Video: Obama Condemns the “Crashing of the English Embassy” Urges Iranian Government “To Hold Those Accountable To Task”

I’ve been hearing about Obama’s latest dumb gaffe, all day, and was going to let it go – because he sort of caught himself, and tried to correct it with “Embassy of the UK”, (which was also wrong.) I mean, we all misspeak at times, right?

But then I was reminded that the media still wants to paint this guy as having a “professorial disposition” - almost overqualified for the job of President -  the smartest guy in the room -  unlike those Republican yahoos who can barely write their own names, or are “phony, pseudo- intellectuals.”

I was reminded of  how Obama is already breaking fund-raising records and has a compliant MSM willing to push any narrative he wants against his Republican opponents and how 2012 is going to be the dirtiest  presidential election year in United States history, and I thought, “oh, what the hell.”

The Daily Mail’s Simon Tomlinson writes:

A frenzied mob of militant Iranian students ransacked the main embassy in Tehran and a smaller diplomatic compound in the city.

They lobbed petrol bombs, stole classified documents, torched the Union flag and even tore up a portrait of the Queen.

The rioters also chanted ‘Death to England’ and threw rocks. One man held up a Union flag with a skull and cross bones on it.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Obama said: ‘All of us are deeply disturbed by the, err, crashing of, err, the English Embassy, err, the embassy of the United Kingdom.’

By calling it the ‘embassy of the United Kingdom’, he got it wrong a second time.

It appears there has never been an English Embassy, although there have been English ambassadors centuries ago.

Back in 1479, John Shirwood became the first permanent English ambassador when he took up residence in Rome.

Nile Gardiner, a blogger on The Foundry who led the criticism, said: ‘In case the President is unaware, England forms part of Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales, though not Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

‘One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

‘It would be nice if the leader of the free world bothered to look at a map once in a while.’

A YouTube commenter asked, I wonder if anyone at the “English embassy” speaks “Austrian?”

Obama’s statement that “that kind of behavior is not acceptable” is similar to the  Iranian Foreign Ministry’s language which also called the incursions “unacceptable”.  Interesting, considering it’s generally understood that the storming of the British embassy was done under the  nose of the Iranian security apparatus so it must have been tacitly sanctioned, at least by some of the country’s leadership. So his statement  “urging the Iranian government to hold those accountable to task” is kinda absurd.

You want to hear Krauthammer’s take? He called it an  “unbelievably embarrassing statement”, focusing on the “pathetically weak” second half of it:

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Video: ATF Whistleblowers Claim DOJ Retaliation

ATF whistleblowers told Fox News, this morning, that since testifying on Capitol Hill, it’s been all downhill for them. Meanwhile, the executives who oversaw Fast and Furious were either promoted or transferred. Only one person, US Atty in AZ, Dennis Burke has resigned:

Anthony Martin reported on more chicanery that’s been  uncovered in ATF retaliation against whistleblowers earlier this month:

In a letter to Attorney-General Eric Holder yesterday, Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley asked for information on media leaks that were aimed at discrediting the testimony of a key ATF whistleblower–Agent John Dodson. The leak violates the Privacy Act which protects the personal information employers gather on employees, and points to more chicanery on the part of ATF management in retaliating against agents who went public with the agency’s illegal activity.

According to the letter, an employee of the DOJ was forced to resign due to the leak. Issa and Grassley are requesting information on that employee and if other employees had access to a shared computer drive that may have led to the leaked information.

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In addition, Dodson allegedly has already been the recipient of retaliatory action earlier this year. Back in July St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hofmann provided evidence that Dodson was the victim of a smear campaign by his superiors.

And then there is this report submitted by this writer on October 25 indicating a widespread, orchestrated program of retaliation against whistleblowers implemented by ATF supervisors. One agent’s family was placed in lethal danger when his house was set on fire in the middle of the night while his wife and children slept inside. Supervisors had good reason to believe that Hell’s Angels had set the fire in response to the agent’s undercover work that resulted in several arrests. But ATF management never investigated the fire, nor did they do anything about numerous threats the agent received from Hell’s Angels.

The latest revelation concerning the continued attempt to smear agent Dodson by releasing private information protected by the Privacy Act only highlights the fact that retaliatory behavior on the part of ATF management is continuing despite warnings from Issa and Grassley that it be stopped

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, introduced new legislation a few weeks ago to reinforce provisions of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act.
The reinforcement, known at the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, is badly needed in light of Fast and Furious as retaliation against whistleblowers exposing corruption within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF falls under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department) runs rampant.The legislation is bipartisan and is co-sponsored by Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings.
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Issa sent a letter to ATF Deputy Director William Hoover in June warning whistleblowers should not be retaliated against for exposing mismanagement and unscrupulous behavior within the agency or within the Department of Justice.

I write to request your assurance that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) will not retaliate against witnesses who have provided information to this Committee. I make this request in light of the fact that on June 15, 2011, in a hearing before the Committee entitled “operation Fast and Furious: Reckless Decisions, Tragic Outcomes,” three veteran ATF special agents gave testimony highly critical of the ATF. They should not face reprisals of any kind for their testimony. No other ATF employees who cooperate with Congress should face retaliation either.

The Committee relies on whistleblowers to conduct unvarnished and thorough oversight. Witnesses who choose to cooperate with the Committee must be confident that they can provide information without fear of punishment.

You can read about the Jay Dobyns’ case, possibly the worst case of ATF whistleblower retaliation, here. Also, you can read about retaliation against Fast and Furious whistleblower Vince Cefalu here.

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Fox News: ‘Fast and Furious’ Whistleblowers Struggle Six Months After Testifying Against ATF Program:

Six months ago, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stood before Congress to testify about the details of a U.S. government program that armed Mexico’s largest drug cartel with thousands of assault rifles.

The administration denied it at the time and questioned the agents’ integrity. The men were nervous and scared. They said they feared for their careers, their reputation and their families.

“Any attempt to retaliate against them for their testimony today would be unfair, unwise and unlawful,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, warned the Department of Justice.

He and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., began an investigation to determine who authorized “Operation Fast and Furious” and aimed to hold accountable those responsible for a plan that helped known criminals run guns across the border in violation of U.S. and international law.

And while President Obama has said the operation was a mistake and that “people who screwed up will be held accountable,” the record so far does not bear that out. Those in charge of the botched operation have been reassigned or promoted, their pensions intact.

