Obama Strategy: Debt And Deficits At Home To Buy Catastrophe Abroad

Update: Until Mitt Romney realizes his enemy is Big Media first and foremost he will remain on defense. JournoListers killed the Jeremiah Wright story and stated that the reason to do so was to protect their stooge Barack Obama. Mitt Romney has no JournoListers protecting him. That’s why stories like this happen and have to be explained.



Explanations won’t suffice as long as feral Big Media remains at large. The story from Romney: Obama’s 47% of the electorate is dependent on government will be exploited to block news about the September 11, 2012 attack Obama could have prevented. The professor has it right:

“There is no doubt that this was an Obama campaign operation, and likely we will see more such tapes dribbled out a week at a time. The team which obtained sealed divorce records of rivals certainly can plant donors at private fundraisers.

Don’t fall for pronouncements that Romney’s campaign now is over. Such pronouncements now come weekly by a media seeking a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whether it was the insane overreaction to Romney’s comments on Libya or the declaration that the polling showed Romney had lost, every week there will be a new meme circulated.

Stay focused, and motivated.”

It took Big Media at least a year to confirm what we reported years earlier – that it was Obama that planted the Edwards $400 haircut story. That was nothing compared to what Big Media intends to do to Mitt Romney. To know what is happening today, don’t read the day’s headlines – read The Innocent Charles Manson.

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See, what we’re suggesting is very easy to do and does not need embellishment. We’re not pushing a complicated recipe, just something a short order cook can prepare. For example, short order cook Michelle Bachmann accomplishes at least half of what we suggested in one easy soundbite:

“And President Obama needs to get his priorities straight. What he needs to do is cancel his planned interview with David Letterman, cancel his meeting with Beyonce, cancel his meeting with Jay Z, and instead agree to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, because you see, America and Israel have a commonality of interests,” Bachmann said.”

Add another component of our suggestion – the threat of continuous pummeling of Obama until he accedes to such a meeting — and 100% of what we suggested is done. Of course we said this should happen on the afternoon of September 11, 2012 so it is already a bit late.

We sometimes think the Romney campaign should shut down, fire everybody, and just read what we write and do what we say they should do. Mind, we’ve written effusively at times about the Romney campaign and we’ve even had nice things to say about Mitt Romney himself. But pretty much as soon as we write something nice about Romney or his campaign we almost immediately have to refudiate ourselves. They’re just so stupid.

Barack Obama is the Romney campaign opponent and there is even a question as to who is winning? How stupid can the Romney campaign be? The Romney campaign, as even its best friends agree, is a stupid campaign. Stupid is as stupid does.

But be of good cheer Romney supporters. If the Romney campaign is stupid, which it is, is there anything dumber, stupider, more contemptible than a true believing Obama supporter? The answer is “No”. True believer Obama supporters are by definition “imbeciles“.

We know we are being generous when we diagnose true believing Obama supporters as imbeciles, there is a lower level measurement of intelligence after all, but these imbeciles, we hear, are usually toilet trained so we give them props. But still they are truly stupid and therefore difficult to argue with.

Don’t confuse them with facts. They loves themselves the Obama so much they cannot accept anything but that their “man” is in for a sure fire winning. Try telling these imbeciles that there are polls which have had Mitt Romney leading Obama, then losing to Obama (in the wake of the conventions), and now Romney leading Obama yet again. They are oblivious. These latter day Pauline Kaels reject reality for their own dirty bubbles.

“The clearest example of the bizarrely naive quality of hermetic liberal provincialism was attributed to the New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael almost 40 years ago, and has been discussed in right-wing circles ever since. It went something like this: “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him.” Several years ago, I went on an admittedly desultory search for the original quote and was unable to locate it.

On Friday, on the New Yorker’s website, the magazine’s film editor Richard Brody offers what may be the first accurate version of the quote I’ve ever seen (I’m assuming it’s accurate because it comes from the New Yorker itself): “Pauline Kael famously commented, after the 1972 Presidential election, ‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.’”

Obviously, the paraphrase is far juicier than the original, but actually, if you think about it, the version quoted by Brody is even worse, as it indicates that Kael was actually acknowledging her provincialism (“I live in a rather special world”) and from its perch expressing her distaste for the unwashed masses with whom she sometimes had to share a movie theater. What this indicates is that, even then, liberal provincialism was as proud of its provincialism as any Babbitt.”

That was 40 years ago and what once could be classified as “liberal provincialism” has to be reclassified as imbecility. Pauline Kael did not have Reagan’s campaign to reference or any of the past 40 years to inform her. But these Obama imbeciles have the past 40 years and yet they bitterly cling to their Kaelian notions.

We can understand mocking Romney. We have mocked him. But we also understand what Romney is up to. We don’t like the gamble, we think there was an easier path, but we know what Romney is up to:

“The Barack Obama campaign has run on the model of 2004. In that year an unpopular incumbent ran a base election and squeaked through to a victory.

The Mitt Romney campaign sees 1980 as their model year. In that year a Republican challenger to an incumbent president trailed or was close to the president for many months until at the very last moment, at a debate, the challenger proved his worthiness and broke the race wide open to a comfortable victory.

If you look at these two models after the events of September 11, 2012, the 1980 model appears to be the one most congruent with the current political situation. That is what scares the Obama Hopium Guzzling Big Media and other Obama acolytes. That is why the response to Mitt Romney’s mild critique of Barack Obama has been so brutal.”

Mitt Romney right now is not really campaigning. Paul Ryan is campaigning, but Mitt Romney is fundraising. Mitt Romney is hoarding cash, like Alberich in Nibelheim.

Mitt Romney is raising cash so that after the debate on October 3 he can raise hell for Obama. Somehow the Obama imbeciles don’t see that.

Mitt Romney has a very simple strategy. First raise lots of money, much more money than Barack Obama (all the while knowing that the pro Romney SuperPacs will spend hundreds of millions of dollars more than the Obama SuperPacs). While raising the cash just stay within winning distance of Barack Obama in the polls or if possible ahead.

Second, wait until all Americans are paying attention to politics and the presidential race, a period signaled by the debates. While waiting for the debates, heighten the probability of good debate performances by preparing for the debates. Romney has already had several debate preparation sessions and he comes fresh from a full primary campaign season of debates with people such as Newt Gingrich.

Finally, unfurl the flag, let the air war which many of us thought would commence soon after the end of the Obama convention) finally begin. To employ World War II terminology (apologies in advance especially since it is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy days), the sitzkreig becomes the blitzkrieg.



Barack Obama’s strategy is essentially to squeak out a win even if that makes governing an impossibility. Obama’s hopes are based on micro-targeting and data mining. The very expensive data based campaign was a big waste of money until Romney made a very stupid decision which made rational the Obama data mining efforts:

“If you realize that statement #1 is truer than ever and you also believe that this election will be an election of smear and fear, distract and distort, divide and conquer, corruption and complicity, consider yourself smart – you’ve been paying attention.”

Barack Obama will utilize all that data mining to slice and dice the electorate and smear and slime Mitt Romney. It’s ugly and leads to future impotence in governing. But don’t tell that to the Obama imbeciles, they’re drinking a potent new formula of Hopium.

That Hopium embalms the latter day Pauline Kael’s with new resolve to ignore reality. Obama’s failed strategy to use foreign policy to beat Romney is in flames, but the Hopium Guzzlers do not care.

The Hopium Guzzlers, like Kael generations ago, know what they know. They hate polls but love the polls they love. We’ve issued many warnings about when and how to read polls. Lately polls were raised to icon status by the Hopium Guzzlers. But not all polls:

“Voters are fairly evenly divided as to which candidate they trust more to handle events in the Middle East: 48% say Obama, 45% Romney. Unaffiliated voters have a slight preference for Romney. By an overwhelming 72% to 15% margin, voters believe it is more important to guarantee freedom of speech rather than making sure nothing is done to offend other nations and cultures. Half (51%) think it’s likely the government of Libya was involved in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens 
and other Americans.

As of this morning, only seven percent (7%) of voters rate national security issues as the most important in Election 2012. [snip]

Most voters continue to favor repeal of the president’s health care law. [snip]

In Virginia  and Ohio, Obama leads by a point. In Florida,  the president is up two. Romney has edged back into the lead in Missouri and is up six in North Carolina.

Results such as these should give no side encouragement to loudly proclaim they know what will happen on election day 2012. Four years ago today, the financial crisis hit and John McCain’s large post convention bounce ended. The Obama Hopium Guzzlers continue to believe it was their brilliant campaign and their Mess-iah that won that campaign – but the rational know it was the financial collapse and exhaustion with George W. Bush that wrote the election day results.

Mitt Romney still understands that “It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s why new Romney ads focus on economy, deficit:



The Obama policy can be summarized as Debt And Deficits At Home To Buy Catastrophe Abroad. Don’t tell the Hopium Guzzlers that. They’re planning the Obama second inaugural. How stupid is that?

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523 thoughts on “Obama Strategy: Debt And Deficits At Home To Buy Catastrophe Abroad

  1. It is the economy, but here in Austin, the kool aid is still flowing, terrifying actually. I do feel a need to repost this as I put it on the end of the last post.
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    The Scary Thing Isn’t That Fundamentalist Muslims Are Calling For the Filmmaker’s Death. The Scary Thing Is That American Liberals Are, Too.
    —Ace

    Althouse: “Let’s not be so quick to assume the man with the “Shut Up America” sign [a protester outside an embassy] is thoroughly alien. The threats to free speech lie within. They always have.”

    Yup:

    “Insallah [God willing], we will kill him,” one Facebook user, Shayan Khan, wrote from Karachi, Pakistan.
    Some YouTube users envisioned particularly imaginative demises for Nakoula in the comments section of a video related to his detention.

    “I wanna torture him with a shot [to] his knee cap, then blow his eyes with [a] knife, take a chain saw and cut his penis, then a hot rod would be given to his ass, then kill him until he is hanged till death,” funkyfolk1110 wrote. “Kill this bastard,” said another user.

    On Twitter, a user named Yayan E. Putra posted, “Fuck Nakoula Basseley, i want to kill you!!!” The message starkly contrasted with Putra’s brief Twitter profile, which stated simply, “A smile is the little thing that can make life easier.”

    “Someone please kill him,” agreed Nelson Davis, a retired market researcher living in New York, who earlier on Sunday invited his Twitter followers to “Choose your free Obama sticker!”

    The man’s crime? Using the right of free speech. But the actual offense is complicating Obama’s political campaign.

    And for that, of course, he should be killed. (Um, obviously I am being bitterly sarcastic here. I don’t want a Doom demerit.)

    For some reason, I suspect if I were to say something like “I wish the crazed, homicidal Tea Partiers (who haven’t killed or hurt anyone) would kill these traitors to the Constitution,” their attitudes about violence over free speech would change pretty damn quick.

    And suddenly we’d have sympathetic stories about their plight, these poor Americans, abused by crazed extremists wishing for their deaths, put in fear for their lives by vicious extremists who don’t understand that in America, dissent is patriotic.

    In related news: Happy Constitution Day!

    “Liberal” Bill Press: Lock These Guys Up For Blasphemy: But we’ll call it something else, so we can pretend we’re still “liberal.”

    So, I think the United States ought to identify, yeah, we oughta be going after these terrorists that carried out the attacks in Libya and we are. I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.
    That tip is from, appropriately enough, George Orwell.

  2. http://www.voanews.com/content/iran-tensiions-loom-over-israelis-on-jewish-new-year/1509340.html

    Iran Tensions Loom Over Israelis on Jewish New Year

    JERUSALEM — Jews around the world are observing Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In Israel, the mood is sober.

    Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days and is a time of reflection and prayer. Israelis ushered in the New Year with a sense of uncertainty amid tensions with Iran that have heightened fears of war.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had this message for Jews in Israel and around the world. “I want to wish you all a happy New Year, a happy New Year in your personal lives, a happy New Year for the Jewish people and the Jewish state. The Jewish state and the Jewish people are facing great challenges. Iran is racing to develop nuclear weapons. A rising tide of militancy is sweeping our region,” he said. [snip]

    Netanyahu has accused the United States of failing to get tough on Iran; and despite strong opposition from Washington and the international community, he has threatened to launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    The Obama administration says it is not yet ready to draw a red line concerning Iran and continues to pursue a deepening of international sanctions against Tehran.

    One man on the street in Jerusalem says Israel may have no other choice. “It is a very dangerous situation to allow a very disturbed and unstable nation like Iran to develop weapons of mass destruction,” he stated.

    The fear is that an Israeli attack could spark a catastrophic regional war.

    Iran has promised retaliation with its arsenal of ballistic missiles, and Israel could also be bombarded with hundreds of rockets from Tehran’s Islamist allies: Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    In a New Year’s greeting, Israeli army Chief Benny Gantz sought to reassure the nation. “As the chief of staff, I can say that Israel Defense Forces have never been stronger than they are today,” he explained. “We are confronting every security challenge facing the State of Israel, whether on our borders or far beyond.”

    Still, despite the fears, many Israelis hope for the best. In a Rosh Hashanah tradition, they dip apples in honey for a sweet New Year.

  3. Mother Jones Magazine Catches Romney Accurately Stating The Dynamics of the Race
    —Ace

    Seems like this is completely accurate to me.

    Oh Noes! There’s even more: He says it would be politically helpful to him were he of Latino descent.



  4. Great article admin, I hope you’re right that Romney is saving his real money for October etc when people are paying attention, I visited some relatives in VA, and saw several Obot ads, and just a few romney ads.

  5. If this is true I will feel physically ill. I worked in NYC and was there during the 1st attack!
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    The U.S. State Department is currently in negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as “the Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told TheBlaze.

    more on the page :

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/source-obama-administration-in-talks-to-transfer-blind-sheikh-to-egypt/

  6. gonzotx, that youtube of romney is old, the Obot MSM already went thru all this when that soundbite came out a while ago. All this stuff is now being recycled by the lefties to see what sticks.

  7. Tim, that article must be racist. 🙂

    http://minx.cc/?post=332961

    You have be be able to distinguish between good polls and bad polls. Good polls (or bad) are not determined by the results. We like facts, the ones we like to hear as well as the ones we don’t want to hear and then proceed from there to come up with a strategy for winning.

    We also hate waiting but sometimes that is the smart thing to do. No one really knows where this race is going just yet. On September 10 no one could say that we would be flung once again into the abyss of religion and terrorism and appeasement.

  8. So the Hollywood everyday now is exposing them to be vile Stalinists that they are.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/17/bette-midler-charge-mohammed-filmmakers-with-murder/

    Yesterday Russel Simmons, now Bette Midler, gee Ms. Midler, you know gay people also offend Muslim, Shariah countries, what do you suppose we in America should do? Do you know what they do over there in those Shariah/Muslim countries??

    So the progressives and the radical Islamists are now on the same side.

  9. Tim

    That video was just posted on ACE, the jest of it is that he is right. We are all fighting for this so called 5-8% undecided.

  10. Maybe Joe Scarborough thinks wearing those glasses makes him seem smart….. that is until he opens his mouth and speaks. How do people watch this mind numbing garbage?


  11. Yes, PM Gillard, not all the world lives in the deluded world you do. Maybe Australia will get a strong more pro-australia prime minister than Ms. Gillard.

    Maybe people will finally wake up to what is happening.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/girl-8-calls-on-islamic-youth-to-back-jihad/story-e6frg6nf-1226475239074

    AS Julia Gillard struggled to explain how Muslim children could be used to incite violence, eight-year-old Ruqaya yesterday fronted a congress of Islamic fundamendalists in Sydney to espouse her love for jihad. Addressing a 600-strong crowd at the Australian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bankstown in the city’s west, the young girl urged all Muslim youth to fight for the restoration of the Islamic caliphate, a single global government for all Muslims established under strict sharia law.

    “My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, as the world gathers against the believers in Syria … seeking to hijack our sincere and blessed uprisings, children in Sydney would like to send their message of hope and support to the Muslims of (Syria), especially to the children and mothers,” she read from notes. “These uprisings have demonstrated that this umma (global Muslim community) is alive and well, her love is for jihad, she is unshackled herself from the fear which she held, and she yearns to once again live under the banner of (the Islamic state).

    “Children as young as myself can be seen on the streets joining the uprisings, risking their lives to bring food, water and medicine to their wounded family members, some of them never returning to their mothers … Nobody is too young,” she said.

    Ruqaya was the seventh of nine speakers at the “Muslims Rise” conference.

    Organisers of the event invited the media to report on her address.

    Julia Gillard yesterday expressed her horror at images showing Muslim children carrying inflammatory placards at a protest in Sydney on Saturday, including one that read “Behead all those who insult the Prophet”.

  12. I know this is long, but it is a beautiful story.
    Rosh Hashanah

    If Not Higher
    By ROGER KAPLAN on 9.17.12 @ 6:08AM

    What is goodness? What kind of culture produces good people? Who knows?

    The story is told of a rabbi who, during the penitential prayers, disappeared. Imagine that! Our rabbi disappeared during Selichot, the penitential prayers recited before Rosh Hashannah and during the 10 Days of Awe. What do I know? I am nothing but a ‘am ha-aretz (uneducated) and I am not versed in anything, but follow along, as best I can — at least they appreciate it when they need an extra man for the minyan, then they do not even bother to remind me to speak the prayers louder and pronounce them a little better! Oh well, I can hardly reproach them, I should have studied more.
    So, this rabbi, disappeared. But his congregation, a congregation I am sure full of ignoramuses like me, had an explanation. They loved their rabbi, you understand, and they would not have him doing anything untoward during the penitential prayers so they said, Why, of course we know where he is, he is up in heaven conversing with the Almighty because, man, we need somebody up there for the plea-bargain. These days, these awesome days, when the book of life is opened and everyone is judged, we know we need the plea bargain because none of us, not one, is without sin. Do you think one of us is without sin? And do you think G-d gives us credit for the Cossacks and the czar’s tax collectors and the others who make our lives so difficult — do you think he thinks that’s paying enough for our sins? Trifles, gestures — even 20-year forced conscription for our boys, which most of them never return from, he would say, what makes you think you deserve a better break than anyone else? So the rabbi is up there, interceding, begging to stay the hand that would mete out the really serious punishment.
    The really serious punishment. I always wondered about that. I wondered when I first heard the story, my mother told it, and I was too small to know anything about anything. And later, when I was older and knew a little though never enough, I figured that since the serious punishment had come down, what more was there to say? You could ask — what did we do to deserve this? You could not answer that, so you could ask — it could not happen again, could it? And as I got older I decided, no it could not. It could not because we had got strong enough to parry. Then as I got older I realized, Wait a moment — no one is strong enough if it is written that it must happen. I remembered the story then and I thought, older and supposedly wiser though I was, well, maybe we do need a rabbi like that, one who goes upstairs and makes the plea bargain.
    Now there was a Litvak visiting the little town in which the rabbi disappeared during the penitential days and Litvaks are curious by nature. Curious scheming more-smart-than-anybody, the Litvaks. Litvaks, you understand, are Lithuanians. And they like to rub it in, too, show you how much more they know than you know and how little you know. The Litvak decided he would find out just what the rabbi was up to and he would expose it, he would show them it was not possible for the rabbi to be in heaven during the penitential days, even Moses had not had such a privilege. He figured he would find out where he really went.
    He sneaked into the rabbi’s house at nightfall just before he returned after a long day of teaching, and hid under the bed. That way he would know exactly when the rabbi arose, before dawn it had to be, and he could follow him.
    Curiosity! Always curiosity. It goes in all directions. Some directions are more interesting, or more valuable, or more valued — how do we determine which? — than others. But you do notice this about curiosity, about wanting to know: There is curiosity that is malevolent, and there is curiosity that is beneficial. There are other kinds of curiosity too, I am sure. And it is quite possible sometimes the curious person does not know which is which. To be curious about the likely value of a stock is beneficial. The person’s curiosity may be motivated by what we call greed — which as often as not is the envious or stupid person’s way of defining the urge to earn a living and take good care of his family. But even if it were greed, it would be beneficial, to the degree that active participation in the stock market is part of what makes work a system that keeps things going, world-economy wise. This is a very general way of putting things but you know what I mean.
    When you have a curious mind, a mind inclined toward making things work (for you personally or for your family or, if you are one of these idealistic types, for all mankind), you generally invest. You put money into — you know, investments. Because nothing happens unless it is nurtured. You invest in your company. You invest in stocks. You give money, a form of investment, to schools. You know, for example, that it takes a lot of investment, not only money, to make a doctor. You have to invest to become a doctor. Years and years of hard work on your part, and money on the part of those who pay for your training, build hospitals, schools.
    A society that invests to makes doctors has an advantage over others. It may or may not put that advantage to good use, that is another issue, but as a broad proposition, I would say it puts it to good uses.
    In Israel there is state-of-the-art medicine. Israel was an extremely poor country just 60, even 50 years ago. Even 40 years ago it was still by some definitions a “third world” country. Lod Airport, for example, bush airport, much improved now. Air conditioning, such as it was (or was not). Very few Israelis had any money by first-world standards. It was a society, however, that managed to find ways of investing in doctors. In the facilities that train doctors and, already, in the ways they could make themselves useful not only to their patients at home but wherever they were needed, allowing of course for being able to reach them.
    Israeli doctors went everywhere they could to be of assistance to people who needed doctors. Over the years and decades, as Israeli medicine and medical education and education in general got better and better, they went to many downtrodden third world countries, Haiti for example. Places in Africa, even in the first world. (New Orleans, Louisiana, after the hurricane disaster.)
    And though it is little known, Israeli doctors take care of their neighbors, notably the Palestinian Arabs, who are Muslim. They take care of them in their hospitals, I mean in Israeli hospitals. These are far superior to Palestinian hospitals, despite the billions of American dollars that over the years, channeled through USAID and the UN High Commissioner, have lifted the wretched Palestinians from poverty. It is inexplicable why some of these vast sums of money have not produced more doctors and more hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment.
    That is to say, it is inexplicable in terms readily grasped by the Western mind. Why, from the billions of dollars the Libyan state earned from the sale of hydrocarbons and natural gas, have Libyan schools not produced more doctors? There are scarcely more than five million Libyans, so it is not as if it would be a huge sum to invest, to give every Libyan child a decent education and maybe even the aspiration of becoming a surgeon, pediatrician, you know — sports medicine or something. So not everyone has a mind for chemistry, biology. How about a violinist? How many violinists have been produced by the lavishly funded Palestinian government (your tax dollars at work) or the Libyan school system?
    Cultural generalizations are risky. They can be viewed as mean-spirited. As a new year begins — 5733 since creation, and counting — and we enter the Days of Awe, one feels a certain qualm about saying anything that might seem not humble or high-minded, though of course it is difficult to be humble when you are calling attention to how humble you are. Anyway, I will refrain from comparing the number of Nobel Prize winners produced by the state of Israel and the number produced by its combined enemies, and that includes, in these strange times we are living through, a number of countries that would not have the nerve to admit what their policies, their diplomatic, political, cultural, call it what you will, policies, toward Israel amount to.
    A culture that produces doctors who do not think twice about letting their neighbors into their hospital wards, though these same neighbors may well be watching programs on TV, reading articles in newspapers, that could have been imagined by the editors of the Nazi state’s most hateful anti-Semitic media (newsreel and newspaper, mainly, back then).
    And a culture whose young men, instead of aspiring to medical school, kill American diplomats who have been trying to help them. Burn down their consular buildings.

    The Litvak noticed just before dawn the rabbi, who seems to have had little rest all night as he tossed and worried about things, getting up. He did what Jews do when they awaken, then pulled from his closet old rough clothes, the kind Russian peasants wore, with a thick belt. The Litvak was astonished but kept his nerve and stayed quiet. He was even more astonished when he saw the rabbi take an axe out of a kitchen cupboard and put it on his belt, but still he kept his excitement under control. He followed the rabbi out of the house and the two crept out of the village quietly, the rabbi careful, as the Litvak noticed, whenever he came to a corner or crossed a street.
    They walked almost a mile out of the village, the Litvak keeping his distance, until they came to a clearing where there stood some tree stumps, broken branches, and to the Litvak’s ever-heightening stupefaction, the rabbi immediately set to chopping wood and did not stop until he had a large amount. He tied two hefty bundles with lengths of cord that he extracted from his rough peasant’s blouse and, balancing them on his shoulders, he headed back toward town. The Litvak followed.
    Light was breaking and the Litvak heard, or imagined he heard, the rhythms of the selichot coming from the direction of the house of prayer. The rabbi went to a little house in one of the less prosperous parts of town, which made it poor indeed since prosperity was a very relative term in that town, and knocked at the door. When there was no answer knocked a little harder and a voice answered, Who is it?
    The Litvak strained to hear from around the corner of the house where he was hiding. It was a feeble voice, woman’s voice.
    It is I, said the rabbi. I? Who? It is I, Vassil, your friend.
    Come in Vassil, you know the door is open. It always is. Who would steal from a sick old widow who has nothing? So the rabbi entered the little house. The Litvak waited a few moments and quietly followed, then hid behind a battered closet and observed the scene.
    I have brought you some wood, Mrs. Rosen, to make a fire and warm up your home, said the rabbi.
    That is kind of you, Vassil, but who has money to pay you?
    Not to worry, it is only a few kopeks and you can pay me whenever you have them. And he began to busy himself in the preparation of a fire in the stove.
    But my son is away trying to find work and I do not know when I will have even a few kopeks with which to pay you, Vassil, said the old woman, the widow Rosen.
    By way of answer the rabbi lit the fire, swept up around the stove, stacked up the rest of the wood in a neat pile in a corner of the kitchen, and brought a loaf of bread out of the large pocket in his blouse and put it on the kitchen table. He filled a samovar with water and placed it on the stove, told the old woman to watch it carefully and make herself a cup of tea as soon as it whistled, and, with a kind smile, said he would be back soon but he must go now for he had other things to attend to. I always enjoy seeing you, Mrs. Rosen, he said, and may you feel better. He said, you believe in your powerful god, and you do not trust him to help you pay me back? Come now!
    The Litvak became a disciple of the rabbi. Sometimes, in later years, when people asked him if it was true that the rabbi, in his younger years, had had the privilege of ascending to heaven during the penitential days, as legend claimed, the Litvak smiled. “If not higher,” he always said.
    So, shona tova, happy new year, and mind you remember this story was written by I. L. Peretz a great writer, a Jewish writer, a Polish Jew! He lived in the 19th century. He tells it much better than I can with my lousy memory. My mother did, too.

  13. “And President Obama needs to get his priorities straight. What he needs to do is cancel his planned interview with David Letterman, cancel his meeting with Beyonce, cancel his meeting with Jay Z, and instead agree to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu,

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    But he couldn’t do that! They wouldn’t let him take his teleprompter.

  14. By way of ACE

    Peter van Uhm: Why I Chose the Gun

    Here General Peter van Uhm, the Netherlands’ chief of defense, explains why he made the gun his chosen tool and the military his career: Because he loves peace and hates evil.

    Those who know the saying si vis pacem, para bellum will now doubt find many of his arguments familiar but you rarely ever hear them so forcefully and eloquently expressed – especially to a European audience who are prone to pride themselves on being ‘beyond war’.

    To put this in context remember that there is a non-trivial minority of the Dutch who would like to do away with their armed forces entirely so Gen. van Uhm is targeting those who have a stereotyped view of the military as mere war-mongers – an audience who are able live their lives woefully ignorant of guns only because of men like him who sweat the details 24/7 to keep it that way.


  15. The Obama policy can be summarized as Debt And Deficits At Home To Buy Catastrophe Abroad. Don’t tell The Hopium Guzzlers (are) planning the Obama second inaugural. How stupid is that?

    ———————–
    Sensing that victory was imminent, Admiral Yamamoto instructed his staff to prepare the paperwork for the surrender ceremony of American marines on Guadalcanal. However, in the fulsomeness of time, it was the Imperial Japanese troops–not the Americans who surrendered that hotly contested Island.

    Nunc pro tunc–then as now–now being November.

    The Americans who defeated Japan at Guadalcanal were well led by Admiral Bull Halsey, Medal of Honor winner Colonel Red Mike Edson (who committed suicide after the war over a domestic dispute), and the leader of an elite marine Raider Batalion by the name of Louis Walt. Walt visited Annapolis in 1968, and on the way to see him an upper classman told me you are about to meet the greatest combat leader of this generation. His style of leadership reminds me of a great football coach, and a great motivator of men. He was highly competent, competitive and he placed a high value on the lives and well being of his troops.

  16. Why in the world is Romney “clarifying” anything? I’m so sick and tired of this damn Obot MSM!

    He’s on right now clarifying some crap. What the hell is he doing?? There is nothing to clarify! He’s doing a good job explaining, but why does the romney camp always jump whenever the OBOt MSM yells BOO!

  17. 0:18 p.m. | Updated Mitt Romney described almost half of Americans as “dependent upon government” during a private reception with donors this year and said those voters were likely to support President Obama because they believe they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

    The blunt political and cultural assessment by the Republican presidential candidate offers a rare glimpse into Mr. Romney’s personal views as the campaign enters its final 50 days. Liberals quickly condemned the remarks as insensitive, and Mr. Obama’s campaign accused him of having “disdainfully written off half the nation.”

    The recordings surfaced even as Mr. Romney sought to retool his campaign message amid internal campaign sniping and calls from Republicans outside the campaign for him to be more specific about how his policies will fix the nation’s economy. The video clips raised the possibility that his campaign would once again be sidetracked by Mr. Romney’s own words, a problem that has plagued the former Massachusetts governor since his hard-fought battle with Republican rivals during the nominating contests earlier this year.

    In a brief and hastily called news conference just after 10 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Mr. Romney addressed the remarks at the fund-raiser, saying they were “not elegantly stated” but standing by them and saying they were similar to remarks he has made in public. “I’m speaking off the cuff in response to a question,” he explained.

    The video of Mr. Romney making the comments was posted on the Internet Monday afternoon by Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, which said it had obtained the recording and had confirmed its authenticity. The magazine said it was concealing the identity of the person who took the video and the location and time of the recording.

    The New York Times is unable to confirm where or when the clips were taken. The author of the article on the Mother Jones Web site, David Corn, said the video was taken after Mr. Romney won the Republican nominating contest, but he declined to comment further.

    The video was apparently unearthed with help from James Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter, who lists “oppo researcher” on his Twitter bio, told New York Magazine that he helped find the videos and get them to Mr. Corn at Mother Jones. He is credited with “research assistance” on the Mother Jones Web site. Mr. Romney has repeatedly compared Mr. Obama to Jimmy Carter, suggesting both were failures.

    In one video segment, Mr. Romney described how his campaign is writing off “47 percent of the people” who will vote for Mr. Obama “no matter what.” He adds that those people “are people who pay no income tax” and says “so our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.”

    Mr. Romney said that “my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    The comments by Mr. Romney were more stark than usual, though he typically talks in public about supporters of Mr. Obama wanting big government to take care of their problems. He often accuses Mr. Obama and his supporters of wanting to bring a European-style socialism to the United States.

    In the videos, Mr. Romney says that his campaign is concentrating on the “5 to 10 percent in the center” whom he describes as “thoughtful” when it comes to deciding who to vote for.

  18. OT, of course, but …

    On Tuesday, September 18th Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver introductory remarks at an event honoring Aung San Suu Kyi, at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The event, “On Burma/Myanmar in Transition: A Discussion with Aung San Suu Kyi” is sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Asia Society and the Department of State. The event will also include featured remarks by Aung San Suu Kyi. The discussion will focus on the democratic transition in Burma/Myanmar, the challenges that lay ahead, and the potential for a promising future.
    The event is open to the press and will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.
    This event will be streamed live at http://www.state.gov.

  19. :tearing hair out:

    Where’s the gun. WTF is he differentiating between the POS’s supporters and his supporters? Candidates should be campaigning for the entire country. We all know that’s not what really goes on but that one small concession to fantasy needs to be preserved or, at the very least, should not be articulated in public.

    This reminds me of the POS’s bitter clinger remarks. Of course that had no effect on the POS because the presstitutes spun that gaffe into gold but they will slam MR for this.

    What a f**king disaster.

  20. Correction: elite marine Raider COMPANY–not a battalion. It was company A, First Marine Raider Battalion. The commander of the First Marine Raider Battalion was Mike Edson referred to above. The Second Marine Raider Battalion was commanded by Evans Carlson, who spent time in the field with Mao Tse Tung, learning guerilla warfare. The Third Marine Raider Battalion was commanded by Jimmy Roosevelt, son of Franklin Roosevelt, and father to the corrupt medical industry representative James Roosevelt II who co-chaired the Rules and By-laws committee that cheated Hillary. The Raiders were the toughest of the tough and they had a fine run. But when the war moved from the South Pacific the rules of engagement changed–less hand to hand, more heavy artillery. Therefore the raiders were disbanded.

