Halloween Scares

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Wanna know just how seriously out of whack Liberals are? Especially, the Global Warming alarmist/control freaks?

From the Huffington Post:

Here’s an idea: instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to corrupt our political process, what if the fossil fuel industry took all that money and put it towards Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts instead?

After all, while the fossil fuel industry didn’t directly cause Hurricane Sandy, they did help lay the foundation for it. By pumping massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and blocking any serious political action to address the problem, the industry has already succeeded in heating the planet 1°C. That’s resulted in an atmosphere that is 4% wetter than it was in the 1970s, since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, a mid-Atlantic that is 5°F warmer than average, and sea levels off the coast of New York City that are a foot-higher than they were a century ago. Yesterday, those factors combined to turn what could have been manageable-Hurricane-Sandy into devastating Frankenstorm-Sandy.

The industry isn’t just juicing up the weather on carbon steroids, they’re blocking any attempts to put the planet into rehab.

BIG OIL CAUSED HURRICANE SANDY! And they’ll do it again unless we crush them!

Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!

And this is no Halloween Mask. It’s just a Boo! We’re crazed liberals!

Yesterday Mitt Romney turned a previously scheduled campaign event in Ohio into a hurricane relief event. Romney asked supporters to bring canned goods and other supplies to help storm victims recover on the East Coast. He only spoke for ten minutes at the event and quickly jumped in to help load supplies. His campaign bus has been accepting hurricane relief donations since Monday in Northern Virginia. Sounds like a great idea right? Not according to MSNBC. Reporters and anchors at the far-left TV outlet were appalled at Romney’s efforts to give back to the community, after all, his charity and generosity doesn’t fit with their “Romney is an evil rich guy who doesn’t care about regular people” narrative.

And yes you heard them correctly, they are actually criticizing Romney for trying to help people.

“Romney donates goods against Red Cross Guidelines” is the Banner on MSNBC.

THAT EVIL,RICH BASTARD! How dare he donate to people in need! He’s just doing it to buy votes! He’s a Heartless meanie!

Aside: Virtually every headline in the “Politics” section of The Huffington Post are attacks on Romney’s alleged position on cutting or eliminating FEMA.

Fear and Smear. NO Disaster is too big or too small for Liberals to get up on their high horse and pontificate about how politically evil their opponents are and How you should vote for them because the other guy’s an asshole!

So EVEN Hurricane relief is political to the LEFT.

So as I have said previously, even making toast is a political maneuver for the Left. Everything is Political. Everything must be made political.

So they can take cheap political shots and childish personal attacks on you.

FEAR IS HOPE

FEAR IS EVERYTHING

So how long before it becomes “racist”??

JOBS UPDATE:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Tuesday that employers issued 1,316 “mass layoff actions” (affecting 50 workers or more) in September; more than 122,000 workers were affected overall. USA Today financial reporter Matt Krantz wrote that “(m)uch of the recent layoff activity is connected to what’s been the slowest period of earnings growth since the third quarter of 2009.” Some necessary restructuring is underway in response to the stagnant European economy. But more and more U.S. businesses are putting the blame — bravely and squarely — right where it belongs: on the obstructionist policies and regulatory schemes of the blame-shifter-in-chief.

Last week, Ohio-based auto parts manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. warned employees of potential layoffs amid “looming concern” about the economy. President and CEO Roger Wood specifically mentioned the walloping burden of “increasing taxes on small businesses” and the need to “offset increased costs that are placed on us through new laws and regulations.”

Case in point: Obamacare. The mandate will cost Dana Holding Corp., which employs some 24,500 workers, “approximately $24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses.” As Ohio Watchdog blogger Maggie Thurber reported, the firm’s Toledo area corporate offices laid off seven white-collar employees last Friday; company insiders told her more were on the way. They are not alone.

On Tuesday, Consol Energy issued a federally mandated layoff disclosure announcing its “intent to idle its Miller Creek surface operations near Naugatuck, W.Va.” The move will affect the company’s Wiley Surface Mine, Wiley Creek Surface Mine, Minway Surface Mine, Minway Preparation Plant and Miller Creek Administration Group, all in Mingo County, W.Va. Despite state approval, cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and myriad other agencies, and a stellar safety record, Obama’s EPA dragged its feet on the permit approval process. The impasse has forced layoffs of 145 Consol Energy employees that will hit at the end of the year. They are not alone.

