Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The New York Times Won’t Report The News! ^ | Sept. 11, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price

The New York Times (and liberal media generally) have two ways of dealing with news they don’t like.

Stories can be ingeniously “spun” so their significance is dimmed. The main facts might be mentioned; but the emphasis is expertly shifted and important details are placed toward the end. Opposing testimony is featured throughout. The “spun” story, a murmur of its prior self, is then buried on a back page.

A more radical, more Orwellian technique is to pretend that the story never happened. News is thus “disappeared.” Savor the irony. A vast organization--allegedly set up to find news--ends up functioning as a screening device to identify undesirable stories and hide them.
This second technique seems more commonplace and reckless in the Obama era. Previously, the Times could ignore a story, confident that few people would realize it hadn’t been covered. In the age of the internet and the New Media, the Times has to know that a big portion of the population will hear about significant stories. Bizarrely, the Times doesn’t seem to care about its own declining prestige.
Here then are three big stories NOT reported in the New York Times.
1) Hollywood Heroine. During the 2008 primary season, Bettina Viviano, a producer with serious film credits, was deeply involved in the campaign to nominate Hillary Clinton. She was typical of thousands of smart professional women who assumed that Hillary would be the nominee; and they wanted to be part of the process. Shockingly, they discovered that politics is a rough game indeed when played by the gang from Chicago.
Bettina Viviano witnessed intimidation, fraud, anything you can think of that gangster politicians have done throughout history. Viviano and colleague Gigi Gaston decided to make a documentary about this tainted primary. The title is “We Will Not Be Silenced.” Two things happened: lots of people had grim stories to tell; and great pressure was brought to shut down the project. Indeed, it was put on hold during 2009.
In the spring of 2012, Viviano decided she couldn’t remain silent. She wrote some articles, gave some interviews. She’s an impressive witness and tells a fascinating story. She argues that had the primary been conducted legally, Hillary would have been the candidate. More surprising to many is Viviano’s comment that everyone in the campaign assumed Obama was ineligible, and that Bill Clinton would step forward at the proper time to dismiss Obama’s legitimacy. He didn’t do this, Viviano said, because he was threatened. Anyway, at risk to her career (at least), Viviano told a detailed story that unfolds over months and now years. This is not some little anecdote but a big slice of American political history that should have been served up on the front page of every paper in America: INSIDERS SAY OBAMA MACHINE STOLE NOMINATION.
It’s far more significant than anything we heard about Herman Cain; but the Times covered Herman Cain in scores of stories, smirking, scorning, chortling (in a tone the Times would call “racist” if the subject were Obama.)
But if you go to the New York Times now to learn about a far more important chapter in our history, here’s what the search engine says: “Your search - bettina viviano, hillary clinton - did not match any documents.”
2) “America’s Sheriff.” This nickname tells you that Joe Arpaio is a national figure, and that probably millions of people know about his activities. He held a press conference on March 1, 2012, to announce that Obama’s newest birth certificate was most likely a forgery. Later in the year, July 17, he held a second press conference to announce there’s no doubt: the official White House birth certificate is a digital forgery. This is a huge story with many unique features, just what journalists used to hunger for. There’s only one investigation--Arpaio's--by a law enforcement group into this birth certificate, and only one nationally famous sheriff. Not to mention, somebody in the White House is committing forgery.
The Times touched on this story a few times fleetingly, with no detail or forensic curiosity. At present there is a long biographical sketch of Arpaio, about 1500 words, on the Times website, with this single reference: “Mr. Arpaio has waged an increasingly bitter dispute with the Obama administration, including questioning the president’s birth certificate and portraying the civil rights investigation as politicized.”
This is almost comedy journalism. As Arpaio himself has mentioned, if a reporter wants to win a Pulitzer, all he has to do is refute the sheriff’s investigation.
3) Handicapper. Wayne Allyn Root is, according to his August 6 article and video, “one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators.” Furthermore, Root was in Columbia’s Class of ‘83, the president’s class. Root notes that virtually nobody remembers seeing this guy. But the real question is how does a student with mediocre grades, a fondness for reefer, and not much money manage to attend several Ivy League schools? Root plays the biggest hunch of his career, claiming that Obama had all his records sealed because he most likely attended Columbia as a “foreign exchange student.” In that classification, Obama did not need good grades, money, or even to attend class.
Rush Limbaugh read the entire column on the air. Root’s prognostications went viral. At that point, the Times should at least report the story. If they could refute Root’s analysis, why not do it?
This story, of course occurred a few months after another equally huge story that Obama, on his literary agent’s website, said he was from Kenya. This claim remained on the web for more than 10 years. Meanwhile, the president’s birth certificate has been denounced as a fake. A Republican politician would not survive two days with these convergent accusations hanging in the air. The Times would report them in banner headlines.
Times search engine reports: “Your search [last 12 months] - wayne allyn root - did not match any documents."
Where the president is concerned, the Times sees no evil, hears no evil, and reports no evil. The wider tragedy is that this faux-newspaper dictates what all the lesser papers will bother to report. Check your local paper: did it report these stories?
People should be asking when did “media whore” become a tautology? Once upon a time, media whore referred to people who would do anything to be mentioned in the news. Now the phrase better refers to media that will do anything to avoid mentioning the news.
Education is my main beat; I think of this as an education story. The media won’t report facts. Schools try not to teach facts. There almost seems to be, throughout our society, what Martin Gross called “a conspiracy of ignorance.”
As these and many other stories become common knowledge, the public may wake up to how corrupt and irresponsible some of our major institutions are.
[Original article contains links.] Bruce Deitrick Price is an author and education reformer.

Pentagon Plans to Buy 1,500 Chevy Volts to make Obama Look Good!

