Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Baby, do you understand me now?
Sometimes I feel a little mad
But don’t you know that no one alive can always be an angel
When things go wrong I feel real bad.

“Obama, our patience has its limit. Don’t blame us if your citizens die. Blame yourself. U started it!”

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Demonstrators handed a memo to an American embassy official, demanding a US apology, “maximum sentences” for the movie-makers and an investigation into whether there was a “planned agenda to provoke hatred and anger towards Muslims”.(1)

Well that’s unfair.  Obama did not “start this”.  Yes, the movie was made in America, supposedly by an American.  It’s not Obama’s doing or his fault we have these pesky laws like freedom of speech.  There have been many instances where Christian and other faiths have been insulted in movies and print.  And Obama should get credit, the movie director has even been arrested on bogus charges and he’s attempted to halt its being shown on UTube.(2)  He’s breaking our laws trying to appease all the Muslims who are offended.  Well, with so many amendments, who can blame him for forgetting that first one?  Sarcasm aside, nothing offended me more than his “bump in the road” comment.  And I want to be “fair”, he was talking about the Middle East and the US relations with all countries there, but our ambassador was just murdered and drug thru the streets on 9/11!  He killed OBL and made damned sure everyone knew and gave him credit.  OK, that one’s yours Barrack.  You scored BIG!

Baby, sometimes I’m so carefree
With a joy that’s hard to hide
And sometimes it seems that, all I have to do is worry
And then you’re bound to see my other side

The thing is, while you were doing your victory dance, while you were assasinating American citizens with drone-fired missiles, (isn’t there some other pesky amendment thingy about a right to a trial, jury of your peers?) while you were busy waging war as you saw fit, some of the enemy were planning a little payback.  Ah, but you never claimed experience on foreign affairs, that was the reason given for Biden’s VP job.  Maybe you needed another advisor or influence, back in your younger years, someone to plant a seed on the consequences of American imperialism.  What was that line Rev. Wright made famous?

America’s “Chickens coming home to roost”.(3)

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

And forgive me here if I am unclear, I am not taking a position on Obama being right or wrong in these actions he has taken.  I do think several of them are illegal, but wish to put that aside for my main point, the consequences of his action have come home to “roost” and he was unprepared.  He was oblivious!  Just weeks before the media & my liberal friends were all over Romney on his lack of foreign policy experience and harping on him major mistakes in Israel, the UK, etc..  Where did all those stories go?  Anyone want to bet the NFL Ref strike was engineered by either the media or Obama?  “We need something else to talk about!  “Obama administration states the Libya attack was not a terrorist attack!”  Quick, you zebra’s go on strike!”  (Well, after close to a week, they did agree it was terrorists, way to be on top of things there guys)  I seem to recall an outraged media blaming Bush for being asleep at the wheel.  Hello!  Any reporters out there?  We’ed like to know who attacked us and why?

J. Christopher Stevens…What I’ve read of him he was truly one of the great ones!  Blessed be the peacemakers.  He was active traveling and meeting all the people in Libya, not just hiding in an office.  He deserves better than what has been done and said after his death.

The US president condemned the violence that erupted over the “disgusting” anti-Islam video as “an attack on UN ideals”.

Referring to the US envoy who was killed in Benghazi on 11 September during protests sparked by the video, Mr Obama challenged the UN to affirm that “our future will be determined by people like Christopher Stevens, and not by his killers”.

“It is time to marginalise those who – even when not resorting to violence – use hatred of America, or the West, or Israel as a central principle of politics,” said Mr Obama.

“That brand of politics only makes it harder to achieve what we must do together: educating our children and creating the opportunities they deserve; protecting human rights and extending democracy’s promise.”

It was a terrorist attack!  It had nothing to do with the video!  You killed OBL!!  Guess what, some people didn’t think that was a “good thing”.  No matter what your belief, I think David and Goliath makes for a good story.  The theme is repeated in countless stories.  In this one, David would be played by Bin Laden, the United States of America would be the other guy.  And sure, there’s a plot twist, Goliath is too big for any one or even a thousand warriors to slay, but he can sure be hit hard.  This is what I see as terrorists and their supporters view of this conflict.  I do not share or agree with them, but think someone dealing in foreign policy had better appreciate when he unleashes the “dogs of war”, not everyone will share his worldview.  The last reports I read say there was no “threat assessment” done in Libya before sending in our diplomatic mission.  The president is over the Dept. of State, Hillary answers to him.  He is also Commander-in-Chief.  I think the navy has a habit of replacing any captain that allows their ship to be damaged except in actual combat.  A friend driving for UPS told me if they are in any accident, they are fired.  Get rear-ended by a drunk driver while parked, “sorry dude, that’s our policy.”  Anyone remember the saying, “the buck stops here?”  obviously no one in Obama’s admin has heard that one or thinks it should apply to them.  Obama’s administration stated the Libya attack was mob violence sparked by the anti-Movie.  This has been stated at the highest levels even after the CIA and others have made it clear it was al-Qaeda terrorists.  The Obama administration knows this but is doing some sort of Ostrich diplomacy to skirt facing the consequences.  The only consequences they seem to care about is the presidential race.  The majority of the media seem happy to follow along.  Osama Bin Laden’s successors have just killed the US ambassador to Libya.  A country the US just helped overthrow the government of without legal declaration of war.  Obama’s war!  Where does that buck get passed to now?  Well, as Obama himself has said, policy is not that important.  What is important is telling a good story, which inspired the title to this little rant.

He entered the national spotlight demonstrating expert skills in oration, but President Obama says it’s actually been in the area of communication where he’s committed his greatest error.

“The mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right,” the president said Thursday in a sit-down interview with CBS News anchor Charlie Rose. “And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

If I seem edgy, I want you to know,

That I never mean to take it out on you

Life has its problems, and I get my share,

And that’s one thing I never mean to do

Cause I love you,

Oh,

President Obama said he’s fallen short in “explaining, but also inspiring” the American public, which is why he has been spending more time traveling the country.

He continued, “It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job? And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism.”(4)

    Speaking of rants

Will Ordinary Dems Ever Say ‘Enough’?

By Karin McQuillan

I have a lot of liberal friends.  I know they disagree with Republican principles and proposals — profoundly disagree.  That’s fine.  They are decent, big-hearted, smart people.  They love our country.  I’m proud to have them as friends.  There are many problems that face our nation that should not be partisan.

So when will they say “Enough” to President Obama?

Will I ever hear them say things like what’s below?  For example:

I want honest talk when our embassies are overrun and our ambassador and others murdered — not nonsense that it had “nothing to do with the United States,” 9/11, the killing of bin Laden, the Muslim Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda.  I don’t want to hear about how “it is in response not to U.S. policy, not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video — a film.”  Do not tell me that it was a spontaneous riot caused by an obscure YouTube posting from last June.  Please.  We are really not that stupid.

Oh, oh, oh, baby – don’t you know I’m human
I have thoughts like any other one
Sometimes I find myself, Lord, regretting
Some foolish thing, some little simple thing I’ve done

I don’t want one more lecture on Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance.  Your job is to protect our country from the jihadis, not interfaith outreach.

Why is our national security being limited to drone strikes?  What about the need for intelligence?  If we still had a functioning intelligence capability, wouldn’t we have known about the planning of the attacks in Cairo and Libya?

I want free speech — it is not okay that a man who posts something obnoxious on YouTube was carted  off by federal agents in the middle of the night.

I don’t want my president to meet with Letterman and Beyoncé and refuse to meet with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.  It is a dereliction of your responsibilities.  It is unbefitting and disrespectful to the office of president.  Israel is facing the looming threat of a nuclear Holocaust from Iran.  What on Earth are you doing choosing Letterman over your job as president?

I don’t want my president to hold a fundraiser in Las Vegas instead of staying in Washington when there are anti-American riots in 21 Muslim countries across the globe.

I don’t want my president to tell me that the Muslim Brotherhood are moderates, when their motto is “Jihad is our way.  Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

I don’t want my president to not protect our embassies on 9/11.

I don’t want a president who fought against sanctions on Iran in Congress, then gutted them with hundreds of exemptions, including oil for China, and claims that that’s all he has to do to deal with the threat of a nuclear Iran.

I want a president to attend his national security meetings each day in person so he can ask questions and discuss options, instead of half the time skipping the meeting and reading a brief summary.

Will my Democrat friends ever hold Obama accountable on the economy?  Republicans were revolted by Bush’s overspending, and they created the Tea Party to insist on fiscal responsibility.  Where are the rebels in the Democrat party?  Will they ever say any of what follows?

I want a president who works with his own party and submits a budget to Congress, as required by law.

I want the president to take the debt seriously.

I want to hear how you’re going to save Medicaid and Social Security from going bankrupt.  People rely on those programs.  We can’t afford for them to fail while you are milking them for votes.

Don’t lie to me that “taxing the rich” is going to pay for your yearly trillion-dollar overruns.

Stop printing money to finance our crushing debt burden.  You are jacking up oil prices and the price of everything that is transported.  You are killing the middle class every time they fill up their cars or buy groceries.  You have doubled the price of gas.  Enough.  Stop spending money we don’t have.

Twenty-three million Americans don’t have work.  Fewer people are working now than when you took office.  The recession and banking crisis ended in 2009.  Mr. President, what policies did you put into place to stimulate the private sector, and where are the results?  Any new ideas other than attacking the rich?

My friends are silent, which leaves me with nothing but questions.  Where is their sense of holding Obama responsible — for anything?  Where is there sense of what is creepy behavior by a president?  Obama has time for The Pimp with a Limp, but not for  national security briefings?  Where is their sense of our constitutional rights and protections?  A citizen is carted off by federal agents for posting something on YouTube, and they are silent?  Why aren’t they crying like Clint Eastwood when 23 million fellow Americans are out of work?  How can they want four more years of the same?

This is not what they voted for.  They voted for something much better.  Is there any broken promise, any failure, any lie, any flouting the law, any dereliction of duty, any divisive political tactic that would make them say “Enough”?(5)

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Yes, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Yes, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Yes, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good

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Comments

  1. Good Mornin All 🙂 It’s hunting season, so Bambi better watch out, LOL. I still can’t get past the Obama phone video 🙄 Sad, isn’t it?

    • Morning G! Wish I could right now. Work sure gets in the way of so many important things. Have a buck I need to cull before the rut. Old, runty spike.

    • Good morning, gman.

      Black powder and bow hunting here. Thinking about getting out the Sharps and going….but we have not had a cold snap yet to throw the big boys into rut.

      Turkey and dove a plenty, this year. Not much on quail…fire ants eat the eggs.

  2. Good Morning, SUFA.

    AWOL list:

    1. Mathius
    2. JAC
    3. Buck
    4. USW

    Hope everyone is ok.

  3. @ BF:

    Wall Street is out for us. We have found more lucrative investments to make. The new measures that are being implemented by Obama in 2013 are not worth the effort. We have made the decision to go liquid and take our money out of the Fed, except for the 100K cap. This is sad in a way as we have held some stocks since the early 50’s. Even the tax free muni’s that have been popular are under attack by the Obama administration and appear to be on the road to dissolution. We have decided to take a completely defensive posture for awhile. No hiring, no investments in infrastructure, no investments in municipal’s, no fed investments (bonds and CD’s), and commercial nor public stock offerings or holdings. We are going to stay local and regional and completely be out of the FED.

    I sure hope that the people who have bought hard metals have done so wisely…..I hope that they have it in hand and are not holding “paper”. Hard metals is fast becoming the “new housing market”…..bubble about to burst unless you are holding the hard stuff.

    Economics makes strange bedfellows….eh?

    • You and about 90% of the smart money are doing the same thing.

      Times will be hard for the wage earners – which will drive them toward central politics for their Messiah – which will make the smart money even more terrified… until the Great Default.

      Some are saying 2020 – I can’t see it going on that long… more like 2014/15 for me, but I won’t bet the house on that either.

      People can struggle in futility for a very long time.

      • Yep…it is a sad retort to see the young people and the attitude that they are “owed a living”……very sad…..

        Our prediction is about the same….pretty close. If Obama does get re-elected, we believe that this country is in for some very bleak economic times, prior to 2020. I do not understand the wisdom (nor the lack thereof)……how can the middle class be so blind not to see that they are the ones that are going to get totally hammered? We believe that there will be an inflation rate that surpasses anything we have seen so far…and that includes the 30’s. I do not understand the spending, no budgets, printing of money, and the mind set that you can spend your way out of trouble.

        Frustrating to think about…..

    • If Obama’s policies are causing business’s to do the things you have listed. Why are they doing these things? There is no way they do not know the consequences of their actions!

  4. But would you post the same retort to a Republican Prez, or merely apologize away the same failures?

    Yep, thought so. Your guy does not wrong and their guy does no right.

    *sigh* just another pointless partisan political piece about Washington

  5. The 2012 Annual Report of Economic Freedom in the World provides a disturbing insight into declining economic freedoms in the United States.

