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Reader Selected News, Week Oct 27 – Nov 2

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Oct 27 – Nov 2”

  1. Laree says:

    The democrats appear to think that the way to appeal to women voters is to fixate on their lady parts. We have been encouraged to vote like our lady parts depended on it, and now we are being encouraged to vote with our hymen. Meme: If you are a virgin, surely your first time should be with a married a man, over 50 years of age, and father of two. HOB’s Lena Dunham – Fifty Shades Of Dorky.


  2. Mithrandir says:

    Obama: ‘Not personally aware’ of security requests before Libya attack
    FoxNews: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/obama-not-personally-aware-security-requests-before-libya-attack/

    “I was not personally aware of any request,” Obama said Friday, adding that there is an “infrastructure” in place to “manage requests.”

    Oh really? Flashback

    MR. CARNEY: He gets it every day, okay? The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not — well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials. And when he is physically here, most days he has a meeting in his office, the Oval one — (laughter) — with participants in — his national security team, including obviously Tom Donilon and others. He also has regular meetings with —

    Q: This is about the physical briefing from whoever is giving it versus the written briefing?

    MR. CARNEY: This was a case of — I don’t know how far I want to go here, but I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one that preceded this one, we’re comfortable with that comparison. And this President is very much steeped in the details of national security issues and the information that as President he received —

    So there you go, a president who is “very steeped in details” and a “voracious consumer of intel” yet, isn’t aware of anything. And when painted in a corner, just bring up some false generalization of George Bush.

    “Ultimately, though, any time there is a death of an American overseas, I want to find out what happened because my most important job as president is keeping the American people safe, and we will get to the bottom of what happened,” he said.

    Isn’t this typical liberalism? Yeah, death is “not optimal.” They don’t want you to defend yourself, unless the unionized government can do it for you, –at your expense, AND THEN when you are dead, they will slowly, lazily prosecute your murderer through the court system, and prison/probation system also at taxpayer’s expense.

    A bullet costs all of .05 each, and we have the right to defend ourselves (cheaply) but boy they really monopolized the legal industrial complex don’t they?

    This is just an admission that:
    A: Government is too big and unwieldy to be effective.
    B: Obama is, by his own admission, “lazy.”
    C: Covering up for the fact that Obama DOESN’T actually look at his intelligence briefs that anyone can verify since he claims to do it alone on his ipad. (wow he’s so technically up to date isn’t he?)
    D: Government is incompetent.
    E: We shouldn’t even be in Libya in the first place, as it is unsafe.
    F: A terrorist attack took place on HIS WATCH, and they are trying to muddy the waters about it.
    (can’t make the George Bush claim that no terrorist attack occurred on their watch, but they try to smear Bush in the briefing anyway)
    G: Terrorism is more alive and well in a region they supposedly helped with the Arab Spring.
    H: Help was asked for AND DENIED.
    I: People being dragged through the streets, will remind voters of Jimmy Carter’s embarrassment with Iran and hostages.
    J: They haven’t decided where the buck stops yet, either at the top, or Hillary Clinton, who is easily THE WORST Secretary of State we have ever had.

  3. captstubby says:

    Marines, police prep for mock zombie invasion

    Published October 27, 2012

    | Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO – Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special operations forces, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.

    “This is a very real exercise, this is not some type of big costume party,” said Brad Barker, president of Halo Corp, a security firm hosting the Oct. 31 training demonstration during the summit at a 44-acre Paradise Point Resort island on a San Diego bay. “Everything that will be simulated at this event has already happened, it just hasn’t happened all at once on the same night. But the training is very real, it just happens to be the bad guys we’re having a little fun with.”

    Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel will observe the Hollywood-style production of a zombie attack as part of their emergency response training.

    In the scenario, a VIP and his personal detail are trapped in a village, surrounded by zombies when a bomb explodes. The VIP is wounded and his team must move through the town while dodging bullets and shooting back at the invading zombies. At one point, some members of the team are bitten by zombies and must be taken to a field medical facility for decontamination and treatment.

    “No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly no one knows what a terrorist will do,” Barker said. “If a law enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, `Freeze, get your hands in the air!’ What’s the zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.”

    The keynote speaker beforehand will be a retired top spook — former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

    “No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it’s going to be a federal incident, so we’re making it happen,” Barker said. Since word got out about the exercise, they’ve had calls from “every whack job in the world” about whether the U.S. government is really preparing for a zombie event.

