Monday, September 24, 2012

The truth about the polls
From the Campaign to Defeat Obama


The good people at UnskewedPolls.com have conducted a study of recent media polls and come to a startling conclusion:  almost every single major media poll that you see reported in the news has a significant bias in favor of Barack Obama.

This is how they do it:  After they poll Americans about their presidential preferences, they then go and weight the polls to over-sample for Democrats. 

In the ABC News/Washington Post poll, for instance, they claimed that only 24% of Americans would were Republicans.  And so they made their presidential election polls to reflect a turnout that would be just 24% Republican.  We know this is all complete nonsense.

This is the chart of how the media polls would be if the media's bias towards Obama was neutralized, and a proper weight of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc... would be reflected.

Every single poll when the bias is removed shows that the Romney/Ryan ticket actually holds a lead over the Obama/Biden ticket.

Time for the padded room and round the clock meds

Carter: Venezuelan election system 'best in world'

Jimmy on U.S.: 'We have one of the worst'

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter last week declared the election process in Venezuela is “the best in the world.”

According to the left-leaning news and views site VenezuelaAnalysis.com, Carter also said in the U.S., “We have one of the worst election processes in the world, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.”

Venezuela, led by socialist dictator Hugo Chavez since 1999, has often been accused of anything but fair elections, and, according to a Reuters report, the country is ranked by Transparency International as the second-most corrupt nation in the Americas, after Haiti.

Yet in 2004, Venezuela began implementing a voting system involving touch-screen machines that also provide a paper receipt of selections to voters. Apparently, the system has impressed Carter.

During the kickoff of the Annual Conversations at the Carter Center series, the former U.S. president declared, “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

The praise was welcomed by Chavez only a couple of weeks before the nation’s elections, where he faces significant competition from challenger Henrique Capriles.

“He said one true thing,” Chavez said of Carter, “because he had seen it for himself, that the Venezuelan electoral system is, well, we say it is one of the best in the world. He said ‘the best in the world.’”

Chavez’ challenger, Capriles, earlier this month faced corruption questions himself when government lawmakers released a video of an aide taking cash in suspect circumstances.

Yet Capriles fired the aide and argued Chavez couldn’t afford to do the same: “If this government and its candidate took on corruption, they’d have no ministers left.”

On Oct. 7, Venezuelans will elect a president for the 2013-2019 term from a ballot of five candidates, including Chavez and Capriles.

A few questions for ABC-NBC-CBS-NYT-NPR-CNN-WASHPO-LAT 

By: Shawn Mitchell  / Townhall Daily


You’re the elite, the cream of the national press corps (That’s pronounced “core” rather than “corpse,” which the president botched recently, but which you all found far less important than the “e” that’s not at the end of potato when a Republican VP stumbled). Thanks for coming. I invited you here to ask when’s the last time any of you fearless pros asked the president as direct and challenging a question as these two hardballs he faced last week at Univision, the Spanish language network: 

"I think up to 100 Mexicans might have died (in Operation Fast and Furious) and also American agent Brian Terry. There's a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation, but shouldn't the attorney general, Eric Holder…have known about that and if he didn't, should you fire him?"

"You promised [immigration reform] and a promise is a promise. And with all due respect, you didn't keep that promise."

Those are some respectful zingers doing just what the press is supposed to: holding political leaders accountable for their words and actions. So, can you think of any tough question you’ve put to him lately? 

As in, sometime this term? 

You don’t really want to look like lap dog sycophants, do you?  Good. Then here are a few suggestions:

Ask him if his policies toward the Middle East may have contributed to current violence there.

Specifically, did his decision to pressure Mubarak out of Egypt and to forcibly remove Qaddafi from Libya enable radical elements hostile to the US to rise to power?

Ask him if his overall approach to engaging the Muslim world has produced positive results.

Ask him why, after the attacks on Egyptian, Libyan, and other embassies, his administration immediately asserted the fiction they were spontaneous demonstrations of religious grievance at an obscure internet clip critical of Mohammed. 

Ask why for over a week it denied there was a deliberate targeting of America by terrorist groups on the anniversary of September 11th.  Ask him if it’s true the State Department had warnings of likely attacks in the Middle East at least 48 hours before they occurred.

Ask him, with or without warnings, why are American embassies in some of the most dangerous places on earth essentially unguarded? Will secretary of State Clinton be held accountable for this failure to protect American personnel?

