Saturday, October 27, 2012

op ed review 10/28



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
A CIA team just a mile away from the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was twice told to "stand down" rather than go to the aid of Ambassador Chris Stephens and his team on the night of Sept. 11, a new report reveals.
CIA chief David Petraeus "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”
An AC-130U Gunship was On-Scene in Benghazi, Obama Admin Refused to Let It Fire
President Obama was directly asked twice whether pleas for help on the ground in Libya were denied during the attack. Both times, he refused to answer.

In the third debate:  Mitt Romney’s aim was to present himself with the demeanor and grasp of foreign and national security issues of a president of the United States. He succeeded. President Obama sought to make Romney appear unqualified to be president and commander in chief. He failed.”

Less than two weeks out from Election Day, Mitt Romney has erased President Obama's 16-point advantage among women.
“Romney Has Best Gallup Tracking Poll Numbers Since 1968….Mr. Romney’s total is greater than Richard Nixon’s 44% at this point in the race in 1968.”
President Obama's lead in battleground states Colorado and Virginia have vanished in the past month.
Is Obama's 'firewall' crumbling? Romney draws level with President in 'safe state' of Wisconsin 
Detroit News endorses Romney
Florida Sun Sentinel endorses Romney
Columbus Dispatch:  “After nearly four years of economic stagnation, massive unemployment, record-setting debt and government intrusions into the economy that have paralyzed the private sector, the United States needs a new direction.”

The Obama campaign has released an “astoundingly tasteless ad” comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity. The celebrity in the ad recommends that if you’re going to have sex – er, vote – for the first time, you should really do it with President Barack Obama.
New York Times is reduced to making fun of Romney’s use of “gosh” and “darn it”.   “For Democratic strategists, Mr. Romney’s throwback vocabulary feeds into their portrayal of a man ill-equipped for the mores and challenges of the modern age.” i.e. because he doesn’t like profanity and vulgarity.

After a lifetime of voting for and supporting Democrats, Lee Iacocca Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney.

President Obama has spent the campaign season trying to disqualify and tear down Mitt Romney, but a new study has found Obama's commercials actually energize voters to vote against the President, not his opponent.

Norma McCorvey, the ‘Jane Roe’ in the Roe v. Wade abortion decision, released a new anti-Obama ad in Florida.

Clint Eastwood is back cutting a new ad urging voters to support Mitt Romney. The ad, entitled "At Stake", is a 30-second spot from the super PAC American Crossroads.  "In the last few years, America's been knocked down," Eastwood's distinctive raspy voice says over images of an abandoned factory and unemployed workers. "When someone doesn't get the job done, you've gotta hold them accountable," Eastwood continues. "We need someone who can turn it around fast and that man is Mitt Romney.” 
Send Clint’s message to your undecided friends:

The United States spends over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty.

In a decade, federal payments on the interest on America's debt will exceed the defense budget.
The debt that the U.S. government owes to foreign interests now equals $47,495 for each US household.  The portion of the debt your household owes to interests in Mainland China is about $10,090.

A year-long investigation has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials. Many of these visitors belong to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.
Guess where this occurred:  “As the sun burned in the soft blue sky, 20,000 Muslims poured into the stadium early Friday and filled the morning with the sounds of prayer as they celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, the most important holiday of the Islamic calendar.”   Cairo?  Tehran?  No, this was yesterday in Los Angeles.
The Obama Administration has sent a secret message through the Swiss Embassy to the Iranian regime “recognizing their nuclear rights.”

From Moscow to Caracas to Havana, dictators with long records of enmity toward the U.S. are endorsing Obama for president.

“Attention voters! We have begun to witness locally and at least in 14 other Florida counties, efforts to suppress Republican votes in the upcoming election. Suspicious letters questioning voters' legal status and citizenship began arriving in Florida over the past four days with a postmark from Seattle, Wash., accompanying a $.45 stamp…..it is clearly well-funded and widespread as evidenced by the sheer number of counties and individuals involved, as well as the use of stamps…”

A remarkable story about Mitt Romney’s humility from a longtime D.C. political operative of just how personally moved Mitt Romney was following a campaign stop in Red Rocks Colorado where over 10,000 enthusiastic supporters greeted the man they hope will be the next President of the United States.

