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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Difference Between Muslim Extremists And Everyone Else: Savages Vs Civilized Man

By Susan Duclos

Findalis from Monkey in the Middle just published a piece about the Muslim outrage over a Facebook photo of a burning Quran and a saying kept running through my head but I couldn't remember who said it, so I hunted for it.

 "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."-- Martin Luther King Jr.


This latest outrage by Muslim extremists follows directly on the heels of protests across the world against American embassies under the guise of offense over a movie clip where Mohammed was profiled as a pedophile, womanizer, etc.... and as examples have shown time and time again, there is only one group that consistently react with violence, death and destruction when they feel offense.

Muslim/Islamic extremists.

When photos and YouTube clips are published of people burning bibles, the reaction is a shake of the head an a prayer for the poor soul that feels the need to denigrate the Bible.




Burning Bible





Man burns a bible screen shot from YouTube clip


Man burns a bible


Algerians in Sudan burn bibles

No one died. No buildings were destroyed. No towns set on fire. They are civilized.


Yet, show a burning or burnt Quran?










These are the headlines:

Officials: Angry Muslims torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh over burned Quran photo

Bangladeshi Muslims burn 10 Buddhist temples over Facebook photo

Bangladeshis burn Buddhist temples over Quran photograph on Facebook

Bangladesh: Muslims Attack Buddhist Temples, Homes Over Quran Facebook Photo 

Bangladesh Muslims torch Buddhist shrines, police say

Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh

As Pamela Geller asserts: They are "savages."

These savages live in a perpetual state of outrage and proponents of free speech can never, ever let them cower us with their threats and continuous savagery.

Kudos to Geller: "In any war between civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man."

They have declared Jihad, a holy war, against free speech... they will not win.

(Additions have been made to thispost)

Latest Muslim Outrage

By Findalis
Monkey in the Middle




Just off the "outrage" over the film Innocence of Muslims, the Religion of PeaceReligion of Intolerance is now rioting over an offensive photograph on Facebook.
Extremist Muslim rioters torched Buddhist communities in southeastern Bangladesh Sunday over an “offensive” photo on Facebook.

The rioting was ignited over a photo uploaded to the social networking site by a Buddhist man from the area that allegedly defamed the Qur'an, according to district administrator Joinul Bari.

Some 25,000 Muslims stormed a Buddhist hamlet in Ramu, torching centuries-old temples.

Once ablaze, the mob swept into villages outside the town, chanting “Allah is Great!,” leaving a trail of devastating in its wake. One witness told a reporter that 11 wooden temples were looted and destroyed, including two that were 300 years old. Shops were similarly attacked. In all, 15 Buddhist villages were attacked, and more than 100 homes were looted and damaged.

Buddhists comprise less than one percent of the population in 90-percent Muslim Bangladesh, where the rest of the populace is Hindu. Most Buddhists live close to the border near the Buddhist-majority nation of Myanmar. Public gatherings have been banned to prevent further violence, Bari told reporters.

Extremist Muslim violence worldwide resulted in some 40 deaths barely a month ago when an obscure, amateur anti-Islam video produced in the United States raised the ire of followers after a trailer of the film was translated into Arabic and posted to the Internet. The trailer, which was broadcast on Egyptian television, led to worldwide violence. It was also used as the excuse for an Al Qaeda-linked terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left a U.S. Ambassador and three American diplomats dead.

Source
There is no end to Muslim outrage.  In fact this is a deliberately orchestrated action to force the West to remove their right of Free Speech.

There is only one outcome that can be done to stop these riots.  More pictures, more movies, more outrage.  Let these idiots riot all they want.  Our freedoms are too important to give up.  Let us offend these left overs from the Stone Age every day, hundreds of times a day.



Drop In Democratic Registration In Ohio Matches Nationwide Trend: Third Way Report Embedded

By Susan Duclos

Fox News reports that voter registration is down in Ohio, especially in Democratic strongholds:

Voter registration in the Buckeye State is down by 490,000 people from four years ago. Of that reduction, 44 percent is in Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one.

"I think what we're seeing is a lot of spin and hype on the part of the Obama campaign to try to make it appear that they're going to cruise to victory in Ohio," Cuyahoga County Republican Chairman Rob Frost said. "It's not just Cuyahoga County. Nearly 350,000 of those voters are the decrease in the rolls in the three largest counties, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Franklin."

Frost points out that those three counties all contain urban centers, where the largest Democrat vote traditionally has been.

Fox points to a recent report from a Democratic think tank which shows that massive drop in Democratic registration is being seen in other battleground states as well, a report I highlighted back in mid August and is embedded below;

From that piece:

 Findings:

• Democratic registration is down by 800,329, or 5.2%, since 2008.

•Republican registration is down by by 78,985, or 0.7%,

• Independent registration has increased by 486,677, or 6.4%


Via Page 2 of the PDF from Third Way


In 6 of the 8 states—Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania—Independent registration has outpaced both Democratic and Republican registration since 2008. In the remaining two, Republicans have had the edge—likely the result of the competitive GOP primary. In Iowa, Republican registration increased by 6.4% while Democratic and, to a lesser extent, Independent registration fell. In New Hampshire, voter registration has declined across the board; however, Republicans have shed the fewest voters.


Third Way Registration Report

Sunday, 7pm: Univision Special On Fast And Furious- 'More Victims'

By Susan Duclos

The questioning for Barack Obama by Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos when he was interviewed on Univision became particularly uncomfortable for him when the questions turned to the Fast and Furious scandal. They highlighted the need for a special independent investigation, asked why Eric Holder had not been fired and specifically asked why Obama is not releasing the information the House Oversight Committee has requested, even issued a subpoena for, if he has nothing to hide.

A prelude for what was to come?

