Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Assertive American nationalism; Mitt's speech: Obama gave apologies where they were not due; Temp work permits to cost us $585 million; Feds order MD to stop barring residents from receiving handgun permits; Statistics and polls can lie; Following Obama's praise of Islam in Cairo; The real mentor of Obama; Muslims infiltrating U.S. government; Justice Dept. questions PA's voter ID law; 10% of employers to drop health care coverage if & when; $4billion more in taxes for business owners; Treaty regulating arms sales to be done by consensus

 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined Tuesday an assertive American nationalism that would guide his foreign policy, calling for a more aggressive posture in confronting the United States’ rivals and more consistency in dealing with its allies.
Romney advisers had billed the half-hour speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention here as a major foreign policy address, one his campaign originally said he intended to give months ago. The presumptive GOP nominee has spoken little about foreign policy recently, but on Tuesday he did so sharply on an issue generally considered a strength of President Obama’s.
“I am an unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country,” Romney told the audience to applause. “I am not ashamed of American power.”
Mitt Romney has ripped into Barack Obama’s foreign policy, accusing him of ‘wishful thinking’,  apologizing for America and creating a ‘national security crisis’ by allowing top secret military information to be leaked for ‘political advantage’.
Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference in Reno, Nevada, the presumptive Republican nominee drew cheers and applause when he said that Obama’s policies had ‘made it harder to recover from the deepest recession in seventy years’ and ‘exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify’.
He added that Obama had ‘compromised our national-security secrets’ and ‘and in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due’.  [I would like to know why we had to learn this quote from a U.K. newspaper.] Read more:

-The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
A federal judge has ordered Maryland officials to stop enforcing a law barring state residents from receiving concealed-carry handgun permits unless they provide a “good and substantial reason” to carry their weapons in public.
Today, NBC/WSJ released their latest poll on the presidential contest. They "find" that Obama is leading Romney by 6-points, 49%-43%. They use this finding to opine a great deal about the current state of the presidential campaign. What they don't report, however, is that their poll sample is way overweighted for Democrats. Their sample is D+11, 46% Democrat, 35% Republican--a level we haven't seen in the electorate since the post-Watergate GOP meltdown.
Three years after Obama appeared in Cairo to praise Islam, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Mohammed Morsi, the country’s new Islamist president, and urged the army to turn over power to him.
In three years Egypt had gone from a stabilizing influence and a regional ally to a blossoming Sunni Iran. If Egypt’s transformation had been an isolated incident, it would still have been a foreign policy disaster, but it was actually part of a chain of such transformations with Islamists coming to power in Tunisia, Islamist thugs sweeping across Mali to enforce Sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood emerging as the dominant force in Syria’s rebel council and likely transitional government under the auspices of Turkey’s AKP Islamist rulers.
Al-Azhar University, which Obama described in his Cairo speech as “a beacon of Islamic learning,” is part of the mechanism by which Coptic Christian women and girls are kidnapped, raped and forced into Islam. It was also this “beacon of Islamic learning” that Dr. Muhammad, the head of its Department of Islamic Preaching and Culture, declared that Jews are the source of all evil.
This is the beacon of the new Islamic world order that Obama’s disastrous pandering enabled. But it began even earlier.
The Communist who's the subject of the stunning new biography by Paul Kengor is Frank Marshall Davis.  He's the black poet, journalist, and activist whom the young Barack Obama hung out with as a teenager in Hawaii, then wrote a weird, disturbingly affectionate poem about entitled "Pop" while a student at Occidental College.  He's the man whom President Obama describes as his mentor in the latter's autobiography, Dreams from My Father.
Here's Kengor's summary of the man our president so admires:
Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA).  His Communist Party card number was 47544.  He did endless Soviet propaganda work in his newspaper columns
He portrayed America's leaders as "aching for an excuse to launch a nuclear nightmare of mass murder and extermination" against the Chinese and the Soviets -- and eager to end all civilization. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Why are Republican Senator John McCain, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rodgers (R-MI) acting in the growing Abedin controversy as Washington Establishment Democrats of the 1940s did in the Hiss episode? Which is to say, writing off the dangers of a foreign enemy whose goal is to infiltrate the U.S. government -- because, well, the people in question are part of the Washington Establishment?
The Department of Justice is investigating whether Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law is discriminatory,
Specifically, the department is reviewing Pennsylvania Act No. 18 (2012), which establishes the requirement to show proof of identity to be able to vote, according to the document.
The Justice Department requested data on the state’s registered voters in an effort to analyze whether those who lack the proper identification are disproportionately minorities.  [Here is my question: if it is the minorities who refuse to get their I.D., should all other citizens have to accept non-citizens voting in our elections?  Perhaps the minorities should be inspired to take part in our government instead of just complaining about racism.  If they have equal access, (and can find a way to get to the welfare office), it is not discriminatory.]
About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Business owners will pay $4 billion more in taxes under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA)  than the Congressional Budget Office had previously expected.
The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.

The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

On Wednesday Obama Took the First Major Step in a Plan to Ban All Firearms in the United States.

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