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From FOX:

The Obama/Biden lawn sign remains proudly planted in front of Melowese Richardson’s Cincinnati home, three months after the presidential election.

It seems that President Obama has an especially ardent supporter in the veteran Ohio poll worker.

Richardson told a local television station this month that she voted twice for Obama last November. She cast an absentee ballot and then voted at the polls as well.

“Yes, I voted twice,” Richardson told WCPO-TV. “I, after registering thousands of people, certainly wanted my vote to count, so I voted. I voted at the polls.”

But there’s no voter fraud.

Authorities also are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people, too, for a total of six votes in the 2012 presidential election.

“I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States,” Richardson vowed when asked about the voter fraud investigation that is now under way.

Richardson is one of 19 people suspected of illegal voting by the Hamilton County Board of Elections in the last election.

Nope, no voter fraud there.

Also note that she says she’ll fight for “Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States”.  It’s his “right” to rule you, no matter how many laws are broken to put him there – and she’ll make sure that he gets his “right” to be your president – no matter how many times she has to vote to make it happen.  It’s his right to be your leader.

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May as well finish this title with “part 1 of many”, but it’s interesting to see how panic/prep buying has showed up in the last week.

From ZeroHedge:

 

This isn’t really a surprise, especially after Obama saying he wanted a new scary-looking gun ban during the second debate with Mitt Romney.

Anecdotally, sales were skyrocketing.  Across the internet, different gun boards and forums were reporting massive sales from different distributors the day of the election and the morning after.  The reason things aren’t as bad as 2008 is that the gun and ammo industry in the last four years has been massively expanding its production.  Supply is way up.  Years have been “good” for them based on fears of government crackdowns on citizen freedom, as well as actually good from expansions of shooting sports and expansions of self-defense interests by a broader customer base, as well as the return of US troops from combat zones, many of whom would like to have their old rifle back (or as close as they can get to it).  There are a myriad of new folks interested in guns, especially women (there are even gun stores for women now, which was something I’d been thinking of doing for years… but it’s actually kinda cool to be beat to that punch).

Now that we have a lame-duck president who’s anti-gun, he really has few obstacles to restrictions.  Congress might be a roadblock, but as we’ve seen with regulations and agencies that exist outside of congress’ control, there are plenty of ways he or his minions who share the same anti-rights fervor can start restricting the citizen’s ability to defend themselves against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Folks are taking the Brain Gremlin’s investment advice seriously.

Alfonso Rachel is a very, very sharp guy.

Can we have Colonel Allen West in 2016, please?

He may not be busy, depending on how many extra votes the Democrats find.

From Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:

Trish Regan and Adam Johnson do their best to hold themselves together in this sublime rant by ‘Gloom, Boom & Doom’s Marc Faber on Bloomberg TV as he sees Obama’s re-election as “very negative for the economy”. From his view that the market should be down at least 20% – and maybe 50%, to the implied ignorance of both of the candidates, he believes fervently that the “standards of living of people in the western hemisphere will continue to decline.” Faber views Obama’s re-election as one of many unintended consequences of market manipulation (since Democrat attacks on the wealthy were ‘enabled’ by their profiteering from Bernanke’s money printing) and sees the need to protect one’s assets “with a gun, a machine gun... or perhaps a tank.” He concludes with a stunner as he exclaims his view doubting Obama will make it through the whole four-year term because “there will be so many scandals” since “there is so much smoke, there must be some fire!”

Video at Zero Hedge.

But it’s basically the same advice the Brain Gremlin gave back in Gremlins 2.

The good news is Walmart has been carrying ARs for a while now.

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In other news, the DOW, NASDAQ and other markets are sliding, precious metals spiked a bit last night on international markets when his reelection was announced, and anecdotally, my job is hitting us with a pay cut across the board of about 25%.

I’d be mad, but I’ve been expecting hard times for years so I’m not really surprised, and I’ve planned ahead; and I feel really sorry for the poor defense industry workers who are about to get pink slips for Christmas, and had the Obama administration offer to pay their companies’ legal fees for violating the law and not informing them ahead of time… ‘cuz, y’know, they might not have voted for Obama if they knew he was firing them.

Update: Graphics and data from Zero Hedge on how bad the markets really did react.

2012 Presidential Election

Posted: November 7, 2012 by ShortTimer in 2012 Campaign

Nuts.

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Okay, complaining over.  The presidential election isn’t everything.  We’ve still got good people in Congress, and some states’ legislatures have improved.