 Tonight, September 30, 2012, at 7pm, Univision News Investigative Unit reveals their findings after investigating Fast and Furious, which are being called a "bombshell." The report will be aired with closed captioning in English

Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ. It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who purchased guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.


Via The Daily Caller:

Spanish-language television network Univision plans to air a television special that it said reveals more violence than previously known, as well as the stories of how many more Operation Fast and Furious victims were killed, the network announced in a Friday release.

“The consequences of the controversial ‘Fast and Furious’ undercover operation put in place by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2009 have been deadlier than what has been made public to date,” the network said. “The exclusive, in-depth investigation by Univision News’ award-winning Investigative Unit — Univision Investiga — has found that the guns that crossed the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious caused dozens of deaths inside Mexico.”

Among other groups of Fast and Furious victim stories Univision says it will tell in the special to air Sunday evening at 7 p.m., is one about how “16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Ju├írez in January of 2010″ were gunned down with weapons the Obama administration gave to drug cartel criminals through Fast and Furious.

“Univision News’ Investigative Unit was also able to identify additional guns that escaped the control of ATF agents and were used in different types of crimes throughout Mexico,” the network added. “Furthermore, some of these guns — none of which were reported by congressional investigators — were put in the hands of drug traffickers in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision’s findings ‘the holy grail’ that Congress had been searching for.”
 Read the rest at The Daily Caller.

CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson, who broke the the scandal open wide, aggressively investigated and reported on Fast and Furious, to the point where she said White House officials screamed and cussed at her because she would not stop, now has further information.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, have pressed, unsuccessfully, for an interview with Kevin O'Reilly for a year. O'Reilly also declined to speak to the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) who investigated Fast and Furious. Last week, the IG issued a scathing report that criticized many officials at ATF, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's office and said O'Reilly had declined to be interviewed.

O'Reilly, then a White House National Security staffer, had phone and email exchanges about Fast and Furious from July 2010 to Feb. 2011 with the lead ATF official on the case: ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell. Just days after Newell testified to Congress on July 26, 2011 that he'd shared information with O'Reilly, whom he described as a long time friend, O'Reilly was transferred to Iraq and not available for questioning. Thereafter, he declined interviews with congressional investigators and the IG.

In a letter sent to O'Reilly's attorney Thursday, Issa and Grassley state that O'Reilly's "sudden transfer" to Iraq took him out of pocket in their investigation, and placed him in a position that had already been given to somebody else, raising "serious questions about O'Reilly's assignment in Baghdad (and) the motivation for his transfer there."

ABC News has a video preview of tonight's report.


Gold Star Mothers Day




I have written in the past about Gold Star Mothers. In 2009, and back in 2008 I wrote of them as my Every Day Heroes.


Even though there is only day annually set aside to honour these precious military mothers, they are all heroes to me, every.single. day.
 


Forever in my heart.





[US Army on Gold Star Mothers]
 
*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Obama Media Neglects To Report Credible Threat To Female Missionaries In Egypt

By Susan Duclos

Cartoon by Glenn Foden via Townhall


Major Hat Tip to one of my Daily Reads, Pirate's Cove, for pointing out that it took the Times of Israel to report what American media should have but didn't as they continue to cover Obama's ass time and time again.

The US Embassy in Cairo issued a terrorist threat warning on Friday stating there are credible threats of terrorists targeting female U.S. missionaries.

The Embassy has credible information suggesting terrorist interest in targeting U.S. female missionaries in Egypt. Accordingly, U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance, taking necessary precautions to maintain their personal security. U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents. U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.



Screenshot below in case the U.S. embassy in Cairo decides to try to scrub their site of this press release as they did recently with their apologetic condemnation of free speech (not before a screen shot was captured- seen here)

Screen shot captured September 29, 2012, below:

Click image to enlarge

As of right now on a Google News search there are only three mentions of this terror warning against U.S. female missionaries in Egypt, one by the AFP, Times of Israel and Ahram Online.

Kirsten Powers, Democrat, recently said that if the media doesn't start doing their jobs they would be complicit in another terrorist attack on America and as William Teach from Pirate's Cove asks, "Is it any wonder that Pat Caddell says that “the media have become the enemy of the American People”?

The Obama media is so busy trying to cover Obama's ass that they are not doing their jobs, they are not informing Americans of the news, of potential attacks, or of credible threats against Americans and America.

Here is another question, "Is it any wonder that American's distrust in media has hit new highs in September, with 60 percent now saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly?"




Obama Administration To Contractors: Don’t Issue Layoff Notices Before Election

By Susan Duclos

WARN Act overview via United states Department of Labor:

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) protects workers, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

Employee entitled to notice under WARN include managers and supervisors, as well as hourly and salaried workers. WARN requires that notice also be given to employees' representatives, the local chief elected official, and the state dislocated worker unit.

Advance notice gives workers and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain other jobs, and, if necessary, to enter skill training or retraining that will allow these workers to compete successfully in the job market.
  • Generally, WARN covers employers with 100 or more employees, not counting those who have worked less than six months in the last 12 months and those who work an average of less than 20 hours a week.
  • Employees entitled to advance notice under WARN include managers and supervisors as well as hourly and salaried workers.
  • Regular federal, state, and local government entities that provide public services are not covered by WARN.

The Obama administration is encouraging contractors to violate the WARN Act by not sending out layoff notices and offering them compensation of  legal costs that occur by violating the WARN Act, because those layoff notices are due to come out before the November presidential election.

 Via The Hill:

The Obama administration issued new guidance intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon, reiterating the administration’s position that the companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration.

The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.

But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.

The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.

 Republicans are rightly calling the Obama administration on it's attempt to hide the bad news coming by way of layoffs from the American people, right before the presidential election.

