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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Sep 15 – Sep 21”

  1. canary says:

    New 2012 Obama Federal Stimulus round to near another trillion dollars is called QE3 and prices will skyrocket over nite.

    I think Mitt Romney concern Obama may possibly leave us with a 22 Trillion deficit.

    ConsumerAffairs: QE3: What’s It Mean For Consumers?
    In the short run it’s going to make things more expensive

    09/14/2012 | By Mark Huffman

    PhotoFederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Fed’s Open Market Committee announced Thursday that the Fed will begin a new round of stimulus to boost the economy.

    The program of bond purchases is called Quantitative Easing, and since this will be the third round, it’s called QE3 for short. Maybe you think it’s all about Wall Street but actually consumers will feel the effects.

    In his news conference following the announcement, Bernanke took pains to point out that the Fed is not “printing money” or adding to the deficit when it undertakes its campaign to purchase hundreds of billions of dollars worth of mortgage-backed securities.

    True to form, the price of gold began moving higher just as soon as the dollar started moving lower. You can also expect oil prices to go up, and along with them gasoline prices. Food will also probably cost more in the weeks ahead.

    Mortgage rates are already near historic lows so it’s hard to see how lowering them a few more basis points is going to make much difference, but the Fed is banking on lenders beginning to make it a little easier for credit-worthy home buyers to qualify for a mortgage. If that happens, a robust housing recovery could significantly boost the economy.

    GAS, FOOD, Health Care, Housing, and Autos skyrocket in August while DNC asked if you were better off.

    Consumer Affairs: Inflation Rears Its Ugly Head
    Gasoline and food account for most of the increase

    09/14/2012 | By Mark Huffman

    The Labor Department reports the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the measure off prices consumers pay, rose 0.6 percent in August, the largest one-month rise in more than three years.

    When food and energy were excluded from consideration, prices rose a much more modest 0.1 percent, which tells you where the inflation in the economy is occurring.

    In fact, the government says about 80 percent of the August increase was accounted for by gasoline, which rose 9.0 percent and was the major factor in the energy index rising sharply in August after declining in each of the four previous months.

    The food index increased 0.2 percent in August, with major grocery store food group indexes mixed. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent for the second month in a row. The costs of housing, medical care, personal care, new vehicles, and recreation all rose in August.
    Wholesale rise even more


    Obama’s State of Illinois highest Foreclosure rate peaks in August

    Consumer Affairs: Illinois Posts Highest August Foreclosure Rate in Nation
    Only a handful of states see a spike in activity last month

    09/14/2012 | By Mark Huffman

    The latest report from RealtyTrac, a marketer of foreclosure properties, shows foreclosures rose just one percent in August — and were down 15 percent from a year ago — but a handful of states saw a lot more action.

    “Bucking the national trend, deferred foreclosure activity boiled over in several states in August,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac.

    That increase is due to the national settlement between major mortgage lenders and the states and federal government, signed in the spring. Prior to that settlement many foreclosures in states that require judicial proceedings to foreclose on a home had been put on hold.

    Illinois posted the nation’s highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 298 housing units subject to a foreclosure filing. August was the first month that Illinois has ranked No. 1 since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005.

    Twenty states registered year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity, led by judicial foreclosure states such as New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

    The FBI won’t just be taking pictures of criminals but non criminals and protesters.

    So much for the freedom to protest

    Consumer Affairs: Say Cheese — The FBI Will Be Taking Your Photo

    The feds are making a family scrapbook and we’ll all be in it

    09/14/2012 | By Daryl Nelson | Privacy

    But annoyance can set in if someone takes your picture without asking. I mean, it’s your image, right? Shouldn’t you have a say when somebody captures it?

    Apparently the folks at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) don’t think so, as the agency has developed a new sophisticated database that will keep millions of photos of both criminals and non-criminals alike.

    What’s strange about this new technology is that photos for the database will be comprised of pictures of you walking the street, entering a building, or joining a protest.

    Meaning a picture can be taken of you and eventually stored in a law enforcement database, just in case you ever need to be tracked down in the future.

    PhotoHowever, NGI will eventually allow law enforcement to submit public security camera photos into the national database, whether you were ever a criminal or not. Photos taken from private security cameras will also be used for database submission, according to a 2008 Privacy Impact Assessment.

