What’s Up: August 24, 2012?

As the world turns there is a constant state of flux in our America lives. Here is the latest from this past week.

* Friday morning on Fox and Friends Geraldo Rivera wondered out loud if Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has let a “lesbian cabal” engage in a “same sex takeover” of the Department.

clip_image002* Wikileaks rebel Julian Assange remained holed up in a stuffy room at the Ecuadorian embassy today surrounded by dozens of police officers waiting to pounce. The fugitive has just a sunlamp, a running machine and internet connection in the threadbare room inside the ground-floor apartment in Knightsbridge. The curtains are almost always closed to prevent people looking in. And a short walk down the worn corridor he can find a small water dispenser. Without sunlight or fresh air, friends fear that he is slowly verging towards depression. Only recently has a blow-up bed been swapped for a proper mattress. One step outside the building and the whistleblower will be arrested by one of around 40 officers, who remained on guard today. Three police vans remained parked around the building this morning. They have a watch on all possible exits and stand ready to act if crowds get out of control. Some 30 policemen were posted outside the building, while there were believed to be more inside. It is said that they are standing on stairwells and blocking the lift, which could be used to take Mr Assange to the roof of the building to a helicopter. Inside the embassy, senior police are understood to be having tense discussions with embassy officials on how to resolve the situation.

* A couple of handfuls of walnuts a day can make a man’s sperm stronger, faster and prettier, researchers said — and it’s possible the nuts could provide a natural solution for some men with fertility problems. Tests on healthy, young men — none of whom were infertile — showed walnuts perked up their sperm considerably. Dr. Wendie Robbins and UCLA researchers want to test men with fertility problems next.

* WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange used the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy on Sunday to berate the United States for threatening freedom of expression and called on U.S. President Barack Obama to end what he called a witch-hunt against WikiLeaks. “As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all of our societies,” Assange said, dressed in a maroon tie and blue shirt. “I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks,” he said in a 10-minute speech which he ended with two thumbs up to the world’s media.

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– It appears that if you release documents that a foreign country classifies secret it must be for the good of the mainstream media according to Assange. Another way of saying that since I think you are doing the wrong thing that you need to conform to my way of thinking and do what I say. Sounds a bit like a child wanting to get his/her own way with its parents and avoid being punished. Even a criminal feels he is on the same level as Obama and telling him to back off the whistleblowers.

* Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go. Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.

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In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” And he promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful. In an unguarded moment earlier this year, the president commented that the private sector of the economy was “doing fine.” Certainly, the stock market is well up (by 74 percent) relative to the close on Inauguration Day 2009. But the total number of private-sector jobs is still 4.3 million below the January 2008 peak. Meanwhile, since 2008, a staggering 3.6 million Americans have been added to Social Security’s disability insurance program. This is one of many ways unemployment is being concealed.

– The Liberals are bad-mouthing Niall Ferguson saying that he has always been wrong and will continue to be wrong.

* Politico 44, By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 7/12/12 12:22 PM EDT

Mitt Romney either lied in federal filings that show he worked at Bain Capital through 2002 and could be guilty of a felony, or has lied to the American people in saying he left the company in 1999, the Obama campaign is arguing in light of news reports on the firm’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

* Real Clear Politics, 8/20/2012 – Obama: “Nobody Accused Mr. Romney of Being A Felon”

Nancy Cordes, CBS: Are you comfortable with the tone being set with your campaign? Have you asked them to change their tone when it comes to defining Mr. Romney?

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President Obama: Well, first of all I am not sure that all of those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate. For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. And, I think that what is absolutely true is if you watch me on the campaign trail, here’s what I’m talking about. I’m talking about how to put Americans back to work.