The presidential race looks like it’s going to be a popular vote win for Romney, and an electoral vote win for Obama (at least as of right now), but there’s going to be some legal wrangling and recounts unless Romney concedes.

As anyone who’s followed The Patriot Perspective for more than a day knows, Operation Gunwalker/Fast and Furious are very, very important issues.  Two of the key congressmen involved in the House Oversight and Reform Committee are Jason Chaffetz and Trey Gowdy, and both are staunch advocates for facts, pushing for the whole story of gunwalker and for accountability for the DOJ and ATF and the criminal operation they were running.

So the good news, if the preliminary reports of Obama winning re-election are right, is at least that Chaffetz and Gowdy have both won their respective districts.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

After relatively quiet campaigns, Republican Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz appeared headed toward big wins in their races Tuesday.

Both were ahead in early unofficial returns, and both were projected as winners by the Utah Colleges Exit Poll.

And from AP State News on The Item:

The GOP’s Trey Gowdy has easily won a second term in South Carolina’s strongly Republican 4th District in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

With about a third of precincts reporting, Gowdy had about 65 percent of votes cast in the three-way contest that included Democrat Deb Marrow and Green Party candidate Jeff Sumerel.

The long march towards accountability in the Gunwalker/Fast and Furious case goes on.

Last Friday, Obama spoke in front of a crowd in Ohio.  In one of the few non-teleprompter unscripted moments, he had this to say:

Obama made the remark at a Friday rally after supporters booed Romney. “No, no, no. Don’t boo. Vote,” Obama told a crowd in Springfield, Ohio. “Voting is the best revenge.”

Let’s read that one more time.

VOTING IS THE BEST REVENGE.

Romney responded on Saturday by not just sounding, but being presidential:

“Vote for revenge? Let me tell you: Vote for love of country,” Romney said to cheers.

There was plenty of talk from Obama later trying to cover for his statements, including accusing Romney of making attacks based on Jeep’s threats to move to China.  Thing is, no one was discussing that when the revenge comment was made.

But a transcript posted on the White House shows that Obama was not speaking in the context of Romney’s controversial ads about Chrysler, bailed out by the U.S. government, adding production of Jeeps in China.

Obama has (sic) not mentioned the Jeep issue when he talked about ‘revenge’. Rather, he had spoken about Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. economy, national security and Clinton’s record.

Jonah Goldberg at NRO notes that it’s a very strange, narcissitic, bizarre thing to say.

I’m not so sure that it’s that bizarre.  In the context of an anti-colonialist who believes his life is a struggle against phantom oppressors, reliving the dreams of his father – an anti-colonialist anti-western communist radical, it’s not so strange.  If you see him as an angry street agitator, furious at the perceived oppression, viewing the success of anyone as a strike against him in his zero-sum game mentality, then yes, he really does want revenge against Romney.  He wants revenge for everything Romney stands for, much like he wants revenge against America for everything he thinks they did to “his people”, the same varying, fluctuating masses that every leftist claims to want to avenge (though the leftist keeps them down to perpetuate their own existence).  You can see it in who he identifies himself with, who he learned from, and who he allies with.

It’s actually quite sad.

Via HotAir, from Forbes:

If you think the Obama administration’s Enterprise Prevention Agenda has been wildly aggressive during the past four years, believe me, we really ain’t seen nothin’ yet. A new report released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Minority Committee enumerates a slew of planned EPA regulations that have been delayed or punted on until after the election that will destroy millions of American jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket even more.

Titled “A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013: Numerous Obama EPA Rules Placed on Hold Until After the Election Spell Doom For Jobs and Economic Growth”, it lists and describes new rules concocted over the past year ranging from additional restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, tougher water guidelines and tightening of the ozone standard. Taken together, they will further drive up pump prices, impose construction bans on local communities, and cripple oil, natural gas and coal production.

As the Washington Post notes, the report puts a spotlight back on the Obama EPA which has earned a “reputation for Abuse”, serving as a stark reminder that “President Obama has presided over a green team administration that works every day to “crucify” oil and gas companies and make sure that “…if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem.”

Remember, Obama has said he’d bankrupt coal, and his interior secretary is a big fan of a boot stamping on human face forever.

Meanwhile, the EPA is “proving” their “science” through debunked cooked books, crooked mad science and human experimentation.  It’s all watermelon environmentalism, though.  They don’t really care about the environment, they care about social/ecological/environmental “justice”, rebalancing the scales against colonialist imperialist pig-dog oppressors of whatever oppressed minority they feel gives them enough justification to destroy the industrialized west and free markets, and ushering in a glorious land of “sustainable” communism.