Senate Republicans, who accused the White House of trying to hide job losses after the first guidance, said Friday that the new OMB statement “puts politics ahead of American workers.”

“The Obama Administration is cynically trying to skirt the WARN Act to keep the American people in the dark about this looming national security and fiscal crisis,” Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said in a statement. “The president should insist that companies act in accordance with the clearly stated law and move forward with the layoff notices.”

The fight over WARN Act notices began in June when Lockheed Martin CEO Bob Stevens said his company might send the notices to all 123,000 of its employees.

 Is there no lie too big, no depths too low for Obama to sink to in order to get reelected?


Dexter : Season 7 Trailer

By Susan Duclos

Quick break from politics for..............

Official trailer for Dexter season 7. Premieres on Showtime Sunday September 30th at 9PM ET/PT.

[WATCH]



Clinton: Loosening Regulation Makes It Easier To Start Or Expand Business, In Tunisia, Egypt And Libya

By Susan Duclos

Conservatives have been screaming from the rooftops, figuratively, about loosening up regulations as a way to help businesses grow, expand and create more jobs in order to address and lower unemployment here in America which has been over 8 percent for 43 straight months.

Hillary Clinton agrees that loosening regulations help the economy... in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

“In Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, people rose up against their dictators because they were fed up with governments that served the interests of a few at the expense of everyone else,” said Clinton. “But economic and social challenges did not disappear with the dictators. Too many people still can’t find jobs, and young and growing populations crave a sense of opportunity and self-determination.

“On the economic front, we are zeroing in on small and medium-sized enterprises because they are the growth engines in any economy,” Clinton said. “They create the bulk of new jobs and they spread wealth more broadly through more communities. And when people have the opportunity to unleash their talents and create something of their own, they are more invested in their communities, their countries, and their new democracies.

So the OECD is helping emerging democracies find ways they can loosen regulations and make it easier to start or expand a small business................

Amazing how the Obama administration can recommend for other countries, exactly what Conservatives have proposing in the U.S., and not see the irony.

[Update] From three days ago here at WuA:

 The reason this so-called recovery effort implemented by the Obama administration has been the weakest, feeblest recovery since the Great Depression is directly attributable to Barack Obama's policies and agenda, according to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), who surveyed 800 small business owners, manufacturers and decision-makers at small and medium-sized companies, via a release from The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

(55 percent) saying the national economy is in a worse position compared to three years ago. Among the chief factors survey respondents cited were federal regulations, taxes, government spending and the cost of health insurance and energy.
Key survey findings include the following:
  • 67 percent say there is too much uncertainty in the market today to expand, grow or hire new workers.
  • 69 percent of small business owners and manufacturers say President Obama’s Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt American small businesses and manufacturers.
  • 55 percent say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.
  • 54 percent say other countries like China and India are more supportive of their small businesses and manufacturers than the United States.

Related:

Issa’s List: 'Five Biggest Job Killing Regulations'

Small businesses, manufacturers have bleak outlook on US economy

Video: The real Obama in his own words

A little reminder!!~


On January 1, 2013 Five Egregious Obamacare Taxes Take Effect

By Susan Duclos

ATR (Americans for Tax Reform) has separated out the top five taxes within the Obamacare law from the full list of 20,  that are to take effect on January 1, 2013.

The Obamacare Medical Device Tax – a $20 billion tax increase:  Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year.  In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to prosthetics more expensive.

The Obamacare “Special Needs Kids Tax” – a $13 billion tax increase:  The 30-35 million Americans who use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will face a new government cap of $2,500 (currently the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap).

There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are several million families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. This Obamacare tax provision will limit the options available to these families.

The Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income – a $123 billion tax increase:  This is a new, 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single).

The Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deductions – a $15.2 billion tax increase: Currently, those Americans facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  This tax increase imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. By limiting this deduction, Obamacare widens the net of taxable income for the sickest Americans.  This tax provision will most harm near retirees and those with modest incomes but high medical bills.

The Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Hike -- an $86.8 billion tax increase:  The Medicare payroll tax is currently 2.9 percent on all wages and self-employment profits.  Under this tax hike, wages and profits exceeding $200,000 ($250,000 in the case of married couples) will face a 3.8 percent rate instead. This is a direct marginal income tax hike on small business owners, who are liable for self-employment tax in most cases.

Click over to ATR to see the tables/charts associated with the taxes.

(See Comprehensive List Of 20 Obamacare Tax Hikes With Effective Dates-Embedded HERE)

Zadroga Funds MUST be protected from sequester cuts

*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 28, 2012
Contact:
Glen Caplin (Gillibrand) 917-865-7556
Max Young (Schumer) 202-380-5990
Brice Peyre (Maloney) 646-831-1649
Kevin Fogarty (King) 202-225-3062
Ilan Kayatsky (Nadler) 212-367-7350

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER, MALONEY, KING, NADLER PRESS FEDS
TO PROTECT ZADROGA FUNDS FROM ANY SEQUESTER CUTS
New York Lawmakers Fight to Protect 9/11 Health & Compensation Programs from Looming Budget Ax
Lawmakers Advocate for the Heroes Who Answered the Call of Duty on 9/11 to be Treated With Same Dignity As Military Veterans -- Slashing 9/11 Treatment and Compensation Funds Violates Congressional Rule and Intent, and Contradicts Precedent to Aid Injured and Sick Victims


New York, NY – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), joined by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to preserve funding for the critical 9/11 health programs that were passed into law under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act should any sequestration budget cuts go into effect next year. A preliminary report by OMB shows that $24 million is slated to be slashed from the Victim Compensation Fund, and an additional $14 million would be cut from the World Trade Center Health Fund in 2013, as part o

The lawmakers wrote in a letter to OMB Acting Director Zients, “[W]e all agree that applying sequestration to these two programs [established by the James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act] does not make sense, is not consistent with Congressional intent, does not follow precedent regarding trust funds provided for victims, and we would urge OMB to reconsider this initial finding if it is required to proceed with a sequester… We are concerned that OMB has not fully investigated the facts under which these programs operate.”