    In theory, this will help law enforcement track people if necessary, while making it much easier to do so. So whether you’re involved in a crime or not, there’s a good chance your mug will be residing in a database by 2014, which would be accessible to every level of law enforcement.

    We previously ran a story about a new version of public cameras that can capture your conversation in public, just in case you were wondering how on earth law enforcement could get your voice without your knowledge or consent.

    Sure, it’s not the worst thing in the world one has to do, but it is kind of creepy knowing your picture can already be in a national database next to criminals, and the photo you’re submitting for your job is merely for confirmation purposes.


    Many of us are used to Muslims taking my pictures at the capital or wherever they are. Ya think the FBI is hiring them to do this. lol.

    • Curiosity says:

      The government already has a hideously extensive database far beyond anything they could have dreamed of a decade ago: Facebook. Even if you are not plugged into FB, people may have still posted pictures of you. Face recognition technology is getting scary good.

      As mentioned, this is great for law enforcement. Someone recognized the background in the video of the German man burning a puppy alive he posted 4Chan a decade back, and he was arrested. Likewise, there are automated image recognition techniques for criminal forensics of child pornography.

      The bad thing is that anyone with access to this (that is, any intel agency willing pay, able to hack in, or able to produce the appropriate order) can learn just about anything they please within the images you’ve posted and what you or your friends have ‘liked’ in the past.

      The only significant news is that they are linking cameras in public areas to their existing database, and that they have the computing power to do real-time tracking.

  2. canary says:

    Palm Beach Post: Florida Sen. Bill Nelson says actions in Libya a revenge killing, possibly by al-Qaida

    By Laura Green Sept 14 2012


    Saying the attack exhibited all the hallmarks of an al-Qaida revenge killing, Florida Senator Bill Nelson called on his colleagues from the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate any connection the organization or its affiliates had to the death of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.

    “These murders have the markings of revenge by al-Qaida for the death of the number two leader of the terrorist group, Abu Yahya al-Libi,” Nelson said.

    He noted an Internet-video statement by the head of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who urged Libyans to attack Americans to avenge the recent death of al-Libi. The Associated Press has reported that the killing in June of al-Libi was the biggest setback to al-Qaida since the death of Osama Bin Laden, Nelson said.

    “I am asking my colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee to immediately investigate what role al-Qaida or its affiliates may have played in the attacks in Libya and Egypt, and to urge appropriate action. For the safety of the remaining Americans, we need to secure our embassies in North Africa and around the world – and to stop terrorist-inspired mobs from doing evil deeds. We also need to quickly find and bring to justice those who committed these heinous acts.”


    Note media changes quote of Hillary from a “small attack” to a “a small and savage group” .

    NewsCanada: Murder of U.S. diplomat draws condemnation, politics, and suspicion of al-Qaida attack 2

    By Bryn Weese, Sept 13,2012


    In June, a pro-al-Qaida group claimed responsibility for detonating an explosive device outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi where Stevens was murdered Tuesday, and the same group is believed to have attacked a British diplomatic convoy with rockets in Benghazi in the same month.

    And Reuters reported Wednesday anonymous U.S. officials said some reports from the region hinted al-Qaida’s north Africa-based affiliate may have been involved.

    But whoever is to blame, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday it was not the fault of the Libyan people or the new government, but rather “a small and savage group” of people.


    Perhaps the media has been scolded for saying Islamic terrorists, Islamic extremist, Islamic militants, etc. All the growing fractions are calling themselves new sect names.

  3. canary says:

    Taliban kill U.S. Marines; injured more, because of Prince Henry is serving in Afghanitan.

    The Telegrpah: Taliban raid Harry’s Afghan base

    Kabul, Sept. 15 (AP): The Taliban claimed responsibility today for an attack on a sprawling British base in southern Afghanistan that killed two US Marines and wounded several other troops, saying it was to avenge a film that insulted the Prophet Mohammad and also because Prince Harry is serving there.

    The US-led Nato coalition said in a statement that nearly 20 insurgents armed with guns, rocket-propelled grenades and explosive vests infiltrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion.

    The coalition said the attack, which began shortly after 10pm yesterday, killed two Nato service members, wounded several others and damaged multiple aircraft and structures.

    Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, is based at Camp Bastion.


    Why do the British keep risking lives sending that punk over there just to keep bringing him right back. One can imagine the bitterness of all soldiers who have to serve with him and risk their lives just so he can make photo op every so often. Ya think they’d have dried him out first.

    • canary says:

      AP: 2 more NATO troops killed in insider attack

      By Richard Leiby, Published: September 15

      KABUL —Two troops belonging to the U.S.-led military coalition were killed Saturday when an Afghan policeman turned his weapon on them in southern Afghanistan, NATO officials said. The latest insider attack underscored the continued vulnerability of international troops despite intense efforts by U.S. and Afghan leaders to stem the killings.

      The Afghan shooter was killed by another soldier at the scene in the town of Gereshk, Hotak said. Since 2007, when the insider- attack phenomenon began, about 105 international troops have been killed by rogue Afghan security forces.

      The perpetrator was believed to be a member of the 16,000-member Afghan Local Police, the smallest component of the 352,000-strong Afghan national forces. The police are based in towns and villages and act as a sort of militia, partnered with U.S. Special Forces.

      The Associated Press reported late Saturday that coalition officials said the attackers at Camp Bastion wore U.S. Army uniforms and destroyed six Harrier fighter jets. They said there were about 15 insurgents, 14 of whom were killed and one captured, AP reported.

      But the militants also said the base attack was aimed at Prince Harry, a helicopter gunner who serves at Camp Bastion.

      The prince, known as Capt. Harry Wales, was never in danger, the allied coalition said.

      The U.S. exit plan from Afghanistan relies on Afghan forces taking responsibility for the country’s security by the end of 2014.

      But U.S. military leaders also say arguments and grudges are simply more likely to escalate to fatal violence in Afghan society.


      Since Obama won’t demand get the bleeping prince out of there America should protest. Obama doesn’t mind losing the lives, but why doesn’t he care about the expensive of all the aircraft and helicopters lost today and that will continue with prince punk.

    • chainsaw says:

      Well Canary, I suppose one could consider the “militants” explained reason for the attack base on some prince being present. If that is in fact the case, notwithstanding the existence of a military compound in a war zone, then I would suggest we beef up the perimeter and ‘dangle’ the prince more often. A 14 out of 15 kill ratio is almost perfect.

  4. chainsaw says:

    Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets

    On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.

    But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.

    While retired Adm. John Nathman, a former commander of Fleet Forces Command, honored vets as America’s best, the ships from the Russian Federation Navy were arrayed like sentinels on the big screen above.


    Y’all probably heard about this one. My thought when reading this; I wonder if the One cashed in on some kind of bet with his Russian cohorts.

  5. heykev says:

    Maxine Waters Wants To Socialize Oil Companies

    “California’s most influential black lawmaker, Democrat Representative Maxine Waters, made the threat during recent congressional hearings with oil company executives. She said the federal government would take over their industry if they failed to do something to stop the escalating price of gasoline.”

    Which seems to be the Democrat answer for everything…nationalize it and let the government run it.

    “Waters told the president of a major oil company to “guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be all about socializing — uh, uh, would be about basically taking over and the government running all of your companies.””


    Video of the exchange:

  6. Reality Bytes says:


    So GM ask the government to sell back its shares AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS NO!

    Seems GM can’t attract the talent with government restrictions on salaries – among other things. Trouble is, Uncle Obama doesn’t want to take the 40% HIT ON IT’S 50 BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT DUE TO THE STOCK’S FREE FALL.



    Funny! CBS Marketwatch reported this but took it down almost immediately after its post. I guess they got the call.

  7. canary says:

    The Florida Today: Letter: No doubt embassy attacks premeditated

    Sept 17 2012 by Steve Lindsey

    The statements made over the weekend by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, blaming the Muslim riots on an anti-Muslim YouTube video, along with Sen. Bill Nelson wondering if the murders and riots were planned and involved al-Qaida, were ridiculous.

    Israeli intelligence warned the U.S. in advance. Or they could have just read the Sept. 11 morning edition of The Jerusalem Post, which wrote:

    “Egypt’s General Intelligence Service warned that a jihadi group is planning to launch terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Cairo, according to a report Tuesday by Egypt Independent, citing a secret letter obtained by Al-Masry Al-Youm. According to the report, the attack is being planned by Global Jihad, the group suspected of killing 16 Egyptian border guards in Sinai on Aug. 5.

