Blog Heap o'Links for October 2012

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Scary O

Hannity: Tyrone Woods was screaming for air support and Barack Obama did nothing.
Then he lied about it.

Hannity later said there are three tapes the Obama administration is holding onto including audio of Tyrone Woods begging for air support.

h/t: Drudge
6:39pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 31 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

Where is the Benghazi media feeding frenzy? I don’t think there’s a conspiracy at work. Rather, I think journalists tend to act on their instincts. And, collectively, the mainstream media’s instincts run liberal. … “Meet the Press” host David Gregory shushed a guest who tried to bring up the subject, saying, “Let’s get to Libya a little bit later.” He never did…. [Yes, Jonah. That's what we mean by conspiracy at work.]

h/t: Drudge
6:37pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 31 :MW

People Die

high voltage power line fell down and touched the metal door of the house where the wedding was being held…. In line with traditions in the Gulf, wedding celebrations in Saudi Arabia are segregated. Most of the casualties were women, and they died as they attempted to escape through the electrified metal door…. [A freak accident you say?] In July 1999, 76 people died in a similar incident in Eastern Province.

h/t: Drudge
6:43pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 31 :MW

Free Expression

Tired O

Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi. … Facebook pulled the re-posted meme down within 7 or 8 hours and suspended the SOS account for 24 hours. In other words, Facebook put the Navy SEALS in timeout in order to shield Obama.

h/t: Drudge
6:29pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 31 :MW

A northeast Kansas newspaper has been ordered to identify a person who posted a comment on its website about a story on a murder trial for which that commenter was serving as a juror.

h/t: Drudge
6:26pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 31 :MW

US Election 2012


Imagine that. A presidential candidate who gives millions of dollars a year to charity does a storm relief event in Ohio, and an MSNBC anchor is disgusted by it because the Red Cross would prefer people donating cash. … “I found that sort of fake, relief rally, whatever it is, to be pretty offensive, and also wrong-headed….” [Seriously.]

h/t: Drudge
6:17pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 31 :MW

Police Riot


N.M. officer was suspended for zapping boy, 10, with 50,000 volts … While Webb claimed the taser “accidentally discharged,” the victim’s lawyers charge that the cop was recklessly joking around with students when the boy was struck with two electrified barbs.

h/t: Drudge
6:22pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 30 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

“If you let the Republicans do this to you again, after we die, we are going to look down on you from Heaven and we’re going to make a point of watching you have sex, every time,” John says. “No matter how kinky.” “Especially if we are related,” adds Marie. [Not just filthy. Also horrifyingly stupid.]

h/t: Drudge
6:06pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 30 :MW

Lost and Found

ship sent a distress call on Sunday as it was sailing from the coastal town of Neran to Feklistov Island in the Sea of Okhotsk

h/t: Drudge
6:14pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 30 :MW

People Die

A North Texas congregation is reeling after an attacker rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor, and beat him to death with an electric guitar.

h/t: Drudge
6:03pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 29 :MW

People Die

…died at a hospital in Decatur on Saturday, three days after she was hurt. The woman’s son-in-law, Wallace Everett, says Street developed pneumonia after the accident, but a cause of death hasn’t been determined. He says she also suffered from congestive heart failure. … A caregiver told emergency workers she went outside to discover the woman’s wheelchair had rolled down a hill and into the ditch. [Emphasis added. She didn't just get away from somebody. Nobody even noticed it at first. Democrats accuse Paul Ryan.]

h/t: Drudge
6:18pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 28 :MW

US Election 2012

Per the massive voter fraud scenario, I think there will be violence - some half-hearted rioting - sponsored by the likes of the "New" Black Panthers, The Department of Justice, and other radical, left-wing militant groups - but I honestly think an Øbama win in November will plunge this country into something akin to a civil war. Mostly because the voter fraud aspect will be extremely difficult to hide, and those who won't countenance it are also those who are most able to participate in such an "insurrection" without having to be armed by the government. So, the course of our country will then be decided by not the electorate, but by the military. If the military is complicit, and turns the might of the country against those who would fight this tyranny, the constitutional conservative (or conservative constitutionalist, if you prefer) will become literally extinct, and the USA will become the new Greece. I hope for the sake of all around me; for the sake of my children and my grandchildren, that it does not come to this, but it is a fear that has nagged me every morning for the past year.

6:29pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 23 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Crazy bomber

Terrorist groups have acquired a "container" to smuggle uranium undetected past the global network of sensors to prevent a dirty bomb, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has warned. [War News Updates editor comments: "When reading stories like this one, one cannot help but feel that it will only be a matter of time before a terror group is successful in a 'dirty bomb' attack."]

10:31am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 22 :MW

Digital Business


Google may be on its way out as the dominant player in search, according to one analyst — and could even "disappear" in as little as five to eight years if the competitive pressures that ultimately claimed other search giants start to take root.

10:17am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 22 :MW

US Military

US soldier Devin Hagar amazingly survived a direct hit by a grenade, which he says felt like being "thumped" with a baseball bat. … "I couldn't stop smiling, I was laughing the whole time, thinking 'That was awesome'. I'm just glad I wasn't blown into a hundred pieces."

12:37pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 22 :MW

US Election 2012

Cutie-pie O

Nearly 2,000 pro-lifers called local Planned Parenthood clinics Oct. 18 to schedule mammograms, after President Obama implied the organization offers the service. … Planned Parenthood does not actually provide women with mammograms, but refers patients out to other facilities for the exam.

10:23am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 22 :MW


[The Clintons'] experts came to the conclusion that the cables proved that Hillary had in fact given specific instructions to beef up security in Libya, and that if those orders had been carried out — which they weren’t — they could conceivably have avoided the tragedy. … [Hillary] firmly believes that when the State Department cable traffic is made public… it will exonerate her and shift the blame for the entire mess onto the president.

11:41am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 19 :MW

Art of


Kevin Dunn joining HBO comedy Veep 2nd season in the recurring role of Ben, the president's new chief of staff.

11:30am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 19 :MW

Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch actress who starred in the 1974 porn landmark "Emmanuelle," about a couple’s erotic adventures in Thailand, has died of cancer at age 60. [Oh, so that's what it was about. I wondered, but not enough to find out. iMDB: Sylvia Kristel, RIP.]

10:59am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 19 :MW

Copy Rights

Big Red S

IN THE 1930s, publishing bosses Jack Liebowitz and Harry Donenfeld paid a couple of young men $130 for the rights to Superman. … A federal judge in California has ruled that Shuster’s heirs cannot reclaim copyrights to Superman. U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright decided that those rights were surrendered 20 years ago when Shuster’s siblings reached an annual payment agreement with DC Comics and gave up interest in the Son of Krypton….