“Nothing exemplifies this unbalanced and draconian approach to deficit reduction more than asking our
heroes who have already sacrificed so much to sacrifice yet again,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our 9/11 heroes who answered the call of duty should be treated with the same dignity as our veterans. Just as we have come together as Democrats and Republicans to fight for our heroes, I urge our colleagues to do the same and work towards a balanced approach that keeps struggling families from sacrificing the most.”


“This is one of the most poignant examples of why we must work to avert the sequester,” said Senator Schumer. “We can entirely avoid this problem if both parties agree to support a balanced deficit reduction plan that includes revenues as well as sensible savings. But in the event that they don't, we must work to make sure there that the burden does not fall on the national heroes who are finally receiving the help they deserve through the Zadroga Act. Veterans have been exempted from sequestration and the heroes who have rushed to towers after 9/11 should be treated the same. They risked their lives in a time of war and suffered for it.”


“Sequestering 9/11 health funding would be a monumental misapplication of the law and a gross affront to those who continue to suffer the health consequences of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “The World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund are both paid for with a dedicated funding stream and do not contribute one cent to our nation’s budget deficit. Needlessly cutting health funding for responders, workers, and residents who are sick or dying as a result of their exposure to Ground Zero toxins would literally be adding insult to injury.”



“We have come too far and our 9/11 heroes have endured too much for this funding to be subjected to a bureaucratic reduction,” said Congressman King. “It would be a cruel hoax to finally allow these individuals to start their necessary treatment, only to find out they will not be able to continue it through no fault of their own.”

“I am quite concerned that, among the vast devastation that sequestration would bring, it will also include cuts to Zadroga Act funding,” said Congressman Nadler. “We have all worked extremely hard, with the help and support of 9/11 first responders and survivors, to obtain health care and compensation for those who need it, and we must not now, all of a sudden, ration assistance for the sick. We are urging the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider its determination on Zadroga’s exemption from the sequester. The health and well-being – not to mention peace of mind – of thousands of responders and survivors of 9/11 depend on it.”

In addition to noting that cuts to these programs would be devastating for the families of 9/11 victims and first responders, the five members of Congress also listed three key reasons why the 9/11 programs should be exempt from automatic cuts:

· The preliminary budget fails to take into account New York City’s agreement to voluntarily pay 10% share for the 9/11 program. Under federal rule, “activities financed by voluntary payments to the government” are exempt from sequester. Lawmakers pointed out that accordin

· The 9/11 health programs should be added onto the list of federal health and compensation programs that are already immune from cuts. There are currently 150 exemptions, including at least six programs established for injuries and illnesses, signed into law by February 2010—nearly a year before the 9/11 health bill was passed. Had the 9/11 health bill existed then, the 9/11 programs would have been among the items protected from sequestration.

· The proposed budget cuts are an affront to the 9/11 health law that was already formulated to cut the deficit. The 9/11 law was already devised to be fully paid for and to cut the deficit. According to the Congressional Budget Office's estimate, the law slashes $433 million from the deficit.
The budget already spares veterans from most of the automatic budget cuts. OMB released a letter in April assuring that programs under the Veterans Affairs agency would be exempt from sequestration. 

Full text of the lawmakers’ letter is below:

Dear Acting Director Zients, 

We are writing to convey our deep concern about the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) initial determination that the programs established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act are subject to sequestration under the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012. As Members of Congress, some of whom voted for the “Budget Control Act of 2011” and some of whom voted against, we all agree that applying sequestration to these two programs does not make sense, is not consistent with Congressional intent, does not follow precedent regarding trust funds provided for victims, and we would urge OMB to reconsider this initial finding if it is required to proceed with a sequester.

The September 14, 2012 “OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P. L. 112–155)” identifies the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), administered by the Department of Justice as programs subject to sequestration. Both of these programs are listed as being subject to a 7.6 sequester percentage with the WTC Health Program’s $190 million budget authority for FY 2013 slated for a $14 million reduction and the VCF’s $322 million budget authority reduced by $24 million. Not only would these cuts be devastating for the victims that need assistance, we are concerned that OMB has not fully investigated the facts under which these programs operate. 

For example, the 7.6% sequester estimate was applied to the total $190 million health program instead of subtracting the 10% payment volunteered by the City of New York prior to calculating the cut. Pursuant to the PAYGO Statue, Section 11(g) ‘‘Activities financed by voluntary payments to the Government for goods or services to be provided for such payments” are exempt from sequester. The City of New York has voluntarily agreed, through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to pay a 10% share for the program. Therefore, including their portion of the funding violates the sequester process.

In addition, as OMB is aware, the PAYGO Statute which was signed into law in February 2010 includes 150 exemptions. Among the programs exempted are similar health and compensation programs that have been established for other injuries and illnesses such as: the Payment to Radiation Exposure Compensation Trust Fund, Radiation Exposure Compensation Trust Fund, Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Fund, Vaccine Injury Compensation, Vaccine 


But the 9/11 health and compensation funds did not exist at the time the PAYGO Statute was enacted. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which established these funds, was not passed by the Congress until December 2010 and was signed into law by the President in January of 2011. Clearly had the 9/11 Heath and Compensation programs existed in February 2010, when the PAYGO law was passed, they would have been included on the list of specific exemptions and therefore we request that both the health and compensation programs are excluded from sequestration.

