Video: Paul Ryan Builds on Romney’s Foreign Speech in Toledo OH

Standing in front of a group of veterans, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke to a crowd of about 1000 supporters gathered inside the Grand Aire terminal at Toledo Express Airport, Monday.

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan rallied newly energized supporters today, building on presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s hawkish foreign policy speech that was relayed live to the crowd.

Making his first trip to the Toledo area as a vice presidential candidate, Mr. Ryan spoke in the Grand Aire aviation service business hangar at Toledo Express Airport where he was greeted by more than 1,000 people. He spoke against a backdrop of military veterans who were flanked by World War II military Jeeps and trucks.

“The President is not offering the kind of spirited and principled leadership we need to create jobs here at home or to keep us safe. Because President Obama does not have a good record to run on he has resorted to try and distort ours,” Mr. Ryan said.

“If you go home after this and turn on your TV, you will likely see the failures of the Obama foreign policy unfolding before our eyes. You see, if you look around the world, what we are witnessing is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy. Four Americans were murdered in. a. terrorist. attack. in Benghazi. The point is, in a Romney administration, when we know that we are clearly attacked by terrorists, we won’t be afraid to say what it is. If terrorists attack us, we will say we had a terrorist attack and more importantly, we will do  what is necessary to prevent that from happening by having a strong military by making sure that our adversaries do not test us – do not think we’re weak and in retreat.”


Robert Costa, NRO: Ryan Gets Ready: Paul Ryan’s debate mantra is “Prepare, prepare, prepare.”

For much of last week, Ryan was at Wintergreen, a sprawling resort in central Virginia. Under the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ryan and his advisers quietly reviewed policy papers, held several mock debates, and kept distractions to a minimum. BlackBerries and iPhones were switched off, and Ryan avoided the traveling press.

Yet the Virginia sessions were not the beginning of Ryan’s prep for Thursday’s debate. Soon after the Tampa convention, Ryan convened his inner circle, which includes longtime aides such as Andy Speth and Romney hands such as Dan Senor, and asked them to compile briefing books, much like the binders he used to organize for Kemp. On the campaign plane and at his home in Janesville, Wis., Ryan has been constantly reading the policy books, using his favorite disposable blue pen to make changes.

By mid-September, Ryan had two large books with him at all times. One was for domestic policy and the other for foreign policy. Romney’s policy staff in Boston was helpful in providing information about Romney’s positions, but Ryan took it upon himself to write much of the analysis and talking points. By late September, Ryan, who often vacations in the Rocky Mountains, asked his staff to book him a few rooms at a mountain resort so he could prepare in relative silence and anonymity. The Romney campaign settled on a place in rural Virginia because Virginia is a swing state and its mountains are fairly accessible.


Lara Logan Decries “Narrative Coming Out of Washington”: The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished

Via Dan Riehl, who thinks “the suits” at CBS will be none too thrilled with  correspondent, Lara Logan’s Keynote speech at the Better Government Association annual luncheon in Chicago, last week, after the call they’ll likely get from the Obama White House….

Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times described her speech to the roughly 1,100 influentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas as “provocative”, “ominous and frightening”:

She arrived in Chicago on the heels of her Sept. 30 report, “The Longest War.” It examined the Afghanistan conflict and exposed the perils that still confront America, 11 years after 9/11.

Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.

The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban.

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.

She talked about her face to face 60 Minutes interview with Taliban commander on CBS This Morning:

From 60 Minutes’ The Longest War:

A deadly enemy tactic is killing more and more U.S. troops, while in some parts of the country, al Qaeda is making a comeback. Lara Logan reports:


Obama’s Plan To Negotiate With Taliban Scoffed At… By Taliban

Taliban Tricks 8 yr Old Girl Into Being Suicide Bomber (We’re Negotiating With These People???)


IBD: As Taliban Executes U.S. Officers, Obama Secretly Negotiates

Linked by @rdbrewer4 at AoSHQ, thanks!

Obama Campaign Finance Fraud Story Drops: MSM AWOL

Graphic from 2008 via  Doug Ross

Well, the big Obama Donor scandal story dropped, this morning, but so far, I’m only seeing it reported in the conservative blogosphere, so meh. We’ve done this rodeo, before. What happened to the Daily Beast/Newsweak coverage?