  21. Oh Rick Klein of ABC “news”, could you be a bigger Obot pretending to be a real journalist?

    47% of Americans do not pay any federal income taxes, so Romney pointing this out is worse that OTurd’s statement of “bitter clinging Americans”??

    I have never seen anything like this. The entire MSM is in that tank for this Oturd idiot.

  22. “In one video segment, Mr. Romney described how his campaign is writing off “47 percent of the people” who will vote for Mr. Obama “no matter what.” He adds that those people “are people who pay no income tax” and says “so our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.””

    Well, I just heard the entire audio, I really didn’t hear any disdain the way Oturd had with his bitter clinger remarks. The main thing he did wrong is the “writing off” business, no voter should be written off, and even if you do it, you certainly shouldn’t say it out loud. The rest of the statement is completely true.

    Let the Obot MSM go into overdrive. Every independent I know is leaning towards Romney, they all have jobs, some 2, 3, part time jobs to make ends meet, and they are pissed that they have to work, while so many who can work and yet don’t are living off the govt dole.

  23. Uh. Whatever, as my younger relatives would say, by the end of the week, they’ll be attacking Romney as a racist again. I see nothing wrong in what he said, except for that one thing, the rest isn’t offensive, and is factually correct.

    Rick Klein, what an Obot, with his smirk, trying to pretend he isn’t Idiot.

  24. tim,

    That’s why I am disgusted. Mitt should know, by this point, that he is fighting the POS and the palace guards – namely the shameless parasitical presstitutes who will inflict as much damage on him as often as possible.

    In the meantime, where are the stories about the death of an ambassador and three other Americans, the 51 soldiers killed by Afghanistans this year, the out-of-control muslims in the mid-east, the fast and furious scandal. Where’s that coverage of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s like living in an alternate universe.

  25. My wife watched the press conference on Greta’s show. She commented the panel, especially the Obot Rick Klein, all acting like some red meat has been thrown to the hyenas. That smirk unnerved her very much.

    Sickening.

    I honestly feel so sorry for Romney. He will never get the support or even basic fairness from the Obot MSM, instead of stammering, explaining, just go full force and tell the truth. The ones who are drones aren’t going to vote for Romney anyways.

  26. Romney: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    ==================

    How are these people to get jobs when there are fewer and fewer jobs — because GOP ‘cost-cutting’ is firing government employees … while blaming the Dems for ‘loss of jobs’. Victim blaming all around.

  27. another suicide bombing in Afghan. of course, Obot MSM don’t report this, they’re too busy reporting on what airspray Mitt Romney uses.

    I hope none of our soldiers were hurt.

  28. “dependent upon government” during a private reception with donors this year and said those voters were likely to support President Obama because they believe they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
    —————————
    If that is the statement you are referring to Tim, then he had better clarify it.

    Are 47% of Americans DEPENDENT on government in one way or another? Probably. Some are retired, some work for government, some cannot find work, some are disabled.

    Does that mean they believe they are ENTITLED to health care, food, housing? That is the wrong question. If they have paid into social security then they have EARNED the benefit they receive. If they work for government, then EARNED what they receive. If they are trying to find work and cannot do so because of the way Obama has wrecked the economy, then the paltry money they receive is not an entitlement, but a necessity.

    Are there those who just think the government owes them a living? Yes. But it is a much smaller number than 47%

    The statement as it stands in ridiculous. It needs to be clarified and nuanced. He will be asked about it again in the debates.

  29. tim,

    I want the LAT copy of the POS with Rashid Khalidid – the one the LAT says they have but won’t
    provide anyone access to it.

    Former PLO operative
    Has justified as legitimate Palestinian “resistance” that results in death of armed Israelis
    Rejects the possibility of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    “Khalidi is longtime a friend of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. In the 1990s, Obama and his wife were regular dinner guests at Khalidi’s Chicago home. During the 2000 election cycle, Mr. and Mrs. Khalidi organized a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s unsuccessful congressional bid. In 2001 and again in 2002, the Woods Fund of Chicago, while Mr. Obama served on its board, made grants totaling $75,000 to Khalidi’s Arab American Action Network. In 2003 Obama would attend a farewell party in Khalidi’s honor when the latter was leaving the University of Chicago to embark on his new position at Columbia.

    In a 2008 interview, Khalidi praised Obama effusively, stating that, if elected President, Obama would be more understanding of the Palestinian experience than other politicians. “He has family literally all over the world,” Khalidi noted. “I feel a kindred spirit from that.”

    Where’s that video? The LAT is running interference for the POS.

    Where are the POS tapes – the ones that neither HRC nor JM would use. Time is running out. Put them out there now.

  30. wbboei
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Yep, he did just that at the press conference, Greta’s show just showed the whole thing, he did clarify, and pretty effectively I have to say. I heard the presser first, then listened the original comments.
    He answered some questions from the press, they made the points you just did and he did clarify.

    The Obot MSM now has its talking points for tommorow. Never mind anything else.

    I watched it, thought Romney did a good job.

  31. wbb

    I think he was just saying what we all say. The Dems are busy making people dependent so they will vote their interests.

    The fraud and Mitt are fighting for the 5%. We all know this. He knows he will not whittle away any votes from the others.

    Now if he is including the retires collecting SS, that’s a problem.

    It amazes me that these guys don’t realize how careful they must be with their words no matter where they are. Information society.

  32. BASIL99
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Actually you know what, I think Wbboei made some excellent points, Romney had to “nip it in the bud” as the Mayberry saying goes. Better to do it now than wait for a new “news” cycle tomorrow. I know what he meant, but he did bungle it a bit, however he did diffuse it immediately, tonight.

    Most people are probably like me, I didn’t even hear the original statement, the only thing that caught my ear, is that 47% of voters are written off, that’s something you would say during a strategy session, not out in the open, even if its true. But at least he diffused this immediately.

  33. “I watched it, thought Romney did a good job.’

    Doesn’t matter. The LSM vultures will twist the presser into an indictment of Mitt as a scrooge incarnate.

    At least this made me laugh (from a poster on another blog)

    Romney must be arrested and charged with blaspheming the Prophet Obama!

  34. The next time Mitt steps up to the mike to record a new ad on the economy and jobs, someone needs to set his Mormon undies on fire, to add some energy to his voice and get his pumped up.

  35. American prison labor means longer unemployment lines

    Two southeast companies that make U.S. military uniforms are shedding hundreds of jobs, as the government looks to federal inmates for the fatigues.

    American Power Source makes military clothing in Fayette, Ala., but its government contract expires in October. Federal Prison Industries – which also operates under the name UNICOR will snag the work, and leave the task to inmates. FPI has the first right of refusal for U.S. Government contracts, under a 1930 federal law.

    American Apparel, the Selma, Ala., based military clothing manufacturer closed one of its plants and continues to downsize others due to the loss of some of its contracts to FPI. According retired Air Force colonel and spokesman Kurt Wilson, the company laid off 255 employees and cut the hours of 190 employees this year alone. So private workers end up losing their jobs to prisoners.

    “The way the law is – Federal Prison Industries gets first dibs and contracts up to a certain percentage before they have to compete against us,” Wilson, the executive vice president of business development and government affairs, said. “The army combat uniform, for instance, is an item that they take off the top. As a result American tax payers pay more for it – but the bottom line is each soldier is paying more for their uniform.”

    American Apparel charges $29.44 per uniform, but the FPI uniform costs $34.18 – a 15 percent difference.

    FPI has been around since the 1930s. It provides training, education and employment for inmates in federal custody. With more than 13,000 inmates, FPI operates in about 80 factories across the United States. The company is not allowed to sell its goods to the private sector — and the law requires federal agencies to buy its products, even if they are not the cheapest.

    “It has been going on for some time,” Wilson said. “Unfortunately what comes to bear now is, as demand for uniforms begins to decrease, budgets decrease and the problem gets bigger for us. Therefore we have to lay people off.”

    FPI officials were unavailable for an interview, but the company does offer a number of statistics which dispute the criticism.

    “It is important to note that FPI produces only 7 percent of the textile garments purchased by DLA. The other 93 percent are produced by other entities,” Julie Rozier, an FPI spokeswoman said in a statement to Fox News.

    “FPI’s percentage has remained fairly consistent over the past decade, with slight declines. FPI is a program that directly protects society by reducing crime and preparing inmates for successful release back into society to become law-abiding citizens; FPI does not receive a congressional appropriation for its operations,” the statement said.

    Inmates working for UNICOR or FPI are 24 percent less likely to reoffend and 14 percent more likely to be employed long-term upon release, according to the government company’s website. More than 40 percent of Unicor’s supplies were purchased from small businesses in 2011.

    The battle between the two has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington.

    Representative Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., is sponsoring a bill which would reign in the ability to take work from private companies.

    “We all have seen those terrible statistics, forty-plus months of 8.1 percent unemployment. We know the actions the government has taken it doesn’t look like this is going to get better any time soon,” Huizenga said. “Here we are having a prison population coming in and taking jobs away from the private sector – why in the world we think this is OK. I can guarantee you if this were a Chinese product with Chinese prisoners making that – we would be outraged.”

    Huizenga went on to say the outrage amongst his constituents is palpable.

    “It’s just this outside entity called UNICOR or Federal Prison Industries coming in and saying sorry – that work is now ours. We are going to having prisoners doing this,” he said. “Of course they are outraged, of course they are frustrated. They are angry, they’re hurt frankly that their own federal government would come in and do this to them at a time when their watching their friends and neighbors struggle with $4 gasoline and they’re trying to keep their mortgage in check.”

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19559908/american-prison-labor-means-longer-unemployment-lines

  36. Tim what Romney said does open your eyes. I look at some of my neighbors as long as they receive a check once a month they are never going to look for a job. These are young able body people.
    I heard one say the white man pays her rent. Mind you she has no children all she does is sleep all day and up all night drinking.
    She also has a man living with her.

    I get angry when i have to get up and go to work knowing they are in bed sleeping all day.

    He is right, they will never vote for him they know there cash cow will stop and they will have to get a job.

    It seems the govenment want to keep you down.

  37. neetabug
    September 17th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Yes, very true, I have several relatives and friends who work 2, sometimes 3 part time jobs, they don’t collect unemployment anymore, they want to work, and these are dems, reagan dems, ex-dems, independents and they get very pissed when they see and know other people, who are fully capable of working, and yet don’t! This isn’t about a safety net but a welfare net. People are fine with a temporary safety net, they are not fine with a permanent welfare net.

    Romney just told the truth, the ones who are dependent aren’t going to vote for him anymore, his wording is a bit off, but he clarified it a lot tonight, the Obot MSM will do what they do best, just replay the original comments over and over again. And I predict, it will actually make independents more on his side. No one trust the Obot MSM anymore anyways now a days.

  38. Does that mean they believe they are ENTITLED to health care, food, housing? That is the wrong question. If they have paid into social security then they have EARNED the benefit they receive. If they work for government, then EARNED what they receive. If they are trying to find work and cannot do so because of the way Obama has wrecked the economy, then the paltry money they receive is not an entitlement, but a necessity.

    ===============

    EXcellent post, wbboei! Just a couple of nitpicks.

    ‘Entitlement’ means something that IS earned: eg Social Security benefits. We ARE entitled becasue we DID pay in. Changing the meaning of the word ‘entitlement’ to mean ‘something you’re NOT entitled to’ is not a good move, imo.

    “because of the way Obama has wrecked the economy”. That’s not credible. We know that it was Bush Jr who wrecked Bill Clinton’s economy, and the effects are still continuing. Most people who are now struggling lost their jobs and savings under Bush.

  39. The china, japan conflict is getting worse, much worse and fast. Heck WWII, Japan invaded China, so the hard feelings still appear to be there all these decades later and getting worse from the look of things.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/japanese-businesses-shuttering-chinese-facilities-mainland-anger-spreads

    ” “major Japanese companies closed factories in China and urged expatriate workers to stay indoors Monday, after angry protests flared over a territorial dispute, which threatened to hurt trade ties between the two biggest Asian economies.” What does the idiotic escalation in unprovoked Japanese tensions over a rock in the East China Sea (note: not West Japan Sea) for the bottom line of Japan? In a word: Lots.
    Cont….”

  40. they get very pissed when they see and know other people, who are fully capable of working, and yet don’t!

    ======================

    I don’t think you can use this issue, AND the unemployment issue — both. At least not to the same audience, or too close together.

  41. LOL, could the Obot MSM get anymore predictable? From the Wash. Post’s article: “Mitt Romney’s darkest hour ”

    Dear Obot MSM: We know what you’re up to, and we also know what you covered up for Oturd in 2008 and continue to do so today, but please by all means continue to pretend you’re real “news” and now a mouthpiece for OTurd.

  42. Are 47% of Americans DEPENDENT on government in one way or another? Probably. Some are retired, some work for government, some cannot find work, some are disabled.

    ================

    Well, to be fair, the ones working for the government would not be among the ones not paying taxes.

  43. Are 47% of Americans DEPENDENT on government in one way or another? Probably. Some are retired, some work for government, some cannot find work, some are disabled.

    ================

    Well, to be fair, the ones working for the government would not be among the ones not paying taxes.

  44. OK, this is kind of amusing. Biden quoting the Chinese state propaganda machine like it is fact.

    This should go over well with anyone that has a brain.


  45. tim
    September 17th, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    The china, japan conflict is getting worse, much worse and fast. Heck WWII, Japan invaded China, so the hard feelings still appear to be there all these decades later and getting worse from the look of things.
    _____________________________________________________

    Hi, tim. I highly recommend you read the book “The Rape of Nanking”. The Chinese have been patiently biding their time for the chance to payback the Japanese.

    What the Japanese did in Nanking and Shanghai in WW2 made the Germans look like pansies.

  46. VotingHillary
    September 17th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you. I’ll be sure to check that out from my library. I agree with you, the articles I’m reading online, I used to think Japanese are such pacifists, they still loathe the Chinese and its vice-versa. But this whole flare up is getting worse by the day, the japanese amb dies in China yesterday, now the Japanese are closing shops of Chinese workers. The islands are just one part of it, this is getting worse by the day.

  47. Larry Johnson at No Quarter

    US Ambassador to the UN is a damn liar. She claimed that the two retired Navy SEALS were part of the Consulate security team. Nope.

    The SEALS apparently were working with the CIA base in Benghazi. They were not part of the State Department security apparatus.

    Why was Ambassador Stevens sent to a high threat area without adequate security?

    Let’s put this into perspective. My former boss at State Department, Morris “Buzz” Busby, was subsequently Ambassador to Colombia during the reign of terror of Pablo Escobar. Everywhere Buzz went he was accompanied by a State Department security force. That force was in addition to significant security measure around the Embassy in Bogota. The drug traffickers in Colombia were trying to kill him. They failed because the security measures defeated them.

    Ambassador Stevens was not given that option. Hell, my friend, Ambassador John Menzies had a security detail of active duty Navy SEALS protecting him in Bosnia during that horrific civil war. Efforts to kill him were thwarted by his security detail. Stevens had nothing. A lone RSO and a local militia force is not an adequate or sufficient security team. (snip)

    And it is not that there were no warnings. The Libyan Government warned us:

    Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.

    Jamal Mabrouk, a member of the February 17th Brigade, told CNN that he and a battalion commander had a meeting about the economy and security…

    “The situation is frightening, it scares us,” Mabrouk said they told the U.S. officials. He did not say how they responded.

    Mabrouk said it was not the first time he has warned foreigners about the worsening security situation in the face of the growing presence of armed jihadist groups in the Benghazi area.

    The last time we had an Ambassador killed was when Jimmy Carter was President. Obama has done him one better. We lost an Ambassador and a Consulate.

    Heck of a job Barky.

  48. Here’s a more complete transcript of Romney’s statement, plus the video.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser#13479402368781&action=collapse_widget&id=8265169
    Romney: All right, there are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no mato ter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

    Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    So this is the same 47% who “pay no income tax”, so it would not include government workers currently employed.

    Still some of those commas might be read as ‘and/or’ instead of ‘and’.

  49. Here’s a more complete transcript of Romney’s statement, plus the video.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser#13479402368781&action=collapse_widget&id=8265169
    Romney: All right, there are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no mato ter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

    Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    So this is the same 47% who “pay no income tax”, so it would not include government workers currently employed.

    Still some of those commas might be read as ‘and/or’ instead of ‘and’.

  50. “Hi, tim. I highly recommend you read the book “The Rape of Nanking”. The Chinese have been patiently biding their time for the chance to payback the Japanese.”
    ********
    It would be a close contest of who hates the Japanese more, the Chinese or the Koreans. Because of the fear of the “Red Menace” post WWII, the Japanese got a free ride on the issue of war crimes.

  51. SHV
    September 18th, 2012 at 12:20 am
    “Hi, tim. I highly recommend you read the book “The Rape of Nanking”. The Chinese have been patiently biding their time for the chance to payback the Japanese.”
    ********
    It would be a close contest of who hates the Japanese more, the Chinese or the Koreans. Because of the fear of the “Red Menace” post WWII, the Japanese got a free ride on the issue of war crimes.
    ___________________________________________________

    They sure did. And again, America is supposed to apologize for using the A-bomb. Most of our children have no clue just how violent the Japanese were because the PC police have scrubbed the history books. Both the bombs to stop the war killed less than the Japanese killed in their torture of the Chinese.

  52. Romney is exactly right and i don’t see people clutching pearls for that statement, except for the fawning obot journalists who are part of that “no matter what” crowd anyway, we’ve all said it. There is too big a segment of society today that will suck on the Govt’s teat no matter what, they will vote for Obama no matter what because he promises free stuff, they are never going to vote for Romney, he’s absolutely correct.

    Remember mortgage woman who voted for Obama because he’ll pay my mortgage.

    How many sit on their ass all day collecting Govt checks, spew out kids, have never worked, get free handouts, how many actually contribute to society’s funding?

    Give me a break, we know exactly these people will never vote for Romney because they are scared he would take the gravy train away.

    Its classic bullcrap class war from Obama’s campaign. Why waste time on someone who would never change their mind, you would not waste your time on them in business, it’s not your market.

    Its absolutely true that elections all comes down to that 8 – 10%, its horrible but that is politics today.

    Do anyone else think Obama has not written of certain types of voters? No point wasting time and campaign effort on them if you can’t reach them to vote. Its also true a lot of those low info voters are non tax paying voters who don’t bother to vote because it does not affect them, the gravy train continues no matter what and they do not help themselves because frankly most of them don’t want to.

    Seen it all before in places like the UK, they get hooked on the free stuff and are controlled by the govt. They vote Labour in the UK no matter what

    Thats the way it is, about time someone said it, makes me want to vote Romney even more if he understands this.

  53. Its probably more of a dog whistle to conservatives and independents anyway, people are pissed that a huge section don’t help themselves, mooch and pay nothing into society.

  54. If anything, it might start a debate the Dems don’t want to have, taxes, handouts and personal responsibility.

    Come on Obama, we see it all the time, we’ve all seen the ones who collect their welfare handouts, who funnily still seem to manage to have big screen tv’s, luxury cars, holidays while people who skim by paying taxes are barely living.

  55. tim,

    This is from CNN about what has inflamed the rhetoric between the Japanese and Chinese. Read most of all the last paragraph about WHO this guy is in Japan that “bought” the islands.

    It is WW2 again between China and Japan.
    _____________________________________________________

    Hong Kong (CNN) — The wave of anti-Japanese protests currently sweeping across China has its roots in history but more recently can be traced back to April, when the firebrand governor of Tokyo announced plans to buy a group of islands claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.

    He did so without the apparent knowledge or approval of the Japanese government.

    Spying an opportunity to assert Japanese control over the Senkaku islands, or Diaoyu as they’re known in China, Governor Shintaro Ishihara launched an online appeal fund to buy them from their private owners.

    Donations poured in, prompting a sharp rebuke from China and forcing the Japanese government to wade into the dispute with its own offer for the contested land.

    Who is Shintaro Ishihara?

    Ishihara has a long history of making inflammatory comments about China, so much so that in 1999, when he was appointed Tokyo governor, Japan’s then chief cabinet secretary, Hiromu Nonaka, sought to reassure China that relations would remain “friendly.”

    He’s an outspoken nationalist who in the past has cast doubt on historians’ account of the 1937 Rape of Nanking, in which hundreds of thousands of Chinese were killed by Japanese troops.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/17/world/asia/china-japan-islands-dispute-explained/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    This is why Obama switched our “national concern” to the Pacific. Japan is going to need us to prop them up even as the continue to wail against our presence in Okinawa.

  56. Enough said…….


    Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!

    If you want a reply to the Obama campaign, there you have it.

  57. wbboei
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:55 pm
    —————–
    I agree with your analysis of the 47%. Romney has to learn, even in private conversations to be very specific, and make sure he not generalize too much. Generalizations get you into trouble.

    Painting all the people with one brush will get you non-elected.

    But then people in Small town who are bitter and clinging to guns did not harm O, but then the media fixed that for him.

    It is obvious the media plans on keeping this phrase alive and not fixing it for Romney.

  58. gonzotx
    September 17th, 2012 at 8:44 pm
    I know this is long, but it is a beautiful story.
    Rosh Hashanah
    *****************************

    In some ways it reminds me of Romney folding the laundry of that women who spoke at the convention.
    ***********

    I don’t know why Greta put on those 2 obot so called journalist punks on her “panel” each night. They are clearly in the tank for the fool. Not fair and balanced.

  59. Update: Until Mitt Romney realizes his enemy is Big Media first and foremost he will remain on defense. JournoListers killed the Jeremiah Wright story and stated that the reason to do so was to protect their stooge Barack Obama. Mitt Romney has no JournoListers protecting him. That’s why stories like this happen and have to be explained.



    Explanations won’t suffice as long as feral Big Media remains at large. The story from Romney: Obama’s 47% of the electorate is dependent on government will be exploited to block news about the September 11, 2012 attack Obama could have prevented. The professor has it right:

    “There is no doubt that this was an Obama campaign operation, and likely we will see more such tapes dribbled out a week at a time. The team which obtained sealed divorce records of rivals certainly can plant donors at private fundraisers.

    Don’t fall for pronouncements that Romney’s campaign now is over. Such pronouncements now come weekly by a media seeking a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whether it was the insane overreaction to Romney’s comments on Libya or the declaration that the polling showed Romney had lost, every week there will be a new meme circulated.

    Stay focused, and motivated.”

    It took Big Media at least a year to confirm what we reported years earlier – that it was Obama that planted the Edwards $400 haircut story. That was nothing compared to what Big Media intends to do to Mitt Romney. To know what is happening today, don’t read the day’s headlines – read The Innocent Charles Manson.

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  60. No doubt about it, the MSM and the Obama Campaign and the DOJ are all in collusion.

    REPORT: Emails reveal Justice Dept. regularly enlists MEDIA MATTERS to spin press…

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/18/emails-reveal-justice-dept-regularly-enlists-media-matters-to-spin-press/

    Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.

    Dozens of pages of emails between DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers show Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, working with Media Matters to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. TheDC obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

    Emails sent in September and November 2010 show Schmaler working with Media Matters staffer Jeremy Holden on attacking news coverage of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal.

    Holden attacked former DOJ Civil Rights Division attorneys J. Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky on Sept. 20, 2010 for what he called an attempt “to reignite the phony New Black Panther Party scandal.”

    Before Holden posted his article at 7:52 p.m., Schmaler sent him several emails with information helping him attack both former DOJ oficials.

    “Here’s one Wolf letter,” read the subject of one email Schmaler sent Holden that contained no text. The email was likely a reference to Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf, a member of Congress who led the Republican charge on the New Black Panther Party scandal involving alleged voter intimidation at a November 2008 polling place in Philadelphia.

    In response, Holden told Schmaler that “The response to interog 38 is particularly helpful. Thanks!”

    Read on……………..

  61. If Obama is elected the smart money will flee to Canada. I may look for a way to do it myself. The things that need to be done to salvage the country will never be done by Obama. The things that should never be done because they will destroy the country will be done by Obama with reckless abandon. All this will produce an economic crisis of epic proportions. George Schultz and others lay it all out for us here in haec verba. Let him who hath ears to hear listen.
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    The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In
    The next Treasury secretary will confront problems so daunting that even Alexander Hamilton would have trouble preserving the full faith and credit of the United States.

    By George P. Shultz, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, Allan H. Meltzer and John B. Taylor
    Sometimes a few facts tell important stories. The American economy now is full of facts that tell stories that you really don’t want, but need, to hear.

    Where are we now?

    Did you know that annual spending by the federal government now exceeds the 2007 level by about $1 trillion? With a slow economy, revenues are little changed. The result is an unprecedented string of federal budget deficits, $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, and another $1.2 trillion on the way this year. The four-year increase in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per U.S. household.

    The amount of debt is one thing. The burden of interest payments is another. The Treasury now has a preponderance of its debt issued in very short-term durations, to take advantage of low short-term interest rates. It must frequently refinance this debt which, when added to the current deficit, means Treasury must raise $4 trillion this year alone. So the debt burden will explode when interest rates go up.

    The government has to get the money to finance its spending by taxing or borrowing. While it might be tempting to conclude that we can just tax upper-income people, did you know that the U.S. income tax system is already very progressive? The top 1% pay 37% of all income taxes and 50% pay none.

    Did you know that, during the last fiscal year, around three-quarters of the deficit was financed by the Federal Reserve? Foreign governments accounted for most of the rest, as American citizens’ and institutions’ purchases and sales netted to about zero. The Fed now owns one in six dollars of the national debt, the largest percentage of GDP in history, larger than even at the end of World War II.

    The Fed has effectively replaced the entire interbank money market and large segments of other markets with itself. It determines the interest rate by declaring what it will pay on reserve balances at the Fed without regard for the supply and demand of money. By replacing large decentralized markets with centralized control by a few government officials, the Fed is distorting incentives and interfering with price discovery with unintended economic consequences.

    Did you know that the Federal Reserve is now giving money to banks, effectively circumventing the appropriations process? To pay for quantitative easing—the purchase of government debt, mortgage-backed securities, etc.—the Fed credits banks with electronic deposits that are reserve balances at the Federal Reserve. These reserve balances have exploded to $1.5 trillion from $8 billion in September 2008.

    The Fed now pays 0.25% interest on reserves it holds. So the Fed is paying the banks almost $4 billion a year. If interest rates rise to 2%, and the Federal Reserve raises the rate it pays on reserves correspondingly, the payment rises to $30 billion a year. Would Congress appropriate that kind of money to give—not lend—to banks?

    The Fed’s policy of keeping interest rates so low for so long means that the real rate (after accounting for inflation) is negative, thereby cutting significantly the real income of those who have saved for retirement over their lifetime.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is also being financed by the Federal Reserve rather than by appropriations, severing the checks and balances needed for good government. And the Fed’s Operation Twist, buying long-term and selling short-term debt, is substituting for the Treasury’s traditional debt management.

    This large expansion of reserves creates two-sided risks. If it is not unwound, the reserves could pour into the economy, causing inflation. In that event, the Fed will have effectively turned the government debt and mortgage-backed securities it purchased into money that will have an explosive impact. If reserves are unwound too quickly, banks may find it hard to adjust and pull back on loans. Unwinding would be hard to manage now, but will become ever harder the more the balance sheet rises.

    The issue is not merely how much we spend, but how wisely, how effectively. Did you know that the federal government had 46 separate job-training programs? Yet a 47th for green jobs was added, and the success rate was so poor that the Department of Labor inspector general said it should be shut down. We need to get much better results from current programs, serving a more carefully targeted set of people with more effective programs that increase their opportunities.

    Did you know that funding for federal regulatory agencies and their employment levels are at all-time highs? In 2010, the number of Federal Register pages devoted to proposed new rules broke its previous all-time record for the second consecutive year. It’s up by 25% compared to 2008. These regulations alone will impose large costs and create heightened uncertainty for business and especially small business.

    This is all bad enough, but where we are headed is even worse.

    President Obama’s budget will raise the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to 80.4% in two years, about double its level at the end of 2008, and a larger percentage point increase than Greece from the end of 2008 to the beginning of this year.

    Under the president’s budget, for example, the debt expands rapidly to $18.8 trillion from $10.8 trillion in 10 years. The interest costs alone will reach $743 billion a year, more than we are currently spending on Social Security, Medicare or national defense, even under the benign assumption of no inflationary increase or adverse bond-market reaction. For every one percentage point increase in interest rates above this projection, interest costs rise by more than $100 billion, more than current spending on veterans’ health and the National Institutes of Health combined.

    Worse, the unfunded long-run liabilities of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid add tens of trillions of dollars to the debt, mostly due to rising real benefits per beneficiary. Before long, all the government will be able to do is finance the debt and pay pension and medical benefits. This spending will crowd out all other necessary government functions.

    What does this spending and debt mean in the long run if it is not controlled? One result will be ever-higher income and payroll taxes on all taxpayers that will reach over 80% at the top and 70% for many middle-income working couples.

    Did you know that the federal government used the bankruptcy of two auto companies to transfer money that belonged to debt holders such as pension funds and paid it to friendly labor unions? This greatly increased uncertainty about creditor rights under bankruptcy law.

    The Fed is adding to the uncertainty of current policy. Quantitative easing as a policy tool is very hard to manage. Traders speculate whether and when the Fed will intervene next. The Fed can intervene without limit in any credit market—not only mortgage-backed securities but also securities backed by automobile loans or student loans. This raises questions about why an independent agency of government should have this power.

    When businesses and households confront large-scale uncertainty, they tend to wait for more clarity to emerge before making major commitments to spend, invest and hire. Right now, they confront a mountain of regulatory uncertainty and a fiscal cliff that, if unattended, means a sharp increase in taxes and a sharp decline in spending bound to have adverse effect on the economy. Are you surprised that so much cash is waiting on the sidelines?

    What’s at stake?

    We cannot count on problems elsewhere in the world to make Treasury securities a safe haven forever. We risk eventually losing the privilege and great benefit of lower interest rates from the dollar’s role as the global reserve currency. In short, we risk passing an economic, fiscal and financial point of no return.

    Suppose you were offered the job of Treasury secretary a few months from now. Would you accept? You would confront problems that are so daunting even Alexander Hamilton would have trouble preserving the full faith and credit of the United States. Our first Treasury secretary famously argued that one of a nation’s greatest assets is its ability to issue debt, especially in a crisis. We needed to honor our Revolutionary War debt, he said, because the debt “foreign and domestic, was the price of liberty.”

    History has reconfirmed Hamilton’s wisdom. As historian John Steele Gordon has written, our nation’s ability to issue debt helped preserve the Union in the 1860s and defeat totalitarian governments in the 1940s. Today, government officials are issuing debt to finance pet projects and payoffs to interest groups, not some vital, let alone existential, national purpose.

    The problems are close to being unmanageable now. If we stay on the current path, they will wind up being completely unmanageable, culminating in an unwelcome explosion and crisis.

    The fixes are blindingly obvious. Economic theory, empirical studies and historical experience teach that the solutions are the lowest possible tax rates on the broadest base, sufficient to fund the necessary functions of government on balance over the business cycle; sound monetary policy; trade liberalization; spending control and entitlement reform; and regulatory, litigation and education reform. The need is clear. Why wait for disaster? The future is now.

    The authors are senior fellows at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. They have served in various federal government policy positions in the Treasury Department, the Office of Management and Budget and the Council of Economic Advisers.

    A version of this article appeared September 17, 2012, on page A19 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In.

  62. Seems the commenters that i have seen so far on all the many websites i went to visit seem to think Mitt was speaking the truth and they aint buying the faux liberal press.

    General comment seems to be “wow, like we all did’nt know 47% don’t pay taxes and are happy with handouts” or “How is this news exactly, we know who votes for Obama” and the best one is “Thank God a politician that is not pandering to people”

    Most seem to be saying “the world is going to shit and the media is pushing this crock”

    Its easy to spot all the paid Obama bloggers sent out to many websites with pre-sent spin.

    This is not going to hurt Romney.

  63. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/romney-faults-those-dependent-on-government/

    The Romney video was unearthed apparently with help from James Carter, a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter, who lists “oppo researcher” on his Twitter bio, told New York Magazine that he had helped find the videos and get them to Mr. Corn. He is credited with “research assistance” on the Mother Jones Web site. Mr. Romney has repeatedly compared Mr. Obama to President Carter, suggesting both were failures.

