Posts Tagged ‘Denial’

Feds Gave Witness Protection To Terrorists…And Lost Them

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They put reporters under surveillance, data mine innocent citizens’ phone records and e-mails, grope little old ladies at the airport, sic the IRS on conservative groups, and call it “security.”

Meanwhile, REAL terrorist threats are coddled, protected, and allowed to slip through the cracks.   Some, like the terrorists that “went missing,” are actually given the fake identities they need to get through security by our own government!

Why anyone would want to give incompetent bureaucrats with seriously screwed up priorities even MORE power to “protect” innocent citizens is beyond me!

Stephen Dinan reports at The Washington Times:

The federal government gave witness protection to known and suspected terrorists and the U.S. Marshals Service even lost track of two of those people, according to a report Thursday from the Justice Department’s auditor that exposes the previously hidden side of the witness program.

“We found that the department did not definitively know how many known or suspected terrorists were admitted into the [witness protection] program,” the Justice inspector general said.

The auditor said that until it raised concerns, those terrorists were able to board airplanes and were able to “evade one of the government’s primary means of identifying and tracking terrorists’ movements and actions” through the new identities the government provided them.

It also said that of the two known or suspected terrorists that the federal government lost track of, one was later discovered to be living outside of the U.S. and the other is also likely outside of the country.

Read more at The Washington Times

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Senate Passes First Budget In 4 Years, Includes $1 Trillion In New Taxes

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Four years of stalling on a budget (which is required annually, per the constitution), and THIS is the best they can come up with?

From the Associated Press:

An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade but shelters domestic programs targeted for cuts by House Republicans.

While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49 vote, it allowed Democrats to tout their priorities. Yet it doesn’t resolve the deep differences the two parties have over deficits and the size of government.

Joining all Republicans voting no were four Democrats who face re-election next year in potentially difficult races: Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., did not vote.

Read more at the Daily Caller

So what made them finally decide to pass a budget?  Arnold Ahlert has a theory:

The impetus for passing a budget for the first time in four years was likely the passage of the “No Budget, No Pay” bill which suspended the current debt limit until May 18th, so the federal government could continue to pay its bills. One of the bill’s provisions prohibits legislators from getting paid if Congress doesn’t pass a budget by April 15. Salaries will either be held in escrow until they do, or resume being paid in January 15, when the current congressional session ends.

Considering the vast differences between this legislation and the House budget passed last Thursday that brings the budget into balance by 2023, but changes the nature of entitlement programs in ways completely anathema to Democrats, it is virtually certain that no budget will be reconciled before the debt ceiling showdown. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) revived a rule ignored in January, stating that any increase in the debt ceiling must be accompanied by commensurate spending cuts.

Yet even leaving that rule aside, passing a budget by May 18 is still overly optimistic. Thus, the House also passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, which lasts through September. The Senate approved that resolution, and it is expected that the president will sign it once he gets back from his trip to Israel.

In other words, the more things seemingly change, the more they remain the same: barring a miraculous spasm of bipartisanship, government will likely be funded piecemeal–and our unsustainable fiscal trajectory will remain unaltered.

Read more at Front Page Mag

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Democrats Propose First Budget In Four Years: $1.5 Trillion Tax Hike, Increase Spending 62%

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After waiting four years to release a budget (a violation of their constitutional duties), THIS Is the best they could come up with?

Daniel Halper reports at the Weekly Standard:

Senator Patty Murray, the Democratic chair of the Senate Budget Committee, finally released a budget today. Year over year, in this proposed budget, spending jumps dramatically.

For instance, from this year’s budget to next year’s proposed budget, spending would increase by $162 billion. This year, the federal government will spend $3.599 trillion; under Murray’s budget, the federal government would be on track to spend even more.

Over the next decade, spending under Murray’s budget would increase by 62 percent.

Read more at the Weekly Standard

How do they propose paying for all of this out-of-control spending?  By trying to squeeze blood from a stone, apparently.

Neil Munro reports at the Daily Caller:

The 10-year budget plan drafted by Senate Democrats includes a $1.5 trillion tax-hike, according to GOP staffers who combed through the long document as soon as it was released.

