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Facebook Censors Navy SEALS to Protect Obama on Benghazi-Gate? Legitimate or deliberate interference with a political campaign?

Is Facebook serving as an agent of the Administration, to the extent of banning protected public speech and compiling dossiers on Americans for use by government? 

Facebook Censors Navy SEALS to Protect Obama on Benghazi-Gate

Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi.

The message was contained in a meme which demonstrated how Obama had relied on the SEALS when he was ready to let them get Osama bin Laden, and how he had turned around and denied them when they called for backup on Sept 11.

I spoke with Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc -- the media company that handles SOS postings and media production. Ward was the one who personally put the Navy SEAL meme up, and the one who received the warning from Facebook and an eventual 24 hour suspension from Facebook  because Ward put the meme back up after Facebook told him to take it down.

Here's what Ward told me: 

We created and posted this meme on Saturday after news broke that Obama had known and denied SEALS the backup they requested. 

Once the meme was up it garnered 30,000 shares, approx. 24,000 likes, and was read by hundreds of thousands of people -- all within 24 hrs. On Sunday, I went into the SOS Facebook page to post something else and found a warning from Facebook that we had violated Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities with our meme. So I copied the warning, put it on the meme as as caption, and re-posted the meme to the Facebook page.

Along with the re-posted meme, Ward put a link to the Facebook "feedback comment" inbox so visitors to the SOS page could send a message to Facebook if they were as outraged over the meme being jerked down as he was. 

Ward said Facebook pulled the re-posted meme down within 7 or 8 hours and suspended the SOS account for 24 hours. In other words, Facebook put the Navy SEALS in timeout in order to shield Obama. How low can you go? <Source: Facebook Censors Navy SEALS to Protect Obama on Benghazi-Gate>

Bottom line …

Facebook needs to explain which terms of service were violated, how it was determined that this was a violation, who, if anyone complained, and who was responsible for the decision to pull down this message. While Facebook is a public company controlled by a few individuals, they are still vulnerable to public opinion and shareholder directives to dump their stock. It is one thing to censor political information – it is entirely another to jump in bed with a corrupt government.

-- steve

Pick one …

From Facebook …

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



A Message from the Greatest Generation (NSFW) -- DISGUSTING DEMOCRATS AS THEY REALLY ARE: Michael Moore, Moveon.org shamefully use senior citizens to divide America

Once again we see the fine hand of George Soros and his minions, Michael Moore and Moveon.org using senior citizens to further divide America and generate chaos – right out of the socialist/communist Alinsky Rules for Radicals playbook …

Caution, this contains language typical of manipulated democrats who have been spoon-fed their lines …  

How radical democrats think … 

Michael Moore, Moveon.org video features dirty-mouthed old people lambasting Republicans, Romney

Liberal film producer Michael Moore is out with a new “NSFW” (not safe for work) Moveon.org campaign ad featuring elderly nursing home residents cursing and describing the dirty things they will do if the Republican Party and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney win the election. <Source: VIDEO: Old people will 'cock punch' Mitt Romney if he wins | The Daily Caller>

Bottom line …

Democrats claim to have the most ethical, transparent and accountable administration ever … but it is all a BIG LIE. They are attempting to balkanize Americans by race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual preference, religion, age and class for their own devious purposes. They are dividers, not uniters and no President has ever radicalized racial tensions like Barack Hussein Obama.

Time to throw these corrupt, incompetent rascals out before they destroy America from within – the goal of their international socialist/communist masters. Vote for American on November 6, 2012 – not against America.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ANOTHER BENGHAZI THEORY SURFACES TO PROTECT PRESIDENT OBAMA: IT WAS AN AMBUSH!

Once more we are finding that the lack of transparency and accountability in the White House is generating tremendous amounts of spin – perhaps enough spin to deflect from Obama’s dismal economic record and to keep the media buzzing for the weeks leading up to the election.

