April 2012 Archives
The Buczaks are on deputation, planning to serve the LORD in Togo using Ryan's aviator skills. Stephanie grew up in the EBC family and has been interested in missions since the age of twelve. Ryan matriculated at Piedmont Baptist College, completing their missionary aviation program in 2008. They've been on short-term missions trips to Venezuela (and got out alive, praise God), Trinidad, and Austria.
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1. Rick Perry Eyeing White House Run in 2016
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's disclosure that he's "really interested" in running for president again in 2016 has some observers wondering if he thinks Mitt Romney won't unseat President Barack Obama in November.
In a recent interview with CBS 11 News in Dallas-Fort Worth, Perry said: "2016 is way down the road, but I'll assure you one thing -- if I decide to run for the presidency in 2016, I'll be in way before the summer of 2016, 2015 even."
Reporter Jack Fink asked: "It sounds like you're really interested?"
Perry responded: "Yeah, I am. I love this country. As long as my health stays good, as it is, and my family is supportive, I'm certainly going to give it a good examination."
Perry announced in August 2011 that he would run for president in 2012, but dropped out of the race on Jan. 9 and endorsed Newt Gingrich.
Commenting on his talk of another run in 2016, the Houston Chronicle observed: "Statements like that don't make it seem like Perry has much faith in a Republican winning the presidential election this November. And if he does [win], it doesn't seem like he has much faith in Romney being a very good president."
Another Romney rival for the 2012 GOP nomination, Rick Santorum, has also suggested he is considering a run in 2016, telling Fox News: "I feel like a young man, and hopefully I feel like a young man four years from now."
As for whether Perry will run for re-election for governor in 2014, Perry told CBS: "I'm certainly going to give that the appropriate consideration. My instincts are very positive towards it right now."
2. Climate Change Alarmist Recants: 'I Made a Mistake'
British environmental expert James Lovelock now admits he was an "alarmist" regarding global warming -- and says Al Gore was too.
Lovelock previously worked for NASA and became a guru to the environmental movement with his "Gaia" theory of the Earth as a single organism. In 2007 Time magazine named Lovelock one of its "Heroes of the Environment," and he won the Geological Society of London's Wollaston Medal in 2006 for his writings on the Gaia theory.
That year he wrote an article in a British newspaper asserting that "before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."
But in an interview this week with MSNBC, Lovelock said a book he is now writing will reflect his new opinion that global warming has not occurred as he had expected.
"The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing," he said. "We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books -- mine included -- because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened.
"The climate is doing its usual tricks. There's nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now.
"The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time. [The temperature] has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising. Carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that.
"We will have global warming, but it's been deferred a bit."
MSNBC reported: "He pointed to Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' and Tim Flannery's 'The Weather Makers' as other examples of 'alarmist' forecasts of the future."
Lovelock also declared in the interview that "as an independent and a loner," he did not mind saying, "All right, I made a mistake," adding that university or government scientists might fear that admission of such a mistake could jeopardize their funding.
In response to Lovelock's interview, the Climate Depot website stated: "MSNBC, perhaps the most unlikely of news sources, reports on what may be seen as the official end of the manmade global warming fear movement."
3. China Hacked Blueprints for U.S. Fighter Jets
Chinese hackers stole the blueprints for America's new Joint Strike Fighter planes, the F-35 and F-22 -- an example of cyberattacks that can "devastate our nation," a leading congressman disclosed.
"I think it's important that the American people have a better idea of what is at risk," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, said at a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.
"When I look at the theft of intellectual property to the tune of $1 trillion, that's a serious economic issue for the United States.
"When I look at countries like China, who have stolen our Joint Strike Fighters, F-35 and F-22s, stolen those blueprints so they can manufacture those planes and then guard against those planes.
"Make no mistake, America is under attack by digital bombs. There are several things the American public should understand about these attacks. They are real, stealthy and persistent and can devastate our nation.
"China's cyber warfare capabilities and the espionage campaigns they have undertaken are the most prevalent of any nation state actor. China has created citizen hacker groups, engaged in cyberespionage, established cyberwar military units."
In addition to stealing vital information on America's weapons programs and security, he warned that cyberattacks could also blow up natural gas pipelines, derail trains, hack financial systems, and cause chemical plants to leak toxins, The Hill reported.
Larry Wortzel, a member of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a March 28 hearing that the People's Liberation Army of China has made cyberattacks a "cornerstone" of its operations.
A commission report noted that Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and British Aerospace and Engineering have reportedly experienced penetrations from China-based hackers in the past three years.
Newsmax reported last August that the Internet security firm McAfee had uncovered the largest series of cyberattacks ever -- for five years hackers infiltrated 72 organizations including defense firms and the American government -- and security experts pointed to China as the culprit.
At Tuesday's subcommittee hearing, security experts told the panel that Russia, Iran and North Korea are also experimenting with cyberattacks, Voice of America News reported.
They said threats to the U.S. electric power grid and mass transportation systems could come from foreign intelligence services, anti-American computer hackers and terrorists.
4. Obama Spends $8.3 Billion to Hide Medicare Cuts
The Obama administration is spending $8.3 billion to hide a key provision of Obamacare -- deep cuts in Medicare Advantage -- until after the November election.
Medicare Advantage offers seniors the option of choosing private insurance companies as an alternative to the government-run Medicare insurance program. So far 12 million seniors have enrolled in the program.
But President Obama has attacked the program, stating in a 2009 speech that it offers "unwarranted subsidies" that "do everything to pad [insurance companies'] profits and nothing to improve your care."
So it came as no surprise when Obama's healthcare reform plan sliced $145 billion from Medicare Advantage over the next 10 years. Medicare's own actuary reported that Obamacare would force more than 7 million seniors off their private plans and back into traditional Medicare as insurers flee the market, according to Investor's Business Daily (IBD).
To hide the cuts from seniors who would face losing Medicare Advantage just before the November election, the administration pumped $8.3 billion back into the program through "bonuses" to Medicare Advantage plans.
Those "bonuses" will make up for more than 70 percent of Obamacare's scheduled Medicare Advantage cuts, and keep the program running through the election.
The plan is so "transparently political" that the Government Accountability Office has urged the Health and Human Services Department to cancel it altogether, IBD reported, adding: "Canceling is just the beginning.
"The bigger question lawmakers must answer is this: Can it really be legal for a Cabinet agency to spend $8.3 billion in taxpayer money simply to help Obama get re-elected?"
5. U.S., Europe Gird for 'Carbon Trade War'
The European Union is setting off a confrontation with outside nations -- including the United States -- by demanding that all airlines pay a carbon tax when crossing EU airspace and landing at EU airports.
"The new EU system is portentous. It is an extension of the continent's cap-and-trade system from domestic sources to the international arena," according to Claude Barfield, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
"Though other nations protested as the rules were being formulated, the new legislation went into effect on January 1, 2012" and the tax will start being collected in 2013.
Significantly, the tax based on carbon emissions will be levied not just on the miles flown in EU airspace, but for the entire length of an aircraft's flight, Barfield reveals in an article headlined "The First Carbon Trade War?" in The American, the journal of the AEI.
That means a Korean Air jet, for instance, will have to pay a tax based not on the few hundred miles it flies over the EU but over the entire trip of several thousand miles from Korea to Europe.
The 27-member EU's action has produced threats of retaliation. More than 20 nations, including the United States, China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, have met twice to discuss responses. The countries cited potential retaliatory actions including banning airlines from paying the tax and imposing commensurate levies on EU airlines flying in their airspace.
China and India have already banned their airlines from paying the tax, Russia has threatened to cancel air rights for EU airlines flying over Siberia, and China has delayed and possibly will cancel aircraft contracts with the European aerospace company Airbus worth $12 billion.
On the other hand, "the United States has equivocated," Barfield disclosed. "The House passed a bill making it illegal for U.S. airlines to comply with the EU scheme. But the State Department has thus far resisted efforts to bring the matter before the international body that sets rules for international airspace, the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization.
"The Obama administration can drag its heels only so long before pressure from U.S. airlines and their supporters in Congress (particularly in an election year) becomes politically dangerous."
The Wall Street Journal observed: "Europe can help spark a global trade war nobody can afford over a tax nobody needs in furtherance of an anticarbon nirvana that never will come to pass."
6. Germany to Publish 'Mein Kampf' Again
Germany will officially publish Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" for the first time since the end of World War II.
Hitler wrote the first part of "Mein Kampf" ("My Struggle") in 1923, while he was serving a prison sentence for attempting to overthrow the government. The second part was written a year later, after his release.
When the war ended, the rights to the anti-Semitic book became the property of the Bavarian state government, which nationalized the Nazi publication house and prohibited further publication of the work.
That prohibition remains in place today. But the rights to the book are scheduled to expire in 2015, 70 years after Hitler's death, and there are concerns that neo-Nazi groups will begin publishing and distributing copies of the work to advance anti-Semitic agendas, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.
To counter that, the government will publish an annotated edition of the book, containing warnings to readers about the dangers of Hitler's racist doctrine.
The government will also publish a special version of the book for schools, which will emphasize the "worldwide catastrophe brought about by this way of thinking," according to Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder.
An English translation will be available as well.
Bavaria will ask publishers and bookstores not to print or sell other versions of the book beside the annotated version, according to Haaretz.
Much of Hitler's 720-page book deals with the "struggle between races" and "the Jewish problem" in Germany and the rest of the world. It was originally titled "Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice."
Ed Morrissey over at HotAir gives a more harrowing explanation for why Congress cut the funding in the first place.
Congress deliberately froze those funds, and not just because of the statehood demand through UNESCO. Hamas, a terrorist organization, reconciled with Fatah and has rejoined the PA, which means we're putting almost $200 million into the hands of a terrorist organization. The language of the Palestinian Accountability Act could not be clearer: "[N]o funds available to any United States Government department or agency ... may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority." Obama literally waived that statutory language off yesterday afternoon.
In effect, we're funding the very people who want to destroy Israel - and us. No doubt they're hoping no one will notice, or care. The Obamedia certainly isn't going to report it, so it's up to bloggers and Fox News to get the word out. This man is a danger to our freedom, no doubt about it.
JASmius adds - Andy McCarthy sums it up:
In the real world, the very immoderate PA has reneged on all its commitments. In addition to violating its obligations by unilaterally declaring statehood, the PA has also agreed to form a unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization that is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The PA continues to endorse terrorism against Israel as "resistance." Moreover, the PA most certainly does not recognize Israel's right to exist. Back in November, for example, Adil Sadeq, a PA official writing in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, declared that Israelis
"have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist..."
In sum, everything Obama is saying about Palestinian compliance is a lie. Even if we were not broke, we should not be giving the PA a dime. To borrow money so we can give it to them is truly nuts.
Red Barry isn't a Muslim; but he might as well be.
And have ye noticed that all the things he claims he "has" to (illegally) bypass Congress to do because "We can't wait!" are all things that a majority of the American people don't want done?
There's a word for that, starts with a "d," I think....
