Saturday, September 29, 2012

op ed review 9/30



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Mitt Romney continues to hold a seven-point lead in voter trust over President Obama when it comes to the economy, by far the number one voting issue. The candidates remain more closely divided in several other key issue areas, but voters are shifting toward Romney when it comes to national security.

Republican poll analysis: Romney winning by 14 % with middle-class families

“41 Million Tea Party Supporters Set to Vote”   The Tea Party is regularly ridiculed and declared "dead" by the mainstream press and their elitist allies in Washington and Hollywood. Not surprisingly, when Tea Partiers show up and rally by the thousands, they get all but ignored, while 30 Occupy Wall Street crazies in masks will always get wall-to-wall coverage and admiration……a new Associated Press poll shows tea party supporters may have the last laugh in November.

By kicking off his Ohio bus tour with an unusually blunt attack on Obama’s big-government philosophy, Mitt Romney appears to have adopted a new strategy. Romney described Obama’s vision of government as “entirely foreign to anything this nation has ever known.” He decried, “a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor, investing, so to speak, in companies, picking winners and losers, or in his case, losers.” Then came the biggest applause line: “that is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”

Low-wage work force grows 30% as the number of jobs shrinks
Household incomes are down 8% since Obama took office.
Campbell’s Soup is closing the oldest soup plant in America, 700 jobs lost.
President Obama promised that Obamacare would cut family health insurance premiums by $2,500 by the end of the first term--but instead they have risen by $3,000.

Jay Leno took some surprising shots at President Obama Thursday night. "A new survey out today shows how much time we waste every day in our lives. For example, we waste seven minutes in line every time we go to get coffee, 28 minutes getting through airport security, four years waiting for Obama to do something about the economy. Every year, we waste a lot. We wasted a lot of time."

The video of an Obama supporter bragging about having an “Obama phone” has gone viral on the web, but where do these “free cell phones” come from? The program was originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans.  In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including ”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net.

The Obama campaign has created a series of electronic greeting card aimed at women voters.  This is the most bizarre one:  "Dear Mom," the card reads. "Mitt Romney says he would repeal the Affordable Care Act. So here's a quick question: Can I borrow $18,000 to help pay for my birth control? Thanks!" It would seem the point of the eCard is to get daughters to encourage their mothers to vote for Obama. (Would any daughter really send this card to her mother?)  (Editor’s note:  The numbers don’t make sense: birth control pills cost $9/month).
President Obama followed his gaffe-ridden Univision interview with one on “60 Minutes” that is destined to wind up in a series of Mitt Romney ads. He said the recent attacks that left four Americans dead including the Libyan Ambassador are just a “bump in the road.”
In Florida, Vice President Biden tells seniors that thanks to President Obama, they can now get colonoscopies free without a co-pay.

President Obama declined to meet any world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, but found time to guest star on "The View."

The wheels appear to be coming off a two week attempt by the Obama Administration to cover up its fatal security failures at our consulate in Libya and to cover up the very fact that this was a successful pre-planned terrorist attack that cost four American lives, including that of our Libyan Ambassador. Not only has the scandal picked up steam in the mainstream press, but high-ranking members of the President's own party are now demanding answers.”…… the sins are so great and glaring, it doesn't look as though ignoring it will be possible for another 40 days.”

Massive quantities of algae are now blooming in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, where the federal government has just spent $34 million in stimulus money to make the pool "sustainable" and "improve the quality and appearance of the water."

FBI agents aren’t allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation, according to a startling, newly discovered FBI directive. The fact that a terrorism suspect is associated with a terrorist group means nothing, according to the FBI document, “Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.”

Election Day is more than six weeks away, but by Nov. 6 tens of millions of Americans — perhaps as many as 40 percent of all voters — will have cast their ballots in the presidential race and other contests.  The traditional get-out-the vote push, once focused on the final hours of a contest, has become an elaborate 45-day operation.

To the dismay of business leaders who fear an exodus of top talent, the French government confirmed a “temporary” 75 percent super-tax rate for high earners.

France is set to ban the words "mother" and "father" from all official documents under controversial plans to legalize gay marriage. The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word "parents" would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Michael Reagan  9/27

Why aren't you mad as hell yet, America? What will it take?

At home, unemployment is stuck above 8 percent. Twenty-three million are out of work. Millions of others have given up looking for jobs.

One American in six is on food stamps. Small businesses are terrified of Obamacare.  The economy ran out of gas four years ago and the president still thinks the only way to get it going again is to fill up the tank with trillions of dollars of debt and make successful people pay for the tow truck. Overseas, we have a dead ambassador and three other dead Americans in Libya. Dozens of our embassies are being threatened by mobs.  Iran is building a nuke. Syria is mired in a bloody civil war. Egypt's new democracy is turning against us. And our Middle East policy -- if that's what it can be called -- is based on apologies and weakness.

Meanwhile, what does President "Eye Candy" do this week? He goes before the United Nations and can't bring himself to even mention the words "Islamic extremists." He's still blaming the attack on our Libyan embassy on a stupid film. As the Middle East burns, Obama says he didn't have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or other world leaders in New York City. Yet he had plenty of time to do the Letterman show and drop in to see Whoopi and the gals at "The View."

How much worse does it have to get before a majority of the American people wake up, throw open their windows and scream, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take this crap anymore?"

In the movie "Network," news anchor Howard Beale said people first had to get mad before things would change.  So let's get mad, America, and change presidents. There are fewer than 1,000 hours between now and the election that can save us from four more years of Obamamisery.

Mitt Romney is the change we need -- and the only chance we have. But in their perverse way of thinking, the Obama Gang wants the American people to believe Romney is a bad guy for creating wealth and being a successful businessman.  Americans are supposed to be angry with Romney for paying "only" 14 percent in taxes or reducing his federal tax bite by giving $4 million to charity in 2011.

But there's no reason for the American people to be mad at Mitt. He's a good guy, a great American, and he's eminently qualified to repair the damage Obama has done to the country. But if Mitt's going to win, he's got to have a Ronald Reagan moment.

My father turned his fortunes around in the 1980 New Hampshire primary after the moderator of a scheduled debate in Nashua ordered his microphone to be turned off. My father's angry response -- "I'm paying for this microphone, Mr. Green" -- became a symbolic act that established his image, showed his strong character and led to a landslide win that knocked George H.W. Bush out of the presidential race.

Mitt Romney needs to have his own "Nashua Moment" -- and have it soon. A perfect time for it to happen would be next week (Wednesday, Oct. 3) in front of 50 or 60 million people during the first presidential debate.  Mitt needs to show us how angry he is at what Obama has done to America. He needs to show us he's as "mad as hell" and can't take it for another four years.