Moreover, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, when enacted, was not only fully PAYGO compliant with a dedicated stream of revenue that fully pays for the program, but in fact provided an additional $433 million in deficit reduction, revenue above what the Act spent. Given that it was fully PAYGO compliant and in fact in the end will lead to over $400 million in deficit reduction we do not believe that subjecting the two programs to sequester is proper or consistent with the precedent set by similar health and compensation programs provided to injured workers. 

In conclusion, we know that the task before OMB is difficult and it is our sincere hope that Congress will find an alternative to sequestration. However, as your report states on page one, “The estimates and classifications in the report are preliminary. If the sequestration were to occur, the actual results would differ based on changes in law and ongoing legal, budgetary, and technical analysis.” We therefore write to you in the hope of pointing out that we do not believe that Congress intended to have these two programs fall under sequestration.
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For more background on the Zadroga Act, start here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Video- Obama Voter Says Vote for Obama because he gives a free Phone- Obama Phones?

By Susan Duclos

[WATCH] The new viral video, over a million hits already.



 I am thinking, just a guess here, that the woman above is one of the 47 percent that Romney referred to in that leaked video?

Obama phones? Ummmmmmm, no.

Via Washington Examiner:

The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984, originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.

In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion.

A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net.

Sometimes you look at something and just say "wow."

 This is definitely one that should be added to the Obama supporters that Howard Stern exposed. (See that video here.)

Obama Transparency Fail: 19 Of 20 Cabinet Agencies Failed To Comply With The Law

By Susan Duclos

Bloomberg tested the Obama administration cabinet-level agencies and found that 10 of 20 of them failed to comply with transparency laws.

As Obama nears the end of his term, his administration hasn’t met those goals, failing to follow the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, according to an analysis of open-government requests filed by Bloomberg News.

Nineteen of 20 cabinet-level agencies disobeyed the law requiring the disclosure of public information: The cost of travel by top officials. In all, just eight of the 57 federal agencies met Bloomberg’s request for those documents within the 20-day window required by the Act.

“When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk,’” said Daniel Metcalfe, director of the Department of Justice’s office monitoring the government’s compliance with FOIA requests from 1981 to 2007.
The entire piece is worth the read.

Data and Graphics: Testing Obama's Promise of Government Transparency

What Bloomberg News requested

 • A list of trips taken out of Washington, D.C., by the head of the agency
• Documents showing dates and modes of transport
• A breakdown of travel expenses, including all gifts or reimbursements covered by outside sources

FAIL.

Letter Embedded: Bipartisan Senate Demand For Information From Obama Admin On 9/11 Attacks

Byy Susan Duclos

Democrat and Republicans from the United States Senate, Committee On Foreign Relations, are jointly sending a letter to the Obama administration for more information than they have gotten to date.

Letter will be embedded below the post.


Additional Questions (Page #4)

1. Please expand the accounting of the attacks against U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen beginning on September 11, 2012, to include attacks that took place at any U.S. missions from September 11-13, 2012.

2. In addition to a discussion of whether host government security forces were of adequate size and were adequately trained and equipped to protect our mission, please expand your response to include a discussion of the steps, if any, those forces took to protect U.S. missions or assist U.S. personnel on the days in question.

3. In addition to whether the United States or the host governments had intelligence prior to the attacks in Egypt, Libya or Yemen, please expand your response to include an assessment of attacks that took place at any U.S. missions from September 11-13, 2012. Please also discuss whether there were adequate mechanisms in place to share that information on a timely basis with U.S. security personnel posted at the mission.

4. Please provide an assessment of the state of security of other U.S. embassies and consulates in high threat environments that were not attacked from September 11-13, 2012.

Via Washington Examiner:

The letter marks the first time congressional Democrats have so directly expressed their dissatisfaction with the administration's response to inquiries about the attacks, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others and raised questions about U.S. security throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

A Kerry aide confirmed that the committee intended to enlist the support of Republicans and Democrats and said the letter would likely be sent Friday. Another aide told The Examiner that the panel's 10 Democrats and nine Republicans plan to sign it.

This bipartisan letter comes six days after Senate Republicans blasted the Obama administration for giving more details of the Libya attack to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal than to the United States Senate.

Bipartisan Letter From Senate for Information on Libya Attack

Kirsten Powers: The media may be complicit in another terrorist attack on America

By Susan Duclos

Via The Right Scoop and remember Powers is a Democrat, so this type of criticism against liberal media bias coming from a moderate Dem is indicative of the frustration felt on both sides of the political spectrum.

Kirsten Powers believes that media bias has gotten out of control on the issue of the Benghazi attack and the subsequent lies from the Obama administration on what happened. There are so many questions that need answering and she says that the media could possibly be complicit in another terrorist attack on America if they don’t get to the bottom of what is happening here. She cites the attacks on our embassies pre-9/11 as warnings back then, and says Al-Qaeda is not dead and the media should be asking what this really means. 


Watch: The video over at The Right Scoop.

Kids Revolt Against Michelle Obama's School Lunch Mandate With 'We Are Hungry' Video

By Susan Duclos

School kids are starting their own type of revolution aimed against Michelle Obama's 2010 health initiative which limits the amount of calories can provide with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The complaint from the kids is that the lunches are leaving them hungry.

[WATCH] We Are Hungry Paradoy



The video above was created by students and teachers from a high school in Kansas, but they are not the only ones joining this revolt against Michelle Obama's initiative.

In Pierre SD, kids are tossing more food away than they are eating.

"I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug of milk for their lunch. And they are not getting a proper meal," middle school student Samantha Gortmaker said.

You can see from the garbage line, a lot of the healthy foods kids have to put on their plates aren't going in their stomachs. Some are concerned certain kids need more food than they're allowed to take under the new regulations.

It isn't only the children who are noticing the problems with Michelle Obama's initiative either:

Schools need to keep students below a certain calorie count depending on their age. Darrel Davis heads the school lunch program in Pierre.