  64. More news to be ignored by Big Media as they search for Romney tapes:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57514546/u.s-military-suspends-joint-patrols-with-afghans/

    (CBS News) The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans are being killed by the men they are training.

    Afghan government troops — our allies — have turned their guns on NATO forces 36 times this year, killing 51, most of them Americans. That is more attacks than the last two years combined.

    The order effectively suspends “until further notice” most of the operations which U.S. and Afghan troops conduct side by side. At higher headquarters, Afghans and Americans will still work together, but in the field small unit operations putting Afghan soldiers alongside Americans — the guts of the U.S. strategy to turn the fighting over to Afghans — will be suspended unless an exception is granted by a commanding general.

    The order was issued after a long weekend in which four American and two British troops were killed by so-called “insider attacks” — Afghans turning their guns on their supposed allies.

  65. Yup, you can be guaranteed, the goal of this election is to keep as much information and news from the voter, they are going to try and bury every bit of news. Someone has to start getting the news out, its like North Korean media out there.

  66. Thy hath forked tongue…….you were suckered guys, admit it.

    NYTimes
    by Robert Pear
    September 17, 2012

    The White House has ruled that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under President Obama’s health care overhaul.

    The decision — disclosed last month, to little notice — has infuriated many advocates for Hispanic Americans and immigrants. They say the restrictions are at odds with Mr. Obama’s recent praise of the young immigrants.

    In June, the president announced that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, attended school here and met other requirements would be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

    Immigrants granted such relief would ordinarily meet the definition of “lawfully present” residents, making them eligible for government subsidies to buy private insurance, a central part of the new health care law. But the administration issued a rule in late August that specifically excluded the young immigrants from the definition of “lawfully present.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/health/policy/limits-placed-on-immigrants-in-health-care-law.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

    ………………………….

    Lol and they all rushed to do his bidding.

  67. Similarly i may respond to the Council Of Shia Muslim Scholars In North America with “please go and keep your own house in order before criticizing anyone else” and “people in glass houses should not throw stones”. In reality i think a “who the hell are you to tell us what to do”

  68. Want proof that ABC “news” is just an Obot hyena who’s trying to push a narrative pushed out b the OTurd campaign?

    Mr. Rick Klein’s first tweet of today, just as predicted, and just as predictable, Obot MSM has its marching orders from Oturd:

    “rickklein Hillary ’08 response to “guns or religion” comment? “Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks down on them.” ”

    It has to be noted OTurd’s bitter clinger comments were scrubbed by ABC “news, no doubt Rick Klein had his marching order in 2008 to scrub them or pay very little attention to them.

    Now in 2012, Romney makes some very true statements, albeit not the best phrasing yet true nonetheless…. and what does the Obot MSM like Mr. Rick Klein and others do? Try to compare it to OTurd’ bitter clinger comments. There is NO equivalence. Romney in that tape actually never insults people, he truthfully points out, people who are dependent on govt handouts will vote for an idiot who will allow them to stay dependent on the govt.
    Nothing that is a lie about that, he didn’t put it the most succinct way, this tape was made months ago, so OTurd and his loving MSM will no doubt play this game over and over again.

  69. 8,786,049: Yet Another Record for Americans Collecting Disability…

    The Social Security Administration has released new data revealing that 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets yet another record for the number of Americans on disability.

    The 8,786,049 workers taking federal disability in September is a net increase of 18,108 from the 8,767,941 workers who took federal disability in August.

    Over the past 45 years, the number of American workers taking federal disability payments has increased four-fold relative to the number actually working.

    In August 1967, 74,767,000 Americans were working (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and 1,152,861 were taking federal disability insurance (according to the Social Security Administration). That means that at that time there were about 65 Americans working for each worker collecting disability.

    In August 2012, 142,101,000 Americans were working and 8,767,941 were on disability–meaning there were only 16.2 people working for each person collecting disability.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a record 88,921,000 Americans were “not in the labor force” in August. These were Americans who were at least 16 years old, who were not in the military or in an institution such as a prison or a nursing home, and who did not have a job and had not actively sought one in the last four weeks.

    Also in August, according to the BLS, only 63.5 percent of the civilian population (those over 16, who were not in the military or in an institution) participated in the labor force. That was the lowest level of labor force participation in 31 years. To participate in the labor force a person must either have a job or at least be actively trying to find one.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/8786049-yet-another-record-americans-collecting-disability

  70. On drudge:

    “Obama team tries to lower expectations for debates… ”

    Well of course they do, they have “reporters” Obots like Rick Klein of ABC “news” and 99% of the American media as a campaign staff for Oturd to cover for him, lie for him, run interference for him, smear Romney for him.

  71. “GALLUP: 67% OF DEMS SAY GOVT — SHOULD DO MORE…” (Drudge)

    well, if that’s the case, I’m glad the number of dems is decreasing. Its one thing to have a hand up, temporary to help someone get back on their feet, its another to have some permanent welfare state, which is what the current “Democratic” party represents.

  72. tim 11:02 pm: “…47% of voters are written off, that’s something you would say during a strategy session, not out in the open, even if its true.”

    Exactly, people who tell the truth should always beware of whom they’re saying it to, and when and where. A point I was trying to make the other day on another subject…

  73. SHV 12:20 am: “… the Chinese or the Koreans. Because of the fear of the “Red Menace” post WWII, the Japanese got a free ride on the issue of war crimes.”

    BTW, the rape of Nanking occurred before what we now call the Second World War – in 1937, I believe. In fact, the Japanese had been building their empire since long before the Germans began to build theirs. It’s our Euro-centric vision of the world, or that of the time, that places the beginning of WWII in 1939 or 1941.

    And yes indeed, the Japanese were pretty vicious wherever they went, including Indochina: the Vietnamese hate the Japanese too.

    The issue of war crimes was dealt with only in Europe because the fault could be put onto the Nazis, not the nebulous “German people” who were presumed to be innocent. We didn’t want to condemn a whole people because of, as you say, the Red Menace. With time, the local populations have accepted the WWII atrocities as due to individual Nazis.

    Another difference: The atrocities in Asia were not due to orders from Hirohito. They were due to orders from local commanders to “apply the screws” by letting their soldiers run amok, shooting and raping for the hell of it.

    Fifteen years ago I came to know a Chinese family from Nanking. They said the collective memory of the massacre had not faded and had never been redressed.

  74. http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/322422/heres-what-inspires-gops-entitlement-perception

    Here’s What Inspires the GOP’s ‘Entitlement’ Perception
    By Jim Geraghty

    Gee, where would Republicans like Mitt Romney get the notion that about 47 percent of the electorate “believe that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing”?

    snip……

    Then, of course, there’s he anecdote about Detroit’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program from 2009. “Rumors that $3,000 stimulus checks from the Obama administration spurred heavy turnouts.” Rush played local radio interviews with the people on line:

    ROGULSKI: Why are you here?

    WOMAN #1: To get some money.

    ROGULSKI: What kind of money?

    WOMAN #1: Obama money.

    ROGULSKI: Where’s it coming from?

    WOMAN #1: Obama.

    ROGULSKI: And where did Obama get it?

    WOMAN #1: I don’t know, his stash. I don’t know. (laughter) I don’t know where he got it from, but he givin’ it to us, to help us.

    WOMAN #2: And we love him.

    WOMAN #1: We love him. That’s why we voted for him!

    WOMEN: (chanting) Obama! Obama! Obama! (laughing)

    Folks in the media are asking, “how could he say this?” Folks on the Right, who see a growing dependency mentality sucking away the nation’s drive, work ethic and independence, are asking, “how could he say this only behind closed doors? “

  75. Update: U.S. Closes Sudan Embassy After Team Obama Fails To Talk Nation Into Letting Us Protect It

    Hows that muslim outreach policy going then?

  76. So so true……

    “Even worse than what Romney says when he thinks he’s not on tape is what Obama says when he knows he is.”

  77. Sums it up ………..When james okeefe takes an undercover video, he gets attacked. When the leftist does it, he gets celebrated?

    See the disconnect.

    The real story however about the Romney tape is that Jimmy Carter’s grandson is an unemployed loser who sits around all day on the computer looking for youtube videos of republicans….. Thus proving Romney’s point

  78. Seriously is this all they got….

    Mother Jones drops another video, this time Romney talking about peace in the middle, if anything it shows Romney backing Israel up to the hilt unlike a certain someone else.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/romney-secret-video-israeli-palestinian-middle-east-peace

    Romney spoke of “the Palestinians” as a united bloc of one mindset, and he said: “I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way.”
    “And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and I say there’s just no way.”

    Romney was indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president, would aim to postpone significant action: “[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

    Romney did note there was another perspective on this knotty matter. He informed his donors that a former secretary of state—he would not say who—had told him there was “a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.” Romney recalled that he had replied, “Really?” Then he added that he had not asked this ex-secretary of state for further explanation.

    …………………………………….

    So stating the obvious is somehow bad, no one is ever gonna solve the middle east problem, lets be frank about it. The israelis and palestinians will never ever agree. Looks like he actually has the jews backs here, i don’t see how that can be construed as a bad thing.

  79. I think these videos are doing more to unite the conservative base behind Romney more than anything else. They are showing he is a real conservative. Today i’ve seen so many who were wavering finally go, “thats what i wanted to hear from him, about time”

    Maybe Mitt planted them out there himself.

  80. Another thing about this China-Japan controversy fueled by “ancient” history, and it’s a chit for us:

    The Nanking family I knew said that, once Mao was gone, people looked at the pre-Mao era in a new light and forgave us our support for Chiang Kai Shek: Chiang was fighting the Japanese and America was, as it had long been, on the side of China. And after the war, the US championed the position of China as a permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto power.

    Then Mao came to power. But even then, the Chinese people and even the government bore no deep grudges against the US.

    Fifteen years later, during the 1964 election, I heard Goldwater supporters saying “We lost China” (“we” being the Democrats, namely Truman), to which I responded “China was not ours to lose.”

    In any event, the Chinese still view us as friends, not an enemy to be beaten into the ground economically or otherwise. For our part, I don’t think we should view the Chinese as enemies. In the growing dispute between Japan and China, we should bear that in mind.

  81. moononpluto: “no one is ever gonna solve the middle east problem…. The israelis and palestinians will never ever agree.”

    “never ever” is pessimistic, but what you’re saying certainly applies for the time being.

  82. correction jeswezey:
    Its not a matter of Israel and the Palestinians agreeing….its a matter of the Palestinians accepting to the right of Israel to exist and be willing to peacefully co exist.
    The problem is that there is only one partner for peace and two are required.
    This is not an equal blame situation.
    That is tantamount to comparing the US problem with islamic extremists. We could “get along” with them if we cede to their demands and follow allah.

  83. WaPo’s Richard Cohen says the Benghazi attack is the price for Obama’s “lead from behind” style.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/richard-cohen-the-price-of-obamas-leading-from-behind/2012/09/17/b9314986-00f2-11e2-b257-e1c2b3548a4a_story.html

    The notion that the United States can lead from behind is pitiful, the sorry concoction of an Obama administration that mistakes dulcet passivity for a foreign policy. The view from behind now has to be awfully depressing. Where once Obama could see the gallant tails of the French, the British, the Italians and some others, there is now no one. The predictably indignant Nicolas Sarkozy has been replaced by the soullessly pragmatic Francois Hollande, who has other fish to saute. NATO’s warplanes have returned to base and Libya, a tribal society, was left to fend for itself. It has not fended all that well.

    Until recent events offered a rebuke, the Obama administration treated its toe-in-the-water response to the threats uttered by Gaddafi as an unalloyed success. The dictator had been ousted (and subsequently killed), no Americans had died in the effort and the wisdom of doing as little as possible was proclaimed a sterling triumph. Had the United States taken the lead, however, someone might have been paying more attention to events there and trying to forge a government out of heavily armed militias. After all, it’s not as if all of Libya was sacking the U.S. legation; it was a well-armed few. Much of the rest of the country was appalled by what happened and the president of the national congress, Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf, offered an apology and vowed to find the terrorists and, as always, bring them to justice.

    Some things are true even though Obama is president. The Arab world is culturally a very distant shore. It will not embrace American values such as free speech and religious toleration because certain speech and certain religious practices are truly repugnant to it. The intellectual godfather of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb, spent many months in the United States and returned to Egypt loathing America and fulminating about its obscenely provocative women. The 9/11 terrorists lived among us as well — and not one of them was deterred from their mission by the sweet treats of U.S. life. I love us to pieces, but we are, for some people, awfully revolting.

    read on……

  84. Heard on FOX News a few minutes ago in a discussion with Stuart Varney.

    1/4 of Social Security claims are improperly awarded.

    1/3 of these SS claims have been awarded during the Obama administration.

    It was suggested that some are applying for diability because they can’t find jobs.

  85. Southern, you know thats right, disability payments have been open to abuse for years, read one of my posts up above, details the breakdown just released by the Labor Dept.

  86. Carol: “…its a matter of the Palestinians accepting to the right of Israel to exist”

    Yes, but the reason the Palestinians don’t accept this is that Israel is a Jews-only state where the Palestinians live under Jewish rule. That rule is about as good as it can be, true, but it’s still a matter of Jews running the country alone with the Arabs as second-class citizens::Arabs are not allowed to serve in the military (not that they would want to, but it should at least be allowed), nor are Arabs taxed (again, they surely don’t want to be taxed, but if they were first-class citizens, they would be taxed).

    Acceptance of the Arabs as co-equals is thus a solution to the problem; but even accepted as such, the Arabs are now a minority in a land that used to be theirs. From the Jewish side, they are wary of admitting such a large minority into their community, and the far right (which includes Netanyahu) will not hear of it. So the situation is intractable anyway.

  87. Hillary is meeting today with Aung San Suu Kyi. As with China, the Burmese have a long collective memory of American support for their country. See “God is my copilot”.

  88. Clinton to lobby lawmakers on Mideast aid
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    I agree.

    A cynic would argue that foreign aid is the only leverage we have in the region. Moreover, a precipitous withdrawal of aid now would actually worse the situation.

    Nonetheless, if it were my decision, I would not pay one penny to the Muslim Brotherhood. The money we send them will buy the bullets, the missiles and the nukes that will be sent back in our direction in the fulsomeness of time. Lets stop fucking kidding ourselves.

    We have before us now, a graphic depiction of where the Arab Spring which the numb nutz occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue bloviated, and pontificated about. I am tired of the nuanced view on this situation. He forgets the west has been fighting with the Muslims since the Crusades.

    If they want money, my reaction is let somebody else bankroll them–Iran, China, frankly my dear I don’t give a damned. Our economy does not permit us to be the global policeman and global financier any longer. We need unlimited domestic energy, protect Israel and leave it at that.

  89. • wbboei
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:09 am
    From what I can tell, roughly 75% of the top people in big media are Jews. Yet big media is anti-Israel. Go figure.
    -;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-
    They have Jewish names but they’re not Jews. They have no sense of community. They care about nothing but the objectives of their personal ambitions.

  90. Treat the Press as Enemy Collaborators
    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | September 17th, 2012 at 09:15 PM | 147

    RESIZE: AAA
    “So how do you feel about your new position with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)?” asked Media Bistro of Jonathan Allen. “Certainly excited. I’m happy to go to work for someone who inspires me and who I admire. I’m hopeful I can advance the Democratic Party’s goals and obviously, the congresswoman’s goals,” Jonathan Allen replied.

    Jonathan Allen is now the Politico’s senior Washington correspondent.

    This is the week when Democrats and the Arab street both erupted in frenzies over otherwise obscure YouTube videos, with our media tripping over itself to provide excuses for both.

    On September 11, 2012, as North Africa blew up and the American Embassy in Cairo started apologizing for everything, the Romney team finally sent out a statement, but embargoed it till midnight because they had promised not to go negative on September 11th.

    I guarantee you a member of the media sent it to Team Obama and I guarantee you it was no coincidence the White House put as much distance as possible between them and the Embassy before the expected release of the Romney statement at midnight. By the time Mitt Romney decided he had to lift the embargo early, the Obama camp had pivoted around him and the media was ready to pounce with “ROMNEY SCREWED UP!!!!”

    The Romney campaign cannot work with the press. They must work around the press. They must be more John Sununu vs. name your interviewer of choice and less anything else. Bluntly, the general rule for Team Romney should be to treat the press as an enemy collaborator with Barack Obama with exceptions only as appropriate.

    That leads me to the latest enemy collaboration. The left wing magazine Mother Jones has undercover video of Mitt Romney talking to donors. He is, on the video circulating now, talking about the 47% of Americans who do not pay income taxes. The press and left are already orgasmic at the find. As an aside, I find it hysterical that the videographer and Mother Jones were apparently connected together by Jimmy Carter IV, who is being described as unemployed — a state of existence common in this Presidency, which has become the second coming of his grandfather.

    Mark Halperin of Time, whose colleague Michael Scherer came from Mother Jones to Time, began setting the narrative quickly. “Many of us have seen pols pander to donors in closed events. I’ve heard my share Rs+Ds. Never anything this damaging however,” he tweeted. Really? Not Barack Obama with the “guns and religion” comment about Pennsylvania Democrats?

    And what of the damage to our national security by Barack Obama’s open mic moment with then President Medvedev of Russia?

    The Romney campaign should double down on what he said. They should own it. The trouble for the left and media (but I repeat myself) is that most Americans agree with Mitt Romney. Most Americans consider themselves part of the 53% and it is not a winning proposition for Barack Obama to convince Americans they are less than they think they are when most Americans already recognize he has made them less than they were.

    Team Romney should force this debate onto the national stage. They should not walk it back. The American people are with him. It is the perfect time to remind people that Barack Obama, who authored Obamacare, wants to now be the arbiter of people’s fair share. To Obama, fair share means you fork over your money so others can have a life of government dependency. Romney’s point about government dependency ties perfectly to the dreadful economic news of late and is a perfect pivot back to that.

    In fact, one of the least appreciated differences between the Republican and Democratic conventions is that the GOP put people on stage who had succeeded in life and the Democrats put a bunch of people on stage portrayed as victims. This all goes perfectly together.

    The media will use this as an opportunity to stop covering North Africa, which continues to have negative implications for Barack Obama. In moving the focus to this, Mitt Romney should embrace it. It’s time to have the discussion everyone has been waiting for and now, with terrible economic data and North Africa Mitt Romney has a very simple message to close the sale: leading from behind is failure.

    When I pointed out that were the election held today Barack Obama would win. And he would win because Mitt Romney has a muddled messaging mess. For pointing that out and suggesting that if he fixes it he could win, I was called a “liberal flack” an “Obama collaborator” and Twitchy called me a hand wringer lumping me in with liberals David Frum and Ezra Klein. It is to be expected. But I stand by the point. Now, Mitt Romney has the perfect opportunity to focus his message like a laser and close the sale.

  91. lil ole grape
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:38 am
    • wbboei
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:09 am
    From what I can tell, roughly 75% of the top people in big media are Jews. Yet big media is anti-Israel. Go figure.
    -;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-
    They have Jewish names but they’re not Jews. They have no sense of community. They care about nothing but the objectives of their personal ambitions.
    —————————————–
    I would have disputed this myself, until I did the research. It is true. And most of them do not have Jewish names. And that for me was part of the surprise. Believe me I did not start out with this assumption. Instead, I fell into it, because any more, I no longer take what some talking head or pundit says as gospel. I check their bio, and time and again and again and again and again I have found it to be true–unless wiki is lying.

  92. wbboei
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:46 am
    -;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-;-

    So they’re Jews who have changed their names. It doesn’t matter what their names are. They are not Jews, except when they want a favor or when they think that being Jewish will work for them. Actually, they’re nothing. Those people in big media don’t have any loyalty to anybody but themselves. That’s why they can be such whores.

  93. He forgets the west has been fighting with the Muslims since the Crusades.
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    No. He doesn’t forget that. He lives with that thought. All Muslims do.

  94. Ha, Yahoo which is so left leaning…….

    Do Governor Romney’s remarks at a recent fundraiser regarding 47% of Americans being dependent on government make you more or less likely to support his candidacy?

    More likely (14208) 49%
    Less likely (8224) 28%
    Will have no impact (6783) 23%

    I don’t like these online things but it did make me smile before the paid bloggers get their grubby hands on it.

  95. Do Governor Romney’s remarks at a recent fundraiser regarding 47% of Americans being dependent on government make you more or less likely to support his candidacy?

    More likely (14208) 49%
    Less likely (8224) 28%
    Will have no impact (6783) 23%
    ——————————–
    I do not believe this.

  96. From what I can tell, roughly 75% of the top people in big media are Jews. Yet big media is anti-Israel. Go figure.
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    Jewish guilt….overcompensating for being successful. The super liberal ones are really virulently against Israel. As a Jew Wbboei, I am fighting a losing battle down here. I am a relatively young(49) professional, somewhat affluent, socially liberally, anti-Obama reform Jew. There are not too many others like me that I know , at least here in South Florida.

  97. REPORT: Pakistani protester dies after inhaling fumes from burning U.S. flag…
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    That is grounds for yet another apology from Obama. Our flag killed this innocent young muslim. Shame on us, so sayeth Messiah Obama. Our fault, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Big media echoes those word–because they are treasonous scumbags. In a just universe, the big media people would be the ones who would have suffered the fate which befell the SEALS and Marines.

  98. The attack on 9/11/2001 of the Twin Towers was not an arbitrary date. It has an historical point of reference for the Muslims. It goes back to 9/11/1683. How could we have not been aware on 9/11/2012? Blame a video? I think not. Those who ignore history are destine to repeat it.

    What needs to get out, is on Sept 11, 1683 the islamists were stopped and turned back at the gates of Vienna. They never forgot. We must never forget again that this war is a war of a thousand years. We have to win this for good with what ever it takes.

    ********************

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    The Other September 11th
    Last year on September 11th I composed a memorial post, and then went browsing among all the other bloggers who had posted their own memorials. There were some excellent posts and photo essays, notably at Michelle Malkin, Dr. Sanity, and CUANAS, and all so much better than my own.

    So this year I will do something different: I will commemorate the events of five years ago by revisiting events of 323 years ago. I refer, of course, to the other 9-11: September 11th, 1683, the day when an alliance of Christian armies led by Jan III Sobieski, the King of Poland, arrived at the Gates of Vienna.

    The Ottoman Empire had been expanding into Europe ever since Constantinople fell to the Turks, and even before that. Wherever the Muslim armies went, they plundered cities, took slaves, turned churches into mosques, and converted many thousands of Christian captives to Islam at the point of a sword.

    The Sultan’s armies overran Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia. They turned Protestant Hungary into a compliant vassal and made war repeatedly on Austria and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Ottomans had designs on Vienna, since the fall of the city would open the way into the heart of Austria and the rich principalities of southern Germany.

    Having failed to take Vienna in the siege of 1529, the Turks prepared a second attempt in 1683. Under the leadership of the Grand Vizier, Pasha Kara Mustafa, and with their Tatar and Malaysian allies, they made their preparations and fought their way towards the capital, overrunning Austrian villages and smaller cities in their path and taking many captives. As the Muslim hordes approached Vienna, King Leopold fled west with most of the citizens, leaving a garrison of about 11,000 soldiers and 5,000 citizen volunteers to hold the city against the Turks. The Viennese razed buildings in the area around the city walls in order to deny the enemy cover, and brought livestock and provender into the city to prepare for a siege.

    On July 16th, 1683, the second siege of Vienna began. The tiny garrison in the city was no match for Kara Mustafa’s army of 140,000, but the Grand Vizier decided to starve the city into submission rather than attempt a frontal assault on its defenses.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    One of the main reasons the Turks had had such success in the Balkans and Eastern Europe was that their Christian enemies were unable to unite against them. Since the Caliphate and the Ottoman Empire were one and the same thing, Islam experienced no such fractiousness, and it was a united horde that advanced inexorably through the mountain passes and across the plains towards Vienna.

    Austria and Poland had long been traditional enemies, only lately coming to an alliance in the face of the common threat. Poland had traditionally been allied with France, but the French were devious even in alliance, especially under Louis XIV, the Sun King. Louis had designs on the German states along the Rhine, and conducted his diplomacy with an eye towards the main chance in Luxembourg or the Rhenish Palatinates.

    All of these squabbling political entities were Catholic, and theoretically united under the leadership of Rome. Pope Innocent XI recognized the danger posed by the Ottomans, and, in the name of God and the Church, called on all the rulers of Central Europe to unite against the common foe and save Vienna.

    Louis XIV declined to obey his pontiff, and continued his scheming.

    Jan Sobieski, on the other hand, was ready to answer the Pope’s call. However, in order to go to war, Polish law required him to get the unanimous approval of the Polish Diet. The French king’s ambassador plied members of the Diet with massive bribes to induce them to vote against Sobieski’s venture. Through most of the summer it seemed that Sobieski would be unable to ride to Vienna.

    Fortunately for the Austrians, and for Christendom, Pope Innocent authorized the papal nuncio in Kraków to use the full resources of the Vatican. The nuncio was able to outbid Louis in bribery, but only barely. In the end the Diet reached unanimity and authorized their King to ride to the relief of Vienna.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    When the King of Poland set off for Vienna in early September, the Viennese garrison was in desperate straits. The people of the city were starving, and the city had suffered serious damage from the Turkish bombardment.

    The Ottoman armies’ artillery pieces were of inferior design, and were unable to reduce the city walls, so the Turks had taken to tunneling. They had ample gunpowder, and their engineers dug mines under the walls and set off a number of charges that did serious damage and opened gaps in the walls. The Viennese rallied to build barriers in the gaps, and managed to keep the Turks out, but it was only a matter of time until Kara Mustafa succeeded. The Viennese garrison prepared for a last-ditch defense within the city walls.

    It was then, at the last possible moment on the evening of September 11th, that Jan Sobieski arrived at a hill north of the city, leading a force of 40,000 Poles and their German and Austrian allies. The battle began soon afterwards, in the early morning hours of September 12th.

    The Austrians and Germans attacked the Turks first at the center and on the left flank. The Turks counterattacked, but held back a significant portion of their forces in anticipation of entering the city through a breach in the wall. That very morning the Grand Vizier had prepared a second and more powerful charge to be set off under the Löbel bastion, one that would throw the city open to the Turkish forces once and for all.

    Unfortunately for Kara Mustafa, the Austrians within the city had mounted a counter-tunneling operation. The Austrian “moles” detected the Turkish mine, found the charge, and defused it.

    At about the same time the King of Poland, in the van with the fearsome Winged Hussars and with 20,000 men behind him, led a cavalry charge down the hill into the right flank of the Ottoman army. The Hussars were one of the most formidable fighting forces of the time, and the sound of the wind through the feathers of their artificial wings was said to unnerve the enemies’ horses and drive superstitious soldiers into a panic.

    The battle was over in three hours. The King drove through the Turkish lines, and, seeing his success, the Vienna garrison sallied forth from the city and hit the Turks from the rear. Demoralized by these attacks and their failure to breach the wall, the Turks fled eastwards in haste, abandoning their tents, weapons, battle standards, provisions, and slaves.

    The siege was broken and city was saved. Jan III Sobieski was received as the hero of Vienna. Though it was not evident at the time, the Ottoman tide had turned at the Gates of Vienna and was about to recede, beginning its long withdrawal through the Balkans and Greece into Asia Minor over the next two centuries.

    And what became of the principals?

    Pasha Kara Mustafa was executed in Belgrade later that year, paying the ultimate price for his monumental failure. Jan Sobieski returned to Poland a hero. Austria gradually regained its lost territories, and then some.

    And King Louis continued his campaign against the German states: in the absence of their defenders, Luxembourg and other small German states were unable to resist, and were annexed by the French.

    Over the long term, good relations between Poland and its neighbors to the west did not last; with the ebbing of the Turkish threat the old enmities returned. Barely a century later Austria, Prussia, and Russia presided over the final partition of Poland, and the Polish state ceased to exist until it was reborn at the end of the Great War in 1918.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    What is striking about Jan III Sobieski is the quality of his leadership. More important than arms, manpower, tactics, supplies, and even courage, leadership is what makes the difference in any war. When Jan Sobieski led his men down that hill into the Ottoman flank, it was his presence at the front of the charge that demonstrated his dauntless nature and absolute determination. Character cannot be faked, and men who recognize this kind of character in their leader will follow him into the gates of Hell.

    The raising of the siege of Vienna puts me in mind of another conflict, a hemisphere and almost two centuries away from Vienna in 1683.

    As the Russian and Austrian empires were pushing the Ottomans ever further back in the mid-19th century, the young American republic was in the throes of its major existential crisis, the War Between the States, a.k.a. the American Civil War.

    The character of leadership in the Civil War was much in evidence. The armies of the North greatly outnumbered the those of the South, and the North was better supplied, technically more advanced, and better armed.

    Yet in the early part of the war the vast Union army commanded by General George McClellan was unable to make significant advances against a much smaller and poorly-supplied Confederate army. This stalemate reflected the character of McClellan, who was a weak, vacillating, and vain commander.

    The successes of the Confederacy during the same period were also owed to the character of a single man: General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson. The character of his leadership was such that on numerous occasions he could rouse the men under his command from exhausted despair to unparalleled feats on the battlefield. It was not his exhortations, nor his pep talks, nor his provisioning of the commissary; it was his example as a leader that inspired his men to unswerving loyalty and dedication.

    In the Romney campaign, just after New Year’s in 1862, Jackson had been given an objective which required his men to make long marches in abominable weather to the upper reaches of the Potomac, in what is now West Virginia.

    Here is the account of an incident in the Romney campaign as recalled by Brigadier-General John D. Imboden:

    In that terrible winter’s march and exposure, Jackson endured all that any private was exposed to. One morning, near Bath, some of his men, having crawled out from under their snow-laden blankets, half-frozen, were cursing him as the cause of their sufferings. He lay close by under a tree, also snowed under, and heard all this; and, without noticing it, presently crawled out, too, and, shaking the snow off, made some jocular remark to the nearest men, who had no idea he had ridden up in the night and lain down amongst them. The incident ran through the little army in a few hours, and reconciled his followers to all the hardships of the expedition, and fully reestablished his popularity.

    Now, that’s leadership.

    Other parts of Stonewall Jackson’s career are reminiscent of Sobieski. Like the Polish King, the Confederate General routed a numerically superior force in the battles of Front Royal and Strasburg, and sent the Federals fleeing northwards in haste, leaving their baggage, artillery, and wagon train behind.

    Jackson, seeing the chance of a breakthrough to the Potomac, followed the Union troops down the Shenandoah Valley towards Winchester. When he realized that by tactical audacity he could spare his soldiers a real fight and gain his objective, he pushed them to the limits of their endurance in order to reach Winchester before the Union troops could get there.

    Bevin Alexander tells the story in Lost Victories: The Military Genius of Stonewall Jackson (p. 68):

    Most of all Jackson wanted to seize a commanding hill southwest of Winchester to prevent the Federals from occupying it in force and with artillery. He drove his soldiers onward deep into the night. At about 1 A.M. on May 25, the chief of the Third Brigade of Jackson’s division, Col. Samuel V. Fulkerson, suggested that the men be allowed to rest for an hour or two.

    “Colonel,” Jackson replied, “I yield to no man in sympathy for the gallant men under my command; but I am obliged to sweat them tonight that I may save their blood tomorrow.” The army, he said, had to be in position below the Winchester hills by daylight. “You shall, however,” Jackson added, “have two hours’ rest.”

    The column halted. Thousands of Rebel soldiers slumped in their tracks and fell asleep in the road.

    At 4 A.M. on Sunday, May 25, Jackson, who’d kept watch as his men slept, passed the word down the column for the men to arise. They quickly got under arms and were on their way.

    He kept watch as his men slept. It’s no wonder that his men were willing to follow him into the gates of Hell: he endured anything that they endured, and more.

    Like Sobieski, Jackson was always in the van. He was returning from the battle near Chancellorsville in 1863 when a Rebel bullet fired in error caught his arm. He lost his arm, and then his life, and the South lost the war.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Stonewall Jackson was a tactical and strategic genius, as proved by his repeated successes against a numerically superior foe. His moves, like Hannibal’s, will be studied by tacticians for as long as men make war against one another.

    But it was his character, the quality of his leadership, that defined who he was. It’s possible for such a leader to lose a war, but an army that lacks that kind of leadership will find it almost impossible to win.

