September 2012

Archives: September 2012



Gen. John Allen: ‘We’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign,
but we’re not willing to be murdered for it…’


NATO: 119 killed in ‘green-on-blue’ insider attacks…


Becoming the ‘signature attack’ in Afghanistan…


Medal of Honor winner: ‘You can’t fake whether you’ve seen combat,
even though you’re not supposed to talk about it.’


Veterans waiting too long for benefits…
‘We’re seeing people break and snap like we’ve never seen before…’


Insider attacks are increasingly becoming the signature attack of the Afghanistan conflict


2,000 DEAD SOLDIERS:
‘Insider’ Attack Lifts US Military
Toll to Grim Milestone in Afghanistan…






Poe: ‘We don’t need to pay them to betray us.
They’ll do it for free…’


‘US-Egypt relationship has never
been under more scrutiny, and rightly so…’


Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, flanked by naval officers on the bridge of the Navy's newest vessel, the Fort Worth, on September 20, 2012


REP. KAY GRANGER
BLOCKS $450M AID TO EGYPT…



Chief spy: Terrorist origins of Libya attack were not immediately clear…


Rep. Peter King: Ambassador Rice should resign for ‘misinforming the American people and our allies…’


Peter King and Susan Rice


Shifting accounts leave Obama exposed on national security and foreign policy…


President Obama with Hillary Clinton in background


A good debate angle for Romney?



Romney ‘not a good political candidate in this era…’ but ‘highly qualified to be president…’


‘I’m not Obama’ is no longer enough…


Mitt Romney


It’s ‘modern conservatism that has sunk his campaign…’


Or maybe it’s Karl Rove, whose work ‘with Romney has been a disaster…’


The race is no longer ‘within the margin of error…’

It’s ‘still winnable for Romney…but the window is closing soon…’


Ann Romney concerned for Mitt’s ‘mental well-being’ if he becomes president…



US will recognize lesbian and gay partners in deportation cases…


San Francisco couple, Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk


First recognition ‘within federal immigration policies…’




Wilson Center PDF: ‘Lack of consensus and clarity in
Washington about what the US should aim to achieve
through military action against Iran…’


Israel says sanctions are working, calls for another round…


Netanyahu at UN: Must place ‘a clear red line on Iran’s
nuclear weapons program…Red lines prevent war…’

‘Iran uses diplomatic negotiations to buy time to advance its nuclear program…’


Full speech video…


Draws red line on cartoon-like bomb…


Whoever produced the ‘cheesy graphic of a bomb…should consider a new line of work…’


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu illustrating his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions at the United Nations General Assembly, September 27, 2012


HOW TO DEAL WITH IRAN…



Gibbons: ‘It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of what is now unfolding in the Arctic region: the Arctic ice cap is dying…’


Record low coverage, by an amount ‘about equal to the entire state of Texas…’


Neither Romney nor Obama has spoken enough about the changing climate


CANDIDATES SILENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE…


Yet, Arctic Ocean will be entirely ice-free by summer 2016…



PROOF OF WATER ON MARS!


Martian rock outcrop near the landing site of the rover Curiosity thought to be the site of an ancient streambed, next to similar rocks shown on Earth


Fast-running and relatively deep…for thousands to millions of years…


CalTech: ‘We’re really excited about this…’

‘A transition from speculation about the size of streambed material to direct observation of it…’


Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on August 5, 2012


Video: There had to be weather to make the stream…



Held today, the election ‘could look pretty ugly for Mr. Romney…’


Enjoy it while it lasts: Obama may be near his ceiling…


FOX accuses national polls of favoring Obama, but FOX polls also show Obama surging…


Dissecting the data on Fox & Friends


Breitbart: Media over-sampling Democrats, replacing Independents with women…


MSNBC edits video so crowd appears to prefer Ryan over Romney…


Krauthammer: ‘Think how far ahead Romney would be if he were actually running a campaign…’


