Monday, October 29, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for October 30, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for October 30, 2012
Robert A. Hall

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Your one-stop-shop for political news and opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. This SitRep (Military for “Situation Report”) is created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. And I can only spend at most three hours a night pulling stuff, plus the healthcare or economic stuff that crosses my desk at work. As always, I—and you—owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, or too far a stretch, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, or in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism.

Worth Reading: SEALs and Death at Benghazi. by Andy Weddington
Excerpt: The two SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, killed during the terrorist attack in Benghazi were not in country to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team. They were on a mission to track down and recover thousands of man-portable shoulder-fired rockets (capable of taking out an airliner). Reports are that these weapons were initially supplied to the Muslim Brotherhood by the current White House Administration.

Excerpt: Barack Obama really does have a plan for the next four years. When he thought he was speaking off the record to the Des Moines Register the other day, he said he wanted to negotiate a “grand bargain” with the congressional Republicans. It would include spending reductions and tax increases to reduce forecasted federal deficits.
About the same time that the president was giving his interview, more than 80 CEOs of some of the nation’s largest companies were making a similar announcement. To get the country’s fiscal house in order, they said, we need both spending reductions and tax increases. The idea of a grand bargain is very much on the minds of Washington, D.C., insiders these days. I frequently see it mentioned in news reports and on public policy blogs. So be forewarned. The inside-the-Beltway crowd is gearing up for a very large scale budget deal.

Tight polls, looming storm shake campaigns down the homestretch
Excerpt: Tight polls in a number of battleground states and a monumental storm that could hamper get-out-the-vote efforts have shuffled an already unpredictable presidential race, with eight days remaining before Election Day.

Letter to Trib on Obama endorsement
The Chicago Tribune endorsed President Obama, while in general favoring Republicans running for Congress (with the notable exception of tapping Duckworth over Walsh) in contested races. Most amazingly, the Tribune endorsed the opponent of Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) who is considered to be a shoo-in and is #4 in the House lineup as a mouthpiece for the Dem party line. Expecting that the editors will not choose to print it (perhaps they don't what to make an enemy out of Mayor Rahmfather), I could not help pointing out the absurdity of this position those who may no longer read the newspaper or give it any credence : If, as Emerson once said, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” the Tribune’s endorsement thinking is proof of a genius editorial board. You endorsed Tim Wolfe for the 9th Congressional seat. Good choice. In doing so you opted against the entrenched incumbent Jan Schakowsky who is one of the most prominent Obama toadies. And while enumerating his failures to address the nation’s chronic problems and his shortcomings as a leader, you endorsed Obama for another 4 years of soporific platitudes. The Tribune seemed to favor the consistent way in which the Chicago Cubs dealt with systemic breakdown. Cubs’ ownership recognized abject failure in 2011. They did not just fire third base coach Past Listach. They fired manager Mike Quade and hired new management, Epstein et al. to stop and reverse the disintegration. Don't blame a sergeant for the failures of her general. Cordially, Larry Greenberg

Obama’s independent problem
Excerpt: President Obama has a problem with independents. And it’s not a small problem. In the last three releases of the tracking poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, Obama has trailed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney among independent voters by between 16 and 20 percentage points.

Worth Reading: How States would be Affected by Obama's Proposed Tax Increases on High-Income Earners
Excerpt: President Obama’s campaign to raise taxes on high-income earners presents an overly simplistic view of the economy, as if tax increases only affect those people who write checks to the IRS. However, when high-income families are hit with additional taxes, they don’t keep it to themselves. They reduce spending on goods and services, hurting the local businesses that provide those things. This results in less hiring and investment by those businesses and ultimately less income for the whole community.

The Delphi Legacy-Paul Ryan hammers Obama on shady auto bailout pension deal at Ohio rally. By Bill McMorris
Excerpt: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan slammed President Barack Obama for the Auto Task Force’s treatment of nonunion workers who saw their pensions slashed by 70 percent, while their union coworkers lost no funds thanks to a $1 billion “top-off” by GM, during a rally in Sabina, Ohio, on Saturday.