They knew exactly what they were doing – and they should not only be fired – but be indicted for the murders their gunwalking policies facilitated.
But many of those who blew the whistle face isolation, retaliation and transfer.

Case in point, he said, is field agent John Dodson. Dodson uprooted his family from Virginia in 2010 to join a new elite anti-gun trafficking group in Phoenix, known as Group 7. Dodson quickly witnessed what was wrong and loudly voiced his objections to Voth and Newell.

Management reassigned Dodson to weekend duty and the wire room, a relatively boring job monitoring telephone traffic and subordinate to junior agents. Soon thereafter, Dodson was temporarily assigned to another group for an additional menial assignment, until ultimately sent to an FBI Task Force, completely away from the ATF, even turning off his ATF building access pass.

Dodson continued to challenge Voth, saying the operation was killing people in Mexico and suggested it was only a matter of time before a “border agent or sheriff’s deputy” would be killed by one of the guns they let go.

“If you’re going to make an omelet, you’ve got to scramble some eggs,” Voth replied, according to a congressional report.

Voth moved Dodson out of Group 7 shortly before Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot by weapons traced to Fast and Furious. Newell, Gillette and Voth began to cover up their tracks. According to an e-mail 24 hours after Terry was shot, Voth wrote:

“We are charging Avila (Jaime Avila bought the alleged murder weapons) with a stand-alone June 2010 firearms purchase. This way we do not divulge our current case (Fast and Furious) or the Border Patrol shooting case.”

“Great job,” Newell replied.

Dodson first complained internally to the ATF Office of Chief Counsel and Ethics Section, OIG, Office of Special Counsel, and Office of Professional Responsibility. They were unresponsive. Dodson was then contacted by congressional investigators, who began their own investigation.

Because of Dodson, the Terry family hopes to hear the truth about what happened to their son and the American public learned that senior Obama administration officials did nothing to stop guns from reaching an insurgency south of the border.

And what did Dodson get for telling the truth? In Phoenix he was isolated, marginalized and referred to as a “nut job,” “wing-nut” and “disgruntled,” according to sources.

In Washington, ATF command ordered that “Contact with Dodson was detrimental to any ATF career.”

Newell’s Attorney told Fox News that all of this was because “Dodson didn’t want to work weekends.”

Un. be. lievable. In Holder’s ATF, you’re a right-wing nut job  if you think handing over thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords to kill people with is a bad idea.

There are not words in the dictionary strong enough to convey the  scorn I have for lying, commie, rats like Newell et al.

Newtmentum!: New Rasmussen National Poll Has Gingrich Beating Obama 45% to 43%

A new poll just released by Rasmussen, has new Republican front-runner, Newt Gingrich leading Obama in a national poll  by two points:

The Newt Gingrich surge has moved him to the top of the polls in Iowa, big gains in New Hampshire and now a two-point edge over President Obama in a hypothetical general election match-up.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Gingrich attracting 45% of the vote while President Obama earns support from 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The poll was conducted on the 27th, a day before Cain’s latest bimbo erupted. 

Ben Domenech’s analysis of Republican options going forward in the wake of Herman Cain’s implosion is spot on:

Under the first scenario, Newt Gingrich thrives. He laps up Cain’s supporters, who favor him overwhelmingly and distrust Romney to an incredible degree. Caveat that it’s PPP, but these numbers are jarring. http://vlt.tc/tw  Gingrich’s favorability is 73/21; Romney’s is 33/55. Overall, “Gingrich’s net favorability is 73 points better with Cain supporters than Romney’s.” This is borne out by just about every other poll out there. http://vlt.tc/u2  And Erick Erickson was asking his Atlanta area Cain-backing listeners and found that three out of four shifting to Gingrich. This could, as Matt Lewis notes, be a huge factor in coalescing anti-Romney support. http://vlt.tc/tx   Has anyone else noticed that Romney’s numbers have steadily dropped this month? http://vlt.tc/ty  He’s actually averaging closer to 20% now than 25 – the last poll to have him at 25 was in the first week of November. Newt’s moving into a stronger position in New Hampshire now, unlike the other candidates who haven’t taken hold there. http://vlt.tc/ud  He’s approaching 40 percent in South Carolina. http://vlt.tc/v0  Romney’s inner circle knows this is dangerous, and it’s why they’re investing so heavily in Iowa now. http://vlt.tc/uc  Rather than building a coalition, he’s looking more and more like a candidate with a very firm ceiling, and that means he needs an early knockout blow.

Under this scenario, if Gingrich wins Iowa and runs a strong second in New Hampshire, he will absolutely become the Not Mitt, and probably the nominee. The most amazing comeback in the modern era is fulfilled; Bill Clinton laughs; Dave Carney retires to fish in New Hampshire. The GOP base, disgusted with a field they view as unprepared to be president and unserious about policy, goes to the old guy they’d love to see tell Obama to get his shinebox in the debates. Popular sticker at the 2012 convention: “F— it: NEWT.”

Exactly what happened in my case. Read the rest of his post at  The Transom. Like I said - spot on.

MORE:

RS McCain not counting out Cain, yet, takes into account the credibility of his accusers:

Despite all of the obituaries for the Cain campaign, then, what do we know about the three accusers whose names are public?

Everybody keeps saying there’s an awful lot of smoke for there to be no fire, but each of these women has something in her background that tends to taint her credibility. A month into this, and we have no actual proof that Cain did anything wrong.

Weasel Zippers: Allen West: It’s Time For Cain To “Move On”…

(The Hill) — Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he would advise Herman Cain to let voters “move on” from the distraction of his campaign.

Cain told his campaign this week it is time to “reassess” in light of the resurfacing of old sexual harassment allegations and new accusations this week that he carried on a 13-year affair.

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Video: Donald Trump Rails Against “Inconsiderate Obama” For Planning His NYC Fund-Raiser The Same Night As The Xmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center

Donald Trump is ticked off! Just saw this video on Greta Van Susteren of Trump  railing against Obama for planning to have his fundraiser near Rockefeller Center on the same night as the big Christmas Tree lighting.

He smells a rat- “This President is a much different person than most people know…”–and  he thinks it’s selfish and inconsiderate of Obama to do this: “He doesn’t govern –all he does is raise money so he can try to get reelected and put this country further in the hole.”

He concludes, “Stop with the fund-raisers and start running the country, because you are doing one hell of a lousy job!”

AWESOME.