    According to this report, the cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and security of privately owned property. Forty-two variables are used to construct a summary index and to measure the degree of economic freedom in five broad areas, namely (1) sixe of government, (2) legal system and property rights, (3) sound money, (4) freedom to trade internationally and (5) regulation.

    World-wide, economic freedom so measured pursued an upward trend between 1980 and 2007, with the average rising from 5.30 (out of ten) to 6.88. It then fell for two years, reaching 6.79 in 2009, before recovering slightly to 6.83 in 2010, the most recent year available. Evidently, the economic crisis took its toll on a worldwide scale.

    In 2010, the world’s top-ranked nations on this index are (1) Hong Kong, (2) Singapore, (3) New Zealand, (4) Switzerland, (5) Australia, (6) Canada, (7) Bahrain, (8) Mauritius, (9) Finland and (10) Chile

    Readers will note that the United States does not feature in this top ten list. Throughout the period 1980 to 1994, the United States ranked third on the chain-linked index. In 1995, it slipped a not h to fourth place. Under the influence of President Clinton and a Republican Congress, the United States recovered to second place in 2000. Then the real slide began. By 2005, the United States had dropped to eighth place in the rankings. By 2009, it had collapsed to 15th and by 2010 to 19th place.

    It started to fall under Bush and continues to worsen under Obama.

    The Messiah’s of Washington will not fix the problem of the Messiah’s of Washington.

  6. One sunny day in January, 2013, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He spoke t o the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President
    and no longer resides here.”

    The old man said, “Okay,” and walked away. The following day the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here.” The man thanked him and again just walked away.

    The third day the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”The Marine understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

    The old man looked at the Marine and said, “Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”

    The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said ….”See you tomorrow, Sir.

  7. charlieopera says:

    LOI, I often want to read your posts but sometimes they are so friggin’ long, I don’t have the time. What I do read is pretty funny (in a good way) … and I like the interweaving of the song … but … I may be wrong, but I’m kind of sensing panic about Obama winning next month. Not panic like, “Oh, no, the country is in ruins.” … but more like, “Damn, all our right wing ranting has done us no good. Maybe captain cannoli and all the other lefties here were right about the extreme right costing the GOP the election. They may be misguided fools, but maybe they had a point. The Marc Levins, Rush Limbaughs, et al, of the world have ruined it yet again (i.e., McCain using Sarah Palin for a game change) …

    It should be: It’s the economy, stupid. But the extreme right has turned it into: It’s the GOP nominee, dummies.

    I hope to get to read this mantra of yours sometime over the next few days so I can comment … you’re a good writer, I’ll tell you that much.

    It was interesting last week when a few writer friends of mine backed a progressive article in the Huff Post: Why I won’t vote for Obama. It had everything to do with his drone wars and all the other crap he’s pulling in the mid-east that is killing far more innocent people than actual terrorists. The problem for the GOP, as captain cannoli sees it, is similar to their problem with the 1% earning more with Obama in office than Bush or any other GOPer (can’t call him a socialist while that’s going on) … nor can you attack him on foreign policy when most of the GOP is crazy into sustaining this absurd war.

    I’d end this with Go Bills, but they (the Bills) are as hopeless as Romney right now. Another year long disaster awaits …

    • “Damn, all our right-wing ranting has done us no good. Maybe captain cannoli and all the other lefties here were right about the extreme right costing the GOP the election.They may be misguided fools, but maybe they had a point. The Marc Levins, Rush Limbaughs, et al, of the world have ruined it yet again (i.e., McCain using Sarah Palin for a game change) …”

      (For the most part, they and Romney are too far to the left for me. I like Ryan and his budget proposals only because they are an acceptable starting point. I would much rather see the 2007 budget passed as the start and move in reverse until we are at below 12% GDP in spending.)

      “It should be: It’s the economy, stupid.”

      (I think that should be half of it today. If we stopped meddling in other countries, it would be 3/4 or more of our primary interest. I have made no excuses for Romney. What I have heard is the Repug party line expressed in generalities that could mean anything, and are usually an excuse for “spreading Democracy”.)

      “you’re a good writer, I’ll tell you that much. ”

      (you feel OK today??? No fever or anything? Seriously, I appreciate that, glad the song mixing comes off well. In a past life I was a DJ (of sorts) so when I hear things, sometimes it makes a song pop into my head like this one. Sorry about the length…I wanted to cut the AT article but just seemed to be no good place for that )

  8. Benghazi-Gate: U.S. Security Remained Lax Even As Threats Chased Westerners Out

    by John Nolte 1 Oct 2012, 5:35 AM PDT 39 post a comment
    If you want to look for a motive behind the White House deceiving, and in some instances, outright lying about what really happened in Libya on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, look no further than this Washington Post story:

    Security in eastern Libya deteriorated sharply in recent months. A string of attacks, some linked to fundamentalist groups, made clear that Westerners were no longer safe. The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended operations and evacuated staff in the east after an attack June 12 on its compound in the port city of Misrata. In Benghazi, convoys transporting the U.N. country chief and the British ambassador were attacked in April and June, respectively. The British government shut down its consulate soon afterward.

    The U.S. outpost had a close call of its own June 6, when a small roadside bomb detonated outside the walls, causing no injuries or significant damage. But the Americans stayed put.

    The Red Cross left, the British were attacked and left; we were attacked and we not only didn’t leave, apparently we didn’t even increase our security:

    U.S. officials appear to have underestimated the threat facing both the ambassador and other Americans. They had not reinforced the U.S. diplomatic outpost there to meet strict safety standards for government buildings overseas. Nor had they posted a U.S. Marine detachment, as at other diplomatic sites in high-threat regions.

    A U.S. military team assigned to establish security at the new embassy in Tripoli, in a previously undisclosed detail, was never instructed to fortify the temporary hub in the east. Instead, a small local guard force was hired by a British private security firm as part of a contract worth less than half of what it costs to deploy a single U.S. service member in a war zone for a year.

    How do you underestimate a threat after you and other Westerners have already been attacked? Instead, we continued to rely on cheap British contractors:

    The Benghazi compound was an anomaly for U.S. diplomatic posts. It was not a formal consulate and certainly not an embassy. It was a liaison office established before Gaddafi’s ouster. It was staffed by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, a State Department office that dispatches government officials to hardship posts for short tours. Instead of signing a costly security contract similar to those the government has for facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, the State Department this summer awarded a contract to Blue Mountain, a small British security firm, to provide local guards at the Benghazi compound. The year-long contract, which took effect in March, was worth $387,413, a minuscule sum for war-zone contracting. Blue Mountain and the State Department declined to comment for this article.

    Today’s New York Times report only adds to the mystery:

    An effective response by newly trained Libyan security guards to a small bombing outside the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi in June may have led United States officials to underestimate the security threat to personnel there, according to counterterrorism and State Department officials, even as threat warnings grew in the weeks before the recent attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

    The guards’ aggressive action in June came after the mission’s defenses and training were strengthened at the recommendation of a small team of Special Forces soldiers who augmented the mission’s security force for several weeks in April while assessing the compound’s vulnerabilities, American officials said.

    “That the local security did so well back in June probably gave us a false sense of security,” said one American official who has served in Libya, and who spoke on condition of anonymity because the F.B.I. is investigating the attack. “We may have fooled ourselves.”

    How do you fool yourself when you’re dealing with al-Qaeda — when you’re dealing with American lives? It’s seems impossible to imagine that no one thought to themselves: Maybe they will return with an even bigger force. Maybe they learned something from this attack and will return at a later date much better prepared. Maybe that date will be 9/11.

    The first paragraph of the NYTs story also contains this bombshell:

    …even as threat warnings grew in the weeks before the recent attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

    But-but-but we’ve been told by our government that there was no intelligence!

    Oh, wait, our government refuses to answer that question. In fact, every time our government is asked about intelligence surrounding increased threats in Benghazi, the answer is always moved into the safe arena of “actionable intelligence” — which we obviously didn’t have because. We. Didn’t. Act. On. Anything.

    That we’re just learning this information about the lax security in Libya 20 days after the attack makes sense. What’s appalling is that the media is only starting to ask these questions now.

    But that’s why the White House spent eight full days pushing the false narrative that the murder of four Americans in Libya was the result of a “spontaneous” protest over a YouTube video. This is also why the news media was a co-conspirator in the cover up and spent six days beating Romney senseless over his statement about the Cairo Embassy apology.

    Essentially, this is how the media and the Obama campaign worked together to keep The Narrative on Romney and off Obama, even as Obama’s Middle East policy melted down in over two countries before our very eyes; even as the White House lies about a “spontaneous” protest became laughable within hours.

    Sure, the story’s starting to get some coverage now. Eventually, it had to. But in those crucial early days, the White House’s scape-goating of the filmmaker and the media’s phony hysteria over the Romney statement kept the story from becoming the kind of feeding frenzy that might damage Obama. Now the story is a controlled explosion instead of an explosive story.

    It’s also worth noting that nearly three weeks after the attack, our government is still telling us that American investigators have not gained access to or sealed the consulate. You know, the same consulate the American media has apparently had no problem crawling all over.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/01/Benghazi-Gate-Westerners-Left-we-did-not

  9. a CBS Radio newscast on Friday in which CBS reporter Dan Raviv expresses relief that the Obama administration can look to the Muslim nations and suggest it can crack down on free speech. After the anchor noted the maker of the controversial “Innocence of Muslims” trailer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is still in jail for a probation violation, Raviv said, “Now at least federal authorities might be able to punish the filmmaker.”

    Is this the way CBS News reveres freedom of speech? Is Raviv unaware that he sounds like he supports punishing those who speak ill of Muhammad? (The MP3 is here. Transcript below)

    ANCHOR (Steve Kathan): The man behind the anti-Islam video that sparked outrage in the Muslim world is still in jail in Los Angeles. It’s for a probation violation.

    RAVIV: I’m Dan Raviv in Washington. The short movie posted on YouTube has had a lot of diplomatic impact. It was *clearly* designed to insult the Prophet Mohammed, and a senior Obama administration official told CBS News last week that no one in the Middle East seems to believe that the US government could not stop the film from getting out. Now at least Federal authorities might be able to *punish* the filmmaker.”

    ANCHOR The Dow is down 69. This is CBS News.

    The Los Angeles Times reported the probation violation, but it seems like lying about the film could easily be painted by Obama’s diplomats as punishing Nakoula for the film:

    Nakoula was arrested Thursday on suspicion of violating the terms of his probation, including allegedly lying about his role in the film’s production.

    Nakoula’s attorney argued in court Thursday that his client would be in danger at the downtown Metropolitan Detention Center because of what he said was a large Muslim population at the lockup. But prosecutors said he would be in protective custody, and the judge agreed to send him there…

    Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal ordered Nakoula detained, citing a “lengthy pattern of deception” by the man, adding that he poses “some danger to the community.” Nakoula could face up to three years behind bars.

    The hearing occurred amid high security, with the public allowed to watch only through a video feed in a separate courthouse blocks away. Before his arrest, Nakoula and his family had been in hiding, and his attorney said he had received threats to his safety.

    Nakoula, who was on supervised release from a 2010 conviction for bank fraud, faces eight charges of probation violation, including making false statements to authorities about the film. When probation officials questioned him about the video, Nakoula allegedly claimed his role was limited to writing the script, and he denied ever using the same “Sam Bacile” in connection with the film, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Robert Dugdale.

    Dugdale said there is evidence Nakoula’s role in making “Innocence of Muslims” was “much more expansive” than penning the script. Prosecutors said Nakoula could face new criminal charges for lying to federal officials.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/09/29/cbs-radio-reporter-cheers-states-ability-punish-filmmaker-upsetting-musl#ixzz2848K6yA5

  10. I had to go to Sears. As I approached the entrance, I noticed a driver looking for a parking space.
    I flagged the driver and pointed out a handicap parking space that was open and available.

    The driver looked puzzled, rolled down her window and said, “I’m not handicapped!”
    Well, as you can imagine, my face was red!
    “Oh, I’m sorry” I said. “I saw your Obama bumper sticker and just assumed that you suffer from a mental disorder.”
    She gave me the finger and screamed some nasty names at me.
    Boy! Some people don’t appreciate it when you’re just trying to help them out.

    • I mowed the lawn today , and after doing so, I sat down and had a couple nice cold “Silver Bullets .”

      The day was really quite beautiful, and the brew facilitated some deep thinking on various topics.

      Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the Balls?

      Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the Balls.

      Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question.

      Getting kicked in the Balls is more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion.

      A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, “It might be nice to have another child.”

      On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, “You know, I think I would like another kick in the Balls.”

      I rest my case.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Amen Brother………….ROTFLMAO

      • Child Rearing Q&A

        Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
        A: No, 35 children is enough.

        Q: I’m two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
        A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

        Q: How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu?
        A: If it’s the flu, you’ll get better.

