News of the Week for Oct. 14th, 2012

Election
2012

Michigan on the Waterfront
A union-backed ballot initiative in Michigan could overturn two decades of state reforms. Michigan’s Proposal 2 would “grant public and private employees a state constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions,” and “invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively.”

Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in March
White House records reveal that the moderator of last night’s vice presidential debate, Martha Raddatz, visited Vice President Joe Biden at his official residence on March 26, 2012. Raddatz is an employee of ABC News.

From Presidential Election To Popular Insurrection In One Easy Step: Art Cashin Explains
While last night’s VeeP debate was all feces and frolics, UBS’ Art Cashin and his ‘Friends of Fermentation’ recently drifted onto the topic of the Presidential Election – and the conversation was not what he calls “reassuring” as they move from margins of victory to result-challenges and banana-republic like street demonstrations and riots.

Rich, worried and buying ad time
He’s not running for office. He’s not part of a super PAC. He’s not lobbying for or against any ballot measures.

Bus Driver Tells 12 Year-Old He Should Have Been Aborted Because of Romney Yard Sign
A bus driver told a 12 year-old student that he should have been aborted because his family had a Romney-Ryan sign in their yard.

Video: Unions Fine Members Who Don’t Show Support for Elizabeth Warren
A GOP source sends along this video, shot by a Republican tracker, of a union member supporting Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren outside of a debate Wednesday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. The cameraman asks the union member if he was at an earlier debate between Warren and her Republican opponent, Senator Scott Brown.

Thomas Peterffy – Freedom To Succeed

“Million Muppet March” planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS

Biden Claims He Voted Against Afghanistan, Iraq Wars
Then Sen. Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001 which authorized “the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.” And on Oct. 11, 2002, Biden voted for a resolution authorizing unilateral military action in Iraq, according to the Washington Post.

Poll: Romney leads Obama in Maine congressional district
According to a new poll shared exclusively with POLITICO, Mitt Romney is leading President Obama in a congressional district in Maine — raising the possibility of the GOP nominee winning an electoral vote in a deep blue state.

Nevada: Presidential Race Too Close to Call

CO: Dirty voter rolls plague crucial swing state
Amid mounting concerns nationwide regarding voter fraud, a ColoradoWatchdog.org analysis found Colorado is one of the most problematic states with large numbers of inactive voters, “dirty” voter registration rolls and other problems.

Big Bird, Small President
As of fiscal 2011, Sesame Workshop had assets of $289 million.

Sesame Workshop to Obama: Take Big Bird ad down
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, is requesting that the Obama campaign take down a new ad portraying Mitt Romney as more concerned with Big Bird than Wall Street criminals.

Obama ‘believed he had BEATEN Romney’ in Denver debate – after ignoring advice of top aides on preparation
Obama believes he’d got the better of Romney as he walked off stage to the dismay of his aides, according to a Democrat close to the campaign. The President failed to prepare properly, opting instead to visit the Hoover Dam the day before the showdown
Democrat claims he was so disdainful of Romney that he didn’t think he needed to even engage with him. Had one-liners on 47% prepared but chose not to use them

More Republicans than Democrats Requesting Absentee Ballots in Four Swing States

Website “Obama.com” Redirects Visitors To Obama’s Official Donation Page, Despite 68% of Its Visitors Being Overseas And Presumably Ineligible to Donate To An American Campaign

Report: Obama Campaign Solicited Foreign Donors via Social Media Website
This could explain the ridiculous amount of money he allegedly raised in September, an astonishing $181 million that seemingly came out of the blue

How Much of Obama’s $181 Million September Haul Was Illegal?
The Obama campaign released news on Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, that it had raised a massive $181 million in September. It’s a staggering sum heading into the final month of campaigning. It almost equals his fundraising for July and August combined. But details about Obama’s fundraising windfall and a new report this morning from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) raise troubling questions. Specifically, how much of this fundraising was illegal?

Steve Wynn On Obama: “I’ll Be Damned If I Want To Have Him Lecture Me”

Romney hits a trifecta in Denver
The presidential campaign, hitherto a plod through a torrent of words tedious beyond words, began to dance in Denver. There a masterfully prepared Mitt Romney completed a trifecta of tasks and unveiled an issue that, because it illustrates contemporary liberalism’s repellant essence, can constitute his campaign’s closing argument.

Top “Obama Phone” provider is also a big Obama donor
Over the past two weeks, American taxpayers have become aware of the “Obama Phone,” a program to provide welfare recipients with free cell phones.  Public outrage grew after a rather colorful video went viral, in which one of Obama’s core supporters threw out the term “Obama Phone” during an angry tirade at a rally for Mitt Romney.

Nevada high court upholds ACORN convictions
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld felony convictions stemming from the group ACORN’s voter registration practices.