“Gridlock Sam” of NY Daily News  is issuing a “gridlock alert” for Wednesday:

As the 2 p.m. shows let out, theatre-goers will join thousands of tree-goers at Rockefeller Center. Fifth and Sixth Aves., 48th to 51st Sts.,will close as early as 4 p.m. and remain closed past 11 p.m. Several local and express buses will be detoured. Take the 1 train to 50th St. or the N, R to 49th St.

Meanwhile, President Obama touches down at JFK Airport around 5 p.m. Wednesday. He’ll chopper to Wall St. before heading up the FDR Drive (frozen in both directions below 63rd St) and likely to the 42nd St. exit where he’ll then hit three fund-raisers. Here’s your gridlock list. Times are approximate:

n Stop 1: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – upper East Side residence. Freezes on Park/Madison/Fifth Aves., 59th to 79th Sts. in addition to FDR in above paragraph.

n Stop 2: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Washington Square Park area between 10th and 20th Sts. (note: tree lit just before 9 p.m.)

n Stop 3: 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Heads to Sheraton Hotel, Seventh Ave. and 52nd St. Sixth/Seventh Aves. frozen up to 59th St.

n 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: President Obama heads back to Wall St. Heliport for the chopper to JFK. FDR frozen below 63rd St. along with all avenues east of Seventh.

The all-clear won’t be till after 11 p.m. With many buses delayed and detoured while the President motorcades all over Manhattan, the subway will be your best option. I’m also expecting some Occupy Wall Street protesters to hit at least one of the fundraisers. I’ll be tweeting regularly at http://www.twitter.com/GridlockSam.

 

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Sheriff Babeu: Obama and Holder Running For Cover On Fast and Furious + Holder Lashes Out At Daily Caller: “You Guys Need To Stop This”

Sheriff Babeu still outraged over the senseless murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who he notes, served on the border with his brother, blasted Attorney General Holder and President Obama in an interview with NRA News, yesterday.

“They don’t want to take responsibility for things they’ve done that have resulted in the murder of our hero, border patrol agent, Brian Terry.”

“Who speaks for him?”, Babeu demanded. “Who stands up for his rights?”

“These people run for cover. Not the bad guys.  Eric Holder. Obama. None of them having the honor of their office to accept responsibility because they’re in charge – they have the audacity (not of hope) the audacity to say on national TV, “Let’s be careful here, we can’t necessarily connect Fast and Furious to the murder of this agent. Well, let me tell you something, two guns that were found on the scene that murdered Brian Terry were facilitated into the hands of these criminals and were found on that crime scene. That’s what we call in law enforcement, ‘evidence’.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General, back from his taxpayer-funded Caribbean junket, is feeling quite put upon because  a certain conservative blog has been diligently tracking the number of Republicans in Congress demanding he step down:

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday told a reporter with the conservative news website The Daily Caller that the news organization was ginning up calls for him to resign over ATF’s botched Operation Fast and Furious.

The reporter approached Holder after an event at the White House on the federal government’s efforts to combat counterfeit goods.

“You guys need to… you guys need to stop this,” TPM heard Holder tell the reporter. “There’s not a damn thing happening, you guys are behind this.”

That was TPM, by the way, so naturally they use the “botched” descriptor – it was all one big oopsie!  Ryan J. Reilly is also careful to note at the end of his piece that ‘problems with “gun walking” in ATF’s Phoenix office predate the Obama administration.’ Of course. It was Bush’s fault.

Except the operation  in 2006 was much smaller (and was ended as soon as guns were lost), worked with the Mexican Government, and  the ATF actually made an effort to track the guns. Key differences that don’t ever seem to get mentioned by the equivocators. Holder himself knew better than to equivocate the two operations  in his own testimony on Capitol Hill.  

UPDATE:

Now The Daily Caller has their story up – with audio: Holder lashes out at The Daily Caller while refusing to address growing calls for his resignation:

What was actually said:

The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.

Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”

Holder then walked offstage without answering TheDC’s request for comment about calls for his resignation.

SEE ALSO:

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley’s two new blistering commentaries on Operation Fast and Furious and Attorney General Eric Holder’s curious lack of knowledge about that operation’s direct link to the slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last year may signal what awaits Holder next week when he is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee.   Grassley threw a left jab at Holder Monday and followed it up today with a right hook that – if this were a boxing match – might have left the embattled attorney general on the mat. All of this is fascinating Pacific Northwest gun owners, who have been following this story for months here and here, and on other gun rights forums as well.

Keep reading…

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Uncovered Video: Obama Reminisces About His Dear Old Pastor Jeremiah Wright

Back in 2006, Obama just couldn’t find enough good things to say about his beloved pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ.

Kudos to The Daily Caller for finding this little gem of a video, which Republicans will use in 2012 if they have any sense at all, (so don’t count on it)..

Video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller shows Illinois Senator Barack Obama, then campaigning for Democrats before the 2006 midterm elections, praising Reverend Jeremiah Wright and telling an audience that he “stole” the title of his book “The Audacity of Hope” from Wright’s sermon of the same name, which he “loved.” Obama also referred to Wright as “my pastor.”

Of course he referred to Wright as “his Pastor”. He was Obama’s Pastor until the Spring of 2008 when the nation was recoiling in horror at videos revealing all the unholy and outrageous things that had come out of the man’s mouth while Obama was *definitely* not sitting in the pews. Wright was among  the first of many of Obama’s radical pals who ended up under the bus. 

As the Caller notes:

In April 2008, Obama said of Wright, “When he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the United States’s wartime efforts with terrorism, then there are no excuses. They offend me, they rightly offend all Americans, and they should be denounced. And that’s what I’m doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.”

After witnessing 31/2 years of his economy crushing policies,  can America really still believe that Obama’s rejection of Wright’s  anti-Americanism was sincere?

Youtube version of video via The Florida Cracker.
Another blast from the past: Obama calling Wright “a wonderful man” in a 1995 interview:
A video compilation of Obama’s wonderful Pastor in action:
Does any of this matter, given that the Obama campaign seems to be favoring a demographic that excludes working class white voters, anyway?
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.

A recent Gallup Poll has Obama’s Approval Rating Among Independent Voters at 30%…

We need to keep chipping away at that. Why would any Independents still be supporting him at this point?

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Video: Krauthammer Says Frank’s Retirement The Best Thing He’s Ever Done to Prevent Another Crisis

Upon hearing the news of his retirement, today, lots of people have been reminiscing about Barney Frank’s role in the financial crisis, and Charles Krauthammer certainly wasn’t going to let the day go by without getting his digs in.