The latest supposition is that American troops were not sent to aid the stricken Ambassador and others because it was a trap – an ambush around the compound just waiting for American rescuers to arrive to turn the entire rescue attempt into another “Blackhawk Down.”

Here is some of the latest media reporting which raises fundamental questions about Obama and his fellow traveler’s competence in foreign affairs and his ability to serve as the Commander-n-Chief … 

Gun-running to the contras …

The U.S. mission, when the mainstream media have discussed the Benghazi attacks at all, has been referred to as a consulate or embassy, but it’s become clear as more information comes out that it was anything but. It seems that it was part of a CIA operation to coordinate the funneling of heavy weapons and Islamist fighters, including al-Qaida-linked terrorists, to Syria through Turkey.

Arming our enemies …

The dirty, open secret of the Arab Spring is that the “democracy” movements across the Mideast were all instigated by the Obama Administration through proxies, relying heavily on jihadists, the very people our troops have been fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The Arab Spring was nothing more than mass regime change in multiple countries by President Obama, who no doubt thought he was going to wind up being the big man in control at the end of all the violence.

Obama’s lack of leadership and competent advisors …

It hasn’t worked out that way. The Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of Obama’s fundamentally weak, narcissistic character to put its own people in charge. Obama thought he was using the Muslim Brotherhood, but it is actually the other way around.

If it wasn’t those who claimed responsibility, could it have been Iran?

Why would the Muslim Brotherhood kill the golden goose that was giving it arms, money and support in its quest to establish a regional caliphate?

The group that claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, the two SEALs and another American is called Ansar al-Sharia. Some Ansar al-Sharia’s soldiers are the same soldiers Stevens had helped organize and arm in the U.S.-led effort to overthrow Moammar Gadaffi.

As far back as April, Saudi Arabian officials had accused Iran of providing monetary and materiel support to Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen. Likewise in Libya, Iran pulled the strings of Ansar al-Sharia, which after the downfall of Gadaffi was essentially a mercenary group allowed free reign in the country.

When Ansar al-Sharia attacked the U.S. mission, it was Iran giving the orders, according to the Canada Free Press.

Is this a justification for the United States to justify aid and materiel support to Israel in order to attack Iran? Or is this simply another one of Obama’s misadventures guided by a Secretary of State whose husband has profited mightily from Saudi Arabia and other Arab entities? Let us not forget that both Clintons have become power players in an arena of big money and suspect politics.

Why would Iran care about what happened in Benghazi? Several reasons.

First, because the CIA weapons smuggling operation was destabilizing Iran’s ally Syria.

Second, Iran saw it as a chance to strike back at the U.S. with little chance of repercussions. The Iranians have Obama’s number. He wants them to give concessions on their nuclear program so he can look good for re-election, and he lacks the backbone for an open military confrontation, thus Benghazi was a low-risk operation for Iran’s leadership.

Third, and most important, Iran wanted to please its major international supporter and supplier of military and nuclear technology, Russia.

Last Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich accused the U.S. of arming the Syrian rebels: “It is common knowledge that Washington is aware of the delivery of various types of illegal weapons to armed groups operating on Syrian territory,” Pravda reported the spokesman saying.

The Russians have been on to Obama’s games in the Mideast since the beginning, and Russian military sources have complained of the use of U.S. anti-aircraft missiles by the Syrian rebels.

It’s part of the reason Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t get along with Obama, and it may be a factor in Obama giving away our missile deterrents in Europe so readily, to try to buy favor and indulgence in the Mideast. If that’s the plan, it isn’t working. Lukashevich called on all countries “to cease aid to rebel groups in Syria and do everything possible to prevent portable antiaircraft missiles falling into the hands of uncontrolled people, especially after the rebels threatened to attack civilian aircraft.”

Would Obama sell out America and Americans to aid and abet an Islamic takeover of the Middle East? Something that is not so far-fetched when one considers all of his public pronouncements and lack of stronger support for Israel.