    The nature of war has changed so much in the last century and a half that it is no longer possible for commanding generals to lead their men in the field. Even if they wished to do so, it would not have the tactical significance that it did when Jan Sobieski could lead a cavalry charge down a hillside against an enemy force more than four times as large as his own.

    But still… One longs to see that kind of character in our leaders. We got a glimpse of it from Rudy Giuliani in the days after 9-11, and when the President grabbed a bullhorn and climbed the pile of rubble at Ground Zero. But these days it’s mostly soundbites and press conferences and position papers and policy meetings — the very nature of leadership has changed.

    To be sure, down at the platoon and company level in Iraq and Afghanistan the same kind of inspirational leadership is exhibited every day, with the lieutenants taking a higher rate of casualties than any other rank. The milbloggers see to it that we’re all aware of it. But at the brigade level such actions are no longer possible.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Long after the end of the conflict, Col. G.F.R. Henderson gave his assessment of Jackson’s uncanny genius:

    He learned, too, to put himself into his adversary’s place and to realise his weakness. He learned, in a word, that war is a struggle between two intellects rather than the conflict of masses; and it was by reason of this knowledge that he played on the hearts of his enemies with such extraordinary skill.

    The war we are in right now is an information war, as described so masterfully by Owen Johnson in his recent articles on Shrinkwrapped’s blog. In the conclusion of the series, Mr. Johnson says this:

    In this war there are no noncombatants. Not only are we all military targets in the eyes of our enemies, but we all take part in the fighting. Every opinion we form and express, every conclusion and argument we make, and particularly every vote we cast, influences our enemy and affects our collective will. We need to be aware of this.

    And that’s why I’m here, writing this. Any effect I can have on the events of our time will be miniscule at best. But when there are many thousands of us doing the same thing…

    If war is a struggle between two intellects, and if this is an information war, then the intellectual battle isn’t between General Franks and Saddam Hussein. It isn’t even between George W. Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    It’s between Katie Couric and Osama bin Laden.

    It’s between Pinch Sulzberger and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    Anyone want to place bets on these contests?

    But there’s a lot of informational cannon fodder out there in this war, and a lot of potential character ripe for leadership. People like Wretchard and James Lileks and Mark Steyn are out there, providing clarity of thought and insight that is sorely lacking among our leaders and in our media. When things get bad enough, people like them will arise naturally as leaders, because that is when we will need them.

    When the time of trouble gets here, a virtual Holger Danske will emerge from the cellars of Kronborg, shake the cobwebs out of his beard, put on his helmet, pick up his sword, and take up once again the defense of the Realm. Charles Martel will pick up his hammer and enter the fray. Jan III Sobieski will rise up from his bed of rest, rouse the Winged Hussars, and lead a cavalry charge down the information highway. A Stonewall Jackson of the blogosphere will emerge, scratch his red beard, look deeply into the mind of the enemy, and discover how to use his weaknesses to overcome him.

    On a bright September morning in 1683 the tide of the second wave of the Great Islamic Jihad turned and began to ebb.

    On a bright September morning in 2001, the tide of the third wave of the Great Islamic Jihad was at its flood.

    But this tide will turn, too. Sobieski is out there, waiting to be awakened and ready for the call to raise the siege at the Gates of Vienna.

  99. Can i ask a question, if Mitts last 3 weeks have been so bad and an end to his campaign, then why the hell is is his polling numbers holding up and not collapsing through the floor…….because the media are full of shit, that’s why.

  100. Ha, lets see our glorious leaders response to this….

    Egypt issues arrest warrants for Florida pastor Terry Jones, 7 others

    http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/9/18/egypt_issues_arrest_.html

    Egypt’s general prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for controversial Gainesville pastor Terry Jones and seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.

    The prosecutor’s office says the seven men and one woman, all of whom are believed to be outside of Egypt, are charged with harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information. The office says they could face the death penalty.

    ………………………..

    2 words for the Egyptians….one begins with F, the other begins with an O.

  101. jeswezey
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Several problems with your comments.

    The problems in Israel are NOT with the Israeli Arabs (and they have representatves in the Knesset). but with those in the Palestinian territories.
    Jews have always lived in Israel and have maintained communites there throughout history.
    The idea that the land was “taken” from the Palestinians i just not true. In fact, historically, there was no State of Palestine or Palestinian people.

  102. Heard on FOX News a few minutes ago in a discussion with Stuart Varney.

    1/4 of Social Security claims are improperly awarded.

    1/3 of these SS claims have been awarded during the Obama administration.

    =======================

    Assuming there’s any truth at all to this (unlikely)….

    Do you realize that this means 2/3 of improperly awarded claims happened BEFORE Obama?

    (Or does it mean that 2/3 of ALL claims happened BEFORE Obama?)

  103. When james okeefe takes an undercover video, he gets attacked. When the leftist does it, he gets celebrated?

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    The leftist didn’t create what happened, or edit his tape; he turned the whole tape over to journalists who verified it before publication. Okeefe set up a hoax with himself as a major actor, then edited the tapes of several different interviews. (I liked Okeefe’s idea, but he should have been very honest with it.)

  104. Over the past 45 years, the number of American workers taking federal disability payments has increased four-fold relative to the number actually working.

    ======================

    The number actually working decreases when there’s a lack of jobs. But once a person is disabled, he remains disabled whatever the economy does.

    This is an argument, like ‘lazy irresponsible people could work if they chose’, which had better not be used on the same page as ‘lack of jobs, jobs, jobs’.

  105. Gallup: Obama’s post-convention bounce is gone

    Gallup has Obama up by only 1 with registered voters. Go on, tell me more about how Obama has this election in the bag.

  106. In fact, historically, there was no State of Palestine or Palestinian people.

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    Because they weren’t officially named, those people didn’t exist? There was no PUMA movement before May 2008, but we did exist (and still do 😉 ).

  107. The history of the land now called “Israel” did not start with the settlement of the Palestinians. They took that land from someone else. I wonder who that was?

  108. They took that land from someone else. I wonder who that was?

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    From the Caananites, according to the Bible.

    (Not to start a scripture-picking thread like Rickya’s, I hope. Anyway, I’m going to town.)

  109. This is going to go down like a bucket of sick in Pennsylvania and Virginia and WV.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ALPHA_LAYOFFS_VAOL-?SITE=VADAR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it was cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, laying off 400 workers immediately by closing mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    The mine shutdowns start Tuesday, while the rest of the layoffs will be completed by the end of the first quarter after Alpha fulfills current sales obligations, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said. In all, the layoffs amount to nearly a tenth of Alpha’s 13,000-person workforce.

    Alpha said it was closing four mines in West Virginia, three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. They are a mix of deep and surface mines, and all are non-union operations.

    Alpha didn’t immediately name the mines because it wanted to inform all the workers first.

    Company spokesman Ted Pile said most of the displaced workers may eventually be rehired, either assigned to new jobs in other locations or replacing outside contractors. Only 150 workers in West Virginia and three in Pennsylvania will not have any other employment opportunities with the company, he said.

    Though some miners will stay on to seal the operations, most will either be reassigned or laid off immediately.

    Support positions will also be cut proportionally as Alpha reduces its operating regions from four to two, Crutchfield said, and two executives will retire Nov. 1.

    It wasn’t immediately what other states would be affected by the layoffs.

    Crutchfield said the shutdowns and layoffs are a necessary part of ensuring Alpha survives in what has become a difficult U.S. market, where coal companies face a dual challenge: Power plants are shifting to cheap, abundant natural gas, while companies like his face “a regulatory environment that’s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.”

    “We think the actions we’re taking are aimed at getting ahead of this on a proactive basis and getting set up for 2013 going forward,” he said.

    Bristol, Va.-based Alpha will cut production 16 million tons by early 2013 and reduce overhead by $150 million as it shifts away from thermal coal used in domestic power generation to concentrate on metallurgical coal used in steelmaking overseas.

    …………………………………………………

    Yup thanks Obama. Now Romney fire up the ads for Virginia and Pennsylvania and get on this.

  110. Some speculation that Carter’s grandson has been set-up to drop this tape and been handed the tape by Romney operatives because this tape seems to be backfiring and making Romney look more conservative and uniting his party more than ever. Oh the irony if that is true.

    Romney is asking for the whole thing to be released, not just portions………….

  111. Egypt issues arrest warrants for Florida pastor Terry Jones, 7 others

    http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/9/18/egypt_issues_arrest_.html

    Egypt’s general prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for controversial Gainesville pastor Terry Jones and seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.

    =========================

    Egypt should have issued a warrant for questioning. The attack was a long-planned plot, so all who contributed to it (even just providing cover) should be questioned as possible witnesses.

    (Remember when someone hijacked a Russian plane to Japan, and the Japanese confiscated it as evidence of illegal entry?)

  112. MITT, damn it, quit the NICE GUY tone. How damn bad does it have to get for American’s before you get down right angry and put on the boxing gloves?

    The sweet voice in your ads make your hard words sound insincere.

    Trump and Christie need to take you outside and teach you to FIGHT like a man.

  113. Shadowfax
    September 18th, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    ———————————
    If it can be shown that his words were taken out of context, or were censored by big media then it is a dagger through the heart of big media. I hope by now he realizes that big media is an enemy of the United States and of Romney.

    Also, as Erickson says, it should invite an examination of the outrageous things that Obama has said about the American People at fundraising events.

  114. Some believe the Caananites and Israelites are one and the same. Others believe that they were absorbed and assimilated by the Israelites.

  115. I am a bit disgusted, even shocked, that someone here is promoting that the Mohammed film creators be put on trial. What nonsense!

  116. Business Insider on Romney’s coming October Surprise: a huge fricken’ $ bomb that will bury Obama:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romneys-october-surprise-is-going-to-be-legendary-2012-9

    Mitt Romney’s October Surprise Is Going To Be Legendary

    The thing about the set of leaked videos from a Romney fundraiser that nobody is talking about is this part: The video was taken at a $50,000 per plate fundraiser in Florida. You may not have noticed, but despite the blur there are a lot of plates in front of a lot of people.

    This is what people are still not grasping about Romney: He’s about to open up the money floodgates in a way that Obama can’t match.

    Romney was wildly successful during the primaries — not as a result of his charm and personality — but because he had a massive pile of money.

    He still has a massive pile of money in his campaign coffers, and by all margins he’s continuing to raise large amounts of money, as we’ve found through a look into the Center for Responsive Politics’ database.

    While Obama has raised similar amounts of money as Romney, he’s also spent a whole lot of it already. Obama has enjoyed weeks of good coverage, but he’s been paying a lot for it.

    The Obama campaign has spent $240 million this cycle and has only managed to maintain their lead. Even more, the Obama camp didn’t have to go through a primary. Romney has spent much, much less — $163 million — and most of that was in the primaries anyway.

    Romney is in a financial holding pattern, one that ends very soon.

    But the most important number in all of this is cash on hand. How much is each campaign — and more importantly, their most significant direct outside supporters — holding for October?

    Given the way that contribution limits work, the financial status of friendly outside spending groups is a much more crucial gauge of financial support.

    While each candidate can only accept $2,500 per donor per election, the Party Committees can accept $30,800. Even more, the Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts, which is a much better picture of how the air war is about to proceed.

    Here’s the breakdown. The numbers are rounded to the nearest $100,000:

  117. REPORT: ‘Body man’ Reggie Love paid by top Obama donor…

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/financier-eased-obama-aides-path-from-government

    President Obama’s former traveling assistant got financial assistance on his departure from government from a New York financier who is a top Obama fundraiser.

    Reggie Love, Obama’s former “body man” and a former Duke basketball star who the President has referred to as his “little brother” left the White House last November, and is on track to receive his MBA this December from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

    In the meantime, Love has received money, three sources told BuzzFeed, from Orin Kramer, the managing partner of Boston Provident and a leading Democratic fundraiser who has raised more than $2 million for Obama this cycle.

    A source close to the money manager dismissed the assistance as a routine act of generosity. Kramer, who served in the Carter Administration, makes a practice of helping “young people transitioning out of government,” the person said.

    But the move also sheds light on the cozy ties between some sectors of finance and Obama’s inner circle, and on the career help available to people leaving the highest levels of American government.

    Love and Kramer also co-hosted a party at this month’s Democratic National Convention made memorable by former Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin’s unfortunate tumble into the Ritz Carlton’s swimming pool. That event was co-hosted by other big names in finance, including Jane Hartley, co-founder of the economic and political consulting firm, Observatory Group, and Tony James, President of Blackstone Group.

    Kramer stressed to BuzzFeed that Love is not being compensated for any work, and is not on his firm’s payroll.

    Love “is not working for Boston Provident in any capacity,” he said in an email. “Period.”

    ………………………….

    Can you say its a “shut your mouth” payoff.

  118. Amazing….The full Romney tape was released and the Beltway Media has gone eerily silent. News cycle over. Electoral impact zero.

  119. More dodgy polls.

    Wash Post poll showing Obama up 8 in VA undercounts GOP by a mile. R sample in poll sample are 24%, but R’s were 33% in 08 and 39% in 04.

    Lol, no wonder they got Obama up 8, lol.

  120. Amazing, as soon as Romney starts getting intelligence briefings, Obama amazingly starts turning up for his.

    In at least four recent instances, specific actions by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have moved President Barack Obama in a new, different direction. It’s a trend worth noting, showing that Romney’s position have (at least some times) helped shaped Obama’s.

    1.) On Monday September 10, one day prior to the start of the recent upheaval in the Middle East, President Obama did not receive the presidential daily briefing. Likewise, according to the president’s schedule released by the White House, Obama did not receive that briefing on Tuesday September 11, Wednesday September 12, or Thursday September 13.

    But then, on September 13, it was reported that Romney would begin to receive his own daily intelligence briefing. Since then (Friday September 14, Monday September 17, and Tuesday September 18), President Obama has received his presidential daily briefing.

    (It was also reported that Obama had been skipping quite a number of these briefings. “The Government Accountability Institute examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time,” reported Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post.)

  121. 2.) Likewise, after Mitt Romney called on China to devalue its currency last week, President Obama followed suit. “US President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China renewed calls Thursday for Beijing to let its currency appreciate further after Republican challenger Mitt Romney pressed for a harder line,” AFP reported. “Ambassador Gary Locke said that he would ‘not engage in political debates’ but said that the US position ‘is very clear and has been very consistent’ in urging China to reform its exchange rate system. ‘We know that the currency is still undervalued,’ Locke said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace during a visit to Washington.”

    3.) After Romney knocked the U.S. embassy in Cairo for apologizing for offensive speech, Obama did the same. “Two senior Romney advisers told National Journal that the campaign doesn’t care that the statement it criticized was issued long before U.S. grounds were breached,” reported National Journal. “The larger point, the advisers said, was that neither the Obama State Department nor the White House withdrew it or repudiated it while the crisis was unfolding in Cairo or in the streets outside the consulate in Benghazi. The White House began distancing itself from the original Cairo embassy statement after Romney leveled his criticism shortly after 10 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.”

    4.) And when Romney visited parts of Louisiana that had been hit by Hurricane Isaac last month, President Obama did the same a few days later. “With all sides vowing politicking isn’t in order, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got a close-up view Friday of the devastation caused this week by Hurricane Isaac — days ahead of a visit by his November foe, President Barack Obama,” said CNN.

  122. Mitt is hammering Obama right now….

    That was quick… Less than an hour ago Drudge posted video of Barack Obama telling an audience in 1998 that he believes in redistribution of wealth. Mitt Romney was just on Your World with Cavuto and hammered the president over this shocking admission. “He wants redistribution of wealth. I disagree.”

    Mitt Romney on Barack Obama:

    “Frankly we have two very different views about America. The president’s view is one of a larger government. There’s a tape that just came out today where the president is saying he likes redistribution. I disagree. I think a society based upon a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that’s the wrong course for America. That will not build a strong America or help people out of poverty. I believe the right course for America is one where government steps in to help those who are in need. We’re a compassionate people. But then we let people build their own lives… We believe in free people and free enterprises.”

    Touché.

    ………………………..

    I get the feeling Romney’s campaign fed that video to Carter’s grandson and the Dem’s ran with it thinking they had a goldmine and Romney just dropped a hammer on them quickly after. I think they may have been played because the media has suddenly gone all silent…….

  123. Obama In 1998: “I Actually Believe In Redistribution”
    —————————
    Very commendable. But you must show us the way. Sign over your entire net worth Obama and all your future earnings to the third world. You need to set the example for redistribution since you are such a big believer in it. Charity begins at home. Rather than running your mouth and reaching into other peoples pockets.

    “I have never understood why it is greed for people to keep what they have earned, but not greed when people who have not earned it expect it to be given to them.” –Thomas Sowell.

  124. someone here is promoting that the Mohammed film creators be put on trial.

    ===================

    Who is promoting that? I did say that Egypt (or better, the FBI) should better try to question them as witnesses to a possible plot by the military group that attacked the embassy, using the film protests for cover.

    The key here would be the ‘Arab Limbaugh’ who publicized the film on Sept 8 in the ME. Did he just find something, anything, to rant about — or had he and/or the attackers also contributed to making the film?

  125. Changing their tune………..

    WH Spokesman now says Libya could have been “pre-planned”. translation: “We are winging it on national security”

    …………………

    Caught out lying.

  126. NBC/WSJ poll: Obama’s approval on foreign policy drops

    Dropped 12 points among indies

    ……………………

    Looks like the news is filtering through.

  127. turndownobama
    September 18th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    ——————–
    I read the comments from the bottom up. If you wrote anything other than the comment I reacted to, I hadn’t read it yet. As a matter of fact, I haven’t gone any further in the comments yet, and won’t be able to do so right now. Sorry!

  128. Is he fucking joking…….

    Obama says message to Muslim world, after attacks on embassies, is “we expect you to work with us to keep our people safe.” -TV interview

  129. When I see, in the United States of America, a man rousted from his home at midnight and dragged to a police station over a YouTube video, when I see brutal, primitive, violent Islamism on the march and the values of free men and women in retreat, when I see so-called journalists doing everything they can to suppress, deny, and explain away rather than spread the news, my first reaction isn’t outrage at our foolish failure of a president, nor is it hatred for the cancerous religion currently doing murder to people of every competing belief system everywhere around the world. My first reaction is genuine sadness over the many, many Democrats of good will who are going to betray every value they profess to hold dear and double down on their error this election day because they simply can’t bear to acknowledge the fact that they were wrong.–pjmedia

    http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2012/09/17/shame/

  130. nomobama
    September 18th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Please read the sign,

    “do not feed the trolls, it only encourages additional comments”.

  131. Romney’s plight was well put by the Victorian poet, Rudyard Kipling:

    “If you can bear to hear the truth you have spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools”

    The naves are big media. The fools are the Obama supporters who believe that he is a leader and that the present course is sustainable.

  132. Leanora
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Clinton to lobby lawmakers on Mideast aid
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=521272
    wbboei
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:19 am
    Clinton to lobby lawmakers on Mideast aid
    ————————————
    I agree.

    A cynic would argue that foreign aid is the only leverage we have in the region. Moreover, a precipitous withdrawal of aid now would actually worse the situation.

    Nonetheless, if it were my decision, I would not pay one penny to the Muslim Brotherhood. The money we send them will buy the bullets, the missiles and the nukes that will be sent back in our direction in the fulsomeness of time. Lets stop fucking kidding ourselves.

    We have before us now, a graphic depiction of where the Arab Spring which the numb nutz occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue bloviated, and pontificated about. I am tired of the nuanced view on this situation. He forgets the west has been fighting with the Muslims since the Crusades.

    If they want money, my reaction is let somebody else bankroll them–Iran, China, frankly my dear I don’t give a damned. Our economy does not permit us to be the global policeman and global financier any longer. We need unlimited domestic energy, protect Israel and leave it at that.

    I rarely disagree with what Hillary is doing, only because her past history suggests that she charts a course based on what the best possible outcome is. On this point, however, I do disagree. Not because the current events that are happeneing right now, but rather because of what additional funds (in the wrong hands) can do. The current governments in the ME are not only violent, but also corrupt. Being from an OIC member country, you cannot guarantee what happens to the funds after it is allocated. The ONLY reason I figure she is doing this for is that it is the ONLY option she has. Bumbles ties her hands in terms of foreign policy so much that her options are severely limited. This fourth year of her tenure as SOS cannot be what she expected, and it is provincial that she is NOT running this year.

    Hillary 2012

  133. This was my part of that last post. Sorry about the lack of separation.

    I rarely disagree with what Hillary is doing, only because her past history suggests that she charts a course based on what the best possible outcome is. On this point, however, I do disagree. Not because the current events that are happeneing right now, but rather because of what additional funds (in the wrong hands) can do. The current governments in the ME are not only violent, but also corrupt. Being from an OIC member country, you cannot guarantee what happens to the funds after it is allocated. The ONLY reason I figure she is doing this for is that it is the ONLY option she has. Bumbles ties her hands in terms of foreign policy so much that her options are severely limited. This fourth year of her tenure as SOS cannot be what she expected, and it is provincial that she is NOT running this year.

    Hillary 2012

  134. Carol 1:21 pm: Thanks for the response.

    “The problems in Israel are not with the Israeli Arabs (and they have representatives in the Knesset), but with those in the Palestinian territories.”


    The treatment is indeed different within Israel and in the occupied territories. I was/am talking only about the Israeli Arabs. They do have 4 representatives in the Knesset; but if there were parity (which I do not prone), they would have about 25.

    The reason for this wide variance in parity is the sullen participation of the Arab population. The Arabs are now a minority, due to expulsion of Arabs and immigration of Jews over the last 65 years. The Arabs may not join the army, as I said, while any Jew from anywhere in the world can join the IDF (e.g. Rahm Emanuel). The Arabs are not taxed and do not do business with Jews, it’s actually a separate economy within an economy.

    Both the Army and the State are thus ethnic entities. In the terms of American culture, this would be like barring Hispanics or blacks from serving in the armed forces while forcing whites to do so (there is a draft in Israel), or taxing only whites and exempting blacks. Its racist, or ethnic, policy.

    It is a matter of Jews only running the country, with second-class Arabs dubbed “citizens”.

    “Jews have always lived in Israel and have maintained communities there throughout history.”

    True. It is also true that Arabs have always lived there. And it is also true that, prior to 1948, the area did not go by the name “Israel” but was known as “Palestine” under the British protectorate. The name “Palestine” dates from Roman times. In middle Egyptian times before ancient Israel, it was known as “Canaan”. The Arabs have been there all the time.

    “The idea that the land was “taken” from the Palestinians is just not true.”

    I didn’t use the word “taken”, but what has happened over the last 65 years is equivalent to taking the land: expelling the Arabs and using their lands and homes for Jewish immigrants.

    For example, there was a big stink in 2009 when the Israeli govt declared 88 Arab homes illegal, expropriated and razed them, then built homes for 200 Jewish families on the same site. Sarah Palin derided the outcry of protest by calling this a “zoning problem”. Indeed, the site of the Arab homes was in a zone that had been expropriated 25 years earlier to build a beltway around Jerusalem. The beltway had never been built or even begun, the plans had been dropped; but the government declared the homes “illegal” anyway for that reason, expelled the inhabitants, then built 200 “legal” dwellings for Jews only. That’s the way “zoning” works in an ethnic state.

    “In fact, historically, there was no State of Palestine or Palestinian people.”

    You’re playing with words, concepts and history here. There was no State of Palestine because Palestine was a protectorate and not a state. During the Protectorate, both Arabs and Jews lived in Palestine and could thus both be called Palestinians. There was no State of Israel either, before 1948; but if you want to refer to the ancient Israel, then you still have to admit that Canaanites, or Semites if you understand the term, were there before, during and after Moses, David and the rest.

    Ethnically, both the Jews and the Arabs are Semites as they both aver. It’s only in the United States that we mean “anti-Jewish” when we say “anti-Semitic”. We have a blind spot when it comes to Arabs.

  135. This is supposed to be an election for President, why is it so silent? Why is there no real news?

    Crickets or stupid, meaningless polls.

  136. so Oturd is on record in believing in “spreading the wealth”

    Well then, if he’s economic policy is to “spread wealth”, there no reason for me or other businesses to work our a$$es off to create wealth for Oturd to spread it around.

    So, it no longer matters if its good economic policy, its about “fairness”, and he gets to decide whats fair.
    yea, keep going Barry, pretty soon you’ll see how much wealth won’t be created by those evil small businesses, who you of course believe “didn’t build that”. Now I get it, since I didn’t really build my business, I don’t own it, the govt does, and so the govt can come take it to “spread the wealth”.

    Oh yes, OTurd is a full Marxist in its purest form.

  137. At one point in time I had tremendous respect for this woman, but what depths of lunancy has the “democratic” party devolved into? Everything is about race. All the time, they keep using the race card!


  138. jeswezey
    September 18th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    lots of misinformation in your response.
    There are excellent historial summaries of the land now known as Israel. If I have time I will post one. But honestly I knpow that Jan has previoously been over all of this. you are going to believe what you want. I am not feeling sorry for the Israeli Arabs.
    Have you been to Israel? I have 3 times.

  139. Read this carefully. It is time to start preparing for what’s coming.

    The greatest fraud in history
    Too few Americans are prepared for what’s coming our way. We are facing a grave crisis that will have a dramatic effect on every American citizen, our national security and our very way of life. It is the asymmetrical warfare of financial terrorism, and the U.S. politicians, the central bankers, the global leaders are the terrorists. Sound harsh? Absolutely. Frightening? Although a healthy dose of fear is indeed warranted, it should not paralyze you, but compel you to act. Preparation is an effective antidote for fear.
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/49626

  140. Barack Obama will utilize all that data mining to slice and dice the electorate and smear and slime Mitt Romney. It’s ugly and leads to future impotence in governing. But don’t tell that to the Obama imbeciles, they’re drinking a potent new formula of Hopium.
    ——————————————————————————————————
    The data mining project is ongoing. They are identifying the true independents and leaners. They are focus grouping ads to appeal to that demographic. What they cannot fully anticipate however is what the Republicans throw at them, what other crises will develop between now and the election how quickly these undecideds realize that big media cannot be trusted, and that no matter how you cut it 2+2 does not equal 5. If you visit Paris and go to the Museum of Orsi you will see a self portrait of an impressionist painter with his family having a picnic on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War. Days later he marched off to war, confident as the bots are of a glorious victory. He never returned. The best laid schemes of mice and bots gang af agley.

  141. September 18, 2012
    Flashback, June 8, 2012: Hundreds of Well-Armed Militia Demand Sharia Law… In Benghazi
    —Ace

    Via @morgenr.

    The media has no questions about the ill-wisdom of having no security at the consulate except for locked doors, huh?

  142. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-federal-reserve-is-systematically-destroying-social-security-and-the-retirement-plans-of-millions-of-americans

    “Last week the mainstream media hailed QE3 as the “quick fix” that the U.S. economy desperately needs, but the truth is that the policies that the Federal Reserve is pursuing are going to be absolutely devastating for our senior citizens. By keeping interest rates at exceptionally low levels, the Federal Reserve is absolutely crushing savers and is systematically destroying Social Security. Meanwhile, the inflation that QE3 will cause is going to be absolutely crippling for the millions upon millions of retired Americans that are on a fixed income. Sadly, most elderly Americans have no idea what the Federal Reserve is doing to their financial futures. Most Americans that are approaching retirement age have not adequately saved for retirement, and the Social Security system that they are depending on is going to completely and totally collapse in the coming years. Right now, approximately 56 million Americans are collecting Social Security benefits. By 2035, that number is projected to grow to a whopping 91 million. By law, the Social Security trust fund must be invested in U.S. government securities. But thanks to the low interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve, the average interest rate on those securities just keeps dropping and dropping. The trustees of the Social Security system had projected that the Social Security trust fund would be completely gone by 2033, but because of the Fed policy of keeping interest rates exceptionally low for the foreseeable future it is now being projected by some analysts that Social Security will be bankrupt by 2023. Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years. Yes, you read that correctly. The collapse of Social Security is inevitable, and the foolish policies of the Federal Reserve are going to make that collapse happen much more rapidly. (Read More….)

  143. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/how-qe3-will-make-the-wealthy-even-wealthier-while-causing-living-standards-to-fall-for-all-the-rest-of-us

    “The mainstream media is hailing QE3 as a great victory for the U.S. economy. On nearly every news broadcast, the “talking heads” are declaring that Ben Bernanke’s decision to pump 40 billion dollars a month into our financial system is definitely going to help solve our economic problems. The money for QE3 is being created out of thin air and this round of quantitative easing is going to be “open-ended” which means that the Federal Reserve is going to keep doing it for as long as they feel like it. But is this really good for the average American on the street? No way. Despite two previous rounds of quantitative easing, median household income has still fallen for four years in a row, the employment rate has not bounced back since the end of the last recession, and new home sales have remained near record lows. So what have the previous rounds of quantitative easing accomplished? Well, they have driven up the prices of financial assets. Those that own stocks have done very well the past couple of years. So who owns stocks? The wealthy do. In fact, 82 percent of all individually held stocks are owned by the wealthiest 5 percent of all Americans. Those that have invested in commodities have also done very nicely in recent years. We have seen gold, silver, oil and agricultural commodities all do very well. But that also means that average Americans are paying more for basic necessities such as food and gasoline. So the first two rounds of quantitative easing made the wealthy even wealthier while causing living standards to fall for all the rest of us. Is there any reason to believe that QE3 will be any different? (Read More….)”

  144. SO BUSTED!
    ____________________________________________________

    Newly published emails show the top spokeswoman at the U.S. Justice Department regularly collaborating with the liberal advocacy group Media Matters on stories that slam the administration’s critics.

    The emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act requestand published by The Daily Caller, often show department public affairs chief Tracy Schmaler communicating with Media Matters bloggers. Sometimes, the emails were in response to inquiries. Other times, Schmaler was pitching ideas, according to the Caller.

    In a January 2012 email chain, Schmaler sent a Media Matters writer lines from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s comments at a recent hearing. She reportedly underlined passages where the California Republican tries to explain the difference between Operation Fast and Furious and other anti-gunrunning operations under former President George W. Bush.

    Hours later, an article appeared on Media Matters’ site titled “Rep. Issa Ties Himself in Fast and Furious Knots.”

    Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson, also a Fox News contributor, said the emails show “moment-to-moment coordination” between the department and Media Matters.

    “We received a massive amount of these communiques that indicate direct coordination between the Obama Justice Department … and Media Matters to subvert news stories,” he said Tuesday. “This proves coordination.”

    Emails from late 2010 also reportedly showed Schmaler sending Media Matters information to help challenge claims that the department dealt lightly with New Black Panther members who allegedly intimidated voters in Philadelphia in 2008.

    Another March 12 email showed Schmaler pointing out “false” statements made by Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips in a Fox News interview. Phillips called Operation Fast and Furious a “political operation” — pushing a claim that the administration let guns walk across the Mexico border to build a case for gun control.

    The Media Matters writer then wrote a blog slamming Phillips’ “right-wing conspiracy theory,” and also sent the text to Schmaler.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/18/emails-show-justice-working-with-media-matters-to-target-critics/?test=latestnews#ixzz26sRDLQdw

  145. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/re-retaliation-fire-spotted-gate-chinese-school-kobe-japan

    “All day long we read how today, on the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of Manchuria, anti-Japan protests flared up in 125 Chinese cities, for the most part peaceful, protesting what China believes is an illegal Japanese attempt at annexation of the Senkaku Islands as a proximal catalyst, but likely also an outlet for years of pent up anti-Japanese sentiment (of which there is plenty on both sides). For a good example of this see recent events in Muslim countries, US embassies and a certain film about Mohammed. Things got so heated, that late in the day there was some speculation that China may consider retaliating for what it considers an unprovoked territorial grab by the not so beloved eastern neighbor by selling its holdings of Japanese bonds. And while that may or may not occur, the probability of some serious escalation only gets largely greater as we read news of such development, this time out of Japan

    •Fire Spotted At Gate Of Chinese School in Kobe, Japan: Kyodo
    Well, if Japan wants this confrontation to get trulye ugly, then by all means re-retaliate, and certainly bring the school children in it. One thing is certain: China will not step down, and neither will Japan. What happens next is thus anyone’s guess.”

  146. VotingHillary
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Good Evening! I got the book you recommended, absolutely devastating what was done. I had no idea the extent of that massacre at NanKing, China. Thanks very much for recommending that book, I’m going through it right now, I also looked up the event on wikipedia, I had no idea, I knew the Japanese attacked China, but I had no idea the extent of the atrocities.