I think that is how you remember him, the man who said… these two entities Fannie and Freddie are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” Krauthammer said. “It was unaffordable housing. That’s what he was pushing and trying to deflect those who were trying to reign in the entities.”

“Given the reward system in Washington, [the] man who was neglectful at least on the way up, gets to the author of the bill that is supposed to stop it from ever happening again,” he mused. “I would say that the best thing, most important thing he has ever done to prevent the crash ever happening again is what he did today — retire.”

As for Barney’s seat, there is some speculation today,  that thanks to the 2010 redistricting, it could swing Republican. Sean Trende at RCP writes: Race to Replace Frank Could Be Competitive:

Massachusetts lost a seat in the 2010 decennial redistricting. In addition to eliminating that seat, state Democrats wanted to shore up the party’s performance in the former 10th district, in southeastern Massachusetts. As such, Frank’s district was changed fairly dramatically, and about half of it would have been new territory for him. In particular, the district lost some white working-class towns in the southern portion of the state to the 9th district (based on the old 10th), while adding some suburban territory.

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GM Now Offering Free Loaners To “Worried” Volt Owners

The president of GM North America, Mark Reuss  assures consumers “The Volt is a five-star safety car,” but there is still that small matter of  the car’s lithium-ion battery pack which seems to be causing the vehicles to spontaneously burst into flames. It’s a matter of concern for some Volt owners.

MSNBC Bottom Line reports:

General Motors is offering a free GM vehicle loan to any Chevy Volt owner who is worried about the possibility of a battery fire, the company said in a statement Monday.

“Any Volt owner concerned about safety can contact his or her Volt adviser to arrange for a free GM vehicle loan until resolution of the issue,” GM said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that it had begun an investigation to gauge the risk of fire in the electric vehicle in case of a crash. It began the investigation after a Volt battery pack that was being monitored after a government crash test caught fire Thursday. GM was notified of the investigation on Friday.

Some words of wisdom from Don Surber on the “electric Edsel” via Warner Todd Huston at Big Government:

Friend Don Surber has the idea of the Chevy Volt just right, though. Calling the model the “electric Edsel,” Surber notes that the car nobody wants is a bad idea all the way around.

The Volt seems to be a farce of the highest order, Surber notes.

  • Even Thomas Edison couldn’t figure out how to make a useful electric car.
  • The problem the Volt is aimed at “fixing” is problematic because global warming is a farce.
  • Even if global warming did exist, this “fix” is bad because it uses electricity that is generated by fossil fuels anyway.
  • Worse, it takes tax money from us all to give it to the rich in a $7,500 tax credit. Apparently Most buyers of the Volt make $175,000 a year.

Spot on points, for sure. I’ll add one more to the list. It turns out the Chevy Volt gets the same number of hours on a charge that an electric car created in 1896 used to get! Now THAT is progress.

See also:

Seton Motley has more on GM’s “5-star safety car”: Powering Inferno: Chevy Volt and GM Going Down In Flames – Literally:

There were in April two Volt charcoal briquets.  GM said it wasn’t responsible.  And Volt proponents argued that we should wait to hear from experts before jumping to conclusions.

Fair enough.

Ok – a third Volt just recently immolated.  During the requested expert testing – while it was stored in a garage at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing center.

And a fourth Volt just went up in flames in the garage of a Mooresville, North Carolina home.  Which led the local power company to issue a warning:

Duke Energy officials want anyone who has a charging station to stop using it until they know the devices are safe.

Again, we don’t yet know for sure that the Volt charging stations are to blame.  It may (also) be the batteries.

As GM themselves inadvertently indicated.

General Motors believes the (NHTSA) fire occurred because NHTSA did not drain the energy from the Volt’s battery following the (test) crash, which is a safety step the automaker recommends, GM spokesman Rob Peterson said.

So emergency personnel, arriving upon the scene of accidents involving a Volt, must add to their list of responsibilities – draining the stupid electric car batteries?

Yes.

The fire’s cause – the battery puncture — led to questions about whether other automakers require batteries to be discharged of their energy following major crashes, the NHTSA official said. In addition, regulators are exploring protocols for who would do that – firefighters who respond first, for instance – and how quickly should they do it.

So said crisis workforce may have to prioritize draining Volt batteries above other things – like saving victims’ lives.

Emergency personnel may have to save drivers and passengers from their car batteries – before they save them from their injuries.

If they are able to do so before the batteries burst into flames.

Fantastic.

GOP Follies: Romney’s Flip Flops and Cain’s Flame

First the flip flops – this four minute long compilation is exhaustive and damning, and precisely why I’ve never cottoned to this guy:

As for Cain – ugh – game over, dude, GAME OVAH: Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain:

- An Atlanta businesswoman is breaking her silence, claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had a story to tell.

“I’m not proud,” White told Russell. “I didn’t want to come out with this. I did not.”

White was worried a political tsunami was headed her way. So, she decided to head it off, by confessing she was involved in a 13-year-long affair with presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

“It was pretty simple,” White said. “It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

Ginger White says she met Herman Cain in the late 90s in Louisville, Kentucky, when as president of the National Restaurant Association, he made a presentation. She was impressed. She says they shared drinks afterwards and he invited her back to his hotel room.

“’I’d like to see you again,’” White said Cain told her. “’You are beautiful to me, and I would love for us to continue this friendship.’”

She says in his hotel room, he pulled out a calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. She accepted, and she says the affair began.

“He made it very intriguing,” White told FOX 5. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.”

She says he gave her his newly-published book, Leadership is Common Sense, and he wrote: “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.”

She says during the next 13 years, he would fly her to cities where he was speaking and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant. She says he never harassed her, never treated her poorly, and was the same man you see on the campaign trail.

“Very much the same, very much confident, very much sure of himself,” White said, describing Cain. “Very arrogant in a playful sometimes way. Very, ah — Herman Cain loves Herman Cain.”

When his new book, CEO of SELF, came out in 2001, she says Cain once again autographed it for her writing, “Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus.”

When asked if it was fair to say the relationship is going on even now, White said, “I think it is safe to say that after this interview, that will be the end of it. Yes, we have a friendship now.”

Cain’s statement about the affair, here.

That’s enough for me. Even though this was consensual, it puts all of his denials about his past alleged sexual misconduct into question as far as I’m concerned.

