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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Obama’s Weekly Address Marks 9/11 Anniversary: “We Will Never Be At War With Islam”

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Acts 17 on Leftist-Isalmic propaganda film on Islamic ‘invention’

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Today is Peggy Joseph Day

You all do remember …. ‘Obama’s going to pay for my gas and mortgage’. What Ms Joseph captured that day in 2008 is the PERCEPTION of fools that Obama not only actually cares about them past their vote, but that he will do something about their fate. But let’s be charitable … maybe he wants to do something about their fate but lacks the ability and common sense to find that path.
Today we awake to find out that Obama has ‘bumped’ his way to a 4% lead in Gallup with a 2% margin of error. Well, it’s a tracking poll, but we have to acknowledge what one of the two most judicious purveyors of common sense in the land, Charles Krauthammer (the other being Victor Davis Hanson), recognizes.
Given the state of the economy, by any historical standard, Barack Obama should be 15 points behind Mitt Romney. Why is he tied? The empathy gap. On “caring about average people,” Obama wins by 22 points. Maintaining that gap was a principal goal of the Democratic convention. It’s the party’s only hope of winning in November.
George H.W. Bush, Romney-like in aloofness, was once famously handed a staff cue card that read: “Message: I care.” That was supposed to be speech guidance. Bush read the card. Out loud.Not surprisingly, he lost to Bill Clinton, a man who lives to care, who feels your pain better than you do – or at least makes you think so. In politics, that’s a trivial distinction.
We are now in the money phase of this campaign, and Mr. Romney we are all depending on you to establish both the bullshit of this gap, and why DOING SOMETHING demonstrates more care than being able to yap about how you do care.
That lack so far is why the polls are close.
That these polls can be close a day after calamitous jobs numbers ( Those Jobless Numbers Are Even Worse Than They Look..WSJ ) testifies to the danger Obama and the democrats pose to the nation’s well being via their ability to act out their empathetic gazes.
Nothing but the growth of business will help.
Obama has 2 years with COMPLETE CONTROL to establish a path. He did not. He could not.
He is not up to the job in these days.
Maybe Romney is. I believe it’s a better bet. But if he fails, we should be just as rigid in seeing to it that he is fired as well.
What choice is there?
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How Did The Middle East Go From Being Christian to Islamic, and Why Are We Afraid?

From Dr. Bill Warner:

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Arab mob attacks Jewish village

More jihad on the homefront:
Hundreds of Palestinian Authority Arabs have been assaulting a Jewish village in the Binyamin region since Saturday afternoon, Tatzpit reports.

Residents of the Jewish village of Esh Kodesh reported that the assault began when three men from the community were walking in one of the town’s vineyards on Saturday afternoon, during the Jewish Sabbath.

The men were attacked by a large Arab mob armed with clubs and sticks, residents said. The attackers apparently came from the nearby PA town of Kotzra.

A security team from Esh Kodesh was called to the scene, as were nearby IDF units. The responders encountered hundreds of PA men armed with rocks and other makeshift weapons, and were unable to stop the assault.

“Children in the village are crying,” community spokesman Aharon Katzuf told Tatzpit. “They can’t sleep because of the screams of ‘Yitbach al Yahud’ [Slaughter the Jews – ed.] and ‘Allahu Akbar.’”

As of Saturday night clashes continued. An IDF spokesperson said, “Security forces are at the scene, and the circumstances are being investigated.”
Are they going to provide proper security as well? An investigation isn't enough.
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Obama's "God Talk"

From this September 7, 2012 article in the Washington Post, an article that also appeared in the print edition in the "On Faith" section:
Obama’s ‘God talk’ was highlight of his convention acceptance speech

...[T]radition requires some God talk at a convention speech, and Obama was not about to flout that tradition. Nonbelievers and the religiously unaffiliated may be growing in number, but the vast majority of Americans want a president who believes. According to the PRRI, 66 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents say it’s important for a president to have strong faith.

The only question was how he’d express it. In a phone interview before the speech, Democratic strategist Eric Sapp said he hoped to see a return of the spiritually uplifting campaigner. Obama in ’08 “was very authentic,” Sapp said. “When he switched to policy, he lost. When [Democrats] become too secular, we lose our moral compass, we lose our core, we lose our values. We can’t be seen as being against God. And if we intentionally start clamming up over this stuff, we are going to lose a lot of voters for whom this is important.”

At the outset, the president’s speech lacked loft. But about two-thirds of the way in, Obama turned and faced the religion question head on. He did it with a pronoun. He started talking about “you.”

“The election four years ago was not about me,” he said. “My fellow citizens, you were the change. . . . Only you have the power to move us forward.”

Religious leaders have used this rhetorical pivot — it’s not about me, it’s about you — to great effect over the years. Moses used it in the desert when he told the people of Israel that they had to get themselves to the Promised Land. Jesus used it when he told followers that they had to make a choice and leave their families to follow him. American political leaders have used the collective “you” in their high-flying expressions of civil religion, linking U.S. citizenship to a sacred blessing and calling political engagement a sacred obligation. Think of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, when he told people, “Ask not what your country can do for you.”

The focus on the “you” gives the responsibility for doing what is fair and righteous to the people and deftly acknowledges that even the most powerful leaders are fallible and imperfect.

Through the power of the collective “you,” Obama was able to release himself from the fetters of his personal religious history and paint a picture of an America in which responsibility to country and neighbor is a responsibility to God. The soaring high notes at the conclusion of his speech were familiar to anyone who followed the candidate in ’08. “Yes, our path is harder,” he said, “but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer— but we travel it together. . . . We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth.”

It was God talk, all right, and he’s good at it. He needs to use it more often.

How many people really believe this swill?

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Could this be why the DNC removed Jerusalem and God? Muslims Have More DNC Delegates than Montana, Utah and Oklahoma Put Together

From Will at The Other News:

Could this be why the DCN removed Jerusalem and God? Muslims Have More DNC Delegates than Montana, Utah and Oklahoma Put Together.(FM).By DanielGreenField.

Number of delegates for the Great State of Oklahoma – 50.

Number of delegates for the Great State of Utah - 34.

Number of delegates for the Great State of Montana- 31.

Number of delegates for the Great State of Vermont – 27.

Number of delegates for the Great State of Nevada – 44.

Number of delegates for the Great State of Iowa – 65.

Number of Muslim delegates – 100.

The number of Muslim delegates attending the Democratic National Convention has quadrupled since 2004, according to a Muslim advocacy group. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations counts more than 100 Muslim delegates representing some 20 states at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week. That’s up from 25 delegates in 2004, according to CAIR. Isn’t that great. 

And who needs Montana anyway when we have the State of Islam? Muslims had around 5 percent of the delegates in a Democratic Party convention for a country where they aren’t even 1 percent of the population. Maybe in the next election they can quadruple it again and have 20 percent of the delegates.

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Obama's Campaign Staff Leaves Flag On Ground

From Jawa Report:

Preparing for a campaign stop at the University of Iowa, Obama's forward team spreads out a United States flag on the ground.
Maybe this is a blatant show of disrespect. I don't think so. I think this is more of a display of ignorance and indifference. The Democratic Party has such little regard for our military, for patriotism, for American exceptionalism, they are completely oblivious and incapable of understanding a basic show of respect, gratitude, and appreciation.

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From Human Events:

At the Democratic National Convention, where one speaker after the next swears they love free enterprise, delegates and attendees (maybe some media, who knows?) were asked by Peter Schiff, posing as a anti-corporate activist,  if they would support capping or banning corporate profit. 
Well, there seems to be plenty of enthusiasm for the idea in Charlotte this week — and not from the fringe. “We deliberately avoided speaking with the occupy protestors camping outside in tents to get a more “mainstream” Democratic perspective,” writes Schiff. 
And remember, it’s the Tea Party that’s supposed to be radical.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Billy Joe Shaver
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Fuck 'Em If They Can't Take a Joke

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Dear President Obama

How have you been? I haven't written in awhile so I thought I would drop a note to let you know how things have been going here on my side of the class warfare divide.

I read that you gave a pretty big speech last night in Charlotte. I wouldn't feel too bad that you weren't able to get the number of people to attend that you thought you would and had to change venues. I hope Bank of America will give you your deposit on the original hall back since you had to cancel. But it has been my experience with Pennsylvania Fire House Wedding receptions and such that if you cancel too close to the event they keep that money anyway so maybe you won't. I hope it didn't cost you and the taxpayers too much.

From what I have read most people thought the speech was pretty humdrum and lackluster. Except for the people in the arena cheering whenever Uncle Joe B. held up the "APPLAUD" signs. I cannot help but wonder if you kept it toned down because you knew about the jobs numbers coming out this morning (since the White House gets them a day ahead of the rest of the world) and were afraid to say something that Mr Romney and Mr Ryan could throw back at you when they were released. Pretty hard to say things are getting better the night before we hear only 96,000 jobs were created last month.

I don't know myself. I didn't get to watch your speech. Oh, I wanted to. I really did. But I sat down to watch Josie Wales around 8:00 ish and fell asleep in my old chair and didn't wake up until Charles Krauthammer was excoriating your performance. I am sorry about that. Don't feel too badly about what he said. What does a one percenter Harvard Medical School psychiatrist know anyway?

I finally found at least a part time job for now. Which is why I fell asleep and missed your lackluster speech.

I am working in the stockroom of a big box retailer. No, not that one, the other one. It is very physical work, moving all day walking and lifting boxes and climbing ladders and such which is okay but at my age and after 20 years of working on computers it tends to leave me exhausted at the end of the day. Nearly everyone else back there is 25 years my junior and even though I still manage to get to the gym 4 days a week this is still back aching work for a nearly 51 year old man. It's a good thing I work for this store because I can get Ben-Gay at a discount now. And it does severely limit my time available for ranting and raving on the internet, which is probably a good thing for politicians.

I got the job through a younger friend of mine. We worked together at my old company. I helped him negotiate some tricky corporate waters, taught him what he could get away with saying to whom, and so on.

He left there voluntarily shortly after my position was eliminated and worked his way up at this store. He told me about the job and I interviewed but the two gals I interviewed with told him I was way too overqualified for the job. He told them you're going to hire him anyway. And so now the young man I mentored 7 or 8 years ago is my boss's boss.

The job doesn't pay much. $8.25 hr for 20-30 hours a week. But it is better than nothing, I suppose. Certainly better than sitting at home staring at the computer trying to figure out where to look next, answering (and often ignoring) phone calls from creditors who want to know again and again what happened after 30 years of spotless credit.

The job will do absolutely nothing to stop that, nothing to undo the financial damage done to me and my family these last three years. But it does put a little jingle back in my pocket and helps pay the utilities, keep the lights on, the house warm and the water running.

In a strange quirk I find I actually enjoy the work so far. Getting out of the house. Moving around. Keeping busy and feeling productive and contributing again.

Which is important because for the last 8 or 10 months, since my savings and 401k finally exhausted, my oldest daughters have been helping pay the bills: cell phone, electricity, buy the groceries, vehicle inspections and such. Even my 14 year old wants to give me some of her camp money which I flatly refuse. All of this is deeply troubling and a little humiliating to me. I was raised by a father who taught me you take care of your kids, no matter their age or situation. Not the other way around. But this is not my father's America anymore, is it? Yet if I don't accept their help we would go under. And worse still we have had to accept help from the Church "poor box", who helped pick up a couple bills for us last month. The community helping their own, neighbors helping neighbors get by. How it was intended and should be. I still won't take food stamps or free school lunches.

My wife is working two jobs as well. Her regular day job and at the gym in the evenings and weekends teaching yoga classes and working the counter. Meanwhile I'm throwing boxes around and being told I'm over qualified for just about everything else. I really can't say I am better off than I was four years ago but at least I have a job, right? It's the best that was avalable right now and I do apologize that the job adds me back to the unemployment roles as underemployed and makes the numbers look bad for you and your re-election but hey, those are the breaks. I have to look out for me and mine now. I can't worry about whether you keep your job or not. Maybe if you and congress had done something to get jobs moving again it would be different. Hey! Do you think I could learn to be a 51 year old caddy?

You seem to be looking pretty healthy. Maybe a little thin. You should tell Michele to visit Pa. Dutch Country. We'll teach her how to cook good hearty meals cheap. Put some meat on your bones without breaking the budget. Provided, of course, you actually have a budget to worry about. Don't worry about the gray at your temples. I have it, too, more than you in fact, especially in the last three years. I wear it like a badge, no Grecian Formula in this house.

I have a grandson now. He and his mom and dad live in Alaska, so I don't get to spoil him like a grandpa should. I can't afford it anyway. I can't even afford to send him a present for his first birthday in a couple weeks.

I have been able to see him twice in the last 11 months when they came to visit. But that is expensive so it doesn't happen more than that and I certainly cannot afford to go there. But thanks to her diligent saving and a gift from a very good friend of mine across country my youngest daughter got to spend the summer living with her sister and got to know her little nephew very well. And boy did she get a workout living in rural Alaska. We sent away a sweet 14 yr old 98 lb weakling and 6 weeks later at the airport picked up a kid carrying, by herself, a 50 lb box of flash frozen salmon and halibut she caught herself. Which went a long way to filling our badly depleted freezer with good healthy meat. I bet your wife would be proud of that. I know mine was. I'd like to say the government helped catch it but all they did was charge my son in law for the fishing license.

Well, I suppose I have rambled long enough. Today is my day off and I have a shovel full of things ready to do. I'd say don't be such a stranger but you haven't visited Reading since you stopped at Marvel Ranch during the 2008 campaign when so many people thought you were bright and shiny and wonderful. Reading wasn't back then and since has fallen/risen further to the number 1 poorest city in the country. So it is understandable, I suppose, that you'd rather hang out with the Clooneys and Weinsteins and Hathways and such instead of schlepping with us.

Still, the next time the boys in the Black Suburbans are hanging around my neighborhood tell them not to be so shy and stop in for a beer. Of course they'll have to provide the beer because I can't afford it. They probably have a couple cases of White House Honey Brown Ale in the back with their automatic rifles and stun grenades. And I may know a fella or two that makes their own whiskey. Just like they did in the 20s. Right before the bottom fell out.

Give my best to Mickey and the girls.


midnight rider


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"I think Obama should call the boys and thank them for stimulating the economy and jobs numbers”

Bruce Bearden, commenting on this:

Five DeMatha Football Players Kicked Off Team After Incident With Prostitutes

Five DeMatha High School football players have been removed from the team after apparently hiring three prostitutes last weekend.
Two have been withdrawn from the school, Erika Gonzalez reports, and two more are facing expulsion.
A parent said that some of the boys had sexual intercourse with the prostitutes after hiring them over the internet. They apparently brought the women to a hotel room early Saturday morning after a win in North Carolina.

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Clint Eastwood: "President Obama Is The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated On The American People"

From the Carmel Pine Cone:

AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to. 
“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

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The Fruit Of Allah: Three suicide bombers targeting Pakistan nuclear plant found dead after 'Work Accident'

From Will at The Other News:

(DH).Bodies of three suicide bombers were found near the border of Bhakkar district about 30km away from a nuclear plant in Garot, Khushab district of Pakistan on Thursday, the Express Tribune newspaper reported. 

The terrorists were planning to blow up the nuclear plant, according to a senior police officer. The bodies were recovered from a devastated building next to a mosque.

Police officials estimated that the terrorists had more companions who had left the area before the police arrived as footprints of more than 12 people and of heavy vehicles could be seen at the site of the incident, Tribune reported. 

According to details, the terrorists were killed when three suicide jackets, each carrying 0.5kg of explosives, went off as they were planning to leave their temporary residence. Police have identified two terrorists as Mawia Tariq and Omar Irfan, both belonging to Mandi Bahauddin, and have shifted the bodies to DHQ Bhakkar for post mortem.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.Read the full story here.

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Egyptian Clerics: Kill Anyone Who Insults Islam

From Raymond Ibrahim:

Recently an Egyptian Muslim posted a YouTube videotape of himself cursing Islam, its holy book, the Koran, tearing the latter to pieces and throwing it in the garbage. [...] 
While this latest Koran desecration is a reminder that there are everyday Egyptians who are sick of the Talibanization of Egypt, a recent talk show on Al Hafiz channel concerning this incident is an indicator of what is in store for them. 
After the video of the man tearing the Koran was played, one of three guests, a bearded and white-robed Dr. Mahmoud Sha’ban, visibly shaken by what he had just seen, said:
Someone like him must receive the punishment he deserves—and it is death. He is an apostate… It is clear from what he says that he is a Muslim, and must be killed as an apostate. As for that act itself, it is an infidel act, and he deserves to be struck by the sword in a public place—and as soon as possible; as soon as possible; as soon as possible. It must be announced and photographed and disseminated among the people, so that all the people may know that we respect our Koran and its words from Allah, and whoever insults it, receives his punishment from Allah. If people like him are left alone, they will only get bolder and bolder. 
The next guest, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin, said: “I support the words of Sheikh Mahmoud [who just spoke], that this man must be killed fast, that he may be an example to others, so that all learn that we have reached a new phase in respecting Islam and the holy sanctity of the Koran and Sunna. This man has become an apostate and must suffer the penalty in front of the people.”

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Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison: Republicans Are “Party of Hate” For Banning Shariah Law in Platform

The Hill Blog reported:
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) blasted Republicans for including a plank in their convention platform targeting Shariah law in an interview with Mother JonesWednesday, blasting the language as “an expression of bigotry.”
“There has never been any legislation offered to establish Shariah law — not at the federal level, not at the state level. There’s not been a municipal ordinance opposing this, there’s not been anything,” said Ellison, the nation’s first Muslim member of Congress.
The Republican platform included language demanding “no use of foreign law by U.S. courts in interpreting our Constitution and laws.”
“Nor should foreign sources of law be used in State courts; adjudication of criminal or civil matters,” the platform continues in a section championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has been outspoken in his concern that the moral code of Islam could be playing a greater role in the American justice system.
Ellison blasted Republicans as “the party of hate” for having “demonstrated hatred towards Muslims” in adopting the language.
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Tony Joe White
Ain't Goin' Down This Time

Bayou Woman

Conjure Woman

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

"it was very, very clear the Israelis had lost their patience with the Administration”

from Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee at a meeting of committee members, the Obama Admin Ambassador to Israel and Netanyahu.
The Obama Admin has been trying to stop the Israelis from acting in their own defense of the existence of the State of Israel and its people by defining the harshness and completeness of the sanctions program the administration is leading. The Israelis are not satisfied with the administration’s definition of what it will do and when it will be considered that the time to act has come.
Significant is that the Israelis want to know WHEN the Americans will simply get out of their way. They require nothing else of us.
From the Atlantic:
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro.

Rogers told a Michigan radio interviewer earlier this week that he had not previously witnessed such a high-level confrontation, and he described Israeli leaders as being at “wits’ end” over what they see as President Obama’s unwillingness to provide them with his “red lines” in the effort to stop Iran’s nuclear program. He also said that neither the Israelis nor the Iranians believe that Obama would use force to stop the nuclear program. (UPDATE: Rogers said as well he believes the Israelis will “probably” bomb Iran if they don’t get clearer red lines from the U.S.)

Rogers description of the meeting directly contradicts repeated Administration assertions that there is “no daylight” on the Iran issue with the Israeli government. Shortly after the meeting took place, Israeli press reports appeared suggesting  that Netanyahu and Shapiro had engaged in an argument, but Shapiro soon dismissed those reports, calling them “silly” and saying, “The published account of that meeting did not reflect what actually occurred in the meeting. The conversations were entirely friendly and professional.”

Rogers, speaking to WJR radio host Frank Beckmann, painted a very different picture. He said the meeting, originally scheduled to be a discussion of intelligence and technical issues between himself and the prime minister, spun out of control when Netanyahu began lambasting Shapiro over the Administration’s Iran policy. When Beckmann asked Rogers to describe the tenor of the meeting, he said: “Very tense. Some very sharp… exchanges and it was very, very clear the Israelis had lost their patience with the (Obama) Administration.” He went on, “There was no doubt. You could not walk out of that meeting and think that they had not lost their patience with this Administration.”

Rogers said Israeli frustration grows from what they see — and he sees — as a refusal by the Obama Administration to outline an endgame: “(I)t was very clear the overarching policy has been frustrating mainly because I think it’s not very clear. What we walked out of that meeting knowing is that the Administration was trying to defend itself.” By the end, he said, there was a “sharp exchange between the Administration’s representative there, our ambassador there, and Mr. Netanyahu, which was unusual to say the least, but I thought at the end of the day maybe productive.”

Beckmann then asked: “Is it inaccurate to say it was a shouting match?” Rogers answered: “I can say that there were elevated concerns on behalf of the Israelis.” When asked if he had “ever seen that sort of thing before,” Rogers answered: “No not that directly. We’ve had sharp exchanges with other heads of state and in intelligence services and other things, but nothing at that level that I’ve seen in all my time where people were clearly that agitated, clearly that worked up about a particular issue where there was a very sharp exchange.”

Rogers went on to describe what he understands to be the Israeli frustration, and, apparently, his frustration, with the impact of sanctions: “Here’s the problem. ….I support the sanctions. But if you’re going to have a hammer you have to have an anvil. You have to have at least a  credible threat of a military option. So it’s having an effect, yes, it’s having an effect on the Iranian economy. It is not impacting their race on enrichment and other things, and that’s very very clear.” He went on, “I think the Israeli position is, ‘Hey, listen, you’ve got to tell us — I mean, if you want us to wait’ — and that’s what this Administration’s been saying, you’ve gotta wait, you’ve gotta wait, you’ve gotta wai — got that — ‘but then you’ve gotta tell us when is the red line so we can make our own decisions about should we or shouldn’t we stop this particular program.”

And Rogers had harsh words for the Administration, which he says has made it very clear to the Israelis what they shouldn’t do, but hasn’t delivered a message to the Iranians with the same clarity: “There’s a lot of pieces in play on this. But I think again, their frustration is that the Administration hasn’t made it very clea — they’ve made it very clear to Israel in a public way that they shouldn’t do it, but haven’t made it very clear to Iran in a public way that there will be tougher action, which could include — and I argue peace through strength, so you just need to let them understand that that’s an option so we can deter them from their program. And right now the Israelis don’t’ believe that the Administration is serious when they say that all options are on the table, and more importantly neither do the Iranians. That’s why the program is progressing.”

I’ll post more of this interview as it is transcribed, in a few minutes, in this space.

PART II: When asked by Beckmann at what he believes the Israelis willl say “enough is enough,” Rogers answered: “Certainly when you walk out of that meeting you get the feeling that they are finally at wits’ end, and that’s what concerned me about the meeting.” 

He went on, “I will say that as a part of their decision point or data point when they go through the process of should we or shouldn’t we, it was clear that our American elections have worked its way into one of those data points. I thought, well, maybe that hedges their response until maybe after the election. But what I got out of that, walking out of that, wa,s yeah they’re considering it, but at this point they’re very frustrated because they don’t’ know what happens after the election, and their window for impacting the program they believe is starting to close.”

Rogers also said that what he calls Obama’s uncertainty has caused problems for the U.S. across the Middle East. “You know, it’s a very interesting argument when you’re in the room and talking about options.The meeting was designed, it was supposed to be between Netanyahu and myself on some intelligence cooperation matters and other matters, when it came to Iran and Syria and other things, and kind of devolved into this meeting where the  ambassador was confronted directly… what was very apparent to me was a lot of frustration with the lack of clarity and the uncertainty about what their position is on the Iranian nuclear program. And that’s what I think I saw across the Middle East. The uncertainty about where the United States’ position is on those questions has created lots of problems and anxiety that I think doesn’t serve the world well and doesn’t serve peace well.”

Rogers spoke, as well, about the Iranian nuclear timeline: “So the big question is the dash. And the dash is, we know they have an enrichment program, it’s highly likely they have a weaponization program. You have to have both of those parts for a nuclear weapon program. And the dash is when does weaponization mean you can put it on a missile and fire it off?
The Israelis are upset because that dash question seems to be shortening and they already believe they have enough enrichment for more than one nuclear bomb. That’s why their anxiety is high and the United States position isn’t all that clear.” Beckmann then asked Rogers how close the Israelis believe that dash period to be. Rogers: “The Israelis believe it’s short. I mean, Netanyahu made it very clear he thought it was a matter of weeks. If they decide to do the dash it could be four weeks to eight weeks, which is a month or two months. Our intelligence analysts believe it would be a little longer than that. But the problem is, nobody really knows for sure. But we do know, and I think everyone agrees, including, you know, our European intelligence allies and other things that they are clearly marching down this road.”
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Ship Him Back To The 7th Century

Muslim Man And His Family Flee From Dar al-Islam, Bring Their Culture With Them

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Intelligence Committee Chair Describes Explosive Confrontation Between Netanyahu and American Ambassador

If Obama doesn't want to lead the Free World, I'll have to do it myself

From the Atlantic:
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro. 
Rogers told a Michigan radio interviewer earlier this week that he had not previously witnessed such a high-level confrontation, and he described Israeli leaders as being at "wits' end" over what they see as President Obama's unwillingness to provide them with his "red lines" in the effort to stop Iran's nuclear program. He also said that neither the Israelis nor the Iranians believe that Obama would use force to stop the nuclear program. (UPDATE: Rogers said as well he believes the Israelis will "probably" bomb Iran if they don't get clearer red lines from the U.S.) 
Rogers description of the meeting directly contradicts repeated Administration assertions that there is "no daylight" on the Iran issue with the Israeli government.

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"This Is A Muslim Area, You Are Not Welcome Here" - Islamic Morality Police Patrol The Streets Of London

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Dem Convention Chair Villaraigosa: “Boggles My Mind” We Didn’t Have God, Jerusalem In Platform, “I Can’t Defend That”

After acting to re-insert language to their platform that mentions both God and that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Democrats found themselves on the defensive Thursday against Republican attacks over the moves.

Republicans pointed reporters to discord within the Democratic Party over the fight, accusing the Obama administration of waffling over the Jerusalem-as-capital issue.

“The questions over the Democrat platform haven’t stopped this morning and are overtaking any message [former President Bill] Clinton had last night,” the Republican National Committee said in an email.

The chairman of the convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said on CNN Thursday that the omissions were a mistake. “The notion we wouldn’t have God and Jerusalem in our platform boggles my mind,” he said. “I can’t defend that.”

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Barack Obama Says, "I Don't Give a Fuck What You Think, You are Absolutely Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago"

A defiant President Barack Obama today told Americans that they are ‘absolutely better off’ than they were when he was sworn into office in January 2009.

The question ‘are you better off than you were four years ago’, famously posed by Ronald Reagan in 1980, has dogged the Obama campaign over the past week as aides have responded ‘no, but’ or dodged the issue entirely.

‘We are absolutely better off than we were when I was sworn in and we had 800,000 jobs beoinmg lost in a month,’ he said in an interview with NBC12 in Virginia.

The Romney campaign has been goading Obama on the issue, printing ‘Are you better off?’ signs and stickers and making it their main line of attack during the Democratic convention.

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It really is that wretchedly biased

Inside Pulse has written the first review I could find of Green Lantern #0, and it's just as biased as we could expect:
Who is Simon Baz? An Arab man living in America, who was a child when he and his family watched the World Trade Center towers fall on September 11th, 2001, and who has felt the pain of being an Arab in America ever since. Well, no, now he feels the pain of being a car thief who completely ripped off the wrong van. Yeah, he’s no boy scout, but his heart is in the right place. By the way, why did I say wrong van? Because there was a bomb in it, and why is he a good person? Because he makes it a point to send that bomb on a one way trip to a place with no collateral damage once he discovered it. Unfortunately, again, Arab in America, Baz winds up in Gitmo pretty much instantly. Because an Arab guy blowing something up instantly means terrorist.
I thought that was "Muslim guy". Why can't they get their facts straight? It's just like how in the articles I looked at previously, Geoff Johns and the interviewers seem to think "Muslim" and "Arab" are completely interchangeable.
There is some straight forward racial profiling done for his interrogation, and honestly, as much as I hate to say it…yeah, this is what would really happen. His honesty would be ignored in favor of trying to label him an extremist in an excuse to interrogate him. I stress honesty, by the way, he holds nothing back and answers every single question they ask him, only to have his answers ignored in favor of painting him as a mad bomber working with more bad bombers. It also makes for a great moment where, with nothing to lose, Baz fights back and becomes worthy of the ring that we’ve all known he was getting for a good while now. Unfortunately, everyone who really shouldn’t known about this event happens to know, which means that governments, secret governments, and Justice League’s all known about the suspected terrorist who just got the most powerful weapon in the universe.
It sounds like pretty much what we could expect, a potential assault on Gitmo, and more so an attack on racial profiling. There's more told in at least one comment written in reply on the page itself:
Here's my problem with the issue. While the actions of the feds in are terrible it's not hard to understand why they wouldn't believe him. I mean if you didn't actually see the story unfold there is no way anyone would believe his story. You, a Muslim American, just happen to steal a van that has a bomb in it. Of all the terrible luck. Then you drive it to your old place of work you were fired from recently and blow the place up. I mean really who would believe that? Obviously the feds are supposed to look unreasonable but really they really only become unreasonable when they start with the torture because the truth is so unbelievable.

Also, wouldn't it have better to not tie the first Muslim green lantern to a bombing or being a car thief. Even though it wasn't his fault he's still connected. What if he was just a regular guy with a regular job that had the courage to survive discrimination in the wake of 9/11? Why make him a criminal that accidentally bombs a building?
The story as described certainly is ludicrous, if he drives the van onto the same property of a company he used to work for and totals the place, which is little different from what he allegedly was trying to prevent. If this is accurate, then "Baz" is guilty of destroying private property and trespassing, to say nothing of potentially jeopardizing other people's lives. I'm sure there's plenty of empty lots on the outskirts of Detroit he could've driven the van to if he wanted to keep it from endangering innocent lives (assuming it wasn't a time bomb hidden in the van), or he could've just called out to everyone to run for cover since there was a bomb in the van and called the police and urged them to cordon off the area it was in and send the squad to disarm it. The story structure certainly is bizarre and ill-advised.

As mentioned before, even earlier, as I recalled, Johns wrote at least one more story laced with similar propaganda, in Aquaman's 7th issue.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Johns about the zero issue of GL, and as expected, his answers aren't really that at all:
An Arab protagonist seems timely since there is this swirl of social issues that Muslims in post 9/11 America have to deal with.

True. As fantastic as the concept of “Green Lantern” is of an intergalactic police force, the comic has had a history of grounding in the now and dealing with modern characters and concepts and Simon Baz is that. I wanted to create a character that everyday Americans have to deal with.

When 9/11 hit, he was 10-years-old. His family was devastated, just like every other American. He’s grown up in that world. It’s just part of the daily life, the new normal.

The fact that the color green has a historical connection with Islam is probably coincidental but will religion play any part in future stories?

The background is in the DNA of who he is but it doesn’t define who he is. It’s more about a compelling character than anything else.
But as the Pulse review/reader comment signals, all the signs are that it will, certainly in the story setup. It's an insult to the intellect as it pulls what's surely a classic gimmick by now, to make Islamists look throughly "misunderstood" (and who knows if we'll ever learn who the villain was who actually built the bomb he disposed of?), and the authorities look completely like the baddies. (And was Naser Abdo "fighting back" when he injured a county jailer's arm?) Which is truly offensive, and smells of an anti-authoritarian bias too. And Islam is hardly a "modern" concept if this is what it's going to stoop to.

What an embarrassment Johns is becoming from a political perspective.
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Ohio: High School Assigning Anti-Zionist Palestinian Propaganda ("A Stone In My Hand") as Literature

Allow me to introduce myself. I am the grandmother of new ninth grader, C xxxxx. C, her sister, and her parents live with my husband and myself. I am very involved in the lives of my grandchildren and we regularly discuss educational topics. These girls do not play video games and spend their time texting. We play board games and work together on projects and interact a lot. My husband and I both work full time and invest the rest of our lives in our family.  It is Connie who brought this book to my attention and asked if I would read it to get my opinion.  
A book of historical fiction called "A stone in my hand" was assigned to the class as mandatory reading prior to the first day of school.  It is written in the first person voice of a Muslim Arab child living in the Gaza during the intifada years of 1987 - 1993. I was more than stunned and appalled at this agenda for English and Social studies assigned to ninth graders this year. I have no problem with historically accurate studies, studies of other cultures and religions. But I do have a problem with a slanted presentation that is clearly anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and pro-Islam. Not only am I offended at the book, but today I had a chance to review the the worksheets sent home as homework for this 9 week course.  
The worksheet's title is "Islam Project - Growth of Islam". Islam is a very specific religion. So this, in my opinion, is religious indoctrination masked as Social Studies and English. This is not an elective class on world religions.  How in the world did this happen? .I want to know at what level the decision was made to choose this book and this agenda and why there was not also offered an alternative to students whose families may be Jewish or Messianic gentile believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? I instructed my granddaughter not to read out loud the prayer to allah on page 8 of this book. It is a violation of our religion to speak a prayer to another god. I regret she even had to read it in order to comply with this assignment. I certainly hope there are not any children of Jewish origin in the ninth grade there. This course of study is the height of insult to them. The very first page of this book contains a translated "nursery" rhyme, written by a young girl living in the Gaza: 
"I am the child of PalestineI have my cause and I have my rights/When I see my older brother/Taken up into outlaws' hands/I cry out the international cry/That if they shoot me to my death/I'll clutch a stone in my right hand/And never forget the martyrs' cause."
Understand that the "outlaw" is any Jewish person and the "martyr" is an Islamic Arab child who was taught that suicide bombing is a righteous thing to do. 

Go read the whole thing at Atlas Shrugs.

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