"When they're running cross country and burning 3,000 calories a day, they need more energy.  They need more fuel," Darrel Davis said.

Davis says he doesn't have all the answers, but wants to see more flexibility.  Noem agrees. The Congresswoman says she's been fielding complaints from people across the state, including her own kids.

"With all these new requirements that are coming, the goals are great. We just really need the flexibility to really make them work," Noem said.

Other examples of the ramifications of Michelle Obama's policies comes in the form of starting their own black market at the Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School.

A new product has popped up on the city's black market and it's selling in an unexpected place: Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School, which has become ground zero for a new underground economy based on trade in chocolate syrup.

Students said some of their peers are buying the contraband liquid for 50 cents and squeezing it into cartons of white milk to give it flavor. It's their way of coping with a ban on flavored milk — and a long list of other items — that took effect Aug. 1.
Then again, Michelle might have to be given credit for creating more future conservatives out these children as evidenced by 16 year old  Erik Cortez of New Bedford, who says "I get it, but why should they have the right to tell you what you can and can't eat?"

Why indeed... it used to be a parent's right to decide what their kids dietary needs are, Michelle has made it the governments.

 Moving right along to Great Falls, MT, we see kids eating their lunch then hopping over to McDonalds because they left hungry after Michelle's interference.

As he grabbed lunch before a road trip to Malta for a football game, junior Joey Kercher quickly ate two slices of pizza, grapes and milk.

Then he left the school cafeteria for McDonald’s and his second lunch.
School lunch “is not enough,” he said.


Thanks to new USDA rules, Kercher could have had however many servings of vegetables he wanted — though he skipped the first helping of cucumbers and salad offered, calling them “not appetizing” — but couldn’t have seconds on pizza.

More:

Sharing his table, junior Michael Kraft said he goes home for lunch because the school’s offerings “don’t fill me up.”Sometimes he eats carrots, but generally he eats “whatever I can find” and skips the veggies.

Some smart school officials are simply ignoring portions of the new rules.

While his school in Sunburst has continued to add more fruits and vegetables, keeps a well-stocked salad bar, moved from 2-percent to 1-percent milk and added more whole grains, the school isn’t complying with portion or seconds rules on protiens, said Superintendent Tim Tharp of North Toole County High School.

Last week the school board officially decided to ignore certain components of the new food regulations.



“The kids would bring their own lunch or go to the grocery store for fried food, soda pop and chips,” he said.

Still more examples of the backfiring of Michelle sticking her nose into other people's business.

Taelynn Still Smoking, a Cut Bank middle schooler, remains miffed about the chicken nuggets, which she described as only four quarter-sized pieces.

Sharing her table, Falon BigSpring said more classmates are going to Subway, McDonald’s, Taco Johns and Latte Da for lunch.

 From one end of the country to the other, kids, teachers and food servers are saying that some kids needs more than others, some are more active, some only get their full amount of calories for the day at school and this program is leaving the children hungry.




Thursday, September 27, 2012

Video And Transcript: Prime Minister Netanyahu Speech to United Nations 2012

By Susan Duclos

Video and transcript below it, with the diagram  Prime Minister Netanyahu showed during his speech.


Below, The Algemeiner has published the full transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2012. 

It’s a pleasure to see the General Assembly presided by the Ambassador from Israel, and it’s good to see all of you, distinguished delegates.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Three thousand years ago, King David reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all those who proclaim that the Jewish state has no roots in our region and that it will soon disappear.

Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who have sought our destruction. It’s their ideologies that have been discarded by history.

The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew Am Yisrael Chai, and the Jewish state will live forever.

The Jewish people have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. Even after most of our people were exiled from it, Jews continued to live in the land of Israel throughout the ages. The masses of our people never gave up the dreamed of returning to our ancient homeland.

Defying the laws of history, we did just that. We ingathered the exiles, restored our independence and rebuilt our national life. The Jewish people have come home.

We will never be uprooted again.

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Every year, for over three millennia, we have come together on this day of reflection and atonement. We take stock of our past. We pray for our future. We remember the sorrows of our persecution; we remember the great travails of our dispersion; we mourn the extermination of a third of our people, six million, in the Holocaust.

But at the end of Yom Kippur, we celebrate.

We celebrate the rebirth of Israel. We celebrate the heroism of our young men and women who have defended our people with the indomitable courage of Joshua, David, and the Maccabees of old. We celebrate the marvel of the flourishing modern Jewish state.

In Israel, we walk the same paths tread by our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But we blaze new trails in science, technology, medicine, agriculture.

In Israel, the past and the future find common ground.

Unfortunately, that is not the case in many other countries. For today, a great battle is being waged between the modern and the medieval.

The forces of modernity seek a bright future in which the rights of all are protected, in which an ever-expanding digital library is available in the palm of every child, in which every life is sacred.
The forces of medievalism seek a world in which women and minorities are subjugated, in which knowledge is suppressed, in which not life but death is glorified.

These forces clash around the globe, but nowhere more starkly than in the Middle East.

Israel stands proudly with the forces of modernity. We protect the rights of all our citizens:  men and women, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians – all are equal before the law.

Israel is also making the world a better place: our scientists win Nobel Prizes. Our know-how is in every cell-phone and computer that you’re using. We prevent hunger by irrigating arid lands in Africa and Asia.

Recently, I was deeply moved when I visited Technion, one of our technological institutes in Haifa, and I saw a man paralyzed from the waist down climb up a flight of stairs, quite easily, with the aid of an Israeli invention.

And Israel’s exceptional creativity is matched by our people’s remarkable compassion. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world – in Haiti, Japan, India, Turkey Indonesia and elsewhere – Israeli doctors are among the first on the scene, performing life-saving surgeries.

