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The Right Honorable Paul Ryan + Evening Open Thread

From pitbull haranques and coarse booing to reverential soliloquies, so runs the coverage of Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the brilliant Chairman of the House Budget Committee who knows the nation’s fiscal crises like few others. The Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman, in his regular column for the New York Times, claims we were “flim-flammed” by Ryan. Oh Paul. I remember when you had integrity and had the courage to criticize Obama’s wholly inadequate health care proposals, while lauding Hillary’s. Where did that Paul go? Meanwhile, the Weekly Standard trumpets the “standing ovation” that Rep. Ryan received at his town hall meeting.

Paul Ryan received a standing ovation Thursday afternoon during the Q&A part of his meeting with constituents at a high school auditorium in a suburb of Milwaukee.

Ryan faced a larger number of hecklers at this event than previous ones, but they were just a sliver of the max capacity crowd. The vast majority of those present stood and applauded Ryan after one constituent rose to thank the congressman for producing his plan to rein in the federal budget. You probably won’t see this on the nightly news (and not just because I’m a terrible cameraman; sorry if you get whiplash):

Despite the media’s focus on one incident last week where some constituents booed Ryan, the crowds at this week’s and last week’s town hall meetings have been overwhelmingly supportive. Here’s a picture of the “protest” outside Ryan’s meeting in Franklin earlier on Thursday: … Read all.

If you’re a devotee of Paul Ryan, do check out severa more articles and blog posts via Memeorandum.

NOW, it’s your turn.

P.S. The “right honorable Paul Ryan”? My exposure to the royalists is rubbing off on me. Heh.

  • Breeze

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    ‘Obama is historically very diplomatic’.

    Huh? Another delusion. He is always nasty and mean spirited because he can get away with it.

  • Breeze

    At White House Correspondents’
    Dinner, President Obama hurls
    barbs at possible GOP rivals

     
    Politico,
    by Sara Libby   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    President Barack Obama is historically very diplomatic — even when discussing his most vociferous opponents. But at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, he poked fun at many of his prospective 2012 GOP challengers, including Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and of course, Donald Trump.His best barbs:“Michele Bachmann is here. She is considering running for president. Which is weird, because I hear she was born in Canada. Yes, Michele, this is how it starts.” “Jon Huntsman is with us. There’s something you might now know about Jon…..”

  • Breeze

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    Didn’t all the ‘calls-to-arms’ go unanswered in 2010?

  • Breeze

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    Read below what Harvard had to say about all this, oowawa.

  • Breeze

    Don’t We Have Enough
    Criminal Citizens Now?

    Canada Free Press,
    by Jerry McConnell   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    On April 29, 2011 CNS News.com published an online news story titled, “Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U. S. Citizenship by Obama Administration, written by Edwin Mora. This story had all the necessary elements to make decent and real American citizen’s hackles stand up on the backs of their necks. Of all the fighting we legal citizens of this country have had to do to try to stop this anti-American, anti-U. S. Constitution, anti-responsible fiscal housekeeping, Socialist-communist government save for one half of the…..

  • Breeze

    Liars vs Racists

    Canada Free Press,
    by Daniel Greenfield   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    The combination of Trump, Obama and the media insured that this week’s story would be the birth certificate issue. Even though there isn’t much of a story there. The birth certificate has been part of the much larger underlying issue which is the lack of transparency by the Obama Administration in even the simplest things. And that may not be a resolvable issue anymore. It’s not just that Obama has lied too many times. Most politicians lie or stretch the truth or hold back information. The problem is that the media and…..

  • Breeze

    Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty
    in Texas corruption case

    Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011
    Beownsville,
    Texas

    — An ex-state lawmaker pleaded guilty Friday to extortion after admitting paying a disgraced South Texas judge for favorable rulings. Former Democratic Rep. Jose Santiago “Jim” Solis served seven terms representing the Rio Grande Valley in the Texas House before retiring in 2007. He is a longtime personal injury lawyer in Harlingen, but calls to his office seeking comment were not immediately returned. The 47-year-old admitted aiding and abetting extortion committed by former state District…..

