May 12th, 2012
(NECN/NBC News: Brian Moore) – Mitt Romney sounded off on gay marriage today on one of the nation's biggest conservative stages.
In his commencement speech at the world's largest Christian evangelical university, Romney underscored his stand against gay marriage.
"Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman," said Romney, receiving thundering applause.
The line was a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at Liberty University, which was founded by the late Reverend Jerry Falwell and located in the battleground state of Virginia.
The presumptive Republican nominee's appearance is an important step toward winning over the ultra-conservatives who shunned him during the primaries.
"We're electing a president, a not pastor, I think that if you compare him to Obama, yes, by all means, we'll side with him," said LU graduate Stephen Jones.
President Obama, who made history this past week by publicly supporting gay marriage, honored the nation's top cops on Saturday.
"There are people alive today only because of their courage," said Obama.
First Lady Michelle Obama was at North Carolina A&T State University talking about civil rights, inviting comparisons to current fights such as same-sex marriage.
"But, we all know that there are still plenty of serious injustices crying out for our attention," said the First Lady.
Two campaigns sharpening their lines in the fight for the White House.
May 12th, 2012
Conservative Refocus Notes: The touted US unemployment numbers being used are as fictional as Obama's promises. It's not rocket science, it s simply that the numbers are predicated on the amount of available job positions.
The Lowering of the number of available job positions as opposed to the number of given job-seekers who haven't given up, means the 8.1% number is nothing more than pie-in-the- sky fakery.
However, now the fakery takes on a different meaning when the states have begun chopping unemployment benefits due to the supposedly lessening unemployment percentages as predicated by the BLS.
The story below tells us why this is so, but nearly 100,000 Californians are losing their unemployment, on the basis of pure unemployment fiction, so that Obama will look good. This is, in fact, happening all over the US over the next several weeks.
By John Cádiz Klemack and Neil Costes
Mathew Pauley is among the 93,000 people in California set to lose unemployment benefits on Saturday, May 12. “I thought I didn’t have to worry, I was already getting the federal extension,” he says. Experts say the looming cut off is a double edged sword: the state’s extension is being nixed because the unemployment rate has been holding steady, but for thousands of unemployed workers, the cut off is not as rosy. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Sherman Oaks for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 11, 2012.
Thousands of California residents are about to lose their federal unemployment benefits because of the loss of a federal extension.
Mathew Pauley is among the 93,000 people in California set to lose benefits on Saturday. Until recently, he thought he had two remaining months of benefits.
"Thought I didn't have to worry, I was already getting the federal extension," Pauley said.
That extension, known as FED-ED in California, won't be available after May 12, reducing the total number of weeks that Californians can collect benefits from 99 to 79.
The end of the extension is actually good news for the state because it means California's economy is getting better, said Loree Levy of the California Employment Development Department.
"In order for the state to qualify for the program you have to have a high unemployment rate," Levy said. "Certainly California does have a high rate, but it's not 10 percent higher than what it's been over the last three years, and that is a requirement of the program."
The state's unemployment rate sits at 11 percent, which is better than what it's been, meaning there are jobs out there, but job seekers like Pauley are having trouble finding them.
"Where are these jobs that are supposed to be here?" he said.
Like many others, Pauley is afraid he might lose his home if he doesn't find work soon.
"To tell you the truth, I don't know," Pauley said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time."
Top news; Southern California Style
May 12th, 2012
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 42% support.
Conservative Refocus Notes
This is tracking almost prophetically with a post written months ago in which we can see no way in which Obama will get above 42% of the electoral vote.
The President is running a campaign tailored to lose in cutting out a wide swath of middle-class America, and that was before his attack on the church.
The Conventional wisdom states that this will be a tight race. However, the instinctual impression garnering all the minutiae states that Romney will win this contest going away.
We'll see who's right....but you won't see the media reporting the headline of this article, as with most of the other headlines at Conservative Refocus.
Rephrasing the argument, going in, tends to change the perception of the entire story for the reader.
This idea is one of the main reasons for the impetus of this website.
A president’s Job Approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s Job Approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. That’s his lowest level of approval in two months.
Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 21% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).
That’s the president’s lowest Approval Index rating in six months, since December 3, 2011.
May 12th, 2012
BLS Note: Funny how this miserable failure of a politican must now engage in Hitler-like tactics with taxpayer money in order to scare the opposition with his brown-shirted operatives.
If anything, the Democrats could be said to be engaging in a "War on Democracy" by way of Pathetic Chicago Thuggery.
The Weekly Standard
Businessman Frank Vandersloot, the CEO of Melaleuca, has been targeted by the Obama campaign after donating money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. "Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,' took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney," Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal reported.
"Titled 'Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney's donors,' the post accused the eight of being 'wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.' Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being 'litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.'"
The attacks are working. Vandersloot revealed in an interview on Fox News that his business practice is being hurt by the attacks from the Obama team.
"Those people that I know well weren't affected by this [attack]," said Vandersloot. "But for people who didn't know me, who are members of our business or customers, and they were reading this, then we got a barrage of phone calls of people cancelling their customer memberships with us."
"Really?," the Fox News host asked. "How many did that?"
"A couple hundred that we can track," Vandersloot replied.
Again, the host asked, "Really? Do you have any grounds to sue?"
"I suppose we do," Vandersloot said. The businessman says he's been accused of being anti-gay, an accusation he says that couldn't be further from the truth.
As Strassel details, some loosely associated Democratic officials are now rooting through Vandersloot's records, trying hard to find dirt on the donor.
Though he indicated in today's interview that he still supports Governor Romney's effort to become the next president of the United States, this is the sort of action that the Obama campaign seems to be employing in order to intimidate future donors from giving to the Republican presidential candidate.
"I'm going to support [Romney] more than I was originally," said Vandersloot. "We thought that we were done with our donations," but he indicated he's likely to give more money in the future after being attacked by the president's campaign.
Vandersloot isn't asking for an apology from the president. "I remain undeterred," he said.
More from the Weekly Standard
May 12th, 2012
"Why would they go into those numbers if the world is going to come to an end this year," asks Anthony Aveni of the Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, an expert on Mayan astronomy. "You could say a number that big at least suggests that time marches on," said Aveni, who co-authored the study with William Saturno of the Boston University, according to the Telegraph.
The room is part of a large complex of Mayan ruins in the rain forest at Xultun in northeastern Guatemala. The walls also contain portraits of a seated king and some other figures, but it's clear those have no connection to the astronomical writings, researchers said.