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Friday, August 31, 2012

Surprise Speaker

Clint Eastwood spoke at the GOP convention last night. I think I find this especially interesting because I've been reading Breitbart's book (Righteous Indignation) in which he talks specifically about pop culture leading the nation away from founding conservative principles. And he would know - he grew up by Hollywood and is the person who got the closet conservatives in touch with each other over there. Shoot, he's probably the reason that Eastwood showed up at the convention. And it certainly is why there is a Big Hollywood page up at Breitbart.com exposing the liberal bias inherent in Hollywood. Anyway, you can find the full text of Eastwood's remarks here.

And of course, here are Mitt Romney's words. He is no surprise at the convention, of course. I am slightly surprise, though relieved, that he took Obama to task on his failures in office. It's a very long speech, so read this if you read nothing else. The media reports are sure to discredit him and not do him justice.
It’s the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s prosperity rather than trying to redistribute today’s.
That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: “you are better off today than you were four years ago.”
Except Jimmy Carter. And except this president.
This president can ask us to be patient.
This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault.
This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right.
But this president cannot tell us that YOU are better off today than when he took office.
America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith.
But today, the time has come to turn the page.
Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.
To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.
To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.
Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.
What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.
What America needs is jobs.
Lots of jobs.
In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. Nearly one out of six Americans is living in poverty. Look around you. These are not strangers. These are our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans.
His policies have not helped create jobs, they have depressed them. And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America:
His plan to raise taxes on small business won’t add jobs, it will eliminate them;
His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China;
His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk;
His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine.
And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.
To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.
I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.
 
As you keep reading/listening, you realize that he really does know how to create jobs, how to improve our economy. Time for real hope and change!

Even Rush Limbaugh is singing Mitt's praises today, because the convention has celebrated the American dream, American greatness, and Romney has come forward as a clear leader.
I'm happier, even, today than I was yesterday, that we didn't go second, that the Democrats are now on defense. You look at these testimonials about Romney, last night, throughout this convention, does Obama have anybody that can tell a story like that? His brother can't tell a story of charity. His brother can't tell a story about personal compassion from Obama. There's nobody. I mean, the Democrats have to be scrambling right now. (interruption) Well, that's what I'm talking about. Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, nobody knows Obama, even in these four years, people he taught, supposedly, at Chicago with the University of Chicago law school. Where are these people that say they've been inspired by Obama?

I mean, Romney's got 'em from every day that he's been alive. With Obama, we can't find them. We don't know who they are. And they've never been eager to put these people forward. I think telling these personal stories was a great approach because, see, this is what I'm ultimately getting at. I believe regardless the cultural depravity that has occurred in this country over the years and the watering down of values, I still think that most people live their lives as conservatives. They may not know it, just like Susana Martinez didn't know she was a Republican 'til she sat down and talked to a couple. So when you had these stories told last night, I think a lot of people, "Yeah, yeah."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Open season on Mormonism begins!

I've seen multiple reports declaring that Axelrod has OKed an "open season" on Mormonism, all the while other reports declare how wonderful Obama is for leaving the topic alone. Come on, people. Do you really think Obama is unaware of what his campaign manager is doing? Don't you know he'd have to get Obama's approval? All this means is Obama wants the pristine appearance of doing no evil all the while he sets his minions - including the media - to do the "dirty" work.

Already (Google "Mormon Romney") there are dozens of articles recapping most of the smears against the Mormons in the past six months. To bring them to America's attention afresh. No mention is made of the LDS Church response to these defamatory claims. None of them reference mormonnewsroom.org or mormon.org. Accurate reporting is not what they're after.

Already they're rehashing that some 18% of Americans (Gallup) wouldn't vote for a Mormon, not referencing the Pew Study that says the more people learn about the Mormons (factual information, grant you) the more comfortable they feel voting for Mormons. Nor do they mention that Gallup's study shows that 24% of Democrats and independents wouldn't vote for a Mormon while 90% of Republicans would. Yup, the bias is all too clear.

I'm not worried about the spotlight on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yes, a lot of people are bound to get a false idea of my religion as a result, others will realize that religion doesn't have much to do with the election and still others will realize that the reports aren't accurate and do some cross-checking. Maybe they'll be the same people who realize that the media doesn't do honest reporting in most topics. Maybe they'll realize that Romney isn't the person the press wants us to think he is. Maybe they'll also realize that the media is so biased that they've got to read both sides to form an educated opinion ahead of the November election.

*The media has skewed the public's perception of the GOP convention, according to a new poll. See Breitbart's report. So tricky, liberals! I tell you, I don't know how anyone can think that coverage is unbiased.

Conservatives on Offense

It is largely thanks to Andrew Breitbart that the conservative movement has gained so much momentum. Why? Because he's onto the liberals' game and throws it right back at them. Right smack-dab in the middle of his book Righteous Indignation he reached the point in his life when he decided he couldn't sit back and let liberals walk all over him anymore. He stood up for his beliefs despite his fears.
And now, walking out of the Maher show, I realized that what I had feared most - expulsion and derision - didn't really even hurt, not when you are standing up for what you believe. I raised my Cactus Coller in honor of the individual who came up with teh aphorism "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Nietzsche, by the way. I realized that while adulation has its moments and can be like a bath in warm water after coming in from a snowstorm, the psychic high from standing up for what you believe in and being attacked for it far surpassed the comfort to be dreived from that bath of praise.

I had passed what I call the Coulter Threshold: the point where you understand that Ann Coulter and those like her are standing up for what they believe in, feeling the righteousness of living without fear of missing a dinner invite from Tina Brown or fundraisers with Steve Capus or Ben Sherwood or Steven Spielberg or Jeffrey Katzenberg - or worse, the agony of being excoriated by those conservatives who fret that their liberal overlords will start admonishing them for keeping company with you. Feeling the thrill of sending a message to these people that we reject their worldview the way they reject ours.

I want to bottle that and get it out to every American. I want to teach everyone I know that there's nothing to fear but fear itself, and that there's strength in numbers. I've been looking directly forward instead of into the rearview mirror, not worrying about what people think about me, and it has empowered me. And it can empower you. Not only can you take assaults, you can weather them and be strengthened by them - and gain the power to punch back, to go on the offensive. Our opponents have spent so mnay years on the offensive with people lying prone at their feet that they've forgotton what it's like to be on the defensive. If we come after them, they won't know how to respond.
Taking a page from this book, have you seen Paul Ryan's speech from last night? Talk about taking the offense on Obama. He brought up the $16T deficit, the spending $1T over budget each year, the unfulfilled promises, the lack of positive change in the economy, the financial realities facing Medicare, unemployment - he left nothing out.