Obama’s lack of humility, referring to “This nation. Me.” at the third debate.

A poll released Monday says Washington's race for governor is tied.

North Carolina voters roll shows that the state has 2,214 voters that are 110-years-old. Most of these voters are democrats and most seem to live in four democrat-controlled counties. Some of these aged voters have already voted absentee.

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has banned a Christian group from campus because the group requires student leaders to adhere to "basic biblical truths of Christianity."
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Thomas Sowell  10/23

It was a little much when President Barack Obama said that he was "offended" by the suggestion that his administration would try to deceive the public about what happened in Benghazi. What has this man not deceived the public about?

Remember his pledge to cut the deficit in half in his first term in office? This was followed by the first trillion dollar deficit ever, under any President of the United States -- followed by trillion dollar deficits in every year of the Obama administration.

Remember his pledge to have a "transparent" government that would post its legislative proposals on the Internet several days before Congress was to vote on them, so that everybody would know what was happening? This was followed by an Obamacare bill so huge and passed so fast that even members of Congress did not have time to read it.

Remember his claims that previous administrations had arrogantly interfered in the internal affairs of other nations -- and then his demands that Israel stop building settlements and give away land outside its 1967 borders, as a precondition to peace talks with the Palestinians, on whom there were no preconditions?
As for what happened in Libya, the Obama administration says that there is an "investigation" under way. An "on-going investigation" sounds so much better than "stonewalling" to get past election day. But you can bet the rent money that this "investigation" will not be completed before election day. And whatever the investigation says after the election will be irrelevant.

The events unfolding in Benghazi on the tragic night of September 11th were being relayed to the State Department as the attacks were going on, "in real time," as they say. So the idea that the Obama administration now has to carry out a time-consuming "investigation" to find out what those events were, when the information was immediately available at the time, is a little much. The full story of what happened in Libya, down to the last detail, may never be known. But, as someone once said, you don't need to eat a whole egg to know that it is rotten. And you don't need to know every detail of the events before, during and after the attacks to know that the story put out by the Obama administration was a fraud.

The administration's initial story that what happened in Benghazi began as a protest against an anti-Islamic video in America was a very convenient theory. The most obvious alternative explanation would have been devastating to Barack Obama's much heralded attempts to mollify and pacify Islamic nations in the Middle East. To have helped overthrow pro-Western governments in Egypt and Libya, only to bring anti-Western Islamic extremists to power would have been revealed as a foreign policy disaster of the first magnitude. To have been celebrating President Obama's supposedly heroic role in the killing of Osama bin Laden, with the implication that Al Qaeda was crippled, would have been revealed as a farce.

Osama bin Laden was by no means the first man to plan a surprise attack on America and later be killed. Japan's Admiral Yamamoto planned the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II, and he was later tracked down and shot down in a plane that was carrying him.

Nobody tried to depict President Franklin D. Roosevelt as some kind of hero for having simply authorized the killing of Yamamoto. In that case, the only hero who was publicized was the man who shot down the plane that Yamamoto was in. Yet the killing of Osama bin Laden has been depicted as some kind of act of courage by President Obama. After bin Laden was located, why would any President not give the go-ahead to get him?
That took no courage at all. It would have been far more dangerous politically for Obama not to have given the go-ahead. Moreover, Obama hedged his bets by authorizing the admiral in charge of the operation to proceed only under various conditions.

This meant that success would be credited to Obama and failure could be blamed on the admiral -- who would join George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and other scapegoats for Obama's failures.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"[F]rom the very beginning, the president, in his campaign some four years ago, said he'd meet with all the world's worst actors in his first year. ... And then the president began what I've called an apology tour of going to -- to various nations in the Middle East and -- and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness. ... Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators."
                -Mitt Romney

"This nation is the hope of the earth. We've been blessed by having a nation that's free and prosperous thanks to the contributions of the Greatest Generation. They've held a torch for the world to see, the torch of freedom and hope and opportunity. Now it's our turn to take that torch. I'm convinced we'll do it."
                 -Mitt Romney

“Barring a really major blunder – such as revealing that he was born in Lower Volta or endorsing inter-species marriage (the next big civil-rights issue) – this election is beginning to look like it’s Mitt Romney’s to lose. Five of the eight major polls averaged Monday by RealClearPolitics.com show Mr. Romney up by margins ranging from 2 to 6 points. The polls in the important swing states, particularly Ohio, are drawing close as well.”
                 -Wes Pruden