* DENVER — The Newland family didn’t spend 50 years building a business here for the plaudits, but when a Denver City Council member moved to recognize them with an anniversary proclamation, the clan was flattered. So it came as a disappointment last week when the Newlands learned that the council decided to cancel the honor, especially when they found out the reason: Their successful legal challenge against the Obama health care reform’s birth control, sterilization and abortion mandates. “When the ruling came down from Judge Kane’s courtroom, we got a call from the councilwoman, who said that due to the controversial nature of what we were engaged in, it wasn’t appropriate for her to honor us as she’d originally planned,” said William Newland, who co-owns Hercules Industries with his three siblings. District Judge John Kane granted the company’s request for a temporary injunction July 27 against the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, regardless of their religious beliefs.

* Downing Street has said Britain is still committed to seeking a diplomatic solution with Ecuador in the standoff over the proposed extradition to Sweden of Julian Assange. But British diplomats in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, and in other regional capitals have communicated the message that David Cameron is adamant Assange will not be granted safe passage. They say Britain is under a legal obligation to extradite Assange to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct.

* In a book set for publication Tuesday, a politics and government professor at The Citadel claims President Obama’s 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers. In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team. Read more:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/19/book-obamacare-law-designed-to-unionize-21-million-health-care-workers/#ixzz247hVPDML

* For the first time, criminal charges have been pressed against a German rabbi for performing circumcisions, a Jewish weekly reported on Tuesday. A doctor from Hesse filed a criminal complaint against Rabbi David Goldberg, who serves in the community of Hof, in Upper Franconia (northern Bavaria), according to the Juedische Allgemeine weekly newspaper. The chief prosecutor of Hof confirmed that charges had been filed against the rabbi. The charges are based on the controversial decision of a Cologne district court, which ruled in June that circumcisions for religious reasons constitute illegal bodily harm to newborn babies.

* The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration’s “green training” job efforts on two popular MSNBC cable shows, records show. The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn’t report any jobs created, according to records recently reviewed by The Washington Times.

* NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A police official says two hecklers were removed but not charged with a crime after President Barack Obama was briefly interrupted during a campaign rally at a Las Vegas-area high school. Clark County School District Police Chief James Ketsaa said Wednesday the hecklers were escorted off school property and released during the president’s campaign rally for about 2,000 people in North Las Vegas. At least one of the hecklers drew the president’s attention before authorities hustled him out of the school as the crowd chanted, “Four more Years.” Obama said, “That young man probably needed a good teacher,” as the shouting subsided.

* Willie Geist, MSNBC: What would you say to that same person that said, ‘Well, that hasn’t worked for four years? I haven’t had the job over time; it’s time for a change.’

Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager: Well, I think that worker probably has a good understanding of what’s happened over the past four years in terms of the president coming in and seeing 800,000 jobs lost on the day that the president was being sworn in, and seeing the president moving pretty quickly to stem the losses, to turn the economy around, and over the past, you know, 27 months we’ve created 4.5 million private sector jobs. That’s more jobs than in the Bush recovery, in the Reagan recovery, there’s obviously more we need to do, and as I said to Mika at the at beginning of the program, I think that unemployed worker probably sees one person in this race trying to move the country forward and that’s the president.

– It sounds like Cutter is still blaming George W. Bush for Obama’s problems while not being entirely truthful with the Mainstream Media.

* The Democrats continue with the doom and gloom of the Republicans if they take control. They do not recognize that they have taken the economy to a depth not seen since pre-WWII.

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* Earlier this week, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota joined Vice President Joe Biden for a campaign event in Minnesota. “Biden got plenty of support from Minnesota Democrats,” PostBulletin.com reports. “Sen. Al Franken praised Obama for pushing the health care law, saying it will help more seniors get help paying for prescriptions and will ensure Medicare’s solvency for an additional eight years.” But before Franken was a senator he was a writer on the TV show Saturday Night Live. Then, he famously joked about raping CBS reporter Lesley Stahl. As New York magazine reported in 1995, from a writing session that the reporter sat in on: Franken: “And, ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or, ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’” With the national conversation now turning to women’s issues as a result of the bizarre and offensive comments by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over the weekend, it seems a bit odd that Vice President Biden would take the stage with Franken, considering his own lack of sensitivity to the horrors of rape.

* KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy.

– The problem with this issue is that the Republicans have serious issues with the majority of the people and their social stance. Most of the women don’t want the government to decide what is best for their bodies. It is an individual choice not one the government should choose for them. Yet we continue to see abortion and other social issues that the government should not be involved on the Republican Platform. Then the Democrats make a major issue with the Mainstream Media’s assistance. Will the Republicans ever learn?

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* At a Planned Parenthood luncheon in San Jose California yesterday, Sen. Barbara Boxer launched a full bore attack on Republicans, after Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin made his comments about “legitimate rape.” “There is a war against women, and Romney and Ryan — if they are elected — would become its top generals,” Boxer said calling Akin’s comments a “direct outgrowth” of the extreme positions on abortion held by Republicans. “Where’s the outrage by Mitt Romney?” Boxer asked, “There is a sickness out there in the Republican Party, and I’m not kidding. Maybe they don’t like their moms or their first wives; I don’t know what it is.”

* LUBBOCK (CBSDFW.COM) – Reactions continue after a Texas leader issued a public warning for what he calls a ‘civil war’ and possible invasion of United Nations troops if President Barack Obama is re-elected. Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is convinced that Mr. Obama winning a second term would lead to a revolt by the American people and he’s is pushing a tax increase for the district attorney’s office and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. He says the money is needed to “beef up” its resources in case President Obama wins the November election.

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On Thursday, KRLD News Radio 1080 spoke with both Republican and Democrat officials in Lubbock County, regarding the judge’s recent comments to a local Fox television station.

“We certainly don’t agree with the President and a lot of his policies, but I don’t see any U.N. troops coming to invade Texas anytime soon,” said Lubbock County Republican spokesperson Carl Tepper. The Democrats in Lubbock aren’t laughing. “It’s ridiculous. It’s very embarrassing for us here in Lubbock,” Commissioner Gilbert Flores said frustrated. When asked if the Judge should resign over his comments Mr. Flores said, “I don’t know if it will do any good if he resigns or not. I will be very honest with you, this is West Texas, and this is hard core anti-Obama/Tea Party.” Flores continued, “Most of these people here are not anti-Obama, President of the United States, they are anti-Obama the black man.” The republican judge said that he himself will meet the enemy; “in front of their armored personnel carriers” to tell them they are not welcome, and has the county sheriff to back him up. “I don’t want U.N. troops in Lubbock County,” he said. Tom Head, a graduate of Highland Park High School, has been a county judge since 1999.

* Reuters publishes a teleprompter moment for Obama. His critics will say this unfortunate photo reveals a deeper problem with his presidency — that he’s just a walking teleprompter A Reuter’s photographer captured a shot of Barack Obama with his face obscured by a teleprompter during a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday. The Drudge Report suggested that the shot was ‘rude.’ At the very least, it’s been raising eyebrows.

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– The question remains, “Is it Obama’s best side?”

* Younger voters, angry with the lack of jobs and a stalled economy that’s cut their entertainment budget and forced many to live with mom and dad, are expected to flock to the polls in even greater numbers than 2008 when President Obama’s inspirational message of hope and change drew millions to the polls. While 51 percent of Millennials age 18-29 voted in the 2008 election, 76 percent plan to vote this fall, according to a new poll from the influential group Generation Opportunity, a 50 percent jump. While the group did not ask who younger voters prefer in the presidential race, they are inspired no more and are clearly driven by anger over the economy and the fact that they might not have lives as good as their parents. The poll of 1,003 adults aged 18-29 was conducted at the end of July. It has an error margin of plus-or-minus 3.1 percent.

* Energy loan watchdog an Obama donor. WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration’s program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing his work, according to an Associated Press review of campaign records. The executive defended the integrity of his conclusions and said he decided to donate to Obama after his work was finished. The campaign contributions to Obama started just weeks after Herbert M. Allison Jr., in congressional testimony in March, minimized concerns that the Energy Department was at high risk in more than $23 billion in federal loans awarded to green energy firms. Two weeks later, Allison began giving to the Obama campaign. His contributions to Obama and the Democratic National Committee totaled $52,500 by last month. Allison previously was the former head of the government’s mass purchase of toxic Wall Street assets.