Russia’s interests …

Russia has good reason not to want Syria to fall into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. For one thing, Putin has a better head on his shoulders than does Obama, and he realizes the Brotherhood cannot be trusted. If it came to power in Syria, the Brotherhood would be a force for chaos in the entire region. Russia needs the Mideast to remain stable because it butts up against former Soviet countries. It needs Syria specifically to provide it safe ports to the Mediterranean.

Ambush? Or just another spin to give Obama an “out” for not taking aggressive action to save American lives?

So when Panetta talks about not having enough information, despite having a live video feed of the events, there are other considerations going on. Why was a missile armed, then not deployed despite having the target laser-painted by a SEAL on the ground? The simplest answer is that Panetta and the rest of the situation room crowd, including Obama, must have seen something else on that video that made them hold off. What could it have been?

My guess: an ambush. My bet is that there were Ansar troops lying in wait around the U.S. mission in anticipation of a military counterstrike. A larger battle would have risked exposing what the U.S. has really been up to in Benghazi and revealing its proxy war in Syria.

Reveal what to whom? All of the regional players seem to know what was being done. So who did they need to convince? The clueless United Nations? Most of the players ignore their own people and do not need to prove anything to them, so who are they?

It all back Obama …

That’s why the missile wasn’t fired, and I’m guessing Obama was the one to cancel the order because he was afraid for his image among liberal peaceniks during his re-election campaign. Obama is now going around being “offended” and denying that he might have ordered anyone not to use the military in Benghazi. It smells like the sort of lie you get from a gangster who’s been caught holding a smoking gun while standing over a bleeding body.

The simplest and, I think, most likely explanation is that the Benghazi attack was a message to Obama from Putin, and it was a trap meant to embarrass the man who would be caliph. When the military response failed to materialize, after dragging out the fight for nine hours, the attackers killed the ambassador and went home.

And our government and media went into a news blackout to try to keep the truth from voters. <Source: Was Benghazi a Warning From Putin?>

Bottom line …

No matter how it shakes out, Obama and his surrogates have lied to the American public. American lives have been lost without explanation. “Sources and Methods” may have been compromised by a publicity-seeking White House for political advantage – and at least one man is now in prison for thirty-three years for helping the Americans to ferret out bin Laden. 

Whether Obama and his fellow travelers are corrupt, incompetent or pursuing an anti-America ideology, they must be removed from office on November 6, 2012. Congress must re-establish control over the budget and investigate potential administration wrong-doing.

As for Benghazi, if it was a foreign version of Operation Fast and Furious – arming the Mexican drug cartels with the intention of influencing American gun control laws for political purposes – someone needs to be held accountable for the loss of lives.

Obama’s foreign policy was simply to extend and double-down on the Bush foreign policy while changing its nomenclature, and then adding their own ideological twist. So, in the final analysis, we cannot trust Obama and his fellow travelers in the House and Senate to keep America safe or secure. People like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein need to be investigated for corruption and sanctioned. No more phony-baloney “rules” which permit insider trading and exemptions for elected officials. It is time to reform that which has gone wrong in American government. And it all starts at the top – the head of the snake.

-- steve    


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



OBAMA SAVED THE AUTO INDUSTRY -- FOR ITALY

The difference between Obama and Romney is that both wanted the automakers to enter bankruptcy, but only Romney wanted a traditional Chapter-11 bankruptcy followed by government support.

Unlike Obama who managed to pour taxpayer money into a broken business and subvert bankruptcy law to force secured creditors to give up their place to unsecured creditors – namely the unions. Romney’s suggested plan would have reduced union influence and restored the possibility a brighter future. Obama’s plan produced an electric vehicle nobody wanted and few could use. With the government purchasing the bulk of the vehicles, subsidizing civilian purchases or coercing companies like General Electric to purchase these heavily subsidized vehicles.

