Saturday, October 13, 2012

U.S. & Israel to hold military exercise; Romney leads Obama; We have our troops deployed near Syrian border - no congressional oversight; Same old talking points for Obama; Teacher union skirts new state law; Ballot proposals for Michigan; Restaurants suing over 16 oz. soft drink limit; UK Daily Mail weighs in on Biden; The revenge of Osama Bin Laden in Benghazi; Bill Clinton is angry; State Dept. offical paid to be dumber; Obamacare fines for religious entities; Wahhabis call for international body to censor internet of anti-Islam content ;

With concerns rising about a possible Israel war with Iran this fall, the U.S. and Israel will soon hold a major military exercise.  "The US and Israel will commence the largest-ever joint air defense drill of its  kind in Israel on October 21, an army source said on Tuesday," reports the Jerusalem Post. "The  exercise, named Austere Challenge 12, was originally scheduled for last spring  but was postponed due to regional tensions with Iran. On October 14,  large numbers of American soldiers are expected to begin arriving in Israel,  where they will set up aerial defense positions on Israeli territory and on US  Navy vessels off the Israeli coastline. The three-week drill will  simulate various missile defense scenarios, and is expected to end with a  live-fire interception of a decoy incoming Patriot missile....At the end of August, the US  said it would decrease the original number of American forces due to take part  in AC12. An Israeli defense source said at the time that the exercise will still  be the largest of its kind to date, adding, 'Defense cooperation between Israel  and the US has never been better.' In 2009, the IDF and US European  Command held the Juniper Cobra 10 air defense exercise, which involved 1,400 US  soldiers and the same number of IDF soldiers. The drill went through  three phases: a field training exercise; computer simulation command  post-exercise to test interoperability capabilities; and a live-fire exercise  involving a Patriot missile interception."
Joe Biden has been left with little to smile about after the latest Rasmussen tracking poll found that Mitt Romney has overtaken President Barack Obama.
The poll, released today but conducted before Biden's hectoring, smirking debate clash with Paul Ryan, is the latest indication that Romney's gains after his strong debate performance mark a shift in the U.S. presidential race rather than merely a temporary bounce.
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The Obama administration has now publicly announced that it deployed U.S. troops near the Syrian border in neighboring Jordan without ever seeking congressional permission, supposedly in an effort to help the Jordanian government deal with refugees from Syria while ensuring that the civil war does not spill over into the broader region. Concerns about chemical and biological weapons falling into the “wrong hands” were also cited to justify the latest deployment, but some lawmakers are upset, warning that the U.S. is now even closer to overt military intervention in Syria.
[This is the ad which shows Obama using the very same campaign talking points that he used in 2008.  It's almost funny.]
On the day before a state law would have mandated its employees pay 20 percent of their health care costs, the school board unanimously approved a teacher union contract that called for 12.5 percent health care contributions in 2011-12, and 15 percent to 17.5 percent in 2012-13.
If government union school employees paid the same amount toward their health care costs as federal employees in Michigan (27 percent), taxpayers would save at least $500 million a year.
Then, in June 2012, the school board agreed not to privatize its custodians, which cost $240,000, according to MLive.
For Michigan voters, the following chart explains the particulars of the ballot initiatives you will see on your ballots.
NYC Soft-drink makers, restaurateurs and other businesses are suing to block the city's move to end the sale of super-sized, sugary drinks in many eateries.
The American Beverage Association and others sued the city Friday. City officials had no immediate response.

From the UK Daily Mail: Biden, his smirk and those $20,000 dentures join the internet virals hall of fame

As Joe Biden and Paul Ryan tore into each other over chewy topics like Iran and tax during last night's TV debate, there was only one subject preoccupying tens of thousands of viewers - the Vice President's glaring toothy grin.Within minutes of the debate starting, Twitter was abuzz with users taken aback by Biden's behaviour and sent out mocking messages. 
Finger-wagging: Some found Biden's unusual mannerisms off-putting and disrespectful
Talk about chickens coming home to roost.  Talk about the Mother of All Fiascos.  It's the revenge of Osama bin Laden from the bottom of the ocean, and the message is plain: al-Qaeda is very much alive, and America is a paper tiger.
The Middle East is beginning to fall apart -- Iran just sent a spy drone over Israel's sensitive defense installations, and the IDF waited hours to react; Turkey forced down a Syrian arms plane, and al-Qaeda's Al Zawahiri openly assaulted the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in a six-hour attack, working through al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), while the glorious Libyan friends did nothing as our ambassador was being raped and murdered.  The guards called for help, and nobody responded.  A police car fled the scene.  The other ten cop cars requested by the consulate never showed up.
The Libyan regime knew.  It had to know.
In Afghanistan, our soldiers are being murdered by the same Afghan troops we are training to take over after we leave.  They can see the weak horse and the strong horse, and they are trying to tell the strong horse what side they are on.  These folks used to be on our side, but they know which way the storm is blowing.
Remember: host governments are always responsible for the safety of accredited diplomats and soldiers.  Always, always, always.  Embassies have a U.S. Marine color guard -- not for protection, but for a symbolic presence.
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In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Klein said sources close to the Clintons tell him that Bill Clinton has assembled an informal legal team to discuss how the Secretary of State should deal with the issue of being blamed for not preventing the Benghazi terrorist attack last month.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press conference Friday that responsibility for the consulate in Libya fell on the State Department, not the White House.
Klein said relations between the Clintons and President Obama have reached a new low, most recently with Obama ignoring Bill Clinton’s offer to help him and Vice President Joe Biden prepare for the debates with the Republican ticket.
“He had very clear ideas on how they should do that,” Klein told TheDC. “He never once got a response. And it absolutely sent him into orbit. He was furious that he would be treated this way, especially after what he did, in his view, at the Democratic convention in giving that nomination speech for Obama.”
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland ended a series of questions about the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and the ensuing Obama Administration claims that it was caused by an anti-Islam film, by saying that she’s paid to be “dumber” than other government officials.
“Look, I’m generally dumber than most of the rest of the government,” Nuland told reporters yesterday. “I mean, that’s what I’m paid to be.”
The comment drew a laugh, but Nuland was serious about not taking any more questions on the topic. “We’re not going to parse this any further,” she said sternly. “We’re just not.” (You can watch video of Nuland’s briefing above.
Let freedom Ring has a new ad explaining the possibility of very large fines hampering faith-based charities from aiding the poor due to the excessive fines levied by the HHS mandate. One such organization is Catholic Charities of Chicago which could face a fine of upto $5 million for violating Obama’s new HHS mandate. The mandate, which went into effect Aug. 1 as part of the health care reform law, requires all employers to provide coverage in their health care plans for contraceptives, including some that can cause abortions, and sterilizations.
That’s 2,700 employees X $2,000 fine per employee = $5.4 million


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful news that the Clinton camp and the Obama gang is not communicating real well these days...hope it spills over into more public awareness so those who support Obama ONLY because of Clinton will change their position !!!!