    There once was a Democrat president with a sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” That is obviously not the case anymore.

    (entire story)

  8. captstubby says:

    Protester dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flag

    Published September 18, 2012
    | FoxNews.com

    Burning an American flag proved fatal for a Pakistani protester, who reportedly died from inhaling fumes from the ignited icon of independence.

    Some 10,000 people rallied this week in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province, to protest the movie trailer that Muslims say insults Islam, according to the International Herald-Tribune. One participant, identified as Abdullah Ismail, died after being taken to an area hospital. Witnesses said he had complained of feeling sick from the smoke from American flags burnt at the rally.

    its been staring us in the face for years.

    it just hit me after all the years of animals desecrating our Flag.
    simple really.
    when manufacturing the Flags, just soak them in poison.
    no American is going to lit one up, so its safe.
    wow, that’s true American ingenuity.

  9. canary says:

    Trying to show my outrage recently over Obama’s damage control Obama intentionally thanking Libyans for carrying murdered U.S. Ambassador to a hospital and believing a dam doctor who claimed to spend and hour and half trying to revive him back from the dead. It was this public thanking that further outraged me because he failed to thank the U.S. Military Navy Seals that died trying to save the ambassador and diplomat. Obama knew at the time of thanking the Libyans that the Libyan Security and Police that were guarding the U.S. embassy are the ones who carried out this vicious attack. Obama knew there was not enough security.

    Obama does not speak for Americans. He continues to speak for the Muslims in the world because he is one.
    Upon graphic horrible pictures being posted this makes sense.

    Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8:11 AM


    This is a good read to lay it on the line what’s happening with Obama running our country.

    NowPublic: US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens raped before he was murdered
    by Doc Vega Sept 13, 2012

    Continue reading at NowPublic.com: US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens raped before he was murdered | NowPublic News Coverage http://www.nowpublic.com/world/us-ambassador-j-christopher-stevens-raped-he-was-murdered#ixzz26yRH0i9e

    I can’t copy past this snopes content, but here is what Obama referenced in thanking Libyans and the doctor who says he was already dead but he spent and an hour and half trying to revive him. Hell, they probably gang raped his corpse for an hour and half.

    Christopher Stevens was raped murdered and dragged through the streets by Libyans

    Snopes: Undetermined

    Graphic videos and photos of Gaddafi dragged, sodomized, then stripped naked and dragged through the streets.


    So why wouldn’t the rebels that Obama aided in bombing Libya for the rebels without any permission and got away with it to this day by incompetent Republicans not drag an American through the streets who was giving them money.

    And Obama continues giving billions to these animals even knowingly knowing the money is going into the hands of Al-Qaeda.

    Get over Al-Qaeda, it is any serious practicing Islam Muslim that is an animal.
    Obama claims his mother was furious to find out Conservative radical Muslims were stopped by her husband.
    And she did everything she could to bring it back to Indonesia to Jakarta. Americans were not her people she would say.

    It was American’s that fought out the Dutch and Japanese who tried to take over Indonesia.

    It doesn’t matter. No aid, no money, no kind word; all things will never come before the religion of Islam.

    Obama trashed Americans shouting Christians just want to cling to God, their Bibles and Guns.

    How do you compare Christians to the Muslim animals that Obama sides with.

  10. canary says:

    Obama still won’t admit truth of the U.S. Embassy in spite of growing evidence to the contrary.

    The Detroit News: U.S. official calls Benghazi consulate assault ‘terrorist attack’

    Sept. 19 2012 By Jonathan S. Landay – McClatchy Newspapers

    Washington —

    It was the first time that a senior administration official had said the attack was not the result of a demonstration over an anti-Islam video that has been cited as the spark for protests in dozens of countries over the past week.

    “…,”, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said during the hearing. “I’m just stunned and appalled that there wasn’t better security … given the high threat environment.”

    The head of Libya’s interim government, key U.S. lawmakers and experts contend that the attack appeared long-planned, complex and well-coordinated, matching descriptions given to McClatchy Newspapers last week by the consulate’s landlord and a wounded security guard, who denied there was a protest at the time and said the attackers carried the banner of Ansar al-Shariah, an Islamist militia.