Hide the Decline

Environment & “Green Energy”

Now there’s more ice at South Pole than ever (So much for global warming thawing Antarctica!)
Sea ice extended over 19.44 million square kilometers (7.51 million square miles). Experts say record is ‘suggestive of changes in atmospheric circulation’

Actual AP Headline: ‘Experts: Global Warming Means More Antarctic Ice’

For many years, climate realists have pointed to expanding ice in Antarctica as a counter to the claim that decreasing ice in the Arctic is necessarily proof of anthropogenic global warming.

Al Gore has thrived as green-tech investor
Before a rapt audience, Al Gore flashed slides on a giant screen bearing the logos of 11 clean energy companies he predicted could help slow climate change.

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it
The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.  This means that the ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996

The heat is on: the UK SurfaceStations effort
They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, so color me flattered. I’ve been remiss in writing about this effort by Roger Tattersall (aka Tallbloke) and his colleague Tim Channon, but a tip from WUWT reader David Schofield brought me to think this would be good to mention it, so they can make comparisons.  First, as you may know, they have an ongoing effort to catalog  UK surface measurement stations.

#HideTheDecline: An Updated Hadcrut4 – And Some Surprises
Don’t panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

The UK risks energy shortages by 2015 or 2016, energy regulator Ofgem has predicted. The shortages will primarily be caused by EU environmental legislation forcing the early closure of coal and oil-fired power stations, it said.

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

Supreme Court asks DoJ to weigh in on reviving healthcare suit
The Supreme Court is weighing whether it should revive a religious university’s lawsuit over President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards
Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today.

War & Terror

Syria activists say jihadis seize missile base
An al Qaeda-linked group reportedly fought alongside rebels who seized a Syrian missile base on Friday.

The Intel Behind Obama’s Libya Line
Why did it take eight days for the administration to acknowledge the 9/11 attacks in Benghazi were acts of terrorism? An unclassified briefing document provides new clues, writes Eli Lake.

Turkey bans all Syrian flights over its territory
Syrian planes have been banned from Turkish air space, the Turkish foreign ministry has announced.

Senate Democrat Launches New Study on ‘Housing Gitmo Detainees in the U.S.’
The idea of closing down Guantanamo Bay and transferring its detainee population to the United States was supposed to be dead. But someone forgot to tell Congress’ independent research agency. At the behest of a powerful senator, it’s exploring “the ability to house Guantanamo detainees in the U.S.,” according to an internal document acquired by Danger Room. The results are slated for publication eight days after the presidential election.

US sends forces to Jordan
The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

Soldiers ordered not to shoot Taliban as they plant mines… ‘because it WAKES UP locals’
Soldiers were ordered not to open fire on Taliban fighters planting mines in case they disturb local people, it has been claimed.

Issa Grills State Department Officials for Failure to Protect US Diplomats in Benghazi, Libya

Turkey intercepts Syrian plane ‘carrying weapons’
Plane heading from Moscow to Damascus forced to land by Ankara’s Air Force. Turkish FM says ‘non-civilian’ cargo found on board; media say plane was carrying weapons, missile parts

Top US security chief in Libya says State Dept. told them to stop asking for more security
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has sat down with Lt. Col. Andy Wood to discuss the security situation in Libya prior to them leaving in August and he told her that the State Dept. was telling them to stop asking for more security

Obama Administration Withdrew 16 Member Special Forces Team From Libya One Month Before Attack
The Obama State Department withdrew a 16 member special forces team from Benghazi one month before the deadly attacks on 9-11. Lt. Col. Andy Wood was the leader of the 16 member special forces team whose job it was to protect US personnel in Libya.

National

USDA Lays a Regulatory Egg
The Obama Administration fervently opposes state laws requiring voter identification to cast a ballot. But it is insisting that the nation’s farmers prove the identity of every chicken transported across state lines.

Fretting Feminists Attack Classic WWII Times Square Kissing Photo As Rape

The Novelty of Fisher v. University of Texas
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case tomorrow morning, so I thought I would republish here the essay I wrote for Scotusblog a while back

Fisher v. University of Texas argument recap: Grutter be reshaped?
Affirmative action is alive but ailing, the idea of “critical mass” to measure racial diversity is in very critical condition, and anine-year-old precedent may have to be reshaped in order to survive.

Big Bird: Victim of Leviathan
Despite the Obama campaign’s repeated insistence that Big Bird cannot survive without federal help, it turns out he actually knows full well the dangers of Leviathan. The story is well documented in the 1985 movie Follow That Bird: Big Bird was once on the wrong end of a “meddling social worker” — a Miss Finch, no less — who concluded that he would be better off with his “own kind.”

