October 31, 2012
CONTINUE ASKING QUESTIONS: What Did He Know and When Did He Know It? The Shadow Knows…
CONTINUE ASKING QUESTIONS: What Did He Know and When Did He Know It? The Shadow Knows…
PAVED WITH HUBRIS: Two for the road.
CHOOSE WISELY: Markets or government: Whom do you trust?
MICHELLE OBAMA’S MARXIST/CRITICAL RACE THEORY TIES: The Blaze has a thorough report detailing Michelle Obama’s (nee Michelle Robinson’s) ties to Marxist/Critical Race Theory groups while an undergraduate at Princeton.
Her husband’s ties to this radical ideology is well documented.
HIDDEN-CAMERA PRANK: Have An Obama-Style Halloween!!
EVEN MORE MITTMENTUM: N.H. NASHUA TELEGRAPH ENDORSES ROMNEY: Add New Hampshire’s largest newspaper to the growing list of papers that endorsed Obama in 2008 but are abandoning him in droves now. The editors stated:
So the basic question facing The Telegraph editorial board when it met last week came down to this: Did the former Illinois senator do enough to live up to those admittedly high expectations to warrant a second term?
After several hours of spirited debate, not unlike conversations taking place in kitchens and living rooms across America, we reached a consensus that he had not. Perhaps more importantly, when we identified the key challenges facing the nation – jobs, the economy and the national debt – we concluded he was not the best candidate to meet them.
That person is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and we hereby endorse him to become the 45th president of the United States.
But don’t get cocky, y’all.
BLOOMBERG TO OBAMA: STAY AWAY: Breitbart reports that Obama wanted to visit NYC to pose for more photo-ops. Mayor Bloomberg’s office rejected Obama’s offer, saying, “We’d love to have him, but we’ve got lots of things to do.” Obama’s basically the pesky little brother who wants to follow big brother Bloomberg around and act cool and grown up. Go play with your State Department or CIA friends, Obama. Oh, that’s right: They’re mad at you right now.
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICES– ORIGINALISTS? Absolutely, unequivocally not. I get the chance to set the record straight on a report I authored, commissioned by the Federalist Society, about 3 Florida Supreme Court Justices– Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince–who are facing retention election this November. Early media reports put their liberal “spin” on my report, claiming I had concluded these three justices were “not activist.” WRONG. I assiduously avoided using the “activist” word because I think it’s vastly overused and accordingly difficult to make stick. But my report made abundantly clear two things:
1. These 3 justices do have a discernible pattern of voting in accord with their (liberal) ideology; and
2. It is perfectly acceptable for voters in Florida to cast their retention vote based on their belief that the justices’ ideology is “wrong” or out-of-step with Floridians.
Is that clear enough for everyone?
JENNIFER RUBIN: All those attacks did Obama no good.
It is worth recollecting the array of attacks from the Obama camp that failed to carry the day. Romney’s approval rating is now higher than Obama’s and the Obama team tried portraying Romney as: 1) the “vulture” capitalist; 2) a tax evader and/or a felon for signing (or not signing) Bain documents after he left to run the Olympics; 3) killer of Joe Soptic’s wife; 4) outsourcer of jobs to China; 5) determined to take contraception away from women; 6) ready to give a tax cut to the rich and hike middle-class taxes; 7) egging on the auto industry’s demise; 8) willing to throw granny over the cliff on Medicare; 9) President George W. Bush’s political twin; and 10) Big Bird terminator.
In big and large assaults, some petty and some sweeping, Obama and third-party groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to make Romney an unacceptable alternative. It seems to have failed, spectacularly so. You can attribute a great deal of that wipeout to Romney’s outstanding debate performances. You can give him and his campaign staff credit for (belatedly) focusing on the beleaguered middle class and his positive agenda to restore them to prosperity. And you can even credit some in the mainstream media — and many more in conservative media — for debunking the attacks.
But you do have to wonder if Obama’s throw-the-kitchen sink approach was ever going to work. The Obama team’s arrogance, I suppose, did not allow for the realization that the truth might be an impediment to its negative onslaught or that voters would be able to judge Romney for themselves.Obama only made himself look crabby and desperate.
STACY MCCAIN reports from Ohio.
AND AGAIN, IF YOU LIKE BEING TREATED AS A CHILD: The President’s Insulting Campaign.
Also, the heroic first responders you saw last night were mostly NYPD and NYFD, and their counterparts in New Jersey, etc. With the exception of the Coast Guard, nearly all the rescuing was being done by state and municipal employees, not by FEMA. The Democrats’ FEMA-worship is an insult to the people who are shouldering the greater part of the load, and the danger.
I ALREADY HAVE A DADDY: But I’ve lately started wondering if the current Democrats aren’t in some odd way trying to capitalize on the wounded children of the shattering social revolution. Two Democrat presidents with absentee dads in a row might be just a coincidence, but it doesn’t feel that way. Obama’s “weirdly paternalistic form of social liberalism”. As we used to say, when I was a hardcore Libertarian: We don’t want to be your mommy, we don’t want to be your daddy. We want you to move out of the basement and get a job. (Getting adults to take responsibility would be good too to avoid more wounded children.) Wonder if that could be a winning electoral message? We shall see.
FOUR YEARS, ONE STORM. EYES ON THE BALL: The storm before the storm?
THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE: Michelle Obama: ‘I’ve had 10-year-olds who are on a phone bank’ for Barack. This explains some of the calls I’ve had. Not particularly literate ten year olds. My name is apparently impossible to pronounce. My first name.
PHOTOS: Superstorm Slams East: 245 photos of the devastation caused by Sandy, at the Weather Channel.
YOU HAVE TO KILL A FEW OF THOSE BRAIN CELLS NOW AND THEN, POUR ENCOURAGER LES AUTRES: Do More Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol?
NO, ROMNEY WOULD NOT ABOLISH FEMA: You’d think they would be playing these gotcha games with more important stuff like… Benghazi. No? No, neither would I. I no longer expect even normal decency from our so called Main Stream Media. At one time I wanted to be a journalist. Now I just want their model to die.
AT AMAZON, coupons galore in Home & Kitchen.
BILL CLINTON DEFINITELY WANTS TO WIN THIS THING: “The only question is: For whom?”
JUST NBC THE HATE: MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims.
CALIFORNIA: Dems nervous, GOP upbeat as vote nears. “In this most unpredictable of campaigns, an emotional role reversal is happening in California. Republicans, who hold no statewide offices and are only 30 percent of registered voters, are more upbeat and enthusiastic. Liberals, on the other hand, keep checking the polls.”
PROGRESSIVES AGAINST PROGRESS: We all have our vision of the ideal Manhattan. For some, it’s the Miesian early 1960s world of Don Draper or Roger O. Thornhill. For others, it’s Annie and Alvy in the mid-’70s. For Occupy Wall Street it’s…Waterworld:
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallSt) October 30, 2012
But if they’re really celebrating reprimitivization in general and the lack of electricity specifically, why are they Tweeting about it?
DAILY LIFE IN ISLAMIST NORTHERN MALI: The Islamists better enjoy this while it lasts, because it’s not going to:
A checkpoint set up by the Islamist police on the road to Gao marks the beginning of the region controlled by the new rulers of northern Mali. Adolescents wielding Kalashnikovs stand at the barrier with their legs apart. The oldest one keeps repeating the same instructions through a megaphone: “No cigarettes, no CDs, no radios, no cameras, no jewelry,” an endless loop of prohibitions, a list of everything that’s haram, or impure, with which this journey to the north begins. The men stand guard in the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
With arrogant gestures, they stop the few long-distance buses still coming from southern Mali. One of the men, holding his weapon at the ready, inspects the busses by walking down the aisle and checking to make sure everyone is in compliance with the Islamists’ rules: Are women and men sitting in separate areas? Are the women wearing the hijab? And are the men wearing trousers that reach to their ankles, the kind of trousers that radical Muslims believe the Prophet favored? They are now obligatory in Gao.
The driver and the passengers submit to the procedure in silence. When it’s over, the inspector jumps out of the back door, still wielding his Kalashnikov, and calls out “Salam alaikum,” the greeting commonly used in the Muslim world. The bus has now been cleared to pass through the checkpoint.
FASTER, PLEASE: Scientists Move Closer to a Lasting Flu Vaccine. “Dr. Nabel and other flu experts foresee a time when seasonal flu shots are a thing of the past, replaced by long-lasting vaccines.”
OBAMA: “WE LEAVE NOBODY BEHIND”: Yep– you heard that right. Our commander-in-chief, he of Benghazi-gate, told reporters at a photo-op at the Red Cross today that “we leave nobody behind.” At least not after a hurricane a week from the election. But in far away Benghazi, well, that’s another question entirely. I know this is graphic, folks, but sometimes graphic pictures drive a point home in a way words never can:
IN THE MAIL: Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition, by Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst. Schulze’s original 1986-version was the definitive history of this landmark modernist architect and this new edition is extensively revised and updated from the original version, with numerous new illustrations, to boot.
Earlier this year, I scanned a few of my photos from my 2000 trip to Mies’s 1929-era Barcelona Pavilion, and uploaded a 1987-vintage BBC Design Classics look at Mies’ Barcelona Chair to the PJ Lifestyle blog. And my July of 2001 National Review Online article on Mies is still visible, here.
SCIENCE FICTION LAND: This might be a worthwhile Kickstarter project.
Science Fiction Land is the latest from director Judd Ehrlich, a two-time Emmy-nominated filmmaker (Run for Your Life, Mayor Of The West Side, Magic Camp). [It] tells the mind-bending true story behind Ben Affleck’s Argo. Production on our film began years before the Hollywood version. We don’t have big stars or a big budget, but we have an extraordinary story to tell. After filming dozens of interviews and accumulating a bounty of archival materials, with your support, we will be able to complete this unique film and share the real-life events that are truly stranger than fiction.
They’ve raised about 75 percent of the money they need, but they only have four days left.
KAUS: A Machiavellian four-step plan for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the final pre-election October employment statistics. “There is precedent for this maneuver…”
#BENGHAZI: “The big reason is fear of failure, a big public failure,” Michael Ledeen writes, with an assist from his late friend, James Jesus Angleton of the CIA. It was easier for the Obama administration “to live with tragedy and even a perception of indecisiveness-verging-on-cowardice, than with an AC-130 gunship going down in flames.”
I have a free short story out for the next five days on Amazon (I forgot to put in the description that it is a short story. I’m a little busy with election stuff and more confused than normal.) Wait Until The War Is Over. It was published in the DAW anthology Gateways.
ALTERNATIVES: Pinterest For Dudes.
TO BE EMBARRASSED THEY’D NEED THE ABILITY TO TELL RIGHT FROM WRONG: The Benghazi Coverup: Are Reporters Embarrassed?
I’VE GOT A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm, Ltd. for 4.05 billion dollars. As part of the deal, Star Wars: Episode 7 announced for 2015.
No doubt, with this latest Star Wars film, the new partnership will maintain the same rigorous controls over plotting and dialogue that Lucas brought to bear on the previous decade’s trio of Star Wars prequels.
LONGEVITY: Modern humans found to be fittest ever at survival, by far. “Modern humans have gotten incomparably good at survival, doing more to extend our lives over the last century than our forebears did in the previous 6.6 million years since we parted evolutionary ways with chimpanzees, according to a new study. In fact, humans in societies with plentiful food and advanced medicine have surpassed other species used in life-extending medical research in stretching our longevity and reducing our odds of dying at every point along our ever-lengthening life spans, the study finds.”
AT AMAZON, it’s the Holiday Toy List.
“HANNAH ARENDT HAD IT RIGHT,” Pat Moynihan once said. “She said one of the great advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”
ED MORRISSEY: Media cooperating with Benghazi cover-up?
UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes:
Infuriating as their attempts may be, an MSM cover-up doesn’t have the same damping effect it once did. Consider the viewership numbers for Fox News and of course the deep penetration now achieved by social media and the web more generally. Time after time attempts to suppress “news” fail in the face of an extensively networked population. Even the Chinese continue to have problems despite powers far exceeding anything we’ve experienced. Partisans in the MSM have been standing there guarding a door while the walls of the house around them have collapsed. Perhaps they should recall the effectiveness of the Maginot Line circa 1940.
BUYER’S REMORSE (CONT’D): Richard Cohen: The President Who Seems Not To Care. “His eloquence, it turned out, was reserved for campaigning. Obama never espoused a cause bigger than his own political survival.”
Of course, Republicans are still “vandals.” Because letting people keep their own money and stuff is, you know, exactly what the Vandals did.
UNBIASED: Reporters Caught Mocking Romney on Politico Live Stream.
OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD, AND THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN DONATION SCANDAL IS ALIVE: Claim: Obama campaign website accepted real donation from fake ‘Osama bin Laden.’
OBAMA IN OREGON: Elizabeth points out that President Obama is only polling at 47 percent in my home state of Oregon. (Romney is only polling at 41 percent.) I live in one of the most left-wing neighborhoods of the state’s most left-wing city. Four years ago just about everyone had an Obama sign in their yard. This year my neighborhood has a grand total of one. Romney isn’t making the sale, but there is no enthusiasm for the president here whatsoever.
UPDATE: A Portland reader adds: “My daily walks around the neighborhood often take me through the faculty parking lot of the Lewis and Clark College Law School. Four years ago about 70 to 80% of the cars in this usually near full 100-place parking lot had Obama bumper stickers. This year-to-date three is the most cars I have seen with an Obama bumper sticker. And these are 2008 stickers, no new 2012 stickers. Most of the 2008 stickers were gone within a year of the election. Also gone were the old Gore and Kerry bumper stickers left over from previous election campaigns. The Prius with a dozen or so lefty bumper stickers had an Obama sticker 4 years ago, now no Obama sticker, still has his NO W sticker though. This is my data point, there does not seem to be much enthusiasm for Obama around here either in the way of lawn signs.”
THIS WOULD BE A GREAT MOVIE IDEA: Going After Pirates With Robots. Might need to sex up the design a little. . . .
AND YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT IT’S DOING TO MOST PUBLISHERS: The internet has made shops obsolete in some towns. I’m going to stick my neck out and say this is just beginning.
OKAY, SO WHERE DOES FIAT PLAN TO BUILD JEEPS? There’s a flap on the presidential campaign trail sparked by questions over whether Fiat, which owns Chrysler, plans to move Jeep production from the U.S. to China. Turns out Jeeps will continue to be built here, may again be built in China, and will in the near future also be built in Italy. Confusing? Perhaps this will help.
EVEN MORE MITTMENTUM: OREGON POLL PUTS OBAMA AT ONLY 47%: The newly released Oregonian poll has the presidential race at 47-41 for Obama, with 8% undecided and a 5% margin of error. Says the paper:
Obama’s lead is considerably smaller than his margin of victory in Oregon four years ago and is a sign of how tight the presidential race has become across the nation.
C’mon 8% undecided Oregonians! Can you really stand 4 more years of the same???
IN RESPONSE TO MY EARLIER POST ON U.S. PLANS FOR INTERVENTION IN MALI, reader Rob Crawford writes: “What was it Powell said the other day about Obama not getting us in any more wars? Anyone asked him about Mali?” If someone sees Colin, maybe they can ask him. Also, what does he think about letting our people die in Benghazi? . . .
MARK HALPERIN: Democrats Go On Defense In Blue States.
A DRAW YOU SAY: Politico: Looks like a draw on early voting. I don’t think that word means what you think it means…
VOTES BY PRECINCT: The Stanford Election Atlas.
VIDEO: Local media covering Anti-Romney vandalism; national liberal media ignore. I hope the gas station owner in the video below was able to make the license plate number(s) in his security camera footage:
EUROPEAN HYPOCRISY — TRES CHIC: Inconsistent’ Europe imports 15 times more goods from West Bank than from Palestinians. Of course, hard to import goods that aren’t created…
KATRINA PART II: NYT Exploits Storm to Criticize Romney:
At least sixteen people are dead and millions are without power, and the NYT has one message for you — Romney is a bad man.
Ironically, about the same time a NYT writer would have been putting the anti-Romney editorial together, a Romney campaign bus-turned-supply-vehicle was delivering pre-storm essentials to people who needed them.
And from yesterday, “When News Reports Become Editorials: Let’s check in tonight at how ABC News is covering the presidential election,” and Sandy — don’t miss the screen shot of the ABC Website.
I watched a few minutes of CBS’s coverage of Sandy last night before bailing, after it took major partisan shots at Romney and Christie. I wish I had been able to make a recording of it; perhaps a Website like Newsbusters or the MRC.org did, though.
SHAME AND THE SINGLE MAN.
JOHN EDWARDS WAS RIGHT: There are two Americas. However, I’d slice the distinction finer. While I generally agree with the author, I’d say that the real divide is those who love America and those who either hate it or are embarrassed by it. The line still divides Tyrone Woods and Lena Dunham, though.
FORMER HEAD OF PACIFIC FLEET CALLS BENGHAZI NON-RESPONSE “UN-AMERICAN”: Retired Admiral James Lyons in his own words:
Having been in a number of similar situations, I know you have to have the courage to do what’s right and take immediate action. Obviously, that courage was lacking for Benghazi. The safety of your personnel always remains paramount. With all the technology and military capability we had in theater, for our leadership to have deliberately ignored the pleas for assistance is not only in incomprehensible, it is un-American.
He’s right. The truth about Benghazi-gate will come out, sooner or later. Let’s hope it’s sooner. Lamestream media, are you listening? Do you even care???
CAUGHT IN THE GRIP OF AN UNDERTOW: It’s What You Can’t See.
INTELLECTUALS’ BUYER’S REMORSE: Pundits Ditch Obama. “Losing a few intellectuals is not the same thing as losing a mandate, but the contrast between the excitement surrounding the 2008 campaign and the weariness of this one is hard to miss. . . . The enthusiasm for the President has diminished. We are hearing much less about the new Lincoln, the next Roosevelt and the Democratic Reagan this time around.”
WAPO’S RICHARD COHEN WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA “WITH REGRET”: Ouch! Liberal columnist Richard Cohen writes a scathing piece in the Washington Post, in which he admits that Obama is an indifferent President who hasn’t fulfilled his promise.
History was draped over Obama like a cape. His bona fides in that sense were as unimpeachable as Bobby Kennedy’s. The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself. Liberals were intolerant of anyone who had doubts. Obama was not a man, but a totem. A single critical column from me during the campaign triggered a fusillade of invective. The famous and esteemed told me off. I was the tool of right-wing haters, a dope of a dupe.
. . . .
On the movie screen, Robert F. Kennedy’s appeal is obvious: authenticity. He cared. He showed it. People saw that and cared about him in return. With Obama, the process is reversed. It’s hard to care about someone who seems not to care in return. I will vote for him for his good things, and I will vote for him to keep Republican vandals from sacking the government. But after watching Bobby Kennedy, I will vote for Obama with regret. I wish he was the man I once mistook him for.
C’mon, Cohen, we Republicans won’t “sack” the government. We’ll demand that it stay within its proper constitutional bounds (something all Americans should support), we’ll get rid of wasteful programs, and we’ll reform those entitlements you love so that they’ll actually be around for your children and grandchildren. Come over to the light side, Richard. We don’t bite.
OOPS: Power Fail: White House Directs Storm Victims To … The Internet. “Despite the heightened expectation of widespread power and cable television failures, everyone from the president to local newscasters seem to expect the public to rely entirely on the Internet and their TVs for vital news and instructions.”
DAN MITCHELL: Dissecting Obama’s Record On Tax Policy.
LIFELONG JEWISH DEMOCRAT: WHY I’M VOTING FOR ROMNEY: In yesterday’s Jerusalem Post, longtime and active Democrat Bryna Franklin explains why she is voting for Mitt Romney:
No Democratic president has ever been so fiscally irresponsible. President Clinton worked together with Congress to balance the budget and erase the deficit; President Obama has run trillion-dollar deficits every year, and we are now $6 trillion deeper in debt than when he was elected. Over 40 cents of every dollar we now spend is borrowed from China.
Future generations are being saddled with this burden.
Past Democratic administrations have records of high economic growth and high employment. Yet, under Obama, millions more Americans are without jobs than before he took office, and half of recent college graduates are unable to find work. Far too many of the jobs that Obama claims to have created or saved are in the public sector, and small businesses, the backbone of our economy, are hurting. Property values have not rebounded, and home foreclosures continue at a frightening pace.
On the international level, President Obama has proven himself to be a weak leader. Where has any of his diplomacy succeeded? Presidents Truman and Kennedy stood strong against the tyrannies of their time; President Obama bows down to the king of Saudi Arabia, and does not stand up to the president of Iran.
MORE MITTMENTUM: ENDORSEMENT LOSS IS MAJOR: Investor’s Business Daily reports that 1 in 5 major metro daily newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 have now concluded that 4 more years of his policies cannot turn our economy around, and have endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
IF YOU MISSED IT LAST NIGHT, my USA Today column is up: Sea Change: Americans of all political persuasions are now comfortable criticizing the president.
UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry! (Bumped).
HEY, REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA WAS THE PEACE CANDIDATE? Hillary Clinton Arrives in Algeria to Push Mali Invasion.
The Obama administration, which plans to be hunting terrorists in the far corners of the globe for decades, looks set to get involved in an invasion of Mali to destroy what has become a base of operations for al-Qaeda in a sparsely populated and basically ungoverned region of Africa.
This is also a consequence of another invasion: NATO’s misadventure in Libya. Weapons and mercenaries came flooding to Mali after Qaddafi’s defeat. We are now reaping the consequences of that decision, ‘leading from behind’ into yet another war, even as the much more strategically vital country of Syria spirals uncontrollably toward chaos, and the radical presence there grows.
Thanks goodness the President who did all this isn’t a Republican; otherwise the media just might be upset.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: City College of San Francisco Begins Downsizing.
WHERE’S JAY CARNEY? A reader emails: “We know the President is at the White House today, so where is Jay Carney – and why aren’t reporters getting briefed? Maybe because he’d be asked why Obama stays up to get briefed though the night on a storm one week before Election Day, but conveniently went back sleep after learning about a terrorist murder in Benghazi?”
Hey, could be.
IN THIS “ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?” SYMPOSIUM FROM THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE, a striking report: One-Third of Adult Men Are Out of Work.
GOOD MORNING NEWS SEVEN DAYS OUT: Delightful. Now get out and vote and volunteer. We’re poll watching and the kid who is too young for that is phone-banking. It’s all about not going quietly into that not so good night.
POINTS AND FIGURES: Why Close The Exchanges When We’ve Got Electronic Trading?
HOW TO LIVE A LONG TIME:
The researchers followed subjects for an average of six years, measuring their diets, physical activity and how much they napped. They found that occasional napping was associated with a 12 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, but that regular napping — at least three days weekly — was associated with a 37 percent reduction. She also pointed out a preliminary study of Ikarian men between 65 and 100 that included the fact that 80 percent of them claimed to have sex regularly, and a quarter of that self-reported group said they were doing so with “good duration” and “achievement.” . . . Ask the very old on Ikaria how they managed to live past 90, and they’ll usually talk about the clean air and the wine.
I’m going with the whole package. Why take chances?
DAVE HARDY: “The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Joyce Foundation) is trying to silence Kurt Hofman, who blogs as the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner. Their knowledge of the First Amendment is right up there with their knowledge of the Second.”
Well, when you’ve lost the argument, all that’s left is attacking the arguers.
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Stand-Down Order In Benghazi Attack Still A Mystery.
The president says the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed, but, as in 1980 at another embassy, it should — just as it matters who gave the order to stand down.
We have speculated that a reason the cries for military help during the seven-hour assault on our consulate in Benghazi were ignored was due to fears of another “Blackhawk down” incident as in Somalia under President Clinton or a repeat of the Desert One mission that crashed and burned in the Iranian desert in a failed attempt to rescue our hostages in Tehran in 1980.
After all, according to Richard Miniter’s book “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,” it was at the urging of White House adviser Valerie Jarrett that President Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before finally approving the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL mission. Her concern: the political harm to Obama if the mission failed.
As we’ve written, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has falsely said we didn’t have real-time intelligence of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. The administration has also suggested it was the CIA that put the brakes on any attempt at relief or rescue.
ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that a CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA Director David Petraeus, has put out a statement saying, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.”
Someone did, and the question is who?
Someone too big to fit under the bus.
THE FAILURES OF “GREEN ENERGY” INDUSTRIAL POLICY.
REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM BUSH? The Supreme Court Exposes Obama’s Circular Logic on Wiretapping.
DISASTER-PREP THOUGHTS FROM A READER:
Just a random thought inspired by Sandy and disaster preparation in general. Do we need a strategic reserve of printed books in secure locations in case all the digital ones get fried by an EMP, solar flare or other catastrophic infrastructure attack? Today we are fine, but in 50 years will anyone print a book on dead trees?
Not a bad idea.
WHY LIBERALS THINK WHAT THEY DO, as explored by Victor Davis Hanson:
Anger, envy, and the primordial emotions
For some, especially those who are well-educated and well-spoken, a sort of irrational furor at “the system” governs their political make-up. Why don’t degrees and vocabulary always translate into big money? Why does sophisticated pontification at Starbucks earn less than mindlessly doing accounting behind a desk? We saw this tension with Michelle Obama who, prior to 2009, did not quite have enough capital to get to Aspen or Costa del Sol, and thereby, despite the huge power-couple salaries, Chicago mansion, and career titles, felt that others had far too much more than the Obamas. “Never been proud,” “downright mean country,” “raise the bar,” etc., followed, as expressions of yuppie angst. The more one gets, the more one believes he should get even more, and the angrier he gets that another — less charismatic, less well-read, less well-spoken — always seems to get more.
So do not discount the envy of the sophisticated elite. The unread coal plant manager, the crass car dealer, or the clueless mind who farms 1000 acres of almonds should not make more than the sociology professor, the kindergarten teacher, the writer, the artist, or the foundation officer. What sort of system would allow the dense and easily fooled to become better compensated (and all for what — for superfluous jet skis and snowmobiles?) than the anguished musician or tortured-soul artist, who gives so much to us and receives so much less in return? What a sick country — when someone who brings chain saws into the Sierra would make more than a UC Berkeley professor who would stop them.
You can see that mindset hard at work in this angry and punitive Tweet from Robert Reich:
Will we comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable under President Obama, or do the exact opposite under President Romney?
I missed the section of the Constitution that calls for the government to afflict the comfortable — but I bet Mr. Obama can find it.
(Incidentally, isn’t it journalism’s self-designated role to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable?” Though that’s a task that the industry seemed to “unexpectedly” begin to forget, starting in 2008.)
OH, BY THE WAY: Repeal The Hollywood Tax Cuts!
BENGHAZI — NO MERE ‘OCTOBER SURPRISE,’ Jonah Goldberg writes in the L.A. Times*:
This isn’t an “October surprise” foisted on the media by opposition research; it’s news.
This story raises precisely the sort of “big issues” the media routinely claim elections should be about. For instance, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week that the “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.” If real-time video of the attack and communications with Americans on the ground begging for assistance doesn’t constitute “real-time information,” what does?
This is not to say that Fox News is alone in covering the story. But it is alone in treating it like it’s a big deal.
Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, Roger L. Simon has set up an email account at PJM for tips on Benghazi:
PJ Media has established an email address Benghazi@pjmedia.com to receive hitherto unpublished information about the events in Libya on September 11. We will respect all confidences on this information and also pledge to our readers that we will not publish anything that we have not thoroughly vetted.
This email address is not for theories about what happened. Plenty of places exist on the Internet — including the comments section of this post — to write what you think may have happened. At Benghazi@pjmedia.com we are only interested in verifiable facts.
Our purpose is only the public’s right to know — before it votes — so we are not kicking ourselves in the shins three years later when it all comes out at a congressional hearing.
So remember, if you know something concrete, write us at Benghazi@pjmedia.com. We will respect your confidentiality and endeavor to uncover the truth.
SANDY WREAKS HAVOC ACROSS NORTHEAST; at least 11 dead, according to CNN.
And “its effects were already felt late Monday night on the far shore of Lake Michigan,” blogger Rebel Pundit reports at Breitbart.com, with photos. “North winds began blowing down the lakefront, bringing massive waves to the Chicago shoreline.”
CHRISTIANOPHOBIA: Christians persecuted throughout the world.
The latest bombing in Nigeria shows how Christians are increasingly suffering for their faith – and how their plight is being ignored.
Well, they don’t cut off heads or bomb things.
Moscow police have discovered a brothel on the premises of a monastery whose abbot is thought to be President Vladimir Putin’s spiritual adviser.
AT AMAZON, Warehouse Deals in Kitchen & Dining. (Bumped).