Gingrich should get a pretty decent bump out of this.

UPDATE:

Verum Serum has video of Cain responding to allegations of the affair on CNN.

I’m not impressed. I think at this point we should be thanking The Politico for getting the ball rolling on the vetting process for Cain, and those of us who slammed their writers for penning a “hit piece”  should be offering them our sincerest apologies. Yes, a double standard exists, but I’d rather know this stuff about our candidates before the general – not after.

UPDATE II:

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this latest “eruption” also has a checkered past:

We received a phone tip from someone who knew Ginger White. That person claimed Ms. White was having an affair with Herman Cain. The tipster also called a number of other national media outlets who reached out to her. White told FOX 5, she felt trapped.

“I wanted to give my side, before it was thrown out there and made out to be something filthy,” said White. “Some people will look at this and say that is exactly what it is. I’m sorry for that.”

And so she talked. Before our interview, we checked into Ginger White’s background. We found she filed a sexual harassment claim against an employer in 2001. That case was settled.

We also found a bankruptcy filing nearly 23 years ago in Kentucky, and a number of eviction notices here in DeKalb County over the past six years. The most recent happened this month.

Ms. White says she has been unemployed, and she is a single mom with two kids struggling to make ends meet.

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We also found a lawsuit filed by a former business partner, Kimberly Vay, who once sought a “stalking temporary protective order” against Ms. White for “repeated e-mails/texts threatening lawsuit and defamation of character.” The case was dismissed; but was followed by a libel lawsuit against Ms. White. A judge entered an order in favor of Kimberly Vay because Ms. White failed to respond to the lawsuit.

When asked why, under those circumstances, her claims against Cain should be believed, White said, “Because I admit it. Whatever happened with Kim happened. Just as there would make no sense for me to come out with these allegations against Herman if it absolutely wasn’t true.”

Her attorney, Ed Buckley, says she didn’t answer the lawsuit because she didn’t know about it, and she thought her business dispute had been settled with negotiations.

Ginger White says she expects to be scrutinized and attacked by Herman Cain and the media, but she felt she needed to tell her story before anyone else told it for her.

“I didn’t want to do this, but it was something I felt at the end of the day was the right thing to do,” said White. “Is it going to hurt a lot people? Yes. I’m sure I will be one of them.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

The White House Visitor Log Document Dump

You probably missed it because it happened on Black Friday when most people’s minds were on other things.

It didn’t escape Michelle Malkin’s notice, though.

On Black Friday, the White House released more visitor log info — trumpeting disclosures it has fought tooth and nail.

I’ve started looking through the data. And you can, too, right here (suggestion: click on the release date and arrange with newest entries first – they’re dated 11/22/2011):

A couple of things that jumped out at Michelle:

This August 5, 2011 visit to the president by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and her party of 7 (click for full size)

She made no mention of the visit on her Aug. 5 show. What did she and POTUS discuss? Just wondering…

Fun fact: According to the White House logs, this was Maddow’s fifth trip to the White House — and fourth to see the president personally.

Maddow’s specialty is making outrageous, false and hence libelous claims about conservatives, and then chirpily issuing corrections only when called out, (unless she’s too embarrassed to show up when the truth finally catches up to her liberal fantasies.)

Rachel’s a good little apparatchik who probably makes these visits to see how she can better serve her master.

Another busy bee: Convicted felon, Huffington Post/Alinskyite agitator, and husband of Illinois Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Robert Creamer.

According to the newly released records, Creamer was at the White House five times in August 2011 meeting with various officials, including Jon Carson, Cecilia Munoz, and Stephanie Cutter. He’s listed nearly 60 times in visitor logs since the start of the administration.

Well isn’t that special? Robert Creamer - ring a bell?

  • Served 5 months in prison (and 11 months in house arrest) for tax evasion and bank fraud
  • While in prison, he wrote a book that later served as a blueprint for Democrat proposals for universal health care.
  • Calls for the “democratization of wealth” in America, and for “progressive control of governments around the world”
  • Advocates amnesty for illegal aliens

Born in 1948, Robert Creamer is the husband of Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky. He formerly served as executive director of the Illinois Public Action Fund (where his wife was the program director), and subsequently as a leader of Citizen Action/Illinois. He was also a lobbyist for George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Today Creamer heads the Strategic Consulting Group, a political consultancy whose list of clients includes ACORN, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the AFL-CIO, the United Steelworkers Union of America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and dozens of other leftist or Democratic Party state organizations.

Pursuant to an FBI investigation, Creamer in 2006 was indicted for bank fraud and tax evasion. During his trial, he received some 200 letters of support from such notables as Richard Durbin, Carol Browner, Jesse Jackson, and David Axelrod. Creamer ultimately was sentenced to five months in federal prison plus eleven months of house arrest. Upon his sentencing, he publicly pledged: “For the rest of my life I will continue to do whatever I can to work for social and economic justice.”

While incarcerated — or on “forced sabbatical,” as he called it — Creamer wrote a 628-page political manual titled Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (published in 2007). In the Acknowledgements section of the book, Creamer stated that his political views had been deeply influenced by “the legendary community organizer” Saul Alinsky.

Stand Up Straight! advanced the notion that the Democratic Party could win a permanent majority in Congress by doing the following:

  • passing a national health care bill, thereby turning more people into wards of an ever-expanding government, and of the party that works to grow government; and
  • giving amnesty to all illegal immigrants, thereby creating, virtually  overnight, a large new constituency of Democratic voters.

The author conceded that his desire “to reshape the structure of one-sixth of the American economy” (i.e., the health care sector) was contingent upon the Democrats being able to control 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, and upon the election of a “progressive Democrat” to the White House – conditions that could, in Creamer’s estimation, be achieved by the year 2009. Notably, his book was effusive in its praise of then-Senator Barack Obama.

Creamer’s book advocated a “public plan” that would guarantee every U.S. resident’s “right” to health care; this plan eventually would serve as a model for the “public option” in subsequent legislative proposals by Congressional Democrats.

This guy visited five times in August alone, and sixty times since Obama’s election. Amazing. He and the President must have some things in common – i.e. a fondness for Saul Alinsky, the “democratization of wealth” in America, and for “progressive control of governments around the world”. I wonder if he’s also a golfing buddy.

As Malkin notes, it’s up to conservatives to  “crowd-source” the White House visitor log data, as WaPo and the NYTimes can’t be bothered with such trivialities. We’re not talking about mining for dirt in Sarah Palin’s private emails, or anything.