The New American ^ | September 12, 2012 | Brian Koenig

General Motors, the financially-strained U.S. automaker that absorbed billions of taxpayer dollars through the auto bailout, has secured a new deep-pocketed customer for its purportedly failed electric vehicle — the Chevy Volt. That customer is the Pentagon, which plans to make the federal government’s military operation more “environmentally-friendly” by reducing its use of fossil fuels with a conversion to electric vehicles.
The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to purchase 1,500 models of the Volt, which has been burdened with lethargic sales and mounting losses since the automaker launched it in 2010. The Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California bought two of the “green” vehicles in July, and another 18 more will soon be shipped to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is lodged.
The Obama administration has been a prominent advocate for the Chevy Volt, as the President himself pledged this year to “buy one and drive it myself … five years from now when I’m not president anymore.” Moreover, the government has offered a $7,500 tax break to bolster GM’s sales on the electric vehicle. However, the federal government’s spendthrift strategies have produced meager results.
Citing data released by the consulting firm Munro & Associates, Reuters reported Monday that “nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds.” Reuters noted that each one of the Obama-hyped vehicles cost upwards of $89,000 to produce, with a sticker price of less than $40,000. Further, the news agency reported:
Cheap Volt lease offers meant to drive more customers to Chevy showrooms this summer may have pushed that loss even higher. There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce.
And while the loss per vehicle will shrink as more are built and sold, GM is still years away from making money on the Volt, which will soon face new competitors from Ford, Honda and others.
The vehicle’s steep sticker price, combined with logistical concerns about charging the vehicles, has severely strained GM’s initial sales projections. “Discounted leases as low as $199 a month helped propel Volt sales in August to 2,831, pushing year-to-date sales to 13,500, well below the 40,000 cars that GM originally had hoped to sell in 2012,” Reuters added.
The automaker contested the $89,000 estimate, calling it “grossly wrong, in part because the reporters allocated product development costs across the number of Volts sold instead of allocating across the lifetime volume of the program.”
However, president of the Michigan-based Munro & Associates, Sandy Munro, told that the number should be relatively close, while she acknowledged that it was estimated by using industry standards, without any detailed inside information regarding the Volt’s production. GM has never publicized actual figures on production costs for the electric vehicle, partly because many of the Volt’s parts are shared with other GM vehicles, including its internal combustion engine. Here’s how Reuters figured its calculations:
The independent cost estimates obtained by Reuters factor in GM's initial investment in development of the Volt and its key components, as well as new tooling for battery, stamping, assembly and supplier plants — a price tag that totals "a little over" $1 billion, Parks said. Independent estimates put it at $1.2 billion, a figure that does not include sales, marketing and related corporate costs.
Spread out over the 21,500 Volts that GM has sold since the car's introduction in December 2010, the development and tooling costs average just under $56,000 per car. That figure will, of course, come down as more Volts are sold.
The actual cost to build the Volt is estimated to be an additional $20,000 to $32,000 per vehicle, according to Munro and the other industry consultants.
Responding to the news agency, GM asserted that “every investment in technology that GM makes is designed to have a payoff for our customers, to meet future regulatory requirements and add to the bottom line. The Volt is no different, even if it takes longer to become profitable.”
In the end, however, the real controversy stems from the fact that American taxpayers have been forced to pay billions of dollars to an automaker that is failing to turn a profit on a vehicle being promoted by politicians, including the President himself. The Chevy Volt, as well as the U.S. auto industry as a whole, has become a political whirlpool over the past few years, and despite already having sunk a mounting sum of taxpayer dollars into the Chevy Volt, the Pentagon is forcing Americans to pay more — in another political statement delivered under the worn-out maxim of “environmental responsibility.” 

Obama vows to track down ambassador's killers (so he can apologize to them)

reuters ^ | 9/12/2012 | Matt Spetalnick and Hadeel Al Shalchi

President Barack Obama branded the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans an "outrageous attack" on Wednesday and vowed to track down the perpetrators, while ordering a tightening of diplomatic security worldwide.
The ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and the other Americans were killed after Islamist gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi on Tuesday night. The attackers were part of a mob blaming America for a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
The violence in the eastern city, a cradle of Libya's U.S.-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi last year, came on the anniversary of al Qaeda's attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Another assault was mounted on the U.S. embassy in Cairo in which protesters, who included Islamists and teenage soccer fans, tore down and burned a U.S. flag.
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American Liars Inc.