* President Barack Obama is holding on to his lead in Ohio, but he now faces tighter races in Florida and Wisconsin, a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll out Thursday shows. Voters in all three battleground states give favorable ratings to Paul Ryan, but Ryan’s Medicare plan is opposed by majorities of voters. Obama is viewed as better at handling Medicare than Mitt Romney in all three states, the poll shows. Here’s how the new poll of likely voters compares to earlier Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times polls:

Ohio: Obama is at 50 percent, which is what the poll on Aug. 1 showed, compared to Romney’s 44 percent in both polls.

Florida: Obama has slipped to 49 percent from 51 percent in the Aug. 1 poll, while Romney is now at 46 percent compared to 45 percent in the Aug. 1 poll.

Wisconsin: Obama has dropped to 49 percent from the 51 percent he had in an Aug. 8 poll, and Romney has inched up to 47 percent from 45 percent in the Aug. 8 poll.

* After 14 years at National Public Radio, Andrea Seabrook left in July and, to hear her talk about her experience covering Capitol Hill, it’s clear that she had one takeaway: It’s damn frustrating. “I realized that there is a part of covering Congress, if you’re doing daily coverage, that is actually sort of colluding with the politicians themselves because so much of what I was doing was actually recording and playing what they say or repeating what they say,” Seabrook told POLITICO. “And I feel like the real story of Congress right now is very much removed from any of that, from the sort of theater of the policy debate in Congress, and it has become such a complete theater that none of it is real. I feel like I am, as a reporter in the Capitol, lied to every day, all day. There is so little genuine discussion going on with the reporters. To me, as a reporter, everything is spin.”

* The gold standard has returned to mainstream US politics for the first time in 30 years, with a “gold commission” set to become part of official Republican Party policy. Drafts of the party platform, which it will adopt at a convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, next week. The Party Platform will call for an audit of Federal Reserve monetary policy and a commission to look at restoring the link between the dollar and gold.

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– This may be a folly for Republicans as this policy will be very difficult to install and even more arduous to maintain. It does imply fiscal conservative focus. Can Congress live with fiscal liability? The Federal Reserve does need to be accountable to someone. But who in the government is capable of being watchdog.

* Immigration agents file suit against Napolitano over ‘amnesty’ program. Ten federal immigration agents have filed suit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claiming recent directives are forcing them to break the law and ignore their duties when it comes to deporting illegal immigrants. The suit was filed Thursday in Texas federal court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. It challenges recent directives allowing some illegal immigrants — particularly non-felons and those who came to the U.S. as children — to stay and, in some cases, get work permits.

* NH Sheriff Candidate Would Use Deadly Force To Stop Abortions

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MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) – A man running for sheriff in New Hampshire says if he is elected, he will arrest anyone involved in an abortion in his county. Frank Szabo set off a firestorm with the comments. People on all sides of the political spectrum have condemned the statements, but Szabo stands by them. He says it’s the sheriff’s job to protect every citizen – even the unborn. Szabo is running as a Republican for Hillsborough County Sheriff. But he injected a new issue in the debate when he sent out a press release saying he would arrest anyone performing an abortion.

– It appears that the Republican social agenda is taking the next step and violating what is a legal right according to the US Supreme Court. Is this a sane and practical approach?

* Obama Supporter Suggests Anti-Mormon Whisper Campaign: The Obama campaign released its much-anticipated Dashboard platform last May. It was touted as a potentially revolutionary organizing tool that would connect supporters, and merge online activism with real-life grassroots campaigning. It can also be used as a platform to launch whispering campaigns, as one user proved this week. On Monday, a “team member” named Laurence De Palma, who lists his location as East Nashville, presented volunteers with some talking points to convince Southern Christian voters they shouldn’t vote for a Mormon. The message was available under “Resources” and tagged “persuasion.”