** Check out Condi's speech too!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Some Convention Transcripts

Here are the transcripts for a smattering of speeches from the convention thus far. These people understand that Americans want solutions to the fiscal problems we're presented with and they want them now, they want a future for their children and grandchildren, and that success and economic growth both require freedom instead of overregulation and big government. Lovin' it!

In no particular order:

Ann Romney

Chris Christie

Mia Love

Gov. Scott Walker

If you read just one, I think it should be Ann Romney's. She's awesome. She's genuine and heartfelt and right on the money. No pun intended. She talks about love as a motivating force for good, and how women are the . According to Breitbart, you should read Christie's as well as Ann's, because he talks specifically about the "tough love" our country needs to get back on track, away from the popularity contest that American politics has become. Read both!

From Breitbart on Ann's speech:
One thing's for certain: after tonight's speech, I don't think we're looking at a "war on women" from Ann Romney; we're looking at a "war from women."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mia Love

Have you heard of Mia Love? She's a mayor of a small Utah town, up against Jim Matheson for the House of Representatives. She's got Tea Party and GOP support, and do you know why? Not only does she embody everything the Tea Party believes in like fiscal responsibility and small government, she's an immigrant, black, Mormon, and a woman. If elected she would be the first Republican black woman to serve in Congress. To this end she is a highlight of the GOP convention. She's a rising star.

She embodies more than that in my book, however, as well as Romney's book. With all of these erroneous accusations of racism and sexism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints out there, Mia Love is a direct and positive answer. I'm sure this is why she's speaking at the convention and touching upon the LDS Church. She's black, she's a she, and she's Mormon. And a convert, no less! Meaning, she wasn't raised Mormon but chose to become so later in her life when she learned about the Church.

The press is missing the point on Mormonism. The core belief is to follow Jesus Christ. Have you read or seen that anywhere in the news? The press says the Church is a corporation, even though it clearly is not and they ignore many charitable ventures of the LDS Church. I saw an article this evening in HuffPo that was SO BAD. I won't even give you the link, it was so bad. Instead of providing any contrasting opinions or research whatsoever, the entire article accused Mormons of racism. Really? You reporters can't spend a second on lds.org, mormon.org, or mormonnewsroom.org to get some facts about our beliefs? I think this bias is so obvious that no one should fall for it. People would have to be pretty stupid to think that the press if giving them anything resembling accuracy.

Romney's Mormonism on View at Convention

I've sure seen a lot of media talk and angst and trepidation and expectation about Romney's expected discussion of his religion while at the convention. My opinion may not add much, but then again, it might. Why? Because I think I understand exactly how Romney decides to do certain things when he does them, and even which things he chooses to do and which he choose not to do.

For example, he went with his "gut instinct" to choose Paul Ryan as a running mate (incidentaly my favorite of those considered). What I think I can safely say, as a fellow Mormon, is that he felt inspired to choose Paul Ryan. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members are confirmed into the church with the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism. The Holy Ghost guides us in decision-making as we pray and keep the commandments of God, and keep our promises to follow Jesus Christ.

Why would Romney open up about his faith, all of the sudden? The media has been calling on him to do so for a month at least! I'll tell you why the convention is a good place. The media aren't the ones asking questions and being the only people getting word to the people of America. Instead the GOP is speaking to itself, with itself, and for itself and broadcast without liberal commentary (until afterwards). This is a prime place for Romney to show why his membership in the LDS Church has shaped him and given him valuable experiences working with all kinds of people, supporting all kinds of people, and understanding, loving, and serving all kinds of people. Because those who have raised this point are absolutely right: it is his LDS Church experiences that show Romney's character.

The news media will still write up the convention and Romney's religious experiences in their usual snide way, and leave out the good stuff in favor of the "gaffes," the inane, and focus on  the points they think are out of touch with America even though all that really means is that the media is out of touch because the majority of Americans currently side with the GOP on both social and fiscal issues, acccording to most (liberally weighted) polls. The media and the liberals are in their own little bubble with little contact understanding about what and why the rest of the country thinks the way they do. Now that new conservative media is on the rise, Old Media does this to their own demise and increasing irrelevance.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Breitbart's "Righteous Indignation"

Have you heard of this book? I had, around the time that Andrew Breitbart died an early death, but I hadn't read it, until now. Not from lack of interest so much as forgetting to find it at the libary. Mom brain! Anyway, I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand why the conservative movement is finally organized, energized, or even exists. I haven't finished the book yet, but I have read enough to guarantee that I will, and soon.

Chapter 1: the rise of new media. Conservative media, that is. How the internet is allowing conservatives to change the liberal narrative that is media in our country.
The left does not win its battles in debate. It doesn't have to. In the twenty-first century, media is everything.The left wins because it controls the narrative. The narrative is controlled by the media. The left is the media. Narrative is everything.

The conservative movement began with Rush Limbaugh on AM radio, continued with Matt Drudge and FoxNews, and continues today (obviously) with more sites and bloggers and commenters than ever before. Breitbart, let's not forget, through forcing change in the narrative, is responsible for the defunding of ACORN, for Weinergate, and even the dismissal of high-up operatives in national organizations such as the NEA.

Towards the end of Chapter 1, Breitbart shows his insight into the implications of rising conservative media.
If the newspapers weren't so close to the situation, and the implosion of the Old Media didn't involve the livelihoods of those covering the revolution, reporters and journalists would recognize this moment as the beginning of a massive global information awakening.

These are big times. The expansion of freedom in the digital world will lead to the expansion of freedom in the real world.

The people of the United States, with its First Amendment, are leading the way in combining free speech and technology. Just as Western rock and rolls helped bring down the Easter Bloc in the latter half of the twentieth century, the Internet if going to provide a similar impetus to the people of the world to grasp the possibilties of freedom.

In the entire history of the world, these are the most exciting times to live in.
Wow! He's right, but I had never thought through the natural consequences to a more balanced narrative, protected by free speech. Freedom spreading across the world. It is an exciting thing to be a part of and contribute towards. The more the merrier!