In the past year, I lost both my father and my father-in-law. In the same hospital wards where they were treated, Israeli doctors were treating Palestinian Arabs. In fact, every year, thousands of Arabs from the Palestinian territories and Arabs from throughout the Middle East come to Israel to be treated in Israeli hospitals by Israeli doctors.

I know you’re not going to hear that from speakers around this podium, but that’s the truth. It’s important that you are aware of this truth.

It’s because Israel cherishes life, that Israel cherishes peace and seeks peace.
We seek to preserve our historic ties and our historic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. We seek to forge a durable peace with the Palestinians.

President Abbas just spoke here.

I say to him and I say to you:

We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN. That’s not the way to solve it. We won’t solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood.

We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.

Israel wants to see a Middle East of progress and peace. We want to see the three great religions that sprang forth from our region – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – coexist in peace and in mutual respect.

Yet the medieval forces of radical Islam, whom you just saw storming the American embassies throughout the Middle East, they oppose this.

They seek supremacy over all Muslims. They are bent on world conquest. They want to destroy Israel, Europe, America. They want to extinguish freedom. They want to end the modern world.

Militant Islam has many branches – from the rulers of Iran with their Revolutionary Guards to Al Qaeda terrorists to the radical cells lurking in every part of the globe.

But despite their differences, they are all rooted in the same bitter soil of intolerance. That intolerance is directed first at their fellow Muslims, and then to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, secular people, anyone who doesn’t submit to their unforgiving creed.

They want to drag humanity back to an age of unquestioning dogma and unrelenting conflict.
I am sure of one thing. Ultimately they will fail. Ultimately, light will penetrate the darkness.
We’ve seen that happen before.

Some five hundred years ago, the printing press helped pry a cloistered Europe out of a dark age. Eventually, ignorance gave way to enlightenment.

So too, a cloistered Middle East will eventually yield to the irresistible power of freedom and technology. When this happens, our region will be guided not by fanaticism and conspiracy, but by reason and curiosity.

I think the relevant question is this: it’s not whether this fanaticism will be defeated. It’s how many lives will be lost before it’s defeated.

We’ve seen that happen before too.

Some 70 years ago, the world saw another fanatic ideology bent on world conquest. It went down in flames. But not before it took millions of people with it. Those who opposed that fanaticism waited too long to act. In the end they triumphed, but at an horrific cost.

My friends, we cannot let that happen again.

At stake is not merely the future of my own country. At stake is the future of the world. Nothing could imperil our common future more than the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons.

To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear-armed Iran, just imagine the world with a nuclear-armed Al-Qaeda.

It makes no difference whether these lethal weapons are in the hands of the world’s most dangerous terrorist regime or the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization. They’re both fired by the same hatred; they’re both driven by the same lust for violence.

Just look at what the Iranian regime has done up till now, without nuclear weapons.

In 2009, they brutally put down mass protests for democracy in their own country. Today, their henchmen are participating in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, including thousands of children, directly participating in this murder.

They abetted the killing of American soldiers in Iraq and continue to do so in Afghanistan. Before that, Iranian proxies killed hundreds of American troops in Beirut and in Saudi Arabia. They’ve turned Lebanon and Gaza into terror strongholds, embedding nearly 100,000 missiles and rockets in civilian areas. Thousands of these rockets and missiles have already been fired at Israeli communities by their terrorist proxies.

In the last year, they’ve spread their international terror networks to two dozen countries across five continents – from India and Thailand to Kenya and Bulgaria. They’ve even plotted to blow up a restaurant a few blocks from the White House in order to kill a diplomat.

And of course, Iran’s rulers repeatedly deny the Holocaust and call for Israel’s destruction almost on a daily basis, as they did again this week from the United Nations.

So I ask you, given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine Iranian aggression with nuclear weapons. Imagine their long range missiles tipped with nuclear warheads, their terror networks armed with atomic bombs.

Who among you would feel safe in the Middle East? Who would be safe in Europe? Who would be safe in America? Who would be safe anywhere?

There are those who believe that a nuclear-armed Iran can be deterred like the Soviet Union.
That’s a very dangerous assumption.

Militant Jihadists behave very differently from secular Marxists. There were no Soviet suicide bombers. Yet Iran produces hordes of them.

Deterrence worked with the Soviets, because every time the Soviets faced a choice between their ideology and their survival, they chose their survival.

But deterrence may not work with the Iranians once they get nuclear weapons.

There’s a great scholar of the Middle East, Prof. Bernard Lewis, who put it best. He said that for the Ayatollahs of Iran, mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent, it’s an inducement.

Iran’s apocalyptic leaders believe that a medieval holy man will reappear in the wake of a devastating Holy War, thereby ensuring that their brand of radical Islam will rule the earth.

That’s not just what they believe. That’s what is actually guiding their policies and their actions.
Just listen to Ayatollah Rafsanjani who said, I quote:  ”The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything, however it would only harm the Islamic world.”

Rafsanjani said: “It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality.”

Not irrational…

And that’s coming from one of the so-called moderates of Iran.

Shockingly, some people have begun to peddle the absurd notion that a nuclear-armed Iran would actually stabilize the Middle East.

Yeah, right…

That’s like saying a nuclear-armed Al-Qaeda would usher in an era of universal peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’ve been speaking about the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons for over 15 years.

I spoke about it in my first term in office as Prime Minister, and then I spoke about it when I left office. I spoke about it when it was fashionable, and I spoke about it when it wasn’t fashionable.

I speak about it now because the hour is getting late, very late. I speak about it now because the Iranian nuclear calendar doesn’t take time out for anyone or for anything. I speak about it now because when it comes to the survival of my country, it’s not only my right to speak; it’s my duty to speak. And I believe that this is the duty of every responsible leader who wants to preserve world peace.

