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  • UN Ambassador Won't Answer Questions on Lack of Marines, Free Speech

    09/16/2012 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, refused to answer on Sunday questions about the lack of Marines at the U.S. consulate in Libya prior to eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She also punted when asked why the Obama administration initially, in its response to the unrest at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, did not stand up for free speech or make any mention that the Internet video that mocked Muhammed was protected under the Constitution of the United States.
  • Black Panthers may deploy again at polling places

    09/16/2012 2:26:46 PM PDT · by yank in the UK · 86 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 16th sept, 2012 | Pat Dollard
    WASHINGTON – Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, stated today in a radio interview that his controversial group may deploy at voting booths in the November presidential elections, claiming such a move is needed to ensure there is no “intimidation against our people.”
  • African-American Christians waver over vote

    09/16/2012 1:39:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | 9/16/12 | Rachell Zoll
    Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That's a worrisome message for the nation's first African-American president, who can't afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race. The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May. As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ...
  • NY voters' gay marriage reaction a caution for GOP

    09/16/2012 1:07:33 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 16 2012 | Associated Press
    Republican primary voters in New York punished two incumbents last week who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, firing a potential warning shot nationwide toward GOP lawmakers who could soon face tough votes in their states. Two of the four veteran — and long-secure — Republican senators in New York who voted for same-sex marriage a year ago await counts of absentee ballots as they sweat out the political fight of their lives. A third announced his retirement this year in the face of strong opposition to his gay marriage vote. A fourth won his primary Thursday but only after a...
  • More details emerge on U.S. ambassador's last moments

    09/16/2012 1:05:38 PM PDT · by WashingtonSource · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2012 | Arwa Damon
    Benghazi, Libya (CNN) -- Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.
  • Florida Senate: Nelson (D) 47%, Mack (R) 40%

    09/16/2012 12:30:05 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 62 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 9-16-12 | Scott Rasmussen
    emocratic incumbent Bill Nelson still leads Republican Connie Mack in Florida's hotly contested U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State finds Nelson with 47% support to Mack’s 40%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The latest findings show no change from mid-August. Florida remains Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings. Nelson was first elected to the Senate in 2006 to fill the seat vacated by Mack’s father. President Obama has now moved...
  • "Premeditated": Obama Administration Contradicts Libyans on Attack

    09/16/2012 12:21:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 16, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    Obama Admin Official Contradicts Libyan Accounts of Attack On Sunday, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice continued to support the Obama Administration's story that the Libyan attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya that resulted in the death of an ambassador were the result of spontaneous action by rioters rather than a planned and coordinated attack. The only problem with this stance is that it contradicts all reports that are coming out of Libya and statements made by Libya's own president. Whether this is out of political expediency or an Obama Administration's inability to get on the same page...
  • Romney/Ryan Event Cancelled

    09/16/2012 11:57:45 AM PDT · by flyingx · 57 replies
    Romney/Ryan Pueblo, Colorado Rally Cancelled
  • State Dept. Rules of Engagement Kept Marines out of Tripoli, Benghazi in Libya

    09/16/2012 11:55:51 AM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Paul Mirengoff at Powerline (reported) that the Marine Corps issued a statement on Thursday confirming that prior to the September 11 murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, no Marines were stationed in Libya, either at the United States mission in Benghazi or the United States embassy in Tripoli.The Marine Corps has issued a statement regarding its involvement in the recent actions in Egypt and Libya. .. In Libya, the Corps says that no Marines are stationed at the Embassy in Tripoli or the Consulate in Benghazi. Security in Libya, such as it existed, apparently was...
  • Obama’s Foreign Policy Of Reconciliation Lies In Tatters [Domestic Too, But Obama Still Leads!]

    09/16/2012 11:55:36 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | September 16, 2012 | Janet Daley
    Obama’s Foreign Policy Of Reconciliation Lies In Tatters The President appears to be rethinking his stance on American interference abroad. Will he let the electorate know before the election? A spectacularly successful White House spin operation saw to it that the only topic for debate in the media after the killing of American ambassador By Janet Daley 15 Sep 2012 What exactly is the nature and intention of Barack Obama’s foreign policy? What has the net effect been of his emphasis on apology and reconciliation with the Muslim world? How does he now see America’s global role? Bizarrely enough, none...
  • Former Secret Service Agent..Obama AdminHas Shown ‘Sheer Incompetence’-Libya Attack

    09/16/2012 11:41:57 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9-16-12 | Jason Howerton
    Complete title, too long to fit in space: Former Secret Service Agent Tells Wilkow Obama Administration Has Shown ‘Sheer Incompetence’ in Handling Libya Attack ### On Friday, TheBlazeTV’s Andrew Wilkow hosted former Secret Service agent and GOP Senate candidate Dan Bongino to discuss the facts surrounding the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff were killed when an angry mob of Islamists stormed the compound. Bongino said there are only two possible reasons the U.S. was as unprepared for the fiery assault as it was. “Either...
  • Activists to Romney: Why Aren't You Beating Obama?