We've already seen some of this influence in the Middle East, though the Internet is not yet freely accessible across the world. I've seen the beginnings of this movement in China, where the state closely controls the information its people are allowed to use. Many websites (at least a decade ago when I visited) are blocked, unavailable to Chinese citizens. That very insistence by the state that information can not be free drives the movement there.

Read Righteous Indignation!
My only question thus far (which will probably forever remain unanswered) is why he talks about starting a Big Education website, in addition to Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace (all found at breitbart.com). Maybe because of his untimely death?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Romney: Tithing and Tax Returns

I have seen all sorts of chatter from news sites - it seems like all of them - about Romney's new excuse for not releasing more tax returns, which is to keep his LDS tithing as private as possible. His tithing should be private, and I have no problem understanding that. What Romney should realize (and probably does) is that other people might not understand that at all, and the media isn't going to help them understand.

In essence, Romney feels that any charity he participates in (or donates to) should be his own affair, in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ, to not perform good works to be seen of men. Like in 2008 when he arranged for milk to be donated to a food bank privately and quietly, because they didn't have any for the homeless. Remember that "gaffe" about Romney asking them why they didn't get milk from a ranch? It turned out that is a common practice in certain parts of the country, and wasn't a gaffe at all. But anyway, Romney performs charitable service out of the goodness of his heart and not for the publicity. Refreshing!

In contrast I remember hearing about John Kerry and Obama, even Bill Clinton, showing up for photo-ops at places like hospitals or military bases but not making an effort to talk to anyone there, do anything for them, or give them any minute not devoted to the shoot.

I think you catch my drift. Romney isn't that kind of person, or we would have already heard about it in the news.

As it is, people [read journalists] are saying that Romney is making bad excuses on his tax returns. That maybe he has something to hide, including in his charitable giving. (Side note: his released tax return and the rough projection for the second year do not indicate any problems in taxes or donations, so I doubt it.) In that vein, he'd probably be better off just saying that Democrats want him to release more tax returns just so they can skewer him with "questionable" details inherent in complicated (read investment-based) tax returns.

They're just not going to understand that Romney wants to keep his private life private, because he's running for public office. I don't usually admit this, but they have a point. It would probably have been better not to give an excuse at all, because ignoring them sends an entirely different message.

A message that he's not playing their game their way.

We'll see how this plays out. I doubt the media is going to be able to make mountains of this molehill for much longer. It's the GOP convention tomorrow, which will provide ample reasons for a change in topic. And however it plays out, Romney's running a smart campaign, and I trust him. Absolutely.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Romney's LDS Church service

Now that a few reporters have ventured into this previously unfamiliar territory, it seems that more are following. From Deseret News:
As Romney begins to open up a bit about his faith heading into the Republican National Convention this week, Barlow [a friend of Romney's from 30 years ago], now a religious studies professor at Utah State University, is a suddenly hot commodity in news outlets from the AP and ABC to the Washington Post.
Journalists are tripping over each other to report many of the same anecdotes of Romney's days as a bishop leading a congregation, or as a stake president overseeing several congregations, or as a home teacher visiting the homes of members assigned to him by his bishop. One widely repeated anecdote relates how Romney visited the home of a church member and climbed up on a ladder to help clear away a nasty hornets' nest.
After which, Deseret News follows the trend and talks more about Romney's church service too, in addition to speaking with other LDS Church leaders, to help the audience understand what it means to be a bishop or stake president in the LDS Church. If you're interested, check it out.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Another glowing character report for Romney?

This time it's in Businessweek, about Romney's LDS mission in France. I don't know what's got into these media outlets - now they're willing to interview dozens of Romney's friends and associates?  Those he served in the LDS Church and those he served with? To reveal his character as kind, with abundant leadership skills? What took them so long?

This article partners nicely with the Washington Post one I pointed out earlier this week. This time around I am not shocked, but I am still grateful to the press for doing some serious reporting and contradicting their standard narrative of ignoring everything that recommends Romney in his past and in his character. It shows abundantly that he is not the person they pretend him to be!

This is my favorite part from Businessweek because ... well, you'll see.
“A mission is about serving others, of course, but in my experience, it shaped the missionary as well,” Romney wrote in his 2010 update of his book “No Apologies.” “Like my fellow missionaries, I lived on a hundred dollars a month -- about six hundred of today’s dollars -- and that had to cover rent, food, transportation, and clothing. Accordingly, I lived quite differently than I had as the son of an American auto executive.”
If this came out in 2010, it should not be news at this point, and I needn't remind you that this goes expressly against the standard media narrative that he's out of touch. I do suppose, however, that if the press is more than willing to ignore the problematic points in Obama's book, they are also more than willing to ignore the good points in Romney's. Again, the bias is spelled out loud and clear.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blacks and the Priesthood in the LDS Church

I may have talked about this before. Thursday, I came across this article written by an African Mormon man, and I highly recommend it to any of you who feel (understandably, but lacking context) that the LDS Church is racist in the past or even present. He uses LDS terminology, so if you have questions please ask me or reference mormon.org or mormonnewsroom.org.

What Should be a Headline

There are so many things I could talk about - and that the press should talk about. Such as the latest economic data pointing against Obama, Akin's selfish refusal to resign, Romney's willingness to discuss serious issues we face and Obama's refusal to talk about them, even the Fed forcing inflation to help Obama. But I want to talk about something else: something just as hard to find in the news, which in itself is indicative of bias problems in the national press.

Paul Ryan has overwhelming support from senior citizens! Did you see that reported in the standard media? I didn't. I found it on Breitbart, though it does reference a media write-up of the WaPo poll in question. Which I quote:
Among seniors, though, the numbers are even better for Ryan: 50 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable. Fully one-third of seniors say they have a strongly favorable view of the Wisconsin congressman, while one-quarter have a strongly unfavorable view.
 I love it! Ryan has net approval overall, but the seniors appear to be giving him that advantage, against all odds expressed in the media! You know, the ones who say that Ran is killing Medicare, even though he would leave it untouched for those already in the program and leave it solvent for people entering later. The ones who ignore the fact that Obama cut $716 billion himself in the abominable legislation known as Obamacare, and was defending it on TV shows at the time. He can hardly (truthfully) undercut Ryan for wanting to do the same thing, eh?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coulter on Akin