Come on, Mitt -- get as mad as the rest of us.





“It is time to suck it up. Governor Romney can win this thing. Compared to Ronald Reagan in 1980, the race is very competitive if you believe Gallup (tied) or Rasmussen (Obama +1).”
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"’The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.’  No Big Media outlet reported this stunning pronouncement. It's as if Ronald Reagan addressed the National Association of Evangelicals in 1983 and the media failed to report that he used the phrase "evil empire." To make the comparison more direct, imagine if a Republican president declared that "the future must not belong to those who slander the messiah of Christianity" - or, for that matter, the prophet of Latter-day Saints. We would have heard all about it, and for the rest of our lives.”
              -Diana West

 “A majority of the voters who decide presidential elections -- those in the murky middle between Republicans and Democrats -- are experiencing significant distress about the future of their livelihoods. Thus, they are gravitating toward the more convincing promise of safety and security. In the context of the current presidential campaign, however defiant of logic, the "undecided" are being lured by the greatest of lies -- that socialist statism will protect them.”….Some erudite analysts suggest that the upcoming election will mirror the 1980 contest between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. However, unlike the Carter v. Reagan paradigm of the last great recession, when Ronald Reagan devoted his campaign to restoring the grassroots optimism necessary for reversing the crisis of confidence miring our economy in the mud, Romney is facing a much more menacing foe -- an ideological socialist who is operating on the FDR paradigm………Time is not on the side of Liberty. There is little distinction between Marxist Socialism, Nationalist Socialism and Democratic Socialism. Socialism irrevocably results in state tyranny, and another Obama term may prove the end of the Constitutional Republic established by our Founders and supported by generations of Patriots since.”
                   -Mark Alexander

"If Romney had said that the death of our ambassador, the attack on our embassy, the death of three other Americans, the hoisting of the black al Qaeda flag over four U.S. embassies, and demonstrations all over the Middle East all the way to Indonesia including a burning in effigy of Obama in Sri Lanka of all places is a bump in the road, it would be a three day headline."
                         -Charles Krauthammer

"My statement to the United Nations would have been, 'The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence.'"
                         -Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

"Our media doesn't just report 'news' unfavorable to Romney. They obsess over it; complete with repetitive and thoroughly useless incantations that Romney's campaign is hopeless. ... I will wager a million dollars that Barack Obama has held a meeting with his major donors where he has told them his job is not to worry about the 47 percent of greedy right-wing rich Republican voters who won't vote for him. It's the way politicians talk to donors in private. ... This Romney tape was recorded in May, but the activists who recorded it obviously wanted to delay its release until the fall campaign. ... We know by now that to these 'news' manufacturers, nothing can be a 'big story' unless it makes Obama look good and helps him win a second term."
                          -L. Brent Bozell

"The bigger the state, the smaller the citizen. Every Republican candidate should be repeating that truth in every speech. Why? Because the American experiment is on trial this November: Are we to remain the heirs of the American Revolution or become heirs to the French Revolution? Do we want to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities -- or do we want, as in Europe, the government to do so? Is it moral or compassionate to saddle our children and grandchildren with a crippling national debt? Is it moral or compassionate to keep printing dollars, which both devalues the savings of all Americans and imposes a tax on all Americans, especially on the poorest? These are the questions Romney must pose every day and in many of his ads. Only when Americans have to answer these questions will a sufficient number of them vote Republican this November."
                      -Dennis Prager

"The most poisonous aspect of this race is the Democratic Party political tactic of racial slander. ... To the Democrats and the mainstream media, this is war. They now have the political power to advance their leftist ideology and they will stop at nothing to keep it. The progressives aren't merely playing the race card. They are deploying the entire deck in a scorched-earth policy. If you oppose the Democrats, then you are a racist. ... Americans will pay the price for the racial hatred being incited by the Democrats and their media shills…... It is a dishonor and a sin to bear false witness against your neighbor. But this is the political party that booed God out of the DNC party platform three times before the chair ignored the majority and allowed the Almighty to return. And this was done cynically to avert political fallout and a possible loss of votes in November. Even God is a political calculation for Democrats."
                    -J. T. Hatter
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LEFTIST WATCH
A recording of the October 19, 1998 Loyola College forum on community organizing and policymaking has future President Obama saying he favors the government redistribution of wealth. Obama also said he viewed welfare recipients and “the working poor” as “a majority coalition” that could be mobilized to help advance progressive policies and elect their champions.

Jewish education is all about profanity, bestiality, and dishonesty--if George Soros, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sarah Silverman are to be believed. The so-called "Jewish Council for Education and Research," in reality a super PAC backed by Soros's son Alexander, has produced a new anti-Romney ad in which Jackson exhorts a family to "Wake the F--- Up!" and work for President Barack Obama's re-election. Earlier this year, the Jewish Council released an ad in which Silverman simulates sex with a dog to mock Jewish GOP donor Sheldon Adelson.

A Pennsylvania high school has put together a rather startling halftime show for the school’s football games. The New Oxford High School marching band has performed “St. Petersburg 1917,” commemorating the Bolshevik Revolution that brought the communists to power and led to the formation of the Soviet Union. The band, which performed the piece at the Friday night football game on September 14th, wore olive-colored military-style uniforms, and carried red flags–along with giant hammers and sickles. “There is no reason for Americans to celebrate the Russian revolution,” said an irate parent who alerted Fox News to the debacle.

Singer Madonna offered a profanity-laced endorsement of President Obama at her concert Monday night, which involved the singer stripping down to her underwear to reveal the president's name written on her body. “You all better vote for f---ing Obama okay..”
Madonna told fans to vote for "the Black Muslim in the White House" who's "fighting for gay rights."
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ACTIVISM
Make or break time:  reach into your pocket:
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GLOBALONEY
“It turns out that there is no way to reliably compare current global temperatures to historical data using NASA's database. It is a scientific scandal. I wrote recently about NASA changing its entire temperature record database, just from July to September. That is, in 2012, NASA changed temperatures going back to 1880. And it did that without telling anyone or explaining it. The net effect was to make the 130-year warming trend steeper, by lowering older (pre-1963) temperatures and slightly raising recent ones… It is what all claims of global warming are based on.

It costs $60,000 to $75,000 to build a Chevy Volt, including development, manufacturing and raw materials.  Government Motors is now discounting the price from $40,000 to $30,000 to move the inventory. 
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ISLAM
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday disregarded a U.N. warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric and declared ahead of the annual General Assembly session that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated."