For nearly a decade, the international community has tried to stop the Iranian nuclear program with diplomacy.

That hasn’t worked.

Iran uses diplomatic negotiations as a means to buy time to advance its nuclear program.

For over seven years, the international community has tried sanctions with Iran. Under the leadership of President Obama, the international community has passed some of the strongest sanctions to date.

I want to thank the governments represented here that have joined in this effort. It’s had an effect. Oil exports have been curbed and the Iranian economy has been hit hard.

It’s had an effect on the economy, but we must face the truth. Sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program either.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, during the last year alone, Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges in its underground nuclear facility in Qom.

At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war.

Look at NATO’s charter: it made clear that an attack on one member country would be considered an attack on all.  NATO’s red line helped keep the peace in Europe for nearly half a century.

President Kennedy set a red line during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That red line also prevented war and helped preserve the peace for decades.

In fact, it’s the failure to place red lines that has often invited aggression.

If the Western powers had drawn clear red lines during the 1930s, I believe they would have stopped Nazi aggression and World War II might have been avoided.

In 1990, if Saddam Hussein had been clearly told that his conquest of Kuwait would cross a red line, the first Gulf War might have been avoided.

Clear red lines have also worked with Iran.

Earlier this year, Iran threatened to close the Straits of Hormouz. The United States drew a clear red line and Iran backed off.

Red lines could be drawn in different parts of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But to be credible, a red line must be drawn first and foremost in one vital part of their program: on Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium. Now let me explain why:

Basically, any bomb consists of explosive material and a mechanism to ignite it.

The simplest example is gunpowder and a fuse. That is, you light the fuse and set off the gunpowder.
In the case of Iran’s plans to build a nuclear weapon, the gunpowder is enriched uranium. The fuse is a nuclear detonator.

For Iran, amassing enough enriched uranium is far more difficult than producing the nuclear fuse.
For a country like Iran, it takes many, many years to enrich uranium for a bomb. That requires thousands of centrifuges spinning in tandem in very big industrial plants. Those Iranian plants are visible and they’re still vulnerable.

In contrast, Iran could produce the nuclear detonator – the fuse – in a lot less time, maybe under a year, maybe only a few months.

The detonator can be made in a small workshop the size of a classroom. It may be very difficult to find and target that workshop, especially in Iran. That’s a country that’s bigger than France, Germany, Italy and Britain combined.

The same is true for the small facility in which they could assemble a warhead or a nuclear device that could be placed in a container ship. Chances are you won’t find that facility either.

So in fact the only way that you can credibly prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is to prevent Iran from amassing enough enriched uranium for a bomb.

So, how much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it?
Let me show you. I brought a diagram for you. Here’s the diagram.

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(Diagram) 


This is a bomb; this is a fuse.

In the case of Iran’s nuclear plans to build a bomb, this bomb has to be filled with enough enriched uranium. And Iran has to go through three stages.

The first stage: they have to enrich enough of low enriched uranium.

The second stage: they have to enrich enough medium enriched uranium.

And the third stage and final stage: they have to enrich enough high enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Where’s Iran? Iran’s completed the first stage. It took them many years, but they completed it and they’re 70% of the way there.

Now they are well into the second stage. By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage.
From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.


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Ladies and Gentlemen,

What I told you now is not based on secret information. It’s not based on military intelligence. It’s based on public reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Anybody can read them. They’re online.
So if these are the facts, and they are, where should the red line be drawn?

The red line should be drawn right here…………..

(Diagram) 



Before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.

Before Iran gets to a point where it’s a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

Each day, that point is getting closer. That’s why I speak today with such a sense of urgency. And that’s why everyone should have a sense of urgency.

Some who claim that even if Iran completes the enrichment process, even if it crosses that red line that I just drew, our intelligence agencies will know when and where Iran will make the fuse, assemble the bomb, and prepare the warhead.

Look, no one appreciats our intelligence agencies more than the Prime Minister of Israel. All these leading intelligence agencies are superb, including ours. They’ve foiled many attacks. They’ve saved many lives.

But they are not foolproof.

For over two years, our intelligence agencies didn’t know that Iran was building a huge nuclear enrichment plant under a mountain.

Do we want to risk the security of the world on the assumption that we would find in time a small workshop in a country half the size of Europe?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb.

The red line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target.

I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down.

This will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program altogether.

Two days ago, from this podium, President Obama reiterated that the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran cannot be contained.

I very much appreciate the President’s position as does everyone in my country. We share the goal of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program. This goal unites the people of Israel.  It unites Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike and it is shared by important leaders throughout the world.
What I have said today will help ensure that this common goal is achieved.

Israel is in discussions with the United States over this issue, and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The clash between modernity and medievalism need not be a clash between progress and tradition.
The traditions of the Jewish people go back thousands of years.  They are the source of our collective values and the foundation of our national strength.

At the same time, the Jewish people have always looked towards the future. Throughout history, we have been at the forefront of efforts to expand liberty, promote equality, and advance human rights.
We champion these principles not despite of our traditions but because of them.

We heed the words of the Jewish prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Jeremiah to treat all with dignity and compassion, to pursue justice and cherish life and to pray and strive for peace.

These are the timeless values of my people and these are the Jewish people’s greatest gift to mankind.
Let us commit ourselves today to defend these values so that we can defend our freedom and protect our common civilization.

Thank you.

Video- 'Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe And Mitt Romney In Ohio 09-26-2012

By Susan Duclos

Yesterday I wrote about the "Dirty Jobs" star Mike Rowe writing a letter to Mitt Romney, the same type of letter he wrote to Barack Obama in 2009, talking about skilled labor, jobs and opportunity. Obama never responded, Romney did and Romney invited Rowe to speak on the topic at a campaign event in Ohio.

Below is the video of Romney's then Rowes' remarks.

[WATCH]