    09/16/2012 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 175 replies
    associated press ^ | September 16, 2012 | Kasie Hunt
    WASHINGTON - Republican activists are incredulous: Why can't Republican Mitt Romney seem to break open a tight race with President Barack Obama given the nation's sluggish economy and conservative enthusiasm to beat the Democrat? "He ought to be killing Obama, and he's clearly not doing that," said 32-year-old R.J. Robinson, one of the thousands of activists attending the annual Values Voters Summit this weekend. "He should be doing better."
  • CNN Reporter Sends Obama Donation Request Form to Twitter Followers

    09/16/2012 10:45:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 56 replies
    NewBusters ^ | September 16, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    This appears to be the height of journalistic malpractice. On September 13, CNN political reporter Peter Hamby sent an Obama campaign donation request form to his Twitter followers:
  • Pelosi: Mitt Romney is not going to be President of the United States

    09/16/2012 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to even entertain the idea of working with Mitt Romney to solve the nation’s problems on Sunday. Why? Because “Mitt Romney’s not going to be President of the United States,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley, bursting out into laugher. “I think everybody knows that, right?”
  • Full Interview: Prime Minister Netanyahu on Meet the Press

    09/16/2012 10:15:41 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | September 16th, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    David Gregory spends much of his time trying to get Netanyahu to criticize the Obama administration, which he will not do publicly. He says, as he has in the past, that he won’t be drawn into American elections and refuses to say anything along those lines. But he is firm on the idea that red lines must be drawn for Iran to keep them from getting nuclear weapons. It is a good interview. Watch below:
  • Opinion: The reality of Islamaphobia (mega barf!)

    09/16/2012 10:05:53 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 16 replies
    I was raised as an evangelical Christian in America, and any discussion of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations around the world must include the phenomenon of American Islamophobia, for which large sectors of evangelical Christianity in America serve as a greenhouse. At a time when U.S. embassies are being attacked and when people are getting killed over an offensive, adolescent and puerile film targeting Islam - beyond pathetic in its tawdriness – we must begin to own up to the reality of evangelical Islamaphobia. Many of my own relatives receive and forward pious-sounding and alarm-bell-ringing e-mails that trumpet (IN LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS...
  • New poll gives Harper seven point lead on NDP

    09/16/2012 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    CP24 ^ | September 16, 2012
    OTTAWA -- A quiet summer has given Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives some breathing room as they head Monday into what could be an acrimonious fall sitting of Parliament. A new poll gives the governing party a seven-point lead over the Opposition New Democrats -- a cushion they may need if a second omnibus budget implementation bill sparks the same public backlash and all-out parliamentary warfare its predecessor did last spring. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 10, put Conservative support at 34 per cent of respondents, the NDP at 27, the Liberals at 24 and...
  • Obama vs. the First Amendment

    09/16/2012 9:54:05 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    Democrats and their sharky Obamedia defense lawyers are in a snit. For three dreamy convention days in Charlotte, they told themselves that, for the first time in decades, it was their guy who had the upper hand when it came to national security. Now that bubble has burst, the way contrived narratives do when they crash into concrete challenges. At that point, an airy president of the world won’t do; we need to have a president of the United States, a job that has never suited, and has never been of much interest to, Barack Obama. Defense against foreign enemies...
  • The White House and Press Create a Fairy Tale Version of History

    09/16/2012 9:36:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    When I was a kid, a popular TV show (and earlier a radio one) was You Are There, the theme of which was bringing the viewer into re-enacted historic events to better learn about them. Watching the Middle East doings this week with any degree of care, news consumers can see quite clearly how mendacious officials, media and our enemies have created a false storyline about the uprisings in Cairo and Libya which, among other things have resulted in the murder of an Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his aides, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods and the...
  • As Usual, PBS 'Conservative' David Brooks Agrees With Liberals:

