Tuesday, September 13, 2011

White House urged downplay of al Quaida at 9/11 services; Our President's demeanor; Lower Manhattan Development Corp refuses federal funds for Ground Zero mosque; Luminant drops 500 employees due to EPA regulations; Longshormen obey Teamsters President with violent protest; Why Congress should not pass Obam DeFazio expresses Democrat discontent with Obama's direction; Shreveport police target gun owners; White House using press office for campaign work

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, "...and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them."
Daily Caller writes: President Barack Obama’s speech memorializing the thousands of 9/11 terror victims played down the identity and purpose of their attackers.
Obama did not identify the attackers as Islamists or al Qaida members, and did not describe their purpose, but labeled them vaguely as “hateful killers.”
Prior to Sunday’s commemorations, guidelines the White House issued to administration officials urged them to downplay al Qaida. The terror group’s members “still have the ability to inflict harm … [but] Al Qaeda and its adherents have become increasingly irrelevant,” according to a copy of the guidelines publicized Aug. 29 by the New York Times.
American Thinker opines:  During the nationally broadcast 9/11 ceremony from New York, President Obama stood there in a Bill Clinton pose --  his nose perched high in the air -- seemingly unmoved even as others wept and bowed their heads in prayer.  It was a troubling and incongruous posture for the leader of a nation commemorating the worst terrorist attack in American history.
Obama's expression of remoteness and arrogant disdain was so palpable that the Wall Street Journal chose to feature it on the front page of the Monday edition.  In a striking photograph taken by Kristoffer Tipplaar, Obama is pictured with his nose at a 45-degree angle standing next to George Bush, whose face, furrowed from the effects of eight years in office, is bowed deep in prayer.  In the photo, former President Bush comes across as just the sort of humble and reverent man he is; Obama appears to hold himself above the proceedings, uncomfortable among the ordinary folk gathered for the occasion and deeply contemptuous of everyone there.
Then George Bush rose and addressed the grieving families from the fullness of his heart.  Bush read from a letter by Abraham Lincoln to a mother who had lost five sons in battle.  Like Lincoln, who signed his letter "Yours, very sincerely and respectfully," Bush managed to convey his deep sense of respect and regard for the assembled 9/11 families.  It was surely no accident that those in attendance, including thousands of family members of the victims, broke into spontaneous applause at the conclusion of Bush's moving remarks.
While Obama fulfilled his responsibilities on 9/11, he appeared to do so ungraciously, as if he resented having to commiserate with ordinary folk.  Or perhaps he was upset at having to share the stage with George Bush.  Maybe he was simply uncomfortable at having to appear before an unvetted audience of ordinary citizens, men and women who were not hand-selected members of a public-sector union or students at a liberal university.  Perhaps he feared that this audience of real Americans would allow their real feelings toward him to be known.
Most bowed their heads in sorrowful reflection, and many wept.
But president Obama did not.  He stood through most of the ceremony gazing off into the blue, as if he were some kind of grandee above it all.  No tears ran down his face, even as George Bush fought back his emotions and Laura Bush wept openly.  Obama's nonverbal message that day was, "I am not one of you.  The 'war on terror' that America entered on that fateful day is not my war.  I am superior.  I am privileged.  I can do as I wish, and no one can judge me." http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_player_and_the_president.html

Dick Morris writes: Dear Friend,
Thanks to your support and the outpouring of 71,000 signatures, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has refused federal funds for the Ground Zero Park51 Mosque! They made their decision at their meeting on Wednesday, September 7th.
Your pressure was, I believe pivotal in stopping our tax money from going to this offensive project. We will keep you informed if the Park51 Mosque sponsors try it again!
Thank you!
Dick Morris http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/congrats-and-thank-you-federal-funds-denied-for-park51-mosque/