The “budget would raise taxes on Americans by $1.5 trillion to pay for increased spending … on top of the $1.7 trillion in tax increases already signed into law during the Obama administration,” said a statement from Sen. John Thune, the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

“The policies of big spending and big government have led to a dismal average economic growth rate of just 0.8 percent over the past four years. It’s time to grow the economy, not the government,” he added.

President Barack Obama quickly endorsed the plan, which will help him continue an aggressive public-relations campaign against GOP budget maven, Rep. Paul Ryan, and his budget plan, in the long run-up to the 2014 mid-term election.

Read more at the Daily Caller

This is national suicide, and they know it.

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Spending-Addict-In-Chief Insists There Is No ‘Debt Crisis’

Mark Levin: Obama “Like The Pied Piper Trying To Take The Country Over The Cliff”

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It’s all working according to plan in Obama’s mind….the Cloward-Piven plan.   Sooner or later we will become Greece, our bills will catch up with us,  an economic crisis will be triggered, and Obama’s Communist pals will be able to exploit it to try and usher in a Socialist revolution.    That’s why they’re intentionally driving us into bankruptcy.

From Fox News:

President Obama met Wednesday with House Republicans in an apparent bid to find consensus on fiscal policy, even as he seemed to antagonize the other side by claiming there’s no “immediate crisis in terms of debt.”

His statement would be sharply at odds with a core Republican principle that the debt must be addressed soon — and which underpinned the cost-cutting GOP budget released Tuesday. The president also acknowledged, in an interview aired earlier in the day, that differences with the GOP might be “too wide” to bridge.

Read more at Fox News

Doug Powers remarks:

For ten years it’s going to be a sustainable place — in eleven years it’ll be Greece.

Imagine you’re in an airplane plagued with mechanical problems, the last working engine has flamed out, and the pilot comes on the intercom and says “don’t worry, we’ve got about 20,000 feet before this really becomes a problem so we’re in a sustainable place right now.” Something like that just happened.

In 2008, when the national debt was just over $9 trillion, that was an“irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” amount of red ink with which to be saddling future generations. Now almost $17 trillion and rising is totally sustainable?

Read more at Michelle Malkin

Who has the courage to stop it?

Obama Claims Debt is in a “Sustainable Place”

Barack Obama: I’m Not Going To Chase A Balanced Budget, Just For The Sake Of It

Dictator-in-Chief Unilaterally Declares No More Debt Ceiling

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True US Debt Is More Than $86 Trillion, Not $16 Trillion

America is Bankrupt: U.S. Deficit Really $202 Trillion, Kotlikoff Says

Study: Each Child Born Today Will Inherit $1.5 Million Of National Debt

U.S. Debt Has Increased $48,994 Per SECOND Since Obama Took Office 

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Obama Blames His Reckless Spending On Congress, Threatens Default

Senate Democrats Proposed Budget Increases Spending 62% Over Next Decade

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New CIA Director Sworn In Using Constitution With Missing Bill of Rights Instead of Bible

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New CIA Director John Brennan was sworn in this week on a 1787 copy of the constitution from the national archives, instead of the Bible:

“Director Brennan told the president that he made the request to the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office as director of the CIA,” Earnest said.

The Constitution itself went into effect in 1789. But troublemaking blogger Marcy Wheeler points outthat what was missing from the Constitution in 1787 is also quite symbolic: The Bill of Rights, which did not officially go into effect until December 1791 after ratification by states. (Caution: Marcy’s post has some strong language.)

That means: No freedom of speech and of the press, no right to bear arms, no Fourth Amendment ban on “unreasonable searches and seizures,” and no right to a jury trial.

How … symbolic?

Read more at Yahoo News

There are two possible reasons for a new office holder to refuse to lay their hand on the Bible while swearing an oath, as has been the tradition in America for over two centuries.

On the one hand, he may refuse because he intends to break his oath, and therefore wants to avoid swearing on the Bible and the inescapable accountability to God that it would bring.

The other possibility is that he doesn’t respect the Bible as a sacred document and views it as too “religious” (or contrary to his own religion), and therefore seeks to publicly demonstrate that he is not accountable to the God of the Bible.