    09/16/2012 9:16:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Tim Graham
    On the PBS NewsHour weekly pundit roundup on Friday, they reviewed the media's assault on Mitt Romney with the usual NewsHour balance: liberal Washington Post columnist (and former reporter) Ruth Marcus gave Obama an A and Romney an F, and said Romney's remarks were "really disgraceful" and his "doubling down was just unconscionable." And the alleged conservative, David Brooks agreed, with less passion about Romney's argument: "it was not good." He also joked that Romney's campaign is over. He knows how to please the bosses at PBS. Marcus took the first shot: RUTH MARCUS: I wouldn't give the president absolutely...
  • Too many voters are hostages to fear (LIBERALLY PLAGIARIZING)

    09/16/2012 9:11:34 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 11 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | Sep 16, 2012 02:24AM | David McGrath
    As we approach the presidential election, you really cannot blame my neighbor Denise. The same way you cannot fault someone who has been kidnapped for cooperating with her captors because she fears that her life and future hang in the balance. Denise, of course, is not a kidnapping victim, but the Republican Party strategists have used fear and false promises in an analogously manipulative manner to get her on their side — even when it means voting against her best interests. This is not my analysis, but a phenomenon of human behavior diagnosed by psychologists and that’s known as “Stockholm...
  • State Department to press: Stop asking us about the sacking of Benghazi consulate

    09/16/2012 9:04:51 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 15 Sep 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The US insists that the death of an American ambassador and three others in Benghazi resulted from a riot spinning out of control over a cheesy YouTube video. The Libyan government insists that the operation that sacked the consulate and assassinated the four diplomatic personnel was a well-planned plot that exploited the rioting. Who to believe? Whatever you think, don’t bother asking the State Department, because they have told the media they’re done discussing it: The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won’t answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that...
  • From The Road on Tea Party Express: Englewood Jerk Protester

    09/16/2012 9:03:04 AM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 29 replies ^ | 9/16/2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    The patriots in Englewood Florida were excited and fired up when our Tea Party Express tour bus rolled into their town. Our rally was enthusiastic, upbeat and hopeful that real leadership needed to move America forward will be restored in November. Unlike the Democrats who have accused our troops of being rapists and murders, Tea Party Express celebrates and honors our military. Each of our rallies ends with a military tribute in which we feature Gold Star Mom, Debbie Lee. Debbie's decorated son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first U.S. Navy seal killed in Iraq. At our rally in Englewood...
  • CNN's Crowley to Netanyahu: "There Are Legitimate Peaceful Purposes For Enriching Uranium" (video)

    09/16/2012 8:57:41 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 16, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CNN's Candy Crowley: What we know is, of course, Iran is allowed under agreements, international agreements, to go ahead and do what it's doing because there are legitimate peaceful purposes for enriching this uranium -- Benjamin Netanyahu: You think so? You think so, Candy? That's like -- let me. It's not legitimate. This is a country that talks about, denies the Holocaust, promises to wipe out Israel, is engaged in terror throughout the world. It's like Timothy McVeigh walking into a shop in Oklahoma City and saying, 'I would like to tend my garden. I'd like to buy some fertilizer.'...
  • Freak POTUS holds news conference in front of bodies killed in Libya (Never let a good crisis...)

    09/14/2012 11:42:22 AM PDT · by TSgt · 342 replies ^ | 9/14/2012 | TSgt
    Seriously? Why doesn't he just stand on the caskets?
  • Dem Sen. Barbara Boxer Slams Netanyahu For Calling Out Obama Over His Iran Policies

    09/16/2012 8:32:40 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies ^ | september 15, 2012
    Barbara Boxer, a top Jewish U.S. senator and the sponsor of major pro-Israel legislation, blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for lashing out at President Obama on Iran. “I write to you as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters in Congress to express my deep disappointment over your remarks that call into question our country’s support for Israel and commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter sent Wednesday in a rare instance of a pro-Israel lawmaker making public an unhappiness with an Israeli leader. “Your remarks are utterly contrary to the extraordinary United States-Israel...
  • German Embassy in Sudan Stormed, Rioting in Jerusalem

    09/16/2012 8:28:03 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Kolbo News ^ | 9/14/12
    Also happening: Militants Storm International Peacekeeping Base in Sinai Enraged Muslims in the Sudanese capital Khartoum stormed the German embassy there, setting it partially on fire and raising an Islamist banner. The British embassy was also attacked, according to the BBC. The German foreign ministry confirmed all its staff in Khartoum were safe. One person was killed in Lebanon, and five were hurt in Cairo. There were also clashes in Yemen, Tunisia and Jerusalem. In Cairo, police fired tear gas at about 500 protesters, pushing them back from the US embassy. The streets nearby have been blocked with barbed wire,...
  • MSNBC Analyst: Romney Appealing To “Racially Resentful Whites”

    09/16/2012 8:26:38 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies ^ | september 15, 2012
    MSNBC Analyst: Romney Appealing To “Racially Resentful Whites”… Bonus: Tingles goes on yet another “Republicans are racist” rants.
  • Texas asks voters: 'Are you dead?'