Check out this piece, it's great!
JASmius counterpoints: Nah, that's lame. Here's a REAL "Obama is a Leninist Urquel" list...tangentially speaking.
Yesterday National Obama Radio posted this headline:
"Is Slow Growth Actually Good For The Economy?"
Ace came up with the following list of fellow-traveling memes:
10. Did Hitler Get a Bad Rap?
9. Should I tell my husband I'm cheating on him? And planning to murder him?
8. What's so Morbid about Morbid Obesity?
7. Should I bait this rat-hole with my penis? If not, why not?
6. Is thirteen really too young?
5. Should I eat a knife?
4. Who's afraid of late-stage Hanta virus?
3. Candy From Strangers: Are we teaching our children to be ungrateful?
2. Hey, anyone want to see the new Woody Allen movie?
...and the number one rejected NPR headline...
1. Your Mouth: Why it pays to be trusting about what will or won't happen there
Nick Ervin should appreciate that last one.
Posted: 27 Apr 2012 06:30 AM PDT
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 27, 2012) -- U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jon Martinez, Texas Agribusiness Development Team 5 Animal Husbandry non-commissioned officer and project manager assistant supply NCO, farms honey bees native to Ghazni province to assist the Department of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock specialists in teaching local Afghans how to start their own apiary business April 4, 2012.
Throughout the Wednesday broadcast, NBC's Today repeatedly found time to promote President Obama as funny, hip, and connecting with young voters. Touting the President's appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, co-host Matt Lauer gushed that Obama, "gave our colleague Brian Williams a run for his money when he helped Jimmy Slow Jam the News." Highlighting Obama's tour of college campuses, Lauer and fellow co-host Ann Curry conducted a four-minute live interview with a Colorado college student who met the President when her yogurt was accidentally spilled on him. Lauer teased the segment at the top of the show: "And what a mess! A college freshman gets the chance of a lifetime to meet the President. And then spills her food on him....The President laughed it off, saying at least she's got a good story to tell. She does. And she'll tell it to us in a live interview."
In a supposed discussion of financial ethics with left-wing Harvard professor Michael Sandel on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry decried people being able to pay more money to get through airport security faster: "...there's an inherent unfairness to it....it's about those with money having an easier life than those who don't. And there's something fundamentally unfair about that." Sandel was on to hawk his new book, "What Money Can't Buy," which Curry touted as, "a hard look at what's up for grabs in our society and asks, even if we can buy something, should we?" Sandel put different "moral dilemmas" to the morning show hosts, including the airport security line scenario. Curry went on to indict American society: "...not everyone has access to being able to get money, to work for money....until America becomes fair in terms of how able people are - can be to make money, until the playing field is fair, it is unfair."
ABC News has, thus far, ignored its own revelation that, contrary to insinuations made by Barack Obama, the then-private citizen and his wife "were making enough to be considered 'wealthy' by the president's own definition in the years before his loans were paid off." ABC relegated this story to a posting on its website, not mentioning it on Wednesdays' World News or Nightline. The story was similarly skipped on Thursday's Good Morning America. World News did touch on student loans, but only to accuse Mitt Romney of flip-flipping on the issue. David Muir dug up a clip of the Republican telling a college student to shop around and not expect the government to bail him out.
On Wednesday, two out of the Big Three broadcast networks yawned at Mitt Romney's wins in five primaries the previous evening and minimized covering this story on the morning newscasts. ABC's Good Morning America didn't air one report on Romney's victories, and NBC's Today offered just two news briefs. By contrast, NBC devoted a full report and a news brief to a woman spilling frozen yogurt on President Obama.
MSNBC's Chris Jansing on Wednesday didn't exactly press Jimmy Carter as she interviewed the ex-President, wondering if Mitt Romney has "gone too far" with conservatism "to be trusted." Carter appeared to disagree with his former presidential speechwriter, Chris Matthews, who smeared the former Massachusetts governor as a KKK "Grand Wizard" on Monday. Carter asserted he'd be "comfortable" with a "moderate" like Romney. Not seeming to accept this, Jansing pressed, "Do you think that he has gone too far into the conservative positions and do you think that that makes him difficult to be trusted?"
A leaked memo reveals Wisconsin Democrats' and Big Labor's battle plan for the June 5 recall election. Their campaign strategy: Don't talk about Wisconsin's government-sector Right to Work law.
One Democrat even admitted that the issue "isn't moving people" to their side.
There's a simple reason for that.
Right to Work is popular with the people of Wisconsin - and Governor Walker's reforms are paying off.
And now the union bosses are desperate to talk about anything else. But your National Right to Work Committee won't let them get away with sweeping the issue under the rug.
We're prepared to put Right to Work front and center in the recall campaign, but we need your help.
The action of concerned citizens like you has repeatedly paid off in this lengthy battle.
Over a year ago, your support helped encourage Governor Walker and the legislature to stay the course and pass the bill over the outrageous protests, teacher union "sick outs," and a Democrat legislative walkout.
Your Committee alerted and mobilized Wisconsin citizens when Big Labor tried to hijack an election for the State Supreme Court, and later when they tried to restore a pro-forced unionism majority in the State Senate.
Despite a $20 million campaign to recall supporters of the government-sector Right to Work law last summer, Big Labor-backed challengers in the recall election were terrified to even mention the forced-dues issue.
We blitzed those districts with three separate mailings totaling almost 200,000 pieces of mail, making sure constituents knew where each candidate stood on forced dues, and asking them to call the pro-forced unionism politicians and demand they change their ways - and we followed that with emails and phone calls.
The people of Wisconsin took care of the rest. In the end, only two of the six Republicans lost - but neither lost because of their support for Governor Walker's reform bill.
One Republican who lost had been dogged by a tawdry infidelity scandal, yet his union-label opponent only scraped by with 51 percent of the vote - hardly a rebuke of employee freedom.
Another union hierarchy-backed candidate won in District 32, where Barack Obama overwhelmingly won in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote.
Without the generosity and commitment of Right to Work supporters in these battles, the union bosses and their allies may have succeeded in their schemes to take over the Wisconsin Supreme Court and retake the State Senate with forced-unionism proponents.
And now that the union bosses and their allies are gearing up to spend even more in their desperate attempt to recall Scott Walker, those of us who support worker freedom must fight back.
Tens of thousands of Right to Work supporters nationwide have signed Letters of Encouragement for Governor Walker, but that's only one step.
We've got to be ready to once again bring worker freedom front and center in the campaign.
You see, Big Labor and their puppet politicians don't want Wisconsin voters to think about Right to Work or how the reforms are already paying off:
- The Kaukauna School Board relied on the reforms to turn a $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus, hire more teachers, and reduce class sizes without the burdensome meddling of teacher union bosses;
- School districts across the state are projected to save millions of dollars each year by shopping around for competitively priced health insurance providers;
- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, one of the Democrats vying for the chance to oppose Governor Walker in the June 5 recall, publicly admitted that his city would save "at least $25 million a year -- and potentially as much as $36 million in 2012."
Instead, the union bosses want to hoodwink the voters
and pretend the election isn't about restoring Big Labor's dominance in
It's vital we do everything we can to prevent a union-boss takeover in Wisconsin because this election could send shockwaves from coast to coast.
You see, even though the Democrats and union bosses aren't talking about the labor law reforms now, if they end up taking out Governor Walker in the recall election, they'll turn around and scream at the top of their lungs that the election really was about Right to Work.
They want to frighten elected officials and grassroots activists and stop the growing Right to Work movement in its tracks.
We won't let that happen.
Your National Right to Work Committee is prepared to turn up the heat - mail, phones, email and internet ads, radio, even TV ads if funding permits - to inform Wisconsin voters about the effects of the reforms and where the candidates stand.
But we need help from concerned citizens like you to bring this plan into action.
It's crucial we not let the union bosses drown out the voices of those who support worker freedom.
Your action was critical in encouraging Governor Walker to stand up to Big Labor one year ago, and I know I can continue to count on you going forward.
And you can count on your Committee - just as we did during the legislative battle, the judicial election, and the State Senate recalls - to make sure the issue of worker freedom versus forced-union dues isn't swept under the rug.
I hope you'll act right away.
Welcome to the most thankless job in Obamerika.... By Ross Kaminsky When even an Obama
appointed justice won't allow herself to be patronized, you know you've had a
bad day. "It
seems to me that the Federal Government just doesn't want to know who is here
illegally or not." -- Chief Justice John Roberts Like a poker player who keeps getting dealt nothing better than
a pair of threes, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has had a bad month. His
attempt to defend the indefensible "individual mandate" provision
of Obamacare has left even the most confident liberals worried that the
Supreme Court will overturn at least that part of the law, and perhaps all of
By Ross Kaminsky
When even an Obama appointed justice won't allow herself to be patronized, you know you've had a bad day.
"It seems to me that the Federal Government just doesn't want to know who is here illegally or not."
-- Chief Justice John Roberts
Like a poker player who keeps getting dealt nothing better than a pair of threes, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has had a bad month. His attempt to defend the indefensible "individual mandate" provision of Obamacare has left even the most confident liberals worried that the Supreme Court will overturn at least that part of the law, and perhaps all of it.
I'm not sure why I'm bothering to post this, other than that if Barack Obama could get elected president, who's to say this crazy old bastard (or someone just like him) couldn't?
Put another way: Beware the 20%.....
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 10:27 AM PDT
COMBAT OUTPOST KOLK, Afghanistan (April 24, 2012) -- Pfc. Austin Schwab woke up cold. He'd spent the majority of the previous day marching through the thick marshes of southern Afghanistan. Later that night, when the platoon in which he serves took over a compound, Schwab spent the majority of the night sleeping on the ground, his rifle next to his side. The early-rising Afghanistan sun woke him. The soldier quickly threw on his protective gear and equipment, and in a matter of seconds, climbed on a ladder toward the compound's roof to provide security over-watch. He is just 20.
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 06:43 AM PDT
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 23, 2012) -- In honor of Pat Tillman's legacy, more than 250 service members and civilians participated in the 7th Annual Pat Tillman Run, held for the first time at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, since Tillman's death in 2004.
Liberal Media Bias Since 1996
Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 12:30 PM ET
Six months ago, Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) came out with a report claiming that the GOP candidates received more positive press coverage than President Obama. Monday morning, the group came out with another installment from the same ongoing study. Their press release claims: "The President's media coverage in 2012 has been consistently negative while his Republican challenger has experienced a more mixed narrative." As MRC documented in October, PEJ's methodology is seriously flawed, but that isn't stopping some who should know better from running PEJ's headline as if they have evidence that the broader news media is really a vast right-wing conspiracy.
Keith Olbermann, ousted from MSNBC and even Al Gore's Current TV, was nevertheless invited to join the roundtable on Sunday's ABC This Week, where he spouted about how rising gas prices are supposedly the result a "deliberate" conspiratorial effort to damage President Obama: "The lowest price in the last six years - the nadir of gas prices at the pump - was the day of this President's inauguration in 2009. There has to be some connection between that being the least busy political moment of a President's career - where you're not going to hurt him, you're not going to harm him that way - and the price of gas. There has to be an almost deliberate, or at least a side effect quality to that. There must be."