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and an information specialist, Sean Smith, apparently succumbed to smoke from fires ignited when scores of armed extremists stormed the consulate compound, firing assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

    Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, and Collins disputed the administration’s assertion that the attack was spontaneous.

    “I will tell you based on the briefings I have had, I have come to the opposite conclusion and agree with the president of Libya that this was a premeditated, planned attack that was associated with the … anniversary of 9/11…. ”

    Collins said. “The reports of complicity, and they are many, with the Libyan guards who were assigned to guard the consulate also suggests to me that this was premeditated.”

    An improvised bomb was thrown at the U.S. consulate June 6 by an assailant who scattered pamphlets promising more attacks.

    Five days later, grenades were hurled at the British ambassador’s motorcade, and on June 18 gunmen struck the Tunisian consulate.

    On Aug. 5, RPGs slammed into the local headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney was peppered with questions about whether adequate precautions were taken to protect the consulate, including why no U.S. Marines were posted at the facility or the embassy in Tripoli.

    He also reiterated the assertion that the attack was spontaneous.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120919/NATION/209190470#ixzz270I1I49d

    “…descriptions given to McClatchy Newspapers last week by the consulate’s landlord and a wounded security guard, who denied there was a protest at the time..”

    He was dead for hours dragged through the streets and the Libya doctor spent an hour and a half revising him?

    And no one has been arrested. All those animals busy taking pictures and videoing the entire thing and they are being kept quiet as to not make it easy to hunt down those responsible. Obama is just giving lip service. He won’t do a thing because he is too busy honoring the Libyans.

  11. canary says:

    89.3 KPCC radio:

    ACLU pushes for answers on drone strikes

    By Carrie Johnson | NPR | Sep 19, 2012

    Drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration have killed more than a dozen al-Qaida leaders around the world, in places ranging from Afghanistan to Somalia. In speeches and public appearances, U.S. officials say those attacks are legal and essential to protect the nation’s security.

    But when civil liberties groups asked for more information about targeted killing, the CIA told them it’s a secret.

    On Thursday, they’ll square off in front of a federal appeals court in Washington.

    Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union calls the targeted killing strategy “the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies.”

    “It shouldn’t be the case that with … a program under which the administration is killing suspected terrorists without presenting evidence to any court, killing Americans without presenting evidence to any court, that the only information we have about the program is the information that the administration wants us to have,” he says.

    “I want to make sure that people understand actually drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties,” Obama said during a live video chat sponsored by Google+ in January.

    Jaffer will argue the case for the ACLU. Stuart Delery, the acting chief of the civil division at the Justice Department, will defend the administration’s position. Government lawyers didn’t want to comment on the pending case.

    But former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., told an audience at the Wilson Center this year that it can be tough to draw the lines.

    “The fact that the U.S. conducts targeted strikes using drones has always been something that I as a public official danced around because I knew it had not been officially acknowledged by our government,” Harman said. “I was one of those members of Congress briefed on this program. I have seen the feed that shows how we do these things.”

    Jaffer points out that the Democratic Party ran a video at its political convention in Charlotte, N.C., praising Obama for killing suspected terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki — an American who died in a drone strike in Yemen last year.


    Jameel Jaffer’s name is telling.

    He’d never focus on Libya that would be an easier case, because he’s just trying to make it look like ACLU still exist as they
    have been quiet about the eyeball identification on all American citizens.

  12. captstubby says:

    Obama Campaign Redesigns American Flag
    Sep 19, 2012

    By Todd Starnes

    The Obama campaign is now selling copies of an American flag painting that replaces the 50 stars in a blue field with the president’s campaign logo.

    “Our Stripes: Flag Print” is being promoted on the Obama campaign website. The screen print is designed by Ross Bruggink and Dan Olson.

    The limited-edition print costs $35.

    President Obama’s version of the American flag.

    Another painting resembled an outline of the continental US. The “Our Stripes: Country Print” was designed to look like an American flag, too. Like the other painting, the stars representing the 50 states were removed and replaced with Obama’s campaign logo.”

    I have changed my stand on flag burning.