  147. ROMNEY SHOULD SEIZE HIS ‘47%’ Moment

    by MIKE FLYNN 18 Sep 2012
    Breitbart

    For most of the campaign, the media’s focus on Mitt Romney have been almost exclusively on issues unrelated to the philosophy of governance or his specific policies. The public’s been introduced to him mostly through media riffs on his taxes, off shore investments, his time at Bain Capital or his wife’s horse. With almost no coverage of him as an actual person or his ideas and policy proposals, its a wonder he’s basically tied with Obama. His “47%” “gaffe”, however, gives his campaign a chance to break through the media and get the public’s full attention on an existential American question. He should seize it.
    Yesterday, the full Democrat-media industrial complex gave themselves heart palpitations over a leaked secret recording of remarks Romney made to prospective donors. A stenographer at Bloomberg hilariously declared the election “over.” By my count, this is about the 4th time this week someone in the chattering classes declared his candidacy dead. The media is missing a larger point, however. While some of Romney’s comments were inartful and somewhat misleading, the foundation of what he said is true. It is also in-line with the thinking of most Americans.
    In response to a question, Romney had spoken broadly about the challenges of the race. He noted that 47% of Americans have no federal tax liability and that a great many Americans were dependent on government support in their lives. They felt they were victims, at such a disadvantage that they relied on government for many basic necessities. He said he wasn’t concerned about these voters, politically, because it would be all but impossible for him to win their support. I think this notion is somewhat incorrect, but there certainly is some truth in it.
    Record numbers of Americans are on food stamps. Same with disability. The ranks of the long-term unemployed are higher than any time in modern history. If Obama succeeds on welfare waivers, some higher number of Americans will be on the welfare rolls. This is happening not because Americans have suddenly decided they want to be dependent on the government, but because in Obama’s economy, they have almost no other rational choice.
    President Obama is running for reelection because he thinks he can better manage our economic decline. He’ll provide more support to those unemployed. He’ll underwrite student loans to subsidize study of unproductive academic fields. He will comfort Americans as we slip into an era of lowered expectations and reduced living standards.
    Romney should expand on his “47%” comment and use it to start this discussion. He should deplore the growing dependence on government, not because hand-outs per se are bad, but because it is sapping hope and opportunity from the American people. Obama offers nothing but more of this. Romney should articulate a strong pro-growth message that provides a clear choice for Americans.
    The media’s fixation on his comments gives him a loud pulpit to lay out a positive economic agenda. In American presidential politics, the positive economic message always wins. This is Romney’s moment.

  148. I agree with you MoononPluto. This helped Romney. Today is my day off and I spent the day on political websites and at first I was angry with Romney’s 47% comments but that anger went away when I began reading the blog postings. I don’t know how many countless comment I read that said that Romney’s remarks were on the mark and had made up their mind and they were voting for Romney. It was 8 out of every 10 comments even on Dem websites that were agreeing with Romney’s comments. I was very surprised. I do believe that Yahoo poll that was taken before the Obama paid trolls took over.

    I got this from http://hillbuzz.org PLEASE GO TO http://WWW.UNSKEWEDPOLLS.COM Very interesting. This guy is taking a bunch of polls and unskewing the Dem+ and getting the real numbers. Romney is ahead.

    Kevin DuJan said: “Another great find today, that should make a good “Doom Antidote” for those who need it: UnskewedPolls.com

    Before I posted this link, I spent an hour checked to make sure it was accurate and I had a few friends peer-review it as well. It’s spot-on and helps you see that the corrupt media is lying out of every possible orifice when it comes to the presidential race. I repeat: the only way Romney loses is if you sit home, fall victim to Eeyores, or become Eeyores yourself.”

    Read more http://hillbuzz.org

  149. tim
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:10 pm
    VotingHillary
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Good Evening! I got the book you recommended, absolutely devastating what was done. I had no idea the extent of that massacre at NanKing, China. Thanks very much for recommending that book, I’m going through it right now, I also looked up the event on wikipedia, I had no idea, I knew the Japanese attacked China, but I had no idea the extent of the atrocities.
    ___________________________________________________

    Hi, tim! I want to add that YouTube has an excellent series of videos covering the atrocities from the medical experiments to the “comfort women” situation. I have to warn you though. I had to turn my head on a some of it though because the videos and photos are extremely graphic.

  150. new ad from crossroads:

    jbstonesfan
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    I agree, I’ve stopped watching Greta most of the time, her whole “how can things be this screwed up?” bit is getting mighty old from Greta, some of the times, she does good work, the rest is boring and with Obots, that entire panel was 2 obots, and 1 impartial person.

    VotingHillary
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    Thanks, but quite honestly, even the wikipedia page was too graphic, absolutely horrible, and its never covered much as part of WWII.

  151. “Peggy Noonan On Mitt Romney: “Time For An Intervention””

    Why do morons like Noonan think people care what they think anymore? I respected her opinions at one point, but that’s all they are, HER opinions. I do not give a damn what she says or any other high paid pundit, what do they really contribute, do they build anything? do they make anything? All they peddle around is their opinion! And so what, because they are more well known, their opinion is worth more than some independent minded voter??

  152. nomobama said:
    I read the comments from the bottom up.

    ===================

    Me too, and I often reply then too. No problem.

  153. jbstonesfan
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    Love Greta, but her political panel guests, IMO, leans heavily for Obama.
    *************

    I posted that yesterday. What in the world is she doing?

  154. “absolutely horrible, and its never covered much as part of WWII.”
    ******
    Because of the perceived Chinese menace, Japan got a quick war crimes rehab. Hirohito wasn’t the flower loving, innocent dupe of Tojo, that he was in the post war meme. 15 years ago, my ex-wife and I spent three weeks “riding rails” of China on 2nd and 3rd class trains. It wasn’t subtle that the Chinese didn’t like the Japanese tourists. Several of the English speaking Chinese who would show us around placed where we would stop, referred to the Japanese as the “Ghosts”, I don’t know what meaning was lost in translation. Also stated was that “we will take their money but we don’t want them here”. Really no surprise if one has some knowledge of what the Japanese did to the Chinese people.

  155. Obama “one thing i’ve learned is you represent the entire country”,…..except Brian Terry , right?

    Don’t make me laugh.

  156. Former Michigan Governor Engler is now head of the Business Roundtable. Neil Cavuto asked him why he is running as well as he is when the econometrics are bad as they are. He said it is still early, AND no president has ever been re-elected with numbers which are this bad. I think that is a fair statement. But someone does need to impeach big media, so they have no ability to manipulate future elections in the manner we are seeing now.

  157. OBAMA ADMIN SENT UNARMED BRITISH FIRM TO PROTECT U.S. MISSION IN BENGHAZI “No Bullets” ROE

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/17/British-Firm-Provided-Benghazi-Security-Under-No-Bullets-Rules-of-Engagement

    EDITORS’ NOTE: According to a source close to Breitbart News and high up in the intelligence community, the Obama administration’s policy following Muammar Gaddafi’s death has been to keep a “low profile” during a chaotic time.

    For this reason, according to the source, American Marines were not stationed at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli or the American mission in Benghazi, as would typically have been the case. In the spirit of a “low profile,” the administration didn’t even want an American company in charge of private security. Blue Mountain, the British firm the State Department hired, was willing to abide by the “no bullets” Rules of Engagement (ROE), so were a logical fit for the contract. These sub-standard protections for American diplomats were signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the ROE.

    In essence, the Obama Administration tasked an unarmed British firm with security responsibilities that should have been handled by armed American servicemen, and it was all approved by the Secretary of State. Needless to say, the plan failed and an Ambassador was murdered, along with several others.

    As of now, the State Department has not disclosed the full State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya.

    Here is the full story.

    ***

    read on………

  158. That is very condemning if true
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    These sub-standard protections for American diplomats were signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the ROE

  159. That is very condemning if true
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    These sub-standard protections for American diplomats were signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the ROE

    ====================

    That’s the trouble with bashing US diplomatic security policies as a way to bash Obama. Hillary probably did sign them, and in any case this did happen on her watch, in her pet project (new government for Libya). Best not to endorse the rightwingers’ ammunition against her.

  160. Getting worse by the minute…..

    In her daily press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland admitted that she provided false information Friday about the State Department’s hiring of private security firms for the American mission in Benghazi attacked on September 11th:

    QUESTION: You also said there was no contract with a private security firm in Libya, and yet apparently some British security guards were hired. Is that your way of saying you didn’t contract with a firm but you did hire individual security guards?

    MS. NULAND: Thank you for that, because there was an error in what I said. The external security, external armed security, as we have been saying, outside of the perimeter, was fully handled by the Libyan side. There was no contract – contracting out of that. There was a group called Blue Mountain Group, which is a private security company with permits to operate in Libya. They were hired to provide local Libyan guards who operated inside the gate doing things like operating the security access equipment, screening the cars, that kind of thing.

    Please.

    QUESTION: Just to clarify, they were contracted by the U.S. State Department or another agency – Blue Mountain?

    MS. NULAND: They were contracted by the Department.

    QUESTION: And Blue Mountain is a British company?

    MS. NULAND: I’m going to let them self-identify on that front. But the people who were hired were Libyans.

    Nuland continued with reporters, “There’s nothing else that I have that needs correcting at the moment.”

    …………………….

    Turning into a clusterfook for them. What else is going to be corrected.

  161. moononpluto Sept 18 4:51 pm: “Mitt Romney called on China to devalue its currency… Obama’s ambassador to China renewed calls Thursday for Beijing to let its currency appreciate further…”

    Actually, then, they are calling on China to do opposite things – Romney to devalue the Yuan, Obama to appreciate it. Go figure what our policy should be: China will follow its own self-interest whoever is in DC trying to dictate terms to them.

    The fact of the matter is, China doesn’t much care what the value of the Yuan is in dollars. They’re awash in dollars that are of less and less value, with all the dollars that Bernanke is printing. What the Chinese want is for the Yuan to be worth its weight on the international market – that is, in its trade with Europe, Russia and the emerging economies who are all trying to escape the inflationary effects of Bernanke’s dollar bubble.

    This means, essentially, building up reserves in hard currency, which means anything but the dollar and preferably the Euro, then doing trade in their own currency if they can. Currently in their trade with Europe, they are negotiating the Yuan in Euros and thus bypassing the dollar completely.

  162. Interesting. Bring this link http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19563051/obama-touts-new-auto-case-against-china up through Facebook and you get an article about Obama & China & cars. Bring it up through Firefox and get this:

    Obama team tries to lower expectations for debates

    Posted: Sep 17, 2012 10:00 AM PDT Updated: Sep 17, 2012 6:51 PM PDT
    By JULIE PACE
    Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign doesn’t want to talk about what the Democrat is doing to prepare for the fall debates with Republican Mitt Romney. But aides are readily setting expectations – and not surprisingly, they want to keep them low for Obama while raising the stakes for Romney.
    “While Mitt Romney has done 20 debates in the last year, he has not done one in four years, so there certainly is a challenge in that regard,” Jennifer Psaki, Obama’s campaign spokeswoman, said of the president on Monday.
    With Obama edging slightly ahead of Romney in public polling seven weeks from Election Day, the three October debates could be one of the Republicans’ best opportunities to break through with voters. But the high-profile events are just as crucial for Obama, who was an uneven debater during the 2008 Democratic primaries.
    In that way, some of the Obama campaign’s tactical lowering of expectations is also rooted in the truth. Aides say the structured – and time-limited – nature of the debates isn’t a natural fit for Obama, who often is long-winded when answering questions during news conferences or town hall-style meetings.
    Obama’s campaign purposely has been vague about how he is getting ready for the debates and aides refused to discuss details of his preparations publicly.
    But those preparations are well under way. Obama has held multiple practice sessions, some with Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry, who is playing the role of Romney. One of the president’s practice spots is at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters a short drive from the White House.
    Romney, on the other hand, has not hidden that he’s been in the midst of intense debate preparation since early September. That’s when aides announced that the GOP nominee would spend much of the week of the Democratic National Convention off the campaign trail huddling with advisers in private debate sessions.
    Romney got started early in part to help him get accustomed to the one-on-one format he’ll face next month. Most of his numerous debates during the GOP primary featured several other candidates.
    The Republican nominee is doing timed, mock debates with Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman playing Obama. Longtime adviser Peter Flaherty is standing in as the moderator, asking questions about both domestic and foreign policy.
    Top Romney advisers, including strategist Stuart Stevens, longtime aides Eric Fehrnstrom and Beth Myers, and senior adviser Ed Gillespie, then dissect the sessions.
    Among the locales Romney has picked for debate preps are a friend’s home in rural Vermont and a Marriott hotel in Burlington, Mass. Obama may also practice at the presidential retreat at Camp David, besides using DNC headquarters.
    Obama’s campaign has tried to use Romney’s intense public preparations to ramp up expectations for the Republican.
    “We know that Mitt Romney and his team have seemed to prepare more than any candidate in modern history,” Psaki told reporters traveling with Obama in Ohio on Monday. “They’ve made clear that his performing well is a make-or-break piece for their campaign.”
    Romney’s campaign countered Monday by noting that the president will be the only one on the debate stage in November with experience in three general election debates.
    But the Republican nominee, a former Massachusetts governor, has tried to tamp down expectations, too.
    During a Friday night flight to Boston, Romney and Portman walked to the back of the airplane to offer birthday greetings to two reporters covering his campaign. “Can you tell us a little bit about debate prep? How’s he doing?” a reporter asked Portman. The senator replied, “He’s doing great.”
    Romney, laughing, quickly interjected. Turning to Portman, he said: “Say nothing more.”
    The candidates will meet for three debates: a domestic policy debate in Denver on Oct. 3; a town hall-style debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16, and a foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22.
    Vice President Joe Biden and GOP running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will meet for one debate in Danville, Ky., on Oct. 11 that will touch on both domestic and foreign policy issues.
    Associated Press writers Kasie Hunt in Washington and Ken Thomas in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
    Read more: www dot myfoxdc.com/story/19563051/obama-touts-new-auto-case-against-china#ixzz26vKRjRy9

    I have a screen shot of this situation.

  163. OTurd’s super duper PAC out with an ad with the 47% comments. I don’t know, seems very corny and stupid. It actually made me want to support Romney more.

    Pro-Obama super-PAC running new TV ad with Romney 47% comments > youtu.be/uaKIeR4Sn3k

  164. From Canada Free Press via Leanora (Sept 18 at 8:19 pm – Thanks!). The article says:

    “The media continue to tell us we are in a recovery and that job growth and our overall financial health is improving.”

    “The actions of Ben Bernanke [now with the open-ended QE3]… just sealed the demise of the U.S. dollar by launching an indefinite round of creating digital money, backed by nothing, for the purpose of buying our own debt. Doing so ultimately makes our paper money worth less and soon to be worthless…. Everyone with U.S. dollars in pension plans, savings and retirement accounts are about to lose much, if not all of their savings…. creating more digital money from nothing will significantly devalue the dollar to the extent that it will take more and more of them to pay for the same goods and services yesterday”

    This is entirely true and supports my previous posts and the articles submitted by tim.

    “We are borrowing money to pay for prior debt created by fraudulent banking practices that was a direct result of the repealing of the Glass-Steagall Act.”

    The author reminds us of the humdrum public reaction of the night in 1971 when Nixon took us off the gold standard and put us on the oil standard, saying that the public reaction to QE3 is pharmaceutically induced (Hopium?). At least the dollar was backed by oil under Nixon, now it is backed by nothing: electrons flying around between computers in a slew of banks. I’ve said the same thing about the pernicious trading in artificial instruments: electrons in a virtual world where not even the money is real.

    “The motive for the complete destruction of the American dollar, it would appear, is to create a global currency to replace the defunct dollar, deliberately destroyed at the hands of those in power today and in recent years.”

    If this is true, it means that the Euro will not replace the dollar but that we will go back to some form of the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) that were instituted in the 1970s and never took hold. There are a growing number of voices in Europe calling for the reinstatement of SDRs, nobody wants to see the Euro go through the same wringer as the dollar.

    But this might not necessarily be how things play out. Before the 1960s, the British Pound Sterling was the world reserve currency, despite Bretton Woods. It was valued at over $5 and sometimes over $6. The British had a conservative monetary policy: They didn’t print money, just as the German-dominated Euro has not been trashed by printing money. The Germans always have in mind the wheelbarrows of Weimar and the success of the pre-Euro Deutschmark that they were rightly proud of. I think the Germans want the Euro to replace the Pound Sterling of yesteryear and they will not go for some SDR ploy.

  165. Looks like the repub elite morons are out in full force… remember Nicole Wallace? the same Ms. Wallace who got Gov Palin to keep going on Katie Couric’s show, and then went behind Palin’s back to yuck it up with her liberal pal Katie Couric.

    Now this very “astute” woman who wants to stay relevant is on GMA with Obot Rick Klein of ABC News, and then says this gem:

    “Nicolle Wallace: “you can’t look at those state numbers and feel good” about Romney campaign’s chances. ”

    Riiight, all this is about is perceptions, actually based on the numbers I’ve seen Romney is actually winning. I finally understand what these hangerons do, every election cycle they just want to be with the in-crowd, they really contribute nothing, they really have no understanding of solving real problems, they just want to be seen as important, that they’re opinions are seen as important so that when they go to the DC cocktail parties with a chip of importance on their shoulders.

    Before I listened to them and at least had to acknowledge that they knew what they were talking about. Now I see these idiots, they neither have clue or the humility to know just how ignorant they truly are and seen as by more and more independent minded people.

  166. Putin on Romney: “At Least He’s Direct…”

    Slapdown of Obama if you ever saw one…..

    MOSCOW — Soviet leaders used to prefer Republicans to Democrats, in the belief that Republicans were tough but more sincere and, once they made a promise, were more likely to deliver on it.

    There has been a whiff of that old way of thinking in recent remarks by President Vladimir Putin, even though plenty has changed in Russia’s relations with the United States. Speaking to reporters last week, Putin said he appreciates GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s bluntness in his denunciations of Russia — because that stance lets Russia know where it stands, and reinforces Putin’s opposition to a missile defense shield in Europe.

    “That Mr. Romney considers us enemy number one and apparently has bad feelings about Russia is a minus, but, considering that he expresses himself bluntly, openly and clearly, means that he is an open and sincere man, which is a plus,” Putin said after a meeting with Serbia’s president.

    “We will be oriented toward pluses, not minuses,” Putin said. “And I am actually very grateful to him for formulating his position in a straightforward manner.”

  167. Getting it from everywhere…………

    Chinese protesters attack US Amb’s car, chanting “Down with US imperialism” & “Pay us back!”

  168. Carol Sept 18 8:03 pm: Thanks again…

    “lots of misinformation in your response.
There are excellent historical summaries of the land now known as Israel. If I have time I will post one.”

    Please do so. But also, please remember that I have training in historical research, which does not make me omniscient but does make me wary of writers who aim to prove a point in “summaries”, typically by stressing points that support their foregone conclusion and dismissing anything that does not. My bullshit meter sounds alert when I read summaries. To get at the historical truth, you have to look lucidly at the many sides of events. So, don’t be surprised if I don’t swallow your “summaries” hook line and sinker.

    “But honestly I know that Jan has previously been over all of this. You are going to believe what you want.”

    Please don’t think I am being stubbornly ignorant just because I differ with you or JanH.

    The opposite is true. JanH presented a number of remarks, some of which I conceded and others I refuted, and she had the good sense not to claim herself as an unimpeachable authority on these subjects.

    “I am not feeling sorry for the Israeli Arabs.”

    I’m not asking you to feel sorry for the Arabs. Just understand that I don’t feel sorry for the Jews either. Feeling sorry is not in my mindset.

    Even if you take the Arabs to be your sworn enemy to be fought at every turn, your best policy would be to understand them in order to defeat them. That’s standard military strategy.

    “Have you been to Israel? I have 3 times.”

    Good for you. I’ve been there once as a tourist and four times on “business” if you can call it that. I’ve never been to Gaza, nor to the southern half of Israel. In fact, I haven’t been there at all for almost 20 years now, and I know much water has passed under the bridge.

    On the Arab side, I met Arafat in Paris and found him to be a slimy bastard. He may have been in the company of Abbas at the time, but I don’t remember anyone but him.

    On the Jewish side, I met Shimon Perez and found him to be thoughtful to the point of philosophical and inspiring. I also met with two contacts in Mossad whose names I conveniently don’t remember. Probably code names anyway.

    Aside from those ‘official’ contacts, I met perhaps 20 Arabs and Jews in Israel and many more outside Israel – in Lebanon, Syria, Russia and France. That was in the Cold War days. A lot has changed now.

  169. With idiots like this…..

    BREAKING: Pakistan announces Friday will be a holiday to protest the anti-Islam film.”

    “Protests must be peaceful,” Qamar Zaman Kaira, Pakistan’s information minister, told reporters in Islamabad today.

    …………………………

    Yup that muslim outreach is going oh so well.

  170. Look at the depth of such astuteness from ABC “news” “reporter” Rick Klein, his latest tweet:

    “rickklein When Romney goes to late rally in Miami, he’ll come into contact with real-life voter at actual campaign event for 1st time since Friday”

    Oh yes, Mitt is going to come into contact with a “real-life voter”. LOL!

    ===============================================
    and now Pelosi, also trying to shape opinions, etc… so this is how the game is played. Today on the today show:

    “Pelosi says it’s “50-50″ shot Dems take back the House; odds helped by Ryan and focus on Medicare, she says on Today”

    Hmm. I remember Ms. Pelosi saying this gem in September of 2010, that turned out so well, didn’t it.

    “Pelosi: “I Feel Certain That We Will” Keep The House ”

  171. moononpluto: “Putin on Romney: “At Least He’s Direct…””

    Yes, it has always been this way with Russians, Soviet or not. They always prefer frankness.

    The French do too, the proof being that the very word “frank” comes from French, “franc”, from which “France” and “français” are derived, and which has the same meaning in French as in English.

    The Brits use the word “frank” in a derogatory manner: If someone is “frank”, it means they are impolite. For the Brits, “frank” negotiations are negotiations that they didn’t win.

    In any event, both the French and the Russians feel Obama is useless. They never know what he’s talking about and they know he won’t deliver.

  172. I’m reading the twitter feeds of many of these so called “reporters”, absolutely stunning and so obvious how fully in the tank these fools are for Barry. And they all in unison have one talking point to attack Romney, then they go another, one after another on these talking points.

    You’d think its all being coordinated. Nah, like that would ever happen./sarc

  173. Well what a surprise….

    CRS: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/crs-report-number-of-able-bodied-adults-on-food-stamps-doubled-after-obama-suspended-work-requirement/article/2508430#.UFmtz43ia6V

    Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.

    In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

    “This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”

    Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program “works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) ‘workfare’ program for at least 20 hours per week.”

    Obama’s economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas. This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2010) and Congress rebuffed Obama’s requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. (The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”)

    Though the weakening of the economy would have led to an increase in food stamp usage with or without a waiver, the doubling of the use of food stamps by the able-bodied population without dependents exceeded the 43 percent increase in food stamp usage among the broader population over the same 2008 to 2010 time frame. This gives more weight to the idea that the waiver fueled the food stamp growth among the population it affected, beyond where it would have been even in a weak economy.

    The CRS report does not have data for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years.

    Read the full report here.

  174. tim, that would be because Russia does not take any crap with them and deals with it straight away. They really do bring a gun if you bring a knife, in fact they bring the whole arsenal.

  175. moononpluto
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Good morning Moon. Yep, interesting, isn’t it? and yet no Obot MSM in this country will cover that, but oh no, they’ll advocate for arresting those that would insult Islam.

  176. LOL, even worse, WI had +6 dems in 2008, in the NYT/SeeBS poll, it now has dems +8% in the polling sample. What a joke!

  177. The polls are going to come to a big fat drop soon, within 2 weeks they will start altering them to get in line.

  178. DALLAS — American Airlines is sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees although a spokesman says the company expects job losses to be closer to 4,400.

    The notices went out to mechanics and ground workers whose jobs will be affected as American goes through a bankruptcy restructuring.

    American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks said Tuesday that fewer than 40 percent of those getting notices will lose their jobs. Hicks said federal law requires the company to notify anyone whose position could change, including those who could get “bumped” by more-senior employees whose jobs are eliminated or outsourced.

    American said in February that it planned to cut 14,000 jobs, including 13,000 held by union workers. But if Hicks is right, the final job losses will be about a third of that.

  179. Here is Erickson’s response to the big media feeding frenzy over the 47% video. My edits are in caps and parentheses. (Note: since he appears regularly on CNN, he has an economic incentive to treat them more charitably than I do. I see them as sub-human, whereas he is more tolerant of their serial lies and distortions. If you read the entire article, you will see that he thinks this may well be another example of the chick-fil-a, phenomenon which backfires on the Obama, and his big media bootlickers.)
    ———————————————————-

    “What I explained to (the Obamedia) and what I think the (Obamedia) miss is that many of them (falsely) claim Mitt Romney described as “victims’ weren’t who Mitt Romney was speaking about. And those people intrinsically know it. They may technically fall into the category Mitt Romney described as government dependent victims, but they know he’s not talking about them. He’s talking about the people they also are talking about.

    But more than that, and this is really what the left and media miss, a fair number of those people in the 47% are NOT THERE BY CHOICE. They are there BECAUSE OF THE PERVERSE ECONOMIC POLICIES OF BARACK OBAMA. And they absolutely understand that Barack Obama’s policies got them there. All they need to hear from Mitt Romney is that he really does get it and really will FIX THE PROBLEM, NOT JUST MANAGE THE DECLINE OF THE NATION as his primary opponents claimed he would. (snip)

    That off the cuff, off the record talk was what they needed to hear. Mitt Romney recognizes we have a PROBLEM WITH GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCY, as do a majority of Americans. But more importantly, Mitt Romney will IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE 47% by growing the private sector, not redistributing pieces of the economic pie. (snip)

    Mitt Romney MUST BE PREPARED TO FIGHT ON THIS GROUND (because it is the centerpiece of his campaign). He should let Paul Ryan do a lot of the talking. This is Paul Ryan’s turf and there are few, if any, more articulate people on the issue of government dependency.

    One final point as well — this episode epitomizes how BIG MEDIA is an ENEMY COLLABORATOR with Barack Obama’s campaign. When conservatives accurately quoted Barack Obama’s “YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT” line including the context in which he meant it, the PRESS FOLDED IMMEDIATELY when Obama claimed conservatives were taking him out of context. In Romney’s press conference after the revelation of the tape he said he was speaking off the cuff and maybe was not as articulate as he could have been without a prepared text. Nonetheless, unlike Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark, the PRESS DEMANDS WE TAKE MITT ROMNEY LITERALLY in his remarks.”

    http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/19/mitt-romneys-remarks-are-another-chick-fil-a-moment/

  180. moononpluto
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:16 am
    ——————————-
    That is a high compliment to Romney. There are legitimate differences between the United States and Russia. An honest adversary will be clear on what those differences are and will deal with you straight up. This is how Reagan and Gorbachev were able to reach important agreements on a number of key issues.

    By contrast, a dishonest adversary will pretend there are no differences, play to the media and ultimately stab you in the back. Obama epitomizes the latter, and sooner or later it results in a meltdown of the relationship, and an escalation of partisanship, as we are seeing now across Asia–thanks to him. A further example of this would be Obama’s intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which had the effect of scuttling them.

  181. Public Schedule: Public Schedule for September 19, 2012
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    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the assistant secretaries, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds consultations on proposed refugee admissions for FY2013 with Members of the House and Senate, on Capitol Hill.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, at the U.S. Capitol building.
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  182. A further thought on this:

    If you go back to the primary debates, you may recall the question whether Obama (or Hillary) would move past the long held positions of prior administrations, and sit down and break bread with the Ayotolla. Hillary was cautious. She knew there were legitimate differences, and trust was the key factor. But not so Obama. The Great Messiah leaped at the (political) opportunity. He fed us the usual garbage (later codified in the Cairo speech–which set the stage for the meltdown of American power in the region–and throughout the world) that He would straddle the globe like some kind of Colossus, meet with the Ayotolla within one year, and iron everything out. Yes, it was all so simple. Big media fell to its knees and worshiped him like a God, and it was only the beginning. In that magic moment he, big media and the left wing establishment were literally in a Ménage à Trois. Meanwhile Krauthammer and a few of us knew that this was all bullshit. We also knew that there were more than enough naive people who would succumb lunacy. Finally we knew that because of his mental disorder, he was absolutely in earnest–as was Hitler.

  183. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/18/akin-has-seven-days-to-make-call-on-campaign/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

    O’FALLON, Mo. — Rep. W. Todd Akin has one week left to decide whether he’s staying in the Missouri U.S. Senate race, and the Tuesday deadline holds fear and hope for the congressman who would face a barrage of new attacks from Democrats by staying but might win support of some conservative groups that have been sitting on the sideline.

    Mr. Akin has spent the past month insisting he’ll stay in the race despite pressure from national Republicans to drop out after his comments about women’s bodies rejecting pregnancies from “legitimate rape.”

    Once the Sept. 25 deadline for him to go to court to remove his name passes, analysts said he should expect Democrats to unload attacks on some of his other statements.

    “I think in the Valley of Death during the Crimean War, the Russian guns kind of waited for the British to rush, and I think that’s what you’re hearing now, a lot of silence on the battlements,” said University of Missouri political science professor David Robertson, referring to the famous Battle of Balaclava that left nearly half the British troops wounded or dead. [snip]

    There’s little doubt that with Mr. Akin staying in, the clear advantage belongs to Sen. Claire McCaskill, the incumbent who bought $3 million in ad time for the final month before the election.

    For now, she’s playing it safe, waiting to blast Mr. Akin over the airwaves until his name is guaranteed to appear on the November ballot.

  184. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/new_hampshire/election_2012_new_hampshire_president

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Mitt Romney has now taken the lead in the swing state of New Hampshire.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New Hampshire shows Romney with 48% support to President Obama’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.

  185. We have completely lost sight of what should be happening in this election. A sitting President should be gobbs ahead, and the Reps should be running some sort of sacrificial lamb. But it is not happening that way. Besides numerous tries by the media to pull Obama ahead to start what they think will be a stampeed, he keeps falling back to neck and neck, and that is with over sampling Dems. I really don’t know how they can handle the adjustment to actual voters, as it might prove to be a stark change from what they have been reporting.

    A second term should not be a close contest, unless of course you have failed the first term. There is very little you can call a success, even with the tremendous advantage he had for 2 years. He does not play well in the sandbox with others, in fact he does not think he should be in the sand box with others.

    If he wins, it will be only because the people are fearful of what the reps will do, not even being sure what that is. They will take a do nothing situation for 4 more years over a chance on trusting the reps to more centrally rule

  186. Interesting that I found out last night the 47% speech given by Romney was a few miles from me at a community where family members reside. I now recall when he came to Boca for some fund raisers, and this must have been one of them.

  187. So Romney moves ahead in Colorado and now New Hampshire, more places Obama did wnat to have to defend and if Obama is picking off places like New Hampshire then he really is going to have a lot of problems in other places.

    I saw a survey usa poll out yesterday that seems to have been missed and conspicuously not touted by the Dem big mouth brigade, not looked at the dmeographics of it but it had Obama up at only +9 in Oregon, yup you heard me Oregon 50 – 41.

  188. It will be very telling to see where Obama starts campaigning now, keep a very close eye on that, he is practically camped out in Iowa at present,3 full days in a row, that ought to tell you Obama polling there is in the toilet.

  189. The MSM is the only thing holding Obama up now, if Romney can break through that wall, Obama will go down in a ball of flames.

  190. Tony Stark
    September 19th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    This is just too funny in a sad way. An Obama supporter in 2008 interviews her 2012 self:

    ———–
    Seriously, this should be shown in all colleges and blue states.

    Oh how we wish these silly, new voters would be wise this quickly.

  191. ABM94

    Thanks again for reminding us of what a crummy day our girl will have, especially when she has to meet with the dip$hit.

  192. THE THEME SONG OF OBAMA MEDIA

    I’ll remember forever,
    When I was but three,
    Mama, who was clever,
    Remarking to me;
    If, son, when you’re grown up,
    You want ev’rything nice,
    I’ve got your future sewn up
    If you take this advice:

    Be a clown, be a clown,
    All the world loves a clown.
    Lie and cheat, play the calf,
    And you’ll always have the last laugh.
    Wear the cap and the bells
    And you’ll rate with all the great swells
    If you become a doctor, folks’ll face you with dread,
    If you become a dentist, they’ll be glad when you’re dead,
    You’ll get a bigger hand if you can give Obama head,
    Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown.