Thirty years ago, that might’ve been parody, rather than an accurate description.

A few more highlights from the article:

As reported in the New York Times last year, President Obama admitted that the “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty” of  tightening the ozone standard would harm jobs and the economy … but he still pointed to the fact that it will be reconsidered in 2013. EPA itself estimated that this would cost $90 billion a year, while other studies have projected that the rule could cost upwards of a trillion dollars and destroy 7.4 million jobs.

Unseen costs.

Under the Obama administration the EPA is but one of fourteen different federal agencies that are working to find ways to regulate hydraulic fracturing in order to limit and eventually stop the practice altogether. Others include the Department of Energy (DOE), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and even the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The BLM, under Secretary Salazar’s control, will be finalizing new regulations sometime after the election.

That’s Interior Secretary Ken “Boots” Salazar, noted above.  Also, fracking is only considered bad because of propaganda against it, including anti-fracking propaganda films made by oil-rich Middle Eastern nations.  And of course there’s also the accusations that fracking sets water on fire… which has been shown to be totally unconnected in some cases and hoaxes in a few others.

But then what’s the explanation for the most dramatic part of the movie: tap water so laden with gas that people can set it on fire?

It turns out that has little to do with fracking. In many parts of America, there is enough methane in the ground to leak into people’s well water. The best fire scene in the movie was shot in Colorado, where the filmmaker is in the kitchen of a man who lights his faucet. But Colorado investigators went to that man’s house, checked out his well, and found that fracking had nothing to do with his water catching fire. His well-digger had drilled into a naturally occurring methane pocket.

Then there’s the “greenhouse” gas emissions laws that are there to prevent Manbearpig, which is really about destroying agriculture as well as cities:

Known as the “cow tax”, there would be a cost-per-animal outcome. EPA itself estimates that in its best case scenario, there will be over 37,000 farms and ranches subject to greenhouse gas permits… at an average cost of $23,000 per permit annually… affecting over 90% of the livestock production in the United States.

And of course there are the sulfur particulate matter regulations:

Tier III Gas Regulations:

EPA is preparing to propose a rule-making called Tier III, which reduces the content of sulfur in gasoline from 30 ppm to 10 ppm. The cost of this rule could be up to $10 billion initially and $2.4 billion annually, and it could add up to 9 cents per gallon in manufacturing costs. These costs would inevitably be passed on to consumers at the pump. Many, including those on the far left, believe that political motives have caused President Obama to delay this rule until after the election.

And how’d they push for that?

There’s plenty more worth reading in the Forbes story.  It’s also worth it to consider how the cumulative effect of those regulations is going to have an effect not just on your personal pocketbook, but how those increased costs are going to influence everyone else in the US, pushing costs ever higher and harming the economy further.

Thomas Sowell penned this column earlier in the week, and it’s well worth reading.

Confidence men know that their victim – “the mark” as he has been called – is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated. But it makes a big difference whether he realizes it immediately, and goes to the police, or realizes it after the confidence man is long gone.

So part of the confidence racket is creating a period of uncertainty, during which the victim is not yet sure of what is happening. This delaying process has been called “cooling out the mark.”

The same principle applies in politics. When the accusations that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton first surfaced, he flatly denied them all. Then, as the months passed, the truth came out – but slowly, bit by bit. One of Clinton’s own White House aides later called it “telling the truth slowly.”

By the time the whole truth came out, it was called “old news,” and the clever phrase now was that we should “move on.”

It was a successful “cooling out” of the public, keeping them in uncertainty so long that, by the time the whole truth came out, there was no longer the same outrage as if the truth had suddenly come out all at once. Without the support of an outraged public, the impeachment of President Clinton fizzled out in the Senate.

We are currently seeing another “cooling out” process, growing out of the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11th this year.

Sowell’s column goes on to cover the lies, deceit, and coverup of the Benghazi consulate attack and how it morphed from a “spontaneous protest” which it wasn’t , into a non-issue, which it also isn’t.  The real-time video of the attack, the denials by the administration, the arrest of the “inciting filmmaker” by a SWAT team complete with news media perpwalk, are all “telling the truth slowly”.  Now that we know that Benghazi wasn’t a spontaneous demonstration, something noted early on… as no one goes to demonstrations with coordinated mortar fire.

Yes on Proposition 19!

But Benghazi, which Sowell elaborates on, isn’t the only case of “telling the truth slowly” from the Obama administration.  The other very notable example is Operation Gunwalker/Fast and Furious.

