Valerie Jarrett—Obama's Rasputin
September 29, 2012
White House: She receives more protection than our Libyan ambassador, calls the president by his first name, dines and vacations with the First Family and had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden.
Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya. But White House senior adviser and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett reportedly had a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
"Jarrett seems to have a 24-hour, around-the-clock detail, with five or six agents full time," Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said in an interview recently with Breitbart news. If Stevens had a similar escort, he'd probably be alive today.
Such protection isn't usually available to senior advisers, but Jarrett is no ordinary adviser.
She almost always seems to be near the president and first lady, and her name keeps popping up at key moments, indicating the power and influence she wields.
Her influence [....]
Understanding the China-Japan Island Conflict
by Rodger Baker,
VP of East Asia Analysis
September 25, 2012Sept. 29 will mark 40 years of normalized diplomatic relations between China and Japan, two countries that spent much of the 20th century in mutual enmity if not at outright war. The anniversary comes at a low point in Sino-Japanese relations amid a dispute over an island chain in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan and Diaoyu Islands in China.
These islands, which are little more than uninhabited rocks, are not particularly valuable on their own. However, nationalist factions in both countries have used them to enflame old animosities; in China, the government has even helped organize the protests over Japan's plan to purchase and nationalize the islands from their private owner. But China's increased assertiveness is not limited only to this issue. Beijing has undertaken a high-profile expansion and improvement of its navy as a way to help safeguard its maritime interests, which Japan -- an island nation necessarily dependent on access to sea-lanes -- naturally views as a threat. Driven by its economic and political needs, China's expanded military activity may awaken Japan from the pacifist slumber that has characterized it since the end of World War II.
An Old Conflict's New Prominence
The current tensions surrounding the disputed islands began in April. During a visit to the United States, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, a hard-line nationalist known for his 1989 book The Japan That Can Say No, which advocated for a stronger international role for Japan not tied to U.S. interests or influence, said that the Tokyo municipal government was planning to buy [....]
The Truth About President Obama’s Tire Tariffs
by Oren Cass,
September 26, 2012
President Obama recently stated he believes on occasion his television ads go “overboard.” We believe this represents one of those moments and that his campaign’s most recent attempt to highlight the President’s protectionist tariffs on tire imports as an example of how he “stood up to China” is simply not backed up by the facts.
To be clear: the tariff was imposed under Section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974, meaning it was what is called a “safeguard” action.
- The Obama Administration made no claim that China was committing any unfair trade practice, it simply put up a trade barrier at the request of special interests in his party.
- The action clearly hurt American workers, costing the economy nearly $1 million per year per manufacturing job that the President claims to have saved, and on balance destroying thousands of jobs.
- The Tire Industry Association concluded that “so far as saving American jobs, it just isn't working,” and found the action particularly harmful to smaller businesses.
- And, as we have previously explained, the action was just one in a long string of politically-motivated steps taken by the President that undermine America’s standing to demand that other nations play by the rules.
Controversial Interview Exposes 5 Signs Stocks Will Collapse in 2013, Hurts Obama’s Re-election Odds
September 20, 2012“After putting $803,436 in Obama’s campaign coffer, a media giant attempted to keep Americans from seeing the video by banning it from their sites,”
stated Aaron DeHoog, the financial publisher who is unapologetic for the release of controversial footage that has gained international attention.
The video DeHoog is referring to is a stunning interview with famed economist Robert Wiedemer, author of the New York Times best-selling book Aftershock.
Wiedemer, best known for correctly predicting the collapse of the U.S. housing market, equity markets, and consumer spending that almost sank the United States during the “Great Recession”, provides disturbing evidence in the video interview for 50 percent unemployment, a 90 percent stock market crash, and 100 percent annual inflation . . . starting as soon as 2013.
When the host of the interview expressed disbelief in Wiedemer’s claims, he calmly displayed five indisputable charts to [....]
Surprise: glaciers in Montana retreated up to 6 times faster during the 1930′s and 1940′s than today
by Anthony Watts,
September 27, 2012
A new paper published in Quaternary Science Reviews finds that alpine glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana retreated up to 6 times faster during the 1930′s and 1940′s than over the past 40 years.