Speaking of Obama team players, will any of you professional skeptics ask Harry Reid if he plans to apologize to Mitt Romney for falsely accusing him of paying no taxes for 10 years? And if he doesn’t, then why not? 

Will any of you ask the president how he can serve all Americans, as he pointedly told David Letterman is his job, if he doesn’t even know what the national debt is or what he has added to it?

When the president declares he “saved the auto industry,” will you ask him if he thinks Ford Motor Company and the American plants of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan aren’t also part of the American auto industry?

Ask him—if Chrysler and GM couldn’t pay their bills--what he thinks would have happened if bankruptcy law had been allowed to operate in a normal way?  Would Americans’ demand for cars have been less? 

Wouldn’t Chrysler’s and GM’s assets have been sold in an orderly way to leaner competitors or start up companies, who would have created new jobs and joined other suppliers to serve the American market?

Will you ask if it isn’t it more accurate to say he saved the ruinous pay, benefits, and pensions of the United Auto Workers that GM and Chrysler employed, and did it by lawlessly ripping equity out of the hands of secured creditors and bondholders and gifting it to the labor unions? 

And, isn’t it true that the happy talk a while back about GM paying back its loans was highly misleading, as in essentially false? That wasn’t income from auto sales, was it, just federal stimulus grants that GM turned around and handed back to the government? And don’t taxpayers still hold a major chunk of GM ownership in billions of devalued stock? And isn’t the company’s survival still very much in doubt? 

Will you ask him if this is really a success story, or likely a terribly costly, vote-buying boondoggle that just hasn’t played out yet? 

Those are just a few starters. If you all think about it, there are a lot of fastballs you could throw over the left edge of the plate—if your peripheral vision reaches there.

Even The Fed Doesn’t Believe It’ll Work 

By: Austin Hill  Townhall Daily.com / Finance

Breaking news: officials in our U.S. Federal Government do not know how to solve all our woes.

This actually shouldn’t be “news.” Leaders from none other than the Federal Reserve, itself, have repeatedly admitted this in recent months.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has admitted this multiple times, and in a variety of different contexts (a point I’ll review momentarily). But last Wednesday, the President and C.E.O. of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reiterated this point himself, and his announcements have largely been ignored.

In a Speech before the Harvard Club of New York City, bank President Richard Foster publicly restated his opposition to the Fed’s recent decision to launch “QE3,” its third attempt in three years to use monetary policy to stimulate the economy. Foster began his speech noting that “with each program we undertake to venture further in that direction (in the direction of using monetary policy as stimulus), we are sailing deeper into uncharted waters. We are blessed at the Fed with sophisticated econometric models and superb analysts. We can easily conjure up plausible theories as to what we will do when it comes to our next tack or eventually reversing course. The truth, however, is that nobody on the committee, nor on our staffs at the Board of Governors and the 12 Banks, really knows what is holding back the economy.”

Later in the speech, Mr. Foster noted that our economy “is already flush with $1.6 trillion in excess private bank reserves owned by the banking sector and held by the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Trillions more are sitting on the sidelines in corporate coffers. On top of all that, a significant amount of underemployed cash—or fuel for investment—is burning a hole in the pockets of money market funds and other non-depository financial operators. This begs the question: Why would the Fed provision to shovel billions in additional liquidity into the economy’s boiler when so much is presently lying fallow?”

The economy is being held back despite trillions of dollars “lying fallow,” and the highly educated experts at the Federal Reserve can’t figure out why. Mr. Foster deserves our thanks for being so truthful – yet we should all be concerned about his observations.

Of course, it was only three months ago when Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted that he had “no idea” why our economy is so “fragile.” This is the man who has overseen the lending of more than $3 trillion American taxpayer dollars to foreign banks; the rapid-fire acquisition of the former giant Merrill Lynch by the gargantuan Bank of America; the multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout of Wall Street; and – although he craft legislation or sign bills in to law, he nonetheless supported the $800 billion “economic stimulus bill” from the Congress and the Obama Administration.

And after all that – and before the latest stimulus effort announced less than two weeks ago – the Fed Chairman nonetheless admits that he has “no idea” what is wrong with our economy.

The talent, econometric models, and superb analysts at the Federal Reserve notwithstanding, Americans of all stripes need to come to grips with some basic economic realities. If it is still a goal of our country to create wealth and opportunity for all, then we’ll have to start demanding that our government officials think and act differently.