"[S]peaking as the son of a Marine Corps officer and the brother of a Navy officer, I think Obama's 'horses and bayonets' wisecrack wasn't his biggest miscalculation. All that did was lose him the military vote in the Norfolk area and thus, most likely, the state of Virginia. Rather, it was the weird way he kept conflating the war-fighting purpose of the military with 'taking care' of the veterans after they come home. Military personnel deeply resent the implication, so earnestly peddled by the bed-wetting civilians at the New York Times, among others, that returning vets are just a PTSD psycho hair-trigger away from going postal. They're soldiers, Mr. President, not crybabies."
                -Michael Walsh

 “Some years ago, the then–French defense minister, Jean-Pierre Chev√®nement, complained that the Americans were committed to “the organized cretinization of our people.” I’ve never accepted the thesis, but I have to say that, in the final weeks of his reelection campaign, the first man in history to spend $6 trillion and leave no trace is doing a magnificent job of cretinizing his own base.”
               -Mark Steyn

"The Affordable Care Act established a federally funded risk pool -- the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan -- that allows individuals with such disqualifying conditions to buy a policy for the same premium a healthy person would pay. About 82,000 people have signed up as of July 31…….That is not a misprint. Out of a population of more than 300 million, some 82,000 have the problem that was cited as the principal reason for spending $1.8 trillion over the next 10 years and in the process turning the entire health-care system upside down./…”
                  -John C. Goodman
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LEFTIST WATCH
With the Presidential election just three weeks away, prominent Hollywood Democrat Barbra Streisand has sent an “emergency” email to the entire Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) mailing list, urging all recipients to dig deep into their pockets for last minute Obama campaign donations,

Obama supporters continue their threats to riot and assassinate Mitt Romney if Obama loses in the aftermath of last night’s presidential debate…..Twitter has been flooded recently with violent comments from Obama supporters.

The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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FILM
The new documentary Hating Breitbart is simultaneously euphoric and painful.For the many fans of Andrew Breitbart who miss him terribly, director Andrew Marcus’s new film offers what we’ve craved since his sudden death March 1: another 85 minutes in his frenetic presence — the jolly laughter, the furious denunciations of corruption and collusion, the over-caffeinated top-speed-at-all-times energy that drove the man during his all-too-brief time in the spotlight.
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ACTIVISM
Earlier this year, the legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 6239 to redefine marriage for all Washingtonians, stripping the roles of men and women from marriage and making it a genderless institution.
Preserve Marriage Washington, a coalition of pastors, community and faith groups, and citizens, has qualified a referendum to allow voters to decide if they want this legislation to take effect. Washingtonians have the opportunity to "Reject" R-74 in order to preserve marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

For the future of America:
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ELECTION
President Obama indignantly denied Mitt Romney's charge in Monday's final debate that his foreign policy amounts to "an apology tour" around the world. "This has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign," Obama protested. "And every fact-checker and every reporter who's looked at it, governor, has said this is not true." In fact, the president has followed a "doctrine of mea culpa" crafted by a handful of radical advisers who have urged him to, in so many words, apologize for America's war on terror and nuclear superiority.  Here’s the rogue’s gallery……..(1) Samantha Power. "Instituting a doctrine of mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors..”  “Power has suggested the president literally bow to foreign leaders, as atonement for Americans' "sins" — and that's exactly what he's done.."

With inside two weeks until the presidential election and Mitt Romney's campaign awash in momentum, the left's accomplices in the mainstream media and in the ivory towers of academia have ramped up their efforts to mix race into the fray, trying to guilt whites into again voting for Obama or else make them feel as though they are racists.

“Mitt Romney. Not one of us.” That’s the tag line to a tough new ad the Obama campaign is airing in Ohio. But it is one that, ironically, echoes a slogan that has been used as a racial code over the last half century or more…..the fact that Obama would use such loaded language in the hard-fought race to win Ohio shows how much he has changed from the politician whose famous “one America” speech at the 2004 Democratic convention denounced “those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.”

