- 7:00 AM – Floyd Brown on Santorum suspending his campaign
Santorum is out….
Santorum’s decision, announced at an afternoon appearance in Gettysburg, cleared Romney’s path to his party’s nomination at its August convention in Tampa and set the stage for what is sure to be a rancorous general election showdown with President Obama.
“This has been quite a day for me,” Romney told the gathered crowd at Inn at Mendenhall in southern Chester County. “We’ll have work to do ahead of us, but let’s all enjoy tonight.”
His speech Tuesday night, in one of the suburban swing counties that were fiercely contested ground in 2008, also offered Republican faithful here a chance to partake in their candidate’s victory lap.
“I knew this was coming at some point, but I didn’t think it would come so soon,” said Chester County GOP chair Val DiGiorgio as he scrambled to accommodate an overflow crowd.
Santorum’s exit came less than two weeks before his home state’s April 24 primary, a contest he had called a “must-win” for him.
With his wife, Karen, at his side, the former Pennsylvania senator announced his decision in the same room at the historic Gettysburg Hotel where only three weeks earlier, he had pledged to soldier on after his defeat in the Illinois primary.
Holding back tears, Santorum cited the hospitalization of his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, and the uphill battle he faced at the polls, as factors in his decision.
Tuesday marked Day One, in essence, of the contest between the two virtually certain nominees, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Rick Santorum’s departure removed the last meaningful bump from Romney’s path to the GOP nomination. Romney and Obama wasted no time in portraying the voters’ choice in dire, sometimes starkly personal terms.
With Obama saddled with a still-ailing economy and a divisive health care law, and Romney riding a wave of blistering TV ads, the fall election is unlikely to dwell on “hope,” ”change” and other uplifting themes from four years ago. Much of the nation’s ire then was aimed at departing President George W. Bush, and Obama had no extensive record to defend.
The landscape is much different now. Americans face nearly seven months of hard-hitting jabs and counterpunches between the two parties’ standard-bearers.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor making his second presidential bid, attacked Obama with gusto Tuesday in his two public events that followed Santorum’s surprising announcement.
That work got underway in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night shortly before Romney’s appearance at the Chester County GOP dinner where the state’s junior senator made a plea to members of his party to set aside their loyalties and get behind the former Massachusetts governor.
“He can’t do this alone. He needs us to help make this happen for him,” Patrick J. Toomey said at the party gathering in Mendenhall. “He needs this party, the Republican Party, to unite now, to pull together from all different strands, and different thoughts and different areas of the state and the country — to come together now, to unite behind a man who is so well equipped to handle this job, to win this race.”
Romney did his part with a warm tribute to Santorum on his “spirited and energetic” campaign. He told the crowd that they had talked about their personal lives during a telephone conversation Tuesday morning, including the recent medical difficulties of Santorum’s daughter Bella, who was released from the hospital Tuesday. Romney vowed that he and Santorum would “work together to make sure we take back the White House and the Senate, and we keep the House.”
“He will remain, without question, a major spokesman of our party, a leader of our party, he has earned that,” he said.
Romney had largely ignored Santorum in recent weeks as his rival slid in the polls in upcoming primary states of New York and Pennsylvania, which he represented as a senator. And during his stops in Pennsylvania and Delaware on Tuesday, Romney kept his focus on framing the general election race ahead as a battle to keep America from becoming a “government-centered society” like those in Europe.
If you can’t, look at this…
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79
Antonin Scalia, 76
Anthony Kennedy, 75
Stephen Breyer, 73
Clarence Thomas, 64
Samuel Alito, 62
Sonia Sotomayor, 58
John Roberts, 57
Elena Kagan, 52
4 over 70?
Another 4 year term could potentially give the Supreme Court a 6 of 9 Obama lean.
Game over. It matters.
GOP War on Women?
How about Obama’s War on Women?
“For far too long women have been left behind in Obama’s job market. Of the 740,000 jobs lost since Obama took office, 683,000 of them were held by women. That is truly unsustainable.”
— Statement by Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, April 6, 2012
92.3% of those who have lost their jobs have been women.
Like I said yesterday, Obama will make sure you can abort your kid, but you may not be able to feed him without the government providing the government cheese.
How do Obama’s sycophants protect him?
By claiming that the stats are true… BUT FALSE.
In an effort to fight back against Democratic claims of a Republican “war on women,” the Republican National Committee has rolled out a new and startling fact—that under Obama, women have lost seven times as many jobs as men.
We found this statistic surprising because we had been under the impression that men had fared worse than women in the recession. So do the RNC’s numbers add up?
Is it true?
We cannot fault the RNC’s math, as the numbers add up.
But at this point this figure doesn’t mean very much. It may simply a function of a coincidence of timing — a brief blip that could have little to do with “Obama’s job market.”
If trends hold up over the next few months, then the RNC might have a better case. But at this point we will give this statistic our rarely used label:
TRUE BUT FALSE
This is real life.
Now that the economy is growing again, men are recovering jobs at a faster pace than women. In fact, the latest employment report shows that male participation in the work force was up 14,000 while female participation fell 177,000, in part because women tend to work in retail or government jobs, which have been cut in recent months.
Is this a function of Obama’s policies? It’s unclear at this point, but it certainly is an under-reported phenomenon that the RNC, in its use of this statistic, is trying to highlight.
True but false.
We can’t say when the obituaries of the CBS news division will finally be written, but we now know what it will say on the tombstone: “Fake But Accurate!”
The phrase first appeared in a September 15, 2004, New York Times article about CBS’s “exclusive”: Texas National Guard memos attesting to dereliction of duty by George W. Bush, memos supposedly typed in 1972 and 1973 but actually produced on a personal computer. All credit to the Times headline writer, but he was only crystallizing CBS’s corrupt defense of its bogus story. Dan Rather admitted he’d been chasing the story for five years–proof that there was something in George W. Bush’s National Guard record that would convince people not to vote for him. And he wasn’t about to let a faked document or two get in the way. As he said when the memos were first questioned, “I know that this story is true.”
A historiuc day for A&M?
With a former U.S. congressman in the audience and a Huntsville city councilman exhorting a welcoming cheer from the crowd, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made his anticipated appearance Tuesday night at Alabama A&M University. Speaking to a crowd that filled about two-thirds of Elmore Gym, Farrakhan touched on sensitive religious issues during a speech that lasted an hour and 40 minutes. Overall, he encouraged the primarily African-American crowd to create their own success in the world.
“This night will go down in history in the city of Huntsville,” Councilman Richard Showers the podium, then led the crowd in a ‘Welcome, welcome, welcome’ chant before Farrakhan appeared. Among those listening to Farrakhan’s speech and sitting near the front was Parker Griffith, who represented Huntsville and the state’s 5th District in Congress from 2008-2010.
Farrakahn being Farrakahn…
He also took shots at area religious leaders including the Rev. Wayne Snodgrass, president of the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Association, who gave the Christian prayer for lobbying to stop his visit.
‘What have I done?’ Farrakhan asked. ‘This is my first time in Huntsville.’ Later, he said of the religious leaders, ‘What are you afraid of?’ Soon after, Farrakhan delved into some of his religious beliefs intertwined with the significance of race.
‘If he made us black with kinky hair, broad nose, thick lips – if I don’t like me, how could I like the God who created me?’ Farrakhan said.
He also repeatedly said that it is not known if Jesus was a Caucasian, as he is typically portrayed. Farrakhan made the same point about Elijah, the Jewish prophet.
‘If Elijah was at the door and he was black, you would call 911 and say a n—-r is at the door,’ Farrakhan said.
He frequently used examples of translations from English to the Arabic language to point out that Jesus, Elijah and Mohammed had similar beliefs.
His speech was promoted as ‘The True Meaning of Education,’ and Farrakhan pushed Alabama A&M students in the audience to find success in the world, and not be obligated to whites or Jews to find that success.
‘White people suffer from the false notion that white skin makes them superior,’ Farrakhan said. ‘And we suffer from the falsehood that the blackness of our skin makes us inferior. So we’re bowing to white supremacy and manifesting black inferiority.’
“HB 56 can’t be fixed by another mean-spirited bill.”
Did we expect them to say anything else…
Todd Stacy, spokesman for House Speaker Mike Hubbard, said reasonable and legitimate concerns have been addressed in the new version. “Some groups don’t have a problem with illegal immigration, so naturally they want this law repealed or weakened,” Stacy said. “But until the federal government steps up and enforces the law, Alabama needs its
The rate of teenagers becoming mothers is declining rapidly, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The average teen birth rate decreased 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, reaching an all time low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19.
That’s a 44 percent drop from 1991 to 2010. There were less teenage mothers in 2010 than any year since 1946.
That is good news.
The effect is being seen across most groups. Hispanic teens, who normally have a higher birth rate than the rest of the population, reported less young birth mothers than ever before in 2010. While there are still 55.7 teen births in the Hispanic community for every 1,000 births, numbers declined 12 percent for Hispanic and American Indian or Alaskan Native teens. Rates dropped 13 percent for Asian and Pacific Islander mothers. Non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black teenage mother saw their rates drop of 9 percent.
What’s behind the reduced rates? The CDC claims that the effective use at prevention messages has helped stop teenage pregnancy. Both increased use of contraception and use of two methods of birth control (usually birth control polls and condoms) at once have been observed.
While teen pregnancy has been on the decline, it still costs an estimated $10.9 billion annually and carries an elevated risk both for the young mothers and babies. According to the CDC, there are nine times as many teen mothers in America than in other developed countries.
That’s not the only bad news. A CDC study showed that only 50 percent of teen moms will get a high school diploma by the age of 22, HealthPop reported.
And, while 47 states saw a decline, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia saw no discernible difference in rates. States in the South and Southwest still have rates high above the national average. A full list of state rates for teen pregnancy can be found here.
Teen Mom effect?
Alex Sekella was only 16 when she got pregnant. Even though she was using birth control, she wasn’t told that the antibiotics she was prescribed may interfere with her pills. The condom her boyfriend and her were using broke, and she was faced with the decision of having to decide if she could raise a child.
“The biggest thing that always stayed in my mind was what if?” Sekella told HealthPop. “‘What if I keep her? What if I don’t keep her? How am I going to feel afterwards? What if I give her up for adoption? How am I going to feel after that?”
Sekella will tell her story on the fourth season of “16 and Pregnant,” which premieres tonight on MTV. She joins other teen mothers on the documentary-style show who tell their personal tales of giving birth and raising a kid – while still being a child themselves. Many people and organizations involved with “16 and Pregnant” and its spinoff shows, “Teen Mom” and “Teen Mom 2,” believe the television program is the most effective way of getting the consequences of teen pregnancy across to young men and women.
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