An unhinged Chris Matthews on Monday excoriated Republican primary voters as racist, deriding them as the "Grand Wizard crowd." Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele fought back, slamming "this Grand Wizard nonsense." "Don't go there with me," he warned. After Steele informed the Hardball anchor that subjects such as climate change weren't big issues in the GOP primary, Matthews slimed, "It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there." The liberal host tried to move on, but his guest stopped the conversation dead: "Wait, I resent that! No. Come on. What is this Grand Wizard nonsense? Are you saying that we're Ku Klux Klan?" "Give me a break," the former RNC chair dismissed.
In commemoration of Earth Day on Sunday, CNN touted public figures headlining an Earth Day rally in Washington, D.C., like the city's Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray and the rock band Cheap Trick. However, for the March for Life rally in January that was attended by at least tens of thousands of pro-lifers, CNN gave it two brief mentions on-air. In contrast, while reportedly only hundreds showed up to celebrate Earth Day on the National Mall, CNN touted it as a "big rally" and covered it in-depth on Sunday afternoon, telling its viewers "we want you to know all about this."
In a stunning admission to the New York Time's David Carr on Monday, NBC News president Steve Capus confessed that the network made a mistake in not issuing a correction on air for falsely editing a 911 call by accused Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman: "The reality is that we didn't try to hide from it...I did interviews with a lot of publications to get the message out, but we probably should have done it on our own air." Carr related his conversation with Capus to readers: "Mr. Capus said that they were so busy cleaning up the mess 'inside our own halls,' that they neglected to loop in the audience. In that sense, the process was probably too 'self-reflective,' he added." Just a note to Mr. Capus, NBC can still issue a correction on air at any time.
TV star Cybill Shepherd went on a radical feminist bender on Friday's CBS This Morning, touting that there really is a "war on women" manifested by the "attack on Planned Parenthood." Anchor Gayle King had to cut her off, as Shepherd inserted her diatribe at the end of the segment, but revealed her sympathies with her guest: "I think you're raising a good point. We just need more time to do it." The far left actress made her devotion to the pro-abortion cause clear, and hinted that pro-lifers were so extreme that they would try to kill her: "Abortion is our constitutional right. We should keep it legal. And also, birth control should be available to everyone....I'm coming to lead the next march on Washington, and I'm not going to wear a bulletproof vest. My mother's scared for me."
ABC reporter and global warming enthusiast Bill Blakemore on Sunday condescendingly dismissed climate change skeptics as "denialists." In a piece on ABCNews.com, he called for yet more advocacy on the part of journalists. After noting that confidence in the science of climate change has varied from year to year, Blakemore huffed that these beliefs "don't seem to be responding all that much, [Professor Jon Krosnick] says, to whatever the global warming denialist campaigns may have been doing."
Posted: 23 Apr 2012 06:29 AM PDT
AMMAN, Jordan (April 21, 2012) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today to visit his Jordanian counterpart and to meet with officials at the U.S. Embassy.
Posted: 23 Apr 2012 06:06 AM PDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (April 20, 2012) -- Afghan pilots now have a state-of-the-art MI-17 simulator here to hone their aviation skills in a safe environment.
Earl & Shirley began their ministry as NICE missionaries in training in 1965. Since that time Earl has served as a missionary pastor, field director, church planter, assistant director, and executive director since January 2000. Shirley is the office manager. They travel frequently representing the mission, encouraging and counseling both missionaries and churches.
After serving NICE for forty-two years, Earl and Shirley are devoting their time to assisting churches with various needs. Those ministries have taken them to five western states since October 2010. Early 2012 finds the Brubakers in Cambridge, Idaho, assisting the church and pastor there during a time of need.
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In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty" in America, the poverty rate stood at around 19%.
Since then, total federal, state, and local spending on anti-poverty programs has amounted to $15 trillion, yet the poverty rate now stands at 15.1%, the highest level in nearly a decade.
"Clearly we are doing something wrong," according to the Cato Institute, which has released a new policy analysis on welfare spending that calls the war on poverty a "failure."
The federal government will spend more than $668 billion on anti-poverty programs this year, an increase of 41 percent or more than $193 billion since President Barack Obama took office. State and local government expenditures will amount to another $284 billion, bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion -- far more than the $685 billion spent on defense.
Federal, state and local governments now spend $20,610 a year for every poor person in the United States, or $61,830 for each poor family of three.
"Given that the poverty line for that family is just $18,530, we should have theoretically wiped out poverty in America many times over," writes Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute and author of "The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society."
Most welfare programs are means-tested programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care, or other benefits to low-income persons and families, or programs targeted at communities or disadvantaged groups, such as the homeless.
The federal government alone now funds 126 separate and often overlapping programs designed to fight poverty, Tanner points out.
There are 33 housing programs run by four different cabinet departments, 21 programs providing food or food-purchasing assistance administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency, and eight healthcare programs administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The largest welfare program is Medicaid, which provides benefits to 49 million Americans and cost more than $228 billion last year, followed by the food stamps program, with 41 million participants and a price tag of nearly $72 billion. Other programs range from Federal Pell Grants ($41 billion) down to lower-cost programs such as Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons ($250 million) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program ($20 million).
At least 106 million Americans receive benefits from one or more of these programs. Including entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare and salaries for government employees, more than half of Americans now receive a substantial portion of their income from the government.
"Clearly we are spending more than enough money to have significantly reduced poverty, yet we haven't," Tanner concludes.
"The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.
"And we actually have a pretty solid idea of the keys to getting out of and staying out of poverty: finish school, do not get pregnant outside marriage, and get a job, any job, and stick with it."
2. European Court: U.S. Supermax Prison Not 'Inhumane'
Lawyers for al-Qaida terrorist Abu Hamza and five other men indicted on terror charges argued before a European court that they would face "inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment" if extradited to the United States and jailed at the Supermax prison in Colorado.
But the Strasbourg, France-based European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the facility provides prisoners with more generous services and activities than do most prisons in Europe.
The attorneys had argued that incarcerating the men at the Supermax (super-maximum security) facility in Florence, Colo. -- officially called the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum and also known as ADX Florence -- would violate article three of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The seven-judge panel ruled unanimously on April 10 that article three would not be violated "as a result of conditions of detention at ADX Florence."
The panel stated that while inmates at ADX Florence are confined to their cells most of the time, they are also "provided with services and activities (television, radio, newspapers, books, hobby and craft items, telephone calls, social visits, correspondence with families, group prayer) which went beyond what was provided in most prisons in Europe."
It also noted that some of the prison's inmates are in a "step-down program." The program runs on a three-year cycle, with prisoners kept in their cells 23 hours a day for the first year, then gradually allowed more contact with other inmates. In their third year they may be out of their cells for up to 16 hours a day, CNS News reported.
According to a Federal Bureau of Prisons document, inmates can receive five visits a month, with up to three visitors each time. Visits can last a maximum of seven hours.
Inmates may also play basketball, handball, and table games, and purchase snacks, toiletries, stationery, games, batteries, digital radios, and prayer rugs, according to CNS News.
Inmates serving life sentences at ADX Florence include "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, so-called shoe bomber Richard Reid, 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef, and Oklahoma City co-conspirator Terry Nichols.
Abu Hamza is charged with funding al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and helping a group that kidnapped 16 Western tourists in Yemen in 1998. Four hostages died.
He and the other five terror suspects are currently behind bars in Britain. They have three months to appeal the court's decision before a final ruling is handed down.
3. Trump's Birthday Bash for Ann Romney Raises $660K
A luncheon hosted by Donald and Melania Trump in honor of Ann Romney's 63rd birthday raised more than $660,000 for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
The Tuesday event at the Trumps' Manhattan triplex was originally set to hold 200 people. But when that capacity was filled within 48 hours of invitations going out, the campaign "began to panic," according to Trump spokesman Michael Cohen, and asked if the guest list could be extended to 400 persons.
The $1,000-a-plate luncheon then had to be held in two shifts, with the first attending and spending time with Ann Romney from noon to 1:15 p.m. and the second from 1:30 to 3:00, CBS News reported.
The birthday cake at the affair was created by celebrity chef Buddy Valastro of the Bravo TV show "Cake Boss," and featured an ornament of Ann Romney atop a horse standing in a field of green frosting, according to ABC News. Romney is an avid horseback rider.
Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney in February and has since recorded robo-calls for the GOP's presumptive nominee.
Spokesman Cohen said Tuesday's Trump event proved so successful that the Romney campaign asked the real estate mogul to host another fundraiser when Romney secures the nomination. Cohen said tickets to that event would sell for $50,000 and 50 donors have already expressed interesting in attending.
4. Study: Polar Bear Population 'Not in Crisis'
Climate change doomsayers have for years claimed that declining polar bear populations in the Arctic are a consequence of manmade global warming.
But a new study has found that the bear population in part of Canada is larger than many scientists thought and might actually be growing.
In 2004, Environment Canada researchers concluded that the number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay had dropped 22 percent since 1984, to 935 bears, and they estimated that by 2011, a continuing decrease would bring the number down to 610.
The Hudson Bay region is considered a bellwether for how polar bears are faring elsewhere in the Arctic, according to Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.
The decrease, the scientists asserted, was due to warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin the bears' ability to hunt.
"That sparked worldwide concern about the future of the bears and prompted the Canadian and American governments to introduce legislation to protect them," The Globe and Mail reported.
The World Wildlife Fund even stated in 2008: "If current warming trends continue unabated, scientists believe that polar bears will be vulnerable to extinction within the next century."
But a survey released on April 4 by the Government of Nunavut -- a federal territory of Canada -- shows that the number of bears is now 1,013 and could be higher.
"The bear population is not in crisis as people believed," said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut's director of wildlife management. "There is no doom and gloom."
He added that the media in Canada have led people to believe that polar bears are endangered, but "they are not."
He estimated that there are about 25,000 polar bears in Canada's Arctic region, and "that's likely the highest [number] there has ever been."
Nunavut, which is the size of Western Europe, is home to only about 32,000 people.
5. Highest Sales Taxes Are in Alabama
Sales taxes in major American cities range from 10% down to zero and can have a significant impact on a locality's economic competitiveness, according to a new Tax Foundation report.
"Evasion of sales tax is most likely to occur in areas where there is a significant difference between two jurisdictions' sales tax rates," the report states.
"Research indicates that consumers can and do leave high-tax areas to make major purchases in low-tax areas, such as from cities to suburbs."
Also, businesses sometimes locate just outside high tax areas to avoid their rates.
"State and local governments should be cautious about raising rates too high relative to their neighbors because doing so may lead to revenue losses despite the higher tax rate," the report adds.
Among U.S. cities with a population over 200,000, residents pay the highest combined state and local tax rate in two Alabama cities, Birmingham and Montgomery. The state imposes a 4 percent tax, and the local rate in both cities is 6 percent, for a total of 10 percent.