I'll admit I didn't follow the whole Akin flap closely at the beginning. If you're like me, then this is the only link you need to read. Ann Coulter calls on him to step down and explains why! In short, if he loves his country more than self or even his party's platform more than self, he ought to recognize that chances are better of replacing Claire McCaskill with someone else. Like someone Palin-endorsed rather than Demcrat-endorsed as himself.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Glowing Romney Character Report in Liberal Media

I was shocked and grateful - yes, really - to see a lengthy article in the Washington Post detailing Romney's LDS Church service and teachings to other Church members through the years. The title is slightly confusing (Mitt Romney, as a leader in Mormon Church, became master of many keys), but it is at least intriguing enough that it's attracting a lot of attention. This is a far cry from the attacks on his character WaPo has done in the past with his time in high school or Bain. For this story, they interviewed many fellow members of the Church, those who Romney served with or those whom he served. While some of the details may seem confusing to "outsiders," the overall feeling both about Romney's character and the LDS Church is positive. Thank you, Washington Post! It is high time that people learn that (or at least wonder if) Romney is not the person the press makes him out to be. If you read this article and have any questions about LDS terminology, please ask me in the comment section, or visit mormon.org.

The question I am left wondering is why now? I'm still not sure. Why would liberal media give even one great account of Romney? Are they suddenly worried about their bias being apparent to even the most gullible of readers?  These are the same people in the media who have been calling Romney into question for being private about his faith for the past three weeks. Now they answer their own question without a single comment from Romney, proving the his direct discussion is unnecessary?

I really can't summarize the article itself. I can only say that through this article, as many others I have read in conservative sites in the past year that interviewed his friends and associates, Romney is revealed as compassionate, loving, kind, a problem-solver, a listener, a compromiser at appropriate times, and genuine. Thank you again, Washington Post, for including a well-researched pro-Romney article and not masking his true character behind standard Democrat talking points. These honest articles are too few and far between, but I am grateful all the same.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Newsweek: Obama's Gotta Go

I saw this headline up on Drudge and thought, "Yes! Conservatives have a chance!" The more that people realize Obama's failures (and the press's usual failures in reporting them) the better chance America has for growth and prosperity. It is a long article detailing many things that Americans should remember about the past four years with Obama in office. The author addressses specific Obama failures in the choice of his advisors and leadership, the federal spending and deficit, failing to live up to campaign promises, health care problems, and foreign policy. If you don't know he has failures in these offices, then you have been a victim of the liberal media.
After addressing Obama's failures, he moves on to why Romney/Ryan represent good things for America. Some closing remarks:
But one thing is clear. Ryan psychs Obama out. This has been apparent ever since the White House went on the offensive against Ryan in the spring of last year. And the reason he psychs him out is that, unlike Obama, Ryan has a plan—as opposed to a narrative—for this country.

Mitt Romney is not the best candidate for the presidency I can imagine. But he was clearly the best of the Republican contenders for the nomination. He brings to the presidency precisely the kind of experience—both in the business world and in executive office—that Barack Obama manifestly lacked four years ago. (If only Obama had worked at Bain Capital for a few years, instead of as a community organizer in Chicago, he might understand exactly why the private sector is not “doing fine” right now.) And by picking Ryan as his running mate, Romney has given the first real sign that—unlike Obama—he is a courageous leader who will not duck the challenges America faces.
 Yeah!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Understood

A few days ago I found a Jewish Journal response to some anti-LDS Church articles regarding tithing and Church finances. You know, the kind that accuse the Church of being a corporation, of "forcing" its members to pay tithing, etc. Completely bogus stuff showing a lack of detailed research, and without any valid LDS viewpoints from approved sources, or even a list of the many charitable purposes of both tithing money and other financial holdings in the Church. The kind of anti-LDS anti-Romney reporting that is all too common in the liberally-biased press. But I digress. The opening paragraph of this response hits the nail on the head about tithing and tithe-payers in the Church:
While walking with a group of rabbis on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, I noticed that one of them had a rather pensive look on his face. Hoping to resolve his concern, I asked him if everything was OK. After a brief hesitation, he admitted that he had trouble understanding how the LDS Church was able to get its members to pay tithing. Another rabbi immediately volunteered to answer his question: “Mormons believe that they are a covenant people. Paying tithing is a way to keep their promise to God.” I couldn’t have said it better.
That is precisely right. We are a covenant people, like the Jews. Meaning that we believe we make promises with God. We promise to obey, and He promises blessings for our obedience.

This particular report didn't include anything about LDS Church finances, though I've written about that before. An official LDS Church response to inaccurate reporting of Church finances may be found here.

Romney the Mormon

Good to see. The LA Times has up Mitt Romney takes a break to attend church, press in tow. Businessweek also has a version of the same story with more religions details. This, I suspect, is a direct answer to the calls on many sides to "humanize" himself by not remaining so private about his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Really though, folks, the reports about Romney's character and faith are out there if you look more than superficially. These accounts are not found in mainstream media, because they wouldn't suit their liberal templates.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Headlines

I don't know about you, but even the headlines these days are so blatantly biased I feel nauseous looking at them. Yahoo News, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Politico, most local papers, you name it. As long as the American people aren't dumb enough to believe that the news service are opinion-free I guess I can live with this. Otherwise, we live in a country with a bunch of people who actually believe that there are only negative things to be said about Romney and little to nothing to say about Obama because there is so little positive to say about him. Please assure me that the majority of Americans aren't that stupid!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Harry Reid's millions

Remember the Harry Reid/Romney taxes hoop-la? Well, the National Review has taken the time to dig up past reports on Harry Reid's millions, since he's never released any tax returns. Reid's worked in the public sector for all but two years of his entire career. So how did he get so wealthy? He claims it is good investing (hmm... many Congressmen claim that and earn millions while serving the public...). Here is different example from National Review. Feel free to read it all.
The Los Angeles Times reported in November 2006 that when Reid became Senate majority leader he committed to making earmark reform a priority, saying he’d work to keep congressmen from using federal dollars for pet projects in their districts. It was a good idea but an odd one for the senator to espouse. He had managed to get $18 million set aside to build a bridge across the Colorado River between Laughlin, Nev., and Bullhead City, Ariz., a project that wasn’t a priority for either state’s transportation agency. His ownership of 160 acres of land nearby that stood to appreciate considerably from the project had nothing to do with the decision, according to one of his aides. The property’s value has varied since then. On his financial-disclosure forms from 2006, it was valued at $250,000 to $500,000. Open Secrets now lists it as his most valuable asset, worth $1 million to $5 million as of 2010.