Wall Street, eyes on data and percentages, bracing for Obama victory…




Emir of Qatar: Arab nations should intervene
‘to stop the bloodshed in Syria…’


30,000 dead in 18 months…


‘Only going to get worse for the regime…’


Egypt’s Morsi: ‘Tragedy of the age’ that ‘we all must end…’


Obama failures ‘can no longer be ignored…’
Romney offers no ‘coherent alternative approach…’


REBELS ATTACK MILITARY HQ
IN THE ‘HEART’ OF DAMASCUS…



Finally: Clinton admits al Qaeda link in Benghazi attack…


What took so long? Knew within 24 hours…


US Secretary of State Clinton attends a meeting of the Security Council during the 67th UN General Assembly, Sept 26, 2012


US is ‘taking aim at the support structure of al Qaeda…’



Protesters in Greece lob Molotov cocktails at police…

IMG


Video: ‘Every country of the EU should fight to detach itself from the EU…’



Romney dampens hope for deep tax cuts…


Mitt Romney speaks among waving flags in Pueblo, Colo on Sept. 24, 2012


‘Unpleasant details left intentionally blank…’


Tomasky: ‘His numbers don’t add up, he knows they don’t add up…’


No better: ‘Obama has few plans to clean this [tax] mess up…’

Economist video: Comparing Obama and Romney tax plans…



In Ohio, Obama speaks to 6,600; Romney to 2,000…


President Barack Obama in Kent, OH on September 26, 2012


Indicative of Romney’s Ohio problem…

‘No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio…’


‘But perhaps 2012 will be the first year that changes…’


Don’t count on it: Obama’s ‘bounce has cascaded across the battleground states…’


‘Threatening’ Romney’s ‘best route to victory…

Obama leads in Ohio by 52% to 47%…



Beleaguered Spaniards demand ‘government, resign!’…


Video: Police harassment and intimidation…



Chris Hedges on the decline of fact-based journalism…

The ‘process of establishing verifiable fact has largely been dispensed with…’

Pundits wrong about invading Iraq, globalization, and unregulated capitalism ‘hang on to their positions as if nothing happened…’


Chris Hedges, one of America's foremost investigative journalists


Seabrook agrees: Capitol Hill reporters are ‘lied to every day…sort of colluding with the politicians…’

Reporters ‘scrambling to figure out how the hell to cover these a*sholes…’



Rachel Carson’s environmental classic, Silent Spring, is 50 years old…

‘Widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement…

But guilty of ‘alarmism, technophobia, failure to consider the costs and benefits of alternatives…’



The stock market is a net loser 99.5% of the time…

Most gains happened on 138 days in past 116 years…



National Academy of Sciences missile defense report ‘flawed…’

Idea that US can’t defend against rogue ICBMs ‘totally incompatible’ with earlier reports…




UN: China and Japan engage in ‘severe’ meeting…
Neither side showing signs of compromise…


Chinese white paper: Disputed islands ‘an inseparable part of the Chinese territory…’


Beijing summit: China will ‘absolutely not tolerate’ unilateral action by Japan…


Cracks along a diplomatic fault line…Sino-Japanese war?…


No, ‘rational minds would prevail…’


Naval honor guards stand as they wait for a review on China's aircraft carrier, Liaoning, on September 25‚ 2012


CHINA’S FIRST AIRCRAFT CARRIER



Obama at the UN: US will ‘prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon…’


President Barack Obama at the UN


Raises more questions than answers… response muted…


Dreyfuss: Obama ‘failed to outline a single significant initiative…’


Ahmadinejad urges new world order: US following a ‘policy of bullying…’



Cash-strapped Spain boils over…


A demonstrator struggles with Spanish National Police riot officers outside the the Spanish parliament in Madrid September 25, 2012


‘Indignados’ storm Parliament in rage against austerity…

‘Put everyone in Parliament out on the street so they know what it’s like…’



Romney needs ‘a change of the trajectory’ to win…


Losing Ohio by 8 points…’alarming to other members of his party…’