Daily Caller writes: Texas energy company Luminant announced on Monday new burdensome Environmental Protection Agency regulations are forcing it to close several facilities, which will result in about 500 job losses.
The company will be idling — stopping the usage of — two energy generating units. It will also cease extracting lignite from three different Texas mines.
The EPA regulation Luminant cites as too burdensome is the new Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which requires Texas power generators to make “dramatic reductions” in emissions beginning on January 1, 2012.
[Call me confused.  Hasn't the company CEO heard that President Obama has overruled the mandates of the EPA, using a Presidential order?  Will these 500 jobs be counted as some of the jobs gained and lost by the Obama administration?]
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/12/epa-regulation-forces-closure-of-texas-energy-facilities-eliminates-500-jobs/#ixzz1XlYFr4B2
The Stir opines: On Labor Day, James Hoffa told a pro-union crowd in Michigan to take those Tea Party ‘son of a bitches’ out. He told President Obama, who spoke just after the Teamsters president, that the unions were his army, and they were ready to fight for America.
Apparently the longshoremen (dock workers – yes, I had to look it up) of Washington State were confused as they directed their siege at another union, rather than the ‘violent’ Tea Party.  Hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union stormed the port of Longview [http://news.yahoo.com/longshoremen-storm-wash-state-port-damage-rr-144921214.html] on Thursday morning, holding six guards hostage, breaking windows, cutting brake lines, and dumping the grain at the center of the dispute.
The union was protesting over the port hiring another union to work there, when they believed that to be their exclusive right. Because, you know, what better way to prove that you’re the best person for a job than to terrorize people and vandalize the facility in which you wish to work? The union thugs threatened the sergeants called to the scene with baseball bats, claiming that this was just the beginning. A temporary restraining order had been issued several days prior, in anticipation of such an attack. http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/125773/union_thugs_destroy_private_property
Daily Caller opines: “The president says no games, no politics. This is all about a game in politics,” Krauthammer said. “The offset he’s proposing — this radical increase in taxes, which he proposed in 2009 and which the Congress dominated and controlled the entirely by the Democrats, rejected out of hand, at the time Obama wanted that money to offset ObamaCare, and the Democrats rejected it. So it has zero chance of passing in Congress.”
Krauthammer explained that even if the current Congress passed the bill, future Congresses may not stick to it, making it “an empty proposal.”
“Second it kicks in remarkably to the tax increases assuming it’s passed, after Obama election – an incredible coincidence,” he continued. “And lastly, it’s the increase in taxes and the offset will take a decade. All the money will be spent in a year, a year-and-a-half and it will be a decade in which it’ll paid off by Congresses in the future not bound by the current Congress.”
Spectator writes: "In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated. There is tremendous discontent with his direction.… I have one heck of a lot of Democrats saying, 'I voted for him before, don't know if I can do it again.' "-- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) http://spectator.org/archives/2011/09/13/obama-catches-barking-dog-synd
Expose Obama writes: When Robert Baillio was pulled over by a member of the Shreveport police department,he learned that Shreveport’s Democratic mayor,Cedric Glover,believes firearms belong only in the hands of the police.
The mayor is a member of “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” In fact,Glover is such a believer in disarming his electorate that his officers are trained to identify likely gun owners for the purpose of harassing them into giving up the practice of driving while armed.
The officer who detained Baillio – ostensibly for the improper use of a turn signal – later admitted it was actually the display of bumper stickers on the young man’s truck that prompted the stop.
One sticker read,“NRA Member.” Another proclaimed:“Armed we are Citizens,Unarmed we are Subjects.” http://www.exposeobama.com/2011/09/12/democrats-have-police-harass-gun-owners-on-the-streets/
RedState writes: Then, a most peculiar thing happened. The White House spammed reporters’ e-mail boxes (something that was supposedly stopped in 2009) and began issuing union press releases of unions backing the unwritten “jobs bill.” For the moment, try to ignore the fact that the White House press releases are touting Obama campaign donors’ acceptance of the unwritten jobs bill. [That is another, though related, issue.]
For the White House press office to become the ministry of propaganda for the likes of AFL-CIOAFSCME, NEA, SEIU, SteelworkersTeamsters, UAW and UFCW—almost all of whom have their wagons hitched to Obama’s re-election wagon and will gain more dues from Obama’s plan to spend more money—is something that is both entirely new, as well as disturbing.
What is even more disturbing is the lack of questioning from the media. Of course, this silence could be explained by the fact that much of the media is represented by the Communications Workers of America. The CWA, for its part, did send out it’s own press release.

Regardless of their support for Obama’s unwritten plan, however, the fact that the White House’s press office is being used as a campaign vehicle on behalf of the President’s donors is uncharted territory that bears closer examination.
It’s too bad the press is unwilling to do its job once again.  http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2011/09/12/crickets-chirp-as-white-house-spams-sends-out-union-press-releases/

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