Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BOOM: Hey, How's That "Ignoring Benghazi" Strategy Working Out for Antique Media?

Let's compare Mondays -- one before Benghazi, one after -- and remove as much noise as we can from the equation (debates, Hurricane Sandy, etc.).

Fox News must be praying that the Leftist kooks running the other cable news operations continue their embargo on the biggest political scandal since Watergate.

AN OLDIE, BUT A GOODIE: If it's Halloween, it must be...

A classic, made all the more relevant by Steven Crowder's hidden camera video.

Hat tip: Tommy.

GOOD NEWS: Court Sides With Justice Department, Allows Warrantless Video Surveillance on Private Property

To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds, they told me if I voted for John McCain that we'd see widespread surveillance of U.S. citizens... and they were right!

Police are allowed in some circumstances to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant, a federal judge said yesterday.

CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission -- and without a warrant -- to install multiple "covert digital surveillance cameras" in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown.

This is the latest case to highlight how advances in technology are causing the legal system to rethink how Americans' privacy rights are protected by law. In January, the Supreme Court rejected warrantless GPS tracking after previously rejecting warrantless thermal imaging, but it has not yet ruled on warrantless cell phone tracking or warrantless use of surveillance cameras placed on private property without permission.

Yesterday Griesbach adopted a recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan dated October 9. That recommendation said that the DEA's warrantless surveillance did not violate the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and requires that warrants describe the place that's being searched.

As Mark Levin observes, every day we endure under this administration sees the circle of liberty tightening around us, the citizens that gave birth to this great country.

You know what to do on Tuesday. You know to call your friends, neighbors and family members and to rally them, to drive them to the polls, to do whatever it takes to fire this administration and begin our journey back to Constitutional government.

FAST AND FURIOUS IN BENGHAZI: Timing of Attack Hints at Double-Cross of White House Gun-Running Operation by Turkey

Clare Lopez is an international security consultant at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies. She is uniquely qualified to analyze the intelligence and defense communities not only through her current professional connections, but also because of her 20-year background with the CIA. She served for 20 years as an operations officer specializing in counterintelligence, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation programs.

Today, writing at, Lopez spots a very troubling anomaly with the timeline of the Benghazi attack. And, as if there aren't enough unanswered questions about the attacks and the subsequent White House cover-up, her discovery has the potential to implicate Turkish officials in the murders.

...Ambassador Christopher Stevens held his last meeting of the day on September 11 with [a]] Turkish diplomat [Ali Sait Akin] from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and then escorted him out to the compound gate to bid farewell. At that point, the briefing states, “Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m. There’s nothing unusual.”

But the AP witnesses said that, “The neighbors all described the militants setting up checkpoints around the compound at about 8 p.m.” The checkpoints were described as being manned by bearded jihadis in pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns and bearing the logo of the Al-Qaeda terror franchise, Ansar al-Shariah.

That means that the Turkish Consul General would have had to pass out through the blockade as he departed the American compound and left the area. There is no record that he phoned a warning to his American colleague, the one he’d just had dinner with, Ambassador Stevens. Given the description of the blockade around the American compound and of the jihadis and their trucks that were manning it, it seems unlikely that the he somehow just failed to notice. “[N]o one could get out or in,” according to one neighbor interviewed by the AP.

Except for the Turkish Consul General, it would appear.

Stevens was a sitting duck, a target surrounded by the jihadist attackers who shortly would take his life and that of his Public Affairs Officer, Sean Smith.

...Similarly, this raises the question of the Libyan gate guards from the "February 17 Martyrs Brigade," the jihadi militia subcontracted by the British firm Blue Mountain, which was the prime contractor for the U.S. Benghazi compound security contract... [T]he Libyans of the Martyrs Brigade surely must have been [aware of the checkpoints]. Yet they provided no warning to the Ambassador and his people either, because again, according to the State Department briefing, the American security officers inside were taken by surprise when the first gunshots and explosions rang out around 9:40 pm...

In other words, the Turkish Consul General met with Stevens -- the discussion topics of which have not been released by the State Department -- and then left the Ambassador, drove safely through a newly-established terrorist checkpoint, and disappeared into the night without warning his colleague.