        Q: What is the most common pregnancy craving?
        A: For men to be the ones who get pregnant.

        Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby’s sex?
        A: Childbirth.

        Q: The more pregnant I get, the more often strangers smile at me. Why?
        A: ‘Cause you’re fatter than they are.

        Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she’s borderline irrational.
        A: So what’s your question?

        Q: What’s the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a model?
        A: Nothing (if the pregnant woman’s husband knows what’s good for him).

        Q: How long is the average woman in labor?
        A: Whatever she says divided by two.

        Q: My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
        A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

        Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
        A: Right after you find out you’re pregnant.

        Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
        A: Not unless the word “alimony” means anything to you.

        Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
        A: Yes, pregnancy.

        Q: Does pregnancy cause hemorrhoids?
        A: Pregnancy causes anything you want to blame it for.

        Q: What does it mean when a baby is born with teeth?
        A: It means that the baby’s mother may want to rethink her plans to nurse.

        Q: What is the best time to wean the baby from nursing?
        A: When you see teeth marks.

        Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
        A: Not if you change the baby’s diaper very quickly.

        Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
        A: When the kids are in college.

  11. charlieopera says:

    For Stephen: I just watched this on Netflix and wondered if you saw this. If not, I’d be curious about what you think of it. I’m about to go into the teaching profession (oy vey, those poor kids) … hopefully at the collegiate level but who knows … anyway, here’s a link to the film, Detachment.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1683526/

    • No, never saw it. Looks interesting. My uncle Pete was a great guy, After early retirement he taught substitute in a suburb of Allentown. From all I heard he was captivating as a teacher.

      First of all, he was interested in EVERYTHING. He was the first Trynosky to attend a college, an aggie one at that, on the GI Bill. Like my Dad, you could not sit down with him and say anything without him making you argue the other side. Unlike my Dad because his world had been wider, when I was off the mark as a kid, he’s recommend a book or give me one which would explain better where I had gone wrong.

      The funny thing about really good teachers is that they rarely have discipline problems. It is an interesting comparison to the service where, as an officer, you are never to get too close to your troops and yet every good officer (and teacher) I have met have been able to get close in way that does not make them one of the guys. They have always earned our respect and have demonstrated that they were willing to the extra mile for us.

      If you have never seen or read “Blackboard Jungle” do so. The writer, Ed McBain, Evan Hunter or his real name, Salvatore Lambino. The movie and book are about the dedication of teachers in the inner city. The truth is that the author, after finishing college on the GI bill took a teaching job in one tough high school and lasted I believe 19 days. I think his inability galled him until the day he died.

      My wife is a teacher and I sure know a lot of them. I would guess that about the best age group for you (or I) to teach would be 10 to 18 year olds, preferably boys (they really need role models these days), not that you would have a choice. Make it fun, be a little crazy, a little over the top, Grab their attention, entertain them, teach them in a way that they do not even know that they are being taught until, some day in the future, they solve a problem, question or dilemma and suddenly realize it’s because of something they heard you say back in the day. No topic should ever be off the table olds and preferably boys. Most importantly, they never, ever should be told what to think. I am afraid, that to be a good teacher. you will have to bone up on the good points of George Armstrong Custer as well as Sitting Bull.

      I argue with my teaching friends about no child left behind. I get their point but they don’t get mine. Sure the teachers are teaching to the test but, based on what’s gone before, even that is abetter than what we had. They are learning something. You know though and I know that you can go a lot farther than that with kids if it is presented properly. There are some you can’t reach and can’t save, they will even look promising but you gotta realize that sometimes triage is the only way. Will you let the other thirty perish because you chase, unsuccessfully after the one? I always tell my kids in scouting that they have to want to do it. They have to want to be an Eagle and fly. I can’t do it for them, no matter how promising they may appear.

      Good luck pal.

      • charlieopera says:

        Thanks, Stephen. I know Ed McBain/Hunter’s work (Precinct novels, etc.). I saw and read Blackboard … good stuff. I don’t think I’d last a day putting up with some of what was shown in Disinchantment (Canarsie was never THAT bad–it might be now) but I do owe pretty much everything I’ve ever accomplished to teachers (high school teachers/a football coach, and a mentor in college that probably save my life 38 years or so ago). As to Custer/Sitting Bull, not to worry. I was well indoctrinated growing up with American propaganda (much of it legit, I’m sure) … it wasn’t until I was much older when I learned that much of the anti-everything else propaganda was what the schools had been teaching from the get-go (including the sitting bull stuff). I’m pretty objective, believe it or not. Two of my kids are liberal republicans … the other is still figuring it out (wants to be republican but still has all that emotional stuff keeping him human, thank god …:)

        It’ll be another year at least before I have to put on the gloves, so to speak, but I do feel I owe it to the profession … teachers really did keep me from destroying myself. Which is one reason I’m all for them making $73K in Chicago … or anyplace else … and giving them a raise to match what the garbage in Washington gets, minus the kickbacks …:) Grazie, amico.

  12. Just A Citizen says:

    d13

    Good morning Colonel.

    Per your post regarding your absence and Mr. Obama running amok.

    It seems we need to do a better job of coordinating our time away.

    And I was NOT AWOL. I had a signed leave slip from SUFA and I gave a full months notice.

    Saw a couple Vets fishing while on the Henry’s Fork. Salutes and smiles exchanged as our boats passed.

    Hope all is well in TEXAS.

  13. Guess I’m suffering from burnout. Cannot keep my attention going long enough to finish any article lately. Maybe if I could see a light at the end of the tunnel, I’d be able to focus better, but I’m just not seeing it. Now we even have Ross Perot out there saying no matter what we’re doomed. Sigh….

    Opened my door to a ‘nephew” from the ex’s side..His mom, my bff, died in 09 from heart trouble. He’s in need of a hand up and I’ll gladly put him up for while. Anyway, he’s 26 and very open to discussions of politics. We had quite a crowd around my firepit over the weekend and boooooy was it a hot discussion. I think the whole neighborhood may have heard us a few times. Everyone on the same page, but everyone was venting. Pretty funny actually. But my nephew has insisted he’s liberal for several years. We questioned him about why, fired many conservative talking points at him, and he realized he really wasn’t liberal after all..we labeled him libertarian. I think that revelation made us all feel better..especially him. Funny!

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Anita

      Similar experience last week. But the results were far more mixed than yours.

      The one that really chaffed me……… “He has accomplished quite a bit of good and deserves more time”. Upon my questioning exactly WHAT “he” has accomplished I got this “HE got us out of Iraq”.

      By the way, UPDATE on the Administrations push to increase “minority” hiring among certain Fed Agencies, AND my claim of inability to govern.

      It seems that while Officials will be held accountable for their success in meeting “unwritten” and “undocumented” quotas, the Administration has decided that to avoid lawsuits the Officials will not be allowed to see anything but the person’s name when reviewing lists of candidates. They are supposed to guess the “correct answer” from the names alone.

    • There’s always someone saying we’re doomed…”the world will end tomorrow”. Statistically, someone has got to be right, you know, eventually.
      I kinda like having conversations like that, such as education, most of us agree it’s a problem, but not on how to fix. Getting someone (even ourselves) to realize they are not really thinking about something, just repeating what they have heard or always though makes the discussions worthwhile to me.

      How did the lesbian talk go, did you convert them or did they convert you? (yes, the pervert here would ask that question)

  14. Just A Citizen says:

    From Elecrtic City Blog.

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United Corporate Campaign case Should Be Controversial—But Not for the Reason You Think
    Written by Rob Natelson on 30 September 2012

    If you have any doubt about the ability of the political Left to set the agenda in this country, look at the controversy over the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United corporate campaign finance case.

    What most people have heard about the case is that it “allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts in federal elections,” a ruling the extreme left considers controversial. (The Court voided a section of federal campaign law.) But we rarely hear that the Court upheld only the rights of corporations to spend independently of the candidates—and that the justices left in place the part of federal law that bans corporations from donating to candidates.

    And we never hear that, over the dissent of Justice Thomas, Citizens United upheld federal requirements that corporate campaign expenditures be publicly disclosed. The Left does not consider that part of the decision to be controversial.

    Yet from an objective constitutional point of view, the Court’s decision protecting corporate First Amendment rights is far more defensible than its decision upholding the disclosure requirements.

    First, it is dubious whether the Constitution even gives Congress power to regulate the source and amount of campaign contributions and expenditures. The background and meaning of the Constitution’s “Time, Place and Manner Clause”—which Congress uses to justify such laws—strongly suggests not.

    Second, the position of the more extreme leftists—that corporate speech is not protected by the First Amendment—is absurd to anyone who has studied the evidence. The position is inconsistent with the plain language of the First Amendment, which does not discriminate according to who is speaking. It is inconsistent with the Founders’ understanding of the terms “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press.” It is factually inconsistent with the guarantee of a free press, because, of course, most newspapers and broadcast stations are incorporated. And it is inconsistent with decisions of the Court itself—particularly those written by “progressive” justices—that have upheld the First Amendment rights of corporations such as the New York Times and the NAACP.

    Third, the position that “freedom of speech” is severable from spending money getting out your message is similarly absurd: Every communication except, perhaps screaming on the street corner, requires expenditure to be effective. Microphones have to be purchased. Writers have to be employed. Advertising space and time has to be bought. And so on.

    We spend public time discussing such ridiculous arguments only because the Left is able to put them on the public agenda.

    We would do far better talking about the other part of the Citizens United opinion—the part concluding that anonymous speech is not protected by the First Amendment. That is the much more questionable part of the decision.

    Anonymous and pseudonymous expression was part of what the founding generation meant by “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press.” Anonymous and pseudonymous essays were central to the debate over the Constitution itself. The Federalist Papers, the most famous product of those debates, were written under a pen name. So were most of the other important articles and pamphlets arguing for or against the Constitution.

    There were, and are, a several good reasons why people wish to make their arguments without their names being known.

    * They may wish their arguments to be considered on their merits without being dismissed because of who wrote them. During the Founding Era, this was commonly given as a reason for anonymity. It is a particularly important consideration today, when publicists have become experts at destroying the credibility of perfectly good arguments by vilifying their authors.

    * Writers may fear retribution from unscrupulous and powerful persons and interest groups. This, also, is a very modern concern.

    * Writers may wish to participate marginally in politics without letting it consume their lives. Anyone who has been flooded with phone calls from reporters knows how disruptive that can be. Forcing people to disclose their names discourages all from participating who do not wish to become public figures.

    What if an anonymous author abuses the First Amendment by hiding behind his anonymity to slander others? The Founding Generation had a good answer to that: the law of defamation. If the plaintiff had a decent case, he could sue the publisher of the article, and force the publisher to disclose the writer.

    But occasional instances of abuse do not justify disclosure of those who are innocent of abuse.

    In a fairer world, Citizens United would be a controversial case. But not because of the no-brainer ruling that people don’t give up their First Amendment rights when they incorporate. What would be controversial would be the Court’s refusal to protect the First Amendment right to contribute to the public debate without having one’s life destroyed.

    One more point: Highlighting the corporate contribution part of the decision while ignoring the rest serves the purpose of inaccurately portraying the Court as “conservative.” But that’s a topic for another time.

  15. Lengthy, but very interesting. Always leery of Alex Jones, but this woman seems legit.

    • Wow-CNN must really dislike this video.

      I guess I’ve really been naive-but I am actually shocked by all the stories of the Middle Eastern Countries backing everything from-possibly Obama’s education to Hollywood films to controlling what our so-called news media covers.

  16. Judging from the media coverage, you might think that our economy was improving. You’d be wrong.

    The truth is that the slowest recovery on record appears destined to set even more records for slow growth. That’s not good news for President Obama. And more bad economic news hit him this past week. Here’s a short list of indicators:

    — Slow GDP growth: GDP rose at an annual rate of just 1.25% during April through June, barely keeping up with the growth in population. The economy has been getting slower and slower since the end of last year.

    — Durable goods orders plunged 13.2 percent in August.

    — Median household income has actually fallen. Income has dropped from $53,718 to $50,678 since the “recovery” started in June 2009.

    Despite all this, the news media has been uncharacteristically cheerful the last couple of months. Take some of the newspaper headlines from August, when the unemployment rate had gone up again for the second time in three months, rising from 8.2 to 8.3 percent. The Wall Street Journal headline read: “Job Gains Spark Stock Rally.” The New York Times reported: “Hiring Picks Up in July, but Data Gives No Clear Signal.”

    These headlines can’t truly be labeled “dishonest,” but they are misleading. Initial job growth was reported to be 163,000 (later revised downward to 141,000), but the working age population had grown by 198,000.

    The media decided to emphasize the small grain of positive news that they could find in the report which was the slight uptick in jobs.

    But the press isn’t always so consistent. You won’t be surprised to learn that when there is a Democratic president in the White House, the media tend to view things in a positive light. When Republicans are at the helm, they are more negative.