    09/16/2012 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 20 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 14, 2012
    Before Texans head for the polls in November, the state wants to know one thing: Are you dead? Election officials are sending letters to thousands of voters asking them to verify they are alive, in compliance with a 2011 law requiring officials to cross-reference the voter list with the social security death list, the Austin Statesman reported Thursday. So-called notices of examination are going out to 77,000 of the state's approximately 13 million registered voters. Because of the size of the "master death file" — with 89 million entries — the Social Security Administration "does not guarantee its accuracy," the...
  • Union gives details of deal that could end teachers’ strike - Rosh Hashanah could complicate matters

    09/16/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 16, 2012 | ROSALIND ROSSI, LAUREN FITZPATRICK AND HUNTER CLAUSS
    ......A Chicago Teachers Union news release late Saturday said the agreement includes: ◆ Raises of 3 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent over the next three years, with the option to extend the deal to four years “by mutual agreement” with another 3 percent raise. ◆ Preservation of extra “step’’ increases based on experience, with new increases in the three highest steps. ◆ The hiring of 600 additional teachers in art, music, physical education,world languages and other so-called “special’’classes. ◆ The requirement that teachers be allowed to “follow their students” to other schools if the teachers school is subject to...
  • Rick Warren: "Don't Apologize for Voting for the Sanctity of Marriage"

    09/16/2012 8:04:22 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 15 replies
    From the Christian Post: Just two months ahead of the November presidential election, Pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that Christians should gain courage and not apologize for voting in accordance with their worldview. "You don't need to apologize for voting for a Christian worldview which stands up for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of sex and the sanctity of marriage. You don't need to apologize for that because everybody votes what they believe," Warren told thousands of Saddleback Church attendees at the launch of a new sermon series. The Southern California pastor said those three issues (life, sex, marriage)...
  • Post-Arab Spring "moderate” Muslim regimes cornered by radicals

    09/16/2012 7:51:28 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    DEBKA ^ | 9/16/12
    Hopes that deaths of four US diplomats won't be the last The United States is positioning military forces so that it can respond to unrest in as many as 17 or 18 places in the Islamic world, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced late Friday. "We have to be prepared in the event that these demonstrations get out of control,” he said. Those words dashed hopes in Washington that the anti-US Islamist rampage by now sweeping 21 countries over a video deriding Islam had passed their peak. In fact, by their sixth day Saturday, Sept. 15,the street protests against American embassies...
  • On Libya Three Decades Ago – Obama Should Remember Reagan’s Resolve

    09/16/2012 7:34:34 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 13 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | September 16, 2012 | Dr. Paul Kengor & Judge Bill Clark
    Ronald Reagan clashed with Libya and its dictator Moammar Gadhafi for the first time over 30 years ago. The details of that encounter must be revisited —particularly President Reagan’s sense of resolve and clarity of purpose— as once again President Obama’s foreign policy grapples with the anti-American sentiment and attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East. ... More than that, the Joint Chiefs of Staff established new rules of engagement for the U.S. fleet, which Reagan quickly approved. The rules stated that if U.S. forces were fired upon, they could fire back immediately, without seeking layers of approval....
  • Mr. Romney, Trust Your Pants

    09/16/2012 7:28:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 13, 2012 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    The Wall Street Journal POTOMAC WATCH September 13, 2012, 7:10 p.m. ET Mr. Romney, Trust Your Pants Obama tells Americans the terrible things the Republican will do to them. The Republican remains silent about what he would do. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL In the classic 1968 film "Once Upon a Time in the West," a villainous Henry Fonda shoots one of his lackeys, in part for the sin of wearing both a belt and suspenders. How do you trust a man, muses Fonda, who "can't even trust his own pants?" Mitt Romney is slipping in the polls because, when it...
  • Teacher At Community College Makes Class Sign “Vote For Obama” Pledge