Unfavorable rating highest in three decades for a presidential hopeful…

Trails Obama among likely voters, 49% to 43%…


‘Nobody loves Mitt…’


Mitt Romney in trouble


‘The polls are screwed!…’




Obama ‘has struggled with little success to build better
relations with key foreign leaders’ in the Middle East…


Israel ‘a clash of personality and policy between Obama and Netanyahu…’


Obama’s policies in Afghanistan and Iraq have ‘left US interests vulnerable…’


A drama of waning American power…


Yet, Romney is ‘inexperienced’ and advised by
Bush neocons, whose foreign policy ‘was a disaster…’


General Michael Hayden, NSA and CIA director under George W. Bush, and advisor to Mitt Romney.


FOREIGN POLICY PICKLE:
OBAMA INEFFECTIVE, ROMNEY UNORIGINAL



Japan fires water cannons at Taiwanese boats…


Taiwanese coast guard ‘armed and ordered to defend’ against ‘Japanese aggression…’


Infographic…



Debate on US finances ‘largely superficial,’ debt crisis ‘far more severe’ than realized…

Obama couldn’t recall size of US debt (over $16 trillion)…


Democrats blamed GOP for deficit in 2008, GOP now blaming Democrats for it…


A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin outside the Treasury Building in Washington


US should ‘retire the American Dream…an exercise in make-believe…’



High oil prices capping economic growth…


Oil glutton



Super PAC money is a wash, despite fears…



Matt Miller


Operation Video: Obama should pay voters to watch Romney’s 47% video and Clinton’s speech…



Apple + Twitter = Facebook killer?


Video: spectacular Tokyo Station light show…



Women hate being moms: ‘Every day is the same…like a prison sentence…thankless…’



Google News provides media with 4 billion clicks per month…

100,000 business opportunities every minute…




GOP making ‘bottom-line judgments about Romney’s standing
that will affect how they allocate their money…’


Romney holds 14-pt lead among middle class — 54% of the electorate…


Colorado is leaning toward Romney…


TIME: ‘Underlying numbers…suggest…a close race to the end…’


Second term likelier?


YET NEWSWEEK COMPARES OBAMA TO REAGAN,
SAYS SECOND TERM ‘HAS GOTTEN LIKELIER…’




CNN video: Ambassador Stevens foresaw the threat…
Libya killings were not committed just by protesters…


State Dept: CNN taking Stevens’s journal from crime scene ‘disgusting…’


Senate GOP furious White House provided more details to newspapers…


‘An attack that should have been anticipated…’


‘Preceded by a succession of security lapses and misjudgments…’


White House flip-flops on claim of demonstration over a video… ‘credibility has suffered…’


White House press secretary Jay Carney, for the first time, called the attack terrorism


WHITE HOUSE’S LIBYAN LIES ‘A SCANDAL…’




Romney’s tax rate averaged 20.2% from 1990 to 2009…
Obama’s 2011 tax rate was 20.5%…


Romney’s income: $6.8M capital gains, $3.7M dividends, $3M interest…


Why release now? ‘Romney campaign wants the worst of both worlds…’


Romney: My campaign ‘doesn’t need a turnaround…’


Romney releases 2011 tax return


2011 ROMNEY RATE:
14.1% TAX ON $13.7 MILLION INCOME



Japan, US practice defending remote islands from foreign assault…


US says disputed islands covered by treaty…obligated to defend…


Why doesn't China just buy the islands?


Why doesn’t China just buy the islands?…



AARP boos Ryan…but less as he ‘laid out the disaster that Obamacare spells for seniors…’


Video…


‘Obama won cheers for discussing his signature health care law…



Libya out of control…


Protesters seize militia headquarters in Benghazi…

Libyan protesters


Video and live blog…


19 killed in Pakistan protests…


Not caused by a movie, but by ‘Obama’s own foreign-policy failures…’


Policymakers ‘lack a clear understanding of what constitutes terrorism…’



Drone photos from Pakistan


Drones capture Pakistani mountain footage ‘that no human has ever seen…’



Running out of fish


No fish? We may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans…


Can fear be erased from the human brain?…




Brown: ‘Professor Warren claimed she was a Native
American, a person of color, and as you can see, she’s not.’


