John Sununu’s History Of Racial Remarks About Obama

By Igor Volsky on Oct 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

On Thursday, Romney campaign co-chair advanced the theory that Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because he’s black. But this isn’t the first time Sununu or even Mitt Romney’s campaign have introduced Obama’s race into the election. The former New Hampshire governor has repeatedly suggested that Obama or his policies are “foreign,” European, and something less than American. Here are some of his greatest hits:

– Obama is foreign. Obama doesn’t understand the “American system” because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure.” [Fox News, 7/17/2012]

– Obama doesn’t know how to be an American. During a conference call, Sununu claimed, “The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” [Conference call, 7/17/2012]

– Obama is a lazy idiot. Sununu described Obama’s debate performance as “babbling,” “lazy,” and “disengaged,” and dismissed the possibility that he could do better in the future. “When you’re not that bright you can’t get better prepared.” [Fox News, 10/4/2012]

– Obama has no class, just wants to be cool. “That moment of using the B.S. word was kind of a self-defining moment for the president,” he told Sean Hannity. “No class, wants to be cool. Sacrifices the dignity of the presidency for appearing cool to a magazine that works for some of his base.” [Fox News, 10/25/2012]

Romney has never publicly rebuked Sununu’s racial remarks, though Sununu has previously issued retractions of some of his statements. With just 11 days before Election Day, he remains the campaign’s most prominent spokesperson and is even attacking Obama for dividing Americans along racial lines. During an appearance on Fox News on Thursday he complained that Obama has instituted “class warfare,” adding, “This guy has tried to create some racial divides.”

BBC News – What Google searches tells us about the US election

What do Google searches reveal about the US election? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, has analysed the data and found out that it does not quite match up poll results.He tells the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan that 70% of those who don’t vote tell pollsters that they are “certain” they will do so, and that Google searches are more oriented toward the superficial aspects of the campaign rather than the policy.But campaigns can put this information to use great use; “There’s a lot of powerful information in this data set,” Mr Stephens-Davidowitz says.”They can have predictions of turnout and they can use this to allocate their voter mobilisation efforts. they can see where their stories are catching on and use that to maximise their advertising ef

via BBC News – What Google searches tells us about the US election.

Louisville Defeats Cincinnati

(Photo: Jamie Rhodes, US PRESSWIRE)
Louisville improved to 8-0 and snapped a four-game losing streak vs. Cincinnati
Cardinals cornerback Terrell Floyd picked off a pass on Cincinnati’s first drive of overtime
John Wallace kicked the game-winning field goal
1:53AM EDT October 27. 2012 – LOUISVILLE – The Louisville Cardinals reclaimed the Keg of Nails without putting the hammer down.

They won without demonstrating their dominance, without overpowering their opposition from the University of Cincinnati, without an unambiguous answer to how they have managed to remain undefeated.

But not, yet again, without proving their worth.

BOX SCORE: Louisville 34, Cincinnati 31 (OT)

“We talk about tenacity, about finishing, and about resiliency,” Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said following Friday’s 34-31 victory over the visiting Bearcats. “And that’s what you look at with this football team. . .We have yet to put together a 60-minute game. But this team continues to find a way.”

Trailing by as many as 10 points, forced into overtime by a desperate game-tying drive in the final minutes, confounded by a curious injustice in the football rulebook, Team Tightrope nonetheless persevered, performed and prevailed.

Indisputably imperfect, yet remarkably resilient, the No. 14 Cardinals won their fifth one-possession game of a serendipitous season. This time, their escape act was made possible by a freeze-the-kicker timeout Cincinnati coach Butch Jones called just prior to a Grant Donovan snap that sailed over holder Will Stein’s head on a potential game-winning field goal.

Thus reprieved, John Wallace converted a 30-yard kick to seal the soggy Big East Conference showdown and hold Louisville’s place vis-à-vis the BCS post-season picture. The victory reduced the number of teams still unbeaten in Big East play to two and further raised the stakes of the Nov. 29 matchup between Louisville and Rutgers.

For the moment, though, the Cardinals should be counting their blessings instead of counting down to their regular season finale. They should count themselves fortunate that they could yield 196 yards rushing and a game-tying 53-second touchdown drive with less than two minutes remaining in regulation and yet somehow emerge victorious.

“This win shows how much our team has matured from last year,” receiver Damian Copeland said. “We knew this was going to be a big week and a big game and we got it done.”

Louisville’s success, again, hinged on the considerable skills of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (24-of-41, 416 yards, two touchdowns) and his latest go-to guy, DeVante Parker. Parker’s juggling 30-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter required an official review before it could be ratified, but his subsequent 64-yard cross-country touchdown run rated extensive replays because of the moves he made and the amount of ground he covered.

“DeVante is a special kid,” Bridgewater said. “He always steps up when his number gets called. We have to get him his touches each and every game because he has that big-play ability.”

For most teams that approach Halloween still undefeated, Parker’s second score, a go-ahead touchdown with 1:56 left on the clock, might have been sufficient to send the fans home happy. But nothing comes easily for these Cardinals, and Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux shredded Louisville’s defense with another rapid-fire touchdown less than one minute later.

It was that kind of night. Until Wallace’s winning kick, Louisville’s celebrations were consistently brief and sometimes premature. And those in search of bad omens did not have to look very hard to find one.