Now we see that Chrysler is planning to outsource its production to its home country, Italy …

Marchionne Seen Missing Fiat Sales Target by $19 Billion

Fiat SpA (F) Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne who runs both the Italian automaker and Chrysler Group LLC, has said he will revise his forecasts when the two companies announce third-quarter results tomorrow. Fiat’s problems are bigger than many rivals’ because its troubled home country accounts for half its sales in the region. Its plants in Italy, where car sales are on pace to plunge this year to the lowest level in more than three decades, are running at 50 percent of capacity, far below the 80 percent threshold typically considered profitable.

To counter the severe slump in European sales, Marchionne is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America. The Italian government is evaluating tax rebates on export goods to help Fiat. Marchionne may announce details of his plan as soon as Oct. 30, the people said. <Source: Marchionne Seen Missing Fiat Sales Target by $19 Billion – Businessweek>

Bottom line …

Obama screwed over taxpayers in favor of the unions who supported him with campaign financing and voter support. Corrupt and incompetent is pretty much a summary of Obama’s financial expertise. Time to get rid of this Bozo.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



BENGHAZI: WORSE THAN THE WATERGATE BURGLARY COVER-UP THAT BROUGHT DOWN NIXON?

UPDATE: CARTER HAM CHANGES DEPLOYMENT ORDER, SENDS AID TO TRIPOLI, NOT BENGHAZI.

It appears that both President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta gave orders to do everything in our power for those stricken in Benghazi ... but that order was mishandled by General Carter Ham, who for reasons unknown, decided to send support to Tripoli and not Benghazi.

Ham was in overall command of military forces when the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks were launched on the American consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Congressman Trey Gowdy who led the Congressional investigation into the attacks stated that Carter Ham acknowledges that he altered President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's order to deploy to Benghazi to rescue American personnel, and redirected the deployment to Tripoli, Libya instead. <Source>

What we now know …

  1. The 9/11 consulate attack at Benghazi occurred over seven hours on a normal business day when high-level officials were in the White House.
  2. There was real-time intelligence and precise laser-targeting information available to aid in any rescue.
  3. No help was forthcoming and four Americans were left to die and an unknown number of undisclosed injured.
  4. It appears that assistance was pre-positioned and awaiting a “go” command. And that there may have been explicit orders to “do nothing.”

According to reports …

We know that the mortars firing at the roof of the CIA annex, where former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were still fighting six hours into the attack, were "painted" with a laser targeting device as the two repeatedly requested backup support from an AC-130 Specter gunship. AC-130s are commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to support Special Operations teams involved in intense firefights. They are deadly accurate, with little risk of harm to civilians.

The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours, more than enough time for any planes based at Sigonella Air Base in Italy, just 480 miles away, to arrive. According to Fox News, two separate Tier One Special Ops forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators. So who told them to wait?

Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, has been relieved of his post after only a year and a half on the job. According to James S. Robbins in the Washington Times, Ham got the same emails regarding the terrorist attack by the al-Qaida linked Ansar al-Sharia and immediately began organizing a rescue attempt. Gen. Ham is said to have told the Pentagon he had a rapid response team ready and was told to stand down. Ham then reportedly said screw it, he was going to send help and was promptly told he was being relieved of his command. <Source>

Consider who could give orders to four-star general …

  • The President of the United States – acting as the Commander-in-Chief.
  • The Secretary of Defense is in the chain of command and exercises command and control, subject only to the orders of the President, over all Department of Defense forces (the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps) for both operational and administrative purposes.
  • Not the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, his is an advisory position and does not include the authority to command forces.
  • Not the CIA … they are not in the General’s chain of command.

“Mr. Panetta said, he and two top commanders "felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation." The commanders are Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Carter F. Ham of Africa Command, which oversees American military operations in Africa, including Libya.” <Source>

So we know that Panetta could have given the order – but that is unlikely without a Presidential order. We know General Dempsey is merely an advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the President and could have not given the order. And we know it was General Ham that was allegedly relieved of command on October 18, 2012, probably on orders from Panetta.   

Why?

One theory is that Ambassador Stevens was engaged in arming contras and was a legitimate target of war rather than a diplomat.