In August, Robert E. Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation in Ohio, blasted the White House anti-coal agenda for the layoffs and closure of his company’s mine. He told Obama water-carrying CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that “the many regulations that (Obama) and his radical appointees and the U.S. EPA have put on the use of coal, there are dozens of them and collectively by his own energy administration, have closed 175 power plants.” As O’Brien barked at her guest about purported environmental objections, Murray explained that “we cannot get permits for these mines. They are delaying the issuance of permits. If you can’t get the permit, you can’t have the mine. … I created those jobs, and I put the investment in that mine. And when it came time to lay the people off, I went up personally and talked to every one of them myself to lay them off. It’s a human issue.”

And it’s an innovation issue, too. As I reported in February, Obamacare’s impending 2.3 percent medical device excise tax has already wrought havoc on the industry:

Stryker, a maker of artificial hips and knees based in Kalamazoo, Mich., is slashing 5 percent of its global workforce (an estimated 1,000 workers) this coming year to reduce costs related to Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.

Covidien, a N.Y.-based surgical supplies manufacturer, recently announced layoffs of 200 American workers and plans to move some of its plant work to Mexico and Costa Rica, in part because of the coming tax hit.

Mass.-based Zoll Medical Corp., which makes defibrillators and employs some 1,800 workers in the U.S. and around the world, says the medical device tax will cost the company between $5 million and $10 million a year.

This July, Indiana’s Cook Medical Inc. shelved plans to open five new plants because of the imminent medical device tax hit. They are not alone.

The heads of Koch Industries, Westgate Resorts and ASG Software Solutions have all separately informed their employees of prosperity-undermining Obama economic politics. Left-wing groups have lambasted the executives for exercising their political free speech.

But they have remained silent while the White House corruptocrats bribed federal defense contractors into delaying federally mandated layoff disclosures before the election. In a memo now being investigated on Capitol Hill, Obama promised to cover the legal fees of Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors if they ignored legal requirements to inform workers in advance about so-called sequestration cuts to the military’s budget scheduled to kick in next year.

Truth suppression is a time-honored Obama tactic, of course. Remember: The administration and its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill attempted to punish Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and ATT in 2010 for disclosing how the costs of Obamacare taxes were hitting their bottom lines — even though they were simply following SEC disclosure requirements. The White House also tried to silence insurers who dared to inform their customers about how Obamacare was driving up premiums. Not this time.

The administration’s bully boys don’t have enough whitewash and duct tape to cover up the past, present and future devastation of the president and his economic demolition team. (Michelle Malkin)

But it’s all Bush’s Fault! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Cooling Out

“Anytime a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans who were serving our country get killed, we have to figure out what happened and fix it,” he said, speaking with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in New Hampshire. “But I do take offense with some suggestion that in any way, we haven’t tried to make sure that the American people knew as the information was coming in what we believed.” (RCP)

Obama: “If four Americans get killed, it’s not OPTIMAL”

That’s why he said “act of terror” the day after (The talking point) and then blamed a film for weeks then switched to the State Department did it, then the CIA did it, and finally stop blaming me for lying about it, damn you! 🙂

That’s cleared that up. 🙂

Obama “Playing President” During Sandy, But Not For Benghazi

“Well, he says he’s not concerned about the impact on the elections,” syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said about Obama and Hurricane Sandy on Monday’s broadcast of “Special Report” on FOX News. “I’m sure he’s very sincere on that. It is a little odd that he shows up in the briefing room, where he hasn’t shown up in the briefing room for about, what, a month and a half? On Libya, or for everything else for that matter. Then you get the photo-ops of him in the Situation Room deploying, I guess, the utility crews who will restore power all over America. Whereas you would think he might want to use the Situation Room and had convene high level people during the nine hours our people were under attack in Benghazi.”

“It’s hard to look at this, playing the president, playing the Commander in Chief in what’s a natural disaster that really doesn’t a lot of leadership from the White House,” Krauthammer said. “It’s up to the Governors mostly. The White House and the Governors release money, that’s about all that they do. And he’s really good at releasing money and pretending it’s not about politics. He wants to use this to show himself in command and I think he might actually be the beneficiary of the fact that all national attention is drawn away for three days. Romney clearly had the momentum, it slowed down but it was still heading in his direction. It’s not clear what happens when the country sort of wakes up out of this in three days and restarts attention on the campaign, whether the momentum will be gone or not. I mean, that’s an open question.”