For example, we will not have entrepreneurs once again using those “fallow trillions” to create new businesses and jobs in large quantities, until we demand that government stops bullying private enterprise.

Despite the claims at the recent Democratic National Convention that President Obama “saved G.M” with government bailouts, last week General Motors announced that it wants to sever ties with our government. According to G.M. leadership, the restrictions on executive salaries that President Obama has forced upon the company have put G.M. at a competitive disadvantage with other car companies.

The fact that the Obama Administration would use an entire car company to satisfy its political agenda of cutting executive salaries, even at the expense of the company’s wellbeing, does not create a business-friendly environment. It conveys to entrepreneurs that President Obama’s agenda is preeminently important, and prosperity is secondary.

And did you hear about the Gallup organization? After publishing both political polling data and unemployment data that reflected poorly on the President, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod engaged Gallup in a series of intimidating conversations demanding that Gallup change their methodologies. Gallup didn’t budge – and mysteriously found themselves targeted with a lawsuit from the Department of Justice lawsuit over an “unrelated issue.”

Americans must also demand that both Washington, and Wall Street, embrace the economic wisdom of Main Street. Most of us realize that, just as a drunken person cannot drink himself sober, no individual, household, nor organization can borrow and spend itself out of debt. This reality applies to our government, as well.

Americans deserve, and must demand, better.

Bloviations from an idiot


Ahmadinejad: Zionists "at the end of the line"

From Jihad Watch

Note his chutzpah, in complaining about Iran being threatened, when he has threatened Israel so many, many times. "Ahmadinejad: Zionists Are 'At the End of the Line,'" by Elad Benari in Israel National News, September 24 (thanks to Voice of the Copts):
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated that should Israel attack his country, the Islamic Republic will retaliate. 
Ahmadinejad made the comments in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. The full interview will air on Monday, but excerpts were released on Sunday.
Asked by Morgan what his country’s response will be if it is attacked by Israel, the Iranian President replied, “The response of Iran is quite clear, I don't even need to explain that; any question in any nation has the right and will indeed defend herself. But my question is this, why should the world be managed in such a way that an individual can allow himself to threaten a rich and deeply-rooted historical, ancient country, such as Iran. A great country, such as Iran, based on an excuse of his own fabrication. So anyone can do this. Another country can say, I am guessing that country B is doing activity X, therefore I will attack that country. Can this be a successful formula for the management of the world?”
Morgan asked Ahmadinejad if he fears that war is imminent and whether he fears that there will be military conflict, perhaps before the end of this year, between Iran and Israel.
“Of course the Zionists are very much, very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things and I think they see themselves at the end of the line and I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors,” Ahmadinejad responded.
The interview also focused on the protests in the Middle East over the “Innocence of Muslims” film. Asked whether he condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered, Ahmadinejad answered, “Fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative, offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn. Likewise, we condemn any type of extremism.
“Of course, what took place was ugly,” he added. “Offending the Holy Prophet is quite ugly.
This has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. This is the weakness of and the abuse of freedom, and in many places it is a crime. It shouldn’t take place and I do hope the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy, or sanctity. But we also believe that this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason anywhere in the world.”...

Obama: Israeli pressure over Iran is "noise"

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


One thing must be said about this man: he has been consistent. As has the blindness of those of his followers who persist in believing that he is in any way pro-Israel. "Obama brushes off Israeli pressure over Iran," from AFP, September 23:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a line in the sand over Iran's nuclear ambitions as noise he tries to ignore, according to remarks aired Sunday. 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently urged the United States to establish what he called a "red line" regarding Tehran's nuclear program beyond which the United States would be compelled to act....
Obama, interviewed for Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes" on broadcaster CBS, said he understands and agrees with Netanyahu's insistence that Iran not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons as this would threaten both countries, the world in general, and kick off an arms race.
But Obama added: "When it comes to our national security decisions -- any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people. And I am going to block out -- any noise that's out there."...
Obama's contender for the presidency, Republican Mitt Romney, said this was no way to treat an ally.
The decision not to meet with Netanyahu, he said, also in an interview with "60 minutes", "is a mistake and sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends and I think the exact opposite approach is what's necessary."
Indeed.
Op-ed:

The Obama flag...more to it than meets the eye
By: Diane Sori


Obama’s new campaign flag...a point of controversy and contempt no matter how you look at it.