They are followed by Chicago, Seattle, and Glendale, Arizona, where the combined rate is 9.5%.
Next is Phoenix at 9.3%, followed by Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee, at 9.25%.
The report notes that in some cases, parts of the city are in different counties and so the total rate may vary within the city.
Also, the items that are taxed can vary greatly. For example, most states exempt groceries from sales taxes, others tax them at a lower rate, and others tax them at the same rate as other items.
At the other end of the rate scale are two cities that are in states with no sales tax and impose no local sales tax: Portland, Ore., and Anchorage, Alaska.
Cities where buyers pay no local sales tax but do pay a state tax include Norfolk and Richmond, Va.; Louisville and Lexington, Ky.; and Newark and Jersey City, N.J., along with Indianapolis, Detroit, Boston, and Baltimore.
The Tax Foundation concludes: "Sales taxes are just one part of an overall tax structure and should be considered in context. For example, Washington State has high sales taxes but no income tax; Oregon has no sales tax, but high income taxes.
"While many factors influence business location and investment decisions, sales taxes are something within policymakers' control that can have immediate impacts. One gauge of competitiveness is how a city's sales tax rate compares to its neighbors."
6. Climate Change Alarmist: Let Skeptics' Houses Burn
The war of words between those warning of the dangers of manmade global warming and those who are skeptical of the threat is really getting nasty.
Steve Zwick, who says he writes about "the economic value of nature's services" and is termed a "warmist" by the Climate Depot website, points to one recent poll showing that the majority of Americans see a link between extreme weather and man's actions.
He writes on Forbes magazine's website: "At the same time, however, the denial machine is ratcheting up its disinformation campaign.
"This propaganda has already set us back two decades, during which the costs of dealing with climate change have risen and our chances of curtailing it have diminished.
"Let's take a page from those Tennessee firemen we heard about a few times last year -- the ones who stood idly by as houses burned to the ground because their owners had refused to pay a measly $75 fee.
"We can apply this same logic to climate change."
Referring to "active denialists" who "create the lies," Zwick states: "Let's start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let's make them pay. Let's let their houses burn. Let's swap their safe land for submerged land. Let's force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.
"They broke the climate. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?"
In the most recent poll on the issue by Rasmussen Reports, just 40 percent of respondents said that global warming is primarily due to "human activity," while 44 percent attributed it to "long-term planetary trends."
Remember this story? Former Dem. Representative from Louisiana William Jefferson will begin his stint in the pokey soon for taking bribes, money laundering, and assorted other crimes. They found money hidden in his freezer in boxes of pie crusts and Boca Burgers.
Good riddance, slimeball.
From Michelle Malkin:
A former Louisiana congressman who infamously was caught with $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer will have to begin serving a 13-year bribery sentence within the next two weeks, a judge ruled Friday.
Democrat William Jefferson, who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years, was convicted and sentenced back in 2009 for taking roughly $500,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.
But he has been free on bond, living in New Orleans while appealing his conviction.
He should have been in jail a long time ago, but better late than never, I guess.
Posted: 20 Apr 2012 08:22 AM PDT
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (April 20, 2012) -- Marines and sailors with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, the "Gunfighters," gathered at their squadron aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, April 17, 2012, to rededicate their flight line in memory of one of their own.
On April 30 -- just two weeks away -- the Obama Labor Board's radical "ambush" election procedure is set to go in effect...
...unless concerned citizens like you demand Congress stands up to the out-of-control federal agency.
S.J. Res. 36, a Joint Resolution of Disapproval, would stop these new "ambush" election rules -- the latest backdoor scheme by the Obama Labor Board to undermine Congressional authority and grant Big Labor the power it sought from the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill.
It's vital you contact your U.S. Senators and Representative immediately and urge them to support the Joint Resolution of Disapproval to prevent implementation of the National Labor Relations Board's "ambush" election rules.
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441
Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621
Rep. Dave Reichert: (202) 225-7761
Before you call, let me remind you what's at stake.
You see, this rule change diminishes employees' ability to make a fully-informed decision by reducing time in which the union certification election process occurs from the current average of 38 days to as little as one week.
When making such an important decision as to whether or not they want a union's so-called "representation," American workers should not only be protected from the intimidation so often employed by union bosses but must also be afforded the time necessary to make a fully-informed decision.
Unless S.J. Res 36 passes, union bosses could browbeat workers with one-sided propaganda while workers would be denied sufficient time to organize in opposition to the union.
Worse, allowing the new rules will likely result in additional harassment and intimidation for hundreds of thousands of American workers.
The NLRB's proposal to adopt these rules sparked a record-breaking outcry from Americans like you last summer.
Over 65,000 comments poured into the NLRB -- the vast majority against the proposed rules -- but the former union lawyers on the NLRB were desperate to ram it through anyway.
The final rule is set to take effect on April 30 -- so time is running out!
That's why it's vital you contact your Senators and Representative IMMEDIATELY and urge them to support S.J. Res. 36.
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441
Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621
Rep. Dave Reichert: (202) 225-7761
Congress, responding to the grassroots pressure from concerned citizens like you, recognized the danger presented to American workers by Big Labor's Card Check scheme and rightfully refused to pass it.
But after years of backroom deals expanding Big Labor's power over workers, Congress has an opportunity to send a message to the Obama Administration -- and the American people -- that enough is enough.
The Obama Labor Board has gone far beyond its authority in serving Big Labor's agenda.
Congress must stop the runaway NLRB and its assaults on workers and businesses in this country.
That is why I hope you will call your Senators and Representative right away and urge them to support S.J. Res. 36, which would use the Congressional Review Act to stop the union bosses and their allies on the Obama Labor Board, before it's too late.
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441
Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621
Rep. Dave Reichert: (202) 225-7761
The final rule is set to take effect on April 30, so there's not a moment to lose.
And after you've called your elected officials, please chip in with a contribution of $10 or more today to help support the Committee's programs.
Please, act right away.
By Jeffrey Lord
Should Democrats' Mormon Senate leader resign? MSNBC's O'Donnell questions Romney's faith.
Will Harry Reid make Mitt Romney President?
Will the Senate Democrats' leader, a Mormon as is Romney, be the inadvertent shield for the religious bigotry card liberals -- in particular MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell -- are itching to turn into the ultimate election weapon?
A major election issue the left wing ex-New York Times columnist Frank Rich (now writing for New York Magazine) calls "the big dog that has yet to bark."
One has to ask yet again: what are these people thinking?
- Successful elections evidence of governance, growth in Garmsir
- Combat Logistics Battalion 1 finishes tour in Afghanistan, transfers authority
- Clinton, Panetta: NATO partners committed to Afghanistan
Posted: 19 Apr 2012 09:04 AM PDT
GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan (April 19, 2012) -- The Hazar Joft Bazaar was unusually quiet for a weekday morning. Rows of shop doors remained locked. Commercial chatter was minimal. Both workers and patrons seemed to be nonexistent.
Posted: 19 Apr 2012 08:18 AM PDT
CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan (April 19, 2012) -- Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) stood in formation eagerly awaiting the official end of their tour in Afghanistan, April 17.
Posted: 19 Apr 2012 03:20 AM PDT
BRUSSELS, (April 18, 2012) -- Meetings today provided a clear sense of NATO's ongoing commitment to the security mission in Afghanistan up to and beyond 2014, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at NATO headquarters here today.
Over the last week, two federal courts have issued strong rebukes against the Obama Labor Board's crusade to strong-arm virtually every workplace and worker in America into unions' forced-dues ranks.
You see, last year, the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) -- far exceeding its authority -- announced a new policy to force its way into private-sector workplaces nationwide.
The NLRB's rule requires private-sector employers to post biased notices about the National Labor Relations Act that effectively serve as a biased roadmap to forced unionization.
This week, in a case brought by National Right to Work Foundation attorneys, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia enjoined the Board from enforcing the new rule, which was set to go into effect on April 30.
Meanwhile, a federal court in South Carolina ruled that the NLRB lacked the authority to implement the policy.
The injunction will remain in effect until the Court of Appeals issues a final ruling, and we're hopeful that the courts will eventually strike down this unfair and unauthorized rule in its entirety.
That's because the policy would put Mom and Pop shops, small businesses, larger companies -- even some religiously-affiliated organizations -- under the Obama Labor Board's microscope even if the employees have no interest in unionization.
Moreover, the posting's pro-forced unionism bias couldn't be clearer.
No mention of workers' right to decertify an unwanted union.
No mention of workers' right to divert forced union dues to a charity if they have a conscientious, religious objection to union membership.
No mention of workers' right to refrain from financially supporting union-boss politics or, if they work in a Right to Work state, to opt out of paying any forced "fees."
Not only that, the NLRB has invented out of whole cloth a new unfair labor practice without Congressional approval. No other federal agency has ever made it unlawful to fail to post a notice that wasn't required by Congress.
Any job provider that fails to post the biased notice could find itself forced into a lengthy and costly legal battle.
Mom and Pop can't afford that.
What makes the new rule even more troubling is that anyone can file the unfair labor practice charge -- not just the company's employees.
The new rule hands aggressive union organizers another weapon in so-called "corporate campaigns" in which they drag a business through the mud in the media with frivolous accusations of employer misconduct.
Union bosses only back off after the business agrees to throw its employees under the bus and let the union launch an abusive "card check" organizing campaign.
This "top-down" union organizing strategy frequently involves a team of union agents showing up at workers' homes and browbeating them with misleading statements, outright lies, and even intimidation until the worker agrees to sign a so-called "union authorization card" instead of a secret-ballot election.
This latest power grab is yet more evidence of the Obama Administration's desperate desire to pay off Big Labor before the next election, and it's an invitation to Big Labor to run card check campaigns everywhere in America.
Federal labor law is supposedly intended to help workers protect their rights.
The biased and ideologically-charged Obama Labor Board, however, has turned into an organizing tool for Big Labor.
And one decision and rule after another has been designed to give union bosses and unelected bureaucrats even more power over workers and job providers alike -- at a time when our economy continues to languish.
That's why your National Right to Work Foundation is fighting back.
But we can't do it without your continued support.
Of the three major networks, only ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday covered the "dog wars" counterattack by Mitt Romney's operatives. Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos highlighted that the campaign is "tweeting around a picture of the President and trying to focus on a revelation he made in his memoir, that he actually tried dog when he was a young boy in Indonesia." CBS This Morning and NBC's Today both skipped the story. The Romney team used the dog-eating revelation from Obama's book to hit back on Democratic complaints that the Republican once put his dog on the car roof during a vacation. On January 31, 2012, Today made sure to bring up that liberal talking point.