UPDATE!:

Ho! Doug Ross found something….Red Alert: Deputy AG Behind Fast and Furious Met With President Obama Four Times During The Height Of The Operation:

Item 1: In March of 2011, President Obama denied knowledge of ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ — the Justice Department program that sent thousands of murder weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

Item 2: According to documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler was keenly aware of all aspects of Operation Fast and Furious as early as March 2010. In a letter to A.G. Holder, Chairman Issa wrote… (hit link for rest.)

Item 3: Newly released White House Visitor Logs list Grindler as having visited the White House 40 times, but only four times with the President himself. All four meetings with the President occurred over a two-week period, between 7 May 2010 and 19 May 2010.

MORE:

Gay Patriot notes the galling double standard as a Washington Post reporter  “crowdsources” for dirt on Newt on Twitter: Did Washington Post ever look for outlandish/incorrect predictions and quotes from Barack Obama’s past?

Think about the profound impact and historical significance of being the reporter who nails down the Obama White House’s involvement in Fast and Furious. Your work would contribute to an epic house cleaning not only in the White House, but the DOJ, and ATF which need a complete fumigation. The impact would be felt for years to come.

But would that help The Party? No – Must. Stop. Newt….must. protect. Precious….

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and Gay Patriot, thanks!

“Does Obama Really Want To Win?” (Is The Pope Catholic?)

Joseph Curl of The Washington Times asks the question – “Does Obama really want to win?”

There are only two ways to look at the Obama re-election campaign right now: Either the upstart candidate who stunned the world when he defeated the Clinton machine to capture the Democratic nomination three years ago has lost every bit of that massive mojo, or the bruised and battered president, after three years in office, just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office.

How else to explain the nonstop missteps, the stammering and stuttering campaign, not to mention the brazen attacks on American voters, who, he has said, have “fallen behind,” lost their “ambition and imagination,” gotten “lazy” and “a bit soft” – this is a guy seeking the support of America?!

For the past 36 months, Americans have hoped for the best. But it hasn’t turned out that way. In fact, some argue that Mr. Obama actually made the economy worse – the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said last week that his 2009 stimulus package may have sustained as few as 700,000 jobs at its peak and that over the long run it will be a net drag on the economy.

But then, this. The president, traveling the country purportedly to look for votes in 2012, decided to lecture the American people on their shortcomings: fat, lazy, stupid. And now, he’s channeling – of all people – Jimmy Carter.

Given all of the President’s missteps, Curl is leaning toward the ” he just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office” side.

Chris Matthews recently bellowed, “he (Obama) has not said one thing about what he would do in the second term.” Curl assures us that is “because he doesn’t really want one. And Americans seem ready to oblige.”

Yea! The end of an error.

And yet -  at the possibility Obama could step aside to let Hillary run in his stead, (as some are suggesting), Curl said: “Of course, Mr. Obama’s hubris will not allow such a move.” His hubris would not allow the Hillary ploy, but it would somehow allow for  his crushing defeat in 2012?

I don’t think so.

All the signs I’m seeing say Obama is going for broke. He wants to win, and he wants to win badly. He’s in constant campaign mode – demagoguing instead of leading – a strategy Charles Krauthammer called “brilliant” during the debt ceiling squabbles, last summer:

President Obama assailed the lesser mortals who inhabit Congress for not having seriously dealt with a problem he had not dealt with at all, then scolded Congress for being even less responsible than his own children. They apparently get their homework done on time.

My compliments. But the Republican House did do its homework. It’s called a budget. It passed the House on April 15. The Democratic Senate has produced no budget. Not just this year, but for two years running. As for the schoolmaster-in-chief, he produced two 2012 budget facsimiles: The first (February) was a farce and the second (April) was empty, dismissed by the CBO as nothing but words untethered to real numbers.

Obama has run disastrous annual deficits of around $1.5 trillion while insisting for months on a “clean” debt-ceiling increase, (i.e. with no budget cuts at all). Yet suddenly he now rises to champion major long-term debt reduction, scorning any suggestions of a short-term debt-limit deal as can-kicking.

The flip-flop is transparently political. A short-term deal means another debt-ceiling fight before Election Day, a debate that would put Obama on the defensive and distract from the Mediscare campaign to which the Democrats are clinging to save them in 2012.

A clever strategy it is: Do nothing (see above); invite the Republicans to propose real debt reduction first; and when they do — voting for the Ryan budget and its now infamous and courageous Medicare reform — demagogue them to death.

And then up the ante by demanding Republican agreement to tax increases. So: First you get the GOP to seize the Left’s third rail by daring to lay a finger on entitlements. Then you demand the GOP seize the Right’s third rail by violating its no-tax pledge. A full-spectrum electrocution. Brilliant.

We see Obama’s non-stop fund-raising tour, his  “dinner with Barack” raffle tickets for $3.00 a pop,  the  “Made in the USA” Mugs and Tee Shirts sale and even  fund-raising through intimidation:

The Obama campaign is testing a new approach to fundraising, blasting out emails that ever-so-gently shame supporters into donating.

Before the end of the third-quarter fundraising deadline last month, the campaign sent around specially tailored messages to those on their email list who hadn’t yet contributed to President Obama’s 2012 reelection fund. Campaign Manager Jim Messina urged them to chip in, by pointing out how many of their neighbors had already done so. 

And surely we haven’t already forgotten the President’s lavish and unseemly birthday/fund-raising bash, last August?

Then there’s Axelrod’s underhanded maneuverings in Chicago – his dirty pawprints all over the Herman Cain sexual harassment smear:
Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country — Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. — but never in Chicago.So it’s curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O’Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain’s short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he’s alleged to have been a sexual predator.

It’s been four weeks since Politico broke the story of accusations against Herman Cain

After hundreds of articles at Politico, what do we know about the specific evidence against Herman Cain which gave rise to Politico’s original reporting?: Nothing. Truly incredible.

Obama halted deportations by Executive fiat, last August, in a move that the cynical among us see has helpful toward his reelection:
Hispanic voters are a key voter bloc as Mr. Obama seeks re-election next year, but many of them felt he broke his promise to them to work on legislation once he took office. Thursday’s move already was paying dividends as Hispanic advocacy groups praised the steps.
 Every move Obama makes, now,  is designed to frame the debate for his reelection.