3:10pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 19 :MW
Big Red S

DC Comics' superheroes can finally team up on the big screen following yesterday's legal victory for Warner Bros. in its long-running fight over the rights to Superman. … Had Warner lost its case against the heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, it would not have been able to make "Justice League" or any other movies, television shows or comics featuring key elements of the Man of Steel's mythos after 2013 unless it reached a new agreement with the estates of Shuster and co-creator Jerry Siegel.… [Well! Thank goodness they can proceed without regard to the heirs of the character's creators!! :P]

3:06pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 19 :MW

US Election 2012


President Obama stammered through a lame response that ultimately failed to address the question. When Romney attempted to address the President’s inconsistencies in his excuse making, the moderator managed to forget her position and came to the aid of the President. [Video]

1:41pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 19 :MW

WW2 - still with us

I was positioned in a small foxhole on the downside of Capmon Hill where we were set up in a defensive arrangement for a couple of weeks after the invasion of Leyte, and I will never forget my shock one morning, when I heard that Lt Williams, and SGT Corn had apparently gotten out of their holes, for whatever reason, and were shot by one of our men because he did not know who they were, or they did not ID themselves.

I had never discussed this with anyone much at the time, so I do not know the particulars, except this is a thing that happens in war, on occasion, and we were warned to stay put in our foxholes at night, for this very reason.

This is about all I can tell you about this tragic incidence. I am 89 years of age, nearly 90, in December, and my wife passed away one year ago, I am alone now. Dick was one of my favorite friends in our Company B, and as I stated earlier herein, I held as a friend, and a friend lost, when he died. He is in my memory always.

7:30pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

Know the Enemy

The room set aside for reporters to watch Tuesday night's debate erupted into applause after President Obama ridiculed the size of Mitt Romney's personal wealth.

2:55pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

The self-styled terrorist mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks lectured a military court on government hypocrisy Wednesday and wore a previously banned camouflage vest to his pretrial hearing before being rebuked by the judge for his comments. … "This is a onetime occurrence," the judge said. "No matter how heartfelt, I am not going to entertain personal comments of any accused about the ways things are going."

10:14am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW


Cash, burning

After years of losses, the troubled automaker is forced into bankruptcy. GM is set to close a dozen facilities and cut more than 20,000 jobs.

11:28am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

…filming of "August: Osage County" in the Bartlesville area … One of the settings for the film has a long history for a Bartlesville family. The home was in Andy Novak's family for decades until the 1980s. Both Andy and her daughter spent time there as children. … Her great-grandfather's brother built the big home in the 1940s. The setup was a wonderland for children with a large yard, a creek, and maybe best of all, a wrap-around porch on both stories. "You could play and roller skate or whatever you wanted to do all the way around the house. It was just very unique and fun." …

7:18pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

People Die

A man who was shot in the face by his older brother during a pig slaughter over the weekend has died.

10:11am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

Educating Ourselves

October 8, 2012 4:45 P.M.

One of the great missionaries of classical learning and American freedom passed away over the weekend. J. Rufus Fears ... Rufus Fears is perhaps best known outside of Oklahoma, however, for his fantastic series of lectures published by the Teaching Company. These works represent nearly 150 hours of entertaining and insightful presentations on subjects ranging from mythology, classical literature, and the Great Books to the political, religious, and intellectual history of Europe, the Americas, and beyond. As it happens, I was just listening to his fascinating 36-lecture series on the history of freedom when I learned of Professor Fears’s untimely death.

h/t: Cuz BD
7:22pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

US Election 2012

What, me President?

[Chris Matthews:] “I don't think [Romney] understands the Constitution of the United States. He’s the president of the United States. You don't say, 'You’ll get your chance.'" … just for the record, there is nothing in the Constitution barring one from saying “You’ll get your chance” to the President of the United States — no matter what his supporters on MSNBC say.

8:29pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW
R v O

No, no, no! This is too complicated, too wordy, too much detail. How's anybody supposed to understand all this wonky stuff?

Is this inspiring graphic your doing, CtH?

Mrs W just walked in & LOL'd at it.

5:23pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

The most single telling moment of Tuesday's debate - and possibly of any of the debates - came early, when Obama attempted to interrupt Romney one time too many. The governor rebuked him, politely but firmly, and Obama simply turned and went back to his stool.

2:59pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

“President Obama, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, you stated you wanted to keep Ak-47’s out of the hands of criminals,” said Nina Gonzalez, who was part of the audience of so-called undecided voters. “What has your administration done, or plan to do, to limit the availability of assault weapons?”

Nina Gonzalez is registered as a Democrat in Nassau County, N.Y., according to voter registration records.

11:31am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW
What, me President?

Obama: "The way we're going to create jobs here is not just changing our tax code, but also to double our exports. And we are on pace to double our exports, one of the commitments I made when I was president. That's creating tens of thousands of jobs all across the country." [Anticipatory-past tense. Emphasis added.]

10:24am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW
Cutie-Pie O

The president’s clear intent to sidestep Ladka’s inquiry might have prompted activist moderator Candy Crowley to say, Hey, how ‘bout an answer, Mr. President? She didn’t, and the conversation careened toward a clash over whether the president had given the country a timely admission that Benghazi was a terrorist attack. … As to Ladka’s question about who turned down the Benghazi security requests and why, Obama reportedly told him that “releasing the individual names of anyone in the State Department would really put them at risk,” Ladka says.

10:19am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW

As we reported yesterday, in addition to threats by Obama supporters to riot if Romney wins, innumerable Twitter users are also making direct death threats against Romney. The primary reason given for Obama supporters wanting to see Romney dead is the fear that he will take away food stamps. [Emphasis added.]

10:09am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 18 :MW


[Biden:] "That is a fact. That is a fact." This is not a fact.

2:05pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 17 :MW

US Election 2012

Smug O

Romney pulled off the incredible feat of getting Obama to tell two lies in one, both of which damage Obama, and Romney got him to do it on national TV, in a presidential debate, AND Romney did it on the spur of the moment, while being assaulted by planted questioners, a biased monitor, and an opponent who's a lying prick shielded by his race.

Romney just keeps getting more impressive.

3:55pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 17 :MW


Onionhead O

October 11, 2012: A distinguished military analyst reported that a senior intelligence community source has leaked to him that President Obama did not even know of the raid in Abbottabad to kill Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, until after the helicopters with SEAL Team Six had crossed into Pakistani airspace.

The president was notified at the golf course and called back to the White House, which is why he appeared so calm at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner the night before and then went golfing as the mission was getting underway.

11:47am CDT Tue 2012 Oct 16 :MW

US Election 2012

Cutie-Pie O

Okay, this will be my only reference to the debate. Best quote of the night belongs to Obama. "I don't look at mine. It's not as big as yours."

10:41pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 16 :MW

On nearly every specific issue on which Mr. Biden attacked, he was demonstrably wrong. The Administration's Medicare actuary really does say that 15% of hospitals will take on operating deficits as a result of ObamaCare's cuts in payments to Medicare providers. The American Enterprise Institute study doesn't say that Mr. Romney's plan will raise taxes on the middle class, and Mr. Ryan's Medicare plan doesn't raise costs for seniors by $6,400. Mr. Biden never even tried to offer a second-term agenda.