    Kevin Hassett at the American Enterprise Institute and I recently studied newspaper headlines from 1985 to 2004. We looked at the percentage of newspaper headlines that were positive when new economic numbers were released. For example, after accounting for the unemployment rate and new jobs and whether those numbers were increasing or decreasing, we looked at the percentage of newspaper headlines for those stories that could be classified as positive, negative, neutral or mixed.

    Here’s what we found: For the top 10 largest newspaper, for the same types of unemployment news, the headlines were 15 to 16 percent more positive when a Democrat was president.

    Today, it appears that the mainstream press is particularly eager to support President Obama. They are bending over backwards to spin the economic numbers in a positive way.

    In September and August the Wall Street Journal and New York Times for gave Mr. Obama slightly more positive headlines than Bill Clinton would have received with the same economic news.

    President Obama also got over 20 percent more positive headlines than our data indicated that similarly situated Republicans would have gotten. This more positive coverage has a real impact on people’s perceptions of the economy. More positive headlines raised people’s perceptions that the economy was getting better. The average difference in positive headlines between Democrats and Republicans produced about a four-percentage point increase in respondents viewing the economy as getting better.

    In a close election, that difference can mean a lot.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/01/what-media-isnt-telling-about-our-economy/#ixzz2856FKsyT

  17. U.S. President Barack Obama issued a new executive order last week to fight human trafficking, touting his administration’s handling of the issue.

    “When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery,” Obama said in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. “It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we’ve long rejected such cruelty.”

    But for the third year in a row, Obama has waived almost all U.S. sanctions that would punish certain countries that use child soldiers, upsetting many in the human rights community.

    Late Friday afternoon, Obama issued a presidential memorandum waiving penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008 for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, penalties that Congress put in place to prevent U.S. arms sales to countries determined by the State Department to be the worst abusers of child soldiers in their militaries. The president also partially waived sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow some military training and arms sales to that country.

  18. A little levity with a dose of sadness for a lost time.

    http://www.yourememberthat.com/media/10939/Send_In_The_Clowns/#.UGpBY1FvGxA

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Yes, I would Vote for the Clowns as well.

    • If Obama were to show up in a clown suit and flip-flops, the media narrative would be that his unconventional attire was a daring and brilliant move designed to challenge the status quo and to reveal his human side, or possibly a laudable effort to make politics more interesting to children. Romney, of course, would be cast as the dull guy who dressed like an accountant and who failed to reach the audience with his talk of budgets and debt and restoring the private sector.

      Wardrobe choices aside, by Thursday morning, as long as Obama shows up for the debate, the narrative will be that Obama has closed the deal with the electorate.

      Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/how_obama_won_the_upcoming_debate.html#ixzz289JIhnxg

  19. Came across a good question – one to those who argue that voting is important, such as JAC and Anita, etc.

    Often the response back is “Not voting is a vote for Obama”.

    But why isn’t not voting a vote for Romney – using the same backwards logic?

    • Actually, it isn’t not a vote for Obama, so it turns out not voting isn’t not two votes for Romney.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      BF, Todd

      The weight of the statement obviously depends on the perception by the one making it about the one who is thinking of not voting.

      So both sides claim the same affect, when talking to someone they believe would otherwise vote for their guy/gal.

      As near as I can tell, Todd is closer to the correct answer, if the person were voting for the “other” guy/gal instead of the one they are expected to support.

      So if R has 50 and O has 50 and Todd “switches” his vote the new total is R has 51 and O has 49. A net gain of 2 votes by R.

      But if Todd simply does not vote then the new total is R 50 and O 49, a net gain of 1 vote by R. So Todd NOT VOTING for O has the net effect of R getting ONE vote more than R would have had before Todd decided to not vote.

      Hence the saying, a “not” vote is like voting for the other guy/gal. It is a net gain of 1 vote for the other person.

      If it were not true then you would see the O supporters trying to encourage the R supporters to VOTE no matter how bad they feel about the potential outcome.

  20. Speaking of rants…could I get the coherent English version of this post somewhere?

  21. October 2, 2012 4:00 A.M.
    The Neurotic Middle East
    The world tacitly exempts the Middle East from rules of civilized behavior.

    By Victor Davis Hanson

    Let us confess it: Many of the things that are bothersome in the world today originate in the Middle East. Billions of air passengers each year take off their belts and shoes at the airport, not because of fears of terrorism from the slums of Johannesburg or because the grandsons of displaced East Prussians are blowing up Polish diplomats. We put up with such burdens because a Saudi multimillionaire, Osama bin Laden, and his unhinged band of Arab religious extremists began ramming airliners into buildings and murdering thousands.

    The Olympics have become an armed camp, not because the Cold War Soviets once stormed Montreal or the Chinese have threatened Australia, but largely because Palestinian terrorists butchered Israelis in Munich 40 years ago and established the precedent that international arenas were ideal occasions for political mass murder.

    There is no corn or wheat cartel. There are no cell-phone monopolies. Coal prices are not controlled by global price-fixers. Yet OPEC adjusts the supply of oil in the Middle East to ensure high prices, mostly for the benefit of Gulf sheikhdoms and assorted other authoritarian governments.

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    Catholics don’t assassinate movie directors or artists who treat Jesus Christ with contempt. Jewish mobs will not murder cartoonists should they ridicule the Torah. Buddhists are not calling for global blasphemy laws. But radical Muslims, mostly in the Middle East, have warned the world that Islam alone is not to be caricatured — or else. Right-wing fascists and red Communists have not done as much damage to the First Amendment as have the threats from the Arab Street.

    The world obsesses over Israel and the Palestinians because of the neurotic Middle East. The issue is not really the principle of a divided capital — or Nicosia would be daily news. Nor is the concern over refugees per se, since well over 500,000 Jews were religiously cleansed from the major Arab capitals following the 1948 and 1967 wars. No one cares where they went or how they have fared in the decades since. Is the global worry really over occupied territories? Hardly. Lately it seems that every desolate island between China and Japan is equally contested. Are there special envoys to the Falklands, and do the islanders receive international aid? Will there be a U.N. session devoted to the Kuril Islands? Does Gdansk/Danzig merit summits? We are told ad nauseam that the Arab minority in Israel suffers — would that the ignored Coptic minority in Egypt had similar protections and freedoms.

    The oil-rich Middle East is just different from other regions. We don’t expect another Cal Tech to sprout in Cairo in the way it might in either Bombay or Beijing. Nor do we assume that a cure for prostate cancer could ever emerge from Tripoli as it might from Tel Aviv. The world will not be flooded by Syrian-made low-cost, durable products that make our lives better — comparable to what comes from South Korea. There will be not a Saudi or Algerian version of a Kia. High-speed machine lathes will not be exported from Pakistan as they are from Germany. I doubt that engineers in Afghanistan or Yemen will replace our iPads. The Middle East’s efforts in the production of biofuels will not rival Brazil’s. Libya will not send archaeologists to the American Southwest to help investigate Native American sites.

    In other words, in politically incorrect terms, the world tacitly gives exemptions to the Middle East — and expects very little in return. It assumes that the rules that apply elsewhere of civility, tolerance, and nonviolence are inoperative there — and perhaps have reason to so be. Money is made in the Middle East either by pumping out oil that others have found and developed or, less frequently these days, by catering for tourists who wish to see the remains of what others built centuries earlier. Few foreigners decide to spend a relaxing week in Egypt, or to sunbathe on the beaches of Gaza, or to enjoy the wine and cheese of Libya, or to snorkel in the waters off Syria, or to study engineering in Algiers. How many tourists choose to mountaineer in Afghanistan or visit Persepolis or unwind in Pakistan?

    The world also assumes a sort of Middle Eastern parasitism: Daily its millions use mobile phones, take antibiotics, hit the Internet, fire RPGs, and play video games, and yet they not only do not create these products that they rely upon, but largely have antipathy for those who do.

    Asymmetry is, of course, assumed. One expects to be detained for having a Bible in one’s baggage at Riyadh, whereas a Koran in a tote bag is of no importance at the Toronto airport. The Egyptian immigrant in San Francisco, or the Pakistani who moves to London, expects to be allowed to demonstrate against the freewheeling protocols of his hosts, while a Westerner protesting against life under sharia in the streets of Karachi or Gaza would earn a death sentence. What is nauseating about this is not the hypocrisy per se, but the Middle Eastern insistence that there is no such hypocrisy. We expect the immigrant from Egypt to deface public posters and call it freedom of expression; we expect Mr. Morsi, who enjoyed American freedom while he studied for his Ph.D. and then taught for three years in California, to deny it to others and trash his former host.

    So how do we make sense out of this abject nonsense? Superficially, it occurs because the world is cowardly, and we accept that terrorism is far more likely to emanate from the Middle East than elsewhere. Principles or tastes do not explain why movies mock Christ and not Mohammed. Fear does, and all sorts of empty pontifications must dress up the necessary compensatory selectivity.

    Self-interest explains a lot too. It is not just that nearly half the world’s oil comes from the Middle East. The money paid for it means enormous opportunity for recycling profits. An American university that would oust a student for uncivil speech at home has no problem with rampant anti-Semitism and religious intolerance in its Middle Eastern affiliate — as long as the students pony up $60,000 in annual petrodollar-fed tuition and expenses.

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    The present low-down age counts as well. The West is not as it was right after World War II, when it was not shy about defending its values and believed that the future of democracy and free markets it offered would mean liberty and security for hundreds of millions. Today, utopian pacifism, multiculturalism, and moral relativism arise out of self-doubt and fears of decline — at precisely the time when radical Islam is more confident than ever before that its own less liberal future is assured.

    The paradox is not just that the well-off in London, Paris, and Washington are diffident, while the impoverished in Cairo and Tehran are fanatic, but that there comes also a certain sick awe in the self-loathing West for those who can at least be zealous in their self-righteousness, however repellent in the abstract that may be. One could see all this in Piers Morgan’s CNN interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The more the latter spouted his anti-Semitic and anti-Western hatred and homophobia, the more the liberal former seemed mesmerized by such surety — in a way he most surely is not by Sarah Palin’s mild conservatism.

    Finally, what accounts for Middle Eastern neuroticism? A sense of collective inferiority, a feeling that life is pretty miserable, when it need not be — and that the causes are foreign rather than homegrown. Exasperated Arab secular intellectuals sometimes confess that tribalism in place of meritocracy, statism in place of free markets, authoritarianism in place of consensuality, religious fundamentalism in place of tolerance, censorship in place of transparency, and gender apartheid in place of sexual equality combine in the Middle East to ensure poverty and violence.

    The latest round of radical Islam arose — in the manner of Nazism in the 1930s, Communism in the 1940s, and Baathism and pan-Arabism in the 1960s — not to address the self-inflicted causes of such failure, but to indict others: Jews, Western democracies and Western capitalists, non-Arabs and heretics, and, above all, powerful Americans. The whines and lamentations gain credence when the Arab Street watches NBC and CNN, when the engineering student attends an American social-science class, when Hollywood endlessly shows the world the evil CIA agent behind the latest Middle Eastern scandal or the white male CEO whose company’s pollution causes cancer. Western self-loathing is offered as proof of Western culpability. Radical Islam then steps in, assuring the Middle Eastern Street that an absence of piety explains why a once-great civilization now bows to decadent Western infidels: The more a believer memorizes the Koran, supposedly the less power the Westerner has over him, and thus the less the beloved iPhone he uses each day can corrupt him.

    What can be done? A psychiatrist treating a delusional neurotic attempts to bring him slowly back to reality. In the case of the Middle East, that would mean in the long term defending vigorously the values of free speech, tolerance, and constitutional government — and not giving exemptions on the basis of fear or multicultural relativism. More practically, the U.S. must develop fully all its energy supplies — coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, and alternative fuels — to reduce the strategic importance of the Middle East in U.S foreign policy. At some point we must be honest: The American self-righteous green zealot who opposes almost all production of new finds of natural gas is not just the fanatical bookend of the Middle Eastern Islamist, but also the means by which the latter gains money and clout.

    In the short term, reciprocity would be wise. If violence should continue against American personnel and facilities, we can gradually trim foreign aid, advise Americans not to visit Egypt or Libya, put holds on visas for students from Middle Eastern countries that do not protect Americans or that contribute to terrorism, recall our ambassadors and expel theirs. Reopening our embassy in Damascus and dubbing Bashar Assad a “reformer” did not improve relations with Syria or temper Syrian extremism. A reduced security profile in Libya did not create good will for our ambassador. Two billion dollars in aid to Egypt did not win hearts and minds. The Palestinians are not fond of us, despite millions of dollars in annual aid.

    Having Mr. Morsi on the USC campus did not bank good will for the future, any more than, long ago, Sayyid Qutb’s subsidized travel throughout America earned us a soft spot in the heart of the Muslim Brotherhood. I don’t see how welcoming in Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy and giving her airtime on CNN and MSNBC has enriched the United States by providing us a keener understanding of Egypt — not when she uses spray paint to deface public posters that she personally finds objectionable.