IFB ^ | 9/12/12 | -

My friends the world abounds with liars in all classes of politics and life in general but particularly here in America for the last six years (2006 elections) the Progressive Democratic Left has faithfully lied about everything under the sun to promote, preserve and protect their lawless Marxist agenda and their chosen chief chosen one. From Health Care to Medicare, from Republicans to the Tea Party, from the economy to tax increases, from the Fast and the Furious to the Stimulus, from the war on terror to Guantanamo, from drilling to green energy, from Limbaugh to Bush to Palin, from Obama to Osama etc to etc.. .
The Left here in America have lied about the lies that they lied about in order to lie to and to deceive the masses of uninformed and their subjective, narcissistic, and lawless base in order to maintain and further establish their power.
The Left here in America have lied about the lies that they lied about in order to lie to and to deceive the masses of uninformed and their subjective, narcissistic, and lawless base in order to maintain and further establish their power. The more the Left lies to the American people the more they (the Left) themselves begin to believe their own lies that they are spreading. In so doing they have fully deceived themselves and have guaranteed this nation’s soon coming perdition, collapse and doom (Psalm 4:2, 11:3, Isa. 5:20, 2 Tim. 3:13). At no time in the history of America has the lying liars of the Left’s “Liars Inc” been so powerful in spreading lies and seeking to deceive this nation than in these last few months before the 2012 election. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wassermann Schultz, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Chris Matthews, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, New York Times etc etc … are just a few of the liars on the Liars Inc.’s elite board. These exclusive members, propagandists and taskmasters have been on a lying tirade ever seeking to deceive and acquire more followers and maintain their power base at all costs.
The liars of Liars Inc have manufactured and exalted a false perception of this nation, its founding and of late Barak Obama to the American people in every conceivable way since 2000. They have manufactured crisis after crisis, have reinvented Obama time after time and they “created” an Obama presidency choke full of myths, fantasies, legends and exploits to sell to the idiots of America who do not know up or down. The majority of these tales have been received by many of the American people to further promote the Liars Inc corporation’s secular Marxist agenda. For more detailed information about this truth I would like to encourage all to read David Limbaugh’s book “The Great Destroyer” in which David goes into great detail about President Obama’s presidency and his Marxist agenda and deception. This book gives great insightful details and countless references - not perversions and false truths – throughout the whole book as to who and what Barak Obama is truly about.
The Left at their core are rooted in delusion, abhor moral and spiritual absolutes (which only promote and strengthen a society and culture) and are lawless and subjective in all their thoughts and actions.
The Left at their core are rooted in delusion, abhor moral and spiritual absolutes (which only promote and strengthen a society and culture) and are lawless and subjective in all their thoughts and actions (Rom. 1:18-32, Gal. 5:19-21). They are dominated by unstable emotional reasoning and not governed by absolute or intelligent reasoning (Jude 1:10). They are driven by their narcissistic lustful desires of passion, sex, Eros pleasure, vindictive rage and power. They abhor with their entire being any who believe in spiritual and moral absolutes and the ETERNAL LIGHT of reality (Prov. 29:27, Rom. 3, 2 Tim. 3:1-7, Jude 1:10-13). They love darkness and despise light. Any who adhere to moral and spiritual absolutes must in their mind be destroyed to preserve their ideology (Prov. 29:27, John 3:19-21, 2 Thess. 3:10-12). Who does this sound like (John 8:44)? Tyranny to the Left is the enforcement and personal adherence to REALITY and the application of ETERNAL spiritual absolutes and physical moral absolutes which have governed this world since the creation (Gen. 1:31, Psalm 19:8-9, Isa. 32:17). These lawless ones ever seek to exist outside of these established absolutes instilled by Almighty God they willfully choose to continually to violate these established absolutes (moral and spiritual) they reap the catastrophic consequences of their own lawless doings (Isa. 5:20, 57:21, Hosea 4:6, Gal. 6:7). These NEVER hold themselves accountable or responsible for their self induced actions and because of their blindness and subjective heart and mind they have to have a scapegoat to blame for their self induced consequences. These have manufactured defensive bulwarks to protect and insulate themselves from their guilty consciences and from reality and truth (John 3:19-21). These manufactured bulwarks created by the Left are called political correctness, moral relativism and pluralism. Along with these bulwarks they use the artillery of slander to defend, demonize and destroy their enemies with such accusations as bigot, hater, homophobe, idiot, stupid, racist, greedy, self righteous, Halliburton, Bush, Wall Street, Jesus freak, holier than thou, Bible thumper and any violent profane word or phrases that bleep when they are used on TV or Radio (John 8:44).
They abhor with their entire being any who believe in spiritual and moral absolutes and the ETERNAL LIGHT of reality.
My dear friends in a world full of darkness where reality, moral absolutes and ETERNAL spiritual absolutes are despised and rejected by man made spiritual ideologies (i.e., religion) and political ideologies (i.e., conservatives, liberals, progressive and moderates etc), deception is rampant and humanity because of error, unbelief and lawlessness are enslaved by the god of this world and are prisoners to his diabolical will (2 Cor. 4:2-4, Eph. 2:1-2, 6:12). No wonder it is so easy to lie today and deceive and bamboozle the masses with false promises, dreams, hopes and admirations for the majority of Americans and the world are totally open to this deception and exist in this delusion and receive it as normal (Isa. 5:20). The Day of Darkness and global tribulation is at our very door my dear friends and nothing is going to stop that Day from coming (1 Thess. 5:3, Rev. 6-19).
Our nation, as a whole is headed down that road and we as an American people have Liars Inc and the abandoners of reality and moral absolutes to thank for our nation’s rapid decline as the global restraining power. Once America fully gives way and implodes upon itself due to the vigilant efforts of godlessness and secular lawlessness provided by the BIG Government Corporation of Liars Inc what will ever contain the world’s aggression and lawlessness. Absolutely nothing! Absolutely nothing! It will be only global tribulation (Rev. 6-19). Let’s take a look at who makes up the secular corporation called Liars Inc.
The Democratic Leadership
The Democratic leadership is the ruling class of Liars Inc and is made up of lawless secular Marxist progressives who despise our American constitution and all that our Founding Fathers stood for. Their one passion is absolute power and control. Their elitist vision is to put ALL (Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals) under their thumb so they can establish themselves as the monarchy and establish a completely secular state where God is left out and man reigns supreme. The goal and motivation of these is to reach a delusional utopia in which they can reap the wages of lawlessness and finally find temporal fulfillment.
The Mainstream Media
The Mainstream Media are the lying propagandist of Liars Inc and slavishly do the work for the Left’s “state corporation” via newspapers, publications, radio, the movie industry, Hollywood, the music industry, TV and TV images. They provide for the Left with talking points, slander, accusations, character assassination, victim status, false perceptions, agitation, cover, protection and demonization of any who threaten their statist corporation’s (Liars Inc) existence. They are passionate about their calling and lawless and destructive in their deeds. The MSM are the greatest asset to Lairs Inc and have great power and persuasion in deceiving the American masses. They are masters of clouding reality and established truth based on the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. They are indeed disciples of their father and are crucial to Liars Inc’s protection and existence (John 8:44).
The Moderates
The Moderates are made up of centrist Republicans, Independents and Democrats. They are liberal on many social issues but have a somewhat conservative view of fiscal polices. They themselves are minor socialists even though they do not know it and are spineless when it comes to standing for anything of absolute value. They adhere to moral and religious relativism, which gives them their lack of confidence when voting or making any sound decisions. These serve as the timid sword of Liars Inc and when intimidated will side with the liars of Liars Inc in the name of “compromise”. All of these fools compromises throughout the years have led us to the very precipice that we find ourselves on as a nation. Without these cowards help the liars of Liar Inc would NEVER be where they are today.
The Base of Liars Inc
The followers of Liars Inc are the tragic victims of this evil corporation; oppressed and enslaved; whose sole purpose is to serve their task masters without question. They are misguided individuals who have given themselves over to their emotions, fallen senses, lawlessness, godlessness and self imposed victim status. They are addicted to the state, union control, godless and very angry because of their self imposed lawless behavior. They have been ravished by the Liars Inc CEO and taskmasters and are sheep and storm troopers for the elite Left to use to intimidate and insight fear into the enemies of Liars Inc. The MSM are the ones who “whip” into frenzy these poor foolish souls and they control their thoughts and personal decisions on a daily basis. These Big Government sheep have been striped of all their God given rights and freedoms by Liars Inc and have been put in the Government socialistic concentration camp called “Big Government” to live out their lawless existence here in time until their death. These are never ever allowed to think for themselves and to participate in the America dream. They are stripped and beaten of all their personal accountabilities and personal responsibilities and if any of these individuals leave the state concentration camp of Liars Inc they are slandered, demonized and hunted down by the media and labeled as sell outs and traitors by the MSM and the Liars Inc corporation. What is most tragic is that these have been led to believe in their hearts that they will find favor with their Creator in the Day of Judgment because of their self imposed sufferings and have deceived their own souls (John 3:36, Rom. 10:2-4, Rev. 20:11-15).
The CEO of Liars Inc.
The CEO of Liars in is none other than the fallen cherub of ages past (Isa. 14:12-15, Ezek 28:12-17, Rev. 12:9). He is the Father of ALL delusions and lies and cannot for one moment face reality or truth (John 8:44). It is his despotic hand alone that pulls the strings of his lawless human elite taskmasters. They do his bidding and they consciously and unconsciously do his will because they themselves live in a lie and themselves are lawlessness. These are ripe for the picking and tools for demonic using.
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death - Rev. 21:8"
My dear friends in a world full of full blown darkness where reality, moral absolutes and ETERNAL spiritual absolutes are despised and rejected by all walks of man made spiritual ideologies (i.e., religion) and political ideologies (i.e., conservatives, liberals, progressive and moderates etc); deception is EXPONENTIALLY rampant. Humanity - because of error, unbelief and lawlessness - are enslaved by the god of this world and his minions and are indeed prisoners to his diabolical will (Eph. 2:1-2, 6:12, Heb. 2:14-15). No wonder why it is so easy to lie today in America and to be deceived and bamboozled! The masses of people are drunk with the kool- aid from the CEO of Liars Inc and his taskmasters and because of their abandonment of REALITY they are ever drinking in the false promises, dreams, hopes and admirations from the Left and… from the Right (less so). These are ever seeking to create a utopia in a delusional pursuit for fulfillment, peace and contentment, which is NEVER to be found in the things of this world (Eccl. 3:11, Isa. 48:22). My dear friends ONLY Almighty God possesses ALL the remedies for our dire sinful estate (John 3:16-17, Rom. 10:2-4). Only Jesus Christ has the solution for our ETERNAL future and may I say that the Left and the Right today in America are absolutely bankrupt for providing our desperate need for RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 17:5). Only Almighty God can do that for a son of Adam in the Person and Work of His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:2-4, 1 John 2:2).
Christ came to SET YOU FREE and to GIVE you ETERNAL LIFE! The choice is yours my dear friend, Demonic kool-aid or springs of ETERNAL Living Water.
Do you know the Savior today? My dear friend, stop following all the spiritual and immoral liars of the world today and stop deceiving yourself! Christ came to SET YOU FREE and to GIVE you ETERNAL LIFE! The choice is yours my dear friend, Demonic kool-aid (2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 2:1-2, Rev. 12:9) or springs of ETERNAL Living Water (John 7:38, 8:32, 36, Rev. 22:17). May you choose LIFE!
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Hobby Lobby Sues Obama Admin Over Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate!