With Cincinnati leading, 10-7, early in the second quarter, Cincinnati’s Anthony McClung muffed a punt, kicked it into his own end zone, and was tackled on top of it only to be rewarded with a touchback instead of being penalized with a two-point safety.

The rules interpretation was plainly right – you can’t fumble a ball that you never really possess — but the result was patently ridiculous, with the Bearcats improving their field position through their own sequential clumsiness.

It appeared for a while as if the Keg of Nails trophy might remain in Cincinnati because football’s rules makers have some screws loose. But in the end, the home team was carrying the keg and a still unblemished record.

These Cardinals don’t do dominance, but they sure do drama.

Sandy Upgraded to Hurricane


(CNN) — No one hopes Hurricane Sandy lives up to its potential.

The storm that has already claimed nearly two dozen lives in the Caribbean churned Friday near the northern Bahamas, and meteorologists warn that it packs the potential to slam the U.S. Northeast as soon as Monday with powerful winds and pelting rain.

Worst case, Sandy could merge with a strong cold front from the west. The double threat could morph into a “superstorm” that could sit over New England for days, making untold trouble for millions of residents. Weather experts said it's a recipe not unlike 1991's “Perfect Storm.”

“Expect it to move very slowly,” said James Franklin of the National Hurricane Center. “The large size of the system and its slow motion will mean a long-lasting event with two to three days of impacts.”

At 8 p.m. ET Friday, forecasters said Sandy was about 400 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, heading north at 7 mph. It was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph. It's possible, the hurricane center says, that Sandy may weaken to a tropical storm. Nonetheless, experts said, it's not to be taken lightly.

Sandy's death toll in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba this week was 21 people.

The U.S. target area is hard to predict at this point. Some landfall computer models show the storm striking somewhere between the border separating North Carolina and Virginia north to Connecticut, some of the most densely populated areas of the country. The District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and New York have declared states of emergency, while Maine's governor signed a limited emergency declaration.

The National Hurricane Center reported tropical storm watches and warnings were in effect, covering parts of the Florida and Carolina coasts.

With a national election already under way in many early-voting states, Sandy's wrath could have a ripple effect on politics.

In Virginia Beach, a campaign rally scheduled for Sunday for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was canceled because of Sandy. There was no word yet on the status of other events scheduled later in the week. “We're keeping an eye on it,” said a senior campaign adviser.

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Similarly, Vice President Joe Biden canceled his visit to Virginia Beach on Saturday, “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm,” according to the campaign of President Barack Obama.

Bad weather in Maryland or Washington, D.C., could make it harder for people to get out and cast their ballots. Early voting kicked off Monday in Washington and is scheduled to start Saturday in Maryland. But Friday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley warned that his state's early voting could be affected by the pending storm, leaving open the possibility that the vote could be rescheduled, or relocated.

U.S. residents in Sandy's path, forecasters said, should prepare for the possibility of several days without power.

“There is potential for widespread power outages, not just for a couple of days but for a couple of weeks or more, if the storm stays on track,” said meteorologist Kathy Orr of CNN affiliate KYW-TV in Philadelphia. The computer weather predictions are murky, but by Friday afternoon, it seemed unlikely the storm would bring freezing rain or snow to the coast. Snow is possible in mountain areas, including the Appalachians.

Sandy could be a storm “of historic proportion,” Orr warned, and the City of Brotherly Love could take a direct hit.

In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying whether it should suspend all or some service ahead of the storm, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In Maryland, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company expects that several hundred thousand customers could be affected, as early as Sunday.

“This could be like the 'Perfect Storm' 21 years ago,” said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

A combination of three weather systems produced the famed “Perfect Storm” in the north Atlantic over Halloween 1991, when moisture flung north by Hurricane Grace combined with a high pressure system and a cold front, according to the weather service.

Hurricane safety: When the lights go out

The current weather conditions are not exactly the same as what produced the tempest. Although Grace contributed significantly to the storm, it did not progress to New England and did not make landfall, weather records show.

On Friday, residents in South Jersey were already stocking up on batteries and bottled water, and hardware stores have put up preparedness displays, KYW reported. One location quickly sold out of electric generators.

“This is the worst timing for a storm,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker told CNN's Soledad O'Brien. “You have fall ending, a lot of loose branches.

“The storm itself will be bad, but I worry about the aftermath, people being caught without power.”

Along the Jersey shore, storm preparations included bulldozers shoring up piers with mounds of sand. Worried residents filled sandbags in case of flooding.

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“We will be piling up as much sand as possible along the beachfront,” said Frank Ricciotti, Margate, New Jersey, public works director. “I think the water damage is worse than another type of damage, and the hardest thing is to stop water, once it starts coming up.”

Farther south, in the Norfolk, Virginia, area, more than two dozen ships were being sent to sea for their own protection.

Strong winds whipped Florida, where CNN iReporter Simon Davis shot video of an overcast Melbourne Beach.

“I was surprised at just how intense it was for a storm so far off the coast. I was thinking, wow and this is going north? Scary,” he wrote.

Miami International Airport on Friday canceled more than 20 flights to or from Jamaica or Bahamas, CNN affiliate WSVN reported. Nearby Fort Lauderdale airport canceled 13 flights to the islands.