The Poor Tax Redistribution stymieing recovery, holding people in poverty, research shows. By Andrew Evans
Excerpt: Welfare spending is higher than ever but the money is going to people living above the poverty line—and this redistribution is actually hurting America’s economic recovery, according to a new book.

Guess who’s been funding the Israeli Mossad’s covert hits on Iranian nuclear scientists…Guess again!
Interesting if true. ~Bob. Excerpt: Gives new meaning to the idea ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ A report by a well-known journalist revealed that Saudi Arabia has provided financial backup for the Israeli Mossad agency’s terror operations on Iran’s nuclear scientists.

Why Our Forces Were Told to ‘Stand Down’ in Benghazi. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: The mission in Benghazi, however, was an American diplomatic facility with few defenses in a city where the police were virtually helpless against the Islamist militias and where the national government had announced that it would allow the Salafists to destroy Sufi tombs rather than intervene.

Excerpt: Are you surprised that Vogue's Anna Wintour is squeezing
fashionistas to go all out for Obama? It makes sense, since the icy-eyed editrix knows style, and Obama certainly has a presidential style that's all his own. After all, Obama is the only commander-in-chief to ever manipulate Americans into getting killed so that he can kill the Constitution.

Excerpt: A newly-wed man who was arrested in a Western suburb of Mashhad (Northeast Iran) for walking his pet dog in public was sentenced to six months in prison for violating Iran's anti-pet laws.

Obama executive order expands Homeland Security reach into local law enforcement. By Josh Peterson 
Excerpt: President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday that expanded the Department of Homeland Security’s ties to local law enforcement. The executive order creates a White House Homeland Security Partnership Council and Steering Committee, aimed at fostering local partnerships between federal and private institutions “to address homeland security challenges.”

“Mr. President They Know ” – A Must See Judge Jeanine Video
Excerpt: Nothing more need be said. Simply watch this video of Judge Jeanine Pirro laying out a very clear case for the guilt of Barack Obama and his administration regarding the Benghazi Massacre and cover-up…

Excerpt: The headline on this post could just be a statement of fact, derived from an obvious truth, albeit one that our willfully blind government refuses to assimilate despite years of anti-American atrocities. Under the supremacist interpretation of sharia — Islam’s totalitarian societal system — that is regnant in the Middle East, non-Muslim Westerners who seek to implant Western ideas and institutions in Islamic countries are deemed enemies who must be driven out or killed.

Benghazi bungle requires act of urgent political hygiene. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: But Secretary Clinton was talking about the fellow who made the supposedly Islamophobic video that supposedly set off the sacking of the Benghazi consulate. And, indeed, she did "have that person arrested." By happy coincidence, his bail hearing has been set for three days after the election, by which time he will have served his purpose. 

The Gimme Society: The entitlement state mugs our descendants. By George Will
Excerpt: The election-eve mood is tinged with sadness stemming from well-founded fear that America’s new government is subverting America’s old character. Barack Obama’s agenda is a menu of temptations intended to change the nation’s social norms by making Americans comfortable with the degradation of democracy. This degradation consists of piling up public debt that binds unconsenting future generations to finance current consumption.

Ohio: Romney 50%, Obama 48%
Excerpt: The race for Ohio’s Electoral College votes remains very close, but now Mitt Romney now has a two-point advantage. (I won’t really trust any polls until Ohio is called election night. ~Bob.)