The “Multi-proxy study of sediment cores retrieved from lakes below modern glaciers supports the first detailed Neoglacial chronology for Glacier National Park (GNP)” and shows “maximum reconstructed retreat rates [in] 1930″ of about 125 meters per year, compared to near zero in ~1975 and about 20 meters/year at the end of the record in ~2005. The authors [....]
Sarah Palin Questions Obama's Penis Sizeby Tim Molloy,
September 12, 2012
How about that Sarah Palin? She hunts, stars in reality shows, weighs in on issues of the day, and, it turns out, loves a good penis joke at the president's expense.
With tensions rising in Libya and Egypt, the presidential race intensely close, and far too many Americans out of work, Palin lightened the national mood with a ribald twist on Teddy Roosevelt's quote about speaking softly and carrying a big stick.
See where this is going? [....]
Obama’s War on Coal
Obama says: Go ahead and build a coal-powered plant — but it will bankrupt you.
September 26, 2012
In July, the Murray Energy Corporation announced that it would be closing an Ohio coal mine. Fifty-six people were still working at the mine, which had employed 239 in its heyday. Some of the employees would be transferred to other positions in the company, but that meant new people wouldn’t be hired to fill those positions.
“President Obama is responsible entirely for the closure of that mine and the loss of those jobs,” Murray Energy Corporation’s founder and CEO, Robert Murray, a major Republican donor, told CNN in August.
“The many regulations that he and his radical appointees and the U.S. EPA have put on the use of coal . . . have closed 175 power plants,” Murray added.
In the 2008 campaign, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that the “notion of no coal . . . is an illusion,” but he added that he favored a cap-and-trade system. “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” Obama continued. “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” In 2007, Joe Biden [....]
obama Went To Bed After Being Told About Benghazi Attack As It Was Happening
by 'Fellowship of The Minds,'
September 25, 2012
On September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was told that a passenger plane had flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, followed by another. Bush then promptly went to bed.
No, that didn’t happen. But if it had, we’d still be hearing the outcry from the MSM.
4 days ago, on September 21, 2012, a Fox News Special Report conveyed the startling news that Barry Soetoro Obama was informed about the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, within 90 minutes of it beginning. [....]
obama Owns These Oil Prices
by John Ransom,
September 27, 2012 The White House is doing a fabulous job keeping oil prices low through strategery, says All-Business Oracle, CNBC, where the motto is: We’re the Real Rock Star of the Stock Market.
“The White House promise that it could release oil from strategic reserves if prices get too high,” says CNBC “is keeping a lid on crude prices, already under pressure from slower global growth.”
CNBC trumpets this view in its not-too-subtle homer headline
How the White House Is Keeping a Lid on Oil Prices.
Yes, how indeed has this White House accomplished the marvelous feat of keeping oil prices low despite a worldwide once- in-100-year recession?
Well with due respect to CNBC’s all-knowing wisdom, the truth is that oil prices have not only not come down, but on a relative basis, they are still very high. [....]http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2012/09/27/obama_owns_these_oils_prices/page/full/
New Questions about How obama Got Into Harvard
by Mytheos Holt,
September 25, 2012
According to a newspaper column released in 1979 by Vernon Jarrett, father-in-law of Obama confidente Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama might owe his success to a very controversial benefactor.
Early Obama critics will remember the particularly bizarre case of Percy Sutton, a leading African-American Civil Rights leader and entrepreneur who, while being interviewed on a New York area news program, dropped something of a bomb. Specifically, Sutton claimed that then-candidate Obama had earned his admission to Harvard thanks to the intervention of a mysterious lawyer named Khalid al-Mansour, who Sutton fingered as working for one of the wealthiest men on earth. According to Sutton, Mansour had asked him to write a letter of recommendation for Obama, and was in the process of “raising money” for Obama, though what this money could be for, he didn’t [....]
How To Get Your Next Million-Property Investing, How Easy Is It?
by Bob Stallard,
Everyone says that they want to be a multi-millionaire. So why is it that if I show twenty-five people how to do it, only one bothers to try. I occasionally ask myself why this is. The only answer I can come up with is that some people just can't move out of their comfort zone, not even to be in a better place. Assuming that you are not one of those, here are a few sign posts along the way to prosperity through property investment.