 “Supreme Court is the biggest issue in this election”    “The changes in the nation that could result….are breathtaking……a court in which Chief Justice John Roberts is the median voter would be enormously different from one in which, say, Elena Kagan is in the middle.”

One of the intriguing aspects of this election is how the Democrats' shameless and clueless appeal to women is ending with the vaporization of the historic "gender gap" among voters. From the prancing Code Pink vulvas outside the convention venue to the choice of speakers, there was no doubt that the Democrat Convention was aimed at securing the women's vote. Indeed, Balkanizing women and minority voters was then as significant a part of the Obama strategy as securing the electoral votes of Ohio is now to them.
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ARTICLES
Deconstructionist culture warriors of the left continue their relentless assault on western civilization. It’s impossible to cover it all in a weekly, 800-word column, so here are just a few tidbits…….We conservatives may defeat Barack Obama next month, but the judges and other officials he appointed will remain for decades. So it has been in Canada, Spain, and elsewhere in the western world as the bricks and mortar of western civilization continue to crumble.

Gaffney:  The evidence suggests that the Obama administration has not simply been engaging, legitimating, enriching and emboldening Islamists who have taken over or are ascendant in much of the Middle East.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/22/the-real-reason-behind-benghazigate/#ixzz2A8eeWThm

Twenty Questions

With the unprecedented budget explosion of means-tested, welfare-related entitlements, does Team Obama think it can buy the election?
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
EFF voters guide:

American family Association Voters Guide

Top ten reasons to vote Obama out of office.

A look at who’s funded the election
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WISE WORDS
"Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people."
                     -John F. Kennedy
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LATE NITE
Leno:  ……President Obama flew to a rally in Las Vegas last night. However, he did not visit any of the casinos. You know why? When you're $16 trillion in debt, they don't let you in….. Experts say the entire 2012 election could come down to just eight states. The states are: confusion, dismay, depression, apathy, shock, disbelief, despair, and anxiety. Those are the eight states…….One of President Obama's winning points last night was about how sanctions against Iran are crippling their economy. And believe me, if anyone knows how to cripple an economy, it's President Obama……So far for Halloween, sales of Obama masks are 30 percent higher than the sales of Mitt Romney masks. That makes sense. I mean, what's scarier than four more years of this economy?

Friday, October 19, 2012

op ed review 10/21



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
New Gallup poll:  Romney 52%, Obama 45%

Romney takes a lead for the first time in the Electoral College tally.

Romney has finally cleared what many aides have long seen as his biggest hurdle: A majority of voters now like him. Romney is ahead of Obama by a point, 50 percent to 49 percent. That is a stunning turnaround from March, when Obama's favorable rating was 55 to Romney’s 29 percent.

A new poll shows Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago.
“Is the Obama Campaign Abandoning Four Key Swing States?”

Romney Receives Endorsement of Orlando Sentinel.  Four years ago they endorsed Obama.
Romney receives endorsement from Ross Perot.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/16/ross-perot-endorses-mitt-romney/#ixzz29VS4f2QV
Romney gets endorsement from Rev. Billy Graham in ads appearing
in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other newspapers.  "As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last…..I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God."
Dr. Martin Luther King’s niece:  Blacks should vote God’s way — against Obama.  Conscience, not skin color, must prevail….”

President Obama’s big endorsement this week was from Honey Boo Boo.

The National Rifle Association, jumping on President Obama's new and firm support for a Clinton-style assault weapons ban, is stepping up its attack on the president in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin with a new "we told you so" theme.

The expanding food stamp program that now "feeds" nearly 47 million Americans is rife with fraud, abuse and cronyism, according to a new study:  Understaffed food stamp fraud prevention units and lax anti-fraud security on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards have created a thriving underground market where food stamp recipients illegally sell and trade their taxpayer-funded benefits, often using online websites like Backpage.com, Craigslist, or social media.
The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure.
Welfare spending has grown 32% over the past four years, more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/18/welfare-spending-jumps-32-percent-four-years/#ixzz29exO7500
Violent crime jumps 18 percent in 2011, first rise in nearly 20 years
Feds have more than 1,900 investigations open into alleged stimulus fund fraud and wrongdoing.

