Raimondo and Fung to Square Off in Rhode Island

The three Axis of Right bloggers all moved away, but we grew up in the smallest state in the union and still keep track of what’s going on there.  Tonight, the state held its primaries, and the gubernatorial race could be an interesting one. In the Democrat primary, State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won comfortably over Providence Mayor Angel Tavares and Clay Pell .  The win was a bit of surprise because, although liberal, Raimondo has not been overly ideological in her time as General Treasurer.  As someone with a background in venture capital, Raimondo is a woman who understands numbers and understood just how unsustainable Rhode Island’s pension system is and had the courage to push for reform against entrenched interests.  Tavares also understood the need for pension reform, but his candidacy seemed to generate the support of many who are guided by identity politics.  As for Pell, well, his grandfather was a senator and he’s married to Michelle Kwan.  So, of course, he had a following in that nepotistic blue state. Raimondo will face Allan Fung, the competent and popular Mayor of Cranston, who won tonight’s Republican primary against Ken Block .  While I wish Fung’s proposals were a bit bolder, he seems to understand that a state that taxes corporations into oblivion is not a state that will attract the jobs those corporations create. As someone who has faith in the ability of people to improve their own lives and contribute to the prosperity of their communities when the government stays out of their way, I’m pulling for Fung.  Nevertheless, it is good to know that the Democrats selected their best candidate as well.  No matter who wins, Rhode Island will have a better governor come January.  Let’s hope it’s Fung though.

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Smoke and Fire in Benghazi

You know the old saying “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”  The September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was just such a story.  The Obama Administration’s reaction to it seemed odd ( like they were hiding something ), and anyone could have figured that this terrorist attack ( less than two months before a Presidential election) may politically hurt Obama. Well, Fox News may have a weak-kneed Establishment Republican spin at times, but they do balance their stories very well compared to the competition .  By not letting go of the Benghazi story, the administration attempted to chill Fox News reporters.  Listen to Greta Van Susteren’s take on what happened to her: Recently, Fox News anchor Bret Baier interviewed a few of those on the ground that night nearly two years ago, called “ 13 Hours at Benghazi .”  The controversy surrounds a “stand down” order the five veterans say they received that night, though the administration denies it .  Had the soldiers intervened, the four Americans killed that night may not have died. So, why all the obfuscation and obstruction from the administration early on in the scandal?  Can we get clarity about this “stand down” order?  Who else was there that night and why haven’t we heard from them yet?  Why the heck was the US still operating a consulate in a known dangerous area when every other Western nation, including the British, already left?  Until these questions are clearly answered, this issue will not go away.

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Box Office Suffers Worst Decline In Three Decades

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Summer 2014 is shaping up to be the worst in 8 years thanks to the worst year-over-year decline in three decades. With only 6 weeks of summer remaining and middling titles like “Hercules,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Lucy,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” in the warm-up box, there is little hope for a rebound between now and Labor Day.

The season is expected to finish down 15 to 20 percent compared with 2013, the worst year-over-year decline in three decades, and revenue will struggle to crack $4 billion, which hasn’t happened in eight years. As a result, analysts predict that the full year is facing a deficit of 4 to 5 percent.

Speaking to THR, Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian is the only one adding a fresh insight that hasn’t already been tilled over and over again in numerous other reports on the sagging box office (including my own).


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Crisis Prone Day: Gaza Invasion, Malaysian Air Crash, Persistent Border Issues

It’s just one of those days. Israel invades Gaza .  After ten days of on-and-off ceasefires and peace talks, the Israelis decided that a blunt force trauma to the Hamas terrorist infrastructure would be the best move to secure their border.  Can’t blame Israel — they even announced days ago that they were coming in order to limit civilian casualties. Sharing the headlines this afternoon was a Malaysian airliner which was shot down by who-knows-who over Ukraine killing 295, including 23 Americans.  Was it the Russians? a Ukrainian splinter group?  a terrorist infiltrator? Who knows!  The chaos in Eastern Ukraine has made anything possible.  Tragically, it hasn’t been such a good year for flying Malaysian Air. And don’t forget the escalating crisis on the US Southern border ( though given the latest polls the administration would be happy if we did ).  On this issue I think it’s safe to say that what we are experiencing is tantamount to an invasion — another self-inflicted wound to our national security which the administration will be glad to see relegated to the back burner for a few days while the other crises explode. This one’s not going anywhere though — can’t wait until September when school districts across the country will have to account for thousands of new LEP (Limited English Proficient) students in the Fall, or in January when the Obamacare employer mandate kicks in to the chagrin of native workers who employers may lay them off in light of all the cheap underground laborers they can exploit instead.  Those issues should go over just peachy with the American people. I’d feel better about things if we had competent people with America’s best interest at heart running things.

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Stephen Colbert Doubles Down on AG Holder’s ‘Racial Animus’ Attack on GOP

Is this what CBS had in mind when the network hired Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman? For now, Colbert is still toiling away on Comedy Central, where his awkwardly conceived conservative character continues to play defense for President Barack Obama. Monday night, Colbert piggy backed on Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim that some Republicans disagree with him and the president for racial reasons .

First, the liberal comic (who claims he doesn’t show his political hand through his art) tried to spin away Obama’s executive actions–the same behavior liberal attorney Jonathan Turley–and Obama booster–says will alienate fellow Democrats. Next, Colbert dubs his own conservative character racist in order to paint the GOP with that same, ugly brush recently held by Holder. Selective facts. Lazy arguments.

Dubbing roughly half the nation racist for daring to disagree with Obama. Does CBS know the performer tasked with replacing a legend? The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , Indecision Political Humor, The Colbert Report on Facebook Follow Christian Toto on Twitter @TotoMovies

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