Property is low risk, high profit. That is not the same as no risk, high profit. Every investment carries a risk. You minimise this by researching the property and the area. That old adage that the first three rules on property purchase are location, location, location, still holds true. Whilst you are cutting your teeth as an investor [....]
Government Agencies Using Criminal Law For Self-Promotion
by Daniel Dew,
In a prior Foundry post, we highlighted the egregious misconduct of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Legal Enforcement in the prosecution of marine biologist Nancy Black. NOAA is criminally prosecuting her for bogus charges, including lying to investigators and feeding whales. These charges could land Black in prison for more than 20 years.
More importantly to NOAA, she faces fines of $700,000 and forfeiture of the inflatable boat she uses for research. Why is that “more important” to NOAA? Read on.
The Magnuson–Stevenson Act allows NOAA to deposit any fines that it recovers from enforcing certain marine resources statutes into a fund used for future investigations. NOAA uses the Magnuson–Stevenson Act to justify keeping all fines it collects, no matter what law or regulation has been violated.
A February 2012 report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that NOAA’s “collection activities may result in undetected misuse of funds” and NOAA cannot even account for all of the money it has collected. Apparently, nobody knows where it went.
Through these forfeiture sections in statutes, Congress has [....]
Author Brad Thor Tweets My Prediction That the Regime Would Manipulate the Jobless Number Below 8% by Election Day
by Rush Limbaugh,
October 5, 2012
Free Speech Isn’t the Problem
There is no alternative to the First Amendment.
That was a recent headline from the Onion, the often hilarious parody newspaper.
The image in question is really not appropriate to describe with any specificity in a family newspaper. It’s quite simply disgusting. And, suffice it to say, it leaves nothing to the imagination.
Four of “the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity,” according to the Onion, and yet “no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened, sources reported Thursday.”
“Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that [....]
Election Could Mirror 1980 Race
by Victor Davis Hanson,
There was only one presidential debate in 1980 between challenger Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter. Just two days before the Oct. 28 debate, Carter was eight points ahead in the Gallup poll. A week after the debate, he lost to Reagan by nearly ten percentage points.
Reagan's debate quip, "There you go again," reminded voters of Carter's chronic crabbiness. Even more devastating was Reagan's final, direct question to American voters: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" No one, it seemed, could muster a "Yes!" Yet there was more to the 1980 campaign than the final game-changing debate rhetoric -- and some of the details are relevant to 2012.
Carter conceded that he could not run on his economic record -- not with a high "misery index' driven by high inflation, high interest rates, high gas prices and high unemployment. The lengthy Iranian hostage crisis finally began to highlight rather than mask Carter's anemic domestic leadership. Without a record to defend, Carter instead pounded Reagan as too ill-informed and too dangerous to be president.
The negative campaigning had not only worked but also seemed to get under Reagan's skin. He kept going off topic while committing serial gaffes: He claimed that California had eliminated its smog; that trees polluted as much as cars, that Alaska had more known oil than Saudi Arabia, and that new evidence cast doubt upon Darwin's theory of evolution. Reagan got clumsily bogged down in distracting controversies about everything from Taiwan and the Vietnam War to the Ku Klux Klan and the stealth bomber program.
Reagan fumbled facts and numbers constantly, as the nitpicking Carter blasted him for implausibly promising lower taxes, balanced budgets and vastly higher defense spending all at once. Throughout late summer, Reagan could not tap widespread voter dissatisfaction with Carter's disastrous [....]
Clint Eastwood: 'obama Is Greatest Hoax Perpetrated On The American People'
by Tim Kenneally,
September 7, 2012
Clint Eastwood has broken his silence on his now-infamous speech at last week's Republican National Convention -- during which he berated an empty chair occupied by an imaginary President Obama at length -- calling Obama "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
Speaking to the Carmel Pine Cone, the actor/director revealed that Romney's campaign aides questioned him about the contents of his speech, but he wouldn't divulge details, because he didn't have any. “They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood, the former mayor of Carmel, told the paper.