What planet does she live on?  Michelle Obama declares: ‘We Are in the Midst of a Huge Recovery’

President Obama, during an interview on Comedy Central, responded to a question about the Benghazi attack by saying: 'If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.’   Obama's response sparked outrage among Republican commentators and prompted a backlash from the Twitter community.
If a republican president had said this he’d be flame broiled by media.  The mother of one of the diplomats killed during the raid is outraged.   'My son is not very “optimal” - he is…very dead.'
Last week Joe Biden said that Planned Parenthood “under law cannot perform any abortion.” ??   Planned Parenthood itself has published fact sheets indicating that it performed 985,731 abortions in just the three years from 2008 through 2010.

A former aide to President Obama is rushing to apologize after Drudge quoted her:  “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people……My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

Another black eye for the Obama-Clinton State Department:  Last December, they issued a student visa to the Bangladeshi man arrested this week for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb.

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped to the highest in four months. Last week, California reported a large drop in applications, pushing down the overall figure…This week, it reported a significant increase as it processed applications delayed from the previous week.
Surprise! The secretary of the California agency that under-reported unemployment claims last week is a big Obama supporter.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had some harsh words for the media at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner Thursday. "I recognize that they have their job to do, and I have my job to do. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it"

Fidel Castro has suffered a stroke and may be headed for a very hot place soon.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/18/3056621/fidel-castro-suffered-a-stroke.html#storylink=cpy

The deep internal contradictions of liberal race dogma have reached their logical, horrifying conclusion at the hands of the Florida State Board of Education, which has passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

At Tuesday’s presidential debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out over pay equity for women.  While Obama made the empathetic case for his single mother and his belief in equal pay, he did not address reports this year that demonstrated that his own White House pays women less than men.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Victor Davis Hanson  10/16

The Obama narrative is that he inherited the worst mess in memory and has been stymied ever since by a partisan Congress — while everything from new ATM technology to the Japanese tsunami conspired against him. But how true are those claims?

Barack Obama entered office with an approval rating of over 70 percent. John McCain’s campaign had been anemic and almost at times seemed as if it was designed to lose nobly to the nation’s first African-American presidential nominee……

Rarely does a president enter office with a majority in both the House and the Senate. Not only did Obama do so, but his soaring ratings put enormous pressure on the Republican minorities to join the Democratic majorities. Liberals were talking about a new era of Democratic political dominance.

No prior president had such a supportive media. Sometime in mid-2008, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, AP, Reuters, and hundreds of other mainstream voices had decided that Barack Obama was not just a liberal Democrat whom they would tilt toward, but a messianic figure for whom they gladly sacrificed the last ounce of disinterested coverage.

The financial collapse was four months in the past when Barack Obama took the oath of office, and its immediate aftershocks had been addressed with the October 3, 2008, TARP stabilization protocols……
The stock market had mostly stopped falling before Obama took office. In other words, Obama entered office with all the blame for the bad economy going to his predecessor and with the end of the deep recession in sight….

Most Americans believed Obama when he made the argument that our current problems abroad had mostly started with George Bush and would end when he left. Iran and Syria were said to be hostile only because they had been gratuitously alienated by Bush. Ditto Putin’s Russia. Our battles with the U.N. were said to be over, as multilateralism was trumpeted as the new cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy — a loud boast sure to win even more goodwill both from allies and from neutrals that had been turned off by the twangy Texan Bush…

Obama had the luxury of enjoying the security benefits that had accrued from George Bush’s controversial protocols like Guantanamo, renditions, military tribunals, preventive detention, intercepts, wiretaps, and drone hits, while not having his own signature upon them. The result was surreal, as Obama embraced or expanded all of what he had earlier blasted as unconstitutional or superfluous — to the sudden quiet of a once-raucous civil-libertarian Left. Somehow Obama managed to blame Bush for providing him with the vital measures that he damned even as he utilized them.

Even stranger was a revolution in oil and gas exploration that seemed to coincide with the Obama inauguration. Obama had the best of both worlds: He took office when gas was below $2 a gallon — saving the nation billions of dollars — and when the novel techniques of fracking and horizontal drilling had just tripled known U.S. reserves and promised to offer a godsend of new energy on federal lands.

In other words, the future seemed to be all Barack Obama’s. Bill Clinton’s second term offered an easy blueprint of what bipartisan centrism might achieve. Balance the budget and create jobs, and the nation will forgive anything, from lying under oath to romancing an intern in the Oval Office.