    09/16/2012 7:20:03 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 66 replies
    Florida Watchdog Wire ^ | 16 Sep 2012 | Dr. Richard Swier
    A citizen, whose nephew attends Brevard Community College, reports that he brought home the below bookmark pledging to vote for President Obama. The bookmark and pledge was handed out during a mathematics class taught by Assistant Professor Sharon Sweet. This occurred “while the student was in class at the request of his College Algebra teacher, Sharon Sweet, from Brevard Community College in [Melbourne] Florida.”
  • More details emerge on U.S. ambassador's last moments (They WERE WARNED ABOUT SECURITY PROBLEMS)

    09/16/2012 7:13:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/16 | Damon
    Benghazi, Libya (CNN) -- Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security. Jamal Mabrouk, a member of the February 17th Brigade, told CNN that he and a battalion commander had a meeting about the economy and security. He said they told the diplomats that the security situation wasn't good for international business. "The situation is frightening, it scares us," Mabrouk said they told the U.S. officials. He did not say how they responded. Inside the U.S....
  • New threats push need for intelligence, DIA director says

    09/16/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA - The tips of fingers are sensitive, they can tell much to a person about what is felt and, in the world of intelligence gathering, ascertaining the intentions of an enemy many times requires a slight touch, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said last week. “It’s pretty stunning how far the intelligence community has come. How integrated we are. How interagency dependent we are,” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Wednesday. But in a constantly changing, violent-prone world, those engaged in intelligence work not only have to be current but be ahead of interpreting potential changes, said...
  • Taliban Attack Kills Two U.S. Marines, Destroys Six Jets

    09/16/2012 6:09:54 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 46 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/16 | nathan hodge
    <p>KABUL—The Taliban's weekend assault on a major coalition base was one of the most determined and effective ever seen in Afghanistan, according to details released Sunday, destroying six U.S. combat jets and damaging two others.</p> <p>In addition to the Taliban strike, which killed two U.S. Marines Friday night, two separate insider attacks by Afghan service members claimed the lives of six coalition troops. A lethal coalition airstrike, meanwhile, threatened to raise additional tensions in the country, amid reports of civilian casualties.</p>
  • Col. David Hunt: "State Department just allowed our guys to get killed"

    09/16/2012 6:02:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    If you weren't already uncontrollably furious over the debacle in Libya that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other embassy personnel, this is likely to send you over the edge.  From Breitbart News: In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Fox News military analyst Colonel David Hunt laid the blame for the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the Benghazi, Libya American mission on Hillary Clinton and the State Department:"The State Department just allowed our guys to get killed. If you approve no bullets in guns for the mission security guards...
  • Price of Obama's 'College Affordability'

    09/16/2012 5:00:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    "No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money," President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention as he accepted his party's nomination in Charlotte, N.C., this month. That sentence -- key in Obama's "college affordability" agenda -- says everything about this administration's approach to selling itself to the American voter. What's wrong with the message? Let me count the ways. --It ignores reality. There is no reason a qualified poor kid cannot get into college in the United States simply because of money. Richard J. Vedder, director of Ohio University's Center...
  • Downgrade Nation: Seeing Through The Charade Of Presidential Politics

    09/16/2012 4:47:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Austin Hill
    The U.S. Federal Reserve initiated more economic stimulus. And the very next day the U.S. Government received another debt downgrade. Did one lead to the other- or is there more to the story? Amid last week’s headlines of Islamic terrorist attacks and domestic bomb threats, the news about another U.S. debt downgrade may have seemed anticlimactic. Yet this additional downgrade for the U.S. has been a long time in the making, has long-term ramifications, and was not triggered by the Federal Reserve alone. After months of speculation, pressure, and mostly bad economic data, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced last...
  • Josh Mandel Wants to be a Senator. If Only He Could Get His In-laws to Donate. (OH Senate Race)

    09/16/2012 4:04:05 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 11 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 9/14/2012 | Eliza Gray
    Josh Mandel, the 34-year-old Ohio State Treasurer and Republican Senate candidate, is a nice Jewish boy from a nice Jewish family. (snip) For Republicans, this is all very good news. Real Clear Politics recently placed Democratic incumbent, Sherrod Brown, ahead of Mandel by a measly three points. Though Ohio’s 150,000 Jewish voters make up just 1.3 percent of the state’s electorate, they are a crucial part of the Democratic base. (Brown won 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2006.) If Republicans shave off even just a small portion of those votes, it would be, in the words of Matt...
  • The Media's Rape of Reality