11:19am CDT Tue 2012 Oct 16 :MW


Smoky O

Obama … 1981 … Do you notice that Obama’s thumb and pointer finger have unusually long nails, while the other nails on his left hand are cropped close? … The ‘coke nail’ is grown longer than the other nails for cocaine addicts to scoop drugs quickly instead of racking up lines, and is considered to be for addicts or ‘fiends on the go’.

6:03pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Animals can be Dangerous

“The pig bucked, and the rifle went backwards, and it went off again a second time,” said Officer Chris Trim. The second shot would hit the younger brother directly in the face. “I heard it’s real bad,” the family member said.

7:09pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Fun can be Dangerous

“One of the young men cut the lights to the house, then a few of the other guys snuck back inside, wanting their friends to believe there was an intruder,” May said. The teens were in the process of using flashlights to find the switch box, when Rainey jumped out of a closet. His rattled friend immediately dropped a video game and fired a shot into Rainey’s head with a .38 caliber hand gun.

7:17pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW


"We cannot, I don't believe, be energy independent, totally, in the United States. But what I've proposed and I've worked on the Romney plan—they have a good energy plan. Obama has no plan, he has only conversation," Pickens said.

4:38pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Policing Ourselves

After a two-minute beatdown, another eight police officers arrive and handcuff Halevi, who appears to be unbloodied, the video shows. "I regret making the call. I should have let him sleep. It spiraled out of control," said Trappler.

7:15pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

People Die

Melena told Fujii he wanted his father to be remembered more for the way he lived — rather than the tragic way he died. “He was just grateful he had a job,” said Antonio, “that he could pay his bills and provide food for his family.”

7:11pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Man and Woman

“Although the news stories alone did not increase stress levels, they did make the women more reactive, affecting their physiological responses to later stressful situations,” lead author Marie-France Marin was quoted as saying in a press release by HealthDay. “Moreover, the women were able to remember more of the details of the negative stories. It is interesting to note that we did not observe this phenomenon amongst [sic] the male participants.”

7:07pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

US Military

The official Twitter account of the United States Army sent out a message to its more than 186,000 followers recognizing the 47th anniversary of the "first public burning of a draft card." … Also today in military history, it was 148 years ago today that the 400 Union soldiers and 50 Confederate soldiers were killed at the Battle of Glasgow in Missouri. The battle was a Confederate victory.

7:31pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

US Election 2012

[New Yorker "empty chair" cover]

7:53pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

After moderator Martha Raddatz asked Biden to give his closing statements, the former senator stared down at his prepared statement for several moments before setting it aside, standing on top of the table in front of him, and sharing a series of frank, poignant personal reflections as a surprised and reverent hush fell across the auditorium. “I know people expect me to embarrass myself right now, or to do something reckless or silly, but I’m not going to do that—not tonight,” said Biden, his voice suddenly tinged with what observers described as a degree of warmth and tender regret never before heard from the veteran politician.

7:38pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Joe Biden? I knew Lloyd Benson. Lloyd Benson was a friend of mine. And, you Mr. Vice President, are no Lloyd Benson.

7:01pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Over 60 million now expect little at all from their president in the debate, so Obama will benefit from dismal expectations by just showing up as the incumbent and being addressed as “Mr. President.”

6:52pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW


Smug O

I think it's safe to assume that Barack Hussein Obama is much like an iceberg: and that as horrendous as all of his combined lies are, they probably represent only 10% of the anti-American lies he's telling in places we can't hear (except when a microphone is accidentally left on).

Barack Obama is a filthy, reprehensible liar whose presence in the Whitehouse is a stain. He is a moral cancer, aggressively metastasizing. He is a blight, a curse, and quite possibly a Biblical plague.

7:54pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW
Faced Hill

CARNEY: It is absolutely the case the President is intensely focused on and committed to bringing to justice those who killed four Americans. He is focused on the investigations continuing so that they can follow the facts all the way to the end so we know what happened and why. He is committed to ensuring that we take the appropriate actions after the Accountability Review Board to ensure that what happened in Benghazi does not happen again. What is also the case is that requests from the hundreds of diplomatic facilities around the country for security personnel or other related matters are made to the State Department. They are not made to the White House. And that’s just a simple statement of fact.

7:36pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW
Smoky O

The Daily Caller obtained one of the oldest known audio recordings of President Barack Obama: an October 28, 1994 NPR broadcast in which Obama described opponents of affirmative action and certain welfare programs as favoring racism.

6:44pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable.

6:30pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

Wars and Rumors

In autumn 1991 Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Khazakhstan, sold three nuclear warheads to the Iranians. The Iranians wanted to use them as a prototype for their own bomb manufacturing. The price was said to have been 7.5 billion USD. Whether this amount is true or just the fantasies of a less paid government official, I cannot verify. The amount was to cover all bribes and kick-offs and military protection during transport. Every country involved had demanded their fair share of the deal.

6:51pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

Government at Play

The vice president’s office contends that the loan not being approved until after the 2010 elections is proof that politics wasn’t involved.

“The fact remains that the Department of Energy made the loan guarantee based on its assessment of the project’s merits at the time, not on input from the White House or the office of the vice president,” Mr. Biden’s office told The Times.

The administration made similar arguments about the more than $500 million it awarded to the now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra LLC.

BrightSource — whose investors include Google Inc., BP Global, Chevron Corp. and Morgan Stanley — doesn’t dispute the fact that it touted the project to influence-peddlers and the most powerful in Washington. While admitting that it ramped up the pressure in early 2011, BrightSource says politics played no role and that Ivanpah was simply deemed a worthy candidate for federal dollars.

6:57pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

Democracy in Action

Mortarboard sent one of our foot soldier’s to Miami’s Florida International University to glean from these young voters their views of Obama, Romney and the pressing political issues. What we found was good, bad and ugly. Enjoy. [Video]

7:01pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

US Military

USA flag

But what really got me the most was near the end when the father begins to describe the situation that led to his son’s death, and much of it had to do with the current rules of engagement that he called “criminal”. And he begs for some high ranking officer to have the courage to risk everything and tell the truth about these rules of engagement and what’s really happening with our warriors. [Video]

6:55pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

Animals and Transport

“My frustration is that, Minnesota and North Dakota Departments of Transportation would allow these deer crossing in such high traffic areas. I mean, I’ve even seen them on the interstate,” Donna began. “Why are we encouraging deer to cross at the interstate? I don’t get it,” Donna said to two stunned radio hosts. [VIDEO (slideshow/audio)]

6:33pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

US Election 2012


Anyone with an IQ in triple digits knows that Romney would be a better president than Obama… that probably includes Obama himself, considering the level at which he debated. … there is a more significant reason he did so badly in the debate than his own relative ineptitude and dyspepsia. Liberalism, his ideology, is economically indefensible. It doesn’t work. He had, in reality, no response when confronted by Romney’s positions. When it comes to liberalism, there’s no there there. … What we may have witnessed on October 3, 2012, is the death of liberalism. And it deserves to die because it is a greedy and self-centered ideology masked under the pretense of generosity….