Islamic leaders in Dearborn, Mich. are holding a rally this Friday night to build momentum for the passage of laws that prohibit speech or expression that hurts "the religious feelings of Muslims."

President Obama declared at the UN: 'The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.'

While Christian churches are being destroyed on a near daily basis in Muslim countries throughout the world, the Obama administration is investing millions of dollars to rebuild overseas Islamic mosques and minarets.
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ELECTION
Rasmussen keeps a running monthly poll of party identification. In the latest poll, they found 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.9% in July and 35.4% in June. It’s also the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen Report since monthly tracking began in November 2002. There is a new website, called unskewedpolls.com, that basically reweights the data to fit the Rasmussen party identification. Their results give Romney somewhere between a five and eleven point lead. Now, this should also be taken with a grain of salt. Basically, they claim (by the site name) to be an unskewed poll. In fact, they’re just a differently skewed take on existing polls.

“Certain media polls indicating Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by as much as 10 to 12 points in swing states seem to spell disaster for Romney, but what they really say about the Obama campaign may just surprise you? The absurdity of the skewed sample models in those polls is one thing, but what conservatives need to understand is that polls skewed to heavily favor Democrats logically point to one very important fact - Obama is in big trouble…”
If you're going to believe the polls released from CBS/New York Times this morning…you have to believe that the turnout advantage for Democrats over Republicans will blow away every previous record and common sense.

Voter assistance programs for the military – specifically targeted for improvement with $75 million after low military turnout in 2008 – have been left to languish by the Obama administration and the result may be depressed military turnout. Again.

The media insist that Mitt Romney is running a bad campaign. Whether that’s true or not, one thing is certain: Barack Obama’s campaign is undoubtedly worse. From day one, Obama’s re-election effort has been a microcosm of his failures in office. Here is a list of the top ten Obama campaign disasters--and there are still six weeks to go!

Wednesday morning, in a small conference room in its Washington, D.C. office, NARAL Pro-Choice America rolled out a plan to clinch the election for President Obama. That’s an ambitious goal for an organization pushing a niche issue in a contest dominated by the economy, but they’re hoping to win big by thinking small. Their plan is to target what they’ve termed “Obama Defectors”—pro-choice women who supported Obama in 2008, but are now poised to vote for Mitt Romney—and win them back. Nationally, they've identified 5.1 million across the country, 1.2 million of whom live in swing states.

The Obama campaign produced a poster of an American flag, with Obama’s “O” symbol replacing the field of stars, as an item of campaign merchandise, selling for $35. The image was tasteless at best. It is hard to imagine any other politician arrogant enough to remake the flag in his own image: Barack Obama, however, has never been one to be deterred by bad taste. The larger problem was that, as many pointed out, the flag bore an uncanny resemblance to this grisly photograph taken at the American consulate in Benghazi: So the Obama campaign has quietly ditched
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ARTICLES
“The American armed forces exist to defend our nation, not to conduct social science lab experiments in which our troops serve as human subjects. Try telling that to this administration. The first anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sept. 20, has come and gone. Now, there is mounting evidence that proves our warnings were not idle chatter. The threat to freedom posed by this radical sexual experiment on our military is real: It is grave and it is growing.”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Obama Voter Says Vote for Obama because he gives free ObamaPhones.

“Ann Coulter takes on 5 liberal women on The View, Causes Mass Hysteria, Whoopi Bleeped...”

Pat Condell has had it up to here with Muslim demands:  “Tell us how you really feel Pat.”

Must see:  Former Democratic pollster and analyst Pat Caddell has had a change of heart:  "Media Have Become an "Enemy of the American people."

Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013

Funny house for sale sign:
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WISE WORDS
"[E]very lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face -- that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand -- the ultimatum. And what then?"
                      -Ronald Reagan
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LATE NITE:
Leno:  The president's re-election campaign slogan is "Forward," which is also his policy on paying for stuff……A woman in Tampa, Florida, who is in danger of being foreclosed on, put a giant sign on her roof reading, "Obama, please save my home." To which Obama said, "Hey lady, I'm trying not to get thrown out of my own house, OK?........Mass riots broke out among 2,000 workers at the factory in China that's making new iPhones. This is what happens when third-graders don't get a nap. They get cranky.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

op ed review 9/23


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
American diplomats were warned of possible violent unrest in Benghazi three days before the killings of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his team, Libyan security officials say.

After claiming all week that “the movie made them do it”, a top Obama administration official (finally) admitted that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in fact "a terrorist attack" and the U.S. government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/19/obama_official_benghazi_was_a_terrorist_attack

It is already 9/20, a full ten days after the Muslim mob tortured and murdered the American Ambassador and three other American personnel in Libya; and still, the loyal and avid NYT’s reader is being told that it was an “anti-Islam video that set off attacks against American embassies and violent protests in the Muslim world.”….the Arab language media reported that Ambassador Stevens had been gang-raped before he was mob-murdered……Nothing has changed in the region. Barbarism still reigns. Israel is an island under siege.”

More Americans are being added to food stamps rolls than are finding jobs.

The Social Security Administration has released new data revealing that 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets yet another record for the number of Americans on disability.

Sunday will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to “Taxmageddon” – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.  They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2013:

In contrast to other recent surveys, a new Pennsylvania poll commissioned by the Republican State Committee shows Mitt Romney trailing in the state by just one percentage point,

Mitt Romney has cleared the 50% mark again in the battleground state of North Carolina despite the presence of the Democratic National Convention there little over a week ago.

President Obama's approval rating in Gallup's rolling survey has plunged 6 percentage points in two weeks, a troubling sign that puts him on shaky historical ground for re-election.

President Obama’s latest fuel-efficiency decree means consumers will have to turn in their SUVs and pickup trucks for tiny, European-style city cars within the next few years.

"Nearly 6 million Americans -- significantly more than first estimated -- will face a $1200 tax penalty under President Obama's health-care overhaul for not getting insurance" according to analysts for the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That's 50 percent higher than the 2010 prediction -- when ObamaCare was passed.

Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.

Monica Lewinsky is promising to reveal secret love letters to Bill Clinton and his penchant for kinky sex in a new tell-all about her days as his favorite intern.  Lewinsky, who turns 40 next year, is out for “revenge” and ready to air bombshell details from her Oval Office trysts with the former Horndog-in-Chief in a $12 million memoir, according to friends.