Consider that this week, ATF head Kenneth Melson went out and stated that the lies told to congress by the ATF & DOJ were known months in advance.

The former head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators he discovered the Obama administration’s original account to Congress about the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal was inaccurate as early as March 2011 and urged the Justice Department to correct the record, an action that did not formally occur until eight months later.

The full testimony from retired Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has not yet been officially released by Congress. But excerpts were obtained by the Washington Guardian as House and Senate investigators this week issued their second report into the gun-running scandal that has become an embarrassment for the administration and prompted a court fight over executive privilege.

At issue is the Obama administration’s initial account when the Fast and Furious scandal broke in February 2011 that ATF agents never knowingly let semiautomatic weapons fall into the hands of smugglers for the Mexican drug cartels. Senior officials held that position in varying forms for months as the scandal grew, but then reversed course last December in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary.

The DOJ, Eric Holder, the ATF, and every part of the Obama administration involved lied, lied, and lied again.  They lied for months, then when they were proved completely to be liars, they “reversed course”.  They didn’t acknowledge lies, they “told the truth slowly”.

With complicit media, it’s how the Obama adminstration has managed to keep Fast and Furious, Castaway, and the dozen or more other gunwalking operations silent, as well as hush up Benghazi until after the election.

A final point with Benghazi: as has been often noted, there are very few people in the chain of command who could deny military assets to the consulate.  There’s Petraeus, Clinton, Panetta, and Obama.  Petraeus and Clinton have already said they didn’t deny military assets or aid to the consulate.  So the only remaining people are Panetta and Obama, or someone directly in their office.  The “investigation” is a stall tactic, because the only thing that matters is the election and power.

This is all the longer the investigation has to be, with the people changed, and the question changed to “did you deny military assets?”

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From Las Vegas TSG Business News:

Democrat Gerry Connolly from Virginia has told constituents that his challenger for his congressional seat, Colonel Chris Perkins, is “unqualified” to hold congressional office. His reason? Connolly believes that Colonel Perkins hasn’t been around enough to “…demonstrate, sweat-equity….”

Wow…

Some of Connolly’s remarks concerning Colonel Perkins “availability”:

“In an October 22nd Washington Post interview, Connolly “dismisses Perkins as unqualified” (my emphasis) for Congress, despite Colonel Perkins’ many leadership assignments that included command of a Special Forces Battalion of over six-hundred men, and numerous combat deployments.”

“While speaking to a local Chamber of Commerce a few weeks earlier, Connolly asked the audience, “Where has my opponent been” (my emphasis) while Connolly served in local government for 16 years.”

“Days later at a neighborhood civic association, Congressman Connolly subsequently pressed his line of attack dismissing Colonel Perkins’ extensive military experience saying, “I expect a [Congressional] candidate to have demonstrated some sweat-equity” (my emphasis) on local issues, ignoring the 24 years Colonel Perkins served as an Army Green Beret.”

So all those years of Colonel Perkins’ service to his country are moot? Just because he was off giving service (federal service at that) to his country? Really? That’s the best you can do to keep your seat? What about your record? Can’t run on that? Sounds like a presidential candidate I know.

Colonel Perkins’ response to this issue?

… I am disappointed that Congressman Connolly believes that military men and women are ‘unqualified to serve in Congress’ of the country they gave their lives to protect and defend…. Connolly’s statements are outrageous and demonstrate an out-of-touch career politician that thinks that only those who climb the ladder of local politics can graduate to higher office…. By Congressman Connolly’s standard, many of our forefathers, including George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, would have been ‘unqualified’ to hold office…. His statements are offensive to every service member, career first responder and their families who have sacrificed so much for the country we love…. Mr. Connolly asked where I was when he was building schools and laying sidewalks locally…. I’ll tell you where I’ve been. I was in Iraq hunting down SCUD missiles that were targeting Israel.  I was chasing down mass-murdering terrorists in Bosnia, Kosovo and Africa.  And, I was at Arlington National Cemetery seventeen times paying last respect to the brave men and women that I had the privilege and honor to serve with…. Our country’s Veterans and career first responders don’t just have sweat equity in their community, they have blood equity in America””

People of the 11th congressional district of Virginia it will be soon time to choose. Where will your vote go? To a career politician who thinks a veteran is unqualified to hold a congressional seat because he hasn’t invested enough “sweat-equity”, or to a retired special forces with “blood-equity” in the United States? Which was the greater “public service” (which the democrats are so fond of) sacrifice sweat or blood?

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