Friday, September 14, 2012

One Citizen Speaking...

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 01:44 AM PDT
If I needed one reason – other than massive corruption, incompetence in foreign and domestic policy, disrespecting our allies and embracing our enemies, and welcoming socialists and communists into the government, it would be the democrat’s stupid refusal to understand crazies do crazy things and that disarming the population will create victims and reduce our freedoms.
This makes me mad …

Democratic Party Platform: Reinstate assault weapons ban

Democrats are calling for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the 2012 Party Platform, citing their belief that the right to own firearms “is subject to reasonable regulation.”“We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious,” the text of the platform reads.
The text of the platform also calls for strengthening background checks and closing what the Democrats describe as the “gun show loophole.”
The purpose of these restrictions?
“[S]o that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few,” the text declares.
The White House signaled in August that President Obama supports renewing the assault weapons ban – signed by Clinton in 1994 – which expired in 2004. Although activists have called for a renewal of the ban, in the wake recent mass shootings, Congress has signaled very little interest in doing so, particularly in an election year.
The Republican party platform opposes the assault weapons ban. <Source: Democratic Party Platform: Reinstate assault weapons ban |">
First, the democrats think everything that is semi-automatic with a removable or large capacity magazines are assault weapons. Equating such arms as fully-automatic weapons used by soldiers in combat. They refuse to recognize that very few fully-automatics weapons have been used in street crime, with the exception of weapons used by drug gangs – who are not likely to respect any law.
Second, the democrats refuse to acknowledge that Americans have a fundamental right to protect themselves and their families AND that the police are only responsible for maintaining the general order and protecting the government.
Third, the democrats would like nothing more to make all Americans vulnerable to lawlessness so that they must support government or die.
Check this out …