Lopez asserts that "it is obvious that the Turkish diplomat and by extension, his government, were at least to some degree complicit in the attack against Ambassador Stevens and the others."

What was the subject of the discussion between Stevens and Akin? Malta Today offers some context that hints at some strong possibilities.

A Libyan-flagged vessel which last year was used by a Malta-based humanitarian organisation in supplying a lifeline to rebels in Misurata, has been implicated in a covert US arms smuggling operation to Syrian freedom fighters, which may also be linked to murdered US ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi last month.

The ship 'Al Entisar' which was chartered last year by I-Go Aid Libya, then run by businessman Mario Debono, has been reported to be linked to last September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

A Fox News investigation revealed that shipping records confirmed that the Al Entisar entered the Turkish port of Iskenderun, some 35 miles from the Syrian border, just five days before Ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other US officials were killed during an assault by more than 100 Islamist militants on the US Consulate compound in Benghazi.

Another report, this time appearing on the Times of London, said that the Al Entisar was carrying 400 tons of cargo. Some of it was humanitarian, but also reportedly weapons, described by the report as the largest consignment of weapons headed for Syria's rebels on the frontlines...

...The cargo reportedly included surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, RPGs and Russian-designed shoulder-launched missiles known as MANPADS.

The ship's Libyan captain reportedly told the Times of London that "I can only talk about the medicine and humanitarian aid" for the Syrian rebels.

It was reported there was a fight about the weapons and who got what "between the free Syrian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood."

A reasonable person would deduce from these stories that the United States was running weapons (does "Fast and Furious" ring a bell?) from Libya to Syria using Turkey as a go-between. The end result turned out to be a complete disaster -- like everything this administration attempts.

The Libyan weapons likely went to the Muslim Brotherhood and a Turkish diplomat appears to have helped set up the assassination of Ambassador Stevens. We simply don't know whether the government of Turkey itself was involved with the double-cross or whether Akin was a Brotherhood sympathizer who helped set up the attack.

The families of those murdered deserve answers. America deserves answers. And we can start the interrogatory by firing this administration on November 6th and launching a full-scale Congressional investigation. We don't have to take this s*** any more.

Update: Clinton discloses West's effort to help reshape Syria opposition


EXCLUSIVE: Artist's Depiction of White House Situation Room as Benghazi Attack Unfolded

Redman Bluestate offers this courtroom sketch:

Note: You can get all of the latest Benghazi headlines at, the real-time news service that automatically finds the stories antique media doesn't want you to see.

Larwyn's Linx: Did Obama Withhold Cross-Border Authority?

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Did Obama Withhold Cross-Border Authority?: Bracken
Tyrone and Lena: Lord
How Can This Not Be at the Top of the News Everywhere?: NRO

A Better Choice: The Case for Mitt Romney: RedAlert
Obama "Playing President" During Sandy, But Not For Benghazi: RCP
Could Illinois be in play?: GayPatriot

Benghazi attack launched "under cover of pretext": WinSol
Team Obama Buys a Week of Ads in... Michigan: Ace
NumberMuncher: Ohio's Looking Better Than The Polls Claim: Ace

Does “Polling Bubble” Explain Why Race Appears Close?: Hawkins
Gallup Does Some Myth-Busting: Q&O
Rush: Gallup’s latest sent shock waves through Democrat Party: Scoop


Obama's Layoff Bomb: Malkin
Black and White Standards: Williams
What does a Barack Obama Business District look like?: LI

Will Obama’s bankruptcy bulls*** work in Ohio?: Thiessen
Obama's Department of Business: a Bureau of Crony Capitalism: Foundry
Those Who Like The Health Law And Those Who Understand The Health Law: Kaiser

Scandal Central

Hannity on Benghazi Audio Tapes: “I’ve Heard They Are Damning”: GWP
Michelle Obama’s Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton: Blaze
Time to Out the Sinister Valerie Jarrett: CFP

Climate & Energy

Hurricane Sandy to Cost $40 Billion (Or, About Half as Much as Obama's Green Energy Scams): GWP
From Ohio: Ground Game Report: RSM
Bill Clinton: Obama Couldn’t Make Ocean Recede During Sandy: JWF