Either way, it shows what a dangerous radical Obama has chosen to lead the one organization in the U.S. that holds our most closely guarded secrets.

Don’t you feel safe, now?

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Fort Hood Hero Says Obama ‘Betrayed’ Her, Other Victims

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While Obama is more than happy to spike the football for the successful SEAL mission to neutralize Osama Bin Laden, he is loathe to admit that radical Islam is the motivating factor behind most terrorist attacks, like the one against our soldiers at Ft. Hood.    Obama insists on calling the incident “workplace violence” because that way he can dismiss it as the work of a madman instead of a Muslim terrorist infiltrator in our armed forces.

It’s the same reason why the White House insisted on trying to blame the pre-planned, coordinated terrorist Benghazi attack on a stupid YouTube video.  They are desperate to deny that radical Islam is a terrorist threat to American security.

If that means that four Americans are left to die in Libya while wounded warriors are hung out to dry here at home, so be it.   He doesn’t care.

Ned Berkowitz reports at ABC News:

Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.

“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”

[...]  Despite extensive evidence that Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack, the military has denied the victims a Purple Heart and is treating the incident as “workplace violence” instead of “combat related” or terrorism.

[...]   Munley and dozens of other victims have now filed a lawsuit against the military alleging the “workplace violence” designation means the Fort Hood victims are receiving lower priority access to medical care as veterans, and a loss of financial benefits available to those who injuries are classified as “combat related.”

It doesn’t get more “combat related” than a terrorist bringing jihad to our own doorstep.  The “combat zone” is now wherever a terrorist seeks to perpetrate an act of war against American citizens, and that is exactly what happened at Ft. Hood.   Those soldiers were attacked because Hasan considered them to be enemies of Islam, and himself to be a warrior for jihad (holy war) against the infidels.

Some of the victims “had to find civilian doctors to get proper medical treatment” and the military has not assigned liaison officers to help them coordinate their recovery, said the group’s lawyer, Reed Rubinstein.

“There’s a substantial number of very serious, crippling cases of post-traumatic stress disorder exacerbated, frankly, by what the Army and the Defense Department did in this case,” said Rubinstein. “We have a couple of cases in which the soldiers’ command accused the soldiers of malingering, and would say things to them that Fort Hood really wasn’t so bad, it wasn’t combat.”

[...]  Some of the victims in the lawsuit believe the Army Secretary and others are purposely ignoring their cases out of political correctness.

Read more at ABC News

It is an absolute outrage that Obama is willing to wastefully dump trillions of dollars on “green energy” and other liberal pet projects, but wounded warriors are forced to file a lawsuit just to get their medical bills paid by the nation they volunteered to serve.   Obama couldn’t give them a bigger slap in the face if he tried.

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Ft. Hood survivors: ‘Attack was not workplace violence’

Obama Denies Purple Hearts to Ft. Hood Heroes, Deems Terrorist Attack “Workplace Violence”

Lawmakers Blast Administration For Calling Fort Hood Massacre ‘Workplace Violence’

Ft. Hood report omits important factor: Islam

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Obamanomics: 4th Quarter Report Show Economy Shrinking, Keynesian-in-Chief Blames Republicans

Peter Schiff: Think the Obama Recovery was bad? Just wait until the Obama Recession!

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After four years of reckless spending, $6 Trillion in new debt, massive tax hikes, devaluing the dollar by printing billions out of thin air, Obamacare, and thousands of smothering, anti-business regulations, this economy is THEIRS. We tried to warn them of the tragic results of Keynesian policies, and they wouldn’t listen, so now it’s time to OWN THE CONSEQUENCES.

John Nolte reports at Breitbart:

The American economy has taken a nosedive.

For the first time in over three years, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product shrank. Between October and December of 2012, the GDP had a negative growth of 0.1. And let’s remember that this is the same quarter where we saw the media go into hyper-drive to spin Obama’s anemic job and GDP growth into a repeat of the Roaring Twenties.

