Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obama’s approval rating slips to 44 percent
Rasmussen Reports has a new poll showing 55 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance

WASHINGTON, DCRasmussen Reports daily tracking has President Obama’s job approval charting at 44 percent, with 55 percent disapproving. According to the polling firm, “Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Fifty-four percent (55%) disapprove. The Rasmussen Reports Media Meter shows that media coverage of the President has been 51% positive over the past week.”

There are a host of reasons for the president’s poor performance rating: unemployment that remains close to 10 percent, a lingering recession, unpopular legislation, unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, GITMO remaining open, near-miss terrorist attacks, and inaction to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Obama’s disapproval numbers also account for four high profile election losses and the prospects in November’s midterm elections—that is quite simply, governing against the will of the American people (both left and right) has real consequences. Mr. Obama has said he wouldn’t mind being a one term president and if he stays with his current agenda, he’ll likely be one.

--Killswitch Politick

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Haliburton awarded a no-bid contract by the Obama administration
KBR, a former subsidiary gets a deal for 20,000 times the maximum no-bid ceiling

WASHINGTON, DCBloomberg News reported that KBR, a former subsidiary of Haliburton, has been awarded a no-bind contract worth at least $500 million. The engineering and construction company, even though the Justice Department is pursuing a lawsuit stemming from taking kickbacks from sub-contractors.     

On the campaign trial in November of 2007, then Senator Barack Obama said, “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”

That statement certainly isn’t in-line with an estimated $568 million to be paid to the ex-Haliburton subsidiary through 2011 nor the $25,000 cap on no-bid contracts.

The Obama campaign boosted, “Barack Obama and Joe Biden will end abuse of no-bid contracts by requiring that nearly all contract orders over $25,000 be competitively awarded.” But in the 2008 campaign, Candidate Obama was the top recipient of KBR employee donations, contributing over $20,000 to his coffers.

I guess this is what Mr. Obama meant when he stated he would engage in a “laser-like focus” on jobs; perhaps this is the first step to bring down the unemployment rate.

--Owen E. Richason IV
Chief Editor, Killswitch Politick

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Record turnout for primaries misreported
The mainstream media again demonstrates its bias (and activism)

ASSOCIATED PRESS—The AP ran a story about primary races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, by the headline, “Unharnessed Anger: Incumbents Win in NC, OH, IN” you would think turnout was light—and it was—among democrat voters. On the GOP side, turnout was in record numbers, as James Tranato writes in the Wall Street Journal, the National Journal actually included the numbers, showing republican and independents went for conservative candidates.

This is nothing new and an increasingly unmitigated march from reporting news to fashioning news. Compare recent “coverage” of Tea Party rallies where terms like “Birther”, “racism”, and “bigot” are peppered throughout supposedly hard news pieces. Yet the raucous pro-illegal immigrant rallies where dozens of arrests were made for vandalism and the like are buried (if even appearing) in hard news coverage.

Then there’s the case of Faisal Shahzad, where MSNCB’s Contessa Brewer laments the attempted Times Square bombing was the work of a middle-eastern male. When just three months ago, the mainstream media looked for any clue that could pigeon-hole Andrew Joseph Stack as a right-wing nut after he flew a small plane into an Austin office building; his manifesto a cadre of big-government, borderline communist rants.

Perhaps this is why FOX News is dominating the airways and MSNBC and CNN are less viewed than the Cartoon Network.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Nobody said the icebergs aren’t melting, keep dancing!
Pushing the green movement until blue in the face

HUNTSVILLE, AL—If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? That’s the question I used to answer a question posed by a colleague just last week during a discussion about the global climate change propaganda and why the media and alarmists keep pushing the anthropogenic global warming message.

The reason I used the old cliché was to make the point the mainstream media didn’t exactly put Climategate on page one, above the fold or lead the broadcast. When the emails were leaked out of the University of East Anglia, UK, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNCB, CNBC, The New York Times, et al, barely even gave them attention; if you were part of the FOX News viewership, you heard about it or read British print media—otherwise, zero, zilch, nada, bupkis. 

Now, two books detail what the emails reveal—Al Gore and the global warming alarmists don’t rely on science when trying to prove a scientific point, instead, they use consensus building techniques. The Great Global Warming Blunder by Dr. Roy Spencer, a climatologist and former NASA scientist and Climategate by Brian Sussman, a meteorologist, expose the “science” behind global warming for what it is, manipulated data, rigged studies, and grant fetching crying wolf alarmism.

-- Owen E. Richason IV
Chief Editor, Killswitch Politick

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