    To sum up, the West should just say, “No.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/328978/neurotic-middle-east-victor-davis-hanson?pg=2

    • Great article!

    • Not only is this a great article but it speaks to something you would do in a sane world had you found a particularly virulent disease that you had no cure or treatment for, quarantine!

      There is no way to deal with this insanity other than to let it fester on its own and ultimately destroy itself. Had there never been a use for Mideast oil, what would it be like today? Populations would be a fraction of what they are and we would be holding telethons to feed those remaining. I really wonder about western pols. If, God forbid, they were right about alternative energy and we produced the perfect windmill and solar collector tomorrow, what then for the Mideast? If their oil returned to the useless sticky mud it was 150 years ago, what would they do? Would they have money to grow their populations? Would they be able to purchase and export weapons? Would they be able to stir up trouble? Would they have the time, inclination and strength to do anything other than survive?

      With few exceptions, Hanson is correct. Between Algeria and Pakistan, there is nothing but a vast intellectual wasteland. Unless they can import ideas and technology, they are perhaps the most backward people in the world. I do not want to hear about how “great” Islam was, a thousand plus years ago. That, was an aberration and there were many reasons for it. There was a reason Mustafa Kemel (Attaturk) left the Ottoman Empire and Islam behind when he crated modern Turkey. He saw it better 90 years ago than all the over educated elite intellectual trash taking up space in all the State Departments in the western world. He, threw in with the West for the future.

      But then again, the West is bent on suicide in the name of some ephemeral, mistaken concept of “freedom” that not only does not exist but can never exist. Referring back to my first paragraph, there was a time when the West was confronted with a particularly, virulent disease that had no cure and killed millions. Rather than quarantine the small number of carriers of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, they chose to elevate the disease to a status above all others and make its carriers martyrs ignoring the unknowing victims they would sentence to death. Millions, throughout the world, have paid for that with their lives and I have known a few of them. How our ancestors who knew how you had to deal with Typhoid or Smallpox for example, would have laughed to see all their work replaced with some mystical, feelings based mumbo-jumbo no better than the witch doctors potions and chants.

      • You do have a way with words, Stephen, Have you considered running for office? I would vote for you!

        • I’d rather not be assassinated quite yet. First it would be the gays, then the libs, then the blacks, then the regular Muslims, then the Hispanics followed by a few dozen other groups. I don’t think they make Kevlar that thick.

          The problem these days and maybe in the past too is that reasoned approaches to problems can never be brought forward. When it comes to civil rights for example, I am eternally grateful to Malcolm X. The man had it right. Not the early Malcolm, but the one at the end who had matured. Same with Homosexuality. I understand that there are genetic causes but there are also those who stumble into the lifestyle literally looking for love in all the wrong places. I love immigration but when I say I don’t like what illegal or undocumented immigration does, I am instantly an enemy of 14 or 15 million people. I know and have worked with many Muslims. Most have been westernized for some time and look at their religion as I look at mine. Some essential truth, some mystery, some mysticism and some outright fakery. Say what I think publicly and 1,000,000,000 give or take, call for my scalp.

          Last time I ran for anything and I won, was rep to the National Student Association in ’67. Had a ball at the convention at U of Maryland where I spent all my time subverting the Commie Pinkos by infiltrating YAF people from DC, forging or stealing credentials for them and convincing some very liberal religiously Conservative Jews from CCNY that the organization, because of its support for the Palestinians after the 6 day war did not have the best interests of either Israel or Jews at heart. That was, of course, when I wasn’t imbibing mass quantities of Schlitz. Back before I destroyed all those brain cells, I could have written “rules for radicals” . Hell, that’s how I won the election! It will all be in that book I haven’t started yet. Gotta talk to Charlie on that one.

          Thanks for your vote of confidence though.

          • LOL 🙂 If you ever write that book-I would like to read it.

            • Sounds like you have had an interesting life 🙂

              • Funny part, as I take stock of what I considered pretty ordinary, I find that it wasn’t.

                Another reason I guess why I have never done drugs of any type except alcohol. I laugh a lot at funny things, some things that are laughable for their sadness and at the vagaries of life. I used to tell my stoned friends I get high on life, on a clear sunny morning, a sunset, the snow covered city, lightning, the stars, especially the stars and, I am enjoying the hell out of my grand daughter Jacqueline who is two and the cutest, smartest little pip ever to come down the pike whom I have just had over for five days, four nights.

                Push the edge of the envelope, make the most out of what you have, learn from people, listen and thank God that you are able to. Sadness is with us all for lost friends, lost love and worst of all lost children but there is tomorrow which, for those with a cinematic bent, “Is another day”.

                And, I appreciate all you guys out there who have made this retirement thing tolerable.

  22. One would think that the Dems. would feel honor bound to enforce the laws they insisted were necessary.

    Lockheed: Sure, we’ll keep our workers in the dark about layoffs
    posted at 8:41 am on October 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

    To quote Glenn Reynolds, they told me if I voted for John McCain that the corporations would conspire with the government to keep the working class in the dark — and they were right! Normally, Democrats would demand that companies considering layoffs tell their employees about it. In fact, Democrats passed a law requiring corporations to do so, the WARN Act of 1988, which they passed with veto-proof
    majorities and which became law without then-President Ronald Reagan’s signature.

    These days, they’re pressuring companies to keep quiet about layoffs that will occur when sequestration kicks in, and Lockheed has buckled:

    Defense contractor Lockheed Martin heeded a request from the White House today – one with political overtones – and announced it will not issue layoff notices to thousands of employees just days before the November presidential election.

    Lockheed, one of the biggest employers in the key battleground state of Virginia, previously warned it would have to issue notices to employees, required by law, due to looming defense cuts set to begin to take effect after Jan. 2 because of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – the so-called Super-committee, which was created to find a way to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade.

    The law requires any company with 100 or more employees to provide a 60-day warning ahead of planned layoffs. However, both the Department of Labor and OMB insisted that it didn’t apply to the sequestration issue, because no one really believes that Congress will allow the automatic cuts to go through. That can be said about other kinds of layoffs as well, including those that don’t hinge on the whim of elections and politicians.

    The kicker for Lockheed came when the Obama administration indemnified corporations for keeping workers in the dark:

    So the Office of Management and Budget went a step further in guidance issued late Friday afternoon. If an agency terminates or modifies a contract, and the contractor must close a plant or lay off workers en masse, the company could treat employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability, attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs as allowable costs to be covered by the contracting agency—so long as the contractor has followed a course of action consistent with the Labor Department’s guidance. The legal fees would be covered regardless of the outcome of the litigation, according to the OMB guidance issued by Daniel Werfel, controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, and Joseph Jordan, the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy.

    Democrats have now gone from demanding the WARN Act to paying companies to violate it. I guess the working class is only valuable when they serve as a talking point, eh? They told me that if I voted for John McCain, the working man would get screwed by Washington and the board room, and … well, you know.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/02/lockheed-sure-well-keep-our-workers-in-the-dark-about-layoffs/

  23. Got gold? Only if it is physically in your hand. These folks are getting shafted. The main idea in a sentence:

    If I’m reading this correctly, the (currently intact at JPM and RBS) Forex and Metals accounts will be used to pay off the Commodities accounts and pay for legal and other costs through the bankruptcy process and are not intended to be returned (in any amount) to the customers to which they rightfully belong.

    Attention PFG FX and Metals Account Holders,

    We are contacting you as fellow Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. (PFG) Forex and Metals account holders. We would like to share information with you that directly impacts all Forex and Metals accounts during the current PFG bankruptcy proceedings. The following information pertains to the perilous status of our accounts and should be of concern to every Forex and Metals account holder. Please read this entire e-mail as this is not spam.

    A fellow FX account holder, Scott Shofner, contacted the PFG Trustee, Ira Bodenstein, and asked him directly why there are no plans to distribute the Forex and Metals accounts. The Trustee informed Mr. Shofner that he categorized our accounts as unsecured and therefore our accounts are not protected under the bankruptcy laws. (At least two additional Forex account holders have been told the same by the Trustee.) The Trustee also stated that because we signed the PFG Risk Disclosure Agreements when opening our PFG accounts it puts our accounts at full risk. The results of this conversation prompted the search to find proper legal representation to protect our FX and Metals accounts

    ….The email continues on but here’s another warning.

    Our accounts are at risk of being completely emptied in the current legal proceedings – effectively stealing our money in the next few weeks – and converted to pay Futures account holders and the Trustee’s law firm. We view what may be about to take place as equivalent to criminal theft/larceny.

    ….I think the we are at the SHTF stage….read more at Ann Barnhardt

    http://barnhardt.biz/

  24. 👿

    2 US border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona

    Published October 02, 2012

    FoxNews.com

    Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.

    The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred at 1:50 a.m. local time and about 8 miles from the border.

    The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The agents were on horseback at the time of the shooting.

    McCubbin said he had no further information regarding the shooting.

    SUMMARY

    Two border agents shot in remote town in Arizona. One agent died, the other was airlifted to hospital
    There is a multi-agency search for the shooter
    The area is known to be a major drug corridor
    The nearby station is named after Brian Terry, a border agent who died in a 2010 shootout near the border

    The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The injured agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Department of Homeland Security said.

    The search for the killer is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

    Two weeks ago, the station was named after Brian Terry, who died in a shootout in December 2010 not far from Tuesday’s shooting. Terry was the last agent fatally shot while on duty.

    In Terry’s shooting, two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/02/2-us-border-agents-shot-1-killed-near-major-drug-cooridor-in-arizona/#ixzz289QKZ9Fm

  25. 👿

    Univision: Juarez drug cartel leader ‘El Diego’ was captured with Fast and Furious weapons
    Published: 10:10 PM 10/01/2012
    By Matthew Boyle

    Mexico drug cartel leader Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez (Photo: AP)

    When Mexican authorities took Juarez drug cartel carnage king Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez — better known as “El Diego” — into custody, he had weapons from Operation Fast and Furious on his person, the English-language transcript of the Spanish-language television network Univision’s special investigation into the scandal shows.

    “According to investigations, ‘El Diego’ forms the link between this massacre and Fast and Furious,” an anchor read on air in Spanish Sunday evening, referring to two different mass killings drug cartel operatives used Fast and Furious weapons to conduct as Univision reported.

    “When he [El Diego] was captured in Chihuahua in the summer of 2011, he was found with weapons that the American government had allowed to enter Mexico,” the anchor added.

    El Diego was, until he was taken into custody, the leader of the Juarez drug cartel’s La Linea — or “enforcement arm.” According to the El Paso Times, El Diego told Mexican authorities after his capture that La Linea’s mission was, among other things, to “eliminate the members of the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad Juárez.”

    Mexican authorities have alleged El Diego is responsible for the murders of at least 1,500 people in Juarez and Chihuaha City, Mexico, according to the El Paso Times.

    Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Holder, has not responded to a request for comment in response to this revelation.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/01/univision-juarez-drug-cartel-leader-el-diego-was-captured-with-fast-and-furious-weapons/#ixzz289WPb2Pp

  26. I’m not a psychiatrist-but it seems to me-that addiction to things like a computer-isn’t a mental illness, it is simply a symptom of a bigger problem.

    Digital Age overload: ‘Internet addiction’ to be classified as mental illness

    Published: 01 October, 2012, 14:21
    Edited: 01 October, 2012, 21:19
    Reuters//Luke MacGregor

    Think twice the next time you play a videogame or surf the Net: ‘Internet-use disorder’ is set to be added to the list of mental illnesses in the worldwide psychiatric manual. Kids are identified as being especially at risk.

    The international mental health encyclopedia known as the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-IV) will include Internet-use disorder as a condition “recommended for further study” in its forthcoming May 2013 edition.

    Psychologists believe that Internet addiction should be categorized like other addiction disorders as it has similar symptoms, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal.

    Parents have noted their children becoming angry and violent when their electronic gadgets are taken away from them, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. In other instances, kids preferred to play a videogame over eating or social interaction.
    One step closer to mental illness

    The listing is another step towards classifying Internet addiction as a mental illness: The DSM-IV’s new inclusion demonstrates that there are risks posed by overusing technology and that more research is required, which could lead to formal diagnoses of the disorder in the future.

    Psychologists are pushing to broaden the diagnoses of Internet-use disorder to include more than just gaming addictions, which could expand the age group of those affected by the illness.

    ”With kids, gaming is an obvious issue. But overall, technology use could be a potential problem,” Director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre Mike Kyrios told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Australia was one of the first countries to recognize the problem and offer public treatment, and established clinics to treat video game addiction.

    That such widely used technologies can cause deep harm to children has lead to further examinations of adults habits surrounding devices used 24/7 for reading, gaming, and social interactions.
    When addiction borders on insanity

    Addiction to online games is not a new phenomenon, with some cases grabbing international headlines over the past few years.