    Be a clown, be a clown,
    All the world loves a clown.
    Be a lying buffoon
    And the demoiselles’ll all swoon.
    Wear a big media badge
    And you’ll ride the road to romance.
    A butcher or a baker, ladies never embrace,
    A barber for a beau would be a social disgrace,
    They all’ll come to call if you can fall on your face,
    Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown.

    Be a clown, be a clown,
    All the world loves a clown.
    Lie and cheat, you’re a joke
    And you’ll only stop with top folks–like Clooney and Buffett
    Be a crack jackanapes
    And they’ll imitate you like apes.
    Why be a truthful journalist your rent in arrears,
    Why be tell both sides of the story and you’ll owe it for years?
    When crowds’ll pay to giggle if you wiggle your ears?
    Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown.

    Be a clown, be a clown,
    All the world loves a clown.
    If you just make ’em roar
    Watch your mountebank account soar.
    Wear a painted mustache (like Tom Friedman)
    And you’re sure to be a big ass
    A college education I should never propose, (Brian Williams and Chuck Todd are college drop-outs)
    A bachelor’s degree won’t even keep you in clo’es,
    But millions you will win if you can turn up your nose.
    Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown.

    Be a clown, be a clown,
    All the world loves a clown.
    Be a poor silly ass
    And you’ll always travel first-class,
    Give bull, give ’em fun,
    And they’ll pay to say you’re A-1.
    If you become a farmer, you’ve the weather to buck,
    If you become a gambler, you’ll be stuck with your luck,
    But jack you’ll never lack if you can quack like a duck
    (Quack, quack, quack, quack)
    Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown.

  193. President of all the people feted with $105k tower of Armand de Brignac champagne….how terribly working class….not.

  194. Obama actually said this about the national debt on Letterman: “I don’t remember what the number was precisely.”

  195. But more than that, and this is really what the left and media miss, a fair number of those people in the 47% are NOT THERE BY CHOICE. They are there BECAUSE OF THE PERVERSE ECONOMIC POLICIES OF BARACK OBAMA.

    =========================

    Yes, as I’ve been saying. The GOP can’t really use both those arguments on the same page. 😉

    As for who to take literally, it’s easy to see how Obama garbled his sentences. What’s not so clear is which people Romney was referring to when — though that might be excused also, if he’s clarified in detail what he did mean, if it was really different than his literal sense.

    Personally, I think both sides should drop the literal gotcha stuff, and look at both candidates’ clear statements instead.

  196. moononpluto
    September 19th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Rasmussen : only 16% rate economy as good or excellent, that is lethal for Obama, no mincing words about it.
    &&&&&&

    Hmmm, there must be another (obviously related) poll finding 16% are mentally unable to handle reality.

    I mean, who the hell thinks the economy is “good”, let alone “excellent”.

    Yeah, I know, GDP this, corporate earnings that. But come one, anything positive is only weakly positive, and the jobs situation is terrible. Tack on the foreclosure situation, trade deficit, and the surging budget deficit, and you certainly don’t have anything anywhere near Rosy.

  197. (The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”)

    ====================

    Didn’t it turn out that the waivers were only allowed in states that had some other plan which effective strengthened the work requirements?

  198. Sununu’s smack down of that horrible little toady Andrea Mitchell was outstanding. Shows how you have to cut through the crap loaded question routine, turn it around, and tell MSM, “Your slanted journalism does a disservice to the American public”.

    MSM is going to have their New Hampshire (2008) moment.

    Day before: “We predict Obama will follow up Iowa with a solid thumping of Hillary tomorrow”.

    Day after: “Hmmm, surprising those polls were a little off. Don’t quite know what happened.”

    Fuckers.

  199. Getting worse by the minute…..

    In her daily press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland admitted that she provided false information Friday [….]

    ===================

    This is HILLARY’S spokesperson. And the rest of the post shows that the error was minor — nothing as big as “provided false information” suggests.

  200. WTF are the French thinking???

    Cartoons in French weekly fuel Mohammad furore

    PARIS (Reuters) – A French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday by portraying him naked in cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a video depicting him as a lecherous fool. (Yahoo News)

    Then…

    France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20120919-naked-mohammed-cartoons-fuel-muslim-outcry-france-charlie-hebdo-french-paper

  201. Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Update – Corn responds, 1-2 minutes missing)

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 9:31pm legalinsurrection

    Turns out tape cuts out part of controversial Romney answer
    David Corn of Mother Jones released the “complete” audio and video of the secretly recorded Mitt Romney speech at a private fundraiser.

    Yet the complete audio and video is not complete. There is a gap in the recording immediately after Romney’s now famous discussion of the 47% of voters who don’t pay taxes. The cut in the audio and video comes while Romney is in mid-sentence, so we actually do not have the full audio of what Romney said on the subject.

    The next audio/video (Part 2) picks up with Romney talking about China.

    I noticed this this afternoon and sent two tweets to Corn seeking an explanation.

  202. Tony Stark
    September 19th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    This is just too funny in a sad way. An Obama supporter in 2008 interviews her 2012 self:

    Really funny- thanks for posting

  203. What a surprise…..

    Andrea Mitchell: NBC Hasn’t “Authenticated” Obama Redistribution Clip, Won’t Air

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/09/19/andrea_mitchell_nbc_hasnt_authenticated_obama_redistribution_clip_wont_air.html

    On her MSNBC program this afternoon, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell said the network would not air the clip of then-State Senator Barack Obama endorsing redistribution in 1988 because the network could not “authenticate” the clip.

    “Let’s explain this redistribution issue because we have not authenticated this 14-year-old tape from Loyola College when Barack Obama was a state senator. So because we have not independently at NBC news and MSNBC authenticated it, we’re not airing it,” Mitchell said.

    “But the basic issue is they’re accusing President Obama, as John Sununu said to be yesterday, of class warfare. That is trying to change the subject,” Mitchell added.

    …………………………

    Should have their journalism license yanked.

  204. and the Obama Admin story changes again…….

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/19/obama_official_benghazi_was_a_terrorist_attack

    Obama official: Benghazi was a terrorist attack

    The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in fact “a terrorist attack” and the U.S. government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, a top Obama administration official said Wednesday morning.

    “I would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy,” Matt Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, in response to questioning from Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) about the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

    As for who was responsible, Olsen said it appears there were attackers from a number of different militant groups that operate in and around Benghazi, and said there are already signs of al Qaeda involvement.

    “We are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al Qaeda or al Qaeda’s affiliates; in particular, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” he said.

    The U.S. government just isn’t sure yet whether the terrorist attack was pre-planned or whether it was an example of terrorists taking advantage of protests against an anti-Islam film, Olsen said.

    “It appears that individuals who were certainly well-armed seized on the opportunity presented as the events unfolded that evening and into the morning hours of September 12th. We do know that a number of militants in the area, as I mentioned, are well-armed and maintain those arms. What we don’t have at this point is specific intelligence that there was a significant advanced planning or coordination for this attack,” he said.

    His statements go further than those of the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who said last week that the protests in Cairo and Benghazi were a reaction to the video and not a pre-planned attack. Today, Carney didn’t repeat the assertion that the video was solely to blame, but he said again that there is no evidence the Benghazi attack was pre-planned.

    “What I can tell you is that, as I said last week, as … our ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday and as I said the other day, based on what we know now and knew at the time, we have no evidence of a preplanned or premeditated attack,” Carney said Wednesday. “It is a simple fact that there are in post-revolution, post-war Libya armed groups; there are bad actors hostile to the government, hostile to the West, hostile to the United States. And as has been the case in other countries in the region, it is certainly conceivable that these groups take advantage of and exploit situations that develop, when they develop, to protest against or attack either Westerners, Americans, Western sites, or American sites.”

    Committee ranking Republican Susan Collins (R-ME) declared at the hearing that she believes the attacks were planned well in advance and she referenced information she had received from U.S. intelligence officials behind closed doors.

    “First, I will tell you that based on the briefings I have had, I’ve come to the opposite conclusion and agree with the president of Libya that this was a premeditated, planned attack that was associated with the date of 9/11, the anniversary of 9/11,” she said. “I just don’t think that people come to protests equipped with RPGs and other heavy weapons. And the reports of complicity — and they are many — with the Libyan guards who were assigned to guard the consulate also suggest to me that this was premeditated.”

    Collins said she was concerned by the lack of security at the Benghazi consulate, especially since there had been an attack on the mission in June and a more serious attack on the British ambassador’s convoy as well. Olsen said the U.S. government was aware of the danger but not of impending attack that killed the four Americans.

    “So there were reports detailing those attacks and detailing generally the threat that was faced to U.S. and Western individuals and interests in Eastern Libya from, again, armed militants as well as elements connected to al Qaeda,” he said. “There was no specific intelligence regarding an imminent attack prior to September 11th on our post in Benghazi.”

    ……………………

    This administration is just ridiculous. How many evolutions has there been now.

  205. Shadowfax
    September 19th, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    WTF are the French thinking???

    Cartoons in French weekly fuel Mohammad furore
    ***************

    Freedom of speech perhaps?

    Despite what an obot posser here states, the French have a SERIOUS muslim problem.

  206. Andrea Mitchell: NBC Hasn’t “Authenticated” Obama Redistribution Clip, Won’t Air
    —————-
    Since when have they worried about authenticating anything? They are a farce–especially Brian Williams–a total buffoon who actually takes himself seriously.

  207. gonzotx

    WTF are the French thinking???

    Cartoons in French weekly fuel Mohammad furore
    ***************

    Freedom of speech perhaps?

    ———-
    The epitome of human stupidity.

    What to do when there is an international crisis, causing death and massive pain, countries on the brink of war???

    Bring a freakin’ H-bomb to the party and rub everyone’s faces in it.

  208. Shadowfax
    September 19th, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    ***********

    Not a smart move, but then it never would be a safe move with the muslims. Possibly the mag wanted to strike while the fire was hot and leave no crisis left undone. I think possibly they wanted to insight the muslims for ulterior motives.

    Thy could put it out next year and the result would be the same. The insanity of islam would cause the destruction of lives no matter what. This surly will.

    What is a free society to do? We made a decision in 1941, what will we do now is the question.

  209. Shadowfax
    September 19th, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    ***********

    Not a smart move, but then it never would be a safe move with the muslims. Possibly the mag wanted to strike while the fire was hot and leave no crisis left undone. I think possibly they wanted to incite the muslims for ulterior motives.

    They could put it out next year and the result would be the same. The insanity of islam would cause the destruction of lives no matter what. This surly will.

    What is a free society to do? We made a decision in 1941, what will we do now is the question.

    None of this will matter to those poor souls that make the ultimate sacrifice with their lives however.

  210. September 19, 2012
    Andrea Mitchell: NBC Will Not Air Obama “Redistribution” Clip Because They Can’t “Verify” It
    —Ace

    Yup.

    I’m sure that’s the problem.

    On the other hand, they had no problem airing the Romney Hidden Cam with the missing 2 (or 18?) minutes. David Corn is being evasive about this.

    What was said there? Perhaps something that made his other remarks sound less abrasive — context, as they call it — and thus was edited out for maximum effect.

  211. To me the question of who hired the British Security firm is not nearly as important as the other questions surrounding this incident, namely:

    1. first, was there two week PRIOR NOTICE OF THE PLANNED ATTACK, as the CIA initially stated? If so then why were proactive security steps not taken. Moreover, in that case, the contention by Rice that the violence was not pre-planned but spontaneous was a WATERGATE SIZED LIE.

    2. second, who decided that the MARINE CORPS DETACHMENT that has traditionally guarded our embassies around the world would not be used? There is some indication that the late ambassador wanted it that way. But that is a DOD decision (Panetta), and a Commander-in-Chief decision (Mess-I-ah) Obama decision.

    3. third, who is the author of the LIBYAN RULES OF ENGAGEMENT which call for the non use of loaded weapons?

    These are the questions that need to be answered. There are those who have the answers. They could become very rich over night if they decided to disclose what they knew, anonymously, and let the chips fall where they may. We need another deep throat, to unravel this conspiracy by the Obama Administration and their big media cohorts, who are trying their best to bury it. But it will not be buried, and on the odds will take on a life of its own as we get closer to the election.

    In the meantime, it is fascination to compare the MODUS OPERANDI of Big Media in this scandal to the role they played in Watergate forty years ago. There, they pushed for the TRUTH, whereas here they are invested in the COVER-UP. That just goes to show you how far they have declined as a credible institution from the days when Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. Today, we see people like Todd, Step, Brian and their ilk who call themselves journalists, but are in fact, nothing more than sewer rats. That also goes for their owners and executives–traitors as well.

  212. Hahahahaha! Great find. I especially liked the last P.

    foxyladi14
    September 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    “And one final point: it may be that only 53% of Americans pay taxes, but that 53% accounts for a much larger percentage of voters. The poor, the indigent, and minorities always vote in far fewer numbers than the middle and upper classes. So Romney’s “controversial” sentence actually appeals to probably over 60% of the voters. And that’s more than he needs to win.”

  213. A great and uplifting message from Kevin at Hillbuzz.

    “Obama is going to lose, folks…and lose BIG.

    I’ve spent the last week or so going to all sorts of places in Romney/Ryan gear and while I have received a few looks from people who are surprised to see a Romney shirt on someone in Chicago, I’ve had no bad experiences while in 2008 I couldn’t walk to the end of my block without being screamed or spit at by Obama lunatics. I even get a lot of thumbs-up and questions about “where (I) got that”.

    This is something the media doesn’t report, or even acknowledge exists, but the reality is that 2008 was a massive fluke and was powered largely by raw emotion: Americans thought it was time to “make history” and elect a magical black man to be President because they thought the color of this guy’s skin was going to “change the world”. Well, they were right about that…but in a very Twilight Zone kind of way people were not at all careful with what they wished for and the change that resulted over the last four years isn’t what they wanted.

    Record unemployment, with between 25-30 million Americans either out of work or underemployed. $16 Trillion in national debt (and exploding with more daily). Islamic radicals conquering the Middle East, raping and murdering male ambassadors, and the White House ignoring clear security warnings and even considering releasing the “Blind Sheik” 1993 World Trade Center bomber.

    Obama’s watching the world burn and is enjoying it. Meanwhile, Obamacare’s terrified small businesses, forced many of them to shutter, and has frozen most hiring. We’re in an economic Depression caused by the wasteful 2009 “stimulus” (that went mostly into union coffers) and the uncertainty and zealous regulations of Obamacare.

    People know Obama has failed and made a giant mess in Washington. Many are still uncomfortable admitting the first black man in the job was not as magical as they thought he’d be. These people not only won’t turn out for him in numbers he needs them to in November, but here in Chicago at least they have no interest at all in physically accosting, screaming at, or otherwise trying to bully anyone who doesn’t support Obama.

    What happens when a would-be dictator loses his unpaid goon squads on the street?

    I think we’re going to find out come November 6th, folks.”

    http://hillbuzz.org/illinois-ground-report-it-is-now-safe-to-walk-around-chicago-in-a-mitt-romney-tee-shirt-no-one-will-scream-at-you-spit-at-you-or-call-you-a-racist-i-swear-63284

  214. Yes, Muslims are still forcing their way past police checkpoints and burning flags and effigies outside U.S. embassies:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/327848/flag-effigy-burning-embassy-protests-continue-obama-raises-money

    So, what’s going on in the world today?

    LEBANON

    Tens of thousands of people marched in the southern port city of Tyre chanting “Oh America, you are God’s enemy,” and, “At your service, Muhammad.”

    The demonstrators were led by Nabil Kaouk, a commander of the militant Hezbollah group, who warned the U.S. and France not to anger Muslims because “our nation that is ready to defend the prophet.” They protesters carried the yellow banners of Hezbollah and the green flags of Amal, both Shiite Muslim movements. They dispersed peacefully.

    ___

    INDONESIA

    The United States temporarily closed its consulate in the country’s third largest city of Medan because of demonstrations. It was the third consecutive day of protests in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. About 300 members of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, a pan-Islamic movement, rallied peacefully in front of the consulate in Medan. About 50 Muslim students also protested there a separate rally. Both groups called on Washington to punish the makers of the film.

    ___

    PAKISTAN

    Several hundred lawyers protested the anti-Islam video in the capital Islamabad, forcing their way into an area that houses the U.S. Embassy and other foreign missions. The protesters shouted anti-American slogans and burned an American flag after they pushed through a gate, gaining access to the diplomatic enclave before police stopped them. They called for the U.S. ambassador to be expelled from the country, and then peacefully dispersed.

    Pakistan officials opened an investigation into a businessman who has been accused of blasphemy after refusing to join protests over an anti-Islam video and allegedly trying to convince others also not to take part. Blasphemy is punishable by life imprisonment or death.

    ___

    SRI LANKA

    About 300 Muslims protested against the film in the capital Colombo, calling for its U.S.-based creators to be hanged. They carried signs and banners that read, “Ban anti-Islamic film all over the world. U.S. should apologize to Muslims,” and chanted, “Hang the producer and director of the film.” Protesters also spit upon and walked on U.S. and Israeli flags during the demonstration, which was organized by an Islamic group called Sri Lanka Thaweed Jamath.

    ___

    AFGHANISTAN

    Hundreds of university students in the eastern city of Jalalabad staged a protest and burned an effigy of President Barack Obama before dispersing peacefully.

    Sounds serious. What’s the commander in chief up to, fresh off his appearance on Letterman? Well, last night, he attended a fundraiser with Jay-Z and Beyonce in New York City (you know, the one with a tower of 350 golden champagne bottles worth $105,000).

    He did receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office this morning…

    But the rest of the week is just packed: campaign events in Tampa and Miami tomorrow, campaign events in Virginia Friday, a fundraiser in Los Angeles October 7 with Katy Perry…

  215. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued the following statement on Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings on ‘Operation Fast and Furious’:

    “The Inspector General’s report confirms findings by Congress’ investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious. Contrary to the denials of the Attorney General and his political defenders in Congress, the investigation found that information in wiretap applications approved by senior Justice Department officials in Washington did contain red flags showing reckless tactics and faults Attorney General Eric Holder’s inner circle for their conduct.

    “Former Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer who heads the Criminal Division, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, and Holder’s own Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson are all singled out for criticism in the report. It’s time for President Obama to step in and provide accountability for officials at both the Department of Justice and ATF who failed to do their jobs. Attorney General Holder has clearly known about these unacceptable failures yet has failed to take appropriate action for over a year and a half.”

    The Inspector General has indicated he will continue his investigation of matters related to Operation Fast and Furious, including retaliation against whistleblowers and an effort to have the Justice Department unseal wiretap applications sealed by courts that were approved by senior officials. The Congressional investigation will also continue to seek documents wrongfully withheld from Congress.

    Inspector General Horowitz will testify on the findings of his investigation before the Oversight Committee tomorrow at 9:30 AM in 2157 Rayburn House Office building.”

    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/09/19/read-rep-issas-statement-on-igs-findings-of-widespread-failures-by-senior-doj-officials-in-operation-fast-and-furious/

  216. moononpluto: I read the conclusion only. It is garbage. The author is a garbage man, so none of this is really surprising. This is not an independent report. This is why as Special Prosecutor was needed. The Holder Justice Department cannot police itself, and the opinion of the author of this report is a material breach of their masthead about justice, integrity and all that. I have a low regard for a man who allows himself to be used to whitewash a serious national scandal.

  217. Uh Oh…..

    WHITE HOUSE WAS WARNED – Islamists Said They Would “Burn the Embassy Down on 9-11″

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/white-house-was-warned-islamists-said-they-would-burn-the-embassy-down-on-9-11/?utm_source=co2hog

    The protest in Cairo on 9-11 included a “Who’s who” of radical Islamic thugs – including the brother of Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri (on left). The sons of the blind sheik, terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (on right above) were also in attendance.

    A report filed by the Department of Homeland Security warned that Islamists would burn down the US Embass “with everyone in it” if the US did not release the blind sheikh.
    FOX News reported:

    Fox News has obtained a three-page intelligence report showing that two days before the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, a statement incited “sons of Egypt” to pressure America to release the so-called blind sheikh “even if it requires burning the embassy down with everyone in it.”

    The web statement, apparently posted on Sept. 9, was in reference to the embassy in Egypt. It preceded a throng of demonstrators breaching the U.S. Embassy wall in Cairo, supposedly in protest over an anti-Islam film. Obama administration officials claim that attackers in Libya then took their cue from Cairo and seized the opportunity to attack the consulate in Benghazi.

    Though the administration’s version of events is still evolving, the three-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report further highlights potential threats that were being picked up before last week’s attack.

    The DHS report, released on Sept. 11, said an “unidentified user” on an Arabic-language forum posted the statement “inciting Egyptians to target the U.S. Embassy, indicating the U.S. Embassy shouldn’t remain in Egypt” until Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the blind sheikh, is released. Abdel-Rahman, who played a role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other attacks, is serving a life sentence in U.S. prison.

    Also, Islamist webistes called to burn down the embassy several days before 9-11.
    MEMRI Blog reported:

    Prominent Shumoukh Member Calls To Burn Down U.S. Embassy In Egypt With All Staff Inside In Order To Pressure U.S. To Release Blind Sheikh

    Nasser Al-Qaeda, a prominent writer on the Jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam suggested burning down the U.S. embassy in Egypt with all workers inside in order to pressure the U.S. to release Sheikh ‘Omar ‘Abd Al-Rahman aka the Blind Sheikh.

    Commentary has more.

    Maybe this explains why the Obama Administration scrubbed a State Department posting that said there were no threats on 9-11.

  218. It immunizes Holder and Obama, and focuses on local law enforcement and lesser DOJ officials. I doubt very seriously that Issa is satisfied with this. And remember, just to keep things in perspective, this was the scandal that Ulsterman believed would sink Holder, whereas Horowitz left him virtually untouched.

  219. Wbboei: “We need another deep throat” – There are plenty of deep throats, one of them being Ulsterman’s White House Insider. The real issue is to “compare the MODUS OPERANDI of Big Media in this scandal to the role they played in Watergate forty years ago” – Exactly.

  220. just to keep things in perspective, this was the scandal that Ulsterman believed would sink Holder,

    —–
    If I remember correctly, the Insider thought that if this scandal could be linked to Holder, and Holder was let go, it would bring down the protective floodgates protecting Obama.

    Having the majority of info redacted has been Issa’s problem all along.

  221. The fate of the Obama Administration was foretold by our one of Roosevelt’s wise men in his book Around The Cragged Hill–“yet strive so that before age, death’s twilight, thy Soule rest, for none can work in that dark night.”—John Donne.

    “No regime lasts forever. None is entirely secure. The heights they occupy always become sooner or later a fortress besieged. Every one of them is confronted by others anxious and striving to occupy those heights in its place. And awareness of this fact is what causes each of them to become a conspiracy against all that lies outside their own ranks, and presents a real or potential threat to its power.”—Ambassador George Kennan, Mr. X, Author of the Truman Doctrine.

  222. Shadowfax
    September 19th, 2012 at 3:37 pm
    just to keep things in perspective, this was the scandal that Ulsterman believed would sink Holder,

    —–
    If I remember correctly, the Insider thought that if this scandal could be linked to Holder, and Holder was let go, it would bring down the protective floodgates protecting Obama.

    Having the majority of info redacted has been Issa’s problem all along.
    ———–
    Shadow, I think he was prepared for the fact that sensitive information would be redacted. (A useless exercise, since we now know from bitter experience, that when the time is right politically, National Security Advisor Tom O’Donolin will spill his guts to the NYT reporter, etc.) What he had hoped for was that the conclusion would be based on the information which was redacted, which evidently it was not. Of course that assumes we know what that redacted information was. The largest missing element in this report was the POLITICAL motive behind the fast and furious operation, which was to promote their anti gun agenda in the United States–through a process of entrapment. If the report had addressed that issue, then it would have accurate, rather than the whitewash it was.

  223. Wbboei, I love hearing what Morris has to say, but has he ever been correct on elections? He seems to think Romney will win quite easily. I just don’t buy that. I see either a comfortable Obama win or a big upset by Romney by last minute Indies switching over….

  224. I’m beginning to think Mitt actually DID help his cause with the media-dubbed gaffe of the century. Today’s New York Post front page was a screen shot of the campaign clip with the text below but the article by Michael Goodwin applauded MR’s statement and took the POS to the woodshed. (will look for link)

    Think about it. How did you feel when you realized 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax? If you are anything like me I was livid and I still am, especially around tax day.

    The emphasis on these MR points could be just the thing for low info voters who only get news from the usual suspects. But instead of evoking sympathy for those (unjustifiably) on the government dole it could create a backlash.

    IMHO.

    From the article – The truth can set you free.

    It is a fact that nearly 47 percent, as Romney said, don’t have any skin in the game — they pay no federal income taxes. Not all are greedy, of course, but whatever the government spends is gravy to them. The more spending of other people’s money, the more gravy they get.
    These clashing views about the role and size of government are what the 2012 campaign is about.

    Or should be.

    Until now, Romney has been too timid in saying so, while Obama has been more forthright in promising an ever bigger, more powerful state. Obama is winning that argument because he is a more talented politician and a better liar in claiming the endless goodies can be paid for by hiking taxes on the top 2 percent. His road leads to Greece, with stops for insolvency and soaring unemployment.

    No matter. Who can resist free stuff, especially when the president says go ahead, everybody else does it? And you deserve it because society is rigged against you and America is unjust, blah, blah, blah.

    That, not incidentally, was the theme of the Democratic convention. For three days, the grievance committee was in session, with a parade of speakers railing against success and complaining that somebody’s check wasn’t in the mail. They celebrated victimhood as a sign of virtue.

    Grievance is also the theme of the Occupy rabble. Is there any doubt the vagabonds taunting cops and making life miserable for working New Yorkers will vote for Obama, if they bother to vote?

    So now, Romney is on the record saying all this much more clearly than ever, although he was reckless in appearing to fault half the population. Still, he’s stuck with the message, and repeated it Monday, saying, “The president’s approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly, my discussion about lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/the_truth_can_set_mitt_free_9noS6FwgRRD6DDajARzJLN

  225. Exclusive: Obama Reverses Position On Intel Briefs, Drops iPad For Live Meetings

    When Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen and the Government Accountability Institute reported that President Obama has attended less than half of his Presidential Daily Briefs (PDBs) on intelligence, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the findings “hilarious.” The next day, U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American staff members were murdered.

    According to Mr. Carney, Mr. Obama doesn’t need in-person briefings because the president gets the written version on his iPad:

    He gets it every day, okay? The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not — well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials.

    But now, in an apparent 180-degree reversal, the White House official calendar shows that for the last four days Mr. Obama has ditched his iPad and has instead opted for the live briefings.

    That’s a good thing. As Mr. Thiessen explains, the live briefings are far preferred over the written daily intel reports, because they offer presidents and their advisors an opportunity to drill down into intelligence threats and to challenge assumptions. “This process cannot be replicated on paper,” says Mr. Thiessen.

    Still, Mr. Carney owes Mr. Thiessen an apology. Carney said Thiessen’s report was “hilarious” and flippantly dismissed the need for Mr. Obama to attend live intelligence briefings. Then, after four Americans were murdered and Mr. Obama’s foreign policy approval rating plunged, Mr. Obama has now decided to actually start showing up for his daily presidential intelligence briefings, just as Mr. Thiessen urged him to do.

    Mr. Obama’s newfound interest in attending his daily intelligence briefings won’t undo last week’s horrific events in the Middle East. But perhaps it may help in preventing similar atrocities in the days ahead.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/19/Exclusive-Obama-Reverses-Position-On-Intel-Briefs-Drops-iPad-For-Live-Meetings

  226. Jennifer Rubin writes a common sense article.

    H/T hillbuzz

    Media’s track record

    By Jennifer Rubin

    It is remarkable that anyone pays attention to the mass of pundits, both left and right, who have gotten so much so wrong in this election cycle. You’d think after three or five or even 10 goofs, the pundits would be more sheepish and the readers and viewers more wary.

    Here’s a brief recap of some of the media assertions, delivered with great certitude, which proved to be dead wrong.

    1. Romneycare would prevent Mitt Romney from getting the nomination.

    2. Romneycare would prevent Romney from making an argument against Obamacare.

    3. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a sure thing.

    4. The GOP would pick a tea party favorite as its nominee.

    5. Romney’s $10,000 “bet” in a primary debate was going to wreck his campaign.

    6. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom’s “Etch-a-sketch” remark was going to kill Romney’s chances.

    7. Romney’s remark about owning two Cadillacs was going to doom him in Michigan.

    8. Romney’s comment that he was most concerned about the middle class and not the very poor who have a safety net, which may need fixing, was going to cripple him.

    9. Romney’s Bain experience would kill his campaign.

    10. Romney’s foreign trip would kill his campaign.

    11. Romney would have to release more than two years of his tax returns.

    12. Romney’s remarks on the embassy attacks were the most important issue and would kill his campaign.

    13. The Democratic National Convention bounce for President Obama was meaningful.

    14. Clint Eastwood was a disaster.

    15. Picking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as a VP was a mistake

    You do have to wonder if anything the media have propounded as political wisdom has been right. No one gets everything right in a campaign, but if a pundit or reporter got most of these wrong, why pay any attention?

    Here we sit with Romney as the presidential nominee. Ryan energized his ticket, was a hit with the base and has put Wisconsin in play. None of the supposed “gaffes” have changed the course of the race. Romney never released more tax returns than he initially promised. Eastwood’s “empty chair” was a hit with the base. The DNC bounce is gone. One of the most effective arguments the Republicans have made is that Obama took $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Obama fell in foreign policy approval in the latest Wall Street Journal-NBC poll, and attention is now turned to whether the administration was lying when it said the attacks were spontaneous and all about an anti-Muslim movie.

    So when the media mavens on the right and left are in hysterics over Romney’s 47 percent remarks, think how accurate the media’s judgment has been. Consider whether the pundits think everything is a disaster for Romney and just don’t like him.

    You might say the biggest inaccuracy the media have come up with is the notion that they matter. They have proved to be more tone deaf and irrelevant than most conservatives even imagined

  227. Arpaio investigator: Hawaii still covering up for Obama

    Mike Zullo, the lead investigator in Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, says he has returned from a second trip to Hawaii with additional evidence the state’s Department of Health is maintaining a cover-up of Obama’s 1961 birth records.

    When Arpaio dispatched Zullo for the second trip, the assignment was kept confidential for Zullo’s safety and to prevent media leaks. Only Arpaio and the chief deputy of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office were aware of the assignment…

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/arpaio-investigator-hawaii-still-covering-up-for-obama/

  228. Whats really horrifying about this is the amount of people that don’t know it’s a satirical site and believe it was real. I actuually got de friended by a young hispanic guy who was bad mouthing Romney and I responded to him, which I thought was a calm, factual way and LOL, he defriended me yeasterday. They don’t want the facts, that is the real problem.
    ******************************

    ¡Ay caramba! Satirical site says Romney branded Latinos ‘taco jockeys,’ lefties freak out

    Posted at 4:14 pm on September 19, 2012 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments
    India. @RebelleMonroe_
    Did Mitt Romney really call Mexican-Americans ‘Taco jockeys’?!
    😭
    18 Sep 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
    Stephanie Siek@TweetsNotTwits

    It just got real. RT @KimberlyNFoster: Oh shit! RT @mdawriter: Romney Calls Hispanics ‘Taco Jockeys’ In Hidden Camera dailycurrant.com/2012/09/18/hid…
    18 Sep 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Yes. Yes it did. If by “real,” you mean “fake.”

    W-man@Waltzman
    No way! This has to be The Onion. MT @zdrastvuitye: Romney calls Mexicans taco jockeys! “@Normsmusic: dailycurrant.com/2012/09/18/hid…” #p2
    18 Sep 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
    Not quite. Onion-wannabe website The Daily Currant, wanting to capitalize on the furor over the “secret” Romney tape, published a satirical article yesterday about a yet-to-be-released missing segment in which Romney referred to Latinos as “taco jockeys”:

    Romney responded by saying that it was futile to even try to get Hispanics to vote Republican because their “primitive culture” was antithetical to Republican values.

    “Hispanics will never vote for me because they can’t possibly understand my ideas. They are descended from a primative culture. They were sacrificing 9 year olds to the gods before Cortés came.”

    “And these people. The ones that come to the U.S.. …these people are losers. They couldn’t cut it in their own countries, and now they want to freeload in ours. When I’m president I’ll send Mexico a message – take ‘em back. We don’t want these taco jockeys anymore.”