Life News ^ | September 12, 2012 | Steven Ertelt

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states, filed a lawsuit today against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate.
The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the business says it is opposing the Health and Human Services “preventive services” mandate, which it says forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to 1.3 million dollars per day.
“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, focusing sharp criticism on the administration’s regulation that forces all companies, regardless of religious conviction, to cover abortion-inducing drugs.
“Washington politicians cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is handling the lawsuit for Hobby Lobby. “Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs.”
Founded in an Oklahoma City garage in 1972, the Green family has grown Hobby Lobby from one 300-square-foot retail space into more than 500 stores in 41 states.
“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” said Green. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. The conflict for me is that our family is being forced to choose between following the laws of the country that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families.”
The business’s lawsuit acts to preserve its right to carry out its mission free from government coercion.

Egypt to take legal action in U.S. against Prophet film makers (Will Obama help them?)

Reuters ^ | 9/12/2012 | Reuters

CAIRO, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi asked the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action in the United States against makers of a film attacking the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, the official state news agency said on Wednesday.

Mursi had requested the mission take "all legal measures", the MENA agency said, without giving further details on what that might involve.

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Fight Media Bias: Interview a Reporter Today! (Action Alert)

The Red Side of Life ^ | 9/12/12 | RedInNewYork

Media bias is out of control. So, what do we do? Exactly what the folks did at town halls when Obama first ascended to the throne, simply protesting lack of representation with Tea... which became the Tea Party. It's time to report on the reporters. Let me explain...

The concept is simple. If you are at a Romney or Ryan event, find the folks with press passes - find the reporters. Then get out your phone and start shooting video. Ask the them who they are voting for. Ask them why they are protecting Obama. Ask them who's payroll they're on. Ask them to explain their bias to the American people. It sounds silly, but this is how Helen Thomas was busted... by a kid with a cam.

Swarm them! Force stupid statements and admissions. Get them to call you names. And get it all on video!

Then, upload to youtube and share! Watch how fast it spreads. Let's start keeping score - how many of these shills can we take down with their own words.

So, get to it - it's easy to do, yet very effective if enough people start doing it.