Besides this flag being a deliberately hurtful and direct insult to the hundreds of thousands of American men and women who fought and died for our country and our freedom under ‘Old Glory,’ to have our ‘Stars and Stripes’ desecrated like this shows a total disregard and disdain for the honor of our nation’s flag and all she represents.

And while some say the new flag looks like the bloody Benghazi embassy wall where possibly one of our people gripped the wall as he was dying I beg to differ...for I believe the flag is a representation of The Five Pillars of Islam.

After all, Barack HUSSEIN is a muslim, make NO mistake about it, and make NO mistake that this abomination of a flag was a message sent to us that islam is his way and soon will be ours...or so he hopes.

With the bastardized image of our nation’s flag showing the Obama logo where the stars should be and five stripes, five what looks like a blood-smeared representation of stripes, instead of the thirteen stripes our American flag has proudly displayed, the truth is hidden in plain sight if people would just open their eyes and look...really look.

Five stripes instead of thirteen...five stripes that resemble the blood smears of a human hand...five stripes that in NO way symbolize the original thirteen colonies as our flag intends...the number five says it all for I believe these five stripes represent ’The Five Pillars of Islam.’  

Very apropos for a man whose administration deliberately neglected to provide proper security for our embassy personnel as the so-called Arab Spring turned into a full-blown Muslim Brotherhood sponsored Arab Winter.

The Five Pillars of Islam represented by the five stripes on his flag...the five basic acts in islam considered obligatory to believers, and Barack Hussein Obama has done them all.

Pillar one: the shahada , the islamic creed known as kalmia meaning the declaration of faith professing that there is only one God (allah) and that muhammad is God's messenger.  How many times must Obama reiterate the words “my muslim faith” before people believe him...how many times must it be told that on page 261 of the paperback edition of his book, The Audacity of Hope” Obama writes, “I will stand with the muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”...how many times must the Muslim Brotherhood be invited to the White House while the Israeli Prime Minister is snubbed...how many times must Ramadan be honored while our National Day of Prayer is cancelled.

Stripe one...

Pillar two: prayers (salat) ) said five times each day according to the Sunna.  How many times has Obama suddenly slipped away during meetings and briefings...how many times has he bowed his head in what others thought to be in contemplation...how many times during private moments has he said these.

Stripe two...

Pillar three: fasting during Ramadan (sawm) as ritual compensation for repentance.  A given in the case of Barack HUSSEIN Obama as he has much to repent for including the deaths of our embassy personnel whose blood is on his hands...the apologizing for America’s military actions during a time of war; the apologizing for American exceptionalism...the bowing down to our enemies...the list is endless.

Stripe three...

Pillar four: alms giving (zakāt) is the practice of charitable giving by muslims based on accumulated wealth and it’s obligatory.  While Obama, the one who preaches about everyone else paying their fair share, does give to charity the percentage he gives is quite small at 1% a few years ago to only 5% now.  Nevertheless, this does meet the requirement for giving to charity under pillar four.

Stripe four...

Pillar five: a pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) for all able-bodied muslims at least once in their lifetime.  Obama went to Mecca in 2010 after he attended trhe G2 Summit.

Stripe 5...case closed.

And isn’t it odd that this abomination of a flag starts appearing right around the time of the eleventh anniversary of September 11th,  just in time to dig the knife in deeper into those still grieving for loved ones lost...and isn’t it odd that Obama along with his muslim brethren blames the violence in the Middle East on a YouTube video seen by so few until he appears on Pakistani TV bringing the video to the forefront by giving a statement that his administration had nothing to do with it...and isn’t it odd that while he condones islam he looks away to all the death and destruction his muslim brethren cause...so odd yet it puts together the pieces of the puzzle staring us right in the face these past almost four years.

The puzzle is complete and comes full-circle with a flag...a simple piece of cloth tells the man’s true intentions for our beloved America...for our Judeo-Christian nation...for our ‘one nation under God’ but only this time with that simple piece of cloth Barack HUSSEIN Obama has blatantly told us that that God is to be allah.

This new Obama flag is a flag of islam and the flag of a man who is the antithesis of everything our country stands for...of everything our country holds dear...of everything our country demands of its president.

Now more than ever with the truth be known, November 6th can’t come soon enough for me.