“I think Charles is a little too hard on Obama. Frankly, it’s huge progress that he didn’t blame this hurricane on a video,” Jonah Goldberg, fellow “Special Report” panelist, joked.

“Or on George Bush,” Krauthammer shot back. (RCP)

YET. 🙂

The brilliant Thomas Sowell nails it: Confidence men know that their victim — “the mark” as he has been called — is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated. But it makes a big difference whether he realizes it immediately, and goes to the police, or realizes it after the confidence man is long gone.

So part of the confidence racket is creating a period of uncertainty, during which the victim is not yet sure of what is happening. This delaying process has been called “cooling out the mark.”

The same principle applies in politics. When the accusations that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton first surfaced, he flatly denied them all. Then, as the months passed, the truth came out — but slowly, bit by bit. One of Clinton’s own White House aides later called it “telling the truth slowly.”

By the time the whole truth came out, it was called “old news,” and the clever phrase now was that we should “move on.”

It was a successful “cooling out” of the public, keeping them in uncertainty so long that, by the time the whole truth came out, there was no longer the same outrage as if the truth had suddenly come out all at once. Without the support of an outraged public, the impeachment of President Clinton fizzled out in the Senate.

We are currently seeing another “cooling out” process, growing out of the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11th this year.

The belated release of State Department e-mails shows that the Obama administration knew, while the attack on the American consulate was still underway, that it was a coordinated, armed terrorist attack. They were getting reports from those inside the consulate who were under attack, as well as surveillance pictures from a camera on an American drone overhead.

About an hour before the attack, the scene outside was calm enough for the American ambassador to accompany a Turkish official to the gates of the consulate to say goodbye. This could hardly have happened if there were protesting mobs there.

Why then did both President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice keep repeating the story that this was a spontaneous protest riot against an anti-Islamic video in America?

The White House knew the facts — but they knew that the voting public did not. And it mattered hugely whether the facts became known to the public before or after the election. What the White House needed was a process of “cooling out” the voters, keeping them distracted or in uncertainty as long as possible.

Not only did the Obama administration keep repeating the false story about an anti-Islamic video being the cause of a riot that turned violent, the man who produced that video was tracked down and arrested, creating a media distraction.

All this kept the video story front and center, with the actions and inactions of the Obama administration kept in the background. The White House had to know that it was only a matter of time before the truth would come out. But time was what mattered, with an election close at hand. The longer they could stretch out the period of distraction and uncertainty — “cooling out” the voters — the better. Once the confidence man in the White House was reelected, it would be politically irrelevant what facts came out.

As the Obama administration’s video story began to slowly unravel, their earlier misstatements were blamed on “the fog of war” that initially obscures many events. But there was no such “fog of war” in this case. The Obama administration knew what was happening while it was happening.

They didn’t know all the details — and we may never know all the details — but they knew enough to know that this was no protest demonstration that got out of hand.

From the time it took office, the Obama administration has sought to suppress the very concept of a “war on terror” or the terrorists’ war on us. The painful farce of calling the Fort Hood murders “workplace violence,” instead of a terrorist attack in our midst, shows how far the Obama administration would go to downplay the dangers of Islamic extremist terrorism.

The killing of Osama bin Laden fed the pretense that the terrorism threat had been beaten. But the terrorists’ attack in Libya exposed that fraud — and required another fraud to try to “cool out” the voters until after election day.

AMEN!

NEXT TUESDAY- NOVEMBER IS HERE!

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Abuse of Power

Another amoral, unethical, cross-the-line, vicious, win-at-any-cost even if we have to use children to do it ad From Obama:

A new video from the founders of a celebrated advertising agency features children “of the future” singing about the aftermath of a Mitt Romney presidency: A world where sick people are required to “just die,” the atmosphere is “frying,” gays can be “fixed” and “oil fills the sea.”

The children, who stare blankly at the camera throughout the video, even take pains to explicitly mention that they blame “mom and dad” for all those horrors.

Apocalypse Much? Over-The-Top Much?

You must let Government take over every aspect of your life, or else the Apocalypse will come.

Personally, I think it’s coming either way because of the all-or-nothing no compromise politics of the 21st Century, but at least if we get Obama out of the way it will be less of one.