7:13pm CDT Sun 2012 Oct 14 :MW

US Military

One military cut I really want to see is everyone above Major/Lt Commandershould be reviewed. The board should only be line officers that have served in combat for multiple tours in the mid-east more than any other postings.

Posted by: rd does not trust the MSM at October 12, 2012 10:06 PM

5:54pm CDT Sat 2012 Oct 13 :MW

US Election 2012

Wait, Obama's got the Muslim Brotherhood visiting the WH, Arabists have infiltrated the State Dept., and we have the likes of Nidal Hassan murdering our soldiers at Ft. Hood, and somebody is worried about Mormons infiltrating the governments? I'll take my chances with Mormons over the death cult any day.

12:43pm CDT Sat 2012 Oct 13 :MW


Tin soldiers and Clinton coming
Security cut by Obama
This Fall I hear the drumming
Four dead in Libya

Gotta get down to it
Al-qaeda cutting us down
Should have been done long ago
What if you knew him
And found him dead on the ground
And it all blamed on a video?

Tin soldiers and Clinton coming
Security cut by Obama
This Fall I hear the drumming
Four dead in Libya
Four dead in Libya
Four dead in Libya
Four dead in Libya

9:39pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

CNN confirms RPG fragments found at unsecured US Consulate in Benghazi Libya originated from US supplied stock piles to local militias.

8:39pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

Jane says when she would communicate with her husband in Afghanistan before he was killed on Sept. 9, 2011, she would ask him if there was anything he wanted or needed.

“One of the last things he ever said to me was, ‘I want a new president.’”

“Now that he is gone, it is especially important to me,” she added.

12:13pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

"We would have told the American people what we knew and, you know, in terms of the politicization of this — we're here at a debate, and I hope we get to talk about the debate — but the entire reason that this has become the, you know, political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It's a big part of their stump speech and it's reckless and irresponsible," Cutter said during her interview with CNN.

11:57am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW
Obama's Ring

…according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no god except Allah.” … Photographs published last week by the New Yorker from Obama’s time at Occidental College, taken by fellows students, indicate that the ring Obama wore three decades ago is the one he is wearing in the White House.

11:22am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

Modern Medicine can be Dangerous

…couple claimed, Dr. Susan Moore told them their baby boy would have to be delivered by Caesarian … delivering doctor … refused to perform a C-section … the boy's head breached, but the rest of his body got stuck in the birth canal … In an attempt to pull the boy loose, [delivering doctor] applied traction to his head and "separated (the boy's) head from his cervical spine" … Blood "shot out" from the newborn's neck in full view of his parents … then "pushed" the boy's head and body back into the birth canal and scrambled to perform a C-section, slicing into Betts before anesthesia kicked in … "surgically and completely removed" the boy's head from his body … then tried to cover up the boy's wounds before handing him over to his parents — though the complaint doesn't say how he did this.

12:21pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

Socialized Medicine can be deadly

• as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;
• there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals;
• 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a further 650 people who died had their presence noted on their death certificates;
• 21,696 were recorded as suffering from septicemia when they died, a condition which experts say is most often associated with infected wounds.
The records, from the Office for National Statistics, follow a series of scandals of care of the elderly, with doctors forced to prescribe patients with drinking water or put them on drips to make sure they do not become severely dehydrated .

11:34am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

Being Human

Marines shield

His mom was standing at the finish line, wondering what happened. 'It was only a mile, I knew he was tired, I was like, 'Where is he, where is he, where is he,' his mother, Kim Baltz, told CNN iReport. 'All of a sudden the announcer just said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to turn around and look at what's happening on the course' ... Everybody was crying. It was just very touching that the Marines were there. They picked him up and everybody was cheering and just giving them support and Ben support.'

Ben's mom said he was a little discouraged he wasn't able to finish on his own, and a bit embarrassed that he had to be carried, but his parents told him that he was an inspiration to a lot of people that day. 'We want to give him the message that he can do anything, and he has an inspirational story, and he just needs to be thankful that he is able to do it because there are a lot of kids out there that are still fighting cancer. We just want him to get out there and participate in life.'

11:29am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

US Election 2012

By the way as a Dentist I apologize for the shitty bright white laminates or crowns that dick biden has. Some Dentist really took him for a ride. Like freaken headlights. Ya know how many patients I talk out of getting a grill like that

10:29pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

101 Erevis over on crunched the numbers:

In the VP debate, Biden interrupted Ryan 82 times. The moderator
interrupted Ryan 34 times, for a total of 116 times in a 90 minute

Now, let's break that down further:
Biden spoke for 41:50 minutes. Ryan spoke for 40.05 minutes.

This means that Ryan was interrupted by either Biden or the moderator EVERY 20.73 SECONDS.

Try making ANY POINT under such assault.

9:15pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

Vice-President Joe Biden harangued Rep. Paul Ryan for “putting two wars on a credit card” by voting to authorize the use of force against Afghanistan and Iraq. … [Biden] in fact voted FOR BOTH WARS! … yea vote on S. J. Res. 23 (107th Congress), which was a “joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.” Biden also voted yea on H. J. Res. 114 (107th Congress), which was a “joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.”

11:48am CDT Fri 2012 Oct 12 :MW

President Romney

"You can imagine how I felt when I found out that he was one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11," Romney said while visibly getting choked up. Although he didn't use a name, Romney was talking about Glen Doherty, a 42-year-old former Navy SEAL killed along with Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two others during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Romney recalled Doherty's and fellow former SEAL Tyrone Woods' heroism as they left their compound's safety for the consulate in order to help those under attack. "They went there," he said. "They didn't hunker down where they were in safety -- they rushed there to go help...

"This is the American way -- we go where there's trouble," he continued. "We go where we're needed. And right now we're needed."

4:25pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 11 :MW


Angry O

Goodman asks, “so why is he running for re-election”. Here’s a politician who doesn’t like politics and doesn’t like people?

See title. It’s good to be the top dog and enjoy all the perks. Work?

Yeah, see, that’s for the little people. I mean he’s never had to work before, why would he want too now?

But give him 4 more years, will you? He hasn’t had all the Wagyu beef he wants at this point. And it’s cool having your own airplane at your beck and call if you want to jet off somewhere for dinner. How cool? $1.4 billion cool … the cost to taxpayers to keep the president in the style to which he’s become accustomed.

The more we learn about this guy, the less he seems right for the job.

6:56pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Wars and Rumors

North Korea on Tuesday warned that the U.S. mainland is within range of its missiles, and said Washington's recent agreement to let Seoul possess missiles capable of hitting all of the North shows the allies are plotting to invade the country.

7:01pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

The unmanned aerial vehicle that was shot down by the IDF on Saturday came from the direction of Gaza – but it does not appear that Palestinian groups are behind it.

6:45pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Theory of Education

Young conservative Samantha Pawlucy was ridiculed this week for wearing a pro-Romney T-shirt to class. The teacher even compared Samantha to the KKK. [Video]

6:38pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Digital Threat

Committee Chairman Mike Rogers did not specifically identify the purported new threat nor its origin but referred several times to what he described as Iran's growing cyber espionage capabilities.

