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I mentioned this on my podcast, which will be out later this evening on Take That Media, but I should have posted it on the blog after I finished recording.
It’s the very definition of Epic Fail:
However, in his defense, it makes him look human also. How many times have you had a name on the tip of your tongue, but just couldn’t remember it? Yeah, me too.
Of all the things to hold against Perry, a brain fart isn’t one of them.
CBS Atlanta took the press conference speeches of both Sharon Bialek and Herman Cain to a private investigator TJ Ward. Using software that analyses the stress in a person’s voice, among other factors, Ward says he was able to detect who was telling the truth, and who was lying:
CBS Atlanta’s Mike Paluska played Cain’s speech for Ward into the software and watched as it analyzed Cain’s every word.
If he is hiding something this thing would have spiked way down here,” said Ward. “He is being truthful, totally truthful. He is a man with integrity and he talked directly about not knowing any incident he is accused of.”
The software analyzes the stress level and other factors in your voice. During the speech, when Cain denied the claims, the lie detector read “low risk.” According to Ward, that means Cain is telling the truth.
During the section of Bialek’s news conference where she says, “He suddenly reached over put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals he also grabbed my head brought it towards his crotch.”
During the analysis of that section the software said “high risk statement.” Ward said that means she is not telling the truth about what happened.
“I don’t think she is fabricating her meetings,” said Ward. But, she is fabricating what transpired.”
For what it’s worth, this same software is used by “nearly 70 law enforcement agencies nationwide use the voice software” and “has a 95 percent success rate.”
It’s not Cal Lightman, but it’s close.
Bill Kurtis was on WLS in Chicago and said the scuttlebutt where he worked was there was more to the Bialek allegations, including thoughts that it’s likely she was actually coming on to Cain:
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The Occupy Portland protesters have threatened a pizza shop owner for running out of breadsticks.
Yeah, that’s all it takes for them to turn to violence, but we should trust them when it comes to forming a fair government:
Occupy Portland protesters became enraged when Pizza Schmizza ran out of breadsticks to accompany their order. They threatened to assault employees and vandalize the restaurant.
In New York, they have destroyed a bread shop’s bathroom and repeatedly threatened the staff:
“I’ve been told, ‘Watch your back!’ 10 times,” Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads, located across from Zuccotti Park, told The Post yesterday.
She and her employees are terrified by the constant threats, which she said began after she demanded the protesters stop using her shop’s restroom as a place to bathe every day.
The final straw came about two weeks ago, when the demonstrators broke a bathroom sink, flooding the shop, and clogged the toilet — setting her back $3,000 in damages.
“I have the police in here 10 times a day, [and] I’m the bouncer. I’ve been called the spawn of the devil. “It’s unbelievable what goes on in here every day, ” Tzortzatos said.
And on Friday, she said, a crazed squatter burst into the shop and demanded that workers fill a 10-gallon container of water.
When they refused, “he banged it on the ground and started yelling” and threatened the staff, she said.
“He said he was entitled to have it for free.”
There’s really no commentary for this. They are who they are: base and vile people who don’t want to earn anything, demand everything and threaten those refuse with violence.
I will say this. Brandish one gun towards these people and your problems would be solved.
That’s a proven fact.
But then, Mayor Bloomberg is more comfortable letting these people run wild than he is letting a businessman have a gun. New York, you get the government you deserve.
This is how the world of the liberal works. The responsible live in fear, unarmed, while the miscreants make demands and issue threats. Look at Cuba. Same thing.
Last night on Hannity, Herman Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block claimed the second accuser, Karen Kraushaar, had a son that worked at Politico, and now works at the National Journal.
Thing is, it’s not true:
“We’ve confirmed … that he does indeed work at POLITICO and that’s his mother, yes,” Block said.
But the man whom Block appears to be talking about–Josh Kraushaar–said he’s not related to Karen Kraushaar. He previously worked at POLITICO but now works at National Journal, a news outlet that covers public affairs.
“Mark Block doesn’t have his facts straight,” Josh Kraushaar said in a statement obtained by CNN. “I am not related in any way to Karen Kraushaar, and I haven’t worked at Politico since June 2010.”
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon acknowledged Block’s mistake in an email to CNN.
“Based upon information available at the time of Mr. Block’s Tuesday night interview on Fox News, the campaign was led to believe that Mr. Josh Kraushaar, currently with the National Journal and a former employee of Politico, was the son of Karen Kraushaar,” Gordon said. “Mr. Josh Kraushaar is in fact, not related to Ms. Karen Kraushaar.”
As Bryan Preston noted at the PJ Tatler, this isn’t the first time Block as made a false accusation:
That’s the second innocent man the Cain campaign has accused in this whole thing, the first being Curt Anderson. Well, third, if you count Rick Perry. None of Block’s accusations have held up more than a few minutes.
I know I didn’t make any friends in the Cain campaign when I wrote:
…someone needs to lose their job. I don’t know if it’s Mark Block or J.D. Gordon, but someone needs to be shown the door and Cain’s supporters need reassured that Cain can recognize a problem and solve it quickly.
But I stand by that today more than ever. And Block, as nice a guy as he might be, is making the choice easy. He may have reached a form of the Peter Principle, which reads, “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”
While Block may have been able to run a campaign to a certain level, when the campaign became higher profile and the waters turned rough, he failed to lead the crew to calmer seas. Cain needs to reassure his followers that he is a competent executive who can recognize problems and then take the difficult steps required to solve them.
I met Mark Block back in December and he seems like a genuinely nice guy. But he might be in over his head now and need replacing.
What do you think?
It just keeps failing and the only thing Washington can think to do is throw more money at it. Now, after taking a huge $7.6 billion loss in the last quarter, Fannie Mae says it needs another $7.8 billion.
The government rescued Fannie Mae and sibling company Freddie Mac in September 2008 to cover their losses on soured mortgage loans. Since then, a federal regulator has controlled their financial decisions.
Taxpayers have spent about $169 billion to rescue Fannie and Freddie, the most expensive bailout of the 2008 financial crisis. The government estimates that figure could reach up $220 billion to support the companies through 2014 after subtracting dividend payments.
Fannie has received $112.6 billion so far from the Treasury Department, the most expensive bailout of a single company.
Michael Williams, Fannie’s president and CEO, said Fannie’s losses are increasing for two reasons: Some homeowners are paying less interest after refinancing at historically low mortgage rates; others are defaulting on their mortgages.
“Despite these challenges, we are making solid progress,” he said.
Out of the last 17 quarters, Fannie Mae has taken a loss in 16 of them. They’re not making progress. They’re killing us! Fannie and Freddie has exposed us to over $5 trillion in liabilities. And they want us to see a $7 billion loss as “solid progress?”
This explains how they have the chutzpah to award themselves bonuses:
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the government in 2008 as soured mortgages threatened insolvency. The firms regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, approved $12.79 million in bonus pay for ten executives at the firms last year.
As of today, Congress has done nothing to reform these programs. In fact, they were deliberately left out of the Dodd-Frank bill.
Your government at work.