Profiles in cowardice: the 2012 Obama platform

President Obama is running from a crime scene.
Rather than acknowledge the deadly truth about how the anti-gun policies he promoted as a state senator have utterly failed the good people of Chicago, Obama is hoping that a not-so-subtle change in the Democratic Party platform will sweep it all under the rug.
Recall back in 2008, Democrats attempted to downplay then-candidate Barack Obama’s hostility toward gun owners and our Second Amendment freedoms by putting this line in their party’s platform (emphasis added):
We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.
In this year’s platform, however, Team Obama has shortened this passage to read:
We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation.
Gone is any mention of Chicago. That’s because life in the criminal utopia that Obama helped build there is not pretty.
Read more:
Chicago – controlled for decades by the democrat party and having some of the strongest gun controls in America – is a slaughterhouse. Where more people are dying than in the military. All because of idiotic gun control rules and treating criminals like victims of society rather than criminals.
Bottom line …
The democrats can’t be trusted with our lives (Obamacare), our safety (gun control), our national defense (Libya, Egypt) or our economy (climategate, green energy, no coal).
Replace Obama and his fellow travelers in 2012 or face the stark consequences of a ruling elite using central planning and the threat of imprisonment on all Americans.
-- steve
Posted: 13 Sep 2012 06:16 PM PDT
We should be thankful that cartoonist Michael Ramirez’s ever-facile pen at Investor’s Business Daily continues to speak truth to power …
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Is this the incompetent and inept guy the media wants elected?
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What Clint Eastwood thinks …
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-- steve
Posted: 13 Sep 2012 05:48 PM PDT
What the hell is the Federal Reserve thinking?
Over the past few years the Federal Reserve has been complicit in a stealth conspiracy to re-capitalize the major banks in order to prevent them from being judged insolvent. There is little or doubt in my mind that the Fed doubled down on the Greenspan policy of holding interest rates artificially low to insure that banks were generating the type of significant profits that would allow them to shore up their technically insolvent balance sheets. Disadvantaging the consumer who was offered investment and deposit interest rates that were lower than the inflation that was sapping their purchasing power.
It didn’t work to resolve the bubble bust, it only created the mortgage bubble as the international pool of capital sought safe investments paying more than Greenspan’s 1% interest rate. Now they are using ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Program) to offer money to financial institutions at zero-percent to one-quarter of one-percent (essentially free money) to help them earn outrageous profits to recapitalize their failing balance sheets. By the way, you notice that nobody is yelling about restricting executive bonuses on “sure thing” profits. But then again, these are the people donating to political campaigns to purchase influence with this administration and potentially the next administration.
Now we find Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke blindly attempting to lower mortgage interest rates while ignoring the real problem.
The real problem facing American finances is that the government’s continued interference in the mortgage marketplace is attempting to woo voters rather than bring stability to the marketplace. Until the mortgage market hits bottom and true asset prices can be determined, the mortgage market will never recover from its malaise – and mortgage-backed securities correctly priced.
If the Federal Reserve and the Obama Administration’s Department of the Treasury wanted to solve borrower’s problems, it could do so with reductions in principal loan amounts – no cosmetic fixes as lowering rates or extending maturity dates.
Of course, the financial community needs mortgage re-financing more than the borrowers facing default. Only through the re-finance process can the financial institutions legally obtain assignments which, once again, give them the permission for foreclose on defaulted loan. Many foreclosures, up until this time, could not be foreclosed because nobody could prove who owned the “paper” – was it the derivative pool operators, MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration System) who purportedly had the right to foreclose, or some other entity? Without a clear indication of property ownership, courts were reluctant to allow foreclosures. Of course, the financial institutions had their own work-around, robo-signing, where fraudulent documents were created out of thin air and presented to courts across the nation.
So we wonder what the hell is the Fed thinking …
Fed Pulls Trigger, to Buy Mortgages in Effort to Lower Rates
The Federal Reserve fulfilled expectations of more stimulus for the faltering economy, taking aim now atdriving down mortgage rates until an improvement in unemployment that the central bank says will be a problem for several years.
The Fed said it will buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities per month in an attempt to foster a nascent recovery in the real estate market.  The purchases will be open-ended, meaning that they will continue until the Fed is satisfied that economic conditions, primarily in unemployment, improve.
Bottom line …
Buying mortgages does nothing except prop up the financial institutions holding dodgy paper and incentivize ignoring sound banking practices and relaxing mortgage underwriting standards,. Thus, kicking the can down the road once more.
Unless the real estate market can find its true bottom – free of government intervention – we are simply prolonging the recession.
We need to throw Obama and Bernanke under the bus, lest they bankrupt America with their foolishness. The financial people, Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner included, know how to fix the problem. Unfortunately, they do not know how to isolated the solution from the severe political fallout that will result when some financial institutions deservedly collapse –with their investors, not the taxpayer, paying the price for their imprudent, and possibly criminal, actions. How else can you explain how $1.2 Billion of protected customer money goes missing and democrat Jon Corzine is not charged with a criminal act? How else can you explain record fines – paid by the depositors and shareholders – while no executives have gone to jail? How else can you understand that the tentacles of Goldman Sachs current and former employees seem to be everywhere in the government financial calculations?
I say again, We need to throw Obama and Bernanke under the bus, lest they bankrupt America with their foolishness.
-- steve
Reference Links …
Fed Pulls Trigger, to Buy Mortgages in Effort to Lower Rates - US Business News - CNBC
Posted: 13 Sep 2012 05:10 PM PDT
What were they thinking as we approached 9/11/2012 …
Even without credible information, any rational soldier or diplomat could have told you that the 9/11 date was sensitive and likely to be the date of coordinated attacks on American assets in the region.

Exclusive: America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing'