How Reid acquired that land is interesting, too. He put $10,000 into a pension fund his friend Clair Haycock controlled, to take over the 160-acre parcel at a price far below its assessed value. Six months later, Reid introduced legislation that would help Haycock’s industry, a move many observers said appeared to be a quid pro quo, though Reid and Haycock denied that the legislation was the result of a property deal.
Yup. Conservatives don't call him "Dingy Harry" for nothing. And as for Romney's taxes? It's all politics.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

LA Times: Romney should discuss Mormonism

The LA Times and many other media outlets all agree that Romney should start talking about his Mormonism. There are valid points for consideration in that argument, but what media does not do is evaluate why Romney has been leaving religion alone. The overall theme of Romney coverage in the media these days is that he's not doing what he should. He is routinely questioned and belittled by the media to influence voters to do the same.

Romney's faith is only one of many diversionary fronts in the media war against Mitt Romney. Since it is subtler than the frontal assault on Romney's taxes, it is time to lay bare the basic media points against Romney's lack of religous discussion. I'll use the LA Times' Romney should stop hiding his Mormon faith as one of many possible examples.

First point, Romney's membership and service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is nothing for him to be ashamed of. Point granted. I don't grant that he is ashamed of it. Second, that most Americans - especially those on the right - really don't care about Romney's religion and his Mormonism won't influence their vote, as shown in a recent Pew poll, as well as a two month old Gallup poll left unmentioned by the LA Times. This is old news not covered properly at the time. When the Gallup findings first came out the liberal media pretended the opposite, that Romney's religion was a major problem for Americans.

Their next point has a little more weight in my book.
But by not talking about his religion out of concern for latent prejudice, it is much more than religion that Romney is carving out of his campaign. He’s effectively concealing his own heart, the best vehicle he has for revealing himself as a man of compassion.
Valid point on the whole. But then the LA Times throws this statement to the wind by saying his compassion only comes through according to most accounts, following which they give details from an anti-Romney account rather than a more representative one. The next story details a fierce anti-Mormon episode from earlier in the campaign season, even while denouncing that attack on Romney's faith as inappropriate. Their message is still a net negative for Romney by design.

You should read between the lines here that while Romney's character is best viewed from personal accounts of interactions he's had with former colleagues and associates in and out of the LDS Church, the media will not focus on his good points or these good accounts of Romney. That's who they are. If anything, it shows more of their collective character than Romney's. They have been doing a stupendous job at giving Romney a character that is not his own.

Referring back to the quote above, I'll briefly highlight that "by not talking about his religion out of concern for latent prejudice," the LA Times assumes prejudice is the reason Romney doesn't discuss his faith. I seriously doubt this since he discussed religious issues often in his 2008 run. Those transcripts are still on record, from a more prejudiced year than now, according to Gallup. LA Times failed to interview Romney or get any comment from his campaign, so they should not claim to know Romney's reasons.

While I don't know his reasons either, I find it highly likely that Romney doesn't discuss his faith because of two things: 1) he's running for president of the United States and not for Pastor in Chief, and 2) the Democrats and the Obama campaign, along with liberal media, would love to accuse Romney of forcing religion down people's throats. You know, another no-win situation like his taxes. If he gives them what they claim to want, they'll just use it against him further. The goal is to keep him between a rock and a hard place on each possible issue, and religion is one of them.

Lastly, I'll compare a decent opening paragraph -
Mitt Romney continues to keep his Mormon faith off the presidential campaign stage, despite the quiet urgings of ideological allies to talk about his spiritual core. If he did, he might explode the soft bigotry of critics, particularly liberals who could use a little refresher course in their own values.
- to the concluding paragraph:
Americans voted in 2008 for a black man named Barack Obama, something that seemed unthinkable, even in 2008. But Obama embraced his other-ness, even wrote a book about it. Romney holds his essential self at arm’s length, but the longer he does, the longer he starves his candidacy of the soul — the elementary numen — it needs to thrive.
The LA Times leaves readers thinking, "Mitt Romney can't measure up to Barack Obama." That is exactly what all of liberal media wants Americans to think. This bias spells their doom as Americans realize fair and balanced news coverage no longer exists, even in pretense. Thanks in part to conservative new media, a majority of Americans find Obama suffering in comparison to Mitt Romney.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Youth Vote

That term is misleading. Youth, of course, can't vote. But those over 18 can, and a new poll shows that Romney is gaining in the youngest bracket, crossing the 40% line now. From Zogby:
"This is the first time I am seeing Romney's numbers this high among 18-29 year olds," said Zogby. "This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get."

Zogby helped Secrets dig deeper into his weekend poll, which we reported on earlier. The poll had Romney and Obama tied at 46 percent.
He also recapped 2008, when Obama got 66% of the youth vote. However you look at it, Obama is in trouble. If the "youth" are making informed opinions rather than believing in the standard liberal indoctrination found in public schools and universities, you know that change is in the air!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Panic for Obama

Every once in awhile I'll see reports on conservative sites about what emails the Obama team sends out to their fan base. They're now hysterical! Really, they're in hysterics over Paul Ryan.

The Washington Examiner revealed this one from the Obama's Chicago HQ:
Paul --
I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday's Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.
There's no spinning that number. It's a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.
And that's not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney's campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.
We've got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters -- starting right now.
Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama's agenda >>
Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: "I love him...He's going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board..."
We can't let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can:
http://dccc.org/Stand-With-President-Obama
Thanks,
Brynne
Brynne Craig
DCCC Field Director
They're correct, but it's too late for them to claim the momentum, since the momentum they claim comes out of shady polling practices. The right is energized and enthusiastic about the hope we have to change presidents (voting Obama out) and reversing his bad policies, fiscal record, and economy. A hope embodied by the Romney/Ryan team who want to tackle the problems we face (like the deficit and unemployment) in a realistic way to preserve freedoms and opportunity in America. Not continue to ignore them, as previous (and current) politicians have done and continue to do. Obama may have got his slogan right in 2008 but he sure didn't follow through with actions that bring prosperity - quite the opposite.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Contrast

As much as the liberal media is going to continue to spin this otherwise, the GOP is in no danger of losing enthusiasm with Paul Ryan on the ticket. Compare these two headlines from the Drudge Report. Obama is in trouble, as much as he, the Democrats, and the liberal media try to hide it.