Panetta Says We Lacked Real-Time Benghazi Intel
Excerpt: Despite real-time video, emails to the White House and desperate cries for help, our defense secretary says we didn't send rescue forces to our Benghazi consulate because we didn't know what was going on. In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there's "a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real-time information about what's taking place." (This editorial really slams Panetta and his boss, in clear, understandable terms, using the facts that have slowly emerged from the smoke and mirrors the Administration put out originally to cover over the true malfeasance in office that this tragedy was. To say we don't send our warriors into situations unless we know exactly what's there is idiotic in the first place. The nature of conflict means you very often send your people into situations that are less than perfectly known, Many of us have ridden choppers into "hot LZs" more than once. And in fact in the case in Libya when you know your people are being attacked by an armed mob, that is quite enough to know to send help in ASAP from every point that has a chance of getting there within some comparatively short timespan. This is the kind of team that Obama has working for him, and this is a decision making process he controlled if he wished to, and he went to bed. And got up the next day to go off to a fundraiser. For me, it's simple. Inability to act when our people are in mortal danger disqualifies a person from being President. --Del)

Leadership: Romney Uses Campaign Bus to Deliver Hurricane Relief
Excerpt: The Romney campaign has canceled campaign events, commercials, and fundraising appeals in states that will be impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and is instead using a campaign bus to help deliver supplies to those who will be impacted by what forecasters are predicting may be a "storm of the century." ,,,Romney was also first on the scene when Hurricane Irene struck the Gulf Coast in August, with President Obama arriving three days later after adjusting his schedule. Twitchy, which keeps track of everything that happens on Twitter in real time, posted photos of relief supplies next to Romney's campaign bus in Virginia, where Romney was supposed to have campaigned on Sunday before canceling his events. (Democrats will dismiss this as a campaign stunt, but it fits with Romney’s long history of charitable action. ~Bob.)

Tweet from @ChelsiePaulson
Email from Romney campaign asking for donations to the Red Cross. Email from Obama campaign asking for donations to campaign.

Danger on the Mekong. By Michael Benge
Excerpt: Like a toxic fungus spreading its roots throughout Cambodia, communist Vietnam is slowly and methodically colonizing and swallowing up its neighbor. Researchers estimate that over 40% of Cambodia's voting population is comprised of Vietnamese migrants who have been awarded citizenship and voting rights by Vietnam's puppet -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. As part of its colonization process, Vietnam has established chapters of the United Front for National Construction and Defense of Cambodia -- a cover for Vietnam's Fatherland Front -- in all 23 provinces of the country. (Another tragic consequence of the fall of South Viet Nam to the communists. (Who are no longer really Marxist at all, but have morphed into a gangster government that is run for the profit of a limited class of Party members and hangers-on.) And it is a very public scandal, but nobody wants to notice it, or take any slight action about it. It seems no one has wanted to notice the awful situations in Laos, Cambodia, and Viet Nam since 1975. The terrible things that have gone on and still go on deserve full notice from Western nations, but we know more about what goes on in Brunei or Sudan than in SE Asia. Why is that? --Del. John Kerry’s pals on the march. ~Bob.)

Poll: Anti-Israel Sentiment Far Heavier Among Democrats
Excerpt: But the real shocker was another question: “Do you think the United States is not supportive enough of Israel?” …46% of Republicans said the U.S. was not supportive enough, while only 9% of Democrats thought so….Jews who care more about the Democrats’ support of abortion and gay rights, which directly contravene traditional Jewish principles, rather than the survival of Israel, represent Judaism as falsely as Barack Obama invoking Ronald Reagan when it behooved him.

Chicago Daily Herald Endorses Romney. By Michael Patrick Leahy 
Excerpt: On Sunday, the Chicago Daily Herald, the second largest daily newspaper in metropolitan Chicagoendorsed Mitt Romney for President in 2012. In 2008, the Daily Herald endorsed hometown Senator Barack Obama for President: …[W]e endorse Romney because he, unlike Obama, understands that jobs are a creation of business, not of government. And that to encourage job growth, we need policies that incent business to grow and provide it with a stable environment for that growth. In the end, we need moderation, not ideology, to facilitate an economic recovery.