    • canary says:

      Captstubby, are Obama’s new redesigned American Flags Made in Egypt?

      He raised 4 million blood money at rap party with Jay-Z’s 40,000 dollar dinner plates.
      So, much for feeding the poor.

  13. Curiosity says:

    Chik-Fil-A withdraws funding from traditional marriage groups and kept it quiet for three weeks.

    Chick-fil-A stopped funding traditional-marriage groups in an effort to open a new Chicago restaurant, but the company initially kept quiet about the decision, prompting gay rights groups to speculate that the company feared a backlash from conservative customers.

    The Christian-rooted fast food restaurant agreed to stop funding groups such as Focus on the Family that oppose same-sex marriage in a meeting with the Chicago politician who had been blocking the company’s move there. Chick-fil-A wrote a letter to Alderman Joe Moreno affirming this, according to his spokesman, Matt Bailey, but the company initially wouldn’t allow his office to release the letter to the public. Three weeks later they relented.

    The self-proclaimed “Civil Rights Agenda,” a non-traditional sexuality advocacy group (I’m at a loss for a more-accurate description), still wasn’t satisfied.

    The Civil Rights Agenda was also happy with the move, but said more needs to be done.

  14. canary says:

    Israel News Ynet: Battle of the Films – Egypt: Slew of anti-Zionist films in the works

    Cairo’s al-Gama’a al-Islamiya movement forms new TV channel dedicated to pro-Mohammed, anti-Christianity and Judaism productions

    By Roi Kais 09/18/2012

    Egypt’s Salafi group al-Gama’a al-Islamiya declared Tuesday that it will form a new movement – the “Supporters” – whose sole purpose would be to promote the Prophet Mohammed as a positive religious and social character.

    The method of choice: Producing anti-Zionist and anti-Christian films.

    The “supporters,” he told the newspaper, “Represents devout Muslims and welcomes all newcomers… The movement means to promote a philosophical jihad that would present the true and correct Islamic doctrine.”

    The al-Gama’a al-Islamiya official urged Arabs worldwide to “donate to the cause.”

    Meanwhile, Egypt’s second-largest political movement, the Salafist al-Nur party, said it will produce a movie about the life of Mohammed, titled “what would the world look like without Mohammed.”


    What would the world look like without Mohammed? That will be interesting.

  15. canary says:

    The Sacramento Bee: In Sacramento, Arianna Huffington pushes for a focus on rebuilding America

    By Stephen Magagnini Sept 20, 2012

    “The American dream is really in trouble – America is now No. 10 in the world in upward mobility behind France,” Huffington said at the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s yearly speakers forum.

    “That’s like France being behind us when it comes to croissants and afternoon sex.”

    With tens of millions unemployed and underemployed, and with more college grads entering the work force, Americans have no time to waste to embrace change and find ways to give back, …

    Sheahan said Best Buy didn’t dominate the electronics market – where men spent $200 million – until it realized that women approved 90 percent of the purchases. Then the company asked women employees what it needed to do, and learned to create better signage, more functional labels and clean toilets – a plan that drove sales up $4.4 billion.

    In the afternoon, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney were scheduled to address the crowd.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4839328/in-sacramento-arianna-huffington.html#storylink=cpy


  16. canary says:

    Obama insists murderous attack in Benghazi spontaneous; Libya witnesses insists it was well planned.

    NPR: U.S., Libyan Versions Of Consulate Attack Diverge

    By Dina Temple-Raston Sept 20, 2012

    The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was in flames during an attack on Sept. 11. There are competing narratives on whether the attack was premeditated.

    The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last week has led to dueling versions of what unfolded that night in Benghazi.

    To hear the Obama administration tell it, the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was spontaneous — and staged by local extremists who saw an opportunity to hijack peaceful demonstrations against an offensive film.

    The Libyans have a different view. They say it was a premeditated strike, launched by foreign fighters with ties to al-Qaida.

    Ranking member Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, was skeptical.

    “I have come to the opposite conclusion and agree with the president of Libya that this was a premeditated, planned attack that was associated with the anniversary of 9/11,” she said, adding that classified briefings she had seen supported her conclusion. “I just don’t think that people come to protests equipped with RPG and other heavy weapons. I think the report from the president of Libya is more likely the correct one.”