Breitbart News is doubling its reward--to $100,000--for one of the missing pieces of Barack Obama’s past, which may be the key to understanding his collapsing Middle East policy: the “Khalidi tape,” a video kept under wraps by the Los Angeles Times since April 2008. The Khalidi tape shows Obama at a 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian academic and activist Rashid Khalidi, and reportedly features vitriolic anti-Israel rhetoric.

The controversial “P*** Christ” artwork Sen. Alfonse D’Amato once branded as a “deplorable, despicable display of vulgarity,” is coming back to New York.  Andres Serrano’s work — a “photograph of the crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine” — first ignited controversy in 1989 when D’Amato complained to the US Senate that it was an “outrage,” an “indignity” and a “piece of trash” that had been funded by taxpayers. Serrano had won a $15,000 prize for his work, backed in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Clark County Washington Republican Headquarters vandalized.  Boulder thrown through the window.  “We’ve been attacked four times…this is the worst I’ve seen it” said office manager Anna Miller.

One day after being sued over a controversial ballot box citizenship question, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said there are an estimated 4,000 noncitizens on Michigan's voter rolls.

The media is reporting this as some kind of scandal, even though it’s true:  During a private reception with wealthy donors this year, Mitt Romney described almost half of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.” Those voters, he said, would probably support President Obama because they believe they are “victims” who are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.” 

Romney defended himself and said Obama's "approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because, frankly, my discussion about lowering taxes isn't as attractive to them and therefore I'm not likely to draw them into my campaign as effectively as those who are in the middle."

The DNC has already apologized for using a photo of four Soviet-era Russian warships in a giant stage backdrop at their convention intended to illustrate the party’s support for military personnel and veterans. That huge image also depicted a synchronized formation of jet aircraft that convention-goers assumed were American fighter planes. But the F-5 fighter planes in the photo were Turkish,  a nation whose government is now jailing journalists and establishing Islam as a state religion.

Great moments in socialized medicine:  “More than four in 10 patients undergoing abdominal surgery at one hospital in the UK die within 30 days, according to figures described as "shocking" yesterday.”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Mitt Romney, USA Today, 9/20

Since our founding, America has promoted personal responsibility, the dignity of work and the value of education. Those values made our nation the hope of the earth and our economy the envy of the world.

Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong. When the economy is growing and Americans are working, everyone involved has a shared sense of achievement, not to mention the basic sense of pride that comes with the paycheck they earn.

However, over the past four years, those kinds of opportunities have been in short supply. We're experiencing the worst recovery since the Great Depression. Unemployment has been above 8% for 43 straight months; 47 million Americans are on food stamps. Nearly one in six Americans now live in poverty.

Under President Obama, we have a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency. My policies will create a growing economy that fosters upward mobility.

Government has a role to play here. Right now, our nation's citizens do need help from government. But it is a very different kind of help than what President Obama wants to provide.

My experience has taught me that government works best when it creates the space for individuals and families to pursue success and achieve great things. Economic freedom is the only force that has consistently succeeded in creating sustained prosperity and lifting people out of poverty. It is why our economy rose to rival those of the world's leading powers -- and has long since surpassed them all.

The dreamers and the entrepreneurs, not government, built this economy, and they can once again make it strong.

My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom. Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty.

My five-point plan will deliver the economic recovery we've all been waiting for and the jobs millions of Americans still need. This can be more than our hope; it can be our future. And it can start this November with your vote.


Mitt could use some help:
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"There are some very serious issues at stake in this year's election -- so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it. The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues. For example, the merits or demerits of President Obama's recent executive order, suspending legal liability for young people who are here illegally, presumably as a result of being brought here as children by their parents, can be debated pro and con. But such a debate overlooks the much more fundamental undermining of the whole American system of Constitutional government. The separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial branches of government is at the heart of the Constitution of the United States -- and the Constitution is at the heart of freedom for Americans."
                         -Thomas Sowell

"If we want to keep our nation's secrets a 'SECRET' then we should store them where President Obama stores his college transcripts and birth certificate."
                         -Mike Huckabee
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LEFTIST WATCH
The gap between the way the media characterizes the presidential race and what is actually happening is growing larger by the day. In particular, we see a systematic emphasis on news items that favor the president and a discounting of evidence that disfavor him…..even though Obama’s bounce was modest by historical standards, and he still could not pull above 50 percent nationwide or in the key swing states, the mainstream media dutifully declared not only that Obama was winning, but that the Romney campaign was in utter disarray.

Soros Resumes Donations to Help Democratic Candidates

One of the New York Legislature’s leading backers of “hydrofracking’’ for natural gas has received death threats from what he believes are environmental radicals opposed to the controversial drilling technique.

If you tuned into the Democratic National Convention earlier this month and were momentarily confused as to whether C-SPAN was actually covering a huge abortion rally, you are not alone. The high-profile roles given to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan, Sandra Fluke, and Caroline Kennedy are the capstone of a two-decade-long effort to eradicate anti-abortion Democrats from the party. It is an effort that is nearly complete. An event hosted by Democrats for Life during the convention failed to attract a single politician currently in office.

The stern photo of revolutionary Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda in 1960 is one of the most reproduced images on the planet, appearing on posters, flags, postcards, T-shirts, and even bikinis. Sadly, the ubiquitous appearances of Che — hailed today usually by his first name only — demonstrate the near-total failure to educate people about the blood-soaked cruelty he really represented. But there are, thankfully, some limits to the use of Che’s famous image — if people complain.
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ACTIVISM
“On November 6th, Americans will make a choice about what's right and what's wrong," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told the conservative Values Voters summit in Washington on Saturday. "Wrong is President Obama accumulating more debt than any president in our history," Brewer said. "Wrong is the fact that millions of Americans are unemployed. Wrong is supporting a change in the longstanding definition of marriage. "Wrong is appointing federal judges who fail to protect life and the unborn. Wrong is our president apologizing for America when he travels abroad. Wrong is not supporting Israel 100 percent….”

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) on Tuesday introduced the Military Religious Freedom Act (S.3525). Specifically, the bill would (1) prevent military chaplains from being forced to perform a marriage ceremony if the chaplain objects for reasons of conscience and (2) prohibit marriage or marriage-like ceremonies at military facilities that are not a union between one man and one woman.
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GLOBALONEY
“Today, the world is in the grip of the madness of climatism. Our president and 191 other world leaders of the United Nations continue to pursue futile policies to stop global warming. Universities preach "sustainable development." Companies tout their "green" programs. Schools teach our children that if we change light bulbs, we can save polar bears. But an increasing body of science shows that the theory of catastrophic manmade warming is nonsense. Climate change is natural, and car emissions are insignificant.”