Everyone on NBC's Today show payroll ignored foul-mouthed comedian Bill Maher's $1 million donation to an Obama super PAC -- but NBC's Andrea Mitchell went to extravagant lengths on Wednesday to tie Mitt Romney as closely as possible to supporter Ted Nugent, after Nugent made headlines for controversial comments about President Obama. The lone mention of Bill Maher on the Today show in 2012 was from guest host Sarah Palin on April 3. This manifests a complete partisan double-standard on the part of NBC as they scrutinized the ties between a Republican and his supporter but left it to a conservative guest host to address the rhetoric of the Obama super PAC donor who has repeatedly spewed vile insults at Republican women.
Charlie Rose did his best to forward liberals' talking points about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, during an interview of House Speaker John Boehner. Rose played up Mitt Romney's endorsement of the Ryan plan and how the former governor "talked about, perhaps, abolishing H.E.W. [sic]- I mean, HUD, as well as Department of Education." The anchor even went so far to tout how "Catholic bishops today said that the Ryan budget fails to meet moral criteria and disproportionately cuts programs that serve the poor and the vulnerable, which sounds like the President." By contrast, Rose didn't even bring up Nancy Pelosi's notorious dissent from Catholic doctrine during a recent interview of Boehner's immediate predecessor on PBS.
MSNBC's Martin Bashir, who previously compared Rick Santorum to genocidal murderer Joseph Stalin, on Wednesday mocked the concept that MSNBC could be biased against Republicans. A network graphic dismissed, "Paranoia? Romney: More Media Should Be as 'Fair' as Fox News." After playing clips of Mitt Romney decrying liberal media bias, Bashir huffed, "This is pretty rich from a man who hasn't appeared on Meet the Press, whose spokesman won't even accept an invitation to appear on this broadcast." Why would Republicans come on Bashir's show? In addition to comparing Santorum to a dictatorial mass killer, this same anchor linked Newt Gingrich's political comments to the murder of a British teen.
CNN host Fareed Zakaria faced questions about his journalistic integrity when he admitted last year that he had off-the-record conversations with President Obama even though he was covering the President's foreign policy. Zakaria has now expressed, in a CNN blog post, his support for the Buffett Rule - tax legislation that Obama has pushed for in recent weeks. "If I were in Congress, I'd vote for the Buffett Rule," wrote the host of CNN's foreign affairs show Fareed Zakaria GPS. "I think as a matter of fairness, the Buffett Tax makes sense."
Posted: 18 Apr 2012 05:02 AM PDT
WASHINGTON (April 17, 2012) -- An American Soldier's simple actions in Afghanistan last year gained the attention of that nation's ambassador to the United States, who spoke April 13 with the Soldier one-on-one at the embassy in Washington, D.C.
Meet Seamus. No, not McFly, and no, not the WW[E] wrestler. I'm talking about Mitt Romney's one-time dog, an Irish setter that, according to a long-cherished Donk campaign urban legend, was strapped to the roof of Mitt's car on a 1983 family trip and met the same fate as Aunt Edna's mutt. Who knows if it's true or not; what is clearly known is that that urban legend is very, VERY important to Democrats this week.
Why? One theory goes that by pushing this meme, low-information independents will be convinced that Governor Romney is a cruel dog-hater or something and then look at Barack Obama, whose family has a living dog that they've NEVER strapped to the wing of Air Force One, and voila! Red Barry gets his second term in a landslide.
Um....okay. The OTHER theory is that The One is himself dogmeat in November, doomed on pretty much every issue, and, facing a Republican challenger that will have no personal scandals to unearth (having earned a small fortune does not qualify, no matter how much he wants people to buy into it), has been reduced to calling Mitt the 21st century Clark Griswold. Who, as memory served, wasn't rich when the Romney Family Truckster ate Seamus some thirty years ago, or whatever the heck is alleged to have happened.
Sorry for the meandering; it's difficult to maintain concentration on a topic so trivial and stupid. Point being, this isn't going to move any electoral needles, and for one very sound, overarching reason: What are Americans more concerned about - the interminable Obama recession or a dog that would have been dead for years anyway?
Besides, it's not as though MR strapped Seamus to a serving platter:
As the Geico gecko famously says, "Oooooa, crunchy." Or something like that.
Whether he still does or not isn't clear, although I hear tell dog meat is very lean, and therefore healthy, which would suggest that Scheherezade may allow it on the White House menu. Perhaps this is the kind of hot dogs King Hussein is so fond of.
Or not. Hard to see this grassroots counterattack moving the ol' electoral needle, either. But hey, the Obamunists started it. And if one of Saul Alinksy's Rules For Radicals teaches that ridicule is a powerful weapon, it seems we're having a lot more fun with this than they are:ThSo
The founder of the grassroots organization Dogs Against Romney called the Romney campaign "desperate" for dredging up the revelations that President Obama ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia.
"It seems desperate for the Romney campaign to bring up something that happened to Obama when he was 10 years old, not preparing his own meals, in a country where eating dog meat probably isn't all that unusual as if it compares in any way to Romney, as a 36-year old adult, in America, making the conscious decision to strap his family pet to the roof of a car for a 12-hour drive, and leaving it up there even after it got sick."
Scott Crider, who writes his site in the voice of a dog, Rusty, said Romney was "desperate to divert attention from what Romney did."
Y'see, the Seamus thing wasn't an attempt at ridicule; it was meant as a serious avenue of attack on Governor Romney's character. And when it was greeted by our side with the hysterical laughter at their tin god's expense that it richly (heh) deserved, they got all self-righteously indignant. How DARE we not take this "scandal" seriously? Don't we realize that a President Romney would strap all of US to the roof of the car that President Bush drove into the ditch after losing control after hitting that sheet of Slurpee?
Before one can successfully ridicule, one must first have a sense of humor. Lefties lost theirs decades ago. It's what happened when you think yourself qualified to "save the world" whether the world wants to be "saved" or not.
So, what better combination could there be than making fun of False Messiah with a Godwinn twist?
What were we discussing again? Comrade Hussein's bark being worse than his bite, except where canines are concerned? Hard not to be with a record as toothless as his:
They say every dog has his day. After chasing parked cars for the past three years, being taken out behind the electoral barn in six months and change and given the Old Yeller treament is becoming a distinct possibility.
Either that, or being strapped to the voters' luggage rack.
So opines House Speaker John Boehner on Barack Obama's pussification on a "grand deficit ceiling deal" last summer - you know, when the representative from Ohio's eighth congressional district was willing to commit political suicide by offering The One tax increases that had the fatal flaw of being not nearly as stupifying as he really wanted:
ABC, the same network that provided softball interviews with Barack Obama on such subjects as singing and Abraham Lincoln, featured an aggressive, hard-hitting segment with Mitt and Ann Romney, recycling the President's talking points. On Monday's World News, Diane Sawyer parroted, "President Obama threw down a kind of gauntlet to you over the weekend. And he said, release 12 years of your tax returns." After the Republican presidential candidate refused, Sawyer pushed, "Release 12 years. If you have nothing to hide, why not release 12 years as your father [Governor George Romney] did?" Sawyer brought up Romney's Mormon faith, prompting, "Would you sit down sometime and really talk the two of you about something that holds a lot of curiosity for people?"
CNN's Soledad O'Brien once again tried to fact-check numbers she took issue with, and once more she failed to refute them. On Monday's Starting Point she took aim at Mitt Romney's claim that women have accounted for 92 percent of the job losses under President Obama. "That would be a shocking number if it were true, which it really isn't exactly overall," O'Brien began. Yet even ABC's George Stephanopoulos admitted the report was "accurate."
Ten days after ABC and CBS's morning shows covered a growing scandal at Barack Obama's General Services Administration (GSA), NBC's Today show finally discovered the "lavish" example of government waste, devoting a full report to the segment on Monday's program. Reporter Lisa Myers described the investigation into the waste of close to a million dollars at a GSA conference in Las Vegas. After completely ignoring the story for a week and a half, the Today correspondent conceded, "A government official taking the Fifth is not the kind of imagery any White House would hope for." She added that "top TSA officials appointed by President Obama" will have to explain why the administrator behind the swanky conference still received a $9,000 bonus.
MSNBC on Monday featured 9/11 truther and network analyst Toure to slam the "paternalistic" Bill Cosby for suggesting the Trayvon Martin shooting is more about guns than it is about race. Toure derided this "dangerous sentiment" as "not at all true" and implied that the popular comedian is dumb: "But in terms of nuanced political thinking, [Cosby] has not shown himself to be a big fan of that." Toure used Cosby's recent comments as a jumping off point to scold the former sitcom star: "And he has quite often said things that put him into the category of, with friends like these, who needs enemies?" Specifically, Toure bashed Cosby for talking about "a lack of morality in the black community." News Nation host Tamron Hall was so taken aback, she sputtered, "But Bill Cosby is not anti-black. What are you saying?"
MSNBC analyst David Goodfriend appeared on Tuesday's Dylan Ratigan Show to slime the National Rifle Association as having "blood on its hands." Goodfriend, who was only identified as a Democratic strategist in an onscreen graphic, accused the pro-Second Amendment group of killing people: "Americans are dead because of what the NRA has done." Goodfriend's diatribe was labeled an editorial "rant" by MSNBC, but typical of the network's hateful tone. Goodfriend's proof? He cited the anti-gun, liberal Brady Center and shilled for donations: "Folks, please go to www.BradyCenter.org. You'll see a picture of George Zimmerman and a quote: 'I am the NRA.' Just above that, you'll see a donate button. Do it!"
- Afghan Local Police assume full responsibility of Larkhabi
- Afghan attack response shows improved forces, leaders say
- Commander of U.S. Central Command visits Kyrgyz Republic
- Commander of U.S. Central Command visits Tajikistan
- Commander of U.S. Central Command visits Turkmenistan
- General James Mattis Departs Pakistan
- Commander of U.S. Central Command visits Uzbekistan
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 10:44 AM PDT
KUNDUZ PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 17, 2012) -- The Afghan Local Police of Larkhabi, Kunduz district, assumed full responsibility of the Larkhabi ALP facility from their coalition special operations forces advisers, April 14.
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:25 AM PDT
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2012 -- Challenges will continue in Afghanistan, but the response to recent attacks points to the maturation of Afghan security forces, U.S. defense leaders said here today.
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 04:40 AM PDT
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (April 2, 2012) -- General James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, visited the Kyrgyz Republic as part of a long planned visit to the region, including meetings in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 04:36 AM PDT
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, March 31, 2012 -- General James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Tajikistan as part of continued engagements in the region.
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 04:32 AM PDT
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (March 30, 2012) -- Today, General James N. Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Friday, March 30, 2012 as part of a long-planned visit to the region.
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 04:24 AM PDT
ISLAMABAD (March 29, 2012) -- General James Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, departed Pakistan today after a series of meetings with senior Pakistani leaders.
Posted: 17 Apr 2012 04:19 AM PDT
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (March 28, 2012) -- General James Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Uzbekistan on March 28, 2012 as part of a multi-country trip to the region.
Well does Ensign Ed incredulously ask: "Do Democrats really want a fight over transparency?"