    Lieberman quickly sided with her, saying, “My own inclination is to agree with Sen. Collins, as I usually do, but I will await the investigation.”

    If the plot were premeditated, the implication is stark: It means the U.S. should or could have stopped it.

    There was already of climate of violence in the city. Heavily armed militias already patrolled the streets and many Islamist militias, like Ansar al-Sharia, the chief suspect in the case, were calling for Libya to impose Shariah law.

    What’s more, there had been at least four attacks on Western targets in Benghazi, including the U.S. consulate, since June.

    When asked if al-Qaida had a hand in the attack, Olsen said that’s something he would rather discuss in a closed session.

    U.S. officials have confirmed that there have been communications intercepts that suggest that al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, may have had a gossamer connection to the attack that night.

    The question of timing is important because there were two separate attacks on U.S. targets in Benghazi that night

    — a fact that has been lost in the reports over the past week. The first attack was on the consulate. But there was another strike, more than a mile away, on a safe house where American consulate employees were hiding while they awaited evacuation from the city.


  17. canary says:

    CNN: Teachers lead kids to chant ‘Death to America’

    Sep 20 2012

    Demonstrations occurred in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, with related developments coming out of the United States and Germany.

    The developments include:

    Children chant ‘Death to America’

    About 100 small children in Karachi repeated anti-American slogans during a protest Thursday in the coastal Pakistani city, a police official said.

    Video showed children repeating an adult voice, “Death to America” and “Any friend of America is a traitor.”

    “Punish the blasphemer,” children chanted. One placard read, “Shut down website of blasphemous film.”

    The children in Karachi — seemingly between the ages of 6 and 8 — demonstrated across from the Karachi Press Club, said Ghulam Qadir, a Karachi police official charged with keeping track of all demonstrations at the club.

    The event was not formal or planned, so authorities didn’t know ahead of time it would happen, he said. In general, Pakistani parents are not informed about every event organized by a school.

    There did not appear to be any parents there.


  18. canary says:

    Obama lying to Mexicans using Spanish language on their TV. Obama personally continues to blame protests in spite of what Carney or anyone says. Hillary says there was plenty of security and no reason for the murdered to fear for their lives.

    DailyMail.uk.co. Ambassador Stevens said he feared increasing threat of al Qaeda

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today there was ‘no basis’ for fears

    By Michael Zennie, Lydia Warren Louis Boyle – 20 Sept 2012

    The White House admitted today it was ‘self-evident’ that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist act – but the President himself refused to use this phrase or confirm al-Qaeda involvement.

    President Obama said on Thursday that extremists used an anti-Islam video as an excuse to assault U.S. interests overseas, including the attack on the consulate.

    Speaking at a candidate forum on the Spanish-language network Univision, Obama said: ‘What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.’

    ‘Not at risk’: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that there was no information ambassador to Libya Chris Steven (right) was on an al Qaeda hit list

    Under the spotlight: Obama was questioned by Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos, left and Maria Elena Salinas, center, at the University of Miami in Florida

    The new revelations were after Hillary Clinton said today there was ‘no information’ that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was on an al-Qaeda hit list despite his alleged fears of an attack.

    Chris Stevens had worried about what he called the ‘never-ending’ security threats in the Libyan city and was concerned about the increasing threats of Islamic extremism and al-Qaeda, CNN reported.

    However the Secretary of State said she had ‘no reason to believe that there’s any basis for that’, referring to a report where a source close to Stevens relayed his concerns.

    Clinton faced questions from members of the House and Senate about the September 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi in a series of closed-door classified briefings on Capitol Hill.

    Concerns: Chris Stevens, pictured speaking to Council member for Misrata Dr. Suleiman Fortia, said he was on an al Qaeda hit list before he was killed in an attack on the Benghazi consulate

    Clinton also announced that, in line with federal law, she will appoint an independent panel to look at circumstances of the attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other employees.

    The so-called Accountability Review Board will be chaired by retired diplomat Thomas Pickering, she said.

    Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said it was ‘clearly a terrorist attack,’ but mortars weren’t used until six, seven hours into the fight.

    Smith added: ‘So it seemed like an armed gang that seized an opportunity.’