    Mother Jones, which takes credit for releasing the tapes to the public, was forced to acknowledge a gap in the “full” tape, but we’re quite confident that the gap in question had nothing to do with denigrating Latinos.

    What’s really offensive is that there are people out there who genuinely believe that Mitt Romney harbors a secret hatred of Hispanics. The idea is ludicrous, plain and simple. Nevertheless, swarms of lefties accepted the article at face value, and they practically fell all over themselves jockeying for the top position on the outrage heap:

  229. gonzotx
    I actually got de friended

    ——–
    Welcome to my world. I lost so many friends in 2008 it wasn’t funny. Some of them have come back but do not dare talk politics around me unless they want the cold, hard truth from me.

    A woman I work for/with came in a few minutes ago, I have on my black Hillary ‘Don’t ever give up’ t-shirt, and she said, “You are for Obama right?” My work area has photos of Bill and Hillary all over it, and where this question came from, I will never know.

    I just said, “Absolutely not, not in 2008, and not in 2012!” This is who I supported and still do, pointing to Hillary’s photo.

    She said, “Oh, I voted for her too, but I am a Democrat and have to vote for Obama.” I just shook my head, told her a little about Denver in 2008 and said I will never, never vote nor support him. He is a terrible President.

  230. Whats really horrifying about this is the amount of people that don’t know it’s a satirical site
    ————————
    That is their game. Tell a self serving lie, and then if it is discovered say oh it was just a joke.

  231. Wbboei, I love hearing what Morris has to say, but has he ever been correct on elections? He seems to think Romney will win quite easily. I just don’t buy that. I see either a comfortable Obama win or a big upset by Romney by last minute Indies switching over…
    ————————————–
    He had a good run with the Clintons in Arkansas and in the first term. You will be happy to know that he has revised his earlier prediction of an easy victory, based on his own polling data which no one else has seen. He now claims the DNC convention galvanized the party, therefore, it will be harder to win. Not wishing to be seen as defeatist, he quickly adds, but inspite of all this we will still win. Over all, he is about as accurate as Nate Silver. The RNC whispers in his ear, and Obama whispers in Silver’s ear. I think there will be some game changers during and after the first debate. Then things will start to move.

  232. Six million Americans will pay the health care tax rather than obtain coverage under President Obama’s health care law, according to a new Congressional Budget Office estimate Wednesday — a 50 percent increase over CBO’s estimate of just two years ago.

    CBO also said there will be 30 million people without insurance, though all but the 6 million will be exempt from the tax. The exempt residents are a combination of illegal immigrants and those with incomes too low to pay income taxes….

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/19/cbo-raises-estimate-those-hit-obama-health-care-ta/

  233. jes wrote or quotedd:
    There are plenty of deep throats, one of them being Ulsterman’s White House Insider.

    =================

    Do you take him/them seriously?

  234. moononpluto posted:
    Maybe this explains why the Obama Administration scrubbed a State Department posting that said there were no threats on 9-11.

    ++===========

    mop, do you belive all this, and if so, do you believe Hillary was at fault? I don’t believe she would be at fault, because she is too smart.

  235. burning flags and effigies outside U.S. embassies

    ======================

    They shouldn’t hurt our feelings that way!

  236. To me the question of who hired the British Security firm is not nearly as important as the other questions surrounding this incident, namely:

    ===================

    And how do these knives you’re throwing not hit Hillary?

  237. Red State agrees with my reaction to the Horowitz report. It ignored material evidence, failed to establish the political motive, and insulated Holder and Obama. All this prick did was grab the low hanging fruit. Put it in the context of criminal law. All he did was knock off the soldiers, never got to the boss, underboss or consigliere. Simply put, this guy is not independent, which is why we needed an independent prosecutor. Trust me we did not need this starched collar prick to tell us that ATF fucked up, the US attorney fucked up (he had already resigned, or that dear old Lanny Brewer did not do his job. That was all in the record extant.
    ——————————————————————————–

    Breaking: DOJ’s Inspector General’s office insulates Attorney General Holder from Operation Fast & Furious.
    By: Moe Lane (Diary) | September 19th, 2012 at 03:10 PM | 12

    RESIZE: AAA
    Executive summary: the Inspector General for the Department of Justice did an independent – no, let’s be honest; it was an “internal” – investigation into the horrifically botched multi-agency program known as Operation Fast & Furious (OF&F). For those who don’t remember, OF&F was that program where we let Mexican drug gangs illegally buy guns, didn’t keep track of the guns, and pretty much watched as said gangs shot up Mexico. This all eventually led to the death of an American Border Agent Brian Terry; the stink from that caused all sorts of investigation, including one from Congress; and this… report… from the IG.

    It’s a 512 page document, but here’s the meat of it: the Justice Department threw at least deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division Jason Weinstein to the wolves, the better to keep his superiors safe. You see, the report solemnly concludes that Eric Holder didn’t know a darn thing on the subject before early 2011… despite the fact that the report itself admits that virtually everybody else did, much earlier (a handy reference guide to timeline and players can be found here and here). House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa isn’t particularly buying this; I’m sure that his response will be memorable.

  238. turndownobama
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    To me the question of who hired the British Security firm is not nearly as important as the other questions surrounding this incident, namely:

    ===================

    And how do these knives you’re throwing not hit Hillary?

    ——————-
    If you drill down on those questions, you will find that Hillary is not responsible. If you do not drill down, the opposite impression will continue. I tried to make that clear that these decisions were made above her pay grade. But what if some of this does implicate Hillary? What do you suggest? Do we stop asking these questions because they are not consistent with what we want to believe? In that case, you will never know the truth. Many years ago, I had a boss who was also a friend. He used to tell me I will support you to the hilt, when you are right. Isn’t that the most any of us have a right to expect. There is no use defending an indefensible position. Are you afraid of the truth Turndown. Perhaps you are assuming she is responsible. I make no such assumption, even though those on the right do.

  239. Re the new French cartoons, as someone suggested, the cartoonists and the paper are getting a lot of publicity — far away from the embassies that are getting attacked.

    Like privitizing profit while socializing loss.

  240. And how do these knives you’re throwing not hit Hillary?

    ——————-
    If you drill down on those questions, you will find that Hillary is not responsible. If you do not drill down, the opposite impression will continue.

    =================

    Thus we should drill down NOW, to find and state WHY she is not repsonsible. Instead of just posting the GOP’s charges and letting the GOP’s impression continue unquestioned.

  241. has [Morris] ever been correct on elections?
    ————————————–
    He had a good run with the Clintons in Arkansas and in the first term.

    =================

    We all did. ;-/

    But as part of the Clinton team, working closely with them, he had better access to data than he has since. And part of his job was to publicly predict that Bill would win, aka self-fulfilling prophecies. Such prophecies have a better chance of coming true when you’re working with a really good smart candidate/President like Bill.

  242. ABC “news” ==> Part of the OTurd campaign. 100% in the tank for their Messiah. Little Georgie Stepahnolopous must be so proud to get all his talking points from the Oturd Campaign. Watch how they cover for Oturd.

  243. http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/09/a-large-order-of-fries-please-and-make-them-french/

    “Got that? French president Francois Hollande, though a Socialist, didn’t send the police to frog march the magazine’s editor at midnight. Instead, his government will be protecting its citizens abroad—and probably even in France itself—from Muslim rioters who believe that the world better stop hurting their feelings. Or else.

    It’s a sad day when the leader of France shows more testicules than the president of the United States. The French, it appears, have had enough of being held hostage to a cult of violence. Here’s hoping Americans have too.

    By the way, in what other religion are the faithful more likely to riot after attending services?

  244. tim
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    ABC “news” ==> Part of the OTurd campaign. 100% in the tank for their Messiah. Little Georgie Stepahnolopous must be so proud to get all his talking points from the Oturd Campaign. Watch how they cover for Oturd.
    ————————————————–
    Yes, but, there is this:

    Big media is putting all their eggs in one basket.

    And the downside of that? Well, it is rather obvious, isn’t it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1rs8i_5DqI&feature=related

    I’m putting all my eggs
    In one basket
    I’m betting everything
    I’ve got on you

    I’ve given all my love
    To Barack Obama
    Heaven help me
    If that Fraudster don’t come through

    I’ve tried to love
    More than one
    Finding it just can’t be done

    Honey one I lie to
    When I try to be true
    So I’m putting all my eggs in one basket
    I’m betting everything on you–Barcrack Banana

  245. so one of our ambassadors is murdered, OTurd goes to Vegas. Another, in China, is somewhat threatened by a mob and again Oturd goes and parties it up with Jayz and Letterman.

    Thanks America’s MSM, now whatever would you have done has this been Bush?? Hmm. Thanks for showing us how useless and a joke you’ve become!

  246. tim
    September 19th, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    ——————————
    Tim, I understand how this happens, and I also understand that they are oblivious to the consequences of what they have done.

    It is possible for anyone to fall in love with an idea, a proposal or another human being, and to ignore feedback from reality. And when your peers are all doing the same thing, you take courage from each other, repeat the same lies and soon a 360 degree delusion forms around your peer group, which is impervious to logic, and contrary evidence. This is where big media people are today, and it call to mind that quote by Robert Burns–to see ourselves as others see us.

    The problem with this is it has gone on too long, they have ignored the danger signs, and now, even if they could change, there is no profession for them to go back to. They have crossed the Rubicon, or better still, the River Styx. There have devolved from journalist, to partisan, to actor in the campaign of one candidate. If the other candidate wins, they will seek an audience with him and try to build a relationship. But after they have slandered the winning candidate, aided and abetted his opponent, and played a major role in the destruction of the country, they have forfeited their place at the table and cannot be trusted.

  247. I went up to Romney headquarters yesterday. They said i missed Rubio he was in the day before. I did make a few calls. The response was quite encouraging.

    I have notice in my neighborhood and different parts of the city there are no yard signs for Romney nor Obama. Around this time during the last election there were signs everywhere for o. Also no bumper stickers on cars. Is it to early?

  248. http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/blogs/bostonspirit/2012/09/chick-fil-a_to_cease_giving_mo.html
    Chick-fil-A to cease giving money to anti-gay organizations

    In a letter addressed to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.” In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.

    Also, according to TCRA, senior management has sent an internal memo to franchisees and stakeholders that stated that, as a company, they will “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” and that their “intent is not to engage in political or social debates.” This statement was placed into an official company document called “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are.”

  249. I received a call from another pollster today. I have never received this many calls from pollsters in an election year.

    What is going on?

  250. turndownobama
    September 19th, 2012 at 9:08 pm
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    The issue is no longer gay rights. The issue is the surrender of businesses to left wing hate groups, and to demogagues like Moreno. It is the old Jessee Jackson extortion game. Well let the dims and degenerates eat there. I won’t. And stay the fuck out of the cesspool of Chicago. I used to like that town, and stayed there often. Manashevetts was I naive. It is a cesspool.

  251. Now here is something that might be very useful!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/business/media/internet-archive-amasses-all-tv-news-since-2009.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
    As of Tuesday, the archive’s online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news.
    [….]
    Many conventional news outlets will be available, including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, and every purveyor of eyewitness news on local television stations. And Mr. Stewart’s program, “The Daily Show” [….]
    The Internet Archive has been quietly recording the news material from all these outlets, which means, Mr. Kahle said, capturing not only every edition of “60 Minutes” on CBS but also every minute of every day on CNN.

    All of this will be available, free, to those willing to dive into the archive starting Tuesday.

  252. Now here is something that might be very useful!
    ——————————————
    It is all inadmissible hearsay. Give it the Library of Alexandria treatment. Or slip it that Iran computer virus. I think you could spend years delving into that mine and would be much stupider when you finally came out of the shaft.

  253. Does Romney now have the complete ‘47′ video on his site, for the convenience of fact-checkers?
    ———————
    Fact checkers?

    Do they check facts, or look for gotchas?

    Do they check Obama’s statements or just Romney’s?

    Are they left wing screeds like Media matters?

    I think if you look at the facts, you will see that they cannot be trusted.

    That being the case, why should anyone but a bot care about their convenience.

    I say make it as hard as possible for those assholes to perpetrate lies and half truths.

    Fact checkers . . . what a joke.

  254. “Around this time during the last election there were signs everywhere for o. Also no bumper stickers on cars. Is it to early?’
    *****
    I was thinking the same thing today….It’s quite strange. My voting area went for Obama about 90% in ’08…very few signs or stickers now….Local election signs in yards, nothing for Obama…weird.

  255. A or ~A
    America or Amerika™ – That’s What 2012 Comes Down To.

    By: Repair_Man_Jack (Diary) | September 19th, 2012 at 12:30 PM | 13

    RESIZE: AAA
    Do you want an echo, or do you want a choice? Would you like to participate in an election that meant something other than an additional inconvenience as a part of your morning commute? These are rhetorical questions for my five or six constant readers. For those not already convinced this election offered a stark and compelling contrast, Mother Jones just hit the Easy Button for you with their incomplete but controversial videotape of Mitt Romney claiming that 47% of America was dependent upon government. This election just became a choice of existential gravity. A or ~A. America or Amerika.

    On the side of choosing A, we have Mitt Romney. He may not have ever intended to have to strap on the armor of American Exceptionalism and defend free enterprise and free thought, but that is where he finds himself. If this is treason, he took to the editorial page of USA Today to make the most of it.

    The dreamers and the entrepreneurs, not government, built this economy, and they can once again make it strong. My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom. Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty.

    On the side of ~A, we have our current President, Barack Obama. As early as 1998, he went forth to make the government a bigger part of everybody’s life and a major determinant of whether the individual succeeded or failed. At Loyola University, he spoke the following.

    “I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources, and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody has a shot,” Obama says.

    One example of how President Obama has used his first four years in office to redistribute involved his suspension of Food Stamp eligibility requirements in his 2009 Stimulus Act. This resulted in the number of Americans on Food Stamps doubling in two years. Details from a CRS Report follow below.

    …the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010,…

    This cannot be sustained. Double this by the end of 2012, and almost 8M are getting EBT Cards. Then it becomes 16M. We can argue with the morality all we want. Mr. Logic and Mr. Math tell us the road we pave leads to hell, regardless of how you evaluate the intentions of the construction crew. There is no way our society can sustain the redistributive vision without a systemic, moral and societal collapse. Brett Stevens of Amerika.org explains it in simple terms.

    The point is that there are two competing worldviews here. The right wants the best to rise based on their knowledge and successful results in reality. The left wants a social club where no one rises and no one falls, but everyone is employed thanks to having the right opinions. There is no compromise. The two are incompatible.

    As Redstate’s Ben Howe asked, which path do you choose? Choose wisely. Choose A. Choose free markets over redistribution. Mitt Romney 2012. That is all.

  256. Around this time during the last election there were signs everywhere for o. Also no bumper stickers on cars. Is it to early?’
    *****
    I was thinking the same thing today….It’s quite strange. My voting area went for Obama about 90% in ‘08…very few signs or stickers now….Local election signs in yards, nothing for Obama…weird.
    ————
    Here in Seattle, there are maybe a quarter of the number of Obama bumper stickers, and roughly half are from 2008. Very few Romney bumper stickers, but I do not think that is nearly as significant. With Obama it is a movement, with Romney it is a default choice. When there are few bumper stickers for a movement candidate in an area that was once saturated with them, that is a pretty reliable indication that the movement is faltering and may even be dying out. Why? Because the past four years have shown people that he is not what he pretended to be, and things have grown materially worse since he took over, regardless of the excuses. When you promise a miracle, you leave yourself no margin of error, and no room for excuses. Excuses are a form of weakness.

  257. “America or Amerika™ – That’s What 2012 Comes Down To.”

    Pretty much, redistribution is all nice in theory, until the wealth creators basically go John Gault and invest nothing, create nothing anymore, and since Oturd doesn’t believe wealth is created by the private sector anyways, he’ll soon find out how redistribution in the real world will work. He can attempt to redistribute that pie all he wants, it will only keep shrinking.

    Another 4 years of this nonsense, and no one will be stupid enough to invest their money to grow a business only to be berated that they’re making too much money, and hell they didn’t build it anyways, so it obviously doesn’t belong to them. So why would anyone in their right minds grow, start, expand any business.

    There was a saying by Truman? “the Business of America is business”….not under a marxist OTurd, under the Oturd, the business of America is make Barry look good.

  258. Trey Gowdy was on Gretta. He said Eric Holder should have fired Lanny Breuer long ago.

    Is Gretta beginning to sip the kool aide?

  259. The Washington Guardian reported on Friday that U.S. intelligence had intercepted and translated Zawahiri’s message imploring Libyans to attack U.S. officials the night before the consulate attack and were still analyzing its significance when the ambassador was killed.

    No significant changes to security countermeasures at the diplomatic mission were taken until after the compound was overrun.

    http://www.washingtonguardian.com/revising-libya-story

    ————————–
    Game, set, match.

  260. Oh, no. Gretta has that dude who is a BO lover…Rick Klein again. He seems to be a permanent fixture on her show now.

    Steve Hayes from THE WEEKLY STANDARD is also on. I’d feel better if she had on John Sununu to counter balance. Why are the conservatives not strong supporters of Romney but the liberals are totally in the tank for BO? I’m getting a little sick of the conservatives who will talk against Romney some. Keep it to yourself guys. Better be 99% for Romney and quit critizing him even if it is mild. I want to see a strong fighter for Romney whether they are in love with him or not or we are going to end up with the fraud. Sometimes I want to shake the liver out of them and yell, “What in the world are you thinking?”
    I wish Brent Hume would toddle off and be quite for a month or so. You can bet if this were Hillary instead of BO, he’d be blasting her to the rafters.

  261. “Gretta has that dude who is a BO lover…Rick Klein again. He seems to be a permanent fixture on her show now. ”

    He tries to act like he’s impartial, except watch how excited he gets when bashing Romney. My wife cannot stand that smirk on him.

  262. Also from http://www.washingtonguardian.com/revising-libya-story

    However, U.S. intelligence does not believe — at present — that the attackers specifically targeted Stevens, official said. Instead, they think the attackers sprang into action when, seeing crowds forming outside the consulate on Sept. 11, they perceived an opportunity to carry out a terrorist attack, officials said.

    “Yes, they were killed in a terrorist attack on our embassy,” Olsen told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “The best information we have now, the facts that we have now, indicates an oppor<tunistic attack on our embassy."

    This fits with the NPR interview with the Libyan President in which he said the planned attack used the demonstrators for ‘cover’ (and Rice and HIllary seemed to agree).

    U.S. intelligence believes part of the motivation for launching the attack was a video from al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri that surfaced the night of Sept. 10, imploring Libyans to attack Americans in retribution for the U.S. drone strike that killed Libyan-born al-Qaida leader Abu Yahya al-Libi in June.

    This story links to http://www.washingtonguardian.com/missed-signal, which suggests that the information was gathered far outside the State Department loop, and the State Dept was not informed of it.

    The Washington Guardian reported on Friday that U.S. intelligence had intercepted and translated Zawahiri’s message imploring Libyans to attack U.S. officials the night before the consulate attack and were still analyzing its significance when the ambassador was killed.

  263. Also from the Washington Guardian, a clear timeline on the Cairo and Romney’s characterization of it.

    http://www.washingtonguardian.com/no-apologies
    The GOP presidential candidate describes [Cairo embassy’s] statement as a response to the violence — but it was issued before the attacks in Cairo or Benghazi
    UPDATED 20:25 PM EDT, September 14, 2012 |

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said late Tuesday that the Obama administration’s first response to the attacks on the embassy in Cairo and consultate in Benghazi, Libya, “was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks” He called the response “disgraceful”.
    His remarks were in response to a statement by the U.S. embassy in Cairo that condemned a movie mocking the Muslim prophet Muhammad — a statement aimed at calming passions before violence occurred.
    [….]
    Romney’s criticism of what he considers to be the Obama administration’s soft response to Middle East events significantly mischaracterized the statement and its timing, earning him the Whopper of the Week, a distinction given by the Washington Guardian to the week’s most inaccurate, misleading or badly chosen statements by officials or politicians.

    The statement Romney referred to was issued by the Cairo embassy at 6:18 a.m. EDT, Tuesday — before the attacks on the embassy or consultate occurred.
    [….]
    The first official administration response after the violence was a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued almost simultaneously with Romney’s embargoed statement. It explicitly condemned the attack in Libya.
    [….]
    But the GOP nominee simply got his facts wrong when he characterized a call for religious tolerance — a call which contained an affirmation of the value of free speech — as an apology for American values; when he said it had been issued after the violence, when it in fact had been issued before the Cairo embassy walls had been breached or the attack on the Benghazi consultate had occurred; and when he said the first administration reaction failed to condemn the attacks, when it in fact did condemn them.

  264. That’s news to me. I thought the one area he ws doing well was fund raising? I thought we would be getting massive ads post debates?

  265. I thought that Romney was raising massive amounts of money…more than BO??? If that is true, what happened to it?

    Why is Romney not carpet bombing TV especilly in swing states with ads like BO? Where did BO suddenly get all his big bucks to do this? Oh, wait, never mind…same place he got all the millions in 2008 probably.

  266. See the Obama flak go on and on and on about how Romney played into Obama’s handed—the man is laughable. And then watch Krauthamer put everything into perspective to show that anti-US riots are now moving beyond the middle east and circling the globe, rendering the final verdict on Obama’s foreign policy of apology and appeasement, while the flak sits there and looks tense. I am all for having differing points of view but censoring and distorting is contra bonus mores.

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report-bret-baier/videos#p/86927/v/1848045179001

  267. moononpluto
    September 20th, 2012 at 1:35 am
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    That is my impression as well. He has plenty of money. He has been hording it, while asshole has been spending his ill gotten funds like a drunken sailor.

  268. Wbboei, when do you think Romney will finally start spending and carpet bombing with ads? Is he waiting for a specific time like after the debates start? Do you think BO will get permanent traction with those ads NOW? Will people be convinced NOW and not change to Romney later?

    What do you think about the more overt to mild critisms coming from conservatives and Reps about Romney on the news shows while BO’s supporters are all in for him?

  269. Ad buying has to bought and planned quite a bit in advance normally, with only really 6 weeks to go, it will be all planned out by now. He’s got a wad to blow including most of Septembers intake and then Octobers haul will finish off the campaign.

  270. The way campaigns operate has changed, the way elections have won have changed, voters have got lazy, many have decided way before election day, and the others who do finally decide, do it within 7 days of voting.

    The whole get out and campaign at events is not the way forward anymore, those people are usually guaranteed to vote for you anyway, its a communication war if anything else.

    McCain made that big mistake, too many campaign events and not enough time to do anything else, he was tired for the debates.

    I keep saying it, Romney is a very successful businessman, he is not stupid, he knows where to be and what to do, when he needs to do it, remember the primaries, he slaughtered Newt and Rick in the final few weeks with ad after ad after ad, it was relentless. Obama shot his wad very very early because he needed to, he spent a crapload in money over the summer trying for a kill and it got him nowhere.

    Obama did in 2008 what Romney is doing now, sat back watched McCain blow his money early and then just through October it was relentless advertising, ad after ad after ad.

    You wait until you see the enemies eyes with a finger on the trigger and then BOOM. Obama knows this is coming.

  271. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/19/Qumu-attacker-Libya-ally-of-sorts-US

    Tonight, Bret Baier of Fox News reported that intelligence sources believe that the mastermind of the al Qaeda attack on our Libyan consulate is one Sufyan Ben Qumu. Qumu was a tank driver in the Libyan army; he was a drug addict and spent time in prison. From there, he fled to Egypt, then went to Afghanistan and joined up with Osama Bin Laden. He later joined the Taliban, and was captured in Pakistan, then turned over to the United States. Qumu was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 to the Qaddafi-led Libyan government, on the condition that Libya and the US could reach a “satisfactory agreement … that allows access to detainee and/or access to exploited intelligence.” In 2008, as the Qaddafi government made nice with the Libyan rebels, Qumu was released.

    That’s where the story gets even more interesting. The Obama administration promptly labeled Qumu an “ally of sorts,” according to the New York Times – that despite the fact that as of 2005, he was known as a “medium to high risk … likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies.” What made him an ally? According to the Times, that status change was due to the Obama administration’s “remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting American policies rather than any obvious change in Mr. Qumu.” As a leader of the Libyan rebels, head of the Darnah Brigade, Qumu received support from NATO. And unnamed Western observers, according to the Times, felt that Qumu wasn’t a real threat: “We’re more worried about Al Qaeda infiltration from outside than the indigenous ones … Most of them have a local agenda so they don’t present as much as a threat to the West.”

    This is the Obama perspective of the Islamist Spring in a nutshell: the administration preferred not to see with whom it was allying, instead hoping against hope that Islamists were good, decent, kind people who could be reasoned with. Qumu was none of the above. And now our ambassador to Libya is dead at the hands of a man we funded. For years, the left blamed the Reagan administration for failing to keep track of Osama Bin Laden in the years after the mujahedeen fought the Soviets out of Afghanistan. They claimed that US backing of Muslim terrorist groups paved the way for Taliban rule and terrorist growth. Certainly that claim is true for President Obama, whose quixotic support for the Libyan rebellion has already borne bloody fruit.

  272. bumper sticker – yard sign report from NH

    i have a 45 minute commute to work. it’s about 50/50 BO vs R2 stickers. not many,though. maybe 3-4 each way.

    BO/R2 yard signs are non existent. there are, however, a couple large 4X8 R2 signs along the highway.

  273. spega, I noticed that theme about money is making the rounds, I remember they did the same to Hillary during the later months of the Undemocratic Primaries in 2008, to give an air of defeatism.

    I agree with others assessment, I think Romney is hoarding it. I get about 1 email request for money every other day. and I know they aren’t spending it like OTurd it. So I have to assume, its being hoarded.

  274. Disgusting, I saw the new US flag OTurd just posted. The stripes look like bloody fingerprints being dragged, like the ones on the column in Benghazi. These people are sick, they are truly sick sick people.

  275. Alan Simpsons from the “simpsons Bowles” plan gives an in depth interview. We are truly in fiscal trouble, deep deep trouble.

  276. Yikes.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/audi-says-murderous-cravings-some-chinese-employees-do-not-reflect-company-views

    “Just two days ago we tweeted the rather stunning ‘slogan’ that a happy-smiley joy-joy bunch of Audi-China staff ‘celebrated’ at their dealership. The somewhat subtle translation of the banner: “We will kill every single Japanese person, even if it means deaths for our own; even poverty will not deter us from reclaiming the Diaoyu Islands” has now been addressed by Audi management:

    Cont…”

    This appears to be spreading and deepening.

  277. Me: “There are plenty of deep throats, one of them being Ulsterman’s White House Insider.”

    Tdo: “Do you take him/them seriously?”

    I always have taken them seriously – fictional, but serious (fiction has a special corner of respect in my mind, e.g. the Bible).

    Now, I don’t take them as fictional anymore. Ulsterman has all but identified himself, and the Wall Street Insider talks very differently from the WHI, with different viewpoints and styles, and both of them different from Ulsterman.

    Mind you, a very good and experienced writer could still be making all of this up.

  278. Southern Born
    September 20th, 2012 at 2:09 am
    Wbboei, when do you think Romney will finally start spending and carpet bombing with ads? Is he waiting for a specific time like after the debates start? m?
    ——————————
    ADMIN: has elucidated the strategy of both campaigns with precision, and in the process, has answered your excellent question, with the same degree of precision:

    “The Barack Obama campaign has run on the model of 2004. In that year an unpopular incumbent ran a base election and squeaked through to a victory.

    The Mitt Romney campaign sees 1980 as their model year. In that year a Republican challenger to an incumbent president trailed or was close to the president for many months until at the very last moment, at a debate, the challenger proved his worthiness and broke the race wide open to a comfortable victory.

    If you look at these two models after the events of September 11, 2012, the 1980 model appears to be the one most congruent with the current political situation. That is what scares the Obama Hopium Guzzling Big Media and other Obama acolytes. That is why the response to Mitt Romney’s mild critique of Barack Obama has been so brutal.”

    Mitt Romney right now is not really campaigning. Paul Ryan is campaigning, but Mitt Romney is fundraising. Mitt Romney is hoarding cash, like Alberich in Nibelheim.

    Mitt Romney is raising cash so that after the debate on October 3 he can raise hell for Obama. Somehow the Obama imbeciles don’t see that.

    Mitt Romney has a very simple strategy. First raise lots of money, much more money than Barack Obama (all the while knowing that the pro Romney SuperPacs will spend hundreds of millions of dollars more than the Obama SuperPacs). While raising the cash just stay within winning distance of Barack Obama in the polls or if possible ahead.

    Second, wait until all Americans are paying attention to politics and the presidential race, a period signaled by the debates. While waiting for the debates, heighten the probability of good debate performances by preparing for the debates. Romney has already had several debate preparation sessions and he comes fresh from a full primary campaign season of debates with people such as Newt Gingrich.

    Finally, unfurl the flag, let the air war which many of us thought would commence soon after the end of the Obama convention) finally begin. To employ World War II terminology (apologies in advance especially since it is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy days), the sitzkreig becomes the blitzkrieg.

  279. “Now, I don’t take them as fictional anymore. Ulsterman has all but identified himself, and the Wall Street Insider talks very differently from the WHI, with different viewpoints and styles, and both of them different from Ulsterman.
    Mind you, a very good and experienced writer could still be making all of this up.”

    ======================================

    Even if both the ‘insiders’ were real people, should their ideas be taken more seriously than anyone else’s? Are they really ‘inside’, and how far inside? Has their content proved more accurate than what they could have done just from reading Big Pink and offering some of our own speculations back as claimed fact?

    Mind you, a very good and experienced writer could still be making all of this up.

  280. Do you think BO will get permanent traction with those ads NOW? Will people be convinced NOW and not change to Romney later?
    ——————————————————————
    As a general rule, no one stays neutral in a contested matter any longer than they have to. That is the experience of most trial lawyers, and it is why it is generally a mistake to reserve opening statement. On the other hand, the target audience we are talking about here have, either through vacillation, indifference or procrastination, managed to stay neutral longer than most people. What is the catalyst that will break the impasse which exists between their ears? I suspect it will vary from case to case. But generally speaking, if these people are seduced by the Obama ads now, they can be swayed the other way by the Romney ads later. As we get closer to the election, this will become the talk of the town, and the very reason I do not want to live in New York City, even though it is by far my favorite town, besides a conspicuous lack of money, is because if you live there, political issues saturate the culture and the millneau, and there is much more to life. But that same pressure will force them to a decision that up until now they have been reluctant to make. The arguments that have been made up to that point will be stale, whereas the new ones which are advanced, are more likely than not to be the game changers. So the question is are we talking about the Civil War and the battle which the Confederates won because, in the conflated words of the greatest cavalry general of that war, Nathan Bedford Forrest, who got there firstest with the mostest, or are we talking about the Napoleonic War and Wellington’s strategy at Waterloo of waiting and then striking when the iron is hot? If the audience is not paying attention at this point, then the latter strategy seems more likely to succeed.

  281. (Note:The Civil War battle I referred to was the Battle of Chickamauga. That battle was named for a creek and the name is Cherokee for River of Death. Forest was Grant’s nemesis, and for that reason called him “that Devil Forrest. He is a highly controversial figure, for good reason. But his military prowess was second to none. That is all the more remarkable since he had no military education, but through guerrilla tactics on a grander scale than Mosby (the grey ghost) beat the best products West Point had to offer)

  282. Mitt Romney is raising cash so that after the debate on October 3 he can raise hell for Obama.

    ==================

    In 2008, we kept saying that McCain would raise hell after, after…. First it was after he had the nomination sewn up. Then it was after the convention. Then after the first debate. Then after a later debate. Etc ETc.

    Re Romney, another reason for delay might be that some key big corporate donors are waiting till the last minute to decide who will best serve their interests: Romney or DINO Obama again.

  283. Mitt Romney is raising cash so that after the debate on October 3 he can raise hell for Obama.

    ==================

    In 2008, we kept saying that McCain would raise hell after, after…. First it was after he had the nomination sewn up. Then it was after the convention. Then after the first debate. Then after a later debate. Etc ETc.

    Re Romney, another reason for delay might be that some key big corporate donors are waiting till the last minute to decide who will best serve their interests: Romney or DINO Obama again.

  284. If the dims are relying upon the 1994 strategy then the man to beat them is Rove, since he was the architect of that strategy and knows its weak points. The emerging mantra needs to be only stupid people rely on NBC, ABC and CNN for accurate information on the election. Experience has shown that those organization are strictly agenda driven and in the tank for Obama, ergo nothing they say can be trusted.

