June 9th, 2012
UK Daily Mail
Oscar-winning film producer Gerald Molen said he was invited to give a commencement speech at a Montana high school, only to be shunned on the day of the event because of his conservative political views.
Molen, best known for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, said Ronan High School Principal Tom Stack decided to disinvite him - and he did not bother to tell him so until Molen made the 90-minute drive from his home.
77-year-old Molen, a former U.S. Marine, believes that the reason for the snub is his Republican political views. He is currently working on a documentary called 2016, based on the book The Roots of Obama’s Rage.
Snubbed: Film producer Gerald Molen said he was shunned by a Montana high school after being invited to speak at this year's graduation
While Ronan, or the state of Montana for that matter, is far from a Democratic stronghold, Molen said Stack told him point-blank that he could not address the graduating class of 2012 because he is a ‘right-wing conservative,’ although he did not know what Molen’s message would be, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Molen has spoken at dozens of schools and never accepts a fee. When one is offered, he asks that it be donated to the Shoah Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Spielberg and dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust.
When addressing graduates, the producer usually invokes Oskar Schindler, the German businessman who is credited with saving 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust, and whose story was immortalized in Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning film.
For the Ronan students, Molen planned to use Schindler as an example of what brave individuals could accomplish, and he also planned to ask them to ‘imagine your future is a movie. Forty years from now, you’re writing a script about your accomplishments. What would that script look like?’
‘It was a totally apolitical speech,’ Molen said.
Once the tale of Molen’s snub became public, many Ronan residents reacted with outrage, demanding answers from the high school principal and the school district.
‘It is my understanding that the high school principal made the decision based on his point of view. It is not the view of the district. That's not the expectations that the district maintains,’ he said.
Holmlund added that Stack will not be serving in the Ronan School District for the upcoming school year after accepting a position with another school in Clinton, Montana.
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June 9th, 2012
By LOIS ROMANO
CHICAGO — On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.
The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the president’s much-heralded 2008 social media juggernaut — which raised half billion dollars and revolutionized politics — look like cavemen with stone tablets.
Mitt Romney indeed is ramping up his digital effort after a debilitating primary and, for sure, the notion that Democrats have a monopoly on cutting edge technology no longer holds water.
But it’s also not at all clear that Romney can come close to achieving the same level of technological sophistication and reach as his opponent. (The campaign was mercilessly ridiculed last month when it rolled out a new App misspelling America.)
“It’s all about the data this year and Obama has that. When a race is as close as this one promises to be, any small advantage could absolutely make the difference,” says Andrew Rasiej, a technology strategist and publisher of TechPresident. “More and more accurate data means more insight, more money, more message distribution, and more votes.”
Adds Nicco Mele, a Harvard professor and social media guru: “The fabric of our public and political space is shifting. If the Obama campaign can combine its data efforts with the way people now live their lives online, a new kind of political engagement — and political persuasion — is possible.”
Launched two weeks ago, Obama’s newest innovation is the much anticipated “Dashboard” , a sophisticated and highly interactive platform that gives supporters a blueprint for organizing, and communicating with each other and the campaign.
In addition, by harnessing the growing power of Facebook and other online sources, the campaign is building what some see as an unprecedented data base to develop highly specific profiles of potential voters. This allows the campaign to tailor messages directly to them — depending on factors such as socio-economic level, age and interests.
The data also allows the campaign to micro-target a range of dollar solicitations online depending on the recipient. In 2008, the campaign was the first to maximize online giving — raising hundreds of millions of dollars from small donors. This time, they are constantly experimenting and testing to expand the donor base.
June 9th, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Accusing his rival of a failure of "tragic proportion," Republican Mitt Romney charged Thursday that the nation under President Obama has failed to keep its "moral commitment to help every American help himself."
Casting the need to fix the U.S. economy as a moral imperative — but without offering any new proposals — Romney said free enterprise ideas and less government intrusion would help spur a rebound.
"It has become clear that this president simply doesn't understand or appreciate these fundamental truths of our economic system. Over the last three and a half years, record numbers of Americans have lost their jobs or just disappeared from the workforce or could only find part-time jobs," Romney said, reading from a teleprompter. "Record numbers of Americans are living in poverty today — over 46 million people in this country, living below the poverty line."
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That, he said, was unacceptable.
"This is not just a failure of policy. It is a moral failure of tragic proportion. Our government has a moral commitment to help every American help himself," the likely Republican presidential nominee said to applause at a Missouri business that builds military tents. "And that that commitment has been broken."
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said Romney delivered a "dishonest" speech that offered no new ideas to help the economy.
"Mitt Romney has promised to use his experience to turn around the economy, but all he has offered to date are negative and dishonest speeches tearing down President Obama," Smith said.