Eastwood -- who admits that "I really don’t know how to" make a speech -- said that he only mapped out a general idea of what he would say in the speech about an hour before he took the stage, and came up with the idea of speaking to an empty chair just minutes [....]
Brazil: Restoring Economic Growth Through Economic Freedom
by James Roberts, Mark Schreiber, Derek Scissors, Ph.D;
September 20, 2012
Abstract: Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country, Latin America’s largest economy, and an important trading partner for the U.S. The Brazilian government dominates many areas of the country’s economy, undercutting development of a more vibrant private sector, and Brazil’s four-year growth average of 4 percent has recently weakened. Government expenditures consume more than 40 percent of GDP. The pace of Brazil’s regulatory reform has slowed, and the tax burden is much heavier than in many other emerging economies. Corruption is high, private property rights are insecure, and the judicial system remains vulnerable to political influence. Brazil needs more economic freedom, and the government should eliminate barriers to entrepreneurial activity—burdensome taxes, inefficient regulation, flaws in long-term financing, and continuing government-created rigidities in the labor market.
The world’s fifth-largest country and Latin America’s largest economy, Brazil is an important American trading partner. The Brazilian economy averaged better than 4 percent annual growth from 2006 to 2010 largely thanks to surging prices for exported commodities. Yet that growth rate was substantially less than many other major emerging countries, and growth has weakened considerably since 2011. Brazilians are justifiably concerned that their country has become stuck again in the decades-old cycle of high inflation and commodity dependence from which it emerged only in the 1990s. Strengthening the foundations of economic freedom is the critical step required to restore rapid growth.
The Brazilian government continues to [...]
Black Flags Spell Trouble
It is no accident that the marauders in Benghazi and Cairo hoisted the black flag.
by Charles C.W. Cooke,
September, 26, 2012
"Every normal man,” wrote H. L. Mencken, “must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.” Given that his subject was modern poetry, he can be forgiven the impulse. But we might politely decline to join him. There are few occasions on which the raising of a black flag has been an overture to something pretty, and a great many on which it has augured something ill. Black flags are harbingers of chaos.
The recent events in the Arab world are no exception. The barbarism in Egypt and Libya pushed back into view the nefarious purposes to which black flags are most commonly deployed. Having scaled the walls of the American embassy compound in Cairo on September 11, protesters ripped down Old Glory, set fire to it, and managed to replace it temporarily with their own pennant. At the consulate in Benghazi, marauders put up their flag, murdered the ambassador and three other Americans, and caused as much damage as they could. The unrest has not yet stopped, with U.S. citizens and property being targeted in Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia, and Syria.
There are, it seems, three main causes in [....]
10 Questionable Household Tips From The 19th Century White House Staff
by Adrienne Crezo,
September 19, 2012
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a big place, and understandably the upkeep is a little more complicated than that of any typical suburban home. That’s why Fanny Lemira Gillette, famed housekeeping guru and mother of the inventor of the safety razor, and Hugo Ziemann, the White House steward, teamed up in 1887 to write The White House Cook Book, a “comprehensive cyclopedia of information for the home” and one of the best-selling cookbooks in U.S. history. Aside from useful recipes for Chicken Jelly and Mayonnaise Fish, Gillette and Ziemann’s book is full of expert housekeeping tips. Though we can’t in good conscience advise trying most of these, here are 10 of the better examples.
1. Rooms get stuffy, probably more so when air-conditioning hasn’t been invented yet. To clear the air in a room that needs some refreshing, Gillette advises pouring a healthy sprinkling of ground coffee onto a shovelful of hot coals. If no coffee is available or if you’d prefer to leave the house smelling like something different than a malfunctioning Keurig, try a cupful of sugar instead.
2. To keep your milk from curdling, grate a tablespoon of horseradish right into the pitcher. “It will keep it sweet for days.”
3. Ventilation is key to keeping a home fresh-smelling and livable, but some rooms don’t have windows. An alternative option is to place a pitcher of ice-water — “the colder the more effective” — on a table in the center of a room. This will “absorb all the gases with which the room is filled.” Watch out, though, because that water, once it has done its job, “will be entirely unfit” for any other use. Don’t even pour it in the flowerbeds.
4. To remove stains from laundry, [....]
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