One theory is that the Administration wanted to demonstrate to the American voting public a workable foreign policy in Libya. Thus to give the appearance of normality, resisted up-armoring the consulate and using additional armed security personnel.

One theory is that the Administration is covering up its incompetence in not preparing for the anniversary of 9/11.

Another theory  it was that Valerie Jarrett or some other civilian advisor provided faulty advice to the President believing that any failed rescue attempt would negatively affect the fast-approaching election. Valerie Jarrett was selected as the most likely suspect because of her advice in quashing bin Laden missions at least three times.

In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book. Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.

Bottom line …

Someone issued an order to “stand down” to American military forces who were positioned to render aid. If this was done for political reasons and then covered up by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, the Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, they should face charges. The President for dereliction of duty, the others for participating in a cover-up when they knew the statements they were making to the American public were materially false. 

There is no way that Barack Obama and his fellow travelers should be re-elected. In fact, there needs to be an investigation followed by an Impeachment if warranted.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 32: In Los Angeles it is not about “teaching the children,” it is about the adults, unions, greed and money

It is not hard to believe that the socialist unions have the Los Angeles Unified School System under their malignant control …

Teachers union refuses to sign off on LAUSD plan for Race to the Top grant

The Los Angeles teachers union has refused to sign off on Los Angeles Unified's bid for a prestigious Race to the Top grant, costing the district a shot at winning $40 million in federal money, sources said Saturday.

How in good conscience can a union complaining about the lack of money turn down a $40 million dollar opportunity?

LAUSD had been negotiating for days with United Teachers Los Angeles, in the hope of gaining the endorsement it needed to submit the the Race to the Top application. Superintendent John Deasy had said he needed the application approved by Friday so there would be make revisions and overnight a finalized copy to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., by Tuesday's deadline. Sources said talks broke off late Friday, and the district and union had no further contact on Saturday.

Why does the school district need a sign-off by teachers unions? Since when do teachers unions control the activities of the school board?

This was the first time the Education Department had opened Race to the Top grants to individual districts, with a total of $400 million to be awarded. Deasy had said he considered the district's application to be very strong, and he had high hopes of winning one of the highly competitive grants. Sources said LAUSD's application targeted middle school students, with a multi-phased program to get and keep them on track for high school graduation.

Sounds like a worthwhile program. A way to overcome the current failure of teachers to accomplish the task of educating students and overcoming their abominable failures.

The proposal included hiring hundreds of teachers, counselors and social workers to step in and help underperforming students, sources said. It also included the resumption of summer school at the middle school level - courses that have been cancelled for the past several years because of the budget crisis.

Money also would have been set aside to create clusters of small learning communities on high school campuses, sources said, an effort to boost graduation rates that have reached about 64 percent. There also would have been trips to college and university campuses in an effort to inspire students to continue their educations after getting their diplomas. Sources said the district's plan exceeded the grant total by about $3 million, but that money from private donors had already been raised to cover the additional costs.

Even though this program should not be necessary if teachers were able to accomplished their assigned tasks, it still sounds worthwhile.

AHA!

One requirement of the Race to the Top process is that districts include student test scores as a significant factor in teacher evaluations by the 2014-15 school year. That issue has long been a sticking point between LAUSD and its teachers union, with the two sides disagreeing over how to measure student success.

And here it is … the real sticking point: TEACHERS WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR WORK!

Deasy supports a system uses classroom test scores and demographic data, a complex formula known as Academic Growth over Time. LAUSD is in the second year of a no-stakes pilot program that uses AGT to evaluate one teacher at each of the district's schools. UTLA maintains that the classroom scores are too volatile, and has expressed support for a schoolwide AGT model.

In fact, the two sides have been trying to reach a compromise on a new evaluation system after a federal judge ruled said LAUSD had to start using student scores in job reviews in order to comply with the law. The district has declared an impasse in those talks, even as it tries to meet a Dec. 4 court-ordered deadline for creating a new evaluation system.