Obama made a brief statement this morning about the death of American Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans at our Libyan consulate on yesterday. Obama's prepared remarks reflected virtually word for word an earlier statement made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Despite a CBS News report to the contrary, Obama claimed that the Libyan security forces "fought back against the attackers." He also claimed that Libyan civilians attempted to aid Ambassador Stevens by transporting him to the hospital:
Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.
Photographic images told a different story of the crowd's conduct, however.
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Israeli Government Accuses Obama Of Lying After White House Said Netanyahu Did Not Request Meeting

WeaselZippers ^ | 9/12/12

Via Times of Israel:

The Israeli government on Wednesday accused the White House of lying by denying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had requested to meet US President Barack Obama later this month in the US.

The accusation will likely serve to further escalate diplomatic tensions between the two countries, which have ramped up in recent days.

“We requested a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York and also suggested that the prime minister could come to Washington,” for a meeting, a senior government official in Jerusalem told the German DPA news agency on Wednesday.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor had said earlier that no such request was made or rejected.
On Tuesday evening, after reports surfaced claiming Obama refused to meet Netanyahu during his short US trip later this month — reportedly due to a scheduling issue — it seemed like bilateral relations were headed toward a serious crisis.
But later that night, the president called Netanyahu and the two leaders spoke for about an hour, seemingly calming the situation.
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Storming Embassies, Killing Ambassadors, and ‘Smart’ Diplomacy

National Review Online ^ | September 12, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson

The attacks on the U.S. embassy yesterday in Cairo and the storming of the American consulate in Libya, where the U.S. ambassador was murdered along with three staff members — and the initial official American reaction to the mayhem — are all reprehensible, each in their own way. Let us sort out this terrible chain of events.

Timing: The assaults came exactly on the eleventh anniversary of bin Laden’s and al-Qaeda’s attack on America. If there was any doubt about the intent of the timing, the appearance of black al-Qaedist flags among the mobs removed it. The chanting of Osama bin Laden’s name made it doubly clear who were the heroes of the Egyptian mob. Why should we be surprised by the lackluster response of the Egyptian and Libyan “authorities” to protect diplomatic sanctuaries, given the nature of the “governments” in both countries? One of the Egyptian demonstration’s organizers was Mohamed al-Zawahiri, the brother of the top deputy to Osama bin Laden, and a planner of the 9/11 attacks, which were led by Mohamed Atta, an Egyptian citizen. In Libya, the sick violence is reminding the world that the problem in the Middle East is not dictators propped up by the U.S. — Qaddafi was an archenemy of the U.S. — but the proverbial Arab Street that can blame everything and everyone, from a cartoon to a video, for the wages of its own self-induced pathologies. So far, all the Arab Spring is accomplishing is removing the dictatorial props and authoritarian excuses for grass roots Middle East madness.
Ingratitude: Egypt is currently a beneficiary of more than $1 billion in annual American aid, and its new Muslim Brotherhood–led government is negotiating to have much of its sizable U.S. debt forgiven. Libya, remember, was the recipient of the Obama administration’s “lead from behind” intervention that led to the removal of Moammar Qaddafi — and apparently gave the present demonstrators the freedom to kill Americans. This is all called “smart” diplomacy.
Appeasement: Here are a few sentences from the statement issued by the Cairo embassy before it was attacked: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. . . .We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
The Problem? The embassy was condemning not those zealots who then stormed their own grounds, but some eccentric private citizens back home who made a movie.
One would have thought that the Obama administration had learned something from the Rushdie fatwa and prophet cartoon incidents. This initial official American diplomatic reaction — to condemn the supposed excess of free speech in the United States, as if the government is responsible for the constitutionally-protected expression of a few private American citizens, while the Egyptian government is not responsible for a mass demonstration and violence against an embassy of the United States — is not just shameful, but absurd. The author of this American diplomatic statement should be fired immediately — as well as any diplomatic personnel who approved it. Obviously our official representatives overseas do not understand, or have not read, the U.S. Constitution. And if the administration claims the embassy that issued the appeasing statement did so without authority, then we have a larger problem with freelancing diplomats who across the globe weigh in with statements that supposedly do not reflect official policy. Note, however, that the initial diplomatic communiqué is the logical extension of this administration’s rhetoric (see below).
Shame: As gratitude for our overthrowing a cruel despot in Libya, Libyan extremists have murdered the American ambassador and his staffers. The Libyan government, such as it is there, either cannot or will not protect U.S. diplomatic personnel. And the world wonders why last year the U.S. bombed one group of Libyan cutthroats only to aid another.
The attacks in Egypt come a little over three years after the embarrassing Obama Cairo speech, in which the president created an entire mythology about the history of Islam, in vain hopes of appeasing his Egyptian hosts. The violence also follows ongoing comical efforts of the administration to assure us that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is not an extremist Islamic organization bent on turning Egypt into a theocratic state. And the attacks are simultaneous with President Obama’s ongoing and crude efforts to embarrass Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The future. Expect more violence. The Libyan murderers are now empowered, and, like the infamous Iranian hostage-takers, feel their government either supports them or can’t stop them. The crowd in Egypt knew what it was doing when it chanted Obama’s name juxtaposed to Osama’s.
Obama’s effort to appease Islam is an utter failure, as we see in various polls that show no change in anti-American attitudes in the Middle East — despite the president’s initial al Arabiya interview (“We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”); the rantings of National Intelligence Director James Clapper (e.g., “The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ . . . is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”); and the absurdities of our NASA director (“When I became the NASA administrator . . . perhaps foremost, he [President Obama] wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science.”) — to cite only a few examples from many.
At some point, someone in the administration is going to fathom that the more one seeks to appease radical Islam, the more the latter despises the appeaser.
These terrible attacks on the anniversary of 9/11 are extremely significant. They come right at a time when we are considering an aggregate $1 trillion cutback in defense over the next decade. They should give make us cautious about proposed intervention in Syria. They leave our Arab Spring policy in tatters, and the whole “reset” approach to the Middle East incoherent. They embarrass any who continue to contextualize radical Islamic violence. The juxtaposed chants of “Osama” and “Obama” in Egypt make a mockery of the recent “We killed Osama” spiking the football at the Democratic convention. And they remind us why 2012 is sadly looking a lot like 1980 — when in a similar election year, in a similarly minded administration, the proverbial chickens of four years of “smart” diplomacy tragically came home to roost.