"I think they're (Iran) closer than we'd all like them to be to come in and cause trouble on our financial services networks," the Michigan Republican told a cybersecurity conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

6:44pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Political Theater

More than half the people I asked, who thought the president could have done better, said “it wasn’t fair” that President Obama was not allowed to use his teleprompter in the debate. And while a handful of supporters did say teleprompters had no place in the debate, one thought it was not only unfair to President Obama but both candidates. [video]

5:49pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Fun can be Dangerous

Professor of food physics at Leeds University Malcolm Povey said liquid nitrogen should not be consumed while still liquid, as it turns into a gas inside the body and causes the stomach to swell and burst.

"The liquid nitrogen would rapidly change into gas and blow the stomach up like a balloon...the idea that people put this stuff in drinks is just unbelievable," Povey told Reuters.

The bar which served the drink has stopped selling all liquid nitrogen drinks, said police, who are investigating the incident.

7:14pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW


$ burning

built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced

7:11pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW


Iranian consumers are confronted with the spectacle of petty factionalism and political haymaking. The powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps is exploiting the current crisis to settle scores with President Ahmadinejad by publishing articles and caricatures on its affiliated news sites. Meanwhile, the president and his parliamentary rival, speaker Ali Larijani, are each using the crisis to publicly criticize one another.

6:01pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

That said, many in Iran worry what would be on the other side of regime change. They fear Iran devolving into an Iraq, or Syria: a precarious state, plagued by sectarian violence. “Better the devil you know than the devils you don’t,” the small business owner said. “At least this is a system we know how to game.”

5:56pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

President Romney

The Romney campaign doesn't talk publicly about its broader transition-planning effort -- "Project Readiness," led by former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt -- but the effort is moving along steadily. … chose former World Bank President Bob Zoellick to lead the national security transition planning … campaign senior advisor for defense and foreign policy Rich Williamson has been named the head of the transition team for the National Security Council, giving him a prominent role should Romney win. Two other officials who are leading the national security transition effort are former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman and former New Jersey governor and co-chair of the 9/11 Commission Tom Kean. Some inside the campaign believe Williamson's new role as head of the NSC transition team could place him in line to be national security advisor in a Romney administration. …

6:06pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

US Military

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills had been a lot of places since losing his four limbs in Afghanistan. The one place he hadn't been was where people knew him best.

He finally returned to his Michigan hometown this week -- six months after the explosion that cost him his arms and legs -- to serve as the grand marshal of his old high school's homecoming parade.

5:58pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Defending Ourselves

In the very near future, someone will be killed with a gun not bought from a dealer or a dodgy bloke in a pub, but printed at home in metal and plastic with a 3D printer. The tools necessary to replicate a deadly weapon will soon be affordable to someone toiling away at home. [The slant may be anti-gun, OMG! Someone could get killed! (Yeah, like an armed intruder!), but the technology is very cool. Same slant/cool goes for the video at the War News Updates link.]

6:42pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Governing Ourselves

Mornin' all. A little wisdom:

If we can control spending and shave a few points off the inflation rate, we can do more good for the poor, the elderly, and the finances of State and local government than any package of Federal programs ever could.
Ronald Reagan 3/9/1981

7:25pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

United States of America

It’s been more than 80 years since Armistice Day, in 1918. A lot of water has trickled down that stream at the bottom of the Herring hill since that time. The Dean girls moved on from Herring and raised their families and lived their lives. Ralph and Alice have since passed away. Dorothy, the eldest daughter, passed away in 2009.

It is the same hill, but, Herring has changed. It is not the same country Iowa town.

In fact if you were driving west of Wall Lake, Iowa and didn’t know when or where to stop, you would drive right past Herring, Iowa. The only remnant of Herring left standing was put up on an Armistice Day nearly a century ago. The flag pole,… the one that was spliced together to celebrate the end of World War I, still stands tall in the town center, now a meadow.

6:37pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

US Election 2012

Cutie-Pie O

Obama's major US campaign donations website is specifically designed not only to accept unverified donations, but to make donations unverifiable, by mechanizing the falsification of IP addresses from which those donations have been received. The Obama campaign has specifically encoded its website so as to make the commission of fraud a matter of utmost simplicity, rendering those donations untraceable.

6:53pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

The Denver debate, however, showed that Obama, constantly reinforced by people agreeing with him and seldom engaging in the cut and thrust of political discussion with opponents or even allies in Washington, does not take kindly to being challenged.

Having rarely exposed himself to tough questioning from interviewers because the White House prefers to arrange chats on entertainment shows, Obama was blindsided by an energised, well-prepared Romney hitting with with a barrage of facts and forensic argument.

6:48pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW

Addressing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Romney said he is committed to stopping the radical regime from developing a nuclear warhead.

“There’s no daylight between the United States and Israel,” he said. “We’re both absolutely committed to preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon. My own test is Iran should not have the capability of producing a nuclear weapon… I can’t speak for the president in this regard.”

The GOP nominee also said he would have Israel’s back both at the U.N and “militarily.” He said Israel attacking Iran would not surprise him if he were president.

5:52pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 10 :MW


Angry O

As for the audit, Root is certain it was politically-motivated, seeing as he has made thousands of media appearances during which he has decried the president and his policies.

“That order had to come from the highest levels of government,” Root proclaimed. ”Obama is using the power of the IRS and other government agencies to punish his political opposition and intimidate and silence his critics.”

And Root isn’t taking the alleged political persecution sitting down. He’s calling for Congress to investigate to ensure that the Obama administration is operating within its bounds. Citing his wife and four children, he lamented what he sees as a top-down, government-led “witch hunt.”

8:14pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW
Chicom flag

In talking with former GM employees, I learned Obama has been sending non-union jobs like product design, engineering and drafting jobs to China. GM is investing heavily in China, with your taxpayer dollars. And, as you will see below, GM may well be headed right back into the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court.

Last week, Obama wanted everyone to think he made a gaffe when he said he wanted to "see us export more jobs, uh... export more products." He then stuttered for a second and then smoothly said, as if rehearsed, "Excuse me. I,I,I was channeling my opponent for a second." But the real truth, Obama is at war with middle-class, NON-UNION jobs in America. He is shutting them down wherever he can and now we see he is actually exporting them to China.

11:01am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Playing Politics

“That’s all good for Barack and Michelle, but what happens to the rest of us? We ain’t getting squat from any of this. Worse, we don’t get to exploit the white guilt any more because that’s not there these days. It’s all gone. He done did it. He ruined it for us. White people don’t feel guilty no more and won’t do stuff for us now that they used to do so fast you wouldn’t believe it”, a Thinker in a bright, pretty pink blouse offered. ”All of it is gone. They used it all up to elect him and to scream at anyone who said boo to him in the last four years. White people got used to being called racist all the time and aren’t scared about it anymore. I have no idea how I’m going to get funding for my programs now because I always counted on white people being too scared to say no to anything we needed at work. This is a disaster for the black community and it’s all because they put all the eggs in his basket and he f***ed it all up”.