Facebook Censors Navy SEALS to Protect Obama on Benghazi-Gate: Breitbart
Union Prez: Emergency Oversight "Just Like Being in the Slave Days": MICapCon
Wasserman Schultz Involved in Police Altercation Outside Voting Precinct: Shark Tank

MEDIA TO JIHADIS: 'Kill as many Americans as you please. We won't embarrass Obama by covering it!': Malkin
13 Year-Old Jenny Schools 26 Year-Old Lena: GWP
Newspapers Increasingly Dump Obama For Romney: IBD

Liberal Pundits Declare Libya Fiasco 'Utterly Contrived,' an 'October Mirage': MRC
BuzzFeed ‘Reporter’ Overheard at Romney Event: There’s a ’40% chance that he says something stupid’: JWF
Pentagon Denies Fox Benghazi Report; Atlantic Calls Me Names: AtlWire

MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims: NB
Liberals jumping ship on Obama?: Greenroom
The Campaign Hurricane e-mails: Obama seeks $$, Romney sends prayers: RS


Iowa Secretary of State: International Election Observers Not Permitted at Polls: Caffeinated Thoughts
Why I’m switching to Romney this election: JPost
Romney Trounces Obama Among Israeli Jews: Shark Tank


Bartender 'threatened with arrest by Google heavies' after employee left top-secret phone at bar: Daily Mail
Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls: ABC Houston
Google's Nexus 10 Hits Apple Where It Lives: Linux Insider


Proof: Obama provides America his written Benghazi orders: Cube
Steven Crowder Tries to ‘Redistribute’ Children’s Candy in Hilarious ‘Obama-Style’ Halloween Prank: Blaze
Keeping tabs of conservative writers who will claim “The Hurricane Has Saved Obama!”: HillBuzz

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QOTD: "The Benghazi coverup is much worse than you think. Clearly there were air assets on the scene above the CIA annex and they were denied permission to fire.

Tyrone Woods was painting a target with a ground laser designator (GLD). Those are only used when the air asset is overhead, ready to fire. The jihadis can use cell phones with night-vision capabilities to see the laser beam, which then pinpoints the location of the person using the GLD. As a former Navy SEAL, Woods would’ve known that. He would only have exposed himself if he thought that the mortar squad was about to be taken out. The air asset didn’t fire, and Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by the mortar squad.

There was either a Spectre gunship or an armed Predator or Reaper drone overhead, and it was denied permission to fire. That’s the only explanation that fits. Woods would not have used his GLD for any other reason than to paint a target for an immediate air strike.

Only the commander of AFRICOM and the president have the authority to tell the air asset to not fire in this situation." --A Power Line reader

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED: Global Warming Responsible for Worst-Ever Storm to Hit New York

I refer, of course, to the New England Hurricane of 1938.

The New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane, Yankee Clipper, Long Island Express, or simply the Great Hurricane) was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869. The storm formed near the coast of Africa in September of the 1938 Atlantic hurricane season, becoming a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale before making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Long Island on September 21...

...The hurricane was estimated to have killed between 682 and 800 people, damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($4.7 Billion in 2012). Even as late as 1951, damaged trees and buildings were still seen in the affected areas. It remains the most powerful, costliest and deadliest hurricane in recent New England history, eclipsed in landfall intensity perhaps only by the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635.

Whether or not "global warming" was to blame for the 1938 (or the 1635) storm I leave as an exercise for the reader.

Related: Scientists reject Sandy-Climate Change Link.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Careers Will Be Destroyed by Benghazi

Stanford Fellow Victor Davis Hanson offers a historian's perspective on the catastrophe in Benghazi.

...When the government systematically misleads and cannot establish a believable narrative, almost everyone involved is eventually tarred. The final chart of those officials in the Nixon White House who were devoured by Watergate was vast — and so it is becoming with the disaster in Libya. If we have learned anything from Watergate and Iran-Contra, it is that the longer officials deceive and obfuscate, the greater the number of wrecked careers and reputations...

...Most likely, the political wing of the White House almost immediately made a decision that the attack on our Benghazi consulate should not endanger the conventional narrative of a successful commander-in-chief — ahead in the polls in part because he had highlighted a supposedly successful foreign policy. Key to that story was the notion that the hit on bin Laden and the drone attacks on other Islamists had rendered al-Qaeda all but impotent...