Excerpt: Rude, insulting language about Romney (“bullsh****r) from the president. Vulgar sexual innuendo, aimed at seducing young women to vote for him. The vice president asking a bereaved parent about the size of his murdered son’s testicles. It’s quite a spectacle. (You can take the thug out of Chicago, but…~Bob.)

When Americans Saw the Real Obama: Why the Denver debate changed everything. By Peggy Noonan
Excerpt: We all say Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. But it's all still Denver, Denver, and the mystery that maybe isn't a mystery at all. If Cincinnati and Lake County go for Mitt Romney on Nov. 6 it will be because of what happened in Denver on Oct. 3. 

Excerpt: It’s Terrorism 101.A New York University class on transnational terrorism is requiring students to “hypothetically plan a terrorist attack” — and shocked cops say the outrageous lesson plan is an insult to the officers killed on Sept. 11.

Oliver Stone rips Obama
Excerpt: President Obama isn’t just getting ripped by conservatives — he’s also taking heat from the left.

Mass. Senate Poll: Brown 45, Warren 43
Hope true, but still a lot undecided in this. ~Bob. Excerpt: Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has a narrow lead over his Democratic opponent, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren. A new poll from the Boston Globe shows Brown with 45 percent support from likely voters while Warren has 43 percent support. 

The Jews of Cuyahoga County. By Roger Cohen
Excerpt: An advertisement in the Cleveland Jewish News this week, paid for by a group called Jews for Israel 2012, asked this question: “Are you willing to bet the life of the Jewish people on this president?” It questioned Barack Obama’s willingness to defend an Israel “threatened by nuclear annihilation.”

What They Are Saying: 28 Newspapers (And Counting) That Endorsed Obama In 2008 Change Their Minds In 2012

Mark Pocan’s Husband Told Beaten GOP Operative “You’re A Marked Man,” Threatened and Harassed Via Text Message
Excerpt: A series of shocking text messages purportedly show Philip Frank, the partner of Democratic State Representative and Madison-area Congressional candidate Mark Pocan, threatened a volunteer for Pocan’s Republican opponent days before the volunteer was found beaten. Last Wednesday, Kyle Wood, a full-time volunteer with Republican Chad Lee’s Congressional campaign, was beaten inside his home in Madison by a yet-unidentified attacker who claimed that as a gay man Wood should be supporting the gay candidate for Congress.

Soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns

Romney closes Obama’s lead to split Ohio
Excerpt: Boosted by a surge among male voters who think he’s the best candidate to fix the economy, Republican Mitt Romney has come back to tie President Barack Obama in battleground Ohio.

Danny Boy with War Birds

Obama cancels Florida campaign appearance because of storm. By Alex Pappas 
Excerpt: President Barack Obama is citing the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy as the reason for why he will not attend a Florida campaign event on Monday. “Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington area, the President will not attend today’s campaign event in Orlando,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a Monday morning statement. “The President will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy.” Obama had flown on Sunday night to Florida, where he visited with campaign workers. (If he really understood the situation other than rabid-campaign mode, would have stayed in DC in the first place. Flew to FL to leave without attending function? Waste of taxpayer $$, LARGE carbon footprint; guarantee someone—like pilot—gave dose of reality about flying AF1 into hurricane-force winds….So much for parting the clouds….—Barb.)

Hillary Clinton in Algeria to press for Mali military action
Excerpt: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Algeria Monday to press for possible military intervention in neighbouring Mali, where Islamic extremists have taken over large parts of the country. But an Algerian Tuareg chief, MP Mahmud Guemama, spelt out why he opposed military intervention, in an interview with Elkhabar newspaper published on Monday. "We know how military intention starts but never know the end. Libya was a good example."

Refineries shut down, gas prices rise as Hurricane Sandy nears East Coast. By Michael Bastasch
Excerpt: Hurricane Sandy is barreling toward to the U.S. East Coast, threatening gasoline refineries and sending gas prices upward as operations are being halted or slowed down. Reuters reports that more than two-thirds of the East Coast’s refining capacity is shutting down in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, bracing for potential power outages and flooding which could damage the pants.