As Krauthammer says, “Everything he does is about campaigning. He gave up the governance phase of this term about three months ago.”

Curl may be  confusing Obama’s purported lack of political ambition with his  oft-noted “depression”, and the fact that he’s not a “people person”, (as beltway insiders now openly  attest .) Obama is a narcissistic Marxist with a sad, and dysfunctional background – of course he’s a little unstable — or seriously disturbed according to psychologist, Robin from Berkeley:

…Obama will not change. He will not learn from his mistakes. He will not grow and mature from on-the-job experience. In fact, over time, Obama will likely become a more ferocious version of who he is today.

Why? Because this is a damaged person. Obama’s fate was sealed years ago growing up in his strange and poisonous family. Later on, his empty vessel was filled with the hateful bile of men like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers.

Obama will not evolve; he will not rise to the occasion; he will not become the man he was meant to be. This is for one reason and one reason alone:

He is not capable of it.

If that’s not enough to put a chill up your spine, there’s also this: Obama likes to tell his fund-raising audiences that he’s only about 60% done enacting the “transformational change” he promised us in 2008:

“A lot of the things that we promised we’d do, we’ve done,” Obama said, citing healthcare reform and ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy preventing gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military.

“I carry around a little checklist, and I think we’ve got about 60 percent of it done so far. And that’s not bad for three years, because I need another five.”

Any thoughts that he’s not serious about winning in 2012 is wishful thinking at best.

RELATED:

PJ Media: For 2012, Be Wary of Obama’s Ties to Corrupt Project Vote The ACORN affiliate has been repeatedly convicted of voter fraud.

Despite the corrupt and fraudulent activities of ACORN and Project Vote, President Obama has already dubbed the voter registration part of his 2012 campaign as … “Project Vote.” This is not surprising, given his history with Project Vote.

As an alert reader of PJ Media discovered, former state Senator Barack Obama made a great deal of his relationship with Project Vote when he was running for Congress. He ran a one-minute radio ad about utility blackouts in which he bragged about having “headed up Project Vote, registering over 100,000 minority voters.” He ran a second radio ad about his taking on the health insurance industry where he again boasted of “working as a community organizer” and turning down high-paying corporate jobs after law school “to become a civil rights lawyer” and to “head up” Project Vote.

Obama was in on the ground floor when Project Vote was organized, and was proud of it in 2004.  Project Vote certainly returned the favor: all of the evidence indicates that Project Vote did everything it could to get Barack Obama elected in 2008, abusing its supposed nonprofit, nonpartisan status.

The testimony of former employees like Anita MonCrief also reveals that ACORN and Project Vote’s misfeasance is a longstanding problem. A question that has never been answered is how much Obama knew about (and was involved in) Project Vote’s misdeeds and internal policies when, as his ads claim, “he headed up” the organization.

Project Vote’s long history of lawlessness does not seem to have embarrassed the president, given he is using the same name for his election campaign’s voter registration project. The real question is whether Project Vote will get away with the same kind of abuses in the 2012 election, and whether the president’s campaign will be a willing partner.

Of course Liberals will tell you that voter fraud is just a figment of right-wing imaginations, so nothing to see here.

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Sunday link-around

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been busy busy busy shopping with gusto for the past couple of days. I got the last X Box 360 on sale at Sears, after coming up empty at Walmart. O the humanity for the person who was behind me. As I noted in my Friday post, I’m too lazy to get up early enough to get the big, “door buster”  sales. I just got lucky on the X-Box.

I’ve been shopping at the big box stores, and the small locally owned stores in our historic  downtown – I like them all.

And we’ve also started decorating already at my house. I’ve got one tree up – two more to go.

So anyway, I was going to just throw out some more videos, like yesterday, but there are some good posts out there, too, that I’d like to share.

HotAirPundit found this awesome video from 1994 of Mitt Romney gushing about you’ll never guess who – a Pizza magnate who had recently made a name for himself by challenging President Clinton on the economics of HillaryCare.

HAP also posted the Cain video from ’94 in case you haven’t seen it, yet.

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Another great video featuring Newt, who wants to do Lincoln/Douglas style debates with Obama, (allowing him the  use of TOTUS – “because it has to be fair.”) He also said “I actually do study history, and unlike the President, I study AMERICAN history.” Via The Shark Tank:

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Speaking of DB, (ask Tammy Bruce what that stands for), what’s he been up to as our unemployment numbers risk doubling the Great Depression’s, the Euro teeters on collapse, we hear rumors of war in Pakistan and Iran, and watch the “Arab Spring” devolve into  a crazed, demented, Jew hating, female journalist-raping Islamic Winter? What does he do? Well lots, it turns out:

(Pics via Weasel Zippers)

Daily Mail: Obama buys book on America’s ‘failed war on terror’

White House Dossier: Obama Plays Golf for the 30th Time This Year

AP: President Obama just a fan at this basketball game

Yeah, there’s another pic of the other half giving one of her classic, bored and disgusted looks. Pretty much what we expect, in other words.

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Depressing read, but important: Caroline Glick, Big Peace: Calling Things by Their Proper Names:

Next month, America’s long campaign in Iraq will come to an end with the departure of the last US forces from the country.

Amazingly, the approaching withdrawal date has fomented little discussion in the US. Few have weighed in on the likely consequences of President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw on the US’s hard-won gains in that country.

After some six thousand Americans gave their lives in the struggle for Iraq and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on the war, it is quite amazing that its conclusion is being met with disinterested yawns.

The general stupor was broken last week with The Weekly Standard’s publication of an article titled, “Defeat in Iraq: President Obama’s decision to withdraw US troops is the mother of all disasters.” The article was written by Frederick and Kimberly Kagan and Marisa Cochrane Sullivan. The Kagans contributed to conceptualizing the US’s successful counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq, popularly known as “the surge,” that president George W. Bush implemented in 2007.

In their article, the Kagans and Sullivan explain the strategic implications of next month’s withdrawal. First they note that with the US withdrawal, the sectarian violence that the surge effectively ended will in all likelihood return in force.

Keep reading.

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Good news from The American Thinker: Scientists in Revolt against Global Warming: (finally, like all great frauds this one will soon be relegated to the ash-heap of history) -

President Obama has spoken out passionately on the danger of developing oil and gas because of man-made global warming.  “What we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return.  And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.”

Obama calls for the debate to end.  He cites hurricanes as proof: “dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real.  Not only is it real — it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.”