Consider: it took a couple of years to finally browbeat Red Barry into releasing his birth certificate; to this day he has released neither his medical records nor his college transcripts. His regime is one of, if not the most secretive in American history, stonewalling one Freedom of Information Act filing and congressional subpeona after another. It's almost as if they believe they're above the law or something.
And yet they're actually projecting their master's own royal hyperreclusiveness on the man who will dethrone him:
Stunning, isn't it? Or maybe not so much; on this issue as any other, Barack Obama really has no record on which to run any sort of positive campaign, so he's left with little or no other option but to MSU about Governor Romney.
It's outrageous and infuriating to be sure, but not the slightest bit suprising or unexpected. And it's so easily swatted down that even the RNC didn't break a sweat in resoundingly trumping it:
No voiceover, no narration, just Obamunists' own words. Three plus years of ammunition helpfully provided to Team Romney by the Regime itself.
To answer Ed's question above, yes, they do want a fight over transparency, because they have deluded themselves that they can win on any and every issue. It's the legacy of any junta that swindles its way to power: they're the only ones still brainwashed by all their own bogus hype and propaganda.
And, more pragmatically, they don't have any viable campaign strategy. So, what the hell? Might as well throw as much crap against the wall as humanly possible, in the hope that something will miraculously stick. What's the alternative? Jetting down to Bogata to get laid while they still can?
UPDATE: You simply can't make up this level of audacity. Which would be hugely frustrating, if Lucifer was actually any good at it. Bill Clinton could make anybody believe anything; O just spouts mendacities and takes it for granted that everybody within earshot will buy it, because we're all just that stupid. And any that don't - which is to say, a majority fo the country - are racists anyway. Skepticism is forbidden, credulous obeisances is mandatory.
Once again I wonder how Comrade Hussein will react should he lose in November. Something tells me Bob Beckel's stubborn, foul-mouthed denial won't even be a parsley sprig on the platter of spluttering incensedness that'll grib the Li'l president.
Because he's a big, fucking deal, and don't you fucking forget it:
If Beckel didn't jump the fucking shark a long fucking time ago - arguably all the way back to his fucking Cross
fuckerfire days - this would stick a fucking fork in him.
I'd love to have seen him try dropping an f-bomb on Bob Novak or Pat Buchanan back in the day. In career terms, nobody would have ever found his fucking remains.
Had Sean Hannity told Beckel to go fuck himself after the old fucker blamed him for his own unrepentant profanity, it would have brought the house down.
A fucking shame, that.
There's one thing positive thing I can say about Barack Obama: he keeps his fly zipped. Whether that's because he has some sense of personal morality, or because he couldn't score with the other team's goalie pulled, or because he's impotent, or because Scheherezade would bludgeon him unconscious with The Arms if he tried to revive the Warren G. Harding Memorial Whoopie Nook is impossible to tell. It's probably a combination of all of the above. But he's no Clintonoid horndog.
That distinction does not extend to those charged with his protection, who ought to be dubbed the John Parker Brigade:
Secret Service officials accused of misconduct in the Colombian prostitute scandal revealed their identities and bragged at a Cartagena brothel that they worked for President Barack Obama, ABC News is reporting.
Eleven members of the Secret Service team, sent to Colombia in advance of the president's visit for the Summit of the Americas last weekend, partied at the "Pley Club" and boasted "we work for Obama" and "we're here to protect him."...
Twenty or 21 women were brought back to the hotel by the Secret Service and military personnel, U.S. Senator Susan Collins said Tuesday.
Collins was briefed by the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, on Monday evening. "There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or 21 women foreign nationals were brought to the hotel, but allegedly Marines were involved with the rest," the Republican senator said in comments emailed to Reuters.
All 11 Secret Service members under investigation had taken women to their rooms, Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Tuesday, The New York Times reported.
The Washington Post said agents brought at least two of the women back to the hotel, according to CBS News. Although the agents paid in advance for the prostitutes' services, when it came time to settle the bill, one woman demanded an additional $170, both networks reported. Her demand sparked a noisy argument that spilled into the street, and drew the attention of hotel workers who called police, CBS News reported, citing the Post as its source.
I take that back; it's an insult to compare these louts to John Parker - insulting to Mr. Parker, who was merely a lazy wino whose passive dereliction of duty allowed John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. These lotharios weren't in Colombia to protect The One, but to use his name as poontang bait. Maybe one or more of them would have taken a bullet for him, but only between orgasms.
And Sick Willie thought he wouldn't have a legacy, which apparently now includes redefining the term "stakeout".
I don't want to say there's a pattern developing, but....
General Services Administration witnesses came under sharp criticism from Congress for a second day on Tuesday, as lawmakers expressed outrage over junkets, bonuses and parties paid for by taxpayers.
Questioning ranged beyond the $823,000 paid for a Las Vegas conference in October 2010, to a culture of the nation's government real estate agency playing fast and loose with taxpayer money.
Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee asked about trips to the South Pacific, the Napa Valley wine country and to Las Vegas to plan for the October conference.
GSA officials landed special deals with resorts that got them suites, where parties were held on the taxpayers' dime. There were missing electronic devices such as iPads purchased for prize ceremonies.
Inspector General Brian Miller, whose report on the Las Vegas conference touched off congressional investigations, almost seemed overwhelmed by the scope of wrongdoing.
"Every time we turned over a stone we found 50 more with all kinds of things crawling out," Miller said.
Representative Jeff Denham, R-CA19, who chaired the Transportation subcommittee hearing, summed up his frustration and that of others by telling GSA witnesses the agency suffered from "this culture of fraud, waste, corruption" and possibly cover-ups and inside deals with vendors.
"This certainly is not only a dark day for GSA but a dark day for the U.S. government. We wonder why there is so much distrust in government," he said.
No, we really don't. Government is too big, and those that inhabit it long since ceased to see the public as their employers, but rather their subjects. The neomonarchist "let them eat cake" mindset that the first couple themselves have set with their endless exorbitantly ritzy vacations and POTUS' golf insatiability and interminable plutocratic fundraising has trickled down throughout the regime, to where even the lowliest civil servant hack thinks he's superior to the lumpenproletariat because "I work for Obama," four words that are supposed to cover a multitude of sins.
And they do - but only for another nine months. There's nothing and nobody that can protect the head of the snake from that swinging blade.
From Primordial Slack:
Posted on April 17, 2012
Wow. What you likely saw wasn't this.What you think about Zimmerman's [former] lawyer will possibly change after you see the whole press conference.
Since April 11th, the MSM has known at least as much as George Zimmerman's [former] lawyer told them about the facts of the case. Those facts were woefully out of line with the Narrative.
It's part of the entire 45 minutes' presser. All you or I got to see was a somewhat strange assembly listening to some lawyers throwing their client under the bus, or publicly wondering whether they had been thrown under the bus. Either way, it's too bad, because that eight minutes should be no mystery to anyone who has followed the facts of the case, sans media filtering.
But it's more than that. The man calls out the race-mongers in no uncertain terms:
...we've had some people come to town who are only relevant in an area of racial strife. . . who, frankly, have a business model based on driving division in racial communities. . .
And he calls out one of Martin's attorneys as well:
. . .actually had an attorney for the Martin family who, as far as we know actually went to law school, get on the air and say, "They need to just go ahead and arrest him and let him prove his innocence in a court of law." Really? In the United States? I don't think so!
Ah, he's a former police officer and legal police adviser. He absolutely has to school the young pups about law, offense, and how facts work toward truth. He really throws down. After watching it from the 28 minute mark forward [video below], I almost think he resigned just so he could smack the press around. He really goes after them and especially after the feely-meely questions from the women. Full of facepalm goodness. No wonder the press doesn't like this guy.
I dunno, folks; isn't the very idea of Mitt Romney appearing on Saturday Night Live pretty much an SNL skit of its own? C'mon, Diane Sawyer's chin waddle would be good for a few guffaws all by itself:
So...should he or shouldn't he? Is there anything to be gained from guesting on a program that jumped the shark back in the twentieth century, quite apart from the high likelihood of Mitt getting double-crossed and humiliated? Or would this help leaven his "stiff" image and appeal to young voters, most of whom won't bother to pry themselves away from their PS3s, I-phones, and OWS gang-bangs to vote anyway?
I'm telling you, Governor - only with DS's rumpled neck skin. It's comedy gold.
UN Agenda 21 - Poison Pill For America
Obama's New Green World Order
I have to be honest with you.
This is the most disturbing email I have ever written. I am frightened for our country. I am frightened for its freedom-loving citizens. But most of all, I am frightened for the future of America. Obama supports beating up the U.S. Constitution and we must not let it be replaced by United Nations Agenda 21.
The UN is ruthlessly advancing a new plan that will make America a HOSTAGE to the United Nations. While Obama and the liberal media ignore gas prices streaking to $5/gal. and England is already paying $10/gal.
UN Agenda 21 could...
- Wipe private property off the face of the earth.
- Force you and your family to live in a single-family energy efficient home.
- Confiscate private farms and farmland.
- Snatch away private landholdings.
- Ban individual ownership of cars.
Sound too outlandish to be true? The scariest part is... IT IS TRUE! So what exactly is Agenda 21? I'll tell you in a minute. But first, I'll give you some background information that is critical to understanding how this anti-freedom scheme came about.
In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro to discuss global initiatives. 172 governments attended and 108 sent their heads of state. And about 2,400 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) showed up for the "GLOBAL FORUM."
This group of POWERFUL world
leaders and environmentalists spent their time discussing
However, that was a huge mistake...
...Because the politicians came up with a plan for a centrally ruled global society. They called that plan Agenda 21. The plan's contract would make governments around the world a SLAVE to the every wish and whim of the United Nations.
We cannot make the same mistake with Agenda 21!
UN Agenda 21 would also dictate...
- Where we live
- What we eat
- How and what we learn
- Where and when we can move (if at all)
Here's how the UN describes it:
"Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level."
It's already happening right now.
Obama, who has vowed to "fundamentally transform America," is pushing to implement this freedom-grabbing plan UNDER THE RADAR.
On June 9, 2011 he signed EXECUTIVE ORDER 13575 and established the White House Rural Council (WHRC). This new administrative body is responsible for federally coordinating and implementing sustainable and green development locally.
Here is an excerpt from EO 13575:
Section 1. Policy- Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead.
"Sustainable" became a buzzword at the UN's 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil (where Agenda 21 was created).
Sustainable = Agenda 21
Mike Opelka of The Blaze reports,
"Warning bells should have been sounding all across rural America when the phrase "sustainable rural communities" came up. As we know from researching the UN plan for Sustainable Development known as Agenda 21, these are code words for the true fundamental transformation America."
UN Agenda 21 is a transnational attempt to erode property rights, destroy freedom and make America submissive to foreign bureaucrats.
That's why we need to act QUICKLY.
We don't have much time to waste before this TOTALITARIAN TREATY BECOMES LAW OF THE LAND!