    One of the harshest critics of the administration, Senator John McCain, scoffed at the administration’s argument that the video set off the assault.
    ‘I’m stunned that they thought this was some kind of spontaneous demonstration,’ McCain told reporters.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206105/Libyan-attack-U-S-consulate-White-House-admits-raid-act-terror.html#ixzz275N3rv5H
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Nothing like a Hillary Clinton cover-up. Only reason Obama chose her.

  19. Gil says:

    Two notes: The killer leader of the US Ambassador was a US-Backed Libyan Rebel… US tax dollars at work!!
    (The Obama Administration foreign policy bears fruit – the One did this.)
    AND The Libyan attack was led by an Ex-Gitmo Detainee.
    (All this leftist pressure to release Gitmos bears its inevitable fruit.)

    Horror!… Intelligence Officials: Libya Attack Led By Ex-Gitmo Detainee
    Posted by Andrea Ryan on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Intelligence officials now think responsibility for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was at the hands of one man, Sufyan Ben Qumu. He is a member of Al-Qaeda and was a Gitmo detainee, released with the understanding that the Libyan government would continue his imprisonment.

    Via Drudge(url), Fox News(url) reported,

    Intelligence sources tell Fox News they are convinced the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al Qaeda — with a former Guantanamo detainee involved.

    Sufyan Ben Qumu is thought to have been involved and even may have led the attack, Fox News’ intelligence sources said. Qumu, a Libyan, was released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007 and transferred into Libyan custody on the condition he be kept in jail. His Guantanamo files also show he has ties to the financiers behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Leader: Sufyan Ben Qumu, who has known extremist ties, became one of the top commanders of rebel forces in Benghazi. Sufyan Ben Qumu, who was reportedly once Osama bin Laden’s driver, was let out of the US military detention center in Cuba in 2007 and turned over to the government of Muammar Gaddafi on the condition he be kept behind bars. (Daily Mail url)


    Breaking: Suspected Killer of US Ambassador Was Leader of US-Backed Libyan Rebel Forces
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:01 PM

    Two former Afghan Islamists and a former Gitmo detainee led the rebels in Libya.
    The US reportedly trained and armed the rebels in Libya.
    Now, one of the rebel leaders, Sufyan Ben Qumu, is suspected in the murder of US Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    The Wall Street Journal reported (url), quote, “Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden’s holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked charity in Afghanistan, is training many of the city’s rebel recruits.”

    More… (url) During his military service Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu was frequently disciplined for drug and alcohol offenses, absences without leave, and attempted rape.

    At least 27% of former Gitmo prisoners return to terror.


    • canary says:

      Gil, it won’t stop Obama from releasing more terrorists, because no matter what anyone in D.C. or the world tells him, Obama and Hillary are not going to back down from their version it was the film. They are now saying their were attacks on the embassy as far back as April.

      How can Hillary Clinton keep saying that Al-Qaeda didn’t have the U.S. embassy under their hit list. Al-Qaeda helped the rebels over throw the government. Al-Qaeda and all extremist Islamics have children on their on hit list. They are always blowing up their own children in schools and mosques. They blow up innocent people in the U.S. and all over the entire world. Children.

      The Black Panthers in the U.S. originated from the Muslim religion.
      The Black Panthers still fuming with hoodies recently said their goal was to hit nurseries and child care center and kill all the white baby’s.
      Did Americans go ballistic and go after the Black Panthers and try to destroy everyone of the thugs for such a threat.
      Can Obama thank white Americans for not reacting to the Black Panthers’ heinous evil threat to kill babies and children that made it outside the womb? Not a word from Obama on preachers like Rev. Wright who curse America and laughed when 9/11 occurd.
      Obama and his family were there financially supporting Rev. Wright when cheered about 9/11.

      Strange was Obama made his anniversary speech several days before this 9/11 anniversary. I noticed and figured he’d be hunkered in the White House or maybe a fundraiser.

  20. Curiosity says:

    Courtesy of Americans for Taxpayer Reform, via Matt Drudge (like my post above):
    100 Days Until Taxmageddon: Many taxes to go into effect on 1 January

    Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

    Second Wave: Obamacare Tax Hikes

    Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes

    The only bright side is perhaps we’ll see the 47% number go down. Probably not enough though, probably only their check from the government will be smaller.

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