“Regulatory Tsunami To Hit Business If Obama Wins Second Term
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ISLAM
Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia is hosting a global conference in Australia entitled Khilafah Conference 2012: “Muslims Rise – Caliphate Imminent.”
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BOOKS, FILM
“The Destructive President” by Paul M. Fick.  “…..exposes the truth of Obama’s psychological makeup and explains why the president is on a mission to destroy America and her traditional institutions. For the first time, Americans learn who Obama is and why he is psychologically driven to “transform” America into a nation that causes patriots to shudder.

Citizens United has struck a deal with a dozen television stations to run its hour-long film featuring voters disaffected with President Barack Obama, sending the Republican critique of the incumbent into tens of millions of homes in the lead-up to Election Day.
“Dedicated to restoring our government to citizen’s control”
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ELECTION
Forget the Republican doom and gloom drumbeat peddled elsewhere in the media this week. A new Gallup Poll out this morning finds President Obama's convention bounce fading and the 2012 presidential race reverting to its previous tight margin. What a bummer for the preferred media narrative of recent days! The poll, of 1,096 registered voters in 12 key swing states, finds Obama and Mitt Romney virtually tied at 48% for the Democrat and 46% for Romney with less than seven weeks to go.

Dick Morris:  Republicans are getting depressed under an avalanche of polling suggesting that an Obama victory is in the offing. They, in fact, suggest no such thing! Here’s why: 1. All of the polling out there uses some variant of the 2008 election turnout as its model for weighting respondents and this overstates the Democratic vote by a huge margin. 2. Almost all of the published polls show Obama getting less than 50% of the vote and less than 50% job approval. A majority of the voters either support Romney or are undecided in almost every poll.  But the fact is that the undecided vote always goes against the incumbent. So, when the published poll shows Obama ahead by, say, 48-45, he’s really probably losing by 52-48!

“As Obama's national security strategy lies in smoldering ruins (just like the Benghazi consulate), his outreach to the Muslim world a dismal failure, the media claim that the biggest story of the day is Mitt Romney noting that nearly half of the country pays no income tax, that they are not likely to find high taxes a problem, and that a similar number are dependent on the government.”
What we are in the midst of witnessing right now is a complete, Fukushima-style meltdown of the mainstream media. Without these slobbering lap dogs, President Obama never would have been elected in the first place. And now they are his only hope for staying in office amid all the global violence, a morbidly paralyzed economy and a national crisis of confidence so profound that the American Dream has become nothing more than quaint fiction for millions.”

“Recently I received an email from a very worried senior citizen. She forwarded a poster to me and asked me, "Can this really be true?" The poster was of Obama saying, "Some people say I'm Stupid. Really? Here's how stupid I am:  "I was hired by over 69 million voters who didn't even do a routine background check on me. I'm doing a lousy, stinking job, with a record number of people out of work. I gave guns to Mexican drug gangs, I kill innocent people all over the world with drone strikes, and I decide which laws I'm going to enforce and which ones I won't.  I've doubled the deficit. I've ruined our health care system. And yet I still stand an excellent chance of being rehired. That's how stupid I am. Now, How Stupid Are You?"

 “……growing evidence that new voter-outreach programs funded by conservative groups could give GOP nominee Mitt Romney an edge if the race is close. In the key battleground states, Obama’s celebrated network of organizing experts and neighborhood captains is being challenged by a conservative coalition that includes the National Rifle Association, the billionaire-backed Americans for Prosperity and a newly muscular College Republicans organization with a $16 million budget. The conservative groups “are fully funded and ready for hand-to-hand combat,”

Obama:  'I ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN REDISTRIBUTION'...
Romney:   'We believe in free people and free enterprise, not redistribution'...
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ARTICLES
“My husband and I left the USSR in 1980. We were 30 years old and had no idea what was ahead. We were not looking for a paradise; we were running from the hell of a government-controlled society, where people are helpless against government power. The 2012 Democratic Party convention was a surreal sight for us: a parade of speakers, full of the arrogant assumption that others are not smart enough to accomplish anything without government guidance and intrusion…..”

Spengler:  Some very original thinking on the middle east:

VDH:  “Discussions of the pernicious effects of endemic tribalism, misogyny, statism, anti-Semitism, fundamentalism, religious intolerance, xenophobia, and anti-modernism (in the Islamic world) are taboo. So there is never serious reflection about self-induced pathologies that keep fostering a Saddam Hussein, Muslim Brotherhood, and Ba’ath Party, or the preconditions that throughout much of the 20th century made the Arab world so susceptible to Hitlerism, then Soviet communism, then Baathism, then Western authoritarianism, then authoritarianism, and, then, or rather always back to, Islamic radicalism. The Middle East is not fascist, communist, Baathist, pan-Arabist, or Islamist, so much as it is screwed-up-ist and blame-them-ist. If all these -isms did not exist, we would have to invent them and others as well to find scapegoats for self-induced misery.”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Send this link to friends:  “Special Report:  The Obama you don’t know”

Some think that Frank Marshall Davis is Obama’s real father.   “An Expert Photoshop Analyst reports that the photo below, officially released by Barack Obama on his personal Facebook page, is a forgery….  Is this photo part of a pattern of document forgery by President Obama to hide his biological and ideological relationship to Communist Frank Marshall Davis?”
In the photo his mother Ann Dunham stands with her father in what looks like the Honolulu Airport. Between them are a chubby Barry and his half-sister Maya. Tucked under Barry's arm is a hand.  It is not Ann's hand.  It appears to be that of a black male.  There is additional evidence that someone was airbrushed out and replaced by Ann.
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WISE WORDS
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
                  -William F. Buckley Jr.
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LATE NITE:
Leno:  Mitt Romney is predicting that as president, he will create 12 million jobs in his first term. Well, President Obama says a Romney presidency would result in lost jobs. Yeah, his and Biden's……According to the Labor Department, unemployment fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent last month. But that's because 368,000 Americans gave up looking for work. Today, President Obama said that's a step in the right direction, and he is encouraging more Americans to give up looking for work. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

op ed review 9/16


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote.

A study by two University of Colorado professors released last month predicts that President Obama will win just 218 Electoral College votes in November, far short of the 270 that he needs for reelection. “Based on our forecasting model, it becomes clear that the president is in electoral trouble.”

The Federal Reserve said it will start pumping $40 billion per month in an attempt to foster a recovery in the real estate market. Must be just coincidence that the election is two months away.