The problem with the American economy is that Obama and his media can’t fool it. Happy talk and spin and distractions about contraception don’t create jobs or growth. You might be able to fool legions of people into voting a certain way, but you can’t fool them into spending and hiring and investing.

Read more at Breitbart

Naturally, Obama is looking to blame the Republicans for his failures:

In an attempt to get out in front of startling GDP contraction, Democrats are scrambling to blame the unanticipated growth plunge on spending cuts, not President Barack Obama’s trillions in federal spending that have accelerated the need for tightening the nation’s fiscal belt.

[...]   These comments telegraph Democrats broader strategy for the days ahead: use the GDP contraction to stoke fears that Republican calls to cut spending or aggressively negotiate the debt ceiling and sequester will drive growth down further.

Such messaging will be a hard sell. First, the negative growth figures come on the heels of Obama’s second inaugural address that boldly proclaimed the “economic recovery has begun.” Furthermore, if Krueger’s argument that cuts in defense spending triggered GDP to nosedive, how will President Obama defend his decision to slash defense spending by $487 billion over the next decade?

Even Politico has dubbed the negative growth numbers “Obama’s GDP headache,” calling it “bad news for Obama” because it contradicts the president’s “we’re-finally-roaring-back-narrative.”

CNBC analyst Rick Santelli was more blunt. “We are now Europe,” said Santelli. “When you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe.”

Read more at Breitbart

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Art Laffer: ‘Whole Economy is Shrinking’

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Obama Shuts Down His ‘Jobs Council’

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The unemployment rate hasn’t fallen below 7.8 in four years, and millions aren’t even counted anymore because they gave up and dropped out of the workforce altogether. But Obama doesn’t need to worry about re-election anymore, so what does he care about creating jobs and reducing unemployment?

FORWARD into government dependency!

Josh Lederman reports at US News:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.

When Obama in January 2011 formed his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, unemployment was hovering above 9 percent. Two years president later, more than 12 million people in the U.S. are out of work. The unemployment rate has improved to 7.8 percent, but both parties agree that’s still too high.

A provision in Obama’s executive order establishing the council says it sunsets on Thursday. A White House official said the president does not plan to extend it.

Officials said the president always intended for the council to fulfill its mission and then wind down, and said that Obama would continue to actively engage and seek input from business leaders about ways to accelerate job-creation and economic growth. Among the steps Obama plans to pursue are expedited permits for infrastructure projects, the White House said.

Read more at US News

White House Shutters Obama’s Jobs Council

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Long Term Unemployment at Highest Level Since WWII

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Nothing to see here.  Obamanomics is a smashing success.  Move along.

Keith Koffler reports at White House Dossier:

Long term unemployment under President Obama is at the highest level since at least the end of World War II, threatening to create a permanent underclass of workers who will find it difficult or impossible to obtain jobs in the future. What’s more, Obama’s insistence on repeatedly extending long term unemployment benefits may be fueling the unemployment problem.

According to data recently released by the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the average duration of unemployment is now at about 40 weeks, double the previous highest level of about 20 weeks that prevailed during the last three recessions.

Read more at White House Dossier

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Obama Nominates Hamas & Hezbollah Supporter as CIA Director

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This is the same guy who in 2010 called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam.”

He’s also responsible for the White House leaks of secret information about the Osama Bin Laden raid to Hollywood producers, which put the lives of Navy Seals in jeopardy.

The man is a traitor who belongs in jail, not at the helm of our most important intelligence agency!

Daniel Greenfield warns at Front Page Mag:

Just when you thought that Chuck Hagel was as bad as it was going to get, wait until you meet John Brennan. America, meet your new CIA Director.

Brennan gave a speech to Islamic law students at New York University, where he was introduced by Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America. Mattson, who had been involved with the Obama inaugural prayer service, had come under fire then for her organization’s longstanding terrorist support.

During his NYU speech, Brennan defended the administration’s highly unpopular move to try al-Qaeda operations chief Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court (which the administration eventually backed away from). He claimed that terrorists are the real victims of “political, economic and social forces,” said that Islamic terrorists were not jihadists, referenced “Al-Quds” instead of Jerusalem, and described the 20 percent of former Guantanamo detainees returning to terrorist activities as “not that bad” when compared to ordinary criminal recidivism.

During a talk at the Nixon Center in May 2010, Brennan said that the administration was looking for ways to build up “moderate elements” of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah.

Two weeks later, at a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Brennan defended the Islamic doctrines of jihad as “a holy struggle” and “a legitimate tenet of Islam.

And Brennan has had a great track record so far. A truly spectacular track record which makes him unambiguously qualified to replace Petraeus.

[A] known top U.S. Hamas official had been given a guided tour of the top-secret National Counterterrorism Center and FBI Academy at Quantico under Brennan’s watch, several former top intelligence and defense officials again called for his resignation.

Last month, it was revealed that Brennan was implicated in a serious intelligence breach detailing an ongoing counterterrorism operation led by British and Saudi intelligence agencies that had placed an operative deep inside the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) organization. The White House leak forced the termination of the operation and the immediate withdrawal of the double agent, infuriating our foreign intelligence allies.

Just two weeks ago, internal White House documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA request revealed that Brennan and other White House officials had met twice with Hollywood filmmakers preparing a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, providing them unparalleled access including the identity of a SEAL Team 6 operator and commander along with other classified information. Amazingly, these high-level White House meetings between Brennan and the Hollywood filmmakers took place just weeks after the Pentagon and CIA had publicly warned of the dangers posed by leaks surrounding the successful SEAL raid killing bin Laden.

Read more at Front Page Mag

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Obama’s Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as ‘Legitimate Tenet of Islam’

Obama’s P.R. Helps Terrorists

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73% of Jobs Created In Last Five Months are Government Jobs

Unsustainable. The private sector isn’t growing enough to support bigger government.

Terence P. Jeffrey reports at CNS News:

Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments.

By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June.

In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.

John Nolte observes at Breitbart:

In other words, as the labor participation rate plummets to a thirty year low — which means we have fewer taxpayers — we’re not only increasing the number of taxpayer-funded jobs, but the government is using the creation of these jobs to juice the employment numbers in a way that makes it look as though the job situation is actually improving.

Naturally, none of this would be possible without a compliant media working overtime to bring out the pom-poms and cover up what’s really going on.

Let me tell you something, if Obama had an “R” after his name and creating the exact same economic results, the media would make damn sure the public was familiar with what “labor participation rate” means.

Read more at Breitbart

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Unemployment at Highest Level Since Spring After Obama Victory

368,000 People Leave Workforce As REAL Jobless Rate Climbs Above 11% 

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The REAL Reason Behind Israel’s Hamas Strike: Destroying Iranian Missiles

These missiles were capable of reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.   Iran hopes to use Gaza to distract Israel and tie up its resources as they work on the final stretch towards acquiring a nuclear weapon to obliterate Israel entirely.

Fox News reports:

Hundreds of Iranian-made, long-range missiles already smuggled into Gaza provided a secret sense of urgency behind Israel’s recent campaign against Hamas, and the the Jewish state acted with the Obama administration’s full knowledge, intelligence experts told FoxNews.com.

Jonathan Schanzer, a former counter-terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said the real agenda behind Israel’s assault last month on Hamas’ munitions stockpiles and smuggling tunnels was not simply to end the daily barrage of relatively primitive rockets that have become part of daily life in Israel. The real mission was to eliminate as many as 100 Iranian-built Fajr5 missiles – with the power to reach Tel Aviv – that had been sneaked into Gaza through Egypt. The Obama administration knew in advance of the operation and agreed that the missiles, built in a Sudanese factory, had to be neutralized to protect millions of Israeli citizens who were now within range of the deadly Iranian weapons, according to Schanzer.

“The U.S. was fully aware of what was going to come in Gaza,” Schanzer, now vice president of research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told FoxNews.com. “They said nothing for the first few days of the operation; there was dead silence from [Obama].”

Israel essentially achieved its main aims within the first few days, said Schanzer, noting that Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said as much when he remarked on Day Three of the campaign: “We have run out of good targets.”