– Perhaps our religious freedom is not what the Democrats feel they should allow the Mormons. The Muslims get their rights protected and encouraged by Obama. Why are the Mormons being singled out?

* TSA Rifles Through Bags, Conducts Pat Downs At Paul Ryan Event – For some time we have been warning that the TSA is systematically moving beyond the nation’s airports and conducting operations on the streets of America.

The latest example of this kind of activity occurred at an event organized by Mitt Romney’s GOP running mate Paul Ryan this past weekend in The Villages, Florida. The Shark Tank blog reports that TSA officers showed up alongside Secret Service and the local Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, and proceeded to do what they do like no one else does. “A big WTF is in order here.” the blog notes, adding “We heard that the TSA was going to expand its ummm, ‘reach,’ but to assist in political campaigns is quite the jump in broadening their ‘transportation security horizons.’” “I counted no less than (6) TSA agents alongside the usual uniformed Secret Service detail-not to be confused with the ‘Men In Black’ looking agents.” blogger Javier Manjarres notes, with a picture of the agents in action (below).

* Rangel on Biden’s ‘Chains’ Comment: ‘You Bet Your Life It Was Stupid’ – After Vice President Joe Biden infamously told an audience that Mitt Romney is “going to unchain Wall Street,” and concluded they are “going to put y’all back in chains,” Mr. Romney’s campaign cried foul. This was an obvious and unfair allusion to slavery, Mr. Romney’s surrogates argued. Well, count veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel among Mr. Biden’s critics on the Democratic side of the aisle. “The Vice President said he’s going to put “y’all in chains,” Mr. Rangel told The Perez Notes in a recent free-wheeling interview. “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.” “It was something that if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down, they may be beating the hell out of us but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains,” he added. Republicans have called on Mr. Biden to apologize, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon.

– Somehow with Mainstream Media this “foot in the mouth” did not gain staying power. Was this “foot in the mouth” comment better or worse than Rep. Akin’s “foot in the mouth” comment?

* Fired worker kills boss at Empire State Building, wounds 9 others before cop shoots him – A fired worker stalked his boss down a Midtown street, shot him dead and then turned his weapon on police officers — and in the ensuing gun battle he was killed and nine pedestrians were struck, some by cop bullets, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said today. The 9 a.m. mayhem sent commuters and tourists in a panicked scramble from the jam-packed intersection of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. Bloomberg identified the shooter as Jeffrey Johnson, 53, who had been fired a year ago from Hazan Imports at 10 W. 33rd Street, around the corner from the scene.

* Analysis: Brotherhood taking total control of Egypt – With rise of Morsy, a new dictatorship may be replacing the old while world persists in looking for signs of pragmatism. Having gotten rid of the army old guard, he replaced them with his own men – officers belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood or known sympathizers. Then he turned his attention to the media, replacing 50 editors working for the government’s extensive and influential press empire – including Al- Ahram, Al-Akhbar, Al-Gomhuria. He is now busy appointing new governors to the 27 regions of the country.

* Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles, given lifetime ban from Olympic sports as he drops appeal of doping charges Disgraced cyclist will no longer fight charges he led sophisticated doping conspiracy, will not have to hear former teammates testify against him, but now leaves himself vulnerable. Armstrong announced Thursday night that he would disregard a midnight deadline the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had given him to challenge the results of USADA’s two-year investigation of his legendary cycling teams, a probe that determined Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions.

– This is a clear case of personal vendetta against someone that had dominated the bicycling racing and the Tour de France. Every drug test the man took was passed. Yet to have people claim without proof that he used dope was not taken to court last year for the simple reason that it did not stand the test of convincing evidence to convict. Yet USADA chief executive officer Travis Tygart feels he is justified to take down an icon on innuendo alone. Their claim is that he has a test result that indicates drug use from a time period long after his racing career was over. There is something wrong with USADA to take this step. Armstrong has not failed a drug test. This is nonsense as Armstrong has stated.

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