Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Mid-Week 'Report;' 09/20/2012

What The National Pamphleteers Don't Report:
Colonel: Hillary Made Decision Not to Post Marines at Benghazi
September 14, 2012
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department:
The State Department just allowed our guys to get killed. If you approve no bullets in guns for the mission security guards and an outhouse for a mission, you’re inviting it.
Earlier, on Howie Carr's radio show Thursday, Colonel Hunt said that the American mission at Benghazi "was like a cardboard building, there wasn't even bullet proof glass." In addition, Hunt said the security guards [....]

Democrats Lock Up Uterus Vote
by John Ransom,
September 16, 2012
Dear Comrade Oddball,
There is only one party dumb enough to start a Department of Pregnancy and it’s not the GOP. How exactly would an “ultrasound” prove what a woman is thinking? Like most liberals, I think you are confused a bit by a woman’s biology. That part doesn’t do a woman’s thinking for her. I know liberals tend to think that women are just uteruses who vote, but, again, you are wrong. Talk about [....]
On The Arab Spring
by Jeff Carter,
September 16, 2012
    Have you been following the events in the Middle East? I have been paying attention. It disgusts me. Especially if you focus on the events in Libya. The behavior of the animals that attacked our embassies makes me mad. Obama and his administration are blaming a movie. But, they should be blaming themselves. Why?
1. They received intelligence 48 hours before any attacks that there may be attacks on their embassies. The intelligence wasn’t specific, but with the anniversary of 9/11, you’d think you’d want everyone on alert.
2. Marines weren’t armed with bullets. They weren’t locked and loaded. Hillary Clinton’s State Department issued that order because “we come in peace”. I get that sentiment-and it is the correct one. But if you are going to carry a weapon, you better be prepared to use it.
3. In Benghazi Libya, there were no Marines guarding our ambassador. Shouldn’t our ambassadors always have protection everywhere? That’s the nature of terrorists. Attack when it’s unexpected. Our Canadian ambassador always ought to have some protection. Hard to believe in an area like Libya that is not safe for the locals our important people on the ground didn’t have protection.
4. The initial response was terrible. Instead of calling out the people that attacked the embassy, the administration issued an apology and then didn’t defend our first amendment rights. I agree, the film maker deliberately made a film that would incite people. The minister in Florida that wants to burn Korans is a crackpot. But in our country, you have to right to say that stuff without repercussions. Obama wants to figure out a way to arrest the film maker!! They even released data on the film maker.
This analysis isn’t partisan. This is a President in way over his head. It’s a President that doesn’t understand how to lead. It’s a President that can’t [....]

Operation Screw
by Peter Schiff
September 16, 2012
    With yesterday's Fed decision and press conference, Chairman Ben Bernanke finally and decisively laid his cards on the table. And confirming what I have been saying for many years, all he was holding was more of the same snake oil and bluster. Going further than he has ever gone before, he made it clear that he will be permanently binding the American economy to a losing strategy. As a result, September 13, 2012 may one day be regarded as the day America finally threw in the economic towel.
      Here is the outline of the Fed's plan: buy hundreds of billions of home mortgages annually in order to push down mortgage rates and push up home prices, thereby encouraging people to build and buy homes and spend the extracted equity on consumer goods. Furthermore, the Fed hopes that ultra-cheap money will push up stock prices so that Wall Street and stock investors feel wealthier and begin to spend more freely. He won't admit this directly, but rather than building an economy on increased productivity, production, and wealth accumulation, he is trying to build one on confidence, increased leverage, and rising asset prices. In other words, the Fed prefers the illusion of growth to the restructuring needed to allow for real growth.
     The problem that went unnoticed by the reporters at the Fed's press conference (and those who have written about it subsequently) is that we already tried this strategy and it ended in disaster. Loose monetary policy created the housing and stock bubbles of the last decade, the bursting of which almost blew up the economy. Apparently for Bernanke and his cohorts, almost isn't good enough. They are coming back to finish the job. But this time, they are packing weaponry of a much higher caliber. Not only are they pushing mortgage rates down to historical lows but now they are buying all the loans!
     Last year, the Fed launched the so-called [....]