Rocket attacks from Gaza were commonplace in Israel prior to the campaign, dubbed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” with at least 750 projectiles falling on the area close to the border since January. The attacks were ratcheted up in early November, which seemed to prompt Israel’s move and the deployment of its vaunted “Iron Dome” defense system. But behind the scenes, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) had a more pressing need to launch their intense bombardment on Hamas’ weapons stores.

Read more at Fox News

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Obamanomics: Jobless Rates Soar After Obama Re-election

The truth is, they were never low to begin with.  The media hid the real numbers until after the election.

Tyler Durden writes at Zero Hedge:

Two months ago, there were various prominent pundits who were furiously mocked and ridiculed by those whose job in the media it is to mock and ridicule, for suggesting what most know: that economic data is widely nuanced, massaged, adjusted, goalseeked and outright manipulated by various political interests. That someone would feign outrage by this allegation is laughable at best (and sorry, the “too many people were involved to keep it a secret” excuse is now absolute rubbish following the confirmation of Liborgate, yet another conspiracy theory until it became a conspiracy fact), yet all the “serious” outlets of insight did just that. Now that the election is over, for one reason or another “unnuanced” normalcy is about to strike back with a vengeance, as soon as tomorrow with the official release of November jobs data. And if the just released Gallup unemployment data is any indication, the amount of outright goalseeking by the fine folks at the BLS was nothing short of startling. Because after recording an adjusted unemployment rate of 7.4% in October, the November unemployment rate, based on a random sample of 29,308 adults, soared by a whopping 0.9% in one month to 8.3%, the most since the Great financial crisis itself! And furthermore, at 8.3% the unemployment rate is now the highest since May. Is it time yet for all those sellsiders to admit they were wrong weeks after producing beautiful pitchbooks of how 2013 will be “different this time” and the economy will soar? Or should we wait a few weeks first?

The unemployemnt rate per Gallup:

Read more at Zero Hedge

 John Nolte observes:

Keep in mind, though, that it’s only in Barack Obama’s America that we’ve learned to celebrate any number under 400,000. We’re nowhere near the point where our economy creates enough jobs to keep up with those lost every week. But because the media will never allow Obama to fail at anything, only 370,000 new unemployment claims is an occasion for pom-poms and much dancing around the golden calf.

Read more at Breitbart

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368,000 People Leave Workforce As REAL Jobless Rate Climbs Above 11% 

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Israel Agrees to ‘Cease Fire,’ Hamas Promptly Violates It – What Now?

Trying to negotiate a “cease fire” with Hamas is like trying to negotiate one with Al Qaeda.  If they agree to it, it’s only to give themselves time to get stronger and more lethal.

It’s unreasonable to expect Israel to try and negotiate with terrorists who think it’s Allah’s will that all Jews be exterminated and wiped from the face of the earth.

Daniel Greenfield reports that the ‘cease fire’ is a sham:

The ceasefire began the way that the war did; with a flight of rockets falling from the sky over Israel’s battered south where working class families wait to learn if they will have to spend the night in safe rooms and shelters.

There is no ceasefire, despite declarations from the international community to the contrary, just as there has been no peace for the past twenty years despite peace accords being signed.

In the language of diplomacy, ceasefire does not mean that the rockets will stop falling and peace does not mean an end to the violence. They mean only that Israel is not allowed to fight back when the rockets fall and the bombs go off. Peace does not mean an absence of killing; what it means is that the terrorists are the only ones allowed to kill.

The ceasefire means that diplomacy has succeeded and the goal of diplomacy in the Middle East is not to make it possible for Israeli children to sleep safely at night, but to pull back Israel from finishing a war.

Diplomacy salvaged Cairo and Damascus after their Arab Socialist regimes began and lost two wars. It saved Arafat in Lebanon and plenty of times afterward. Diplomacy has protected Hamas nearly as many times as it saved the greasy thug of Ramallah. And that same onslaught of diplomacy has made Israel’s existence perilous and unstable, as its armed forces gather to reply to an attack only to be pulled back when there is any danger of them actually winning.

[...]   What Israel wants is not to be shot at. What the terrorists want is to shoot at Israel. And the peace negotiations always conclude with the terrorists getting what they want, while the Israelis get bullet holes in their cars, stab wounds in their necks and blast debris in their ceilings.