Richmond, Virginia school district wrote checks for nearly $500,000 in hotel tabs in 2010-11

CCSD’s tax-increase campaign a ‘bait and switch’
Question 2 would hurt families, seniors, without increasing student achievement

Occupy Portland: Capitalism “Has got to be destroyed”

FBI destroyed file on Obama’s grandfather
Dunham befriended communist Frank Marshall Davis, mentor of future president

Economy & Taxes

IRS says ‘tax avoidance’ at heart of Solyndra bankruptcy plan
The Internal Revenue Service urged a bankruptcy judge to reject solar panel maker Solyndra LLC’s bankruptcy plan Wednesday, saying it amounts to little more than an avenue for owners of an empty corporate shell to avoid paying taxes.

US ambassador: Internet fee proposal gaining momentum
U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer warned on Friday that a proposal to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet is gaining momentum in other countries.

Greece’s Biggest Company Quits Country
Greece’s biggest company is leaving the country, drinks bottler Coca Cola Hellenic (CCH) said on Thursday in announcing it will move to Switzerland and list its shares in London, dealing a blow to the debt-crippled Greek economy.

No Relief in Sight: The Debt Continues to Grow

Jack Welch: I Was Right About That Strange Jobs Report
The economy would need to be growing at breakneck speed for unemployment to drop to 7.8% from 8.3% in the course of two months.

Rich businessmen pulling out of France as tax-hit looms
A flood of top-end properties are hitting the market as businessmen seek to leave France before stiff tax hikes hit, real estate agents and financial advisors say.

Spain Downgraded to One Level Above Junk by S&P on Risks
Spain’s debt rating was cut to one level above junk by Standard & Poor’s, which cited mounting economic and political risks as the government considers a second bailout.

International

Why the China-Burma Break-up Matters
It all started with the Myitsone Dam in northern Burma. The dam’s Chinese builders, confident that they had the support of the decision-makers who mattered (Burmese politicians), ignored or were unaware of local resistance to the dam.

Venezuela’s Farce Election
Sadly but quite expectedly, President Obama’s legitimizing of the recent “elections” in Venezuelan is just one more example of his willingness to empower America’s enemies and undermine freedom abroad.

Taliban says it shot ‘infidel’ Pakistani teen for advocating girls’ rights
A 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for speaking out for girls denied education under the Taliban was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday on her way home from school, authorities said.

US Lawmaker Accuses Chavez of Manipulating Vote
A leading US Republican lawmaker accused Hugo Chavez of tightening his grip on power through manipulation and harassment after the Venezuelan leader was elected for another six-year term.

China’s ‘New Left’ Grows Louder
Followers of Bo Xilai Criticize Direction of Communist Party, Exposing Leaders to Sensitive Questions Over Mao’s Legacy

Nine in ten Scots ‘living off state’s patronage’
Almost nine out of 10 Scottish households take more from the public purse than they contribute in taxes thanks to a “rotten system” of state patronage, the Tory party conference will hear on Monday.

Crossdressing contest banned because it could incite predjudice against those with Gender Identity Disorder

Dictators Go, Monarchs Stay
Some months after the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, I sat at lunch with the aging Hosni Mubarak. He was then 76 years old and hard of hearing but soon to “run” for the presidency for a fifth time in 2005. The four times previous, there had been no election at all: Parliament chose him and the people expressed their approval (or in theory, their disapproval) in a referendum. In 2005, under American pressure for reform and a political opening, Mubarak changed the rules and allowed something that looked better to take place. Parliament played no role; he ran as the candidate of his National Democratic Party (NDP); and he allowed two people to run against him. A contested election!

Venezuelan secret service erased our data, claims journalist
Critic of Argentinian and Venezuelan regimes ‘detained at airport for two hours after covering Chavez election’

Chavez wins re-election, electoral council says
Venezuela’s electoral council says President Hugo Chavez has won re-election, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles.

Exit Poll Shows Capriles in the Lead, Chavez Says He’ll Respect Results
According to an initial exit poll from the Varianzas agency, Henrique Capriles has won 52.6 percent of the vote against 47.4 percent for Hugo Chavez.

Opinion

Nobel Peace Prize to the EU Is a Farce
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee has awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union for “keeping peace in Europe.” The committee has now turned the award into a farce. But few people are laughing.

Epiphanies from Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The “Black Swan” theorist reflects on the most stable country in human history and the folly of the European Union.

DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION, &DESPAIR
The majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on their $10,000 rolling credit card balance, and growing ever more dependent on the welfare/warfare state to provide and protect them from accepting personal responsibility for their lives. A minority of critical thinking people have chosen to question everything they see and hear being spewed at us by the propagandist mainstream media, the corporate fascist government, and the powerful banking cabal that has an iron grip upon our throats as they choke the life out of the global economy in their never ending desire for more riches and more power.

“Don’t Shoot!—I’m Che!” (A Glorious Anniversary)

Forty five years ago this week, Ernesto “Che” Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying “What goes around comes around” ever fit, it’s here.

Celebrating Columbus, Brave and Bright
Imposing modern morality on the past is a form of historical illiteracy. Chavez wins re-election, electoral council says

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