THIS IS NOT A FIGHT WE CAN AFFORD TO LOSE
1. Select Below - Tell The Senate To REJECT Attempts To Submit America To The UN.
2. Send this Alert to EVERYONE you know and every like-minded friend on your personal email list who wants to STOP the UN from encroaching on your God-given rights! We need to get HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of faxes delivered to EACH AND EVERY Senator. It's time the Senate gets the message - LOUD & CLEAR!
3. Keep calling your Senators today, toll free numbers include 1-877-851-6437 and 1-866-220-0044, or call 1-202-225-3121 AND REGISTER YOUR OUTRAGE! Demand the Senate STOP Agenda 21 DEAD IN ITS TRACKS.
4. CALL President Obama, 202-456-1111 and 202-456-1414 expressing your disdain and ABSOLUTE REJECTION of the UN plan. Tell Obama that you DO NOT SUPPORT destroying personal property rights, confiscating private land and banning private ownership of cars.
5. Print this copy and pass it around where normal working class Americans gather who care about the future of our country. Polling data reveals that Americans treasure their Constitutional rights and personal freedoms. They DO NOT want to be controlled by DESPOTIC rule and CONCEDE to foreign leaders.
DO NOT BE SILENCED - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
NOTE: We need TENS OF THOUSANDS of faxes and PHONE CALLS and EMAILS delivered TO ALL SENATORS RIGHT AWAY!
Your voice can be heard -- we need your urgent help at AmeriPAC.
Alan M. Gottlieb
Posted: 16 Apr 2012 09:54 AM PDT
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Posted: 16 Apr 2012 07:06 AM PDT
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A recurring prediction of mine about the kind of re-election effort Barack Obama is going to run is being tiresomely vindicated more with each passing day. Since he can't run on his disastrous record, and most independents have turned against him long ago, his only option is to lie, distract, demogogue, demonize, and divide in the hopes of driving down turnout and squeaking by on the strength of his lunatic base and an avalanche of ACORN vote fraud. It's not much of an option, but it's the only game he's got left.
But I can't help wondering whether even so weak a hand as this one can be so quickly and massively overplayed:
Republicans are "destrying the enviroment"? Republicans are "killing everything"? Such ludicrously extreme, completely overboard, hyperpartisan bile has two likely effects, particularly to independents: (1) It's indicative of the Li'l President coming unhinged, perhaps even emotionally and mentally unstable. Bad enough that his crediblity is long gone, but add the possiblity that his elevator car no longer goes to the top of the Sears Tower and the similarities to Nixon in the throes of Watergate become downright ominious. And (2) it's mean. Thanks to the Obamedia running tireless propaganda interference for him, the Chicago Cherubim's personal approval numbers still float, Sugar Twin-like, far about his job and issue approval ratings, despite the fact that his ideological hostility, galloping conceit, crass intolerance, and oblivious hypocrisies reveal him to be one of the most thoroughly dislikeable men ever to dwell under "The people's roof". But six months of this garbage, front & center, one day after the next, will be impossible for the Obamedia to conceal, and Americans are going to see what a true, grade-A, bull-moose gold medal-winning asshole their Dear Leader really is.
And I think Mitt Romney knows it:
Governor Romney is no "Dirty Harry" Callahan, not is he silver of tongue and a burner of barns, as it were. But he's a very smart man, a lot smarter than his incumbent opponent, and he enjoys the challenger's advantage of getting to be on offense 24/7 - a luxury Red Barry will never enjoy EVER again. As it all falls apart around him, B.O.'s descent into petulant madness will only accelerate. All Mitt has to do is keep repeating the same two familiar refrains that Ronald Reagan made famous thirty-two years ago: "There you go again" after each insult, smear, and belittlement; and "Are you better off than you were four years ago?", and otherwise enjoy a front row seat from which to witness The Great Implosion.
If Dr. Chicago is accusing us of premediated mass murder now, I can't wait to see the instigations to mass
OWS "Tea Party" violence that are undoubtedly coming this summer.
But only of the "peaceful" variety, of course. .
Is this Biden dialogue dubbed? Probably, but can't you see him actually saying these things near an open mic? Deliberately? Heck, he took eleven maundering minutes to answer a ten second question about his boss's culpability for runaway gasoline prices, and at no point sounded nearly as coherent as he did in this clip.
Because when they have orgies with indigenous underage whores, they're competent enough not to get caught:
On wonders how it could get worse than Secret Service agents reprising Animal House to the point of statutory rape will on duty. So does House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who has decided to, um, poke around this latest Obama scandal for himself:
I don't know which is the more remarkable; that Dick Cheney was ambulatory, no longer hospitalized, and speaking extemporaneously, vigorously, and devastatingly on stage for over an hour just three weeks after a heart transplant, or that Red Barry wasn't in the hospital after it was over:
There is an unfettered freedom to be found in a situation like that of the former Veep. He's an old man, his political career is over, and heck, he's survived open heart surgery. Not that he ever did give a frog's fat leg what anybody thought of him, but how much less would he now, and it's never been on greater display than on that stage. Truth with bare-knuckled candor. You won't hear Governor Romney put it quite so baldly, but whether you gently phrase it that The One is "in over his head," or aggressively that he's a "stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure," or the comparative middle path of calling him an unmitigated disaster, it's the truth that everybody outside the Left's neutronium bubble of existential closure knows all too well. Some might not want to hear it, but even they know it. Kudos to Big Time for heroically giving it blunt voice to the instincts of the silent majority as a precursor to the massive correction to come in just six and a half short months.
James O'Keefe: the new Mike Wallace:
Remember when the media used to practice journalism, instead of Obamunist propaganda hackery? Me, neither.
Joe Muto, the self-described "weasel," "traitor" and "sell-out" who for a few days last week was the "Fox News Mole" for Gawker.com until FNC identified him, disclosed on CNN's Reliable Sources that he tried to leave the network but was unable to get hired elsewhere because the rest of the cable news industry "blackballed" him since they presumed anyone who worked for Fox News is "a nut." Not very tolerant. Muto, an associate producer for The O'Reilly Factor until Wednesday, told Howard Kurtz "I sent out dozens and dozens of resumes. CNN must have gotten twenty resumes from me." But, "I was blackballed within the industry, that people, hiring managers, see Fox News on your resume, and they say 'this guy's a conservative, this guy's a nut, we don't want him in our organization.' I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at Fox News."
On Sunday's This Week, George Stephanopoulos stumbled into the truth when he told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Mitt Romney's statistic, about how 92.3 percent of all job losses since President Obama took office have occurred to women, "is accurate." That, however, contradicted the liberal party line espoused by ABC reporter David Muir on Wednesday's World News when he stated:"The non-partisan group PolitiFact saying that number right there is 'mostly false,' arguing the President can't be held responsible for the job picture the day he took office."
NBC and CBS's evening and morning shows on Thursday and Friday finally discovered the ugly comments made by a Democratic operative against Ann Romney. After skipping the story Thursday morning, CBS Evening News reporters did their best to minimize it. Correspondent Nancy Cordes insisted that Hillary Rosen, who knocked Mrs. Romney for "never working," made sure to stress that the woman "is not connected to the Obama campaign, but Republicans called out the campaign anyway." Anchor Scott Pelley offered a similarly dismissive attitude: "Democrats and Republicans tripped over one another to see who could denounce with the most force what most everyone agrees was a dumb comment from a single pundit." Cordes pointed out an 18 point lead Barack Obama enjoys over Romney in one poll. On Friday's Good Morning America, reporter John Berman stressed this theme: "...Mitt Romney trails the President by 19 points among women. 19 points."
On his 9 a.m. EDT MSNBC show The Daily Rundown on Friday, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd referred to Hilary Rosen's denigrating remarks about Ann Romney as a "manufactured controversy" a total of eight times throughout the one-hour program, mostly during the first ten minutes. At the top of the show, Todd whined: "Feeding the frenzy, the latest major distraction in campaign 2012 fuels outrage and ultimately an apology. But does this moment really amount to more than one person's out-of-bounds comment?" Moments later he sneered: "Welcome to the world of the shiny metal object. A person no one agrees with has ignited a manufactured controversy."
On Friday's CBS This Morning, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman did his best to brush aside the controversy over liberal diehard Hilary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney, claiming that the issue was "our latest example of false indignation." Friedman also defended the class warfare argument of the frequent visitor of the Obama White House: "I think everyone knows the point Hilary Rosen was trying to make." The left-leaning columnist also claimed that the defense of Mrs. Romney was a cynical ploy for the votes of women: "When you have a close race like this, that is so close, you need every vote, particularly if you're in Romney's case - nineteen points behind on women - you're going to seize on anything...this was a chance to jump on it- you know, use it as a wedge issue, get some more votes."
CNN had to walk back its assumption that George Zimmerman uttered a racial slur in his 9-1-1 call, and now an affidavit from the prosecution in the case says no racist words were voiced. CNN first suggested on March 21, according to its "sophisticated" audio editing, that Robert Zimmerman said "fucking coons" on his 9-1-1 call. But the network had to throw water on that assumption once they re-assessed the audio clip, changing Zimmerman's words from "coons" to "cold." Then CNN cited another expert who thought Zimmerman said "punks."
The 'Stache switches sides with pinache:
Tell me again how Team Messiah is this elite, unstoppable political juggarnaut? Something must be getting lost in the translation.
Obviously it's all Fox News' fault....
Mr. Newt can make a great deal of sense when he's not running for president, huh?
The Berglunds heavily develop maturing churches in West Kalemantan and across Indonesia via New Tribes Mission. This includes lots of teaching and discipleship and proves to be extremely rewarding as they see younger families taking the Gospel to outreach areas and becoming responsible for their ministries locally as well. The other priority has been the ongoing development of platforms for ministry which will allow for growth of the missionary team while maintaining a low profile. They are still active members of the field leadership team. Their main responsibilities are in West Kalimantan and some member card goals for their field. Orientation and consultation help for their tribal teams and oversight for the administrative and support functions in their province still keep them busy. They are also printing and distributing tranlated Bible portions and literacy materials to the Semandang speaking churches. They just completed a teaching series on the book of Revelation and they have that book in Semandang for their use, bringing the total to 64% of the New Testament. Soon they will begin teaching a series on the book of Hebrews that their leaders there will share ith the congregation.
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1. Scientists Denounce NASA's 'Unproven Remarks' on Global Warming
2. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Offers 'Power Lunch' for Auction Winner
3. 'Dumb Law' Blocking Promising New Fuel Source
4. Digital Printing Technology Aiding Counterfeiters
5. Economic Malaise Slowing Americans' Movement
6. Chris Christie Caught Dozing at Springsteen Concert
7. We Heard: Scott Rasmussen, Best and Worst Jobs
1. Scientists Denounce NASA's 'Unproven Remarks' on Global Warming
Fifty top scientists, astronauts, and engineers who have worked for NASA are attacking the space agency's stance that manmade carbon dioxide is responsible for global climate change.
Seven Apollo astronauts and the deputy director of the space shuttle program are among the experts -- with more than 1,000 years of combined professional experience -- who have signed a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
The letter begins: "We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS that manmade carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data.
"With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.
"The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA's history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements."