REPORT: Obama fundraiser in Chicago. 'Admission only $51, but room is half full'...

Over 10,000 greet Romney/Ryan in High Point, NC...

Also check out the 60 Minutes reports. Romney/Ryan are rocking! Or, here's the full transcript.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Answering Questions about the LDS Church

Earlier this week, I highlighted an article written by the head of the LDS Public Affairs Department, Michael Otterson, which was published in the Washington Post. He explained that to learn who Mormons are and what they do one needs look no further than their local LDS congregation, because that is where most of the service, love, and general interaction with communities happens. This happens primarily at a local level, but it goes on in LDS congregations all over the world. There are tens of thousands of them.

This same Michael Otterson has an article in the LDS Church magazine, called The Ensign. He teaches members how to best interact and answer questions for members of their communities. It is a valuable resource for members of the LDS Church who do not have much experience in explaining their beliefs, or who don't yet feel comfortable explaining their faith.


An Unrelated Side Note: You know how the media and Team Obama are making much of Paul Ryan and how they can hit Mitt Romney even harder on the same old themes? That's it! They don't get to add new themes. I am SO EXCITED that Paul Ryan is the VP candidate. He is perfect for the job. Articulate, clear, plain-spoken, has common-sense and the ability to explain why it's common sense to reform the budget. Yeah!
For many, many, many other thoughts and enthusiasm about Ryan and his record, please visit Breitbart.com.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan

I have to gloat today because Paul Ryan is a VP pick I wrote favorably about back in the day and of whose budget I have written also. Hooray for Paul Ryan! We need to have more people onboard who articulate clearly and plainly just why we need to reform our federal budget. Too few have ever heard of the 1974 Budget Reform Act that entitled all federal programs to annual budget increases regardless of revenue or necessity, and not many more realize that when these increases are up for cuts the Democrats cry "Draconian cuts" even though the budgets still increase. Anyway, I'm excited about this GOP ticket!

I know the Democrats are thrilled too. Just like they were thrilled that Mitt Romney was chosen for Republican nominee, even though he is proving harder to smear than they expected. Last week's attacks on Romney yielded Obama an immediate 4 point drop in the reputable polls of Gallup and Rasmussen. That doesn't mean that the Democrats aren't going to try to smear harder than ever, just that it is no more likely to work than it is at present. I suppose at the minimum, this VP announcement pulls some immediate attention off of Romney and refocuses both campaigns on the budget and economy to some degree or another. Good one!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Seriously?

Headline at Breitbart: Obama: Media Should Report Only One Side of the Story. And yes, it is exactly what he means. Obama the narcissist wants socialist-style state media to sing his praises all the live long day. In case you're not familiar with socialist regimes, the media in those countries are told what to report and when to report it. The opposite of a free press or freedom of speech. As if Obama isn't already controlling what gets out in the news these days! Sheesh.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Remember

Have you ever noticed how humans tend to think about political candidates and parties only by what is currently in the news? This is a problem for the GOP, because liberals control the news. For example, it seems everyone has forgotten that Romney, during his 2008 run, spoke multiple times about his faith. It's still on record. It is not recalled. Certainly not in liberal media.

How many people remember Obama for his slimy campaigns against Illinois politicians? Not many. If they ever knew. Not being widely publicized by liberal news media.

During the beginning of the 2012 GOP primary races, I couldn't believe that people could be so forgiving of Newt Gingrich. He's completely unelectable because he's twice divorced, was unfaithful, and he'd be up against Obama, who makes a living out of smearing divorced opponents! Most people didn't remember, however. It doesn't matter how good a politician you are if you have baggage and are Republican. The media is not on your side. Ironically, it is Newt Gingrich who made the most of that fact in the primaries.

Why do you think the adage "If you forget history, you are doomed to repeat it" has so much weight? Because it's true. This is precisely why there is value in scriptures for the religious and a good memory or archival system in politics.

Rush Limbaugh is the success he is because he remembers everything. Really, everything. He has an astonishing memory. It enables him to piece together patterns of behavior, political agendas, and get to the heart of each matter. Give him a listen for a week or two and you'll see what I mean.

We can do worse than to listen to those who remember or develop our own memories, and especially look for politicians who don't avoid the past or distort it - their own pasts and that of America. Which means, of course, that you must study it yourself so you know how to judge. Remember that.


P.S. Ann Coulter's article this week touches upon exactly this theme with many examples of liberally fact-changed historical events. Perfect timing!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Obama's College Records

The Blaze (Glenn Beck's news site) has a great headline up: Obama's College Classmate: "The Scandal is at Columbia." It's written by Wayne Root.

That Obama had middling grades yet tranferred from Occidental College to Columbia I heard about through Breitbart, in their Vetting series. However, this classmate says some pretty serious things about Obama I have never heard previously. You know, since the liberal news media doesn't consider vetting liberal presidents worth their time or ours.

The intro to the article is Root's plea for Romney to call Obama's bluff on the whole tax records thing, and predicts that if Romney insists that Obama show the same records he's been showing, that Obama will drop the tax record thing like a hot potato.
If anyone should have questions about Obama’s record at Columbia University, it’s me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought I’d heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never even heard of him. And none of the classmates that I knew at Columbia have ever met him, saw him, or heard of him.

But don’t take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.
With me so far? Next, he talks about why Obama would seal his college records. If he good grades, it wouldn't make sense. How would he get good grades if he never went to class? If he had bad grades, then how did he get in, and how did he get from Columbia to Harvard? And either way, how did he pay for an expensive education coming from his family? Student loans and scholarships require good grades, after all. Root's answer is insightful and certainly begs answers from Obama.
Here’s my gut belief: Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back? I’m betting not.

If you could unseal Obama’s Columbia University records I believe you’d find that: 
A) He rarely ever attended class.

B) His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.

C) He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.

D) He paid little for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreign students like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.

If you think I’m “fishing” then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of?

If it’s okay for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go on a fishing expedition about Romney’s taxes (even though he knows absolutely nothing about them nor will release his own), then I think I can do the same thing. But as Obama’s Columbia Class of ’83 classmate, at least I have more standing to make educated guesses.