    09/16/2012 3:34:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    I didn’t want to write this column. I definitely didn’t want to use these words. I wanted to write about something else, but after the events of this week, I had no choice. I am here to report a rape. To protect President Obama from the failure of his administration to anticipate or respond appropriately to the attacks on our embassies in the Middle East, the media has absolutely raped the truth. Americans were targeted and murdered by radical monsters around the globe. The president did nothing about it. The White House had at least a 48-hour advance warning this...
  • Editorial: U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews needs to resign now

    09/16/2012 3:34:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Enough is enough. Last week, a Washington watchdog group named Andrews, the 11-term congressman from New Jersey’s 1st District, as one of the 12 “most corrupt” members of Congress. In its annual report on ethical challenges among members of the House and Senate, the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) ranked Andrews, a Democrat, near the bottom of all 535 senators and House members. The CREW listing is just a reminder of how embattled Andrews has become. The Camden County politician is already the subject of a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission over questionable spending...
  • GOP to Romney: Why Aren't You Winning?

    09/16/2012 1:34:46 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 129 replies
    Republican activists are incredulous: Why can't Republican Mitt Romney seem to break open a tight race with President Barack Obama given the nation's sluggish economy and conservative enthusiasm to beat the Democrat? "He ought to be killing Obama, and he's clearly not doing that," said 32-year-old R.J. Robinson, one of the thousands of activists attending the annual Values Voters Summit this weekend. "He should be doing better." Added Mike Garner, a 27-year-old hawking "Reagan was right" buttons at the meeting: "If Romney loses this election, the party really needs to do some soul-searching." Their sentiments were echoed in interviews with...
  • Unaccountable: PAC ActBlue Tops Political Donors with Online Donations

    09/16/2012 12:33:37 AM PDT · by Fedora · 24 replies
    Original FReeper research | 09/16/2012 | FReeper Fedora
    If you asked Americans who carries the most clout in political funding, liberals would typically answer corporations, while conservatives might name labor unions, and both would have a point, but few would probably think to mention a PAC called ActBlue. In fact, however, since its launch in June 2004, this PAC has become America's top political donor, ahead of both the AFSCME and AT&T in contributions made between 1989 and 2012, according to data compiled from FEC sources by the Center for Responsive Politics. According to ActBlue's own website, the organization had raised over $290 million in contributions as of...
  • Jackson Lee speaks at Scientology national office opening

    09/15/2012 11:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2012
    In the wake of publicity over the movie “The Master” and Tom Cruise’s divorce, the Church of Scientology opened its national office last week in Washington, D.C., drawing support from Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and other officials. “I want to thank L. Ron Hubbard for recognizing that courage is not rewarded but it is valued. And to be able to have the wonderment of people coming together and ensuring that people come together for peace. That’s what I see in the Church, that you have come together for peace. I welcome and support that,” Jackson Lee is quoted during...
  • The Obama Delusion, cont.: Michael Lewis swoons...over nothing.

    09/15/2012 11:36:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The September 24, 2012 Issue | Andrew Ferguson, senior editor
    Journalists often play dumb as a way of drawing information from a reluctant source. But they are just as quick to act smart—to assume an air of authority over a topic with which they have been only briefly acquainted. Michael Lewis, the financial journalist and author of many bestsellers, is now an authority on Barack Obama. He’s been speaking with great familiarity about our president ever since last week, when Vanity Fair published Lewis’s heavily hyped profile of him, under the title “Obama’s Way.”“I would say he loves people,” he told a gathering at Bloomberg News in New York. “He’s...
  • US orders embassy staff to leave Sudan and Tunisia

    09/15/2012 11:29:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    France 24 ^ | 9/16/2012
    The US State Department ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential personnel from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia on Saturday and warned American citizens against any travel to the two countries amid escalating violence. The United States ordered non-essential staff to leave its embassies in Tunisia and Sudan on Saturday after both diplomatic posts were attacked and Khartoum rejected a U.S. request to send a platoon of Marines to bolster security at its mission there. “Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency...
  • Middle East Mayhem: Congrats Obama,You Built That

    09/15/2012 9:55:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sept. 16, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Remember back in the beginning of 2011 when Obama told us about the freedom lovers in Egypt and Libya living under the oppression of dictators and needing our immediate help to establish democracy in their fair lands? .... Yep, these "yearners for democracy" turned out to be radicals of radicals who'd like nothing more than to eradicate the U.S. and Israel and establish a global bounce house for all things Muslim. Whoopsie, eh Mr. President? You kind of misjudged that one, senor. At least I hope Obama misjudged their end game because if he had even an inkling that they...