    In a 2009 incident, 17-year-old Daniel Petric of Ohio shot his mother and injured his father after they confiscated his Halo 3 videogame because they feared he was playing it too much.

    Chris Staniforth, 20, suffered a blockage to his lungs and died while playing his Xbox for up to 12 hours in 2011.

    A year later, another gaming addict died after playing an online videogame for 40 hours straight at an Internet café in Taiwan.

    Similar behavior has also been exhibited by adults: A Korean couple was arrested in 2010 after their infant daughter starved to death while the pair played an online game for hours. The videogame the two were playing involved raising a virtual baby.
    0 (2 votes)

    http://rt.com/news/internet-use-mental-illness-389/

  27. What the heck-I can post one more without being dragged off to the mental institution. 🙂

    Brittany vs. Julia
    By Charles C. W. Cooke
    October 1, 2012 3:01 P.M.

    Hello! My name is Brittany and I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I am 25 years old (but I will be 26 on October 3rd!). I am a registered Democrat and I have been voting since I was 18. I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney’s definition of “entitled” and “unable to take responsibility for my life.” I have Down syndrome.

    There is so much that is heinous about Brittany being used for political gain in this way, but let’s start with the obvious thing, which is that neither Mitt Romney nor anybody running for office under the Republican banner is suggesting doing anything that would hurt her.

    I have spent a lot of time around people with Down Syndrome. My mother is a teacher who specializes in teaching children with special needs, my sister has gone down that route, too, and I used to volunteer at the centers in which they teach. As Brittany says, she is “unable to take responsibility” for her life. (Or, at least, full responsibility. Her letter shows that she’s rather admirable.) Fair enough. But outside of the most feverishly conceived cartoon conservatives, who exactly resents this fact? America enjoys a bipartisan agreement that children, elderly people, and the disabled should be protected — and that government has a role to play in that care. The implication that Brittany is akin to those who are dependent on government by choice, habit, or design should be rejected with extreme prejudice — not least for Brittany’s sake. Suffice it to say that whatever point Romney was trying to make with his “47 percent” line, it was not that the state should cut off people with disabilities.

    Now, there is a key disagreement in this country as to how people who are able to help themselves should be treated. Democrats and Republicans have starkly different attitudes toward both the efficacy of government welfare and the role of civil society in solving social problems and, if anything, the two parties are moving further apart from one another. Regardless of where one comes down on that debate, however, there is a world — a universe, perhaps — of difference between Brittany and Julia, the Obama campaign’s bizarre vision for the life of an American everywoman who is helped by Washington at every step of her development. It is the difference, as my colleague Dan Foster aptly puts it, between a cradle to grave welfare state and a cradle and grave welfare state. Conservatives are fine with the latter, and not with the former.

    Brittany genuinely needs help because, in many spheres, she is unable to help herself:

    I started working part-time in 2004 when I was in high school. I graduated in 2008 and have worked at that job ever since. My employer receives money from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare so that I can work, and the public transportation people receive money from them to take me back and forth to work. My mother applied for Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) for me when I was 19. I really want to make lots of money and have a hot tub someday, but SSI subtracts my paychecks from my SSI benefits, so I don’t have much to put into a savings account.

    To buy the Obama campaign’s implication, you have to believe that conservatives are sitting at home reading that and saying, “Why, what a scrounger!” One suspects that such a belief is vital to the self-image of liberals, who would have a hard time placing themselves on the moral spectrum were they to be deprived of the conceit that Republicans are scheming to murder the poor and throw the disabled and elderly out onto the cold streets. Still, at the risk of collapsing some worldviews: It’s not true.

    To illustrate the difference, I might drawn an analogy with health care. In Britain, the National Health Service is a blanket single-payer system that covers everybody — whether they like it or not — and is funded through general taxation. When it was founded, socialist stalwart Aneurin Bevan said that if a “bedpan was dropped” in a British hospital, the “reverberations would echo around Whitehall.” (“Whitehall” is the British metonym for “government” and “bureaucracy.”) That’s a lot of reverberation for one government to hear. Conversely, in the United States — at least up until now — the government has provided health-care services only for the elderly, the poor, and for those who really cannot look after themselves. By and large, it has drawn the line at those who could, and this has met with general approval. As far as health care was concerned, the American state has been a net into which one could drop, but not a net that enveloped everybody regardless of their situation.

    Conservatives tend to back this. It really is one thing to look at old or poor people and say “you cannot look after yourself,” and quite another to say it to an entire country — especially a republic founded on the principles of the Declaration of Independence and operating under a constitution that begins, “We the People.” Likewise, I would venture that it is one thing to look at Brittany and to agree that she needs some assistance, and quite another to extrapolate this principle out to the country at large. Judging by its rhetoric, the Obama campaign lives in a heady twilight zone, in which the president is a moderate who advocates for limited government while the Republican ticket is a champion for anarchy. That the campaign could so casually imply that Romney-Ryan’s definition of the self-reliant would include those such as Brittany is not just intellectually dishonest but sufficiently deranged to demonstrate a worrying lack of understanding.

    It is all the more silly given that Brittany does not even fall within the purview of Romney’s ill-advised remarks. She writes:

    I am now working for a store, folding clothes and doing returns. I like my job a lot! I make $4.98 an hour and I am allowed to work 25-30 hours a week (I have paid $542.72 in federal, FICA, state, and city taxes this year as of August 31st).

    Whatever Romney meant by the term, Brittany is not a 47-percenter. Instead, if Brittany belongs to any percentage-based identity group, it is to the 10 percent of Americans with Down Syndrome who make it past the abortion clinic.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/328959/brittany-vs-julia-charles-c-w-cooke

  28. Just A Citizen says:

    (Reuters) – Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armored cars carrying Clinton’s delegation in the port city of Alexandria after she gave a speech on democratic rights.

    A senior U.S. official said neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which was around the corner from the incident, were hit by the projectiles, which were thrown as U.S. officials and reporters walked to the motorcade after her speech.

    Protesters chanted “Monica, Monica,” a reference to the extra-marital affair conducted by Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, while in the White House. Others earlier chanted “leave, Clinton” an Egyptian security official said.

    It was not clear who the protesters were or what were their political affiliations. Demonstrations have become common in Egypt since former President Hosni Mubarak, long-time U.S. ally, was brought down by mass street protests last year.

    Egypt is gripped by political uncertainty as two major forces, the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, engage in a power struggle over the future of a country that remains without a permanent constitution, parliament or government.

    On Saturday night, protesters outside Clinton’s luxury hotel in Cairo chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power.

    In her speech at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, Clinton rejected suggestions that the United States, which had long supported former Mubarak, was backing one faction or another in Egypt following his ouster last year.

    “I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which of course we cannot,” Clinton said.

    “We are prepared to work with you as you chart your course, as you establish your democracy,” she added. “We want to stand for principles, for values, not for people or for parties.”

    TANTAWI STRESSES ECONOMY

    Earlier on Sunday, Clinton met Egypt’s top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, to discuss Egypt’s turbulent democratic transition as the military wrestles for influence with the new president.

    The meeting came a day after she met Mursi, whose powers were clipped by the military days before he took office.

    Mursi fired back by reinstating the Islamist-dominated parliament that the army leadership had disbanded after a court declared it void, deepening the stand-off before the new leader even had time to form a government.

    In their hour-long meeting, Clinton and Tantawi discussed Egypt’s political transition, the military’s “ongoing dialogue with President Mursi,” and the country’s economic troubles, a U.S. official travelling with Clinton said in an email brief.

    “Tantawi stressed that this is what Egyptians need most now – help getting the economy back on track,” the official said.

    The talks also touched on the increasingly lawless Sinai region and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    Speaking after the meeting, Tantawi said the army respected the presidency but would not be deterred from its role of “protecting” Egypt.

    “The armed forces and the army council respects legislative and executive authorities,” he said in a speech to troops in the city of Ismailia. “The armed forces would not allow anyone to discourage it from its role in protecting Egypt and its people.”

    TIES STRAINED

    Ties with the United States, which provides Egypt with an annual $1.3 billion in military aid, were strained this year when Egyptian judicial police raided the offices of several U.S.-backed non-governmental organizations on suspicion of illegal foreign funding and put several Americans on trial.

    The spat ended when Egyptian authorities allowed the U.S. citizens and other foreign workers to leave the country.

    Clinton said Washington wanted to support “real democracy,” in which “no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.”

    She delivered a similar message in earlier meetings with women and Christians, both groups that fear their rights may be curtailed under a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government.

    “I will be honest and say some have legitimate fears about their future,” she said. “I said to them … no Egyptian, no person anywhere, should be persecuted for their faith, or their lack of faith, for their choices about working and not working.

    “Democracy is not just about reflecting the will of the majority. It is also about protecting the rights of the minority,” she said.

    The United States had learned that “the hard way,” Clinton said, noting the U.S. constitution originally did not protect the rights of women or slaves.

    • “some have legitimate fears about their future”

      I would say that’s an understatement of the situation.

      “On Saturday night, protesters outside Clinton’s luxury hotel in Cairo chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power.”

      I would really like to know what these anti-islamist slogans were.

  29. Good yard sign:

  30. Just A Citizen says:

    From American Thinker, an excerpt that gets to the frustration with Romney.

    Yes, the mainstream media is culpable in downplaying the dangers confronting the nation. Airing said dangers would lead any semi-reasonable voter to question President Obama, his performance, his policies, and his plans. Not on the liberal media’s agenda, for sure.

    But how does that preclude Romney from speaking out — unflinchingly, persistently — about the nation’s grave situation?

    In other words, talk turkey to voters, Mitt. Consider saying something like this: “If the nation continues on this track under Mr. Obama’s leadership we’re headed for even worse times — perilous times. The president’s leadership is wanting because his ideas, beliefs, and principles are wrong, because the way he sees the world is based on false assumptions and old ideas and policies that have failed before and are failing us again now. The nation needs a return to the principles, ideas, and beliefs that have made America great — made it a light of freedom and prosperity in a dark world dominated by tyranny, oppression, and deprivation.”

    Then, Governor, discuss how you’ll turn things around.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/romneys_big_problem.html#ixzz289qqPCA5

    • Yep. Think he was snake bitten by that whole embassy announcement timeline thing and has been very quiet since in outright criticism for how this adm. is handling things. Hogwash. They need to be called out each and every day for the atrocities they are committing. Let the Mathius of the world scurry around and worry about the +13 minute embargo time of an announcement; the majority of the American people know something is terribly wrong and are looking for someone to come out and say it.

  31. While many still believe that voting works (a serious delusion) maybe you should read this, this the America it should be! http://gmanfortruth.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/1352/

  32. Just A Citizen says:

    GMAN, and other Gun aficionados……….. A little fun for you SHE KICKS LIKE A MULE.

    P.S.: I wish they would have shown the target hit.

    • A Puritan Descendant says:

      I know that hurt! That just had tah hurt! Hope they took extra Vit. C or they are gonna be some black and blue! 🙂

      • A Puritan Descendant says:

        Reminds of my old neighbor trying to impress everyone with his new 7MM while target shooting. He ended up with scope marks implanted above his eyebrow. Too Funny! 🙂

  33. U.S. diplomats in Libya repeatedly asked the Obama administration for more security in Benghazi in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate but were “denied these resources,” two congressional lawmakers said.

    House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, pressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for more information on those requests and other concerns in a letter Tuesday.

    They detailed a string of attacks and other security incidents in Benghazi starting in April, and asked the State Department what measures it took to address the threat. They claimed officials have told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee of “repeated requests” for additional security.

    “Based on information provided to the committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012,” they wrote. “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/02/diplomats-asked-repeatedly-for-more-security-before-libya-attack-lawmakers/#ixzz28ANsG9ek

    • The more that comes out-the worse this becomes. I seriously doubt Clinton or Obama wanted anyone to get killed but their refusal to acknowledge the problem either blinded them to the problem or worse they ignored it for political reasons- either way they allowed people to die.

      • Stevens was also gay. Is it really a good ideal to send a gay man too be your ambassador to a Muslim nation? Clinton/Obama, someone gets a massive FAIL on foreign policy. Is there a single ME country where our relations have improved?
        You cannot buy their friendship.
        You cannot buy their respect.
        You cannot force them to be like “us”. Democracy may not always be a good thing. Stop meddling (goes for the Repugs too)

        • and now we’re pulling everyone out? Does that mean under the guise of “keeping everyone safe” we cannot do any further investigating into this whole terrorist attack? How convenient.

          http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/10/us-pulls-all-its-staff-out-benghazi/57491/

        • There are people I know who have been stationed in the Middle East who think that the unacknowledged Gay lifestyle is in fact quite the norm. One Kuwaiti officer was heard to remark that women are for childbearing, men for fun. The whole convoluted history of Lawrence of Arabia speaks volumes. It is a very strange place.