The publishing industry is publishing anti-Obama books authored by conservatives in numbers normally reserved for young-adult novels about teenage vampires. More than 30 nonfiction titles blasting the president have been released by publishers this year, with several more hotly anticipated works expected to hit bookstores before the Nov. 6 election. You might expect to see a similar deluge of pro-Obama books by liberal authors, but it’s not even close.

“August’s abysmally weak job growth proved yet again that President Obama’s economic policies are a miserable failure that will continue to undermine our country until he leaves office. The government’s report noted that the economy added just a minuscule 96,000 jobs last month.  Analysts at the Federal Reserve Board, economists and business leaders say Mr. Obama’s declining economy is not going to get significantly better this year, next year or the year after that, until there are dramatic changes in the nation’s fiscal policies.”
Mobs of Egyptian demonstrators stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and pulled down the American flag.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from a consulate building in Benghazi, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen. Islamists drag the dead body of the US Ambassador through the streets of Benghazi.
The Obama administration is attempting to walk back the damage done by the apology issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for criticisms of Islam made by American citizens.
A timeline of yesterday's events shows that it took the Obama administration 16 hours to disavow a statement posted on the US Embassy in Cairo website. It appears that the administration's failure to correct the embassy and the doubling down by embassy staff 13 hours after the statement was published prompted Mitt Romney's curt comments about the administration's response.
The US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.
Gov. Romney commented. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
During Romney’s press conference, reporters were caught on tape coordinating their line of questioning to promote the administration spin.
U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.
Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya. But White House Senior Advisor and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett has a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, according to Democratic pollster Pat Caddell. That’s the pathetic foreign policy of the Obama administration.

Unbelievable:  “Last night, as the German embassy in Sudan smoldered, Tunisian police fired tear gas at US embassy rioters, the American military upgraded its presence in Yemen, investigations continued in Libya, Islamists burned American flags in London, Islamists invaded the US embassy in Tunisia, rioters went insane in Lebanon, protesters in Jordan went crazy, protests continued in Egypt, and crowds began to form in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Iraq, the Obama campaign tweeted, “BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z are hosting the President in New York—your chance for two spots on the guest list ends at midnight.”
NY Times Puts Coverage of Cairo, Benghazi Attacks on Page A4

al-Qaida comes to America:  On Friday there were telephoned bomb threats against university campuses in Texas and North Dakota.

On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, they were Russian warships.  Whoops.

Los Angeles officials are considering a plan to turn the library card into a form of identification that the city's large illegal immigrant population could use to open bank accounts and access an array of city services.

Chicago:  “In a city with double-digit unemployment, teachers who can't be fired and who make more than double what their students' parents make, have gone on strike. Anyone for school choice? Public sector unions reared their burdensome and inefficient head Monday when some 25,000 unionized Chicago Public School teachers went on strike, unhappy with a salary the parents of their students can only envy, leaving 350,000 students and their overtaxed parents struggling in the educational lurch.”
The teacher’s union also objects to a new system for evaluating teacher performance in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. No wonder they don’t like it:  Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.

The California Senate passed a bill that would make it legal for nurses, midwives and doctor’s assistants to perform abortions.

Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit challenging a mandate in Obamacare that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill.  The lawsuit by the Oklahoma City-based chain claims the government mandate is forcing the company's owners "to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits." Failure to provide the drugs in the company's health insurance plan could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day, the company said.

Kentucky's junior senator says the coal industry may not survive four more years of President Obama in office.

A KING-5 television poll shows Jay Inslee over Rob McKenna by a 49-to-44 margin with 7 percent undecided. Poll.  A huge gender gap for McKenna, who trails the Democrat by 14 points among women identified as likely voters.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Decades of leftist hatred for America's middle class revealed in one terrifying moment in Charlotte.
Jeffrey Lord  9/11

Why Democrats hate the American middle class.

It's God's fault. God and plastics. And don't forget the American flag. Which is another way of explaining just why it is today's Democrats -- the very embodiment of the American Left -- literally hate the American middle class. Hate that middle class with a visceral contempt. A contempt that has been repeatedly and vividly documented over the course of the last five decades in venues as varied as movies, music, politics and culture.

It is a contempt so powerful that the backlash from the American middle class has provided not only huge and repeated election majorities for conservatives and Republicans over the decades. The backlash to this vitriol has powered one of the biggest revolutions in American communications history -- providing an enthusiastic audience for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin not to mention an entire talk radio industry. And, of course, Fox News.

Mr. Limbaugh himself emphatically agrees that his audience is composed of the American middle class that is so disdained by liberals, telling The American Spectator that "My audience is comprised of the people who make this country work."  The very fact of the perpetual assault by the Left on Rush Limbaugh is a case study all by itself. It perfectly highlights the dilemma the Democrats found themselves in during their convention last week  Why?

Because liberals don't just hate Rush Limbaugh. The dirty little secret here is that liberals hate Rush Limbaugh's 20 million member middle-class audience! While at the same time desperately needing a portion of that very same middle-class to win elections. Which is what makes the already vitriolic hatred from liberals towards the American middle class all the more poisonous -- for liberals. Without the middle class, Democrats cannot possibly win a presidential election. Or, for that matter, most elections. Which means in turn that it is critical, in a political sense, for Democrats to always be seen as courteously if not warmly and lovingly, courting the middle class.

Thus, under no circumstances can the mask that hides that very real contempt towards the middle class ever be allowed to drop. Yet for one-heart stopping moment in Charlotte last week -- that mask did drop. And it was panic city. God was removed from the Democrats' platform.

Followed within 24 hours by a defiant majority refusing to restore Him to the platform yet being overruled as seen in the now famous video of Convention chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa doing the dirty deed. "Tony Two-Thirds," as we dubbed the mayor after his performance, simply overrode the "no" vote on God and made it a pretend "yes" vote of the required two-thirds. With that "opinion of the chair", the deed was done. God was back in.

To see just how hair-trigger sensitive party leaders were when they realized what had happened, one need go no further than this contentious interview with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Democrats' Senate Majority Whip. Hours after God's initial failure to make the platform cut, Durbin was questioned by Fox anchor Bret Baier. Durbin had a meltdown, accusing Baier and Fox of trying to make Democrats look "Godless." But why? Why were Democrats suddenly in such a panic because their own delegates wanted God out of the platform?
There is a reason -- and it's a big reason. A very big reason.

God -- which is to say religion -- is forever associated in American culture with arguably the largest, most influential voting bloc in the country: the American middle-class. Middle class Americans may be Catholic. They may be Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans or Jews. They may be Evangelicals. Or fundamentalists. They may be… hmmmm… Mormon. Yes they may even be Islamic non-fundamentalists. But whatever their faith may be -- and we've only touched the surface by naming the above faiths -- what they all have in common besides their middle-class status is God. Not to mention a belief system, a value hierarchy of morals, hard work and patriotism that revolves around God.