And what happened?

Barack Obama chose to ram down the nation’s throat a polarizing, statist agenda, energized by the sort of hardball politics he had learned in Chicago. Rather than bring the races, classes, and genders together, he gave us an us-versus-them crusade against the “1 percenters” and the job creators who had not “paid their fair share,” accusations of a Republican “war on women,” and the worst racial polarization in modern memory.

Statesmanship degenerated into chronic blame-gaming and “Bush did it,” as he piled up over $5 trillion in new debt.  Financial sobriety was abandoned in favor of creating new entitlement constituencies, and job creation was deemed far less important than nationalizing the health-care system.

And so here we are, three weeks before the election, with a squandered presidency and a president desperately seeking reelection not by defending his record, but by demonizing his predecessor, his opponent — and half of the country.

What, then, was Obama’s first term?

Jimmy Carter’s ends justifying Richard Nixon’s means.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“The betrayal in Benghazi – and that is exactly what it was – was tragic for Mr. Stevens and his family, and it went beyond tragedy for the rest of us. The ambassador, watching the security arrangements dissolving over a period of weeks, had begged Washington for additional help. The White House answered with silence, not even sparing a little gas money for the 1936-vintage DC-3, a lumbering old airplane with a legacy of service in a half-dozen wars, assigned to American diplomats in Libya. The plane was insurance for a quick getaway. There was, however, $108,000 available to install a charging station for a fleet of Chevy Volts at the embassy in Vienna. It was a question of green priorities.”
                -Wes Pruden

Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic.
Economist Edward Lazear has cut through all of Barack Obama’s claims about “creating jobs” with one plain and inescapable fact — “there hasn’t been one day during the entire Obama presidency when as many Americans were working as on the day President Bush left office.” Whatever number of jobs were created during the Obama administration, more have been lost.”
                -Thomas Sowell
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LEFTIST WATCH
Broken windows at four banks and a drug store appear to be the work of a few dozen Occupy Portland members. The vandalism spree took place Thursday night. Police were called and some suspects were detained but no arrests have been made yet. On Thursday night a group of about 40 people was seen congregating in the parking lot of Umpqua Bank in Portland. Police were called and while still en route learned the crowd was roving to other banks, smashing windows as they went. Eventually four banks--Umpqua, Chase, Wells Fargo, US Bank--had smashed windows along with a Walgreens drug.

HBO’s Bill Maher: ‘The Planet Is Too Crowded and We Need to Promote Death’  HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher says he’s “consistently pro-death” – and “not one of those people who thinks all life is precious.”

Letters signed by Barack Obama 25 years ago and obtained by The Daily Caller, show the future president approaching Chicago’s then-mayor Harold Washington in 1987 about a community organizing project whose advisory board would include his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright; the controversial leftist Catholic priest Father Michael Pfleger; and the brother of Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

The Pentagon’s war on the American dream:  “…..a slide on socioeconomic privilege, “also known as classism or elitism,” features a picture of a happy-looking white family of four outside a middle-class home. In another context, this photo might be used to illustrate a positive concept such as the American dream. According to the institute, the “ideology of the American dream” is simply a manufactured idea used to keep the underclass in its place. It is part of the “myth of meritocracy,” which is the misguided “belief that people get out of the system what they put into it based on individual merit.” Only suckers fall for that one, according to this taxpayer-funded outfit that does diversity training for the Pentagon.
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GLOBALONEY
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new “quietly released” data released last week.  The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996.
A123 Corporation , which received a $249.1 million federal grant in 2009 to build a U.S. factory for hybrid car batteries, has file for bankruptcy. 
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ACTIVISM
For the future of America:   give till it hurts
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ELECTION
Mitt Romney leads President Obama by four percentage points among likely voters in the nation's top battlegrounds, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and he has growing enthusiasm among women to thank. As the presidential campaign heads into its final weeks, the survey of voters in 12 crucial swing states finds female voters much more engaged in the election and increasingly concerned about the deficit and debt issues that favor Romney. The Republican nominee now ties the president among women who are likely voters, 48%-48%, while he leads by 12 points among men.