The signees charge NASA with advocating an "extreme position" on climate change "prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers."
They conclude: "At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA's current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself."
2. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Offers 'Power Lunch' for Auction Winner
Music industry titan Sean "Diddy" Combs is volunteering his time in a "Dare to Dream" auction sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
Combs is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, and record and film producer with his own line of apparel and fragrances. Forbes estimates his fortune at $500 million.
He is joining several other entrepreneurs offering a one-on-one "power lunch" with the highest bidders in the auction.
NFTE, an international nonprofit organization providing entrepreneurial education programs for young people in low-income communities, announced: "These motivated entrepreneurs have all realized fantastic success in their fields. Now you can pitch your best business plans to these entrepreneurs, get their feedback and support NFTE all at once in the Dare to Dream Auction."
An auction winner can "spend an hour power lunching" and "elevating your business pitch" with Combs, NFTE proclaims, noting that Combs has been named "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time magazine.
Other entrepreneurs taking part in the auction include Steve Case, co-founder of American Online; Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Daymond John, founder of the fashion brand FUBU and star of ABC's "Shark Tank"; and restaurant mogul Danny Meyer.
3. 'Dumb Law' Blocking Promising New Fuel Source
A new technology that could revolutionize the fuel industry is being curtailed by a federal regulation that Forbes magazine calls a "dumb law."
At issue is the production of ethanol, which is added to gasoline purportedly to reduce pollution and reduce America's reliance on foreign oil.
This year Americans will use 14 billion gallons of ethanol, made from 5 billion bushels of corn -- one third of the total U.S. crop -- grown on 33 million acres of farmland. And since 2005, when Congress required that ethanol be added to gasoline, U.S. corn prices have tripled, according to Forbes, contributing to higher food prices across the board.
The Dallas-based chemicals company Celanese has developed the technology to produce ethanol by tearing apart and recombining hydrocarbons found in America's plentiful supplies of natural gas and coal.
"The problem isn't science. It's Washington," Forbes observes. "Thanks to the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) law, gasoline refiners are mandated to blend so much plant-based or renewable ethanol into the gas supply that it prevents Celanese or any other fossil-fuel-based ethanols from even competing for the market."
Now 13 congressmen led by Pete Olson, whose Houston-area district is home to Celanese's largest plant, have introduced a bill allowing ethanol made from natural gas to substitute for some corn-based ethanol mandated by the RFS law.
"We would prefer not to have the RFS at all," an Olson spokesperson told Forbes, "but this is a step in the right direction."
Meanwhile Celanese is building a plant in Texas designed to produce less than 6 million gallons of ethanol a year. The company is also building a plant capable of producing 80 million gallons a year -- in Nanjing, China.
4. Digital Printing Technology Aiding Counterfeiters
Counterfeiters of U.S. currency are increasingly relying on computer-based technologies including digital printing to produce their bogus bills.
"The widespread use of personal computers and advancements in digital printing technology has provided more individuals the opportunity to manufacture a passable counterfeit note with relative ease," Government Security News reports.
The magazine refers to a "tidal wave" of counterfeiters making bills with a computer and digital printing.
The Secret Service estimates that 61 percent of the counterfeit money passed domestically in fiscal 2011 was produced using digital printing, compared with less than 1 percent in 1995.
The agency said last year it made 2,673 domestic arrests and 280 foreign arrests for counterfeiting offenses, seizing more than $70 million in counterfeit currency before it entered circulation and helping to remove more than $115 million in bogus bills from circulation.
In one recent case, the Secret Service arrested a Washington man seeking to trade thousands of dollars in counterfeit currency produced by digital printing in exchange for a .357 caliber handgun.
Authorities reportedly paid the man $800 in genuine currency for about $6,500 in counterfeit bills. The bogus $20 and $50 bills were on uncut sheets of paper, with four bills to a sheet, and were missing security features like a watermark. He was arrested when he agreed to provide another $8,000 in counterfeit bills for the handgun.
5. Economic Malaise Slowing Americans' Movement
It's a notable consequence of the slow economic recovery in the aftermath of the recession: Americans are increasingly staying put.
"Domestic migration" -- the movement of Americans from one county to another within the United States -- was down sharply last year, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.
In 2011, 590,000 people moved between counties. That's significantly fewer than the annual rate between 2000 and 2009, which was 1.08 million, and peaked in 2006 at nearly 1.62 million.
"The continuing low rate of domestic migration has been reinforced by the economic malaise that has kept job and income growth well below levels that would be expected in a more genuine recovery," Wendell Cox writes on the New Geography website.
The new census figures also reveal that contrary to published reports, Americans are not abandoning the suburbs and moving back into inner cities.
As recently as April 5, CBS News reported: "Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers' decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns."
In fact, over the past year the "core counties" of major metropolitan areas -- the urban centers of the metro areas -- lost 67,000 people who moved to other counties in the United States. Suburban counties, on the other hand, gained 49,000 domestic migrants, and exurban counties gained 49,000 domestic migrants.
However, core counties gained significantly more migrants from other countries than did suburban and exurban counties, and had greater "natural growth" -- the number of births minus the number of deaths.
The Los Angeles metro area, for example, lost 50,500 domestic migrants, but gained 54,700 international migrants and added 96,100 residents due to natural growth.
The fastest-growing metropolitan area last year was Austin, Tex.; followed by Raleigh, N.C.; and Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio in Texas. Metro areas that lost population include Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Providence, R.I.
Concluding his analysis of the census figures, Cox -- a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris and author of "War on the Dream: How Anti-Sprawl Policy Threatens the Quality of Life" -- observes: "Until the nation returns to normal economic growth, many young who would otherwise move are staying put, as well as young families that would be looking for larger houses.
"The driving factor in the more modest domestic migration trends observed today could well be necessity rather than desire."
6. Chris Christie Caught Dozing at Springsteen Concert
"Born to Sleep" one wag quipped, playing off Bruce Springsteen's hit song "Born to Run" after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was caught nodding off at a Springsteen concert.
Christie is a big fan of fellow New Jersey native Springsteen and claims to have attended more than 100 of the rocker's concerts. But the governor was seen snoozing at Monday night's concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"The governor was very active during the show," one eyewitness told the New York Post. "Bruce started talking about 'supporting food banks in New York and New Jersey,' and 'how people have been hit hard,' and Christie was riveted. Then Bruce performed 'Rocky Ground,' and Christie visibly started fading."
The Post reported: "A picture shows the hardworking Republican, dressed in a casual blue shirt, resting his head on his hand, apparently taking a disco nap."
Meanwhile Christie's popularity across the river in New Jersey is anything but fading. A new Quinnipiac survey shows his approval rating at 59%, an all-time high, compared to 36 percent who disapprove.
The governor receives a 92% approval rating among Republicans, and 64% among independents.
"Whether Governor Christopher Christie is traveling the nation, campaigning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, or traveling to Israel to tout New Jersey business, his job approval rating at home in Trenton continues to climb," said Maurice Carroll, director of the poll.
The Weekly Standard observed, "For a conservative Republican like Christie to have the support of nearly 60 percent of voters in Democratic New Jersey is phenomenal."
Christie is believed to be a strong contender for the vice presidential nomination on a GOP ticket headed by Mitt Romney.
7. We Heard . . .
THAT the WOR Radio Network will begin syndicating three daily vignettes hosted by noted pollster Scott Rasmussen beginning on April 16.
Three original one-minute editions of "The Rasmussen Report" feature will be made available to affiliates each weekday, and will also air on the network's flagship, News/Talk WOR-AM/New York City.
"Scott has fast become the go-to guest for many of our programs when we want to let our listeners know where the country stands on the important headlines," said WOR VP/GM Jerry Crowley. "We are thrilled to now take our relationship with him to this next level, and share his fantastic radio content with radio stations across the country."
Rasmussen is founder and president of Rasmussen Reports and author of the new best-selling book "The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the National Debt."
THAT newspaper reporter has been cited as the fifth worst job by CareerCast, which ranked the best and worst jobs of 2012.
TV and radio broadcaster is also ranked among the 10 worst jobs.
"As the digital world continues to take over and provide on-demand information, the need for print newspapers and daily newscasts is diminishing," CareerCast stated.
CareerCast evaluated 200 jobs based on work environment, physical demands, stress, hiring outlook, and income.
At the bottom of the list, at No. 200, is lumberjack, followed by dairy farmer and soldier.
The best job? Software engineer, followed by actuary and human resources manager.
Toromierda. If The One really cared about amnesty, he'd impose it by Executive decree, like he does the rest of his unpopular agenda. Or precisely what he WILL do if he does finagle a second term. Which he knows he can kiss goodbye if he does so before November. Eeyore put it succinctly two years ago:
A mass amnesty of millions of illegals is a different ballgame, and if done by fiat would strike me as being ... oh, what's the term? Ah yes: Political suicide. Yeah, granted, after promising Latinos the sun, the moon, and the stars on immigration, Democrats are desperate to make a move on amnesty....[But] if Obama slammed his fist down on the national immigration chessboard by granting some sort of blanket legalization, not only would border enforcers go berserk but it would cement the narrative that his statist ambition has become dangerously authoritarian...
By this time, of course, that cat is pretty much already out of the bag. But as abjectly stupid as he thinks the American voting public is, he quite clearly doesn't think we're THAT stupid.
Just his Hispanic audience.
President Spock, indeed....
Question de jour: Why do they continue to call them "peacekeepers" when they are so clearly incapable of attaining peace, much less "keeping" it?
At last, Bill Clinton has a legacy he can truly be proud of....
Posted: 13 Apr 2012 06:09 AM PDT
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (April 13, 2012) -- On April 12, 2012, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Routt, a pilot deployed with the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, flew his last combat air mission of his 33-year military career over the skies of Afghanistan.
Filet of labor force participation rate Bordelaise Matre De Butter - yum-yum:
The official unemployment rate remains at an ugly perch of 8.2%, despite declines in recent months. But even that lofty level understates the magnitude of the jobs problem, according to a Wall Street Journal blog by Paul Vigna.
Labor force participation rate polonaise under glass, mm-mmm....
He looks at the issue in terms of the labor force participation rate. That measures the percentage of working-age Americans, excluding those who are in jail or the military, who are "participating" in the work force. That includes both people who have a job and those looking for a job.
Labor force participation rate au gratin de gelatin under tube leather - darool darool....
The rate has been dropping since January 2007, when it stood at 66.4%. The reading fell to 65.5% in July 2009, even as the Great Recession was officially ending, and currently registers an almost 30-year low of 63.8%.
Barbequed labor force participation rate with broiled labor force participation rate mellonaise, yummy-yum....
Taking that drop into account produces a higher jobless rate. If you apply the July 2009 participation rate to today's jobless numbers, that generates an unemployment rate of more than 10%. And if you utilize the 2007 participation rate, you're left with a jobless rate of 11.8%."I'm sorry, fellas, but I'm a socialist; I just destroy jobs for the sport of it. Hahahahaha."
But not for long, Mac.