Wonders if she ‘got ahead’ by misrepresenting herself…


Warren: Brown ‘rigged the playing field’ with oil company subsidies…


Warren: ‘Senator Brown is always standing…with the billionaires…’


Opinion: Warren showed ‘she can go toe-to-toe…knows how to punch and counter punch…’


Opinion: ‘Brown rocked…did a good job painting her as a tax and spend liberal…’


Brown v. Elizabeth Warren debate screen shot


BROWN v. ELIZABETH WARREN…



China and Japan ‘too busy making money to have time for making war…’

China is now Japan’s biggest trading partner…


Will ‘the world’s top three economies’ really go to war over these tiny islands?


Are these tiny islands worth a war?


Who really owns the islands? Long ago, China, but Japan won them in war…



On Univision, Obama says Romney’s 47% comment shows he hasn’t ‘gotten around a lot…’


President Obama under fire on Univision


Video clip…


Ramos: ‘With all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise’ about immigration reform…


Romney: Obama ‘threw in the white towel of surrender again…can’t change Washington from inside…’


Obama and Karzai discuss ‘the need for restraint…’


President Obama meeting Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai


Foreign Policy: Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is a ‘total failure…’


After 11 years and 2,000 Americans dead, what happens when the US leaves?…


US may be tempted to ‘pursue a strictly isolationist approach…’



Without Google, Apple’s iOS 6 mapping function is a disaster…

‘A tremendous step backwards…’


Apple Maps is inferior to Google Maps


Google enjoying Apple’s bad press…has a map app awaiting approval…




Hirsh: ‘Romney just doesn’t back down…apparently because
he actually, and proudly, believes in what he said…’


Cohen: ‘Mitt Romney is a bad politician…he may very well also be a bad person.’


Pundits have short memories. It’s too early to write off Romney…


Romney in a hole…can’t depend on debates for a rebound…changing focus…


Yet, ‘47%’ remarks ‘may have been taken out of context,’ ‘one to two minutes missing…’


Mitt Romney: I believe in half of America anyway


THE ROMNEY BASH CONTINUES…



Xi Jinping: Japan should ‘rein in its behavior’ and respect China’s sovereignty…


Both China and Japan dispatched ships to the disputed islands


Chinese mob attacks US ambassador’s car in Beijing…


US Def Sec: US is not trying to ‘contain’ China…Japan has ‘a responsibility to resolve these issues peacefully…’


Japanese candidate: ‘Our beautiful countryside and ocean are under threat…’



Most of the 47% who pay no federal income tax are not dependent on government…

They ‘simply do not earn very much money…’


The 47% in one graphic:


Who does and doesn't pay income tax?


Why they don’t pay: ‘the bad economy, which Romney pledges to ameliorate, and Republican tax cuts, which Romney plans to continue…’



Jesus’s wife discovery just feminist propaganda?



Arctic sea ice levels at record low, humans are ‘running out of time…’



Firenado in Australia


Firenado caught on film in Australian Outback…




Noonan: ‘It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent
one… You don’t write anyone off, you invite everyone in…’


GOP frets Romney ‘is blowing a presidential race he should be winning…’


Romney’s is ‘a mind closed to the lives of most Americans…’


OBAMA’S MESSAGE: ‘Vote for me or Romney will take away
your goodies! Oh, and can you believe he called you a mooch?…’


POLLS STILL TIGHT: Gallup Obama +1, Rasmussen Romney +2…


Mitt Romney looked a mess at a Monday night press conference


FLARE-UPS LIKE THIS ‘ALMOST NEVER AS
SIGNIFICANT AS WE INITIALLY THINK THEY ARE’