But don’t worry, just like Hurricane Sandy, it will all be George W Bush’s fault! :

One Hurricane note I found particularly interesting (The Mount Holly, NJ Station):

IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT, THINK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, THINK ABOUT THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO REACH YOU WHEN YOU MAKE THE PANICKED PHONE CALL TO BE RESCUED, THINK ABOUT THE RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.

Narcissistic Eastern Shore Liberals think of someone but themselves. Parish the thought. They surely will.

And next year when their homeowners insurance rates go up because of the damage they’ll whine that they don’t want to pay for other people’s problems.

The cynical hilarity of it all will be lost on them.

LIBYA UPDATE

Obama is still trying to avoid answering anything substantive at all.

President Obama declined to answer directly whether a CIA annex was denied urgent requests for military assistance during the deadly attacks last month on U.S. outposts in Libya.

The president did not give a yes-or-no answer Friday when asked pointedly whether the Americans under attack in Benghazi, Libya, were denied requests for help during the attack.

The election has nothing to do with the four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened,” the president said in TV interview with an NBC affiliate in Colorado.

Why isn’t the election about this, Mr. Lead-From-Behind?

When asked again, Obama said, “The minute I found out what was going on, I gave three very clear directives — Number 1, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.” 

<<CYNICAL ROTFL>> So that’s why he blamed it on a film for weeks and now refused to answer any questions with anything other than evasion!
Here’s Senator John McCain of Arizona on CBS’s Face the Nation:

You know, this administration is very good at touting and giving all the details like when they got Bin Laden. But now, we know that there were tapes, recordings inside the consulate during this fight, and they’ve gotten—they came—the F.B.I. finally got in and took those, and now they’re classified as “top secret.” Why would they be top secret? So the president went on various shows, despite what he said he said in the Rose Garden, about terrorist acts, he went on several programs, including “The View” including “Letterman” including before the U.N., where he continued to refer, days later, many days later, to this as a spontaneous demonstration because of a hateful video. We know that is patently false. What did the president know? When did he know it? And what did he do about it?

McCain said for “literally days and days” the White House “told the American people something that had no basis in fact whatsoever.”(WS)

And I’m no fan of McCain’s but he is right. And the Ministry of Truth and the President are blowing it off because they have something more important in mind – His re-coronation as The Emperor Who Has No Clothes.

But at least he does it in style:

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. (DC)

It’s good to be the King.

NOVEMBER IS VERY CLOSE!

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Progress

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

The Fruits of Obama’s “better relations” and “destruction” of Al-Qaeda:

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Egyptians to restart their revolution to press for Islamic law and called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, the SITE Intelligence Group said Friday.

In a video released on jihadist forums and translated by the US monitoring service, Zawahiri also lashed out at President Barack Obama, calling him a liar and demanding he admit defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa.

Criticizing the new Egyptian government — led by a president drawn from the Muslim Brotherhood — as corrupt, he said a battle is being waged in Egypt between a secular minority and Muslims seeking implementation of Shariah law. (france24)

Despite real-time video, emails to the White House and desperate cries for help, our defense secretary says we didn’t send rescue forces to our Benghazi consulate because we didn’t know what was going on.

In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there’s “a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.”

That would seem to sum up the Obama administration’s assessment of and story line about the Middle East — it has no real-time clue about what’s going on. Osama bin Laden is dead, but Islamofascism is very much alive, and to send an ambassador and his diplomatic mission into harm’s way without so much as a Marine security detachment with bayonets is unconscionable.

Excuse us, Mr. Secretary, but your administration had a drone over the consulate on Sept. 11, and you and President Obama had a meeting that included Vice President Joe “Nobody Told Us” Biden in the Oval Office at 5 p.m. Washington time, a little more than an hour after the onset of the attack. There were at least 50 minutes of real-time video of the attack as the battle was sent streaming directly to the Situation Room in the White House.

Real-time emails were also pouring into the Situation Room detailing that 20 armed terrorists were attacking our Benghazi consulate, that Ambassador Stevens was crouched in a safe room waiting for help as the al-Qaida terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia was taking credit for the attack. Most claims of responsibility for a terrorist attack come days after the event. This was, as they say, in “real-time.”

If indeed you had insufficient knowledge concerning the attack itself, you certainly had knowledge of the threat. Ambassador Stevens had been begging for even the most basic security, and all his requests for additional security were denied. And how about this little factoid: the Benghazi consulate was and is sovereign U.S. territory that you and President Obama had a responsibility and duty to defend. (IBD)

But the only thing they want to defend is Barack’s political ass.