7:32pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Know the Enemy

About three dozen American anti-war activists are headed toward Pakistan’s militant-riddled tribal belt to protest U.S. drone strikes, but a faction of the Taliban has warned that suicide bombers will prevent their demonstration. [l'arôme d'ironie!]

1:55pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW


In August, the National Urban League's State of Black America 2012 report found that nearly all the economic gains that the black middle class made during the last 30 years have been wiped out by the economic downturn.

8:17pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Copy Rights

first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products … which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908 … challenged now for products that are made abroad, and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling, it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it … copyright holder would now want a piece of that sale. [This seems to me to be exactly the opposite of the direction copyright jurisprudence should be taking. An appeallate court upheld this??] … In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that anything that was manufactured overseas is not subject to the first-sale principle. Only American-made products or “copies manufactured domestically” were. “That’s a non-free-market capitalistic idea for something that’s pretty fundamental to our modern economy,”

11:08am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Solar System

New data from the spacecraft, which I will discuss below, indicate Voyager 1 may have exited the solar system for good. If true, this would mark a truly historic moment for the human race — sending a spacecraft beyond the edge of our home solar system.

At last check, NASA scientists said they were not yet ready to officially declare that Voyager 1 had officially exited the solar system by crossing the heliopause.

8:27pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Post-Racist World

The mayor, police chief and media have figured out what is behind a wave of black-mob violence in Columbia, S.C: White kids drink too much. … This time, 8-10 black people are seen punching then stomping an unconscious Josh Bosworth. Bosworth was taken to a hospital with a broken jaw and severe bruising about the head. Three of the assailants have been arrested. All are students at Benedict, a nearby black college. This was the first of at least three violent black mob incidents in Five Points that night. And just one of dozens in that college town over the last year.

1:49pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

US Judicial Branch

"The death penalty? Give me a break. It's easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state," Scalia said at the American Enterprise Institute.

10:58am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

US Election 2012

Crybaby O

Obama's debate notes [graphic]

6:33pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

SNL does Debate #1 [Video]

6:25pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Following Wednesday’s presidential debate, it was obvious that the crew on MSNBC was taking President Barack Obama’s lackluster performance hard, and it turns out their excessive on-air melancholy was enough to earn them a spot on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last night. [video]

5:56pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

“The first purpose of a strong military is to prevent war. The size of our navy is at levels not seen since 1916,” Romney said Monday. ”I’ll restore our navy to the size needed to fulfill our missions by building 15 ships per year, including three submarines.”

“I’ll implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats and on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin.”

5:44pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW
Baby O

Bob Schieffer, spinning for CBS, takes the last debate on October 22. Schieffer is a good choice for the progressives. He's one of the meanest liberals in television, and one of most polished practitioners of the art of media spin and disinformation. Schieffer wrote a character assassination book on Ronald Reagan, The Acting President. You can buy the book for one penny on -- more than it's worth. The long knives will be out October 22, and Schieffer will be in Obama's corner. Romney needs to watch his back. Warning bells are going off on this one.

1:45pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

William A. Jacobson's preview of VP Debate [videos]

1:36pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW
Smug O

Obama campaign has chosen not to use industry-standard verification methods for its on-line contributions. In fact, the campaign has to pay higher fees to credit card companies because they don't use these methods. So, the campaign is paying millions of dollars for the privilege of not utilizing basic security procedures. Why would they do this?

The clear implication is that they will reap more money without these security procedures than they would with them. Democrats are only wasteful with other people's money. To some extent, then, they are knowingly collecting on-line donations that would otherwise be rejected by basic security protocols. Hmm.

1:33pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW
10:55am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW

Effective Communication

The current Federal steward of radio frequency assignment authority is the low-level Office of Spectrum Management buried in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. While ostensibly it has the responsibility for “managing” the Federal spectrum inventory and assignments, it has minimal legal or delegated authority, power, or clout to actually efficiently or effectively manage the nation’s spectrum for the benefit of the Nation or the U.S. taxpaying public. In reality, they are a caretaker and bookkeeper of the nation’s spectrum, not a manager of it — no one is. … There is no coherent Federal policy that spectrum is a valuable scarce resource that needs to be conserved, well-managed and put to its highest and best use for the Nation and the American taxpayer. There is no formal annual spectrum budget process in the executive or legislative branch, where government spectrum holders have to justify their continued use of the spectrum, defend why they can’t share their spectrum with other bureaucracies, or why they can’t clear it for public auction.

There is no regular audit or accountability process to ensure that this valuable spectrum is being efficiently-used, fully-utilized and not wasted. There is no OMB-level review — independent of the departments and agencies that control the spectrum — to verify that it is being responsibly managed. There is also no required economic opportunity-cost analysis or cost-benefit analysis of Federal spectrum use.

6:01pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 8 :MW


David Lowery… President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges… Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for America… has threatened and intimidated him because he doesn’t support the president. … “You know what? I know everything about you.” Lowery says Raymond added, “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you,” before hanging up.

8:32pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 5 :MW

AARP … is not happy that Obama brought up AARP at the debate last night…. Now you don’t want credit for Obamacare? Too late. You broke the health care system, now you own Obamacare.

6:27pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 5 :MW

Animal Companions


John Dolan was hospitalized with a skin condition last week. His wife says their dog Zander took it hard. She says the dog sulked and even cried.

Then Zander, seemingly decided he had to be by his owner's bedside. Zander broke out of the Bay Shore home and made his way to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center more than 2 miles away.

6:24pm CDT Fri 2012 Oct 5 :MW


Three weeks after the attack that killed four Americans in this city, the investigation of its causes remains in its initial stages, with just a handful of suspects detained, the crime scenes minimally secured and Walid Faraj waiting for a phone call from someone, anyone, asking him what he saw on the night he was injured while protecting the U.S. diplomatic post here.

Faraj, a member of the militia that local officials tasked with securing Americans in Benghazi, said he saw the attack nearly from start to finish. But neither American nor Libyan investigators have paid him a visit, even as he fears that the perpetrators know who he is.

4:11pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

President Barack Obama has ordered the CIA and the Pentagon to hunt down the terrorists who attacked the US consulate in Libya.

It's unclear what the president plans to do once the perpetrators of the September 11 assault in Benghazi are found, but he has mobilized the military's Joint Special Operations Command to help carry out the mission.

[Comment by War News Updates editor: More proof that the White House now knows that this was a terrorist attack by an Al Qaeda affiliated group and not a spontaneous demonstration and riot over some obscure YouTube video. But sending a hit squad to (I guess) Libya is President Obama's response to this attack ..... hmmmm .... how times have changed because if past Presidents did this ... they were usually called "cowboys".]

4:07pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Operation Fast and Furious was not the only gun walking program. Univision shed some light on another, Operation Castaway, centered around Hugh Crumpler, a 65 year old Vietnam War vet. Guns from this operation were found in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. … Like in Fast and Furious, it appears the ATF made no attempt to interdict the weapons. … Guns from Castaway were found in Colombia. Fast and Furious guns were found in the same raid.