  285. WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The complete Washington Examiner expose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama

    Here are the topics and they all come with video. Can’t wait to watch this!

    • Introduction: The Obama you don’t know
    • Chapter I: A childhood of privilege, not hardship

    • Chapter II: The myth of the ‘rock-star professor’

    • Chapter III: The 1997 speech that launched Obama
    Few doubt that Barack Obama’s stirring oration before the 2004 Democratic National Convention vaulted him into the national limelight.
    But another, less-heralded Obama address –…

    • Chapter IV: For the slumlord’s defense, Barack Obama, Esq.

    • Chapter V: Obama’s toughest critics on the Left
    Barack Obama’s carefully constructed image as a civil rights lawyer who wanted to heal the black community was greeted with skepticism by some Chicago activists.
    “I never drank the…

    • Chapter VI: The poor people Obama left behind

    • Chapter VII: The myth of Obama as state Senate reformer

    • Chapter VIII: Obama’s state pension scheme
    State Sen. Barack Obama and members of an Illinois lobbying group representing politically connected minority-owned businesses launched a campaign in 2000 to pressure state pension funds to help…

    • Chapter IX: The Arab-American network behind Obama
    President Obama’s controversial relationships with radical figures like Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi have been well-publicized in recent years.
    Prior to his academic…

    • Chapter X: Obama brings Chicago politics to Washington

  286. turndownobama
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:02 am
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    Then you dispute that analysis of everyone on this blog including Admin. Congratulations. How about applying a little of the same contrarian logic to Obama for a change.

  287. What do you think about the more overt to mild critisms coming from conservatives and Reps about Romney on the news shows while BO’s supporters are all in for him?
    ———————
    I think it shows one side is thinking and the other is not. One sees their candidate as a human being, the other side sees him as a demigod. One side is rational, the other is delusional. 2012 is not 2008. We know where where the hope and change mantra leads, which is only to despair, from which no one ever returns.

  288. Today the Media Will Probably Blame Bush
    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | September 20th, 2012 at 04:30 AM | 16

    RESIZE: AAA
    Last night Fox News broke the story that the mastermind of the attack in Libya had been released from GTMO in 2007 during the reign of George Chimpy McBushitler Halliburton and his evil Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, also known as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

    But wait . . . there’s more. The United States had advance warning of the attack and only sent Marines in to secure the facility after it had been blown up and after the American Ambassador had been dragged through the street dead. Otherwise, the Consulate was guarded by locals. We also are now pretty certain there was no riot in Libya, just an attack.

    The Administration’s whole story around what happened and what they knew is now collapsing. Were George W. Bush the President, the media would be going blind in the Politico’s bathroom coming up with stories about “impeachment whispers” or “echoes of the Tet Offensive” or “where is Walter Cronkite when we need him” or some such.

    As the sun rises this morning, look for the media to start blaming George W. Bush. After all, the mastermind was let out in 2007 when Barack Obama’s first Secretary of Defense was in charge of the Pentagon . . . or something like that. Expect the media to ignore the advanced warning and lack of inaction by Barack Obama’s administration because, after all, they are victims within the 47% of Americans Mitt Romney hates . . . or something like that.

    But most importantly, we should expect the media to totally and completely ignore that just two weeks ago the Democratic National Convention adopted a party platform insisting on the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay — a prison facility Barack Obama supported defunding in 2005.

    In December of 2007, Barack Obama said he would close Guantanamo Bay. During the 2008 campaign, he said it’d be a top priority to have it closed within a year of his inauguration.

    Expect the media to ignore all of this because BUSH!!!! ROMNEY!!!! 47%!!!!!

    Leftwing activists on twitter already are.
    ———————————–
    Comment by ragstoriches:

    This was my initial fear as well, hearing this news. The reality is that yes, it was under GW that said terrorist was released but it was to the custody of the Libyan government and with the condition he never be released from prison. Interestingly, it appears he remained in prison in Libya until… a certain president encouraged rebels to displace that government.

    One can logically argue that it was indeed someone’s mid-east policy that led to the attack and the involvement of a terrorist that should have been in prison, but that someone was not GW Bush. It was not GW Bush that encouraged the regime change in Libya that likely led to his release… that would fall squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Obama.

  289. JOBLESS CLAIMS WORSE THAN EXPECTED……………..again.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/20/jobless-claims-worse-than-expected

    This morning, the Labor Department reported that 382,000 Americans filed for initial jobless claims last week. It was higher than expected, as analysts had been predicted 375k filings. The Labor Department also revised last week’s number higher, to 385K from a previously reported 382k.
    The 4-week moving average of claims also moved higher to 377k, up from a revised 375k.
    The numbers signal continued sluggishness in the labor market. It is generally acknowledged that initial weekly jobless claims need to fall below 350k to indicate any improvement in the job market. It is very likely that the next jobs report, released on October 2nd, will again be a disappointment.

  290. Report: Libyan police in Benghazi have mutinied and refuse to serve man appointed by government to handle security after attack.

  291. Obama Sells Posters Desecrating American Flag By Replacing Stars With Obama Logo

    President Barack Obama took the Cult of Obama and narcissism to perhaps an unprecedented level on Wednesday when his campaign began selling posters that desecrated the image of the American flag by replacing the stars on the flag with the “O” symbol that serves as the Obama campaign’s logo.

    Obama’s Twitter account (@BarackObama) sent a tweet that said, “A poster to say there are no red states or blue states, only the United States: http://OFA.BO/gfHgXM .”

    The tweet linked to Obama’s campaign store, where people could purchase a limited edition “OUR STRIPES: FLAG PRINT” poster for $35.

    Ross Bruggink and Dan Olson of Studio MPLS designed the screen print and, according to the website, there are 250 posters for sale.

    Another poster, also for sale for $35, is a map of the United States depicting the flag, with the Obama campaign logo again replacing the stars.

    Even though Obama’s tweet said “there are no red states or blue states, only the United States,” the posters suggest Obama and his campaign believe we are living in the United States of Obama.

    These posters are beyond creepy. And they are also stunning displays of egotism and disrespect even from a president not known for his humility and reverence for America’s traditions.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/19/Obama-Sells-Posters-Desecrating-American-Flag-By-Replacing-Stars-With-Obama-Logo

  292. tim at 7:36 pm:
    “Amazing to see someone who I thought supported Israel back OTurd. Natalie Portman in my book has gone down the idiot level.“

    I certainly don’t agree with Portman’s choice, nor do I assign much more weight to the opinion of a movie star than to that of Joe Schmoe.

    However, the fact that Natalie Portman is Israeli does not mean she has to display your allegiance to her Prime Minister, as if Bibi were the end-all of Israel. There are those for and those against Bibi in Israel. Natalie Portman certainly has the right to be among the latter. Furthermore, since she is also American and thus also has the right to express an opinion that has nothing to do with Israel.

  293. Shadowfax
    “Obama Sells Posters Desecrating American Flag By Replacing Stars With Obama Logo “

    Jesus, he’s actually doing his best to lose this election. I almost have a mind to buy one of these atrocities and send it to my brother so he can show it around. “Beyond creepy” is right.

  294. Dems going nuts at Tim Kaine in Virginia…..off message i guess, unexpected.

    Kaine: I’d be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone

    Ezra Klein just had a flip out on Twitter about it.

  295. “Pakistan hit by anti-Islam video protests”

    I was wondering when this was going to happen. Pakistan has a lot more issues with us than Egypt, Libya or Indonesia and so forth, what with the constant violations of their sovereignty…

  296. Uh oh….

    OBAMA CALLS FOR ‘DEMOCRACY WITH A SMALL D’
    Unearthed video reveals politician pushing society based on collectivism, ‘common good’

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/obama-calls-for-democracy-with-a-small-d/

    NEW YORK – A 1995 video depicts Barack Obama calling for “democracy with a small ‘d,’” while pushing a society based on collectivism and “common good.”

    In the video unearthed by KleinOnline, Obama hails unions and collective bargaining as encapsulating the societal “common good” of which he speaks.

    Obama urges society to collectively move “forward” – a word that would later serve as his 2012 campaign slogan.

    Obama was speaking in an Aug. 11, 1995 interview pushing his just published book, “Dreams From My Father.” At the time, Obama was a community organizer planning to launch a political career.

    Obama tells the interviewer the “best part” of the dream of his “African father and white American mother,” was the “notion that we collectively can decide on our fate.”

    He continued: “That things like technological change, things like mass media, things like the market are all subject to our control. That we can make decisions for better or for worse and continue to move forward and progress.”
    Obama was asked whether the collective meant “us” or “those of us who own the major media and other corporate entities.”

    He replied, “You know, I think in the end it does have to be a broad us. It has to be democracy with a small ‘d.’”

    Obama explained what he meant by democracy, laying out a “common good” that includes unions.

    “I think that recapturing the spirit that existed not just in the civil-rights movement but in the union organizing movement, in the populous movement. I think there is a running thread; one of the better angels of our nature in this country which has been the notion that, you know, we can sit around the table and find common ground and make democracy work in the way that it should be working.”

    He continued, “It’s not popular right now to say that, and to believe in sort of a common good, but I think that notions of a common good are the glue that hold our society together and make democracy possible.”

    The interviewer then asked Obama whether he is “willing to stake your political career on your common ground?”

    “That’s the core of my faith,” Obama replied.

  297. “Kaine: I’d be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone”

    We discussed this briefly here a few months ago. A head tax like $50 would be good just for the principle of the thing, but would bring in a pittance (about $2 billion) at today’s spending levels.

  298. 3 questions in and Tim Kaine answered with tax hikes in all 3.

    I will resist the conceit of predicting “Tim Kaine just lost the race.” But this gives Allen a huge cudgel and seriously had put a major gaffe in his campaign.

    Dems are flipping out.

  299. Not to mention Kaine just basically helped Mitt Romney by basically saying the 47% who don’t pay taxes should pay something, you should see the flip out from Dems on Twitter and the net.

  300. aah Friday night news dump, i want journos to start asking questions

    Reuters: White House says it’s “self-evident” attack on US consulate in Benghazi was a “terrorist attack.”

    ………………………………..

    Well thats an evolution and a half from last weekend and weekend when it was “because of a film”

    Sorry not good enough, explain yourself.

  301. gonzotx
    September 19th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    September 19, 2012
    Andrea Mitchell: NBC Will Not Air Obama “Redistribution” Clip Because They Can’t “Verify” It
    —Ace

    Yup.

    I’m sure that’s the problem. On the other hand, they had no problem airing the Romney Hidden Cam with the missing 2 (or 18?) minutes. David Corn is being evasive about this.

    What was said there? Perhaps something that made his other remarks sound less abrasive — context, as they call it — and thus was edited out for maximum effect.
    &&&&&&&&

    Perfect example where NBC totally got burned for obviously slanted selective editing: George Zimmerman, “He looks suspicious…I think he’s black”. This made it seem his suspicion based on race.

    But then the whole world sees the full clip, that GZ wasn’t sure about the race, the suspicion was based on several factors, and when the police/911 person specifically asked about race, he ventured his best guess.

    NBC wound up with massive egg on the face, a whole omelet WITH cheese, in fact. As I recall, one feckless fall guy was ousted, then it was back to business as usual for Nominate Barack Corp.

  302. House Republicans extend invitation to Netanyahu after snub from Obama

    House Republicans have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with them whenever he’s in Washington.

    The invitation sent Wednesday evening by the 165-member Republican Study Committee (RSC) comes after reports that President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu when both leaders are in New York for the opening of the United Nations’ 67th session next week.

    Israeli officials told Reuters that Netanyahu had asked for a one-on-one meeting with Obama to talk about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, only to be rebuffed by the White House, which said the schedules of the two leaders wouldn’t overlap.

    “We would be honored if you would meet with RSC leaders during any forthcoming visit to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues of mutual concern and priorities for our two nations,” wrote RSC Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

    http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/250669-conservative-republicans-extend-invitation-to-israeli-premier-after-obama-snub

  303. 7% have woken up…

    Poll shows Jewish support for Obama in Florida down 7 percent from 2008
    Obama still leads over challenger Mitt Romney — 69 percent to 25 percent — with a majority of Jews supporting Democrats on most issues

    Support for President Barack Obama among Jews in the state of Florida is down 7 percent on 2008, according to an American Jewish Committee (AJC) poll released Thursday.

    A total of 69% of Florida Jews said they would vote for Obama in November’s presidential elections, down from 76% in 2008, the AJC noted.

    A 7% drop in the Jewish vote likely represents over 50,000 votes in a state that the Republicans won in 2000 by fewer than 600 votes.

    The 69% figure closely matches the results of a Gallup poll among Jewish voters nationwide from last weekend, which put support for Obama among US Jews at 70%.

    Only 25% of Florida Jews said they would vote for Mitt Romney, according to the AJC poll.

    Republicans have invested unprecedented resources — including buying billboards, print advertisements and door-to-door canvassing — to target hundreds of thousands of Jews in swing states whom the Republican Jewish Coalition has suggested may be considering turning away from their traditional Democratic affiliation.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/florida-jews-support-for-obama-drops-7-from-2008/

  304. Netanyahu features in new pro-Romney ad for Florida
    Short clip, featuring Israel’s prime minister warning of the Iranian threat, aims at Jewish voters in swing state

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is featured in a pro-Mitt Romney ad that will target Florida’s Jewish communities and was sponsored by the Republican supporting organization Secure America Now.

    Blogger Maggie Haberman reported on the Politico website on Wednesday that a short Associated Press video clip of the prime minister talking about the need to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weapons has been pressed into service by the Republican presidential candidate.

    Romney has been suffering in the polls ever since the publication earlier this week of a video from May in which he is seen telling wealthy donors in Florida that Obama supporters — 47% of Americans — would vote for the incumbent president “no matter what.”

    Romney also said the Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel” and that the prospects for a two-state solution to Mideast peace were dim.

    The video appears to be an attempt to woo Jewish voters in the key swing state by appealing to their support of Israel.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-to-feature-in-pro-republican-ad/

  305. Obama barely ahead in Wisconsin

    Rasmussen puts Obama 3% ahead on 49 to 46, PPP puts him 7% ahead 52 – 45, i had a look at the PPP poll and the leading questions designed to get a positive response for Obama was ridiculous.

    Wisconsin still looks like a state that can be picked off easily by Romney, Obama has not breached 50% in Wisconsin in a long time.

  306. This Too Shall Pass, but What Follows Is Crucial
    Karl Rove
    Wall Street Journal

    Romney has had a bad week, but he can recover—if he tells voters more clearly what he would do as president.

    It’s over. Gov. Mitt Romney’s statements last week about the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, followed by the release this week of a video of Mr. Romney at a May fundraiser, have brought the 2012 election to an early end.

    At least that is what you’d take away from some pundits. But this is a classic example of the commentariat investing moments with more meaning than they deserve.

    Mr. Romney’s comments about Americans who don’t pay taxes were, as he admitted during a Monday press conference, “inelegant.” But every campaign has its awkward moments that the media magnify. Mr. Obama had his after saying on July 13, “You didn’t build that.” For a while thereafter, Team Obama could do little right. Then it passed.

    This moment, too, will pass for Mr. Romney. More important, the past week’s events have not significantly altered the contours of the race. A month ago, Gallup had Mr. Obama at 45% and Mr. Romney at 47%. On Wednesday, Gallup reported 47% for Obama, 46% for Romney. A month ago Rasmussen said it was 45% for Mr. Obama, 43% for Mr. Romney. In its Wednesday poll, Rasmussen reported 46% for Obama, 47% for Romney.

    Presidential races can look one way now but much differently on Election Day. In mid-September 1980, President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan 44% to 40% in the Gallup poll. By late October, Reagan had slumped to 39% in Gallup, while Mr. Carter had risen to 47%. Reagan won by nine points.

    As for the here-and-now, one key number to watch is Mr. Obama’s vote share. In the past month, there have been 83 national polls and daily tracking surveys. Mr. Obama reached 50% in just nine and his average was 47%. That is bad news for an incumbent when attitudes about the No. 1 issue—the economy—are decidedly sour.

    This isn’t to suggest the Romney campaign doesn’t have big challenges. But both camps do.

    In the two weeks before the presidential debates begin, Mr. Romney must define more clearly what he would do as president. In spelling out his five-point plan for the middle class, he’ll have to deepen awareness of how each element would help families in concrete, practical ways, and offer optimism for renewed prosperity.

    Mr. Romney and his team (and supporters) must also steel themselves for more brutal attacks. The Florida fundraising video will not likely be the last surprise. The Romney campaign has largely refused to respond to attacks as a waste of time and resources. But in politics, sometimes the counter punch is stronger than the punch.

    There’s little tolerance among Republican donors, activists and talking heads for more statements by Mr. Romney that the media can depict as gaffes. But concerns about avoiding missteps must not cause Mr. Romney to favor cautious and bland. To win, he’ll need to be bold and forceful as he offers a compelling agenda of conservative reform.

    Mr. Obama’s challenges may be more daunting. His strategy hasn’t worked. Team Obama planned to use its big financial edge to bury Mr. Romney under negative ads over the summer. From April 15 to Labor Day, they spent an estimated $215 million on TV. But this was more than offset by conservative groups (principally American Crossroads, which I helped found). While Mr. Obama drained his coffers his own negatives climbed, and Mr. Romney partially repaired his image with voters.

    Mr. Obama needs a different strategy, but his team seems stubbornly focused merely on disqualifying Mitt Romney by whatever argument or means necessary. Yet as Rahm Emanuel has repeated for most of the year, Mr. Obama must, as he put it on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sept. 2, “lay out an agenda and a clear vision of the next four years” or he’ll lose.

    The blunt fact is that Mr. Obama’s economic policies are still not working. And in a tacit declaration that they won’t, the Federal Reserve has announced a third round of quantitative easing. Team Obama realizes this is a serious indictment of its handling of the economy, so it is intensifying attacks on Mr. Romney as an economic royalist.

    The campaign’s next likely inflection point will be the debates, which start Oct. 3. Both candidates will be under intense pressure. Mr. Romney, a skilled debater, must reassure voters he’s up to the job of being president. Fluid and agile, Mr. Obama will be expected to command each encounter. If he doesn’t, polls may slowly shift against him.

  307. I don’t know why but I still feel confident that Romney is going to win. In fact, I still feel that he is going to win by a landslide. Carter didn’t lose until the very end. Even the last poll the day prior to the elections, Carter was still ahead by 3 and then he lost by 9.

    It is just not possible that an incumbent is going to win under these circumstances – Low unemployment (11.7% -real unemployment), foreign policy disasters, credit downgrades, etc. If Obama manages to pull this off, it would be a victory for the MSM. This is really an election where the MSM has pulled out all the stops when it comes to bias. I have never seen it this bad.

    The administration and MSM spin on the unemployment will not work. I don’t think it is about the published numbers. I think that it is about how Americans are feeling right now about their chances of having work. That 8M have been discouraged to look for work is a bad sign. No matter how they spin this, 23M people are out of work and I argue that very few of them are going to be motivated to vote for Obama.

    Regardless of how the MSM spins it, the fact is a US ambassador is dead and a consulate has been attacked. No amount of covering up can alter that fact. Most Americans I believe will still see this as a failure no matter how hard they spin this.

    I fully expect Obama to be ahead on the polls until the end. At the most, the polls will be tied by election day. But once the votes are counted, I expect Mitt Romney to win this in a landslide.

  308. This is funny. A debate is raging between those who favor AK-47s vs AR-15 rifles, and which version: this quote sums everything up nicely. Norinco is the Chinese version, and it is excellent. Arsenal is the American product made in Las Vegas and with a milled receiver, it is a good product too. At least I would have thought so, until I read this:

    “Unless you live in NY or some other socialist utopia, ban status is irrelevant. As far as which to buy, I’d say spring for the Norinco. With the right mags it will be 100%. Besides that, Arsenal endorsed THAT PIECE OF HARRY REID in his campaign in NV and we’re stuck with that worthless piece of shit again. FUCK Arsenal and their inferior, recall-prone shit rifles.”

    I do not know if this blogger is right or not about the quality of Arsenal. It has its supporters in the gun community. But his characterization of Harry Reid is 100% accurate. On that fine point, reasonable minds cannot possibly differ.

  309. rgb44hrc
    September 20th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Yeah, but Chuck Todd aired the same clip on a morning MSNBC show on the same day. NBC and MSNBC are the same network.

    BTW, thanks for the link. I found it yesterday but didn’t post it.

  310. moononputo – to expand on your comment at 1:24.

    This story by Corsi is now up on Drudge.

    Very quietly, Obama’s chief financier, Penny Pritzker, has entered the Hawaii housing market to buy a retirement home for the president and his family that will be available not in 2016, but in January 2013, according to a confidential source within Pritzker’s Chicago organization

    Pritzker, a wealthy Chicago business executive and heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, served as national finance chairman for Obama’s 2008 campaign and is the co-chairman of his 2012 effort.

    The source told WND that highly confidential internal polls conducted by the Obama campaign indicate Obama cannot win re-election, despite public surveys that show him in the lead.

    “The public polls are mostly political,” the source argued. “Obama radicals want Romney supporters to feel discouraged and give up. Truth is that Romney’s winning.”

    Fed up with Obama? Get your personally autographed copy of the New York Times bestseller “Fool Me Twice” exclusively from WND!

    The source further told WND that Pritzker is experiencing frustration in her fundraising efforts, as wealthy donors who contributed generously to Obama in 2008 are not even returning her phone calls.

    The source said Pritzker is “reminding everyone how generous to their supporters the Clintons were when they left office.”

    “Everything is for sale. Ambassadorships, government grants, stimulus money – you name it,” the source told WND.

    “There’s nearly three months between the Nov. 6 election and the Jan. 20 inauguration – plenty of time to hand out goodies to friends from the Oval Office.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/secret-retirement-plans-does-obama-expect-to-lose/

    Corsi takes the story broken by Hillbuzz and fills in some blanks.

  311. rickya,

    I have seen quite a few posts at other blogs saying the same thing, that MR is going to win. I hope to God you’re right.

  312. I was at Romney headquarters, i call 208 voters. Most was for Romney. Five said no they were not voting for Romney. One said he was not voting for either one. Two did not want to answer.

  313. It’s incredible he is still at 69%. This state could swing Romney if it even dropped to 65%. I will never understand how my fellow Jews can support someone like this. Even if you are not a Zionist like me, his association with blatant anti-Semites should have been enough to turn a larger sector of the Jewish vote from him. Unfortunately, it seems to be a lost cause with a majority of my people who are determined to support a administration that is hell bent on destroying Israel and raising taxes on affluent people like many of my Jewish friends.

  314. Thats what the twit ran on…….

    Obama at Univision forum: “The most important lesson I’ve learned is you can’t change Washington from the inside.”

  315. Who are you calling, neetabug?

    Are these targeted numbers or just random numbers? Which state have you been calling?

    I’m just curious.

  316. So if he can only change it from the outside….doesn’t it logically follow he no longer wants to be President?

    Thats what people are taking away from it, maybe he has given up.

  317. Even Ezra Klein chief cheerleader is scratching his head.

    From Twitter : Obama also said “the big accomplishments, like health care” got done from the outside. That’s absurd. HC was the definition of inside game.

    Maybe Obama is trying to tell us, he really does not want the job anymore and wants to be “outside”

  318. So is every cable news op rushing that embarrassing video of Obama admitting he can’t change Washington on air? No?

  319. So if he can only change it from the outside….doesn’t it logically follow he no longer wants to be President?

    What he is doing is setting himself up to be an aggitator America will never be free of him

  320. He’s digging a hole……

    President Barack Obama said he thinks Muslim protests against Western criticism of Islam are “natural.”

    “The natural protests that arose because of the video… were used as an excuse by extremists,” Obama said during an hour-long town-hall interview on the Spanish-language Univision channel.

    Obama did not use the interview to affirm the First Amendment, or to champion the right of Americans to speak freely amid criticism and threats from Islamic advocates.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/20/obama-says-arab-blasphemy-protests-are-natural/#ixzz272fZW7QN

    …………………

    So by that, Ambassador Stevens died of ‘natural’ causes, did he?

  321. Anyone else notice the radio silence on this site from posters who were so adamant that the ME protests were caused by an amateurish film trailer? Even the POS administration has been forced to concede the Libyan attack was actually a planned, premeditated event spearheaded by an Al Qaeda operative released from Gitmo in 2007.

    So, the protests ARE anti-American as everyone with half a brain could figure out and NOT some “spontaneous uprising” over a stupid movie which few have ever seen. Not to mention the attack and initial protest occurred on 911. DUH.

    crickets.

  322. Starz and Strypz ‏@StarzandStrypz
    Obama: ‘I’m a Washington insider and if you give me 4 more years, I guarantee I’ll change nothing about how DC operates.’ Amazing.

    Ted Newton ‏@Ted_Newton
    Obama admits he’s just another tired DC politician… “Obama: ‘You Can’t Change Washington from the Inside’” http://shar.es/uIYK1

    “(This) is perhaps Obama’s worst gaffe since he met Joe the Plumber?” BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith asked on Twitter Thursday afternoon.”

    …………………….

    The Dems are really putting the foot in mouth this afternoon.

  323. Elect Romney ‏@ElectMittRomney Obama throws in the towel on Change. Says you can’t change Washington from the inside http://youtu.be/WvPQTVc80OA #ChangeFail

    Starz and Strypz ‏@StarzandStrypz Not only did Obama say “You can’t change Washington from the inside” but he said its “the most important lesson I’ve learned.” Retire, dude.

    Reince Priebus ‏@Reince Between no immigration reform and can’t change DC from the inside, seems like Obama just admitted his 08 campaign was garbage.

    He is beginning to prep the public. It will be an, “I didn’t really want to win because…” excuse.

  324. Bill Hobbs ‏@billhobbs In future online dictionaries, they will put this video clip next to the word “moron.” http://freebeacon.com/obama-you-cant-change-washington-from-the-inside/

    Steven J Burns ‏@StevenJBurns Obama : You cant change Washington from the inside. Soooooooo… you want four more years because….

    Abe Froman ‏@8ironchip Obama gives up: http://bit.ly/VhACCH

    Al Etter ‏@al_etter President Obama thinks you can’t change D.C from the inside? does he realize that he is “the inside”? lol

    He’s really stepped in it now.

  325. rickya
    September 20th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Who are you calling, neetabug?

    Are these targeted numbers or just random numbers? Which state have you been calling?

    ________________________________________________________

    We are calling cuyahoga county here in Ohio. Cleveland, Brookpark etc. The numbers are programed into the phone. It dials automatically. I will ask the next time i am there if they are targeting only republicans. I let it be known that i am a Hillary
    democrat.

  326. Oh Hillary…

    Meanwhile, we’re sorry for your banditry.

    U.S. Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani television on Thursday in an attempt to undercut anger against the United States, where the film was produced. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security officials as they tried in vain to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid outrage in many countries over the film’s vulgar depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

    The television ads in Pakistan feature clips of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during press appearances in Washington in which they condemned the video. Their words were subtitled in Urdu.

    “We absolutely reject its content and message,” said Clinton in the advertisement.

    Obama promised to sell American values of liberty abroad, but what he’s actually doing is selling foreign values of blasphemy and Rule of Mob to America.

  327. I just saw on Fox News on the scroll at the bottom Mitt Romney has only 50m plus and is in 15m in debt.

    What is going on?

  328. foxyladi14
    September 20th, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    I am getting my absentee application filled out :_
    ___________________________________________________________

    I sent my absentee application back two weeks ago.

  329. neetabug, its the end of September, more than likely all the advertising for the last 6 weeks has to be booked, bought and paid for about now, as most campaigns block book advertising roughly 7 weeks in advance for programming deadlines, that all has to be paid for. Suspect that figure does not include any revenue from September coming in. These campaigns are expensive to run and the ads cost the most.

  330. http://youtu.be/DQkSFU75LC0

    New Ad Implies Obama Is Cozy With Muslim Brotherhood

    By LAUREN FOX
    September 20, 2012 RSS Feed Print
    The conservative advocacy group Let Freedom Ring released an ad Thursday to run in key swing states depicting President Barack Obama as a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer.

  331. Admin: Stan Kurtz believes the Rommey strategy is changing. Previously, it targeted the waivering 2008 voter, focused on the narrow question are you better off than you were four years ago, and ignored the damage done by a vicious anti American media. The new strategy will be more ideological, aimed at Obama’s head, and arguing how the path which Obama has charted is what Hayek called the road to serfdom. If this is done with the right tone, and persistence it could be a game changer. But in order to succeed he needs to dump Gillespie. That man is a serious liablity to any Republican campaign and a boon to the opposition.
    —————————————————————–

    Romney’s New Strategy
    By Stanley Kurtz
    September 25, 2012 9:59 P.M.
    Comments
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    By kicking off his Ohio bus tour with an unusually blunt attack on Obama’s big-government philosophy, Mitt Romney appears to have adopted a new strategy. Romney described Obama’s vision of government as “entirely foreign to anything this nation has ever known.” He decried ”a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor, investing, so to speak, in companies, picking winners and losers, or in his case, losers.” Then came the biggest applause line: “That is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”
    Romney’s attacks on Obama’s 1998 remarks about redistribution could have been dismissed as an effort to divert attention from the 47 percent flap. Today’s Ohio campaign-speech appears to signal a more serious pivot. This is how Romney has chosen to open his tour of the ultimate battleground state. Gone is Obama the likable guy in over his head. Now we have Obama the transformative ideologue. You don’t need to screen clips from 2016, or even bring up European social democracy, to make the point.
    Romney’s earlier strategy of depending on reminders of Obama’s failed economic stewardship to gently wean voters away from Obama wasn’t crazy. Why alienate that thin sliver of Obama-sympathetic undecideds by making them feel like fools for having supported the president in the first place? Yet that framing made the election a choice between blaming Obama for our economic troubles or cutting him some slack for having been handed such a bad situation to begin with.
    This new strategy changes things. By highlighting Obama’s transformative policies, Romney gives voters a way to make sense of Obama’s role in our economic woes. This is how the 2010 election was won. Yes, the economy was bad back in 2010, but that alone can’t explain the GOP’s sweeping off-year victory. If a bad economy by itself was enough to account for 2010, Romney would be ahead right now.
    The secret to the big Republican win in 2010 was the connection voters made between the bad economy and Obama’s ambitious policies. The stimulus hadn’t worked as promised and was pushing us into bankruptcy. Health -care reform distracted Obama from the jobs battle, broke the bank, and paralyzed small business. Voters blamed Obama s’ high-profile policies for the bad economy in 2010, and that’s why Republicans won.
    Since losing the House, Obama has been forced to work his transformative ways via regulation: suspending work on the Keystone pipeline, pushing for cap-and-trade through the EPA, not protesting when his hand-picked NLRB blocked Boeing’s move to South Carolina, gutting the work requirements of welfare reform, and so on. By highlighting these concrete moves, and linking them to both Obama’s philosophy and the bad economy, Romney can convince undecided voters that Obama is to blame for our troubles.
    A sharper case against Obama may risk putting off some undecideds, but may also convince those who’d been inclined to cut Obama some slack that the economy isn’t just a terrible muddle that no president could figure out. On the contrary, it’s a problem Obama’s big-government policies have made worse. None of this will surprise conservatives, of course. But thanks to the mainstream media, voters who are still undecided at this point may never have heard the case for Obama’s role in mucking up the economy. You can’t make that case without implicitly or explicitly invoking Obama’s ideology.
    Obama’s own strategy plays into this. The president is running a much more openly left-leaning campaign than Democrats typically do. “You didn’t build that” was no fluke. It was embedded in a “we’re all in this together” communitarian narrative that pushes Obama’s big-government aspirations out into the open.
    Obama’s “personal” attacks on Romney are ideological too. Painting Romney as a heartless, tax-dodging, big-businessman is a way of painting capitalism as the source of our troubles. It’s not enough to parry this by simply retelling Romney’s impressive history of generosity, compassion, and kindness. Romney needs an implicitly ideological narrative capable of countering Obama’s own implicitly left-ideological campaign.
    Romney’s new narrative also happens to be true, a real advantage. Once you itemize Obama’s big government ploys, voters will get it. Obama’s aspirations for government’s role in the economy really are unprecedented.
    We can’t say for certain that Romney will keep at it, but the intensity of his attacks on Obama today do seem to indicate a new strategy. I think it’s a good idea.

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