          I did see a piece though where the “proof” was that the ambassador had been sodomized (either dead or alive) as evidence he was gay. We forget too quickly, Quadaffi was sodomized too and I don’t think he was gay. I think Hillary cackled over that one at the time.

          • Islam does not tolerate gays. Libya’s government was overthrown at least in part by Islamic rebels. What they may do in private, they will stone you for in public. Appointing an out-of-the-closet gay for ambassador to any predominately Islamic nation is asking for trouble. Doing so in a country that has not yet set up a stable government and is recovering from a civil war is just using the ambassador for target practice. He died because his “superiors” are idiots. Their indifference to his death and focus on only how it affect them shows just how callous everyone in this administration is….to these bumps in the road…

  34. Interesting quiz …
    http://www.isidewith.com/presidential-election-quiz

    Who do you REALLY side with?

    • for the record, apparently, I’m a Gary Johnson supporter

      • I was 89% Johnson, 86% Romney & 24% Obama. It’s hard to believe I have that much in common with Obama….

        • I was 96% Romney and 87% Johnson and also had some common scores with O on foreign policy! Criminy sakes! What the heck is that about? Actually surprised as I thought I’d score higher with Libertarians than Repubs. Think it must have been that drug stuff. Not surprising, score very little in common with Greenies.

          That was fun! Good find Godzilla!

          • Yea, I liked that one too-gave you additional answers if you didn’t like the short list plus you could rate how important the issue was to you.

          • Welcome! HAD to find something to distract me from all the ads we get in the “battleground” states ..

            • I actually thought about that the other day-We don’t get many where I live-but it must drive you guys crazy. Just regular commercials are annoying enough.

              I can’t imagine how much money is wasted on commercials now that people can fast forward through them.

      • Candidates you side with…

        94%
        Mitt Romney
        Mitt Romney Republican

        on social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, immigration, foreign policy, and science issues

        88%
        Gary Johnson
        Gary Johnson Libertarian

        on healthcare, environmental, foreign policy, economic, domestic policy, and science issues

        77%
        Virgil Goode
        Virgil Goode Constitution

        on social, healthcare, and economic issues

        20%
        Barack Obama
        Barack Obama Democrat

        no major issues

        50%
        Tennessee Voters

        on healthcare, foreign policy, domestic policy, economic, and immigration issues.

        46%
        American Voters

        on healthcare, foreign policy, domestic policy, economic, and immigration issues.
        Show all candidates
        Who you side with by party…

        92% Republican

        79% Libertarian

        11% Democrat

        9% Green

        • Not sure how one agrees with Obama-but not on any major issues. The whole quiz was about major issues.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Johnson 94%
          Goode 70%
          Romney 66%
          Obama 21%

          Oregon 43%; Americans 48% Wow, not in as small a minority as I thought.

          Libertarian 80%
          Republican 80%
          Democratic 24%
          Green 23%

      • Apparently 🙂

  35. Laugh at ’em or cry for them? Who in the world could possibly have thought this was a good thing to put on their site? Do Dem women really think this is OK? Who exactly is having this war on women? Yikes!

    http://twitchy.com/2012/10/02/for-shame-women-obama-literally-reduced-you-to-sum-of-your-ladyparts-vote-like-lady-parts-depend-on-it/

    • “President Obama, quit worrying about my lady parts and start worrying about my wallet, OK? ”

      “I vote with my brain and not with my “lady parts.” Seriously WTF?”

      My personal favorite twits. 🙂

  36. Funny-how these liberal Hollywood types and unions are all for tax credits for corporations when they are for them.

    California Gov. Brown OKs More Hollywood Tax Relief

    by Breitbart News 1 Oct 2012 73 post a comment
    The Wrap:

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation extending the state’s $100 million tax-credit fund for two more years.

    The measure allows California producers a 20 percent or 25 percent credit against income and sales and use taxes and is designed to help stem the production exodus that has plagued the state in recent years.

    “The state of California took a big step forward today, thanks to Governor Brown and the legislature,” said Christopher Dodd, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America. “The two-year extension of the state’s production tax credit will keep California competitive for tens of thousands of production-related jobs. This is an important victory for California’s economy, our national economy, and the hardworking men and women who comprise the film and television industry….”

    The bills had strong backing from TV and film producers and a coalition of labor groups including SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild, the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, Teamsters Local 399, Professional Musicians Local 47. IATSE and the Recording Musicians Association.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/10/01/gov-brown-hollywood-tax-cuts

  37. I really hate it when they do this

    “CAMPAIGN DRAMA: VIDEO MADE 6 YEARS AGO SURFACES ON EVE OF FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE… DEVELOPING TONIGHT… “

    • “THE ACCENT… THE ANGER… THE ACCUSATIONS… THE SERMON…
      FOXNEWS 9 PM ET…
      ‘We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs. We should be investing in minority-owned businesses, in our neighborhoods’…

      TONIGHT: OBAMA’S OTHER RACE SPEECH

      DAILY CALLER PLANS EXCLUSIVE RELEASE OF ‘UNSCRUBBED’ OBAMA VIDEO… DEVELOPING…

      OBAMA DECLARES HOW POOR PEOPLE: ‘Need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office’… Developing…

      DAILY CALLER: ‘For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America’… Developing tonight… ”

      I’ll be watching!

  38. I’ve deleted. I don’t think we did anything wrong, it’s on uTube to not break any copywright laws. No chance I can watch at a theater, will have to buy when it comes out and catch kids & spousal unit leader away…
    LOI

    • This may not be a good thing-although I would love to watch it without going to the theatre.

      2016: Obama’s America Illegally Uploaded To YouTube; False Information Spread About TV Airing, says O.A.F., LLC
      1

      Producers Suspect Organized Intimidation Effort to Suppress Box Office

      LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The producers of the blockbuster movie 2016: Obama’s America are crying foul against what they suspect to be an organized effort to drive viewers away from the theatrical showing of the film. False internet rumors have been circulating all week, stating that Fox News Channel had scheduled a free airing of the film. No such airing was scheduled. The movie also sustained a second attack over the weekend when it was illegally uploaded to YouTube in violation of U.S. copyright laws.

      “The reports of the movie appearing on Fox before the election are completely untrue and we strongly suspect that they are the result of dirty tricks by our opponents who spread this rumor in order to confuse the general public and keep them from going to their local theaters,” said the film’s writer/director Dinesh D’Souza.”We urge all Americans to ignore these efforts and go to their local theater and enjoy the movie on the big screen.”

      A second attack on the film came when it was illegally uploaded to the internet. Although it has since been taken down by YouTube for copyright infringement, producers are issuing a clear warning that violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

      “It has now been taken down and we have informed the FBI which is launching a vigorous investigation,” noted producer Doug Sain. “We urge all Americans to respect the copyright of this film and not place themselves in legal jeopardy by engaging in illegal activity in the form of viewing or downloading the movie online.”

      “We have not been approached by any television network to air the film,” added D’Souza. “We will have an announcement soon about our plans for DVD, but for now we urge all Americans to enjoy the film in their local theater.”

      “Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.” 2016: Obama’s America is the definitive account of how one man’s past could redefine a nation and where we will be in 2016 if Obama remains in the White House.

      PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1odVE)

      http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2016-obamas-america-illegally-uploaded-to-youtube-false-information-spread-about-tv-airing-says-oaf-llc-171022881.html

      • D’oh! I’m watching it right now..oh well, come get me!

        Someone might want to take it down from SUFA though..I dunno!

        • It seems odd-that they would take it down and turn around and put it back up again. But what do I know about how YouTube works.

          • And I intend to watch it too. Does that make me a bad person 🙂

            • Wow, Anita-can you believe the comment by Obama’s brother? Don’t want to say too much before people watch the movie-but I suspect you will remember the comment-blew me away!

              • I know exactly what you are talking about The whole segment with his brother was somewhat wierd. Why is his whole family under wraps where no one can approach them?.But his brother is able to speak? The whole thing about Obama fulfilling his father’s dreams is spooky too. I’m more convinced than before that I want him out. Some are going to say that it doesn’t matter who is President blah, blah. But this is one guy I certainly don’t want as the head of our nation.

            • Just that you are engaging in the theft of copyrighted material, sort of like the Communist Chinese do.

              • Okay watching it has already made me feel bad, I will find a place that is showing it and buy a ticket and some pop corn and diet coke -okay 🙂

              • I’m not taking the guilt trip SK. I came across it honestly and posted it here before I knew it could be a problem. And it’s not been taken down again so it can’t be too big of an issue. I hope everyone gets to watch it. I certainly felt safer watching it at home than in a theater.

              • Are you watching Hannity?

              • Missed it. I’m way off schedule today.

    • I think US Weapon should pull this ASAP.

      • SKT! Fear not old friend, this is on purpose. the video is online for a reason, all political. Interesting movie, not so much a direct attack on Obama, but educational in it’s presentation. Too bad so many have Obama phones and only care about what they can get from the treasury! we all know where that leads 🙄

      • It’s bootleg and the posters are trying to undermine D’Sousa’s efforts at the box office.

  39. Bottom Line says:

  40. Bottom Line says:

  41. If this is true! -both Hillary and Obama should be thrown out of office! I never even thought about them having time to send help. Sending help is not debatable-it should have been done.

    Paper: Obama Admin Rejected Military Intervention in Benghazi During Attack

    by AWR Hawkins 2 Oct 2012, 2:48 PM PDT 20 post a comment
    According to the Wall Street Journal, as the attack on the U.S. consulate was raging, Obama took a “wait and see” approach.

    Ninety minutes after news of the attack reached Washington, Obama, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, JCS Chair General Martin Dempsey, and a national security adviser convened for an oval office meeting in which they ultimately rejected the course of U.S. military intervention. Instead, they decided to reach out to the Libyan government to ask if they would send reinforcements.

    When the U.S. personnel at the consulate left the main building for what was supposed to be a safe house, questions regarding the deployment of forces seemed moot.

    But the battle was still raging, and Ambassador Stevens’ life was close to its end.

    In hindsight, anonymous officials privy to details of those Sept. 11 decisions asked why we didn’t at least send aircraft from the U.S. base in Sicily — which is less than 500 miles away from Benghazi. The line of thinking is that that such a show of force might have given the attackers second thoughts.

    The State Dept. has dismissed this option has “unrealistic.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/02/As-Benghazi-Attacks-Raged-State-Dept-Dismissed-Strong-U-S-Response-As-Unrealistic

  42. Another insane bit of nonsense from the “anything goes” crowd.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/queens-student-home-explicit-t-shirt-article-1.1173342?localLinksEnabled=false

    I think that I need Buck or Matt to explain the finer points of free speech involved here.

    • The problem here-isn’t the daughter not being allowed to be whoever she wants to be-the problem here is the daughter has an idiot for a Mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I’m sure there is a logical explanation for why I need to see that or why I should have to explain to my grandchild what a V (not a VH 😉 ) is.

    • a “flirty” shirt? Good lord.

  43. You know what would really be entertaining tonight? If the jive-talkin’, race-baitin’ version of the prezzy showed up!

  44. Just A Citizen says:

    V.H.

    You said you were going to watch the “bombshell” video of Obama last night.

    So what do you think??

    • Short answer-I thought he sounded like an MSNBC commentator trying to imitate a Southern Baptist Preacher.
      Long answer -will have to wait-gotta take my mother-in-law to the doctor.

      • Long answer-which probably isn’t that long-I don’t think it’s a bombshell-I think after over 4 years of Obama and the democrat party screaming racism at everything, if one isn’t already turned off by Obama-this tape isn’t going to do it. Because if you have paid any attention -you aren’t surprised by his comments. Now there may be a few who are already leaning away from Obama-who might be influenced not to vote for him by this tape-because there are some parts of it -that will make very good 30 or 60 second hits.

  45. Good day SUFA 🙂 Taking a lunch breack from bow hunting. It’s a warm October day, buy nice to be in the woods. Now for some thoughts. Congrtas to Buck and his wife on the birth of their daughter. Matt didn’t think you had it in you, Buck, he was wrong 🙂

    Too the angry Muslims. I don’t really care if your offended, feel free to burn down your cities and kill each other, idiots 🙄

    Obama is a racist and Biden finally spoke the truth, all this proven on one day, amazing. Now, tonight, ya’ll get to watch a debate between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. Regardless of what comes out of their mouths, they are only saying one thing, “I want to be your Slave Master for 4 years”. I may watch it to see Obamaloni get stroked on all the domestic issues, unemployment is terrible, the economy is going nowhere, the debt is too high and way too many people have Obama phones. I won’t say that there are some people who should not reproduce, no matter what they do in front of a camera, so don’t expect me to say that. 🙂

  46. Just A Citizen says:

    Time to step up to the edge of the cliff.

    OK SUFA Ladies. I shared with you some time ago that our move towards “socialism” was primarily due to WOMEN. Now we have Obama leading Romney by 20 points or more among “Single Women”. No other group, except Blacks and Hispanics carry such margins.