A group of conservative Catholics led by a former George W. Bush campaign staffer is engaging in a highly-targeted effort to turn out regular Mass attendees in swing states on Election Day.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82410.html#ixzz29PXSEeJd

Direct account of what happened in Benghazi:  While this was going on, Barack Obama was jetting off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.”  Anyone who said this happened because of a video lied.

“It still goes through Ohio, and the climb remains steep, but the Republican challenger has momentum on his side for the first time in months. If nothing else changes between now and Nov. 6, I see a narrow win for Romney and early retirement for President Barack Obama. If that happens, Obama will have no one to blame but himself. Perhaps he was following the advice of campaign gurus when he played the role of Clint Eastwood's empty chair during the first debate with Romney early this month.”

“…..liberals across America need to adjust to the idea that Mitt Romney might just win this thing. Hippies had better start stockpiling medical Marijuana. Peaceniks, brace yourselves for the draft! And as for the Occupy crowd--you kids might want to try looking for a job. Come January 2013, Wall Street will be occupying you…”
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ARTICLES
Prager:  “For at least the last hundred years, the world's most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam.  It is leftism.   Most people do not recognize what is probably the single most important fact of modern life. One reason is that leftism is overwhelmingly secular (more than merely secular: it is inherently opposed to all traditional religions), and therefore people do not regard it as a religion. Another is that leftism so convincingly portrays itself as solely the product of reason, intellect, and science that it has not been seen as the dogma-based ideology that it is. Therefore, the vast majority of the people who affirm leftist beliefs think of their views as the only way to properly think about life.”

With President Obama expected to use his second-chance debate this week to portray Mitt Romney as an uncaring rich guy, a new analysis of the GOP candidate's wealth shows that the millionaire was so generous that he kept just 42 percent of his income. Obama's team has mocked the 14.1 percent tax rate that Romney is in as shirking his responsibility. But Charlottesville, Va.-based Marotta Wealth Management, which pens a widely-followed research blog, found that when Romney's tax burden and charitable gifts are included, he paid out 57.9 percent of his income.

PBS' documentary last week "presenting the definitive portraits of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney" was so partial to Obama it fortifies Romney's case to end PBS subsidies. The two-hour, "in-depth" documentary — "The Choice 2012" — was purported to get at what makes the presidential candidates tick. But it spent more time focusing on how Romney developed his political ideology, which allegedly centers around money and "privilege." Obama, on the other hand, has no ideology other than an indefatigable concern for "the poor," according to the "Frontline" special, which was heavily promoted by the Obama propaganda network, MSNBC.

Study: Black Americans Feel Less Empowered Under Obama Than They Once Did.  The study found that while the election of Obama initially boosted feelings of political empowerment among black Americans, those sentiments significantly faded in the years that followed—especially among conservative and religious blacks.
These two groups make up a large segment of the black population, with 56 percent of blacks identifying as "born again," and 39 percent of blacks as "somewhat conservative," according to the study.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee details the fact that, since January 2009, for every person added to the labor force, 10 have been added to those not in the labor force. Here's a chart showing the dwindling labor force:

Amazing video
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WISE WORDS
"The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
                               -Thomas Jefferson
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HUMOR
Mitt Romney jokes at the Alfred E. Smith dinner at which President Obama also appeared:  “I was hoping that President Obama would bring Joe Biden along, because he'll laugh at anything…….We were chatting pleasantly this evening as if Tuesday didn't happen…….Usually when I get invited to gatherings like this, it's just to be the designated driver…….We're down to the final months of the president's term……. I have my beautiful wife Ann, he has Bill Clinton.
Romney, referring to St. Peter, says skeptics will say "if you've got a Church, you didn't build that."
Romney says Obama's new campaign slogan is "you're better off now than you were four weeks ago."
Romney: The president's remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter O and the number 16 trillion.
Romney says headlines will say "polls show Obama leading from behind."
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LATE NITE
Conan:  Endorsements are rolling in. The Atheist Party has endorsed Obama for president. When told the news Obama said, "Thank God."

Ferguson:  It's not a great day for the ladies of "The View." Barbara Walters announced this morning they were snubbed by Mitt Romney. He was scheduled for an interview, but he canceled at the last minute. Barbara said, and I quote, "you do not cwoss me, Mitt Womney. I will have my wevenge."