A Famous  Quote from our Dear Leader:

“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

An Even Better one for all of us:

“The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.” — Plato

So If you want better, VOTE. If you want Obama out, VOTE. If you want Democrats defeated, VOTE.

It’s that simple. If you don’t vote, don’t Bitch.

I vote. I really bitch! 🙂

His ALL-IN (the shit) Energy Policy:

It’s not that Obama necessarily hates profits. What he’s really concerned about is where they end up.

“Greater profits,” he said in February 2011, “have to be shared by American workers.” So rather than letting profits accrue to those who earned them, the president wants them to be “shared” in a way that he approves.

Profit-loathing isn’t limited to the White House. It’s partywide. Democrats from top to bottom are agitated when corporations profit, especially oil companies.

This couldn’t have been more clear than when earlier this year, six House Democrats — Reps. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), Bob Filner (Calif.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), Jim Langevin (R.I.), and Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) — proposed a Reasonable Profits Board that would levy a 50% to 100% tax on oil company earnings that exceeded a “reasonable profit” limit.

Former House speaker and current Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was not among those who put together the totalitarian-sounding Reasonable Profits Board. But she’s been known to spit out phrases such as “record profits,” “profiteering,” “highly profitable,” when describing oil companies’ earnings.

On the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Harry Reid, who still runs the Senate for the Democrats, has similar ill feelings toward health insurance companies.

In Reid’s mind, the “profit motive” of insurers has “almost destroyed our economy.” He’s complained — incorrectly — “they make more money than any other business in America today,” implying that there is something wrong with making more than everyone else and forgetting that some industry has to come out on top.

Unless, of course, we live in a nation in which the government uses its force to even all outcomes. Could it be that’s what the Democrats are really trying to achieve?

The Democrats’ war on profits is just as shameful at the grass-roots level. Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, discovered just how intense the animosity is when he spoke to Democrats at their convention this year in Charlotte, N.C. He was told that Washington should mandate “corporate losses,” ban corporate profits, “limit” corporate profits and put a “cap” on them.

Predictable. And so, unfortunately, was the response of a woman who initially said she didn’t know enough about banning corporate profits to offer an opinion, only to later say she would favor a ban if Obama approved of one. Why? Because, she gushed, “I will support anything my president wants to do.”

There is an ugly jealousy and spitefulness that runs deep and wide through today’s Democratic Party.

It shows in the desperation of the Obama re-election campaign. It’s supposed to be the party of peace and unity. But it’s become a party of division and disunity. (IBD)

I would add Disrespect, distraction, disgust, and Disharmony.

Ignorance is the Best Strategy

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

The emails documented that within two hours of the attack, the State Department had told the Obama administration that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for this terrorist attack.

This is news because White House press secretary Jay Carney said on September 14: “We have no information to suggest it was a pre-planned attack.” The emails show they did, in fact, have information suggesting a planned terrorist attack, yet President Obama and his spokesmen for days lied to the American people, falsely claiming it was a “spontaneous” attack spurred by a “video.”

ABC NEWS gave it 20 seconds.
25 seconds on “Good Morning America” and 20 seconds on “World News” Wednesday night.  “Good Morning America” skipped the story entirely on Thursday morning, but did commit nearly 2 minutes to the capture of a monkey in Florida. “World News” did not mention the emails on Thursday night.

The Ministry of Truth in action to suppress anything bad for their guy. And then they go digging for silly stories about the opposition. But don’t worry, they still they aren’t propagandists rather than “journalists”

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.” 

Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight. 

At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. 

CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood, though, denied the claims that requests for support were turned down. 

“We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi,” she said. “Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.  In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.” 

The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. (FOX)

Either way, it still proves this wasn’t about a video, but it was about the Obama Administration “I got Bin Laden” Bad ass “improving” relations in the area perception filters.

Then the CIA didn’t want to be thrown under the bus.

The CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ” 

So who in the government did tell “anybody” not to help those in need? Someone decided not to send in military assets to help those Agency operators. Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? No.

It would have been a presidential decision. There was presumably a rationale for such a decision. What was it? When and why—and based on whose counsel obtained in what meetings or conversations—did President Obama decide against sending in military assets to help the Americans in need?

We should want to know. He doesn’t want anyone to care because he wants to be re-elected first, then he can appoint his “independent” commission (if re-elected) to study it for the next 4 years so that it’s utterly meaningless.