    And now we have evidence of how things will be driven in the future. Especially given the “affirmative action” goals of Govt. We are so screwed:

    “Women think differently — even in the ‘dismal science’
    By Allison Linn, TODAY

    Economics is becoming less of a man’s world, and new research implies that as more women enter the profession that could lead to changes in economic policy.

    “Without a doubt it will change policy,” said Ann Mari May, an economics professor at University of Nebraska in Lincoln and one of the study’s authors.

    May and her co-authors surveyed hundreds of members of the American Economic Association for the study, which is due to be released in an upcoming issue of the journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

    What they found was surprising: Despite similar training and background in economic principles, male and female economists tended to hold sharply different views about some of the biggest and most hotly debated economic issues.

    For example, female economists were more likely to say employers should provide health insurance and that income distribution should be more equal. They also were more likely to disagree with the use of educational vouchers.

    Women also were far more likely to conclude that job opportunities for men and women are not equal, and that specifically the economic profession favors men over women.

    “We were a little surprised to see that there were these striking differences,” May said.

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    The findings were especially interesting to May and her colleagues because they had taken great pains to ensure that they were surveying mainstream economists, whose views might be considered more closely aligned.

    They also come as more women are pursuing the “dismal science” as a profession. Women earned 34.5 percent of new doctorates in economics in 2010, up from 27 percent in 2000, according to the researchers.

    The research for the paper was conducted in late 2008 but took several years to compile and prepare for publication.

    May thinks that as more women enter the field their voices will start to be heard when politicians and others craft economic policies. A more diverse group of expert opinions could lead to more rigorous debate and, perhaps, different ways of thinking about the nation’s major economic challenges.

    If nothing else, she noted, the study should raise the awareness that all economists don’t think alike.

    “It’s just sort of a snapshot that allows us to consider the diversity of the profession and how we sort of shortchange ourselves when we use phases like ‘all economists think this.’”

    Another note of doom and gloom. Bill O’Reilly last night made a comment in his monologue that I found very disturbing. First he set the Pres Race about two visions. Capitalism and Social Justice style govt. (typical idiotic statement by him but you get the drift). Then he offered something along the lines that “America is CHANGING” and that is why Mr. Obama is still hanging tough in the polls.

    This is an ADMISSION that America is changing into the European Socialism/Fascism model. His view? Get over it and accept it. Just another reason I can’t stand the guy. He has the principles of an earthworm.

    • O’Reilly hits some good points but gets there the wrong way. America is changing. It has been changing for the past 50 years. The government has intruded into areas that might shock FDR. Student Loans? Government insured mortgages? The more of this that goes on, the more it is taken for granted. It becomes a “given” both literally and figuratively. Question is, how do you go backwards? What federal program has ever been reduced or eliminated? It is always more, more, more and we want it that way, we demand it. What did Nixon roll back of “the Great Society”? He changed the names of a few things but did not change the basic thrust of a larger and larger government giving away more things.

      I sometimes think that this is just the way it is. When you lack adversity, you tend to become more liberal, not just with your dollars but with other peoples too. Nobody seems to understand the school of hard knocks any more. Be you a fifth generation welfare recipient, a new legal immigrant or someone who crossed the Rio Grande last night you are coddled by the government because that is what the “people” demand. Over and over and over again, we hear both from Dems and Repubs, “What programs shall we cut?” This is said in such a way as to shame us. Well, besides Obama phones, I think we should just go across the board. This of course will never happen. It is sort of like suburban school board budgets. They never go down. If the townsfolk were even close to consider voting them down, the local administration would just threaten to fold the football program. That would be the end of that effort at fiscal reform in one quick hurry! Ever see a school board propose to just hold the budget the same for a couple years? Nah, no way Jose! It is hilarious. I have been out here in Fair Lawn for 31 years. Every year the budget goes up for town services, county services and of course our wonderful schools. Every year I am told that the “average” house in Fair Lawn will only get a $ 125-$175 tax increase and yet, somehow this has caused my taxes in the intervening years to jump from about $ 2,200 per year to over $ 11,000. The “new” math I guess.

      Girls, love ’em, always have. But, ever since this equal rights thing, and take your daughter to work, boys have been thrown to the dogs. If the shrinks aren’t trying to sissify them, then they are trying to drug them. In either event it seems to be working just fine if you look at the numbers. There are less and less of them going to college and finishing it. Even my old school which went co-ed in ’73 is now graduating significantly more girls than boys. As usual, in some wacky attempt to make up for past sins that we in the present never committed, we have gone overboard and made the educated, mature, responsible adult male an endangered species. Then the newly liberated, fully educated adult female bemoans, “where have all the good men gone?”. I suggest we all take our sons to work and recommend that our co-workers do so too. While you are at it if your school psychologist recommends drugs for your boys, experiment with the good swift kick in the ass methodology first. Not saying it works for everybody but it worked for me.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        SK

        Past 50 years?? Come on Sir, your an historian as well as I. Try about 200 years.

        As for FDR being shocked I am not so certain. Once his list was accomplished he would have had to find something else to tinker with. For those who have forgotten his list I give you this, and ask you to Google up Marx’s list and the Progressive List and the Dem Party Platform list.

        The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
        The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
        The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
        The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
        The right of every family to a decent home;
        The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
        The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
        The right to a good education.

        • I guess that i am trying to say that because we have had it so good in the past 50 years, changes have been coming by leaps and bounds. It would seem to me that the graph of what has actually happened resembles “progress” as you see in science. I am running out now and may continue this later but keep in mind the more you give, the more they seem to want. They have gotten a lot since the early ’60’s and want MORE! There seems to be no putting it off. Like that dumb commercial about selling your structured settlement for a dime on the dollar. “It’s our money and we want it NOW!”

  47. Good focus points for tonight’s debate. Throw in a little Benghazi and it should be a winner..but who wants to bet the moderators will never let the discussion get anywhere near these points.

    1) Americans are poorer and much more debt-ridden
    By the end of 2008, after George Bush’s eight years as president, the federal government’s publicly held debt stood at $5.8 trillion. Since then, four years into Obama’s presidency, publicly held debt has almost doubled to $11.6 trillion. And, according to the White House’s own numbers, which are likely very optimistic, that debt is projected to increase to $15 trillion after another four years.
    That massive increase in debt means a real burden for Americans. The average family of four will see its share of the publicly held federal debt balloon from $77,333 in 2008 to over $191,000 in 2016.
    During Obama’s recovery, not even counting the recession, the median household income has actually fallen, something unheard of during a “recovery.” Yet, from June 2009 to August 2012, income has decreased by 6 percent.
    This drop isn’t too surprising as a lower proportion of working-age Americans have jobs. Indeed, the percentage employed is now the lowest it has been in the last 30 years, and virtually all of that drop has occurred during the so-called “Obama recovery.” While there are about as many Americans working today as when Obama became president, Democrats conveniently forget that the US population has continued to grow substantially. There are now an additional 8.4 million working-age Americans.
    Mid-wage occupations have been replaced with low-wage ones. Mid-wage occupations accounted for 60 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, but low-wage occupations account for 58 percent of hiring during the recovery.
    2) President Obama’s “Stimulus” NEVER worked
    After constantly predicting that his policies would jump-start the economy, with a real recovery right around the corner, Obama now asks us to trust him, that this time he knows how to fix things.
    Romney needs to remind the audience and all of America of what Obama said on the “Today” show soon after taking office: “We’re starting to make some progress. But there’s still gonna be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s gonna be a one-term proposition.”
    In March 2009, just five weeks after passing the stimulus, President Obama perceived an upswing and started off a press conference by announcing: “We’re beginning to see signs of progress… This plan’s already saved the jobs of teachers and police officers. It’s creating construction jobs to rebuild roads and bridges.” Obama declared later, in May, that the massive spending program was “already seeing results.”
    In April of the following year the unemployment rate was still at 9.8 percent, but the Obama administration thought that now, for sure, the economy was just about to boom: “Some time in the next couple of months we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.” It even touted the summer of 2010 as the “Summer of Recovery.”
    The list of such failed, overly optimistic predictions by the Obama administration goes on and on.
    3) Corruption and crony capitalism
    One needs only look at the events of last Friday to see the extent of corruption in the Obama administration. To get an election advantage, President Obama is now urging defense contractors to blatantly violate federal law. Federal law mandates that government contractors must issue notices of potential layoffs at least 60 days in advance. Since those cuts are scheduled for January 2, the notices must go out no later than November 2. But no president wants to send of massive number of layoff notices right before election.
    Obama’s solution? Demand that contractors wait to wait until after the election to issue the notices, with the promises that the Obama administration will pay for the companies’ legal costs.
    Yes, that is right. Companies would be paid by the federal government to break the law because following the law would be embarrassing to the Obama administration.
    Unfortunately, corruption seems to be business as usual for Obama, not just an exception. Remember Solyndra, the green energy company that lost a half-billion dollar investment. When the company was losing money and laying off employees, Obama’s Department of Energy pushed the company to wait announcing its layoffs until the day after the November 2010 general election.
    The stimulus money was primarily handed out to various Obama supporters. Of course, that was not what Obama promised. It was supposed to go to “those hardest hit by our economic crisis.” But instead of primarily going to states with the highest unemployment, bankruptcy, foreclosure, or poverty rates, the stimulus was mostly given to states with high incomes, states that were heavily unionized, and states whose Congressional delegations were primarily Democrats.
    Contrary to his rhetoric, Obama is very friendly to the wealthy — as long as they are Democrats. Billionaire Democrat donors receiving a lot of stimulus money include: Solyndra owner George Kaiser; Tesla Motors owners Leon Musk, Larry Page and Sergey Brin; NRG Energy owners Warren Buffett, Steven Cohen, and Carl Icahn; Abound Solar Manufacturing’s Pat Stryker; and Siga Technologies’ Ronald Perelman. Among other wealthy Democrat winners were former Vice President Al Gore, whose investment in Fisker Automotive was rewarded with a $529 million loan guarantee. Taken all together, about 75 percent of stimulus loans and grants have been doled out to companies run by Obama supporters.
    4) The Lawless President
    Can’t get Congress to change a law? Well, then just to ignore that law. That strategy has been used repeatedly by the Obama administration for instance, it has let illegal aliens with criminal records stay in the US. It has imposed a moratorium on offshore oil drilling despite a court order. It has threatened to destroy GM and Chrysler bondholders if they refused to relinquish their contractual rights; it has not compiled with the Military and Overseas Voter Act; and it has waived the welfare work requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law.
    Conclusion
    The press has generally avoided Obama’s continued mishandling of the economy. Real people’s lives are being destroyed and huge debts are being piled up. Corruption, transfers of massive money to cronies, and continual broken promises could bring down by themselves bring down a president. Only these problems could make federal agents giving thousands of guns to Mexican drug dealers where hundreds of people been killed seem like a side issue.
    Bottom line: It’s critical that Romney hold Obama responsible for his many economic failures.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/03/four-ways-romney-must-hold-obama-accountable-for-economy/#ixzz28GMu9M3j

  48. If you follow this debate drinking game, you will be hammered by 9:15 EST

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/03/if-you-follow-this-debate-drinking-game-you-will-be-hammered-by-915-est/#ixzz28GUxJXag

  49. Just A Citizen says:

    Book review comments from mises.org:

    Today, books touting the virtues of deliberative democracy are ubiquitous; but Brennan dissents.[1] Libertarians

    do not regard democratic participation and deliberation as the highest form of life.… Many nonlibertarians have an almost religious reverence for democracy. They love democracy so much that they wish to see democracy in every aspect of life. They want democracy to be a way of living. They want everything open to democratic deliberation and decision making. Libertarians instead want to insulate people from political control. They do not want every decision to be subject to discussion. They believe one of the greatest freedoms of all is not having to justify yourself to others. If your entire life resembles a committee meeting, you are not free. (p. 69)

    Brennan’s objections would apply even to a democracy of the intelligent and informed; but in practice, democracy turns out to be rule by the incompetent. Brennan in his comments suggests a reborn Mencken:

    Voters not only are systematically mistaken about basic economics, but they cannot figure out which candidates know more than they do … in democracy incompetent leaders with false beliefs win. Libertarians say: If the candidates seem clueless, it is because the system works. (p. 72)

    Brennan displays little respect for the chief icon of the American democratic tradition. He notes that

    many Americans would rate Abraham Lincoln as the greatest president. Yet Lincoln fought the civil war not to free slaves, but to force the South to remain part of the United States. In the course of war, Lincoln suppressed habeas corpus, created the first national draft, suppressed free speech, censored and punished newspaper editors who criticized his war efforts, and was at least complicit in waging total war against innocent Southern civilians. By normal standards, this makes him a monster. (If I did these things, you would regard me as a vile and despicable person.)[2] (pp. 62–3)

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