Video:Obama Lied About Bin Laden Raid

    For a short time,America basked in the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead—at least until we found out Obama would exploit it to the hilt for his reelection campaign. At least until he took full credit for it,minimizing the work of the CIA agents,communications specialists,Black Hawk pilots,and even the SEALs themselves who took Bin Laden out.
    Within days,Team Obama began to leak top secret information about the raid to the press. Within days,Kathryn Bigelow,the director of The Hurt Locker, was briefed by the CIA and given access to top secret information,even [....]

Why Obama Has Abandoned Israel and Why Jews Should Abandon Obama

by Wayne Allyn Root,
September 5, 2012
Mitt Romney had an interesting, controversial, and completely ignored line during his speech at the Republican National Convention. Mitt said “Obama has thrown Israel under the bus.” Mitt knew something the rest of us didn’t. The story is shocking, as much for the betrayal of one of our strongest allies, as for the timing.
Obama has gone rogue. It’s been clear since day one, President Obama is no friend of Israel. But I thought his betrayal would be timed for sometime after the election- perhaps on a quiet Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday weekend. The fact he has openly thrown Israel under the bus BEFORE the election is a disturbing sign for Jews (and for all Americans who support the right of our longtime friend and ally Israel to exist). Can you imagine what Obama is capable of after the Presidential election- if he never again has to answer to Jewish voters?
On Thursday, August 30th Time magazine disclosed that U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Martin Dempsey, told reporters in London, “I don’t want to be complicit” if Israel chooses to conduct a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. No top general would ever say anything like that without orders from the White House. Those are clearly Obama’s words, not Dempsey’s.
Even louder than the words are the actions of the Obama administration. TIME reports that a U.S.-Israeli joint war games exercise was postponed several months ago to show Obama’s displeasure over Israel’s plans to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. After being re-scheduled for this Fall it has suddenly been scaled back,drastically. TIME reports that “well-placed sources” in both countries have confirmed that the Obama administration has slashed more than two-thirds the number of U.S. troops participating; decided not to send crews to operate Patriot anti-missile systems; and will either cut in half or entirely eliminate the [....]

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
September 15, 2012 
At the start of the week, President Obama coming off a successful national convention had bounced ahead of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. By week’s end, the bounce was gone, and the race looked like the conventions had never happened in the daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Likely to complicate the picture was the killing of the first U.S. ambassador overseas since 1979 and increasingly angry anti-U.S. protests spreading through the Middle East.
In Virginia and Ohio [....]

Middle East Mayhem: Congrats Obama,You Built That

by Doug Giles,
September 16, 2012
     Remember back in the beginning of 2011 when Obama told us about the freedom lovers in Egypt and Libya living under the oppression of dictators and needing our immediate help to establish democracy in their fair lands? You do? So do I. How weird. We should become best friends. Facebook me. Anyway … it turns out that the “freedom lovers” Obama coerced lots of Americans to rally behind (and whom he also pimped out with billions of sawbucks from America’s pitiful piggy bank) were bat crap crazy. I’m talking crazy on steroids crazy—and not just peaceful crazy like Joe Biden but rather hide-sharp-objects-from-them, menopausal wolverine sow crazy. Yep, these “yearners for democracy” turned out to be radicals of radicals who’d like nothing more than to eradicate the U.S. and Israel and establish a global bounce house for all things Muslim. Whoopsie, eh Mr. President? You kind of misjudged that one, seƱor. At least I hope Obama misjudged their end game because if he had even an inkling that they would quickly blossom into full-blown anti-America/Israel hate machines then that would make some folks think that our president … um … uh … doesn’t have our … how shall I say … our best interests or our allies’ best interests at heart. I’ve gotta admit [....] 
Downgrade Nation: Seeing Through The Charade Of Presidential Politics
By Austin Hill,
September 16, 2012
    The U.S. Federal Reserve initiated more economic stimulus. And the very next day the U.S. Government received another debt downgrade.
Did one lead to the other- or is there more to the story?Amid last week’s headlines of Islamic terrorist attacks and domestic bomb threats, the news about another U.S. debt downgrade may have seemed anticlimactic. Yet this additional downgrade for the U.S. has been a long time in the making, has long-term ramifications, and was not triggered by the Federal Reserve alone.After months of speculation, pressure, and mostly bad economic data, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced last Thursday that he would launch a third round of economic stimulus code-named “QE3” (several media outlets, including CNBC and Yahoo! Finance, quickly nicknamed it “QE infinity” owing to its open-ended, no-end-in-sight nature). The plan, as Mr. Bernanke explained, is for the Federal Reserve to purchase $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities every month, and to do so for as long as he thinks it is necessary. Of course, it was only five months ago that the Egan-Jones Ratings company downgraded the U.S. Government because of its profligate spending and total lack of interest in reducing its deficits, lowering it [....]