In an effort to broker a deal on Race to the Top, sources said the district had proposed that nothing agreed to as part of the lawsuit would be binding on the application. However, that apparently didn't sway union leaders. <Source: Teachers union refuses to sign off on LAUSD plan for Race to the Top grant - LA Daily News>

Bottom line …

Teachers unions are not about helping children – they are about political power and money, not to mention pushing their Marxist ideology that dumbs down students. Replacing the ability for critical thinking with the urge to become a political activist – a left-leaning political activist.

It is time to throw the unions out of education. It is time to call “bullshit” on the textbook people who demand $50 for textbooks which use well-known text that is not radically different than older textbooks. It is time to stop the wacky programs featuring new math, new reading – all of which are proven failures. Computers should be banned from classrooms until the ninth grade. We have students who require calculators to do simple arithmetic. Reports are now exercises in “cut and paste.” History has been revised beyond anything I was taught.

The unions are screwing our children and holding them hostage. Enough!

PROPOSITION 32 IS A START – CUT OFF THEIR POLITICAL MONEY. VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 32!


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



HURRICANCE SANDY: National Weather Service: Be considerate -- THINK ABOUT THE RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.

You can’t make it any clearer than this …

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
241 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012

...AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA...

SANDY IS EXPECTED TO SLAM INTO THE NEW JERSEY COAST LATER MONDAY
NIGHT, BRINGING VERY HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING WINDS TO THE REGION.
THE STORM IS A LARGE ONE, THEREFORE DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT CENTER
OF THE STORM AS ALL AREAS WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS.

THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE AN HISTORIC STORM, WITH WIDESPREAD WIND
DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES, INLAND AND COASTAL FLOODING, AND MASSIVE
BEACH EROSION. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY RAIN AND PROLONGED WIND
WILL CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR LONG LASTING POWER OUTAGES AND SERIOUS
FLOODING.

PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE WRAPPING UP AS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO
WORSEN TONIGHT AND ESPECIALLY ON MONDAY.

SOME IMPORTANT NOTES...

1. IF YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO EVACUATE A COASTAL LOCATION BY STATE
AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, PLEASE DO SO.

2. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT TO EVACUATE, AND YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO RODE
OUT THE `62 STORM ON THE BARRIER ISLANDS, ASK THEM IF THEY COULD DO
IT AGAIN.

3. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT, THINK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, THINK ABOUT
THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO REACH YOU WHEN YOU
MAKE THE PANICKED PHONE CALL TO BE RESCUED, THINK ABOUT THE
RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR
RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.

4. SANDY IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM. THERE WILL BE MAJOR
PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURIES ARE PROBABLY UNAVOIDABLE, BUT THE GOAL IS
ZERO FATALITIES.

5. IF YOU THINK THE STORM IS OVER-HYPED AND EXAGGERATED, PLEASE ERR
ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION.

WE WISH EVERYONE IN HARMS WAY ALL THE BEST. STAY SAFE!

$$

NWS MOUNT HOLLY, NJ

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



DID LEON PANETTA LIE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC?

As more information comes in on Benghazi …

DOD News Briefing with Secretary Panetta and Gen. Dempsey from the Pentagon (October 25, 2012)

Q: Can I follow up on that? One of the reasons we've heard that there wasn't a more robust response right away is that there wasn't a clear intelligence picture over Benghazi, to give you the idea of where to put what forces.

But when there was, in fact, a drone over the CIA annex and there were intelligence officials fighting inside the annex, I guess the big question is, with those two combined assets, why there wasn't a clear intelligence picture that would have given you what you needed to make some moves, for instance, flying, you know, F-16s over the area to disperse fighters or -- or dropping more special forces in.

SEC. PANETTA: You know, let me -- let me speak to that, because I'm sure there's going to be -- there's a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here.

We -- we quickly responded, as General Dempsey said, in terms of deploying forces to the region. We had FAST platoons in the region. We had ships that we had deployed off of Libya. And we were prepared to respond to any contingency and certainly had forces in place to do that.