    Called “Zombie Apocalypse,” the exercise follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign launched last year that urged Americans to get ready for a zombie apocalypse, as part of a catchy, public health message about the importance of emergency preparedness.

    The Homeland Security Department jumped on board last month, telling citizens if they’re prepared for a zombie attack, they’ll be ready for real-life disasters like a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack. A few suggestions were similar to a few of the 33 rules for dealing with zombies popularized in the 2009 movie “Zombieland,” which included “always carry a change of underwear” and “when in doubt, know your way out.”

    Joe Newman, spokesman of the watchdog organization Project on Government Oversight, said he does not see the zombie exercise as frivolous.

    “We obviously are concerned about any expenditure that might seem frivolous or a waste of money but if they tie things together, there is a lesson there,” Newman said. “Obviously we’re not expecting a zombie apocalypse in the near future, but the effects of what might happen in a zombie apocalypse are probably similar to the type of things that happen in natural disasters and manmade disasters. They’re just having fun with it. We don’t have any problems with it as a teaching point.”

    Defense analyst Loren Thompson agreed.

    “The defining characteristics of zombies are that they’re unpredictable and resilient. That may be a good way to prepare for what the Pentagon calls asymmetric warfare,” Thompson said.

    Organizers can also avoid the pitfalls of using a mock enemy who could be identified by nationality, race or culture — something that could potentially be seen as offensive.

    “I can think of a couple of countries where the local leaders are somewhat zombie-like,” he joked. “But nobody is going to take this personally.”

    I think i heard about this .
    the “zombie virus” will come from exposure to ABC News and a dress rehearsal was staged in Wisconsin.
    to identify the “zombies”, they will assemble on Wall Street and carry Obama Phones.
    the unique part of this form of Virus is the traditional head shot has no effect.
    Scary scenario, isn’t it?

    • canary says:

      well…the only excuse I can think of is the growing protests in the U.S., especially California of protestors dressed like zombies and masks. The Muslims and anti-Jew protests the protestors
      do dress like scary zombies. And then there’s Code Pink’s that look vaginas. It’s difficult to read these nuts like the one at the Bat Man movie.

      Oh…I get it. It’s in case U.S. citizens catch the Arab Spring bug and demand democracy. I have a Muslim real costume. lol. I won’t be in danger if I protest.

    • canary says:

      Democrat Rep Moran’s son caught elaborate voter fraud scam on video

      Rep. Jim Moran’s son caught on video allegedly conspiring to commit voter fraud

      By Eric W. Dolan – Oct 24 2012

      Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), resigned on Wednesday from the Moran for Congress campaign after he was caught on video apparently going along with a plan to commit voter fraud.

      The video, released as part of conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, showed Patrick advising an undercover reporter on how to cast fraudulent ballots.

      He told Patrick that he had a list of 100 people who had not voted in previous elections and that he planned to vote for them.

      Patrick told the undercover reporter that with Virginia’s voter ID law in place, it would be necessary to forge documents, such as utility bills or bank statements, in order to cast the fraudulent ballots. Unlike some states, where photo IDs are required to vote, Virginia polling places will accept non-photo IDs like utility bills, bank statements, student IDs or a pay stub.

      Later, Patrick told the undercover reporter that he should pose as a pollster and call the people he was planning on voting for to ensure they really didn’t plan to vote themselves.

      Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

      Raw Story (http://s.tt/1qVKq)


      No doubt a slap on on the hand on like ACORN got. If they’d only charge him criminally and offer him immunity if he tells “who” else knew about the scam.

    • canary says:

      And aside from my woman Muslim costume to head to the nearest mosque to be safe, I have plenty of camo and make-up costumes in case it’s a low-crawl trick or treat party if there is a trick or treat party. I’m getting to like Halloween again. I open the door and jump and pretend to be scared, and beg the kids not to hurt me. If it’s a princess I ask if she’s married to a King. I love kids.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Washington Post’s Ignatius Defends Obama

    Big surprise. He likes to think himself measured and cautious, I guess. Especially now that the Americans are already dead. Clearly a man with no military experience.


    Lingering questions about Benghazi

    By David Ignatius,

    The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has become a political football in the presidential campaign, with all the grandstanding and misinformation that entails. But Fox News has raised some questions about the attack that deserve a clearer answer from the Obama administration.

    Fox’s Jennifer Griffin reported Friday that CIA officers in Benghazi had been told to “stand down” when they wanted to deploy from their base at the annex to repel the attack on the consulate, about a mile away. Fox also reported that the CIA officers requested military support when the annex came under fire later that night but that their request had been denied.