  • Breeze

    ‘Where are the black people?’ asks
    Sherri Shepherd as The View hosts
    discuss Royal Wedding

    Daily Mail [UK],
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    Never mind who wore what, the View’s Sherri Shepherd had another more controversial question about the Royal Wedding today. “Where are the black people?’ the outspoken actress, 44, asked as the panellists critiqued Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ceremony. The star said she had earlier searched through the footage of guests at Westminster Abbey. ‘Audrey Jones our producer was looking for the black people in the wedding and we found our Rosa Parks moment, because we were like ‘where are the black people’?’ she said. ‘It was like where’s Waldo, where are the black people?’ she added.

  • Breeze

    Indiana lawmaker wants
    IMS to revoke Trump invitation

    WXIN-TV
    [Indianapolis, IN],
    by Staff  

    Original Article

    4/30/2011
    Indianapolis

    — “You’re fired!” That’s what an Indiana lawmaker wants to tell Donald Trump. Democrat Jeb Bardon said the Indianapolis Motor Speedway should revoke Trump’s invitation to drive the pace car for this year’s Indy 500. According to our news gathering partners at WIBC, Bardon is upset over Trump’s demands for President Obama to release his birth certificate. He said Trump has shown “disrespect for the presidency” and pushes a message of “intolerance and innuendo.”

  • Breeze

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    Posted by: recoveringrepub
    Anything and everything that Ben “kneepads” Smith writes is straight from AxeHoleRod’s mouth.

    Warfare is the Way of deception.
    Therefore, if able, appear unable,
    if active, appear not active …
    Sun Tzu

    This article is BS.

    I’m willing to bet that 0bama is having trouble generating enthusiasm, bodies, or both to run his internet campaign …

    Posted by: hadass23
    The Obama Smear Machine won’t have any effect on 12 million unemployed Americans. We are all hurting from $5.00 per gallon gasoline but without a paycheck it is unbearable.

  • oowawa

    Heather Smathers is a genuine journalist–a very rare breed nowadays.  It was her efforts that got the INS files on Barack Hussein Obama the First released and posted on the internet.

    Harvard is going to try and stonewall everything, but Lo! the friggin’ cat is already out of the bag on this one.

  • Breeze

    Barack Obama’s online
    army quietly gears up

     
    Politico,
    by Ben Smith   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    President Obama’s aides have quietly turned the key in the engine of the massive campaign-in-waiting that’s been operating under the name Organizing for America for the past two years, and will begin his reelection with the sort of online and field organizations most presidential campaigns would be glad to have 16 months from now. The leadership of the field organization — with hundreds of employees, tens of thousands of volunteers and massive online assets (primarily, a giant email list) — is shifting from the Democratic National Committee to the new campaign in Chicago.

  • Breeze

    Krauthammer: It’s Funny to Hear Liberals
    Talk About How Awful it is to Delegitimize
    a President After What They Did to Bush

     
    NewsBusters,
    by Noel Sheppard   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    Charles Krauthammer on Friday perfectly elucidated the media’s hypocrisy concerning their avid defense of Barack Obama against attacks from Donald Trump and the birthers. As the discussion on PBS’s “Inside Washington” turned to the President finally revealing his birth certificate, and liberals on the panel including the Washington Post’s Colby King expressed disgust about how the White House resident was being treated, Krauthammer marvelously replied, “I think it’s somewhat amusing to hear people on the left talking about how awful it is to delegitimize a president when they spent half a decade saying that George Bush…..”