But -- but the basic principle here -- basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on; without having some real-time information about what's taking place. And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, General Ham, General Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.

Q: So the drone, then, and the forces inside the annex weren't giving enough of a clear picture is what you're saying.

SEC. PANETTA: This -- this happened within a few hours and it was really over before, you know, we had the opportunity to really know what was happening.

There is no such basic principle! Several news agencies, primarily Fox News, has been covering the story and reveals that “options were available.” Among these options was a prepositioned CIF force … and we now know that there was Predator drone on-scene. Every day police officers respond to “shots fired” with little or no information other than an approximate location – and they respond. This is often known as “go to the sound of the guns.” In the absence of orders, go to the sound of the guns – widely known to American military personnel. There is also a standing order to save lives.

Combatant Commanders In-extremis Force (CIF) Company. The CIF is a specially-trained and resourced element that is focused on Direct Action (DA) / Counter Terrorism (CT) missions. This role includes both training foreign tactical units in DA / CT techniques and carrying out DA / CT operations themselves, often with partner nation forces.

CIF is available to all theatre commanders – to move with little or no advance information and to resolve ongoing situations. They are super-special operators and their exploits are not publicized.

So what is happening?

It appears that Leon Panetta, who served in Army Intelligence and is a lawyer, may have been following White House orders not to respond – and then participate in explaining the unexplainable.

By the way, for those who suggested that the former Navy Seals violated “orders” when they responded to requests for assistance, they were no longer in the service and under “orders.” They may have violated CIA protocols or practices, but they certainly did not violate orders.

Bottom line …

There was real-time intelligence, standby forces in the neighborhood and those in the White House sat on their assets and did nothing,

Leon Panetta and the generals need to resign or explain that they were under orders coming from the White House. And if certain civilians like Valerie Jarrett were present or advising the President on political concerns while our Ambassador and others were dying.

Also where are the wounded people? With four dead – there must be some wounded somewhere? And perhaps this is the reason that the democrats trying to suppress the military vote – they know how pissed off commanders are when the politicos suggest that they did not rise to the occasion to save American lives.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



OBAMA BRIBE TO BUY VOTES -- CONTEMPLATING TAX CUT FOR WORKERS, NOTHING FOR RETIRED SENIOR CITIZENS?

Is President Obama – the chief proponent of raising taxes – planning to offer a tax cut to workers, but do absolutely nothing for the retired senior citizens living on fixed incomes who are facing increased Medical bills?

According to published reports …

White House considering new tax cut

The White House is weighing the idea of a tax cut that it believes would lift Americans’ take-home pay and boost a still-struggling economy, according to people familiar with the administration’s thinking, as the presidential candidates continue battling over whose tax policies would do more for the country.

Obama administration officials have concluded that the economy, while improved, is still fragile enough that it may need another bout of stimulus.

The new tax cut could provide hundreds of dollars or more a year to workers and show up in every paycheck. It may be similar to a tax cut Americans received in 2009 and 2010, which provided up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples, sources close to the administration said.

The administration’s work on the proposal comes as each presidential candidate is under intense pressure to demonstrate he has the better tax plan. During the campaign, Obama has insisted that he wants to keep taxes from rising for the middle class while increasing them on the wealthy as a way of shoring up the country’s finances. His challenger, Mitt Romney, has sharply criticized Obama’s approach, saying any new taxes would crimp economic growth, while also calling the White House’s earlier stimulus efforts a failure. Source:  White House considering new tax cut - The Washington Post>

Bottom line …

How can you trust a man who has shown no ethical behavior over the last three years, blatantly lying to the American public about Obamacare, Taxes and Benghazi? Congress, no matter who is elected, is in charge of proposing tax-cuts – not the President of the United States.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



IS OBAMA BLOWING SMOKE? HERMAN CAIN’S SMOKING MAN IS BACK

Here is a funny political ad that says it all …

YOU BET OBAMA IS BLOWING SMOKE … IT’S THE ONLY THING LEFT IN HIS BAG.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS