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To Obama, Mid-East Violence and Murders: “Bumps in the Road”, Israel: “Noise”

In comments made during a CBS ’60 Minutes’ interview, Barack Obama described violent attacks on embassies in the Middle East and the murder of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, as “bumps in the road”.

When asked if recent events in the Middle East had changed his outlook on supporting the Arab Spring, Obama responded: “Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. The question presumes that somehow we could have stopped this wave of change.  I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal right, a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance.   But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam.”


A coordinated military maneuver, confirmed by the head of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center as a terrorist attack, that employed rocket propelled grenades and other heavy weapons, which was launched on the anniversary on 9/11 against an American embassy that directly led to the death of four Americans, including an ambassador, is a “bump in the road”?

During the interview, Obama admitted that his campaign ads had made mistakes, but somehow, CBS News didn’t find that piece of information newsworthy enough to share with their viewers.

When asked if he was disturbed by fact checkers proving assertions in his ads were untrue, Obama responded:  “Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, are there mistakes that are made, areas where there is no doubt somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? You know, that happens in politics.”


That happens in politics when a campaign cannot run on its record in office, is so desperate to win that it deems it necessary to employ every long used dirty “progressive” smear tactic and suffers from a severe shortage of ethics, morals and socially redeeming qualities.

Remember when the United States was unquestionably Israel’s strongest ally?  Not anymore.  According to Obama, Israel is merely “one of our closest allies in the region”.

Since his inauguration, Obama has attempted to appease the Islamist world with an “even-handed” approach.  Now Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has serious doubts about American resolve to stand behind Israel.

For his part, Obama admitted to viewing Netanyahu’s requests for the U.S. to take a harder stance against Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons as “noise” he must ignore when making American security decisions.


Is it sheer coincidence that the exact same word was used to describe Israel by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?   “I have spoken about this topic at length, previously. We generally speaking do not take very seriously the issue of the Zionists and the possible dangers emanating from them. Of course they would love to find a way for their own salvation by making a lot of noise and to raise stakes in order to save themselves. But I do not believe they will succeed. Iran is also a very well recognized country and her defensive powers are very clear.”


Is this any way for America to conduct foreign policy?  Does having cities in twenty different countries descend into weeks of anti-American violence and murder sound like a “bump in the road” or more like just cause for alarm?  Does treating long-time ally Israel like they are simply “one of our closest allies in the region” sound like a recipe for successfully enlisting new allies in the future?  Is this what Americans view as making America safer?  Is this what Americans see as elevating America’s standing in the world view?

Is it accidental that a large number of Americans who are currently engaged in early voting are oblivious to this information?

America deserves better than this, does it not?


STOCK Act Passes in House 417- 2. Here Come the Hypocrites

The STOCK Act passed in the House by a vote of 417 – 2 , yet there was still plenty of complaining and partisan bickering during it’s passage on Thursday.  S. 2038, also known as the STOCK ACT is,  “An original bill to prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, and for other purposes” according to govtrack.us . This bill was rapidly drawn up in response to the taxpayer outrage that followed a 6o Minutes special that proved that several members of congress were indeed profiting from insider information that is kept from the public sector.

First of all, how did members of Congress away with 78 years of illegal insider trading that would land the average American in prison? According to Fox Business , insider trading was made illegal way back in 1934.( by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934)  The rules contained within the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 make it illegal for anyone to profit from insider information being used in the trading/buying/selling of stocks, as was witnessed when Martha Stewart went to prison for dumping her shares of ImClone to avoid big losses in the future.  It was proven that she had used inside information that the stock was going to tank, so she dumped her shares. Off to prison she went, while members of Congress benefited from the very same insider trading for the last 78 years, all because the rules of the 1934 Securities Exchande Act somehow, accidentally, (sarc) exempted Congress from obeying the very law that they had written to prevent insider trading. A quick browser search does not pull up one single member of Congress who has ever done prison time for illegal insider trading, even though they have been allowed to do it for over 78 years. Amazing.

   Ex- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor on Thursday to praise the passage of this bill, while also stating what can only be seen as one of the most hypocritical statements to ever come out of Congress: (emphasis added)

 “I too want to join the distinguished Majority Leader, Mr. Cantor, in praising the leadership of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, our Ranking Member on the Rules Committee, and Congressman Tim Walz, for their extraordinary leadership over time.  Their persistence, the approach that they have taken to this—to remove all doubt in the public’s mind, if that is possible, that we are here to do the people’s business and not to benefit personally from it.

Is that not hypocritical to the tenth degree, after reading the following info-byte from the Fox Business article cited above?  “And these deals aren’t limited to one party or the other… In 2008, former  Speaker of the House Nancy  Pelosi (D-CA) was granted access to the Visa IPO back in 2008 while the  House was considering credit card legislation that would hurt the credit card  industry. Her initial $220k investment went up $100k in two days.”

In summary, we see that members of Congress have been allowed to profit from illegal insider trading for almost 8 decades, 60 minutes does a special based on based on a book by Peter Schweizer titled Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison, which exposed what has to be considered just the tip of the iceberg on insider trading by Congress, and which named Nancy Pelosi as one of the offenders. Now she wants the public to give her credit for getting the STOCK Act passed to put a stop to illegal insider trading by members of Congress.  Martha Stewart went to prison for her insider trading, yet Nancy Pelosi wants the American public to reward her and the Democrats by voting them back in control of the House in 2012 for their insider trading. Only in America could people be so gullible, largely thanks to the Liberal political operatives posing as news reporters, and their blatant refusal to report the truth.

While the passage of The STOCK Act is a very welcome  piece of legislation, one has to wonder why illegal insider trading by members of Congress has been allowed to go on for over 7 decades in the first place. NOTE: Will this “bill that prevents members of Congress from participating in illegal insider trading” actuall call for criminal charges and/or prison time when they are caught,  such as was the case with Martha Stewart?  The House passed this bill on Thursday, yet according to govtrack.us, we the people are not able to actually read the bill to see what is in it, once again. “The text of this legislation is not yet available on GovTrack.  It may not have been made available by the Government Printing Office yet.’ (as of 02/10/2012.)



Andy Rooney Has Died At The Age Of 92

Sadly mirroring the final days of Steve Jobs, Andy Rooney has also died shortly after resigning from a post that made him famous.  Below is an excerpt from CBS news.

(CBS News)

Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died today. He was 92 and had homes in New York City, Rensseleaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.

Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1097th essay for “60 Minutes” that he would no longer appear regularly.

You can find the rest of the CBS piece here.  Andy Rooney was one of television’s longest running commentators; he will be missed.