Romney is correct when he refers to the absolute number of 46 million people living in poverty. The Census Bureau reported last September that the ranks of the nation's poor had swelled to a record 46.2 million, or nearly 1 in 6 Americans, as a result of the economic downturn that left millions of people struggling or without jobs and turning to the government for assistance.
Many of the job losses, however, occurred before Obama took office or in the early months of his administration and before his economic policies could be put into place.
Romney also didn't lay out any proposals to help those in poverty. Instead, he said an economy with fewer regulations would add jobs more quickly than the mere 69,000 that were added in May. Since averaging a healthy 252,000 jobs a month from December through February, job growth has slowed to a lackluster average of 96,000 a month. Romney blamed the man he expects to face in the Nov. 6 election.
"President Obama's vision is very different and deeply flawed. … There is nothing morally right about trying to turn government dependence into a substitute for the dignity of hard work," he said.
Unemployment rose to 8.2 in May, up from 8.1 the previous month, and stands to be a drag on Obama' re-election bid. While the economy has improved since Obama took office in January 2009, recent economic reports provide little reason to celebrate. Romney has been dogged about blaming Obama for the economy although instant turnarounds are impossible and factors beyond a president's control often come into play.
"You see, for three and a half years, President Obama has expanded government instead of empowering the American people. He's put us deeper in debt. He's slowed the recovery, harmed the economy," Romney said. "And he has attacked the cornerstone of American prosperity: our economic freedom."
June 9th, 2012
The Christian Science Monitor / By Mark Guarino
The vice presidential chatter around Marco Rubio intensified Friday evening when the Florida senator won a straw poll intended to test conservative inclinations about the best choice to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate.
Sen. Rubio earned 30 percent of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll conducted in suburban Chicago at a one-day conference of the American Conservative Union, a national conservative advocacy group based in Washington. The summit attracted an estimated 2,000 people in Rosemont, a Chicago suburb.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a distant second at 14 percent. US Rep. Paul Ryan (9 percent), US Sen. Rand Paul (8 percent), and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (7 percent) rounded out a list of 13 contenders, which included most of Mr. Romney’s former competition in this season’s Republican primary elections.
Rubio is a junior senator who supporters say makes an appealing presidential running mate because he has direct appeal to Latino voters. Plus, his 2010 senate campaign featured significant support from the tea party, a faction of the conservative movement that’s yet to embrace Romney whole heartedly.
For his part, Rubio has played down his potential role on the Romney ticket, at first saying he does not expect to be asked and later saying he would refuse if the opportunity were presented.
“I don’t want to be the vice president right now, or maybe ever,” he told an audience at an event hosted by the National Review in April. Still, he made a verbal slip: “Three, four, five, six, seven years from now, if I do a good job as vice president — I’m sorry, as a senator,” he said, laughing after correcting himself.
Despite only being in the US Senate since January 2011, Rubio has been active in GOP fundraising circles in which he has actively attacked President Obama for what he describes as failed campaign promises and policies. In late May at a party fundraiser in South Carolina, he told the audience Obama is the most “divisive figure in modern American history.”
Rubio also is marketing his version of the “Dream Act,” which would provide visas to undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children so they can attend school or work. Unlike the bill sponsored by Democrats, the Rubio version does not provide a pathway to eventual citizenship. Pushing the bill is considered a threat to the Obama campaign because critics say the president has largely been silent on the issue since taking office.
Notably at the bottom of CPAC’s vice presidential polling was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, currently riding a wave of popularity in his party after surviving a contentious and historic recall election Tuesday.
Gov. Walker polled at just 2 percent Friday. Many in his party say Walker’s win this week assures his role as a surrogate on the campaign trail for Romney this summer and fall, and some have not ruled out a spot for him on Romney’s short list of potential vice presidential candidates.
However, Walker said this week he is not interested in the job.
“After a year and a half worth of [fighting the recall], I want to help Wisconsin move forward,” Walker said.
Neither Walker nor Romney attended the summit Friday.
Walker’s success in Wisconsin was referenced in several speeches made throughout the day and directed at Obama.
“Mr. President, did you hear Scott Walker won in a landslide? It’s hard for me to say that without gloating. I wonder if it worries anybody at Team Obama. I think it might,” said US Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
June 9th, 2012
Below is the certification from the State of Hawaii to the State of Arizona proving beyond the shadow of any possible doubt, whatsoever, that Obama was born in in Hawaii.....in a manger, under a coconut tree, with farm animals all about, while angels sang and a star twinkled joyfully directly overhead.....Ok, now everyone all at once!
(Related from the Blaze: Hawaii: We‘ve Officially Verified Obama’s Birth Certificate for AZ Sec. of State)
Special thanks to the Blaze for providing copy of "certification"