After being asked about possible denials of requests for aid, and whether it’s fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and won’t be released until after the election, the president said, “the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me who I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.”

President Obama told KUSA-TV’s Kyle Clarke large that “we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we’re going to bring those folks to justice. So, we’re going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but we’re also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks.”

Potential OCTOBER Surprise anyone? 🙂 (Bring the ones who did to drone justice so they can’t tell anyone it wasn’t “spontaneous” or related to a film). Coldly cynical. Coldly political. If he can manage it.

Clark pressed again.

“Were they denied requests for help during the attack?” he asked.

“Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.”

Earlier today, Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin reported that CIA agents in the second U.S. compound in Benghazi were denied requests for help.

In response, CIA spokesperson Jennifer Youngblood said, “We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.” (Jake Tapper)

Gee, I thought it was the fault of a film. He said so at the UN. And his flunkies said it for weeks afterwards. So that’s he’s idea of “finding out what happened?”

Fascinating.

But don’t worry, it’s political because Romney and Ryan keep bringing it up! 🙂

AND IN ECONOMIC NEWS:

the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.

“According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795,” the Senate Budget Committee notes. “If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194 in 2011.”  

This dollar figure is almost three times the amount the average household on poverty lives on per year. “If the spending on these programs were converted into cash, and distributed exclusively to the nation’s households below the poverty line, this cash amount would be over 2.5 times the federal poverty threshold for a family of four, which in 2011 was $22,350. (WS)

And yet poverty is going UP. Amazing how that works. 50 years of the War on Poverty and they still can’t get fixed by throwing money at it.

And we end with another Bidenism. Ah, Joe, you’re so funny…

“But you can’t erase what you’ve already done, they’ve voted to extend tax cuts for the very wealthy, giving a $500 trillion dollar tax-cut to 120,000 families.”

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

Second Term

The number of American workers collecting federal disability insurance benefits hit yet another record high in October, according to the

Social Security Administration. This month 8.8 million disabled workers are collecting benefits, up from the previous record of 8.7 million set in September.

In February 2009, the first full month after President Barack Obama took office, there were 7.4 million workers collecting federal disability insurance. Thus, so far in Obama’s term, the number of workers collecting disability has increased by 1.3 million. That works out to a net increase of about 30K per month, or an average increase of about 975 per day (KFYI)

Obama: “I don’t want your vote just because of what I have done; I want your vote because of what I’m going to do.”

But what he’s going to do is a horror show of unbelievable socialism. So ignore what I HAVE Done. Just HOPE I do better next time (though when I don’t it will STILL be Bush’s fault and/or The Republicans)

Have Faith. Ignore the Facts.

Proof Denies Faith, and without faith I am nothing” — Douglas Adams.

Obama in Florida: “When you elect a president, you’re counting on somebody you can trust to fight for you, who you can trust to do what they say they’re going to do, who can trust — that you can trust to make sure that when something unexpected happens, he or she is going to be thinking about your families, your future. Trust matters. And, Florida, you know me. You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say.”
It was the Film’s Fault! 🙂
It was George Bush’s Fault!
It’s was Corporate America’s Fault!
It’s Rich people’s Fault!
We are do better in the Middle East than ever before… 🙂

Anyone wondering why President Obama waited to reveal his second-term agenda should read his “plan.” It’s nothing but a stage prop full of recycled policies, failed ideas and stuff he ignored in his first term.

Even crediting Obama with putting forth a new plan is being too generous. All he really did was scrape together the handful of proposals he’d put up on his campaign website and add some nice photos and pretty graphics.

But since he’s waving around his 20-page, seven-point (two more than Romney’s!) plan at every campaign stop and acting like it’s a credible strategy to create jobs, we feel it deserves a careful reading. Here’s what we found.

• No credible tax reform plans. Obama says he’ll create a million manufacturing jobs in four years, first by reforming the corporate tax code.

We’re all for cutting the corporate tax rate and simplifying the code, but Obama had the chance to make this happen in his first term, after his own Economic Recovery Advisory Board urged such reforms back in August 2010.

Instead, he waited until February 2012 to put out a sketchy tax reform “framework.” And even that ignored many of the board’s recommendations.

Obama also says he’ll eliminate “tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas and use the savings to create new a tax credit for companies that bring jobs home.”