Anti-Japan protester in China


The China/Japan fight is more dangerous than you think…


China: ‘Further actions’ are possible…


Could use ‘bond war’ to force ‘Tokyo’s festering fiscal crisis to a head…’


Chinese commissar: military forces must be ‘prepared’ for ‘combat…’


US Def Sec Panetta meets with Chinese leader-in-waiting…



US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,988…


Exit strategy in doubt…



PA Supreme Court sends GOP-backed voter-ID law to lower court…

‘Evidence of disarray in the record, and I would not allow chaos to beget chaos…



Martian snow


Clouds dropping ‘dry ice’ snow on Mars…



Scripture


Never before seen in scripture: Jesus said, ‘My wife…’



iPhone 5 ‘one of the fastest ARM devices out there…’

But Samsung is ‘winning the anti-Apple’ wars…




BARRO: ‘An utter disaster for Romney… caught on video
saying nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers…’


WHAT ROMNEY SAID: 47% are with Obama, dependent on government, believe they’re victims…


DOUBLES DOWN: Obama’s approach is ‘attractive to people who are not paying taxes…’


WOLF: ‘It is true that about 47% of Americans do not pay income tax…’


SPOKESWOMAN: Romney ‘concerned about the growing number of people’ dependent on government…’

Mitt Romney on Mother Jones video capture


ROMNEY: 47% OF AMERICANS ARE DEADBEATS,
WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA NO MATTER WHAT



US, Libya offer vastly different accounts of Benghazi tragedy…


HEZBOLLAH: ‘The world should know that our anger is not a passing thing…’


PERSPECTIVE: ‘The protests in more than 20 Muslim countries…have been small…’


America must apply more pressure, not less, on Gulf monarchies it supports…



Chinese officers guard the Japanese consulate in Shanghai during anti-Japan protests


Anti-Japan protests in 100 Chinese cities…


Japanese businesses in China close for safety…

VIDEO: Violent clash with police…



Face it: 2013 is gonna be a bummer


Under Obama or Romney, ‘2013 is shaping up to be a rough year’ for the economy…


HSBC: Fed action only ‘a modest impact on economic growth…’



iPhone 5 sells 2M units in first 24 hours…




MCCAIN: ‘Most people don’t bring rocket-propelled grenades
and heavy weapons to demonstrations… an act of terror…’


Planned by foreigners – 50 arrested…


Afghan insurgents wore US uniforms…


Libyan officials warned US diplomats about deteriorating security…


‘Obama’s terror touchdown dance is over…’


Besieged US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the facility.


IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE VIDEO



Iran just six months from having 90% of material needed for atomic weapon…


NETANYAHU: US must draw a ‘red line’ over which Iran’s nuclear program can’t cross…


40% of Israeli jews disagree with Netanyahu’s demand on US…


PAPER: Too late – the West may be in a game ‘it has already lost…’


Iran foundation ups reward for author Rushdie to $3.3M from $2.8M…



Fed launches ‘ultra-easy,’ ‘unlimited’ bond buying scheme…


‘A $40B/mo plan to reelect Obama…’


Could backfire as Fed signals Obama’s economy is in terrible shape…


SAMUELSON: ‘There is a desperate air to Bernanke’s latest move…’



RASMUSSEN: Romney 47%, Obama 46%

With ‘leaners:’ Obama 49%, Romney 48%


Penn no longer a swing state, Obama ahead by 11 points, Romney pulls ads…


PELOSI: ‘Everybody knows’ Romney won’t become president…


Too early for a ‘pre-mortem’ of Romney’s campaign…



Apple iPhone 5


Apple ‘blown away’ by demand for iPhone 5…


Pre-orders sold out within hours – fastest ever…


Publicity stunt? Supplies limited to cause sellout and long lines…



US urges China, Japan to settle ‘increasingly angry’ island dispute…


PANETTA: ‘A misjudgment…could result in violence…’


US, Japan agree to build a second missile defense system in Japan…



Chicago murderer killed by flesh-eating bacteria…

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