It’s time for Mitt to go on the attack and call Obama’s bluff.
Pass it on! Doesn't it bother you, to any degree, that we don't know anything about how Obama got where he is? It should if it doesn't.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Best Read on Mormons

The Washington Post allowed the head of the LDS Public Affairs Department, David Otterson, to write an article. It is wonderful. Here are some highlights, but please read the entire thing if you have a mere five extra minutes of time.

First he explains how wards (congregations) work, with everyone serving in some way. These local congretations epitomize who Mormons are, because this is where most of the service happens. He gives examples of the service needed and given.
The overarching goal which everybody works for is to lift others in a way that reflects a community of latter-day, Christian disciples. Everyone needs help from time to time, and everyone also needs to give help. Wards and stakes (a regional grouping of wards, like a diocese) also try to reach out and serve with others of goodwill in the community.
...
I’ve lived in a number of wards in my life, in several different countries, and to be sure not every ward works precisely as it’s supposed to. Since every congregation is made up of fallible humans, that’s to be expected. But most do have this collective sense of shared responsibility and obligation to serve. It’s so central to what being a Mormon is all about that to ignore it is to miss the point of this continually growing faith, which is to love God by loving our neighbor. The ward where I live at present is as close to a text-book example of that model as I’ve ever seen – a few hundred members who work together more as a large family than a small community.
He ends with an invitation to those interested in learning more, including journalists. Attend your local LDS ward!
Those journalists who have already done this have found the experience enlightening. In the New Republic, Eliza Gray wrote about Mormons near Washington D.C. One interviewee recalled U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) standing up to his waist in a stopped-up septic tank. Another related how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faithfully served as friend and caretaker for a prominent, politically conservative Mormon family, working as a home teacher. These are unusual mental images that say something deeply significant.
They sure do. These images say something about who Mormons are at their core: followers of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is a lifelong pursuit. All are welcome to see this service in action or even join in with us in your respective communities.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Transparency

I remember Barack Obama saying that his administration would be the most transparent in history. Upon which he immediately closed the White House to press more than any other previous president. Why is there no uproar about this? Because the press is complicit: they are liberal themselves. They wouldn't dream of expressing their displeasure with a Democrat in office, because it might hurt his chances at reelection.

It has now been seven weeks since Obama has taken a question from the press corps. During that time the press made an uproar about Romney being "closed to the press" in his foreign tour, which is in fact a lie (see the link above). But the press ignores Obama's refusal to take questions. Bias, people. Don't take them at face value. Don't believe them at all unless it's backed up by conservative sources. It's a war of propaganda, not absolute truth. And they are anything but transparent when it comes to Barack Obama. Just like the man himself.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

More bias exposed

Newsbusters has up a neat little synopsis of the current campaign coverage situation. It refers to the Media Research Center report from which they draw their information, the same report from which we found that 86% of Romney coverage by the news over a one week interval is negative.
– NBC and CBS savaged Romney for an innocuous remark about London’s readiness for the Games following security issues widely reported by those same networks. The comment was so unremarkable that NBC cut it out of their original taped interview with Romney.

– NBC and CBS only made Romney’s Olympic comments an issue after taking their cues from British tabloids.

– When candidate Obama toured abroad during the 2008 campaign, the networks ignored that Obama falsely presented himself as a member of the Senate Banking Committee to reporters in Israel referring to “his” committee’s calls for divestment in Iran.

– Four years later Romney’s tough talk on Iran in defense of Israel was reported as an “error.”

– During Romney’s week-long trip, the networks committed 53 minutes of almost entirely negative coverage to the Republican candidate. During Obama’s trip in 2008, they spent 92 minutes gushing over Obama.

Biased coverage? I should say so.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Media Coverage


While there certainly is much I could say about Harry Reid's questionable (illegal?) source of information that Mitt Romney supposedly hasn't paid taxes for the past ten years (when all other accounts would suggest otherwise), it all comes down to politics. Democrats control the media, they're digging deep looking for any possible dirt on a guy with as just about as clean a record as any politician ever had. The Democrat operatives (Obama?) probably chose Harry Reid because he's a Mormon too. Mormons have a reputation for being clean-cut and honest so the accusation is supposed to bite more coming from Reid, not that Reid hasn't been party to questionable business ethics in the past. Unlike Romney. If you're interested in that whole saga, check out Rush's response to Harry Reid on Romney's taxes.  At minimum, it ought to remind and reassure any concerned voters that the LDS Church does not influence LDS politicians. Period.

I'd like to point the focus toward something else. A related topic. 86% of Romney coverage is negative.  Are you still unconvinced about the bias in the press? Here Obama is sitting at 44% approval, and the press still "gushes" over him and talks up a poor labor market. Rasmussen has Romney up 47 to Obama's 43. Is that getting any attention in the liberal media? No. Read both sides, people. There is no such thing as making an informed, educated decision if all the sources of information considered are from the same viewpoint.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A timely reminder

Ann Coulter's article this week: Obama's Signature Move: Unsealing Private Records. If this is news to you, you are not getting a balanced source of information for news, because the liberal media doesn't touch it. It is, however, true. Obama has won because he smeared his opponents by opening their sealed records. Somehow. Legally? Who knows. It does present a problem for Obama now, as Coulter points out.
Mitt Romney presents one enormous problem for Barack Obama's campaign: No divorce records. That's why the media are so hot to get their hands on Romney's tax records for the past 25 years. They need something to "pick through, distort and lie about" -- as the Republican candidate says.

Obama's usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his races, has been to pry into the private records of his opponents.

Democrats aren't going to find any personal dirt on the clean-cut Mormon, so they need complicated tax filings going back decades in order to create the illusion of scandal out of boring financial records.
But Mitt isn't playing Obama's game and releasing extra tax records at his perfidious request. Go Mitt! After Coulter's exposing (well, re-exposing) the gory details of Obama's past smears, get this:
It's almost like a serial killer's signature. Unsealed personal records have been released to the press. Obama must be running for office!

So you can see what a pickle the Obama campaign is in having to run against a Dudley Do-Right, non-drinking, non-smoking, God-fearing, happily married Mormon.

They've got to get their hands on thousands of pages of Romney's tax filings so that the media can -- as Romney says -- lie about them. It will be interesting to see if Obama can pick the lock of the famously guarded IRS. 
Ugh. He would in a heartbeat, I know. And the ever-complicit liberal press would be happy to smear Romney and invent gaffes, as they have been on Romney's foreign tour. It's who they are and what they do. Still, I trust the Romney campaign to continue their smart campaign. All the lying and covering-up in the left aren't enough anymore, thanks to conservative media like Breitbart.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Media Bias on Mormonism

*Note: These articles are not the most recent, but the same principles apply to LDS press coverage this week as two weeks ago, two months ago, or to future LDS press coverage.