This is precisely what Sen. John Kerry proposed when he ran for president in 2004. In fact, Kerry’s economic adviser, Gene Sperling — who now heads Obama’s National Economic Council — used the same language back then, saying Kerry was committed to “eliminating tax incentives to move jobs overseas and using those funds to create incentives for new jobs and investment in the United States.”

The problem is that whenever anyone looks into this, they come to the same conclusion: There’s nothing there. A FactCheck.org report on Kerry’s plan in 2004 said off-shoring was “a minor problem that Kerry’s plan wouldn’t do much to fix.”

This year the same group pointed out that “there is no specific tax break for the sole purpose of relocating a U.S. job to another country.”

• Nothing for small businesses. Obama proposes cutting taxes on small business who hire new workers or increase wages. But this idea has already been tried and repeatedly found wanting.

A 2010 Congressional Research Service report concluded that these kinds of tax breaks haven’t been “as effective in increasing employment as desired.”

Obama also says he will expand the small business health insurance tax break included in ObamaCare. The problem is, this temporary credit has already been a massive failure, attracting just 170,000 small firms where Obama had predicted up to 4 million.

• Bogus deficit cuts. Obama says he has a “balanced” plan to cut the projected 10-year deficit by $4 trillion, using $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes.

But Obama’s own budget, released in February 2012, proves his plan would do nothing of the sort.

That document shows Obama would shave just $2 trillion off the projected $8.7 trillion in deficits, and would do so almost entirely through tax hikes, with $20 in new revenue for every $1 in spending cuts.

• More failed energy policies. Obama’s new energy plan is little changed from his old one — more “clean energy,” more investment in “high-tech” batteries, more money spent on wind and solar, onerous fuel economy rules for cars, and a mandate that a certain percentage of electric power come from renewable energy.

But those policies resulted in tens of billions of tax dollars wasted on failed companies and higher energy prices. The only thing new in Obama’s energy proposals is that he’s now hiding his massively expensive commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

• Phony education reforms. Four years ago, Obama promised to make college tuition more affordable and community college “completely free.”

But even with all the federal grant money and tax breaks Obama’s piled on, net college costs climbed 14% in the past four years, and community college costs are basically unchanged. Now Obama says he’ll cut college tuition growth rates in half, but hasn’t offered any realistic way to do so.

Obama’s other big idea is to hire 100,000 math and science teachers. But when Democrats tried to get this done last year, they couldn’t even get a bill to the floor of either the House or Senate.

• ObamaCare, seriously? The fact that Obama felt the need to include ObamaCare in his seven-point plan for the future shows just how bereft he is of new ideas.

• No entitlement reforms. And, finally, Obama’s Medicare and Social Security reform ideas can be summed up in three words: Just say no.

Obama promises only to block Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform idea and fight against any plan that would let today’s young workers invest Social Security taxes in private investment accounts. But he has no plans of his own to save either program from bankruptcy.

Obama might think that brandishing a shiny document and talking vaguely about “Moving America Forward” and “The New Economic Patriotism” will be enough to keep voters in his camp, just as “Hope and Change” did four years ago.

We suspect there are a lot of voters out there who don’t want to be fooled again. (IBD)

But I suspect there are plenty of them.
BENGHAZI

Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveals details of meeting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the publically broadcast memorial service for the slain Americans at Andrews Air Force Base only days after the attack. And, in a recent radio appearance, Woods publicly questions who made the call not to send in back-up forces to possibly save his son’s life, as well as the three other Americans killed in Benghazi (which includes the American ambassador to Libya).

“When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’”

“I could tell that he was not sorry,” he added. “He had no remorse.”

Well, you are peasant and he has to do this because he’s required to but you are beneath him, you know.
This was just a political annoyance that had to be swept away.

Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”

“It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.

“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Woods continues. “She came over and, you know, did the same thing—separately came over and talked with me. I gave her a hug, shook her hand. And she did not appear to be one bit sincere—at all. And you know, she mentioned that the thing about, we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”

“We’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video.”-Hillary Clinton previously told him.

MORE LIES

Obama: “That organization [Planned Parenthood] provides millions of women with cervical cancer screenings, mammograms.”

No they don’t.

But who cares if he’s lying, certainly not him, his sycophants, or the Ministry of Truth.

“In many ways, because of the actions we took early on, we’re actually ahead of pace in the typical recovery out of a recession like this,” Obama said.