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Pimp with a Limp: Obama Skipped Intel Briefings Week Before Attacks

Front Page Magazine ^ | September 12, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield

The last time the Wonder Kid who personally got Bin Laden attended an intelligence briefing was on September 5th. Since then it’s been all campaign events and softball questions from media lapdogs
Obama found time to do multiple radio interviews, discuss Nicky Minaj, Hip Hop music and the Buccaneers. On September 11, this is what Obama was doing instead of attending a national intelligence briefing.

Fact: When “Pimp with the Limp” DJ Laz talks NFL with the President of the United States, we’re listening. Obama barely had managed to drop jarring references to Pitbull and Flo-Rida before DJ Laz told the President he was wearing a Miami Dolphins jersey.

“You’ve got to start with that Dolphins thing,” Obama said. “Did you see that HBO special ‘Hard Knocks’? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any … in the preseason.”
This is Obama’s “Pet Goat” moment. Except Obama wasn’t reassuring frightened children while intelligence data was being collected, he was blowing off national security briefings to talk about his favorite rappers.

“Pimp with a Limp” is what Obama thought was more important than being briefed on critical national security threats. He made his choice and people died. There should be some political accountability for that.

Intelligence Warns of Attacks Against Israeli and US Embassies

Israel National News ^ | 11 Sept 12 | Rachel Hirshfeld

The Egyptian General Intelligence Service warned that a radical jihadi group is planning to launch terrorist attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in Cairo, the Egypt Independent reported.

Israel has accused the group, dubbed Global Jihad, of being responsible for the August 5 attack in Sinai against Egyptian border guards, which left 16 dead.

The Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reportedly obtained a copy of a top secret letter addressed to Major General Samy Sedhom, first assistant Interior Minister for Social Security, on September 4, which stated that intelligence services notified the ministry’s national security body that elements from the organization in Egypt and Gaza were planning attacks on the two embassies.

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The Day the Roof Fell in!

American Interest ^ | 9/12/12 | Mead

Sometimes trouble blows up out of a clear blue sky. That’s what happened to the White House yesterday.

Coming out of the Democratic Convention, despite an uninspiring speech, President Obama had a united party and a comfortable bounce. While the economy was no great shakes, the President’s stewardship of foreign affairs helped give his administration an air of competence and professionalism. At a time when war-weary and terror-wary Americans, buffeted by storms at home and upheavals abroad, want nothing more than a quiet life, “no drama” Obama was ready to campaign as a safe and experienced steward of the national interest against a gaffe-prone challenger.

But that was before 9/11/12, the day the roof fell in. The Chicago teacher strike raised doubts about the President’s domestic leadership, the publication of Bob Woodward’s new book raised questions about his economic management and political skills, and 11 years to the day after the 9/11 attack, radical America-hating Islamists stormed the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi, assassinated the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others even as U.S. and Israeli relations sank to another low point.
“No drama” Obama is in it now: his ex-chief of staff is locked in a high profile cage fight with one of the most important unions and donors in the Democratic stable in his home town; his humanitarian intervention in Libya has created yet another bloody Middle East imbroglio for the United States; his efforts to reconcile the U.S. and moderate Islamism—in part by distancing the U.S. from Israel—have angered Israel without reducing Islamist bitterness against the United States.
And in the middle of all this, a misguided U.S. embassy employee in Egypt issued a groveling “apology tweet” condemning a privately made film whose unflattering portrayal of the Prophet of Islam was stoking mob violence. Even as pictures of the U.S. flag being torn down at the Cairo embassy flashed across the world, Secretary Clinton was disavowing the ill-conceived tweet—and critics were jumping on the incident as a sign of confusion and appeasement in the administration’s approach to Middle East radicalism.
The Middle East mess calls President Obama’s policy of engagement with democratic forces in the region (much more similar to his predecessor’s approach than either President Obama or anybody else is willing to acknowledge) into question. The events in Libya and Egypt—combined with the bloody chaos in Syria—make Americans more eager to wash their hands of this tormented region. They don’t want to bomb, they don’t want to build; they want to get out out. Getting out of Iraq was popular; getting in to Libya was not—and going in to Syria looks, politically, about as smart as sticking your hand into a wood chipper.
The politics of this are at one level quite tricky for Republicans. It is not as if there was some magically effective Middle Eastern policy that the Obama administration is obstinately refusing to employ. Many American voters are likely to support whichever candidate they think will be less likely to get the country more deeply embroiled in the Middle East. “Apology tours” are unpopular, but after eleven years of unsatisfactory results, so are wars. Denouncing President Obama for insufficient hawkishness will stir some people up, but it may quietly reinforce the determination of many others to keep executive power out of the hands of a party which looks to be just a little bit too quick on the draw.
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American Embassies Attacked, Obama Team Apologizes... to the Attackers!

By Bobby Eberle

Just who does Barack Obama and his foreign policy team represent? Does he represent Americans and the ideal of freedom of speech? I have to ask, because the attacks against the American Embassies in Egypt and Libya warrant much more from the president of the United States. And, whatever the response, the attacks certainly do not warrant an apology to the attackers!
On the day when Americans were remembering those who were lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, radical muslims attacked the American Embassy in Egypt. Why? Because the so-called "protesters" were angry over a movie being made about their prophet Mohammad. How did they express this anger? By breaching the walls of the compound, tearing down the American flag, burning it, and replacing it with a black flag very similar to one used by al Qaeda.
In addition, violence also erupted in Libya when members of a radical Islamist group known as Ansar al-Sharia were protesting near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
The protests in both countries were sparked by outrage over a film ridiculing Muhammad produced by an Israeli filmmaker living in California and being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the United States.
In this incident, four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
And what was the reaction to all of this? An apology... to the attackers. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued the following statement: "We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."
Are you kidding me??? They apologize? Just because a movie is being made, does that give them the right to storm an Embassy? And where is Barack Obama in all this? Silent!
Obama did issue a statement regarding the deaths in Libya. In the statement, Obama said, "I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans."
But then Obama also added this, "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants."
Ok... so what is that all about? Doesn't the U.S. stand for freedom of speech? If so, then that freedom goes for things that may or may not be offensive to someone. In fact, with most statements, there is some person who is likely offended. In no way, should Obama be apologizing because a film was upsetting to someone. That's not the role of the president. However, when Americans are killed, when embassies are attacked, then that's when a president should step in.
Here's what Charles Krauthammer had to say, in addition to telling the protesters to "go to hell."