Happily, our president is wrong.  The worst hurricanes were in 1926, the second-worst in 1900.  The world’s top hurricane experts say that there is no evidence that global warming affects storms.  There is no such thing as a man-made hurricane.  Storm cycles and long patterns of bad weather are entirely natural.  Yet this good news is suppressed by our politicized media.  We hear only one side.

More and more scientists are revolting against the global warming consensus enforced by government funding, the academic establishment, and media misrepresentation.  They are saying that solar cycles and the complex systems of cloud formation have much more influence on our climate, and account for historical periods of warming and cooling much more accurately that a straight line graph of industrialization, CO2, and rising temperatures.  They also point out that the rising temperatures that set off the global warming panic ended in 1998.

Read the whole thing. The truth is coming out, as more and more government funded hacks are exposed.

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Have you seen this amazing picture, yet? Meet “Hero”, a fallen soldier’s dog, who was rescued from Iraq…

Read the story at ABC News: Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog

Still on the Cain Train is The Other McCain: Cain on CNN: ‘In Terms of the Mechanics of the Campaign, Nothing’s Gone Wrong’.

All the latest, plus videos.

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The left needs to have an appointed right-wing boogey-man so their  mobs know where to direct their unhinged venom. Rush Limbaugh,  Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, the Koch bros, and the Tea Party, have all taken turns being the Democrats’  Emmanuel Goldstein du jour. Lately it’s the unassuming Glover Norquist’s turn.

 

Charles Krauthammer debunks The Grover Norquist tax myth:

Democrats are unanimous in charging that the debt-reduction supercommittee collapsed because Republicans refused to raise taxes. Apparently, Republicans are in the thrall of one Grover Norquist, the anti-tax campaigner, whom Sen. John Kerry called “the 13th member of this committee without being there.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid helpfully suggested “maybe they should impeach Grover Norquist.”

With that, Norquist officially replaces the Koch brothers as the great malevolent manipulator that controls the republic by pulling unseen strings on behalf of the plutocracy.

Nice theory. Except for the following facts:

(Okay, I lied – a lot of fun.)
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An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya finds the administration broke the law.The investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, shows at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries (known as the Siljander Amendment).

The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department during the 2010 constitutional referendum in Kenya.

“The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya,” said Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

You don’t say.  Obama circumvented the law in order to further another left-wing policy. Knock me over with a feather.

Your Sunday Hymn: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

A quiet and contemplative arrangement by composer/performer Lewis A. Kocher becomes the “still, small voice of Advent”, hauntingly beautiful:

 

The Torch Kids do a lovely job singing the Advent favorite:

And here it is in Chinese- (Greetings from Hong Kong):

Lyrics in Chinese, English & Spanish:

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Saturday Movie Matinee – Reconsider Sarah

 The Other McCain: SARAH PALIN 2012/ RECONSIDER/ EARTHQUAKE:

via Surber, here is the ad:

He says:
My take on it is simple: If she is on the ballot in the West Virginia primary in May, I shall vote for her. She is my first choice.

 Moonbattracker: Occu-FAIL: Black Friday occupation in Nashville fails to impress:

See also:

Breitbart TV: #OccuFail: ‘Occupy Black Friday’ Accomplishes Nothing

Via Dri at AoSHQ:Anyone Need a Bear Hug?

 Moonbattery:Mark Levin Show: Death Panels Will Be A Reality With Obamacare:

A neurosurgeon, vetted by Levin’s staff, calls Mark and talks about what he knows about Obamacare Death Panels. From 11/22/11.

 iOWNTHEWORLD: Darwin Award Winner: Kid applies for job at a hobby store – steals gun:

Darwin Award first runner up: The Santa Clarita Police Dept, who, a week after the incident, are still investigating?  Even with the resume as evidence and after KTLA News tracked the teen down? Hokay….

Also viaiOWNTHEWORLD: Military Reunions with Man’s Best Friend: Dogs Welcoming Home Their Owners from Deployment:

Via The Other McCain:Incredible 10-Year-Old Mexican Singer Rocks the World With Music Video:

McCain has more on the young singer, here.

Via Townhall: Michael Reagan:My Dad Would Support Newt’s Position On Illegal Immigration:

Ron Paul Tied With Herman Cain In Iowa According To PAC-Sponsored Poll

Ron Paul has been campaigning aggressively in Iowa, and it looks like his hard work may be paying off. He’s now tied with Herman Cain in Iowa, with Newt Gingrich coming in a close second.

A poll on Monday of Iowa likely GOP caucusgoers paid for by a political action committee that supports presidential candidate Ron Paul shows Paul in the lead, tied with Herman Cain at 22 percent.

Read the full report

Newt Gingrich is next at 21 percent, and Mitt Romney’s in fourth at 17 percent, according to the automated telephone poll taken Nov. 21.

It was paid for by Revolution PAC, a super PAC that backs Paul that can accept unlimited donations from corporations and individuals.

Please don’t tell me that Ron Paul is the latest “flavor of the month.”

RELATED:

Herman Cain sat down with The Washington Times to talk foreign policy.

One of the digs at Ronald Reagan before he was president was that he lacked a keen grasp of foreign policy. The former actor and California governor had never had to grapple with those questions firsthand. Surely, critics argued, he couldn’t match the abilities of people with real-world experience like George H.W. Bush or John Connally. Once in office, Reagan demonstrated that principle and vision could more than make up for inexperience. He had a good plan and stuck to it; the rest was just a matter of details.

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Mr. Cain doesn’t believe it’s the mission of the United States to “play nicey-nice.” The world is a much tougher place than that and needs a more serious approach. He noted that one of the contenders at the Nov. 22 Republican debate said America should be friends with Pakistan. “I reject that,” Mr. Cain made clear. “We must not make them our friend. We must make them respect us.” No matter who wins the presidency next year, we need a commander in chief who would rather command respect than submit an apology.

I couldn’t agree more. I think we’ve all had enough of the present POTUS’s bowing and scraping at world leaders. It doesn’t lead to a safer world, but a more unstable one, because when our enemies no longer respect us, problems ensue. Ron Paul’s thinking on foreign policy is too dangerously isolationist for me to consider him in the primaries.

UPDATE:

Charles Krauthammer on Ron Paul’s isolationism: “Ron Paul is living in the 1920′s.”

Herman Cain tells Piers Morgan which of the other GOP candidates he most respects and which one he most disrespects:

Hat tip: Charles B.

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