Israelis accepted Oslo because it was supposed to mean an end to the violence. Instead the violence became permanent. And now peace isn’t even on the table anymore, only temporary ceasefires that mean the enemy has taken enough damage that it would like an opportunity to rearm and regroup. After giving up its security, Israel has traded in the promise of permanent peace for the offer of a temporary ceasefire that does not even pretend to do anything except benefit the enemies who are determined to destroy it.

Any ceasefire with Hamas, even in the best of all possible worlds, is only a temporary affair, a lull in the fighting, not an ideal to strive for, and even the lull part will be missing here. Ceasefires do not bring peace; they only unnecessarily prolong the war. Israel has signed on to peace accords to show that it wants peace. Now it signs on to ceasefires in order to show that it would rather not fight.

Read more at FrontPageMag

Of course, it was the Obama White House that pressured Israelto accept a “cease fire” agreement with their terrorist neighbors who are dedicated to their annihilation even though he himself admits that the deal is “tenuous” at best.

Israeli soldiers are so frustrated by this capitulation that some took a pic of themselves spelling out the words “Bibi loser” in Hebrew:

Joel Pollak reports at Breitbart:

As Wednesday night’s cease-fire went into effect–amidst continuing rocket fire from Hamas–many Israeli reservists returned home disappointed that the government had not launched the ground attack for which they had been called up. One soldier, quoted by Ynetnews, said that “as a resident of Beersheba [which was hit by several rocket attacks] there is a sense of disappointment. (The violence) will repeat itself and we’ll find ourselves back here again and again. They (government) should have let us complete the mission.”

Much of the Israeli public agrees that a ground war would have been preferable to no war at all, given the continued threat of attacks from Gaza–and given that Hamas is declaring victory. A new poll suggests that support for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen sharply, by as much as 25 percent, since he accepted the cease-fire, likely after intense pressure from the Obama administration. A poll prior to the cease-fire indicated that 70% of Israelis opposed it, and wanted to fight to remove Hamas from Gaza altogether.

Read more at Breitbart

Hamas is declaring victory, bragging that “the occupation and its army were forced to accept our conditions for a cease-fire.”   They’re demanding a Palestinian state that includes all the land the Arabs lost in the 1967 war, and a “right of return” for terrorists.   Iran is celebrating what it sees as evidence of Israel’s weakness.

Still,  William Jacobson points out that it wasn’t a total loss for Israel:

There is no way to spin this as an Israeli victory.  But that doesn’t make it a loss.  Think big picture.

Israel probably destroyed 80% of Hamas’ capabilities, and thereby destroyed 80% of Iran’s southern base to launch attacks against Israel in the even of a war over Iran’s nuclear program.  To achieve the remaining 20% would have required efforts which may have damaged Israel’s ability to deal with Iran.

The fact is that Israel never has a free hand.  When the President of the United States calls up and explicitly or implicitly says Stop, an Israeli Prime Minister needs to think through the consequences of saying No.

There may be times when No is the answer, but yesterday was not one of those times, when there are more existential threats to be dealt with in the coming year.

Read more at Legal Insurrection

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Hamas top dog Haniyeh: “Israel screamed with pain from what the resistance did to it. I thank everyone who provided us with arms and money, especially Iran.”

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Obama Sends $147 Million to Hamas-Run Gaza, Undermines Israel’s War Efforts

Is he TRYING to start World War III?

AWR Hawkins reports at Breitbart:

Against GOP objections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the Obama administration is sending $147 million in funding to the West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza.

Despite a “hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,” the administration is arguing the money needs to be sent on humanitarian grounds.  They did not, however, explain how they plan to force Hamas to use the money for humanitarian purposes.

Read more at Breitbart

That’s our taxpayer money at work, folks, funding the terrorists who attack our allies and use their own children as human shields.

Obama has also warned Israel not to “ramp up” their defense efforts against Hamas, claiming that it would threaten the non-existent “peace process” with the terrorists who want to wipe them off the face of the map.

No polite comment possible.

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