So it was no accident last week that President Obama and former President Bill Clinton took pains to say some version of exactly the same thing: Democrats just luuuuvvvv the American middle class. Really. Honest. No kidding. Democrats have all these exciting, especially-designed-for-the-middle-class programs old and new, you see, and…

Stop. Stop.    Politely put, this is not just another round of your average political snowjob. The inevitable wooing and mooing by one group of partisans designed to win an election. This is grimacing, clenched-teeth-with-a-forced-smile political BS. BS designed to get must-have votes from a group of Americans today's Democrats -- the embodiment of the American Left -- hate.  Yes, hate. Viscerally hate. Hate every bit as much as they hate Rush or Hannity or Levin or Fox. Why do they hate the American middle-class, whether lower, middle-middle or upper? They hate the American middle class -- hate it passionately and precisely because it embodies the three values of religion, capitalism and, oh yes, love of country -- patriotism.

EXAMPLES OF HOW the Left so disdains the middle class would fill three Internets. This special contempt, which began spreading like a virus in the 1960s, now permeates not only the nation's politics but its culture -- its movies, music, books, television and now the Internet………..

What relevance does all of this have to the next two-months of the 2012 election? Plenty.  Every time you hear Barack Obama or Joe Biden or Bill Clinton sing the praises of the middle class it's because they are scared witless there are millions of that American middle class who are long on to the Democrats' game.  Americans who understand in detail that when God is booted from the Democrats' platform it is not just an attack on God.

It is yet another liberal attack in a five decades-long liberal war on the values of an American middle class that believes in God, country, and capitalism. A war on the very people, in Rush Limbaugh's words, "who make this country work."



Jeffrey Lord is a former Reagan White House political director and author.  This was edited from a longer article, worth reading, many examples, read it here:
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again perpetuated the kind of intellectual dishonesty that cripples the U.S. response to radical Islamists. The president asserted we have to oppose “the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.” Clinton reinforced his analysis when she said, “We condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence.” This concept of “senseless violence” is at the heart of the left’s refusal to confront the reality of radical Islamists. These are not acts of senseless violence. These are acts of war.”
                 -Newt Gingrich

“This is the broken and anxiety-ridden world Barack Obama has made. Our adversaries are stronger. America and her allies are weaker. And yet, after spending practically a decade blaming every last thing, including the bad weather, on President Bush, the media seem determinedly uninterested in ascribing even the slightest amount of responsibility to President Obama. Who’s ready for four more years?”
                -Mathew Continetti

“Today, the Independent is reporting shocking details about the attack on the Libyan consulate that resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The details are so explosive that they will result in a Congressional investigation. In fact, they’re so explosive that they should result in the resignation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The only question now: What did Hillary Clinton know, and when did she know it?”
               -Ben Shapiro

“I just pray that Americans will open their eyes between now and November when they know that they’ll have to make that choice between free stuff or freedom. You can’t have both.”
              -Sarah Palin
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LEFTIST WATCH
Obama's Communist Party Endorsement:  The wording of this year's endorsement is particularly full-throated, however, which in itself ought to be disturbing to anyone still on the fence about the nature of the man, his party, and his policies. ….why does the CPUSA, in speaking to its own members, urge them to support Obama by citing the very policies and decisions that Obama himself is most proud of? The answer is as unavoidable as it is straightforward: the Communist Party regards Barack Obama's signature achievements and defining principles as consistent with, and conducive to, its own defining goal -- namely, the establishment of a socialist workers' state in America.  And of course, as America's official defenders of the Marxist flame, they certainly know whereof they speak.  In sum, the Communist Party loves the same Obama policies and accomplishments that the Democratic Party establishment loves, that the mainstream media loves, that the unions love, and that Charles Schumer, Jennifer Granholm, Harry Reid, and Dick Durbin love.  They want more of the same.  The CPUSA sees what most of us see, and what the Democratic Party would somehow like to keep its permanent underclass -- um, that is, its voter base -- from seeing: the Obama agenda is driving America "forward" on "the Road to Socialism." The only difference is that the communists are honest enough to spell it out.

The publisher of Hustler magazine, Larry Flynt, is offering $1M for Mitt Romney's tax returns

For the New York Times, what better way to observe the 11th anniversary of 9-11 than by exploiting it for political purposes and seeking to blame George W. Bush?

What does the Chicago teachers' strike have to do with rapper Common? The rapper's mother, Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines was hand-picked by Rahm Emanuel in 2011 to sit on the city's Board of Education? The same Board is now in negotiations with the Chicago Teachers' Union. Hines has not only raised a son who thinks it's okay to kill cops, she became the business manager of her son's music company in 1996. She is CEO of his Common Ground Foundation and is president of his company Hip Hop Schoolhouse, which publishes "educational materials for children."
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ACTIVISM
On his syndicated radio show Monday afternoon, Rush Limbaugh predicted that if President Barack Obama wins re-election, it will mean an end to the Republican Party and the triggering of economic collapse within 18 months.
How much is it worth to save America from four more years of Obama?
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GLOBALONEY
GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts.
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ISLAM
In a period of about three weeks she went from being a virtually unknown 14-year-old Pakistani girl to making headlines around the world as a Christian teen facing a life sentence for allegedly burning pages of the Quran.

Kentucky Fried Chicken will launch a halal-only menu in eight of its London stores.
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BOOKS, FILM
Chuck Norris reviews “Last Ounce of Courage”

How well is 2016: Obama’s America doing? It has already topped Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth and every single Michael Moore documentary except for Fahrenheit 9/11. Last weekend 2016 passed Bowling for Columbine. This weekend it passed Sicko and An Inconvenient Truth. 2016 also had one of the lowest falloffs in one of the worst movie weekends of the year with a better falloff than 3 out of the top 5 movies. And it added more theaters this weekend than any movie playing anywhere in America, showing that theater owners are rushing to get on board the 2016 express.
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ELECTION
“This election should be a cakewalk for the Republicans. Why isn’t it? I am afraid the answer may be that the country is closer to the point of no return than most of us believed. With over 100 million Americans receiving federal welfare benefits, millions more going on Social Security disability, and many millions on top of that living on entitlement programs–not to mention enormous numbers of public employees–we may have gotten to the point where the government economy is more important, in the short term, than the real economy. My father, the least cynical of men, used to quote a political philosopher to the effect that democracy will work until people figure out they can vote themselves money. I fear that time may have come.”