BULLCRAP!

http://www.minneapolisfed.org/publications_papers/studies/recession_perspective/

In the 12 quarters since the Obama recovery started, real GDP has climbed 6.7%. That’s below even the GDP growth rate in the 12 quarters after the 1980 recession ended — despite the fact that there was the intervening deep and prolonged 1981-82 recession.

The picture isn’t any better when looking at job growth.

Obama often boasts that the economy has added 5.2 million private-sector jobs in the 31 months since employment bottomed out in February 2010. But that rate of job growth lags every previous recovery as well if, as Obama does, you start counting at the point where jobs bottomed out.

Bush oversaw 5.3 million new private-sector jobs in the 31 months after employment hit bottom in mid-2003. Under Reagan, private-sector jobs climbed 8.2 million during a comparable time period.

What’s more, Obama’s recovery has reclaimed only about half the jobs lost during the recession. That’s a far cry from prior recoveries, which saw the number of jobs exceed the previous peak by this point.

In fact, had job growth under Obama kept pace with the previous worst recovery since World War II, there would be nearly 6 million more people with jobs today.

To be fair, the president uses a qualifier in his quote, comparing his recovery to others “out of a recession like this.”

In the past, Obama has argued that recoveries from a financial crisis like the one that caused 2007-09 recession are invariably slow and painful.

In June, for example, Obama said that “this was not your normal recession.”

He added that “throughout history, it has typically taken countries up to 10 years to recover from financial crises of this magnitude. Today, the economies of many European countries still aren’t growing. And their unemployment rate averages around 11%.”

Obama points to the work of economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, who say that recoveries from financial crises tend to be protracted. Recently, the two wrotethat “if one compares U.S. output per capita and employment performance with those of other countries that suffered systemic financial crises in 2007-08, the U.S. performance is better than average.”

But the claim that financial crises always produce slow recoveries isn’t set in stone.

In fact, an October 2011 paper by the Atlanta Fed concluded that “U.S. history provides no support for linking low employment and high unemployment in the current recovery with the financial crisis of 2007—2008.”

And a November 2011 paper by economists at Rutgers University and the Cleveland Fed concluded that while recessions tied to financial crises tend to be deeper than average, the recoveries also tend to be stronger than average.

Study co-author Michael Bardo noted that, based on these findings, “the slow recovery that we are experiencing from the recession that ended in July 2009 is an exception to the historical pattern.”(IBD)

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The Sloth

Today is my 50th Birthday. So Happy Birthday to me, Mr President…

My New Bumper Sticker, Just for you! 🙂

Question: When Does anything not become Bush’s Fault?

Answer: When Romney Wins! Then it’s all HIS fault! 🙂

Addendum: If Obama wins, it’s all the “Congress’s” Fault (aka Republicans).

Oh Happy Days.

As I have gotten older and especially after my mom died 2 years ago mortality is much more on my mind.

Childhood heroes like Neil Armstrong start dropping like flies.

And even though I don’t have kids I wonder about the younger generations.

I am not consumed by “What’s in it for Me?!”

Hence, why I am a Tea Party Conservative. I want all this damn ridiculous overspending to stop because as Margret Thatcher once said (in paraphrase),”You eventually run out of other people’s money” and this game of borrowing money so you can spend it to kiss someone elses ass or  because you want to control everyone is just not going to work in the long run.

But these people aren’t thinking of the long run. Myopia is the watch word these days. 2 weeks from now when the election is over they will start running for 2014. And if Obama wins he’ll just be The King. 🙂

And “the people”, at least 47% of them will be looking for new handouts of “free” money or money taken from evil rich people who don’t need so why not give it to them. (because you don’t deserve it, perhaps?)

In my lifetime this country has gone from the self-reliant king of innovations to the sloth of an entitlement me-culture. And the most likely victims of this are much younger than I and have been raised by these people to be just like them.

But I still worry about them.

Unlike the Left. The supposed champions of these people. They just want to breed dependence and have done pretty awesome job of turning innovators into sloths.

Buy hey, sloths, vote for Democrats and that’s all that matters to them.

And as for the Republicans, well they too just want to be elected or re-elected and have bought the sloth and the sloth won. So they need to grow some balls.

And that’s the bottom line. Because, that’s what’s in it for them. 🙂

Oh, and by the way, that evil horse owning elitist witch who “never worked a day in her life” and has poor people to chew her food for her, Ann Romney is on Rachael Ray today, Check your Local Listings.

Now, I’m off to a Day long Marathon of Doctor Who!

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