodging” made Turner “hostile.” So he went to his neighbor, Michael Long, who happens to be chairman of the Conservative party in New York, and asked, “To whom do I send a check?” No one, was the answer. There was no one challenging Weiner. So Turner pressed on, asking what could be done about that. Long sketched out prerequisites — “someone who isn’t working,” “someone who has enough coin to start the ball rolling.” Turner asked his wife of 46 years, Peggy, what she’d think of his running for Congress. A talk-radio junkie, the special-needs nurse immediately became his biggest cheerleader: She was in a state of outrage about the undemocratic transformation going on before her eyes. And so “Bob Turner for Congress” was born.

Here’s Bob Turner’s Facebook page.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 28, 2010

FLORIDA #2: Steve Southerland Assails Obama and Boyd on Oil Spill Response

Steve Southerland took Democrat Allen Boyd and President Barack Obama to task this weekend for their poor response and failed leadership with respect to the Gulf oil spill:

“I continue to be appalled by the lack of action and leadership by this administration to deal with the environmental crisis growing day by day with the oil leak in the Gulf,” said Southerland. “I join the Congressional Republicans and growing number of Congressional Democrats in calling for action from President Obama to start implementing measures to collect the oil and prevent as much of it as possible from reaching our shores in Florida’s District 2. Families, businesses, our environment, wildlife and overall economy have much to lose and due to a terrible response to this crisis have lost a lot already in this environmental tragedy. President Obama’s golf game a
Southerland concluded by saying, “Unfortunately Allen Boyd and his staff are too busy spending their efforts and energy videotaping the campaigns of Senator Al Lawson and Steve Southerland rather than focusing on solutions and issues that really matter to the people, the economy and the wildlife of Florida’s District 2. We will remember in November – this is unacceptable.”

“I believe that valuable time was wasted during the period that the winds and currents protected the Florida coast. This oil leak disaster should NOT be handled or approached as if it were ‘business as usual.’ It needs to be dealt with and resolved using every available resource. I call on President Obama to issue a temporary waiver to the Jones Act of 1920 and allow foreign vessels to help skim our waters in the Gulf and prevent as much oil as possible from reaching our shores. I further call on Allen Boyd to show some leadership in this area and start acting like he is the representative of the Gulf Coast and understands what is at stake here. This is not the time for a protectionist or head-in-the-sand attitude. This is the time for our leaders to take the necessary steps to protect our shores and our way of life,” Southerland went on to say. “Tragedies and catastrophes such as these give us a true glimpse into the character and commitment of our leaders.

“The poor handling of this catastrophe begs several questions. If we have enough U.S. skimmers then why were they not dispatched within days of the accident in a proactive manner? If we have enough U.S. skimmers then why isn’t every single one of them in the Gulf of Mexico right now? If we don’t have enough of our own skimmers, why isn’t Allen Boyd leading the charge on behalf of his district in finding solutions rather than relying on and rubber stamping every act of the Obama Administration? What is it exactly that President Obama and Congressman Boyd have done over the last seven weeks to fix this problem? Either our leaders are too arrogant or too blind to see that they have totally mismanaged this catastrophe and after seven weeks could only muster a speech.

The handling of the oil spill is a loser for Democrats in the fall – no matter who is running.

Southerland effectively used the opportunity to take another whack at Boyd for his campaign’s efforts to videotape his opponents:


Southerland concluded by saying, “Unfortunately Allen Boyd and his staff are too busy spending their efforts and energy videotaping the campaigns of Senator Al Lawson and Steve Southerland rather than focusing on solutions and issues that really matter to the people, the economy and the wildlife of Florida’s District 2. We will remember in November – this is unacceptable.”

Pretty good stuff by Southerland. The absence of skimmers all along the Gulf Coast continues to boggle the minds of everyone. Even Democrats in safe districts of the affected states will have to defend Obama’s response.

Expect a duel “blame” spin: Bush and BP.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 28, 2010

FLORIDA #2: Lawson attacks Boyd on his vote against the Disclose Act

Al Lawson continues to run to the left of Allen Boyd in the race for the Democrat nomintion. Lawson harshly criticized Boyd for voting with Republicans on the campaign bill.

WASHINGTON, DC – As reported by the St. Petersburg Times, seven-term Blue Dog Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Wall Street) voted with big corporate and special interests in upholding the controversial Supreme Court decision, Citizen United v. Federal Election Commission. The bill passed 219-206.

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress passed HR 5175, entitled the DISCLOSE Act, which would require greater transparency by corporate and special interests in political advertising. Congressman Allen Boyd voted against the bill and for more corporate and special interest political spending.

“It’s unfortunate that Congressman Boyd again chose to side with Wall Street over Main Street,” said Senator Al Lawson. “We need less special interest money in politics, not more. This is just another example that after 14 years in Washington, Congressman Boyd has totally lost touch with North Florida values.”

Congressman Allen Boyd’s campaign has been fueled by special interest money, enabling him to run slick television ads since last October. In recent months, Boyd has used that same special interest money to run negative attack ads against his primary opponent Al Lawson. The content of Boyd’s ads were recently refuted by the nonpartisan, nonprofit FactCheck.org, who claimed the ads falsely accused Lawson while exaggerating Boyd’s own record.

Lawson is clearly attempting to portray himself as a populist and used the vote to accuse Boyd of alligning with Wall Street.

This posting on Lawson’s web site, however, is written in a way that misleads voters. It was presented as if it came from a legitimate news source. Things posted on an official web page are typically presented as if a candidate are saying them in first person.

The post might indicate a lack of sophistication in his campaign that he’ll have to improve upon to take down Boyd. If he ends up prevailing, the DNC won’t be letting such missteps occur anymore. The party will parachute in seasoned operatives who know how to take on the GOP machine that are sure to be on the ground after the primary.

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 28, 2010

EDUCATION: Why won’t Florida’s Republican leaders even listen to parents about FCAT?

I have no idea, but here’s another one who doesn’t like it:

I have had an epiphany with regards to FCAT. After much thought and watching my son having to take this test for the past five years I have come to the conclusion the way FCAT is administered is overkill for our students, for our teachers and for our budget. Don’t get me wrong, we need metrics to see where we need to improve, but we need to do it smarter and cheaper.

The reason I am concerned about this is that I am a father of a son and he attends public school in Okaloosa County in Florida. My wife and I are lucky. Okaloosa County, while not one of the most densely or urbanized counties in Florida, has one of the better public school systems in the state. But make no mistake, we as a state and as a country as a whole, are going to have to spend less money on our schools. We are bankrupt as country and the free ride is over. Cost saving measures are no longer an “if” scenario, it is a “when” and “how”.

I propose the first sacred cow to go is the way we administer FCAT. Every year, every school in Florida abandons their curriculum for two (or more) weeks and cram for a standardized test. This puts pressure on students and teachers (whose fate hinges on how well their students perform). This is a sheer waste of time for my son, who is a smart kid and who is, according to Florida, “Gifted” (except when it comes to picking up after himself). It is a waste of my taxes, my son’s time and my son’s teachers time for them to waste two weeks cramming for and a week taking the FCAT every year. My son also hangs out with other kids as bright as he is and guess what, I’m pissed that my tax money is going to support a test that just interrupts these kids studies as well. It is a waste of time, money and damn expensive.

The writer is a Republican as am I. I cannot speak for him, but I am unable to accept the heavy-handed manner the barons of our party in Florida continue to shove all this down our throats. I guess they believe that, “you just don’t know what’s good for you.”

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This post was written by bobsikes on June 27, 2010