Matthew Boyle has the story at the Daily Caller: Claim: Obama campaign illegally solicited foreign donors via social media website:

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been soliciting foreigners for donations, an explosive report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) shows. Those foreign donors are allegedly visiting the Obama campaign’s donation solicitation Web pages through a social media website the campaign controls, and through an outside website that serves mostly Internet users from outside the United States.

About 20 percent of visitors to the “” social media website “originated from foreign locations,” the report found. That Web address is owned and controlled by the Obama re-election campaign.

“At no point during the [website’s] subscription process is a visitor asked whether he or she can legally donate to a U.S. election,” GAI notes.


GAI cites examples comprising what it calls “but a sample” of a large trend of Obama’s campaign soliciting foreign nationals for campaign donations. Those examples focus on foreign bloggers posting fundraising-request emails from the Obama campaign.

The group identified such Obama fundraising solicitations sent to Chinese, Azerbaijani, Vietnamese, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian and Egyptian bloggers.

In a report accompanying the GAI report’s release, former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia concluded that the Obama campaign is clearly soliciting donations from foreign nationals. Sukhia served as counsel to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on military and overseas ballot cases during the 2000 election.

“The GAI Report has shown that the Obama Campaign actively solicits campaign contributions from non-U.S. residents throughout the world,” Sukhia wrote. “[S]uch solicitations could be explainable if they were received solely by U.S. citizens abroad. They clearly are not.”

In addition to soliciting foreigners for donations, the Obama campaign has chosen not to employ industry-standard safeguards against collecting unlawful foreign donations via its social media and online process, the GAI report says.

Obama for America does not require online credit card donors to input Card Verification Value data to confirm that a political donor is legally authorized to charge contributions to a given credit card. GAI said CVV data consists of “a three or four digit number generally imprinted on the back of the card” in order “to verify that the person executing the purchase physically possesses the card.”

GAI notes that the Obama campaign’s failure to use such security measures in its online donation system likely costs it “millions of dollars in additional fees” because “card processors charge higher transaction fees for campaigns that fail to use the CVV.”

Tony Lee of Big Government reports that the problem is widespread, and bipartisan: 47% of campaign web sites do not meet the industry standard for secure use of credit cards:

…an extensive eight-month investigation by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released on Monday found these same forces can also be the greatest threat to America’s sovereignty (visit to download the full report). These technologies allow foreign donors to anonymously circumvent U.S. campaign finance laws and directly influence elections by donating repeatedly to candidates.The 108-page GAI report found nearly half of Congress, both political parties and presidential candidates, and third-party fundraising groups that funnel money to political parties and candidates were vulnerable to fraudulent and foreign donations. This is a bipartisan problem potentially impacting all levels of government, as those whose organizations were found to have been vulnerable include President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Republican National Committee (RNC), and third-party groups like ActBlue, which funnels money to progressive politicians.

But the worst offender by far, of course, is the Obama campaign.

And the report found that the website, which is not owned by President Barack Obama’s campaign but redirects to the campaign’s official donation page, may make the Obama campaign the most susceptible to illicit foreign donations. is connected to an Obama campaign bundler, Robert Roche, who is from Chicago but now lives and co-founded a corporation in China. Roche has direct ties to China’s state-owned banking industry.

Peter Schweizer, president of GAI, told Breitbart News the ease with which foreigners could donate to American candidates puts America’s sovereignty in peril.

“Foreign donations mean that we no longer make our election decisions anymore,” Schweizer told Breitbart News.

Schweizer said he had initially thought “we would find some bloggers overseas with motivation to support a presidential candidate encouraging people to make donations,” but he was “very surprised” by the study’s findings, including how easy it was for foreigners to use “robo-donation” programs that allow foreigners to potentially make thousands of small-dollar, fraudulent and automated donations to candidates.

Schweizer said he “never thought” the GAI would find mysterious redirect sites like and was “surprised how little security is required to receive online donations.”

“We are basically trusting political consultants and fundraisers to do the right thing when no one is looking,” Schweizer said.


Michelle Malkin: Obama’s crooked campaign cash-o-matic machine revisited; Updated:


John E at Ace of Spades HQ: Website “” Redirects Visitors To Obama’s Official Donation Page, Despite 68% of Its Visitors Being Overseas And Presumably Ineligible to Donate To An American Campaign:

It appears Newsweek spiked the story. There’s a lot to digest, but there are a few fairly damning revelations here. It’s not really what I was expecting.

The MSM have sold their souls for their Commie Messiah.