The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal.
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.
Sensitive documents put others at risk …
The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya.Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed "safe".
Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.
Why attack protocols demanding the destruction of secure documents and safes with explosive charges was not implemented should be a matter for investigation.
Bottom line …
When it comes to security, the State Department has shown a stunning incompetence over the years. Denying Marine sentries and protective personnel live ammunition for their weapons and in some cases refusing to implement anti-explosive devices which would cause certain bombs to be triggered before they reached a secured facility. It is unbelievable that the government would want to sacrifice United States citizens in favor of killing those who were attempting to breach U.S. sovereignty.
Hillary Clinton and her team needs to be removed from office. Of course, removing Barack Hussein Obama from the presidency in the upcoming 2012 election cycle is now a mandatory requirement as he and his fellow democrat/socialist/communist travelers have proved to be incompetent and inept when it comes to national security and foreign diplomacy. Just as former President Jimmy Carter gave us Islamo-fascism in Iran, the Obama administration has aided anti-American Muslims to destroy previous U.S. relationships.
-- steve
Reference Links …
Revealed: inside story of US envoy's assassination - World Politics - World - The Independent
Posted: 13 Sep 2012 03:26 PM PDT
Michelle Obama claims obesity is a national security threat because it impacts the military …
First Lady: Obesity 'absolutely' national security threat
First lady Michelle Obama this week repeated her assertion that obesity is a national security threat, telling daytime television host Dr. Oz that obesity is the No. 1 reason holding young people back from joining the military.
“From my perspective, the number one greatest national security threat that we have is obesity,” Oz asked the first lady in an interview broadcast Wednesday. “Do you ever think about it that way?”
“Well absolutely,” Obama replied. “Shocking information, I do a lot of work with military families, and spend a lot of time on military bases and the the number one thing that prevents young people from the ages of 17 to 24 qualifying for the military is obesity.”
She continued, “the military is taking this very seriously and they’ve implemented some really fascinating and successful programs, so they have found that they’ve got to do a whole lot of re-educating in the military just to get soldiers ready for combat. So yes, it is absolutely a security issue for our country.”
The first lady, who has made tackling childhood obesity one of her signature issues, made similar remarks in December 2010 when she said military leaders have said “more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight.” <Source>
But the more important story is …

Obama Admits He Lost Egypt as American Ally

In a stunning admission a media currently obsessed with manufacturing a gaffe for Romney can hardly bring itself to report, President Obama made a tacit admission yesterday that he has lost Egypt as an American ally:

President Obama says the U.S. would no longer consider the Egyptian government an ally, “but we don’t consider them an enemy.”
In an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, less than 24 hours after violent mobs stormed American diplomatic outposts in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya, Obama said the new Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt was still “trying to find its way.”
“They were democratically elected. I think we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident, to see how they respond to maintaining the peace treaty with Israel,” he said.
Bottom line …
Here is a man and an administration that openly embraces our enemies, apologizes for our American values and disrespects our allies. In the same manner former President Jimmy Carter brought about Islamo-fascism in Iran, Obama and his fellow travelers are throwing artificially high-priced gasoline on the bonfire of terrorism.
The Obama Administration will say or do anything to gain or maintain political power. Obama came to office with no foreign relations experience and has proven to be inept and incompetent; often deferring to others whose worldview is not congruent with American values.
Enough – we need to toss these democrat/socialist/communist interlopers out of office in the 2012 election cycle. To preserve American and the American way of life.
-- steve
Posted: 13 Sep 2012 02:46 PM PDT
If you believe the Associated Press, the Obama Administration may have fingered a Californian for the Muslims to attack.
US Identifies Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Blamed for Attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in southern California who is on probation after his conviction for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The official said authorities had concluded that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that denigrated Islam and the prophet Muhammad and sparked protests earlier this week in Egypt, Libya and most recently in Yemen.
Once again, the government can’t keep its mouth shut and appears to be providing information to our enemies in a gratuitous manner for political purposes.
Notice that the item is blind-sourced so that nobody needs take responsibility for this egregious action. And that they characterize the film in a manner that acknowledges that the film “denigrates Islam and the prophet Muhammad” which provides a form of official acknowledgement to our enemies – giving them another Obama propaganda victory.
It was not immediately clear whether Nakoula was thetarget of a criminal investigation or part of the broader investigation into the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya during a terrorist attack.Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Thursday that Justice Department officials were investigating the deaths, which occurred during an attack on the American mission in Benghazi.
There is no way that an American should be denied his First Amendment rights and be investigated by the Obama government for complicity in what occurred on foreign soil.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, said Nakoula was connected to the persona of Sam Bacile, a man who initially told the AP he was the film’s writer and director. But Bacile turned out to be a false identity, and the AP traced a cellphone number Bacile used to a southern California house where it located and interviewed Nakoula.
These anonymous leaks must stop. Not only do they provide aid and comfort to our enemies, but they appear to disadvantage America in the process.
Bottom line …
Once again we find Administration officials leaking information that puts Americans at risk. Why is it that the government needs to characterize a film, protected under First Amendment rights, in any manner? Where is the liberal Hollywood chattering class on filmmaker’s rights? Where is Michael Moore defending these filmmakers?
And why is the Obama Administration attacking a film that may be telling an historical truth – merely because some religious crazies and terrorists have no tolerance for freedom, free speech and the American way of life.
Reference Links …
US Identifies Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Blamed for Attacks « CBS DC