3:54pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

"An American investigative committee visited the site where the US ambassador was killed," a defence ministry official in Benghazi told AFP, confirming that the team included FBI agents. … "About 20 Americans dressed in civilian clothing came and we were asked to protect them until they leave Benghazi," said a commander of the Libya Shield brigade, a former rebel unit under defence ministry command. "They arrived in the early morning and worked for three hours collecting evidence,"

3:47pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

Senator Reid’s office claimed Governor Romney’s staff told the Boston Globe he “would not honor exemptions” President Obama granted under his new non-deportation policy.

Instead, the staff said “he would honor deportation exemptions issued by the Obama administration before his inauguration.”

The Washington Times tried to reach out to Senator Reid’s office but haven’t received an answer. The release online still contains the phrase but got rid of the quotation marks around it.

9:15pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Blitzer read portions of a letter sent by House Oversight Committee members Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to Sec. Hillary Clinton in which they reveal their knowledge that the mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security after having come under attack several times in recent months. They say that those resources were withheld by Washington.

“It’s also important to note that the Republican appropriation Congress gave the administration $300 million less than it asked for for the State Department, including funding for security,” said Pelosi.

“Are you suggesting that there was a financial aspect to what happened in Benghazi, Libya,” Blitzer asked. “That the U.S. was not enough money to protect American diplomats?”

3:59pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Know the Enemy

"One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda's strategy of a 'thousand cuts'," Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies. "This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses." [Already been suspected of happening in the USA.]

2:00pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

New research finds that the average political sound bite—defined as any footage of a candidate speaking uninterrupted—has dropped to just eight seconds.

4:14pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Defending Ourselves

No one knows for sure why Agent Zapata and Agent Avila, assigned to the US Embassy, were asked to travel on road 57, a road controlled by the Zeta Cartel and extremely dangerous. They didn’t even know why they were given the mission to retrieve electronic surveillance equipment. The urgency made it even more suspicious.

“Why Jaime and me?” said Ms. Avila-Villalobos. “It wasn’t our operation. It was equipment that could have been sent in some other way.”

Agent Avila immediately asked his supervisors why they wanted them to travel on this risky road given the security issues. The supervisors claimed there weren’t any security issues. However, the United States State Department had forbidden any US Embassy employee from traveling on that road.

“Why send them by themselves?” asks Mary Zapata, Agent Zapata’s mother.

Here is what happened in Agent Avila’s own words.

3:51pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

US Election 2012

Slick Willy

Hello, it's just me Donna,

Here in Oklahoma where obama did not carry a single county in 2008, he is running ads. Especially, the one with clinton, which is just insane--because ain't nobody hates clinton like us Okies, we knew how bad he and hillary were from the decades of him being Head Bubba in Charge of Arkansas. We had a huge lawsuit against Arkansas/Tyson Foods over chicken farms/slaughter/waste being dumped in one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. I am not a huge environmentalist, but, just plain wrong is wrong, at some point, the Tysons have enough profit. I will starve to death before I buy a d@mn thing with a Tyson label on it.

BTW, the happiest people on the planet when bj and hillary went to DC to do his Prezidentin and Predation, were the people of Arkansas. With Tyson money and the Arkansas mafia, there was no way to get him out of there otherwise.

7:41pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

That wasn't a debate so much as Mitt Romney just took Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car. -Mark Hemingway @Heminator

4:16pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Barack Obama, after his first head-to-head debate against Mitt Romney. [Photo at link]

4:09pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

"…these guys in the Obama camp, they're not going go down without swinging. They're going pull something," former Governor Sarah Palin warned after tonight's debate.

2:53pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

“I’m going to say something controversial here. Obama arrived in Denver at 2:00 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started,” Gore said. “Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust — I don’t know, maybe … [inaudible].”

1:58pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

“First, the polls showing him behind were in danger of becoming self-fulfilling prophecies by demoralizing Republicans,” Will continued. “I think he probably stopped that in its tracks tonight. Second, he wanted to use this forum to correct what he thinks are serious misrepresentations of his program, particularly regarding Medicare and regarding taxes and the scope of the tax cuts and the revenue neutrality and all of that. Third, he want to make the philosophical statement — he knows this is a country where self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals two-to-one. So, he used several times, particularly in his closing statement his opportunity to say, ‘Do you believe in the government is the allocator of resources as an opportunity, or do you believe in the market? And I think most Republicans are content to go to the country and say, ‘Let’s vote on that.’” -George Will

1:52pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW
Frowny O

Obama slumped his shoulders, smiled mostly to himself, and for some reason kept staring down. He was that guy at the meeting who's surreptitiously checking his email.

1:17pm CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

"…AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign,” AARP vice president John Hishta said in a statement immediately after the debate.

11:18am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW

Obama isn't an idiot, but his intellectual abilities center on blame shifting, reading other's pablum eloquently, and self advancement.

Those abilities don't really sell oneself well when you are already the most powerful man in the world.

10:58am CDT Thu 2012 Oct 4 :MW


In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism. … The racially charged and at times angry speech undermines Obama’s carefully-crafted image as a leader eager to build bridges between ethnic groups. For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he almost never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America. The mostly black audience shouts in agreement. The effect is closer to an Al Sharpton rally than a conventional campaign event.

2:54pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

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.

2:41pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

[Jon Stewart rips Obama over Libyan cover-up. (Although Jon refuses to call it a cover-up.)]

11:26am CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW
Cutie-Pie O

Not much time to hang out this morning, got to hit the suburban highway system which will be filled with productive, taxpaying members of society hustling off to their jobs. Trucks will be everywhere, bringing the seasons crops from my area to the asphalt jungle of Philadelphia so that the people don't starve.

Words can not adequately express my utter contempt for the current occupant of the White House. But I'll try. He's a divisive race baiting arrogant egotistical prick who couldn't be trusted to run a hot dog stand.

11:11am CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Animals can be Dangerous


When he wasn't seen for several hours, a family member went to look for him, and found Garner's dentures on the ground in front of the hog enclosure…

3:05pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Big Brother

Researchers from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center have developed malicious software that can remotely seize control of the camera on an infected smartphone and employ it to spy on the phone’s user. [Hunh! I always presumed this was developed long ago.]

3:02pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Know the Enemy

CNN's Arwa Damon describes the scene inside the consulate in Benghazi, Libya after the deadly Sept. 11 attack. [video]

12:44pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Mass Media is Dead

UPDATE: Still no ABC, CBS, NBC coverage of Univision's Fast and Furious report on Monday's evening newscasts or Tuesday's morning shows.

12:42pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Virtual Future is Now

Taking the notion of online collaboration to a whole new level, VinylMint has created a cloud-based solution for musicians to jam and record in real time.

3:13pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Theory of Sex Education

“was forced, on multiple occasions, to engage in explicit sex acts with other children and forced to perform oral sex on children his own age.”

The Star reports that the alleged incidents took place in the library, the school bathroom and in the second-grade classroom.