Rumor only: General losing his job over Benghazi? By James S. Robbins 
Excerpt: On October 18, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared unexpectedly at an otherwise unrelated briefing on “Efforts to Enhance the Financial Health of the Force." News organizations and CSPAN were told beforehand there was no news value to the event and gave it scant coverage. In his brief remarks Mr. Panetta said, "Today I am very pleased to announce that President Obama will nominate General David Rodriguez to succeed General Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command.” This came as a surprise to many, since General Ham had only been in the position for a year and a half.

GEN Dempsey on rumors regarding #AFRICOM commander: GEN Ham "continues to serve in AFRICOM with my complete confidence."

Tunisian Leader Planning Slow Islamist Takeover
Excerpt: There is uproar in Tunisia over an 8-minute video that shows a leading politician advising young Salafist leaders on how they can take control of the state, gradually. The politician, Rashid al-Ghannushi, heads the country's largest party, Ennahda, and is considered to be a voice of Islamic moderation. The video belies this reputation and appears to show that this moderation is just a fa├žade.

Chicago: 435th Homicide Equals Total For All Of Last Year
Meanwhile, here in Obamavillle… ~Bob

Saudi King Abdullah demanded a U.N. resolution Saturday condemning insults on religions. By Rachel Hirshfeld
Excerpt: Saudi King Abdullah demanded a U.N. resolution Saturday condemning insults on religions. His calls came in response to the deadly protests that have been erupting throughout the Muslim world, which have been widely blamed on a low-budget film mocking the Prophet Mohamed. (Not OUR duty. Not OUR religion. More reason for US citizens to seriously rethink the UN and its existence and function, and actions/infiltrations of POTUS, DOD and SD. –Barb. When Muslims stop insulting Jews, we’ll talk. ~Bob.)

Al-Qaeda Leader Calls for Increased Kidnappings of Westerners
Excerpt: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to increase efforts to kidnap Westerners in exchange for imprisoned jihadists, citing the success in the abduction of American aid worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan. In an undated two-hour video posted on jihadist websites, al-Zawahiri called for the abductions as part of a vow not to "spare any efforts" to free Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind behind the 1993 WorldTrade Center bombing. (Several comments on Breitbart indicate Amb Stevens may have been lured to Benghazi from Tripoli to meet with Turkish amb deliberately as a set up for a kidnapping, to be held for ransom; so could be freed …..Thus the “Stand down” commands. These were ignored locally and black op went awry. The missing piece is the exchange prisoner could have been the Blind Sheik that MB pushing DOJ to release…Barb.)

Benghazi, Libya—Biopsy From a Malignant, Failed Presidency
Excerpt: It is undoubtedly worse than Obama simply turned his back on cornered American citizens in a foreign land, knowing undoubtedly they would die. But that Barack did so without any compelling reason—except political—is beyond evil. Only a moral monster would have made that decision when it was within his powers to possibly save them with almost no effort of his own. (It is a powerful indictment of the majority of the US media—radio, TV, print, and on-line—that this comes from a CANADIAN source rather than one of our own. Can it be that Canadians remember more of honor and integrity than we do? Please show me the front page editorial from any US big city newspaper or the 3 minute prime-time “Our opinion” TV editorial on a big city TV station calling the administration to account for its actions and inactions. Even the MANY newspapers that have suddenly endorsed Romney (after their prior support of Obama) have made little or no mention of the administration’s handling of the Benghazi murders. And, we all know how much chance there is of Congress impeaching and convicting over something like this. Our only hope of justice comes next week. You and I ARE the jury. We must render our verdict next Tuesday at the ballot box. Ron P.)