It appears that “” routed a great many foreign visitors to Obama’s donation pages. There is also evidence that the Obama campaign went out of their way to avoid using web-standard verification to confirm donations.

I think many are making too big a deal out of the CCV requirement, the real issue is the Address Verification System (AVS) which appears to have been set to an absurdly weak “match” setting on Obama’s own campaign website. This should be what people are focusing on. The AVS system can be set to extremely strict settings, like say no typos. Or it can be very set to a very, ahem, liberal match setting, which appears to be the case here. The AVS system is also very tough on fraud because you actually have to match real address, not just punch some numbers in for “Mickey Mouse”.

Video: Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Address

Mitt Romney took on Obama’s record on foreign policy during a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute, Monday morning.

Some highlights of the speech via Ace of Spades HQ:

Key quotes: I know the president hopes for peace, and I do too, but “hope is not a strategy.”

On Afghanistan: “I will affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation.”

Overall, he did not announce any surprise new commitment or policy. He instead asserted what could be called classic Reaganite principles — moral clarity in our thinking, verbal clarity in our words. Military clarity in our resolve, should it come to that.

The thrust was that Obama’s policy was ambiguous; our allies are undermined, our enemies emboldened.

He stressed free trade. Although he did not directly state this, he implicitly argued that free trade acts as a sort of evangelist for other freedoms, for openness, for prosperity, for friendship.

Full transcript, here.


Weasel Zippers: Obama Campaign’s Response To Romney Foreign Policy Speech: “Bring It On”…

Team O knows who the real enemy is.


WHD: Romney: Here’s my Foreign Policy. Like It

Gov. Mitt Romney today cut through some of the haziness that had enveloped his foreign policy plans, touting his ACTUAL SPECIFICS PLANS to replace the emptiness of earlier, gauzy platitudes.

It’s the latest example of a new Romney strategy that has given a sense of direction to his campaign and probably helped bump up his poll numbers. On domestic policy too, particularly in last Wednesday’s debate, Romney has also more clearly spotlighted the steps he would take as president.

Yes, it’s all truly groundbreaking. The Romney campaign has decided to respect voters enough to actually give them a choice, and not just smack President Obama around.

Romney is finally succeeding in setting himself apart from Obama and giving voters a sense of something to look forward to with a Romney presidency.


Marine Times: Military Times Poll: Romney bests Obama, 2-1

Jacob Turk Bombshell: Internal Poll “Shows Us Slightly Ahead” of Emanuel Cleaver (Audio)

Jacob Turk, the Republican candidate for Emanuel Spittlegate Cleaver’s seat in District 5, Missouri, was a guest on the Kris Kobach Show, Sunday evening and he had some exciting information to share: an internal poll taken a week and a half ago shows him slightly ahead of Cleaver.

Kobach, the conservative Republican Secretary of State for Kansas, has a weekend radio talk show on 710 KCMO.

In the nearly ten minute interview, Turk weighed in on Obama’s debate performance, and his own race against the extreme left-winger Cleaver who has apparently been too busy trying to get out of paying his $1.5 million car wash loan to debate Turk.

Turk suggested to Kobach that he ask him how his debates are going with Cleaver.

Kobach played along; “Okay how are your debates going?”

“Seeing as he doesn’t show up to a single one, and I’m debating with an empty chair, they’re going real well”, Turk answered.

Kobach was incredulous; “are you kidding me?! Does the Kansas City Red Star print that – that he doesn’t show up???”

Turk: “We’ve had several forums and once he finds out that I’m showing up, he suddenly gets busy….because I’m not John McCain, either, I’ve never debated anyone, but I know what I stand for, and I know what I believe in, and he’s got a record he needs to defend…”

Kobach: Does he agree to at least one or two debates where he at least does show up?

Turk: He has agreed to show up to a couple of forums and then suddenly, when it becomes known that I’m going to be there, suddenly he’s a very busy guy.


Towards the end of the interview, Turk dropped the bombshell:

“We did an exciting internal poll for us a week and a half ago, and … we’re slightly ahead, but it’s very close…”

He noted that there’s over 20% undecided in the race, which Kobach assured him would swing his way, because undecideds usually break for the challenger.

 The NRCC has launched ads in 27 House districts but Turk’s isn’t one of them. That’s why it’s important to share this good news in any way you can, and donate to his campaign if you want to see an end to the Democrat stranglehold on District 5 in MO.

Jacob Turk’s website is here.

His contribution page is here.