Over Governor’s Veto, Missouri Enacts Religious Exemptions on Abortion Pill Mandate

by Matthew Bowman,
September 15, 2012
On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers ignored the warnings of the Obama administration and overrode their governor’s veto to enact religious exemptions to the abortion pill mandate.

The bill, which passed through the state senate on a 26-6 vote and through the house on a 109-45 vote, is now law in Missouri and provides citizens of that state with serious religious freedom protections.

Not only that, but the new law actually provides the extra safeguard of giving Missourians grounds on which to sue should their religious exemptions be violated.

According to the Associated Press:
The new law allows individuals, employers and insurers to cite religious or moral exemptions from mandatory insurance coverage for abortion, contraception, and sterilization. It also gives the state attorney general — or other individuals and entities — grounds to file lawsuits claiming an infringement of rights if they are compelled to cover contraception. 
The Missouri Catholic Conference contends this new law [....]

More Government Thuggery
by Daniel J. Mitchell,
September 15, 2012
When I first read this story about a woman getting arrested because her kids were playing outdoors, I figured it would be a perfect addition for my ongoing series that tries to determine whether the United States or the United Kingdom has the most incompetent, stupid, and/or venal government officials making the most brainless and/or thuggish decisions.
And when you read these excerpts from a newspaper in Houston, you’ll agree that venal and thuggish are very appropriate words.
A stay-at-home mom from La Porte has filed a lawsuit against the city’s police department, an unknown officer and one of her neighbors. Tammy Cooper said she was wrongly accused of endangering her children and was even forced to spend the night in jail, all because she let her kids play outside. …her children, ages 9 and 6, were riding their motorized scooters in the cul-de-sac where they live while she watched from a lawn chair in her front yard just a few feet away. ..a La Porte police car pulled up in front of her home. …He proceeded to tell me he had received a call from one of my neighbors that my kids were riding their scooters unsupervised. Cooper said she was handcuffed, put in the back of a police car and forced to spend the night in jail. …The charges against her were eventually dropped but she still describes the ordeal as humiliating and said her children were even questioned by police and terrified. …”I hope that what I went through doesn’t go unpunished – that there are consequences for a bad decision,” Cooper said.
But as I thought about the story, I got more [....]

Romney Is Right
September 14, 2012
When a U.S. embassy gets stormed by protesters overseas, it’s usually a matter of public concern. And it might even occasion debate between presidential candidates.
Unless one of the candidates is President Barack Obama and the other is Mitt Romney. Then, everything changes.
In the immediate aftermath of the deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Egypt and Libya, the political debate fastened on the propriety of Romney criticizing the administration for its initial response. You know, the important stuff.
The glowing media reports from earlier this week about how President Obama would use foreign policy as a cudgel against Romney had barely faded when the press pack turned around and declared politics must stop at the water’s edge, thank you very much.
The old complaint about Romney was that he didn’t talk about foreign policy; the newly minted complaint about Romney was that he did talk about foreign policy.
As demonstrators gathered — supposedly in response to an anti-Islamic film promoted by Pastor Terry Jones — the embassy in Cairo released a statement that was craven and dumb. It rebuked “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
The first thing to say about this is that it shamefully aped the reasoning of efforts to restrict free speech in order to protect Muslim sensibilities. The second is that it failed to appease the mob. American-hating thugs usually don’t check out the websites of their targets on the off chance that something posted there might dissuade them from trying to burn the place down.
The embassy reaffirmed its statement via Twitter even after protesters had stormed the compound. At one point the embassy had to tweet, pathetically, “Of course we condemn breaches of our compound, we’re the ones actually living through this.” These people work for the world’s lone superpower?
Late that night, Romney [....]