    David is going to clear this up for us proles.

    The Benghazi tragedy was amplified by Charles Woods, the father of slain CIA contractor Tyrone Woods. He told Fox’s Sean Hannity that White House officials who didn’t authorize military strikes to save the embattled CIA annex were “cowards” and “are guilty of murdering my son.”

    This is the part that really annoys David. How dare that man criticize the regime!

    The Fox “stand down” story prompted a strong rebuttal from the CIA: “We can say with confidence that the agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”

    So David believes the CIA. Yet he counters his own claim that more information is needed. So take that, FOX. Who is really the target of this thought garbage.

    So what did happen in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, when Woods, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two others Americans were killed? The best way to establish the facts would be a detailed, unclassified timeline of events; officials say they are preparing one, and that it may be released later this week. That’s a must, even in the volatile final week of the campaign. In the meantime, here’s a summary of some of the basic issues that need to be clarified.

    So David will outline it for us idiots, in spite of the fact that the white house has made all this information classified to avoid any further investigation.

    So have at it, David.

    First, on the question of whether Woods and others were made to wait when they asked permission to move out immediately to try to rescue those at the consulate. The answer seems to be yes, but not for very long. There was a brief, initial delay — two people said it was about 20 minutes — before Woods was allowed to leave. One official said Woods and at least one other CIA colleague were “in the car revving the engine,” waiting for permission to go. Woods died about six hours later, after he returned to the annex.

    And your sources for this revealing information come from whom? I see no attribution of it anywhere in your article. Thus is is speculation on your part specifically intended to fend off criticism of this president and his irresponsibility. My question is, had it happened under the Bush administration, would you have been so accommodating with your ‘whole cloth’ fabrication? To say nothing of the fact that you’re the only person I’ve read who is saying this.

    The main reason for the delay, several sources said, was that CIA officials were making urgent contact with a Libyan militia, known as the February 17 Brigade, which was the closest thing to an organized security force in Benghazi. The United States depends on local security to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities everywhere, and officials wanted to coordinate any response to the consulate attack. After this delay, Woods and his colleague proceeded to the consulate.

    “several sources said”. What sources? Who? When? Where? Why? Do I need to do your job which for me seems frightfully easy when compared to your lacking in the basic 5-W’s of “journalism”.

    And where does the US “depend on local security”. Name me one. Oh, that’s right, you said “everywhere”.

    Here’s my question: Was it wise to depend on a Libyan militia that clearly wasn’t up to the job?

    Could it have made a difference for those under attack at the consulate if Woods had moved out as soon as he was, in one official’s words, “saddled and ready”?

    Um, you just said that the US depends on local security….”everywhere”. Up to the task or not. So, now you’re saying it may be unwise? Which is it?

    Second, why didn’t the United States send armed drones or other air assistance to Benghazi immediately? This one is harder to answer.

    But I’ll bet David will be happy to try.

    The CIA did dispatch a quick-reaction force that night from Tripoli, with about eight people, but it had trouble at first reaching the compound. One of its members, Glen Doherty, died along with Woods when a mortar hit the roof of the annex about 4 a.m.

    This is the first I’ve heard of this. How do you know this? Sources?

    What more could have been done? A Joint Special Operations Command team was moved that night to Sigonella air base in Sicily, for quick deployment to Benghazi or any of the other U.S. facilities in danger that night across North Africa. Armed drones could also have been sent. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta summarized last Thursday the administration’s decision to opt for caution: “You don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on.”

    Again, how do you know a command team was moved from Tripoli? First I’ve heard of it. And Panetta’s statement is just whitewash for Obama. He owes his job to the magic negro and knows when to send up a smokescreen. The US military’s job is to go into harm’s way. And, it’s become common knowledge that it was being watched in real time in the situation room.

    Looking back, it may indeed have been wise not to bomb targets in Libya that night. Given the uproar in the Arab world, this might have been the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a burning fire. But the anguish of Woods’s father is understandable: His son’s life might have been saved by a more aggressive response. The Obama administration needs to level with the country about why it made its decisions.

    A final, obvious point: The “fog of battle” that night was dense not just in Benghazi but in Cairo, Tunis and elsewhere. U.S. officials needed better intelligence. That’s the toughest problem to address, but the most important.

    Funny how he puts fog of battle in quotes yet defends it at the same time. The only true statement is the one concerning Obama leveling with the American people which even David knows will never happen. It’s not his way.

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