Video: Al-Qaeda Forms All-Female Brigade to Attack West
Excerpt: Al-Qaeda has formed an all-female 'Burkha Brigade' to infiltrate and hit Western military bases and targets, as they are less likely than men to attract suspicion. A film posted online shows the all-female unit of al-Qaeda using an alarming array of weapons, including machine-guns, grenade rocket launchers and sniper rifles during their training session at an unknown location. The women are thought to have been recruited from the war-torn Russian republic of Chechnya by an al-Qaeda-linked group, with bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, The Sun reported Sunday.

Didn’t get the “Islam is a Religion of Peace” memo. ~Bob

Exposure: Banaz - An Honour Killing
Excerpt: Banaz Mahmod, a beautiful girl from south London, was murdered by her own family because she fell in love with the wrong man. 

The Economy Is Crumbling so Let’s Talk Abortion and Rape. By Stuart Rothenberg
Excerpt: The unemployment rate is still 7.8 percent, and the gross domestic product is growing at a sluggish 2 percent. Young people graduating college can’t find jobs and are living in their parents’ houses. Economies in Europe and Asia are weakening, suggesting additional problems in the year ahead for the U.S. economy.

GALLUP: Romney Surges Back To 5-Point Lead Over Obama
Excerpt: Republican nominee Mitt Romney jumped back out to a 5-point lead over President Barack Obama in today's Gallup tracking poll, reversing a day of gains for the president. 


Benghazi: Obama Emerges from the Fog of War: If Obama ordered the military to “secure our personnel,” where is the order? By Bing West
Excerpt: Suddenly, on the campaign trail in Denver on October 26, he changed his story. “The minute I found out what was happening . . . I gave the directive,” he said, “to make sure we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do. I guarantee you everybody in the CIA and military knew the number-one priority was making sure our people are safe.” Notice the repeated use of the present tense, implying that he gave the order during the attack.

Father of Benghazi Victim Learned of Son’s Death on CNN… Before Being Contacted by State Dept. By Candice Lanier
Excerpt: Last month, Ray Smith was hoping to get together with his son, Sean, whom he had not seen for 15 years. But, it became devastatingly apparent, after seeing a story on CNN about the four Americans killed in Libya, that he would never see his son alive again. “I seen all these coffins come off the plane,” Smith recalled. “Four of them. Then I saw his picture in the corner. They mentioned Sean Smith was one of those killed.”

It used to be called "The Fog of War." Under this Administration, it's been tweaked to read "The Blown Smoke of War."

Explosive Video: When the Navy SEALS called

Worth Sharing: Bryna Franklin
Excerpt: Bryna Franklin of Jerusalem is a lifelong Democrat and former chair of Democrats Abroad Israel. She voted for a Republican for President for the first time in her 80 years when she voted this year for Mitt Romney.

Might? McCain: Obama Might Be Conducting ‘Massive Cover-Up’ With Libya Attack
Excerpt: Sen. John McCain claims the Obama administration might be conducting a “massive cover-up” with the deadly terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

GOP Rout In Pennsylvania Absentee Ballot Returns
Excerpt: This morning President Obama’s campaign indicated they are going on the air in Pennsylvania and sending Joe Biden to the state trying to protect what once just one week ago considered to be safe ground. One possible reason? The enormous GOP edge in absentee ballot returns in the state, creating an enormous and unexpected hole for the President’s campaign to dig out of. (Whoa. It's the revenge of the bitter clingers. –Melissa Clouthier.)

Did TWITTER end up hurting Obama's campaign? It's hard to coordinate in real time. Sonny Bunch
http://sonnybunch.com/its-hard-to-coordinate-in-real-time/
Excerpt: I mean, it’s worth stipulating that there is almost certainly still a Journolist-style listserv still in operation on the left (probably several of them). But it’s impossible to arrange talking points when the members of said list are one-upping each other in a public forum, panicking in the cleverest and most retweetable way possible. That’s something worth dwelling on a little: Did the competitive nature of Twitter—the rush to be funniest and fastest and most visible—push the Democrats over the edge?

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