ABC News story Mormons for Obama Say Romney Doesn't Represent Them and Yahoo news story
Road Trip: Mormon-in-chief? Latter-day Saints talk about what a President Romney would mean to them by Yahoo news both leave much to be desired. Sure, they interviewed some Mormons, but are they reflective of the entire 6 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in the United States? I'll compare their responses to those found by the Pew Foundation concerning how Mormons feel about their time in the limelight and political affiliations, released back in January. It's not a perfect comparison, but it will have to do in absence of a more recent study.

ABC news is easily dealt with: they're talking about Democratic Mormons in the Seattle area specifically. According to the Pew study, Democratic Mormons comprise some 17% of Mormon Americans of the more than 6 million Mormons in the United States. The idea that a Democratic Mormon wouldn't necessarily support Romney is hardly news- not even worth a story, in my opinion. The paltry numbers identified compared with total LDS Church membership further illustrate the lack of a story there.

The ABC article barely hints that the LDS Church does not tell its members how to vote. They left out entirely that the LDS Church maintains strict political neutrality all the while encouraging members' participation in civic responsibilities such as voting. They teach members in the United States that both political platforms have worthy causes within them, and each member should vote his or her conscience having studied the issues. Again, ABC News missed a teaching opportunity there - not that they're in the business of properly educating Americans. What is newsworthy (that ABC missed) is the more interesting fact from the Pew study that some 86% of Mormon Americans support Romney even though only 74% of Mormons in the United States lean Republican, meaning that Romney does have some Democratic and independent Mormon support.

Yahoo news hid their bias better. But why raise the question of what Romney means to other Mormons unless they want people to question Romney's faith?

The first problem in their article is rather than talking to a broad representative number of LDS Americans, Yahoo takes a 'road trip' to Northern Virginia, where some 10,000 of the 90,000 LDS members of Virginia, a state of 8 million, reside. And they interview only four of them. They say they chose this place because it's a battleground state. There is some logic to that, but it still doesn't mean that it reflects the whole body of LDS Americans. I also seriously doubt that the relative handful of Mormons in Virginia (slightly over 1% of the state's population) are going to be a deciding factor in the November election in the state of Viriginia, not that I have a way to check whether the percentage of registered Mormon voters is the same as for the population. Again, nationally Romney enjoys 86% of Mormon American support, at least as of late 2011 when the Pew data was gathered.

According to Wikipedia, Northern Virginia is the Democratic hotbed for the state, having grown enough in recent decades (no doubt in part from continual expansion of the federal government ever since the 1974 Congressional Budget Act, automatically increasing all federal budgets annually regardless of revenue or necessity) to force Virginia to swing state status. I do not have access to political affiliation of the LDS population of Virginia, but according to the Pew Foundation study back in the end of 2011, 74% of Mormons in the United States identify with Republicans, compared wtih 45% of all Americans.

Three of the four Mormons interviewed for the Yahoo News article identified as Republican - though naturally enough for liberal media the Democrat Mormon's interview was placed first in the writeup. Four Mormons isn't enough to achieve statistical significance, but Pew tells us that 86% of all Mormon Americans view Romney favorably, including 56% of Mormon Democrats.
Lest you think that this is true for any Mormon politician, consider this data analsis from Pew, again from late 2011.
Two other prominent Mormon political leaders are viewed less favorably than Romney. Half of Mormon voters (50%) express a favorable view of Republican presidential candidate (and former Utah governor) Jon Huntsman Jr., while 24% express an unfavorable view and 26% have no opinion. ... Less than a quarter of Mormon voters (22%) have a favorable view of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat; 51% of Mormon voters have an unfavorable opinion of Reid while 27% express no opinion about him. 
Hinted at in Yahoo is the favorite media narrative about whether Romney should start talking more about his faith. Now, there are many, many media editorials calling for Romney to talk about his faith to humanize himself. They wonder why isn't Romney talking about it - does he have something to hide? All of this is a media trick to drive public opinion against Romney, just as they do with his tax returns or anything else. As Breitbart's John Nolte says frequently, Romney is playing chess, not checkers. Media or Obama campaign calls for Romney to do something - anything - only means they'll use it against him. Romney knows to avoid the appearance of "Pastor in Chief" since that is exactly what the Democrats want to accuse him of being.
While I appreciate the concerns those Mormons interviewed by Yahoo about public sentiment about Mormonism and Romney's current public position, these members probably little know that they were pawns. Media tools. Expressing any concerns or doubts about Romney's decisions on the campaign trail is the media's objective, not to clarify or better understand Romney's faith and its members.

It's not that these questions about the LDS Church are misplaced - it's the subtle anti-Mormon nature of the media articles. Even well before Romney clinched the nomination, the Pew Study found that a majority of Mormons think they are misunderstood. I'm with that majority.
Six-in-ten Mormons (62%) say the American people as a whole are uninformed about Mormonism. Nearly half (46%) say that Mormons face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today – which is higher than the percentage that says the same about blacks (31%) and atheists (13%). Two-thirds (68%) say the American people as a whole do not see Mormonism as part of mainstream American society. And when asked to describe in their own words the most important problems facing Mormons living in the United States today, 56% cite misperceptions about Mormonism, discrimination, lack of acceptance in American society and the like.
There is plenty of media evidence that Democrats agree and want to capitalize on the misunderstandings and misrepresentations of Mormonism. The very questions raised about Romney or about how he represents his religion in the Yahoo article are planting seeds of doubt in the public concerning Romney as a Mormon president.

Just as Americans shouldn't (and mostly aren't) buying Obama's class warfare as peddled by the media, they shouldn't buy whatever the media "exposes" about the LDS Church and its members. They are not trustworthy in any issue that can be colored with a political lens, as most issues can and are so colored. Now is not the time to allow the media to divide Mormons from other Americans, or for Americans to buy all of the anti-Romney garbage embedded in most articles touching upon his faith or any other Romney-related subject. Now is the time to teach our fellow Americans about the subtle (and blatant) biases flavoring every bit of news we get from standard media. Exposing the media bias - education - is the key to unlocking the door to freedom from President Obama and his dismal economy.