As the campaign settles in for the home stretch, there are many reasons to believe that the Obama campaign will have trouble closing the deal. Chief among them are the numbers:

“It’s a paradox. The economy is in the doldrums. Yet the incumbent is ahead in the polls. According to a huge body of research by political scientists, this is not supposed to happen. On the other side of the Atlantic, it hardly ever does. But in America today, the law of political gravity has been suspended. “

“President Obama is headed to defeat in November, and it won't be close. Forget about the polls, and forget about the cadre of delusional Democrats who can't stop telling us how great and successful the last three and a half years have been. Slick Willy can shill all he likes, but seriously, he's preaching to the choir, because the only ones believing his shtick are bought and paid for sycophants, crony capitalists, and members of the mainstream media.”

Get ready for an all-out brawl in 10 too-close-to-call battleground states as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney begin a two-month sprint to Election Day. They will deluge those states with personal visits, stacks of direct mail, automated phone calls and an unprecedented barrage of TV ads in tossup states Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Michigan and Ohio.

Blitz: Romney Campaign Releases 17 New Television Ads:   We knew this push was coming, and now the ads are up and running in nine swing states. Virtually all of the ads are built around the passage in Mitt Romney's acceptance speech when he preemptively answered the "are we better off?" question many voters are asking themselves.

For years Democrats have been running ads against Republicans accusing them of wanting to scuttle Medicare. Well, a conservative group is turning the tables this time around. The American Action Network (AAN), a right-leaning advocacy group focused on Congress, is launching a campaign to, according to a press release, publicize the “cuts to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicare Advantage (MA) in the states and congressional districts of Senators and Members of Congress that voted for or to preserve Obamacare.”

Samuel L. Jackson will “film a provocative spot supporting President Obama’s re-election bid”  as early as tomorrow — telling voters to “Wake the f--- up, Vote for Obama.” It’s paid for by the Jewish Council for Education and Research Super PAC — which earlier this summer aired an ad of comedian Sarah Silverman offering “free lesbian sex” to billionaire Sheldon Adelson if he stopped supporting GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

President Obama, interviewing with “non-traditional media”, appeared in a pre-recorded interview in Miami with a DJ nicknamed “the pimp with the limp.”
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ARTICLES
Thomas Sowell:  “Once again, Bill Clinton displayed it with unchallenged brazenness. Politics takes a lot of brass. And Bill Clinton is a master politician. His rousing speech at the Democrats' convention told the delegates that Republicans "want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place." That is world class brass. Bill Clinton's own administration, more than any other, promoted an unsustainable housing boom, which eventually and inevitably led to a housing bust that brought down the whole American economy.”
“(Under Clinton)..for the first time, banks were ordered to qualify low-income minorities with spotty credit. The 1994 policy planted the seeds of the mortgage crisis, as lenders abandoned prudent underwriting standards altogether…..Clinton set numerical targets for lending in predominantly minority census tracts under a revised Community Reinvestment Act, and added several hundred bank examiners to enforce the tougher CRA rules. Banks that failed had their expansion plans put on hold, a slow death sentence in an era of bank mergers and acquisitions. For the first time, CRA ratings were made public, egging on Acorn and other radical inner-city groups, who used the reports to extort banks for more than $6 trillion in subprime and other loan set-asides by 2008.”

“One of the legacies of the Obama presidency is that “white male” as a term of embarrassment has now transcended the hothouse of the campus and gone mainstream. We are lectured by media figures, celebrities, and politicians ad nauseam that the November election is really about a new America of diverse minority groups, gays, feminists, and greens pitted against a dying and shrinking number of old white guys. Sometimes that narrative requires absurd assumptions.”

A patriotic rock group. Yes, there is one. Named for a Founding Father of the United States? Yes, there is one. http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/091312-625573-madison-rising-records-a-new-inspiring-version-of-the-star-spangled-banner.htm
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Michelle Malkin on a roll:  “You Go Girl! Michelle Malkin at her very best. Malkin BLASTS feckless Obama administration over 4 dead Americans in Libya.”

An Israeli website, “the premier science and technology portal for Israel”, published an article: “Long-Form Birth Certificate of Obama is a Forged Document”.  The website says the publication “of such a blatantly fake document about something so basic as the birthplace of Mr. Obama, should raise great concern about the suitability of the person who is holding the reigns on the most powerful country of the World.”  The article has now disappeared, but it’s summarized here:

“Here’s the Married Vice President Joe Biden Snuggling with Some Biker Chick at a campaign stop.”

Dr. Barbara Bellar, a motor-scooter-riding animal loving, Army veteran and Republican attorney who's taking on the Chicago political machine, made this hilarious homemade video that captures the colossal stupidity of ObamaCare in one (very long) sentence.
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AND ALL THE DEMOCRATS SAID, 'AMEN!'
"Bow down, all ye worshipers, to me, the god of the almighty State, the god to whom everyone belongs from birth to death. "Bring out the sackbut, the cymbals, and the gongs.  Celebrate me, the almighty and compassionate State, who is ready to provide you with all your needs.  Are you sick?  I, the god of state, will have compassion and heal you.  Are you hungry?  I, the divine state, will feed you.  Do you need a home?  I, the holy state, will provide you with shelter. "Are the oceans rising and the planet in need of healing?  Do not fear.  My new messiah will lower the ocean levels and tend to our sick planet…..Of course, I require some sacrifices.  I have some commandments you are to obey.  Here are -- entirely coincidentally! -- ten of them chosen at random from thousands. " "You shall not worship any other gods than the State except maybe Gaia, my handmaiden. "You shall observe strict dietary rules. Stay away from the temples of McDonald's, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken lest you pollute yourself with soda and fats.  But most especially, stay away from the blasphemous food temple of Chick-fil-A.  "You shall illuminate your residence with special curly bulbs as holy lamp stands dedicated to me and Gaia, my handmaiden of the Earth. "You shall speak the holy language of political correctness.  The appropriate lexicon will be issued from time to time, as I am a god who often changes his mind. "You shall tithe to me, the State, the fruits of the labor of your hands in order that others be given their fair share. "You shall send your sons and daughters to my temples of learning only.  You shall recognize the messianic mission of my Anointed One, contributing your time and energies to the missionary causes espoused by the Anointed One. "You shall not covet a profit from what I, the State, have built.  You did not build anything.  I did it all. "You shall accept my holy sacrament of child sacrifice."………
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WISE WORDS
"The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles."
                        -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."
                        -Samuel Adams