The apology IS a disgrace. The U.S. should not be apologizing to anyone! The attackers in Libya actually paraded around with one of the killed Americans. And we are apologizing to them? "Oh, sorry we offended you." This is an absolute pathetic display by Obama's foreign policy team.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney expressed his outrage with the attacks, and blasted Obama and his team by saying, "It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."
As noted on, Obama's first response was to blast Mitt Romney. It was eight hours later that he actually issued a statement condemning the attacks.
These attacks which came on the 9/11 anniversary serve as a clear reminder of what we face as individual Americans and what we face as a nation. We will always be under attack from radical muslims who seek to destroy us. The minute we step back from our beliefs and our way of life, is the day we start to lose that battle.

"A" Is for Agitation: Radical Chicago Teachers on Parade ^ | September 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat.
Instead of academic excellence, she rails about "social justice." Instead of accountability, she fumes about "profits" and curses merit pay. Lewis has marched with the Occu-clowns denouncing capitalism and promoting "socialism (as) the alternative." She raves: "Occupy Wall Street and the whole concept of the 99 percent is an extraordinarily important movement."
And she earned praise as a "fist-in-the-air, crowd-rousing, dynamic union leader" by former Communist Party revolutionary turned Obama-funded "school reformer" Michael Klonsky.
While she pays solidarity lip service to the 99 percent, Lewis is part of the deep-pocketed elite of public employee union chiefs who blame everyone else for their own financial and educational ruin. She's good at pandering to her Che Guevara T-shirt-wearing colleagues and trash-talking the political machine. But she is the machine.
The Chicago Teachers Union rakes in nearly $30 million in forced dues from rank-and-file teachers every year. CTU is an affiliate of the behemoth AFL-CIO, which dropped an estimated $100 million in forced dues to support Democratic candidates and causes during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.
Before Lewis took control of the CTU, the union was teetering on bankruptcy and owed millions of dollars in loans. The previous CTU president pulled down nearly $300,000 a year in base salary and compensation. Local union watchdogs reported that top CTU officers and staff with six-figure salaries and bonuses also received:
"... a monthly expense account for each administrator -- officers, coordinators and field representatives -- of $1,500; a car allowance of $7,000 per year (whether or not you have a car); 85 percent of car insurance and expenses paid; parking allowance; cellphone allowance; life insurance paid with union dues; and among other perks, a 53rd week of yearly pay for "working" over the Christmas holiday."
Lewis assumed the CTU presidency in June 2010. "Teachers union officials declined to provide information on Lewis' salary," The Chicago Tribune reports, but records show that she made more than $71,000 for half a year's work in 2010 -- along with compensation from the Illinois Federation of Teachers in 2011 totaling at least an additional $64,000 on top of her unknown base salary and benefits.
When she's not urging other teachers to ditch the classroom or organizing traffic blockades to impede everyone else in Chicago from getting to and from their jobs, Lewis spends her time trashing public charter schools and business leaders trying to reform our Soviet-style monopoly in education. The results speak for themselves: While CTU members earn an average of $74,000 a year and are now spurning 16 percent pay hikes, 71 percent of the third-largest school district's 8th-grade students can't attain the most basic level of science proficiency, and nearly 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in reading.
Lewis, a vulgar standup comic wannabe who has joked publicly about smoking weed in college, sneered at parent-centered charter schools that defied the strike on Monday as not "real" schools. Competition is the enemy of union-enforced stagnation. She also played the race card like a Vegas poker pro. And in a stem-winder straight out of the Barack Obama/Elizabeth Warren/Occupy rhetorical handbook, Lewis blasted the "wealthy" at a strike rally this week: "You don't make money by yourself," she hissed.
Nope. In Social Justice World, you make that money by climbing up the public employee union ladder and extracting it forcibly through a compulsory dues racket that redistributes hard-earned dues from nearly 30,000 captive members to the union leadership's class-warfare demagogues.
It bears repeating often: The goals of the teachers union radicals are not academic excellence, professional development and fairness. The goals are student indoctrination, social upheaval and perpetual grievance-mongering in pursuit of bigger government and spending without restraint: 2, 4, 6, 8! One agenda: Agitate!

Forward to What, Democrats? ^ | September 12, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg

"Forward" is a perfectly appropriate slogan for progressives.
Progress suggests forward or upward motion. That's why revolutionaries and radicals as well as liberal incrementalists have always embraced some derivation of the forward trope. So ingrained are these directional concepts in our political language, we often forget they are mere geographic metaphors applied -- and often misapplied -- to policy disputes.
For instance, some on the left might see enrolling more people on food stamps as a step in the right direction, moving us "forward" to a more generous and all-encompassing welfare state. But other self-described progressives might see a swelling of the food stamp rolls to be a step backward, either in strict accounting terms (we are, after all, broke) or even in cultural terms. Some Democrats have even been known to brag when they've gotten people off the food stamp rolls.
In other words, even for progressives, what counts as moving forward depends entirely on where you want to go -- and where you think you've been.
And that's where the Democratic Party, and liberalism itself, tends to get horribly confused. According to President Obama and the whole team of Democratic all-stars, we've been moving forward to a better place these last four years.
Joe Biden shouted from the podium, "America is coming back, and we're not going back!"
"Back to what?" you might ask. The answers to that question are usually no less vague for being passionately stated. Perhaps the ugliest answer, an insinuation really, came from Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement. He seemed to suggest that a vote for Mitt Romney was a vote to return to the Jim Crow era and the beatings Lewis endured to overturn it.
A more common answer came from Obama. "After all that we've been through, I don't believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small businesswoman expand or the laid-off construction worker keep his home," he explained to a enraptured crowd. "We have been there, we've tried that, and we're not going back."
This is an appeal to the mythology of the Bush years as some kind of anarcho-capitalist dystopia in which "market fundamentalism" reigned and Republicans tried to shrink government to the point where "we can drown it in the bathtub" (to quote anti-tax activist Grover Norquist).
This was always a bizarre liberal hallucination. Government grew massively under President Bush. He was a bigger spender than any previous president going back to Lyndon Johnson. He massively expanded entitlements, grew food stamp enrollment (almost as much as Obama) and nearly doubled "investments" in education. He created a new Cabinet agency -- Homeland Security -- and signed into law sweeping new regulations, like No Child Left Behind, Sarbanes-Oxley and McCain-Feingold.
This, according to Democrats, amounts to telling Americans "you're on your own."
But even now, the Bush-Cheney years are being rehabilitated by comparison to the dark fantasies of what a Romney-Ryan administration might deliver.
The idea that Romney is a cut-government-to-the-bone minarchist is based on a mix of unsubstantiated assertion, wild fantasy and guilt by association; you see, even if there's no evidence that Romney's a libertarian, he's been captured by the heartless Tea Party types. Why, just look: He picked Paul Ryan, patron saint of the barbarian hordes, as his running mate.
It is a sign of what an unmitigated mess we are in as a country when Ryan is considered a heartless right-winger who wants to set old people adrift.
The famously heartless Ryan plan (moot now that he's hitched his wagon to Romney's) that supposedly slashes the budget doesn't reach a projected balance until the year 2040 and increases spending over the next decade.
Ironically, it was Bill Clinton who mocked Republicans last week for conjuring an "alternative universe" where Americans are self-reliant individualists. The real truth is that Democrats rely on fantasy worlds -- including a past that never was -- in order to make walking in circles seem like progress.

Polls show Romney soars with independent voters!

Washington Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 | Susan Ferrechio

Recent polls show President Obama enjoying a bounce in the polls following last week's Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., but buried in those data is good news for Mitt Romney about voter enthusiasm and the preferences of independents, who could decide the election.
The CNN/ORC International poll of registered and likely voters released Tuesday shows likely voters favoring Obama by 52 percent to 46 percent over Romney -- evidence, pundits said, of a post-convention bump for the president.
But a figure buried in the report shows Romney leading Obama among likely independent voters, 54 percent to 40 percent.
Both Democrats and Republicans believe independents will be critical to deciding the outcome of the election, in part because they make up a growing part of the electorate and are considered up for grabs because they fluctuate in their political preferences from one election to the next.
"That's a significant lead," said pollster Ron Faucheux.
It was the independent vote that helped Obama win the 2008 election. He won 52 percent of independents, compared with 44 percent for McCain. Independents comprised about 33 percent of the overall vote in 2008.
"If Romney can beat Obama among independents this time, he can win the election."
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First delayed deportees OK'd [Obama Amnesty is Ahead of Schedule]

Politico ^ | September 11, 2012 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN

The Obama administration has begun approving young illegal immigrants’ requests to stay in the country under President Barack Obama’s deferred action program, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
Three months after Obama announced the program and one month after the department began taking applications, more than 72,000 people have made requests for two years of deferred action — which can be renewed — and a work permit. The department wouldn’t say how many requests have been approved thus far, just that the process of examining the applications has begun.
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White House 'Damage Control' for Obama's Israel Rebuff

Israel National News ^ | 9/12/2012 | Chana Ya'ar

Within hours after President Barack Obama turned down Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's request to meet on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York, White House officials were working on damage control for Obama's re-election campaign.
By late Tuesday, the White House made sure media outlets were fully informed the two leaders had spent “an hour-long phone call” discussing the Iranian nuclear threat. The call, framed as “part of their ongoing consultations,” nevertheless was unplanned and clearly was a response to the instant coverage of Obama's rejection of Israel's “greatest ally.”
It did nothing to hide Obama's cold response to Israel's routine request for a meeting on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly gathering. It will be the first time an Israeli head of state will attend the gathering, in fact, without meeting with an American counterpart.
The White House attempted to spin the matter with a denial that any formal offer for a meeting had been made:
"Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, or was a request for a meeting ever denied,” the statement read.
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Better Off? America's Enemies Are! ^ | September 12, 2012 | Bob Beauprez

he question comes up a lot these days, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" But, the question is almost always asked in a personal economic context. Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense and widely published author, analyzed the "Are you better off…" question from a foreign policy/national security perspective. His conclusion: "America's enemies are, not our allies."

Given the dismal state of the U.S. economy, it is understandable that voters are overwhelmingly fixated on what impacts their personal life most significantly – the "kitchen table issues." But, particularly on this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it's important that we never loose cite of the fact that America has many adversaries.
Along with Obama's other epic failures, we agree with Babbin's assessment. America is not more secure than we were four years ago, and the world is a more dangerous place. "Our nation's enemies are grateful to the Obama Administration," as Babbin concludes.
Babbin's thoughtful analysis appeared in The American Spectator, on Sept. 10, 2012 in his regular column, "Loose Canons." Below are the introductory paragraphs and a link to the entire article:
In his debate with Jimmy Carter on October 28, 1980, Ronald Reagan looked at the television cameras and said, "Ask yourself, 'Are you better off now than you were four years ago?'" It's always a good political question, but it's too often not asked outside the context of our domestic issues.
The question is equally important if it's focused outward: who among our enemies and allies are better off now than they were on the day President Obama was inaugurated? The answers are a cacophony of bad news, as bad as the answer to the current domestic version of the question.
Let's go down the list. Since January 2009, how have Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, Afghanistan, Israel, and our European allies fared? Has Russia or China become less powerful or more aligned with America's interests? Read more