  • Breeze

    You Call This a Recovery?
    Obama Offers More
    Excuses Than Solutions

    Fox News,
    by John Lott   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    Call it the “excuses recovery.” President Obama and his administration have been warning for the last week that the just announced first quarter GDP growth rate of 1.8 percent would be weak, and they have been quick to blame it on the recent spike prices in oil. The problem is that this whole recovery has been anemic, not just one or two slow quarters of economic growth. Seven quarters into the Obama recovery, GDP growth has averaged an annual rate of only 2.8 percent. In contrast, since 1970, the first seven quarters of previous recoveries averaged 4.6 percent.

  • Breeze

    Markos Moulitsas Tells Kos
    Kooks That Liberals Shun Their
    Crazies, Unlike Conservatives

    NewsBusters,
    by Tim Graham   

     Original Article

    4/30/2011

    Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas was very quick to express delight Wednesday at Barack Obama’s birth-certificate release and briefing room outburst against the media. “Sure, it might seem like “giving in” to the enemy — responding to right-wing hysteria and releasing the long-form birth certificate. But here’s why the move is a canny one.” It’s a loser for Republicans, because the “progressives” never thought Bush was behind 9/11? 1. It keeps the issue in the news. Even more so, it gives it that much more visibility. And let’s face it, this is a huge loser for the GOP.

  • Breeze

    First Amendment Headed
    for the Breyer Patch?

    American Thinker,
    by Terry Heinrichs   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    A few days ago, Pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp were thrown in jail for refusing to pay a $1.00 bond ordered by a Michigan judge who upheld a jury verdict that they would “likely breach the peace” if they were allowed to carry out a planned protest at a mosque. The judge appeared unfazed by the fact that the ruling was both a violation of the Court’s Brandenburg test.

    [Snip], and that it amounted to a prior restraint to boot.

  • Breeze

    Paul Ryan for president or VP?
    He says not president, but VP
    not out of question

    Journal Times
    [Racine, WI],
    by Stephanie Jones   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    Racine County – During U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s listening sessions, he was repeatedly asked the same question. Will he run for president? First it came at Burlington Friday then again at Union Grove. His answer in Burlington was a strong, “No.” “I appreciate your sentiment,” he said. “But look, I’m already four days a week away from Janesville in D.C. I’m not interested in spending the next two years being away the other three days a week. I feel I can make a difference here doing what I’m doing and others will pick up this….”

  • Breeze

    “We Love You, Ruth, But
    Could You Kindly Step Aside”

    Wall Street Journal,
    by Nathan Koppel   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    It’s shaping up to be a quiet off-season for the Supreme Court. There are no hints that any justices are set to retire, leaving the Obama high-court confirmation engine in idle mode. It’s all too quiet for some liberals who are clamoring for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer to call it a day, AP reports. The reason for the liberal agitation is simple: the confirmation machinery promises to get progressively more gunked up as we approach the 2012 presidential election.

  • Breeze

    Too smart for politics?

    New York Post,
    by Editorial   

     Original Article

    4/30/2011 

    Even for DC’s worshipful press corps, Washington Post scribe Dana Mil bank’s latest column was a doozy. Hoping to explain why the president appears to be an indecisive waffler, Milbank whelped this whopper: Obama’s too smart for his own good. That’s a new one. But is it true — is Obama too bright to be president? Milbank consulted his tea leaves — and a few social scientists — to help diagnose Obama’s malady: Genius in the extreme! “I put Obama on the couch,” Milbank wrote, “and came away with a reasonably coherent diagnosis: There’s too much going…..”

  • Breeze

    Obama’s approval freefall

    Washington Times,
    by Editorial   

    Original Article

    4/30/2011

    “April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot warned, and particularly for Presi- dent Obama. The White House had been enjoying a robust run-up in the polls since the “shellacking” of Democrats in November’s midterm elections, but over the last month, Mr. Obama was back in freefall. Six months ago, things looked bad for Mr. Obama. The Gallup daily tracking poll rated him at 43 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval. But this was the nadir of his fortunes. For the next five months, with the advent of Republican leadership in the House of Representatives…..