3:07pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Animals and Transport

When he pulled up to a traffic light in East Providence, another driver told him there was a dog wedged in the front grill of his car. … “It had a concussion from a bang to the head (and) a small rupture in its bladder. It was a very lucky dog,”

3:09pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Defending Ourselves

Acting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla added, "Tucson Sector mourns the loss of one of our own. It stands as a reminder of the dangers that agents of CBP face every day. We appreciate our state, local, federal and international partners for their support and commitment in seeking justice in this tragedy,"

3:11pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

US Election 2012

The once unstoppable Obama movement has constipated to a halt. He was once a god, and now he is man -- a nasty, unsuccessful man, who blames everyone and everything for his serial failures.

After all is said and done, what is he left with? The same hardcore group of delusional ideologues who would vote for him even if they came home from work and caught him beating their grandmothers to death with his Nobel Prize -- but these voters were never in play anyway.

Obama is going to lose in a landslide. And Barack Obama, the media, and the polling organizations will be appropriately shocked.

8:17pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW

Peggy Hackney, an analyst working with the New York University Movement Lab, has examined the body language exhibited by President Obama and Mitt Romney in a number of speeches and debates. Here is a look at some of the signature gestures that they use. [Multimedia]

12:59pm CDT Wed 2012 Oct 3 :MW


Fast and Furious… has a Mexican body count that may get up into the hundreds… Just what did the administration hope to accomplish…? Sebelius openly electioneered on government time…. By keeping Sebelius on the job, Obama has effectively gutted the Hatch Act…. a person or persons within the administration leaked all kinds of sensitive national security information to the media… All of it hurt our nation’s security in one way or another… Obama administration tells defense contractors to violate federal law. Bonus: Obama administration says it will use taxpayer dollars to pay any government fines incurred…. Despite the fact that administration officials including the president’s own spokesman have publicly described Benghazi as a terrorist attack, President Obama used his recent address to the United Nations to blame the film, again….

12:23pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

Wars and Rumors

A senior North Korean diplomat warned a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York that "a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war" on the Korean Peninsula.

9:36pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

Mass Media is Dead

The state-run media's unabashed acceptance of its self-appointed role as "progressive" advocate is nightmarishly breathtaking to behold.

11:23am CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

Art of


Now hear this! Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years.

12:53pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

US Election 2012

27 Romney once saved some puppies from Obama's grill. Even took them on vacation afterwards.

Posted by: Craig Poe at October 02, 2012 10:31 PM (BVkEs)

9:59pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW
Romney as sanitation engineer

One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.

9:54pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

Autobiographies are a bitch.

Sometimes your opponent is working as a garbage man, sometimes you're eating a dog.

Posted by: Whoever this is, it's definitely not Michael at October 02, 2012 10:26 PM (U9Dci)

9:52pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

Well, wadda ya know, the Duplicitous Despot just happens to be a man badly in need of a serious crisis, and the Middle East just happens to be on fire. … Since Obama beat Mush McCain in 2008, I’ve been warning about the possibility of his declaring a phony state of emergency as an excuse to “postpone” the 2012 elections. … I am by no means 100 percent certain this will happen, but I am 100 percent certain that Obama and his Obamafia would do such a thing if they thought they could get away with it. Maybe it’s just my paranoia, but something doesn’t smell right about the timing of the unusually high level of Mideast madness.

12:42pm CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW

I'll vet the moderators

Jim Leherer liberal journalist started career on McNeil/Leherer News hour on PBS

Martha Radditz liberal journalist who got her start at The New republic, Married to Tom Gjelten correspondent for NPR as a labor and education reporter

Candy Crowley liberal journalist who has worked for the AP, NBC and CNN, she is a vegetarian and practices Transcendental Meditaion

Bob Schieffer - Bob Schieffer, NUFF SAID
[emphasis added]

11:44am CDT Tue 2012 Oct 2 :MW


Let's recap;

Bush was told - bin Laden wants to strike the continental US. From that Bush was supposed to know exactly what, where, when and how 9/11 would happen

Obama was told two day before the Libyan attack - terrorists will strike the Bengazi consulate on 9/11. That information is much too vague according to the MSM.

7:28pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

A shocking tale of Barack Obama’s behavior following a high profile Chicago gathering of Democratic Party elites shortly before Obama won election to the Illinois State Senate.

1:03pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

Naturally, there are the inevitable come-backs from "Mom."

The College Conservative: Those must be some fancy condoms! breaks down the math. "She’d have to be using around four or five condoms a day for 40 years for that number to even approach $18,000." [h/t The Other McCain]

8:07pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

Know the Enemy

453 @PurpAv at October 01, 2012 01:17 AM

OWS was a Frankenstein monster birthed in the basement of the White-house that turned on its masters. Obama cranked it up to bludgeon the business community, then it started going rogue and becoming and embarrassment.

Notice how fawning media coverage of OWS dropped dramatically as soon as they started getting involved in bomb plots and such?

457 Christopher Taylor at October 01, 2012 01:19 AM

Obama cranked it up to bludgeon the business community, then it started going rogue and becoming an embarrassment.

Yeah it was meant to be an ongoing and popular youth movement to excite young people and keep the heat on the wealthy. They thought: Romney will probably win the nomination, he's really rich, we can make people hate the rich, winning!

Except it turned out to be a filthy, disgusting, unlikable hippie fest of mud, disease, feces, and rape that even the media spin couldn't paint as anything but awful. When your iconic image is some dude crapping on a cop car, you aren't a popular movement.

467 @PurpAv at October 01, 2012 01:23 AM
Around the time of the bomb plots, it became pretty clear that some OWS "organizers" had embezzled millions of dollars that were never seen again too. That stolen money was high level Democrat money, not pocket change from the brain dead zombies who were the foot soldiers. Nobody was interested in finding it either...because a prosecution would have had to reveal where it came from.

Once they robbed that cash and were into the bomb plots, it was all over. The administration distanced itself real quick.

11:21am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

Lee Boyd Malvo said he remembers each of the sniper shootings in detail. But one moment — one image — stands out among the carnage of that terrifying time 10 years ago:

“Mr. Franklin’s eyes.”

12:52pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

Political World

The Uighurs are alive today only because of the efforts of the U.S. government. And four of them are not only alive, but are living in Bermuda. How are they doing there? They all have jobs and families; all found Muslim wives, apparently in part because of their celebrity status

12:55pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

Human Right

422 I interviewed a woman last week from Bosnia. She immigrated to the US in her late twenties. I asked her why she decided to come here.

"Because America is the only free country left," she said. "Americans don't realize it, but there's nowhere else in the world where free people can live."

With the interview over, as she was leaving, she stopped in the doorway and turned back to me.

"If you don't want your country to become like Bosnia, keep your 2nd Amendment. Once the government gets your guns, they can do anything they want and nobody will be able to do anything about it."

10:50am CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

Opposing Tyranny

In Opposition to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s approval of and partnering with the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council and his appointment of a Sharia compliant finance specialist to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

12:58pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW

United States of America


In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. …

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. …

12:51pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 1 :MW