Truth is the Ultimate Gaffe

by Daniel Greenfield,
september 20, 2012
    Gaffe, a word that temporarily came to be associated with political misstatements, has returned to its origins as a social faux pas, such as saying something at a dinner party that everyone knows to be true, but that know mustn’t be said out loud. The media is still doing its best to pretend that a gaffe is a mistake, when they are actually using it to mean the telling of inconvenient truths. Obama’s reign of error is a constellation of inconvenient truths, economic, security and legal, that cannot be discussed in public. The telling of these inconvenient truths has been met with cries of racism, no matter how little they have to do with race. Now they are being met with cries of “Gaffe, Gaffe”, when Romney brings them up.
Did Obama skip presidential intelligence briefings on the most serious national security threats for a week before September 11? Did the Benghazi consulate lack basic security in a city where Islamist militias were running rampant and attacks on foreign diplomats had already taken place? Was the entire situation a result of an illegal war fought by Obama under false pretenses that armed Islamist militias and set them loose to persecute Libyan Sufis and seize half of Mali? Did Obama sleep through the beginning of the largest wave of attacks on America during his term while partying in Vegas?
Such inconvenient truths [....]

Arab Harvest
September 13, 2012.
Behold the harvest of the Arab Spring: attacks — contemporaneous if not coordinated — on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11. In the former, the American colors were hoisted down, desecrated, and burned, and the black flag of Islamism raised in their place. In the latter, the American ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three members of his staff were murdered in a rocket attack as they attempted to evacuate the facility. Whether both acts of terrorism were committed in protest of a low-budget American film allegedly insulting to the Prophet Mohammed or, as reports now suggest, the Libyan attack was a planned response to the killing of al-Qaeda’s No. 2 in Yemen, the portent is equally disturbing.
The sacrosanctity of diplomats and their missions is among the oldest and most basic axioms of intercourse between civilized nations, and the fact that neither the Egyptian nor the Libyan government acted to prevent these assaults suggests that barbarism is alive and well in Arab North Africa. Egypt’s failure is especially conspicuous, because that country actually has a functioning government and military. Nearly as disturbing was the response, both preemptive and cowardly, of the U.S. mission in Cairo, which went out of its way to condemn not its besiegers, but private citizens of the West who may or may not have “hurt the religious feelings” of riotous Muslims.
Americans are murdered [....]

Why Obama Is Failing the Middle East Meltdown and How to Fix It
    The breaking news keeps breaking when it comes to revelations surrounding the attacks and protests aimed at U.S. embassies going on throughout the Islamic world. Protests have spread to at least eight countries. Reports indicate that four people have been arrested relating to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff there. That offers at least the promise of getting more information about the deliberate attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.  Meanwhile, in the U.S., government authorities identified the man behind the controversial film purported as the cause for the protests as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Californian with a shadowy past including many aliases and a criminal record.
    Unlike a Brad Thor novel, however, we can’t just jump to the end of the story to find out what this all means for American policy in this troubled part of the world.  But (again, unlike a Brad Thor novel) without cheating we can predict how the story is going to end—because the result of the President’s Middle East policies was predictable from the start.  Obama’s strategy for this part of the world started out much the way Jimmy Carter’s did—with acts of conciliation and accommodation. The President narrowly focused his priorities on three objectives: [....]
Until Sunday, my friends....



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