...In such a landscape, Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were brutally murdered. And almost immediately it was clear that the ambassador had earlier warned that Libya was descending into chaos and that Americans were not safe there — only to have his requests for further protection rejected.

During the actual assault on the consulate, a real-time video, streams of e-mail exchanges, and surveys of Islamist websites confirmed that al-Qaedists were carrying out a preplanned assassination — and over the next seven or eight hours it became clear that our staff was in dire need of military assistance that was somehow never sent. Then for nearly two weeks, the president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Press Secretary Jay Carney, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice advanced a counter-narrative that simply could not have been true: A spontaneous demonstration over a two-month-old video — just happening to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11 — got out of hand as some disruptive protesters showed up with machines gun, mortars, and RPGs and began killing Americans. Since it was an American religious bigot who had prompted such terrible but “natural” riots with his video that ridiculed and injured Islam, we should apologize for the uncouth among us in the strongest terms.

Obama, Clinton, Clapper, Rice, and Carney strove to outdo each other in damning the obscure video maker — to such an extent that he was summarily arrested on a supposedly outstanding probation charge. The message? Ambassadors die and careful U.S. foreign policy is undermined when right-wing bigots abuse their free-speech rights...

Hanson's next column should deal with the historic malfeasance of old media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the federal government.

Hat tip: Ame.

MORE OF THE LEFT'S VAUNTED "TOLERANCE": Progressive Scumbags Portray Ritual Murder of Mitt Romney

Dateline Boulder, Colorado:

The Boulder Theater was packed with stilts, skeletons and acrobats on Friday — and that was just on stage — for the first night of ***’s weekend run...

MarchFourth Marching Band kicked off the show with a stunning visual performance. ***’s Day of the Dead/Mayan Apocalypse theme came to life with a “sacrificial ritual” of a band member in a Mitt Romney mask.

A "Day of the Dead" theme "came to life" through the portrayal of a ritual murder?

I redacted the name of the band. They don't deserve to be mentioned.

Because these punks don't have the cojones to depict the ritual murder of a Democrat.

Hat tip: Ari.

PHOTOS OF NEW YORK'S SUBWAY SYSTEM: "the most devastating event to the city’s subway system ever"

Tyler Durden summarizes the damage to New York's all-critical subway system:

As everyone who has been to New York City knows, without its underground arteries - the subway system - the city is if not dead, than certainly in an indefinite coma. By that logic, New York will not get out of the critical ward for many days, because hours ago the head of the New York City’s transit system just called Hurricane Sandy "the most devastating event to the city’s subway system ever."

At last check seven subway tunnels under the East River had flooded, as did the Queens Midtown Tunnel—and Metropolitan Transit Authority chairman Joseph Lhota said there is “no firm timeline” for when the system would be back up and running. According to other MTA employees it would take between 14 hours and 4 days just to pump the water out of the subway system. We'll take the over.

Gothamist has additional images:

And don't ask what happened to all of the rats.

Larwyn's Linx: Benghazi-gate: What is being lied about, going unasked?

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Benghazi-gate: What is being lied about, going unasked?: Anchoress
Beyond Impeachment: Treason: Simon
Benghazi timeline, sourced: ProWis

Benghazigate: Chapter Two: Babbin
The Presidency Loses Its Final Traces of Dignity: Dossier
Tyrone Woods Painted a Target, But the Missile Never Came: Rush

BEEP... BEEP... BEEP...: BlackFive
New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47: WS
Rasmussen: Romney up in... Ohio: AIM

Incompetence, Indifference, or Just Plain Cowardice?: Elephant
Desperation Driving Obama: Finley
Postcards From An Underwater New York: ZH


Black Chicagoans rage against the Obama, the leadership, the machine: LI
Bailout Bombshell: Fiat Says Chrysler, Jeep May Move to Italy: NLPC
Illegal Immigrants Cost Michigan Taxpayers $1 Bil A Year: JW

Dana considering layoffs as Obamacare costs mount: Thurber
White House blocks oil production in Ohio: 200,000 jobs lost: Knight
Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013: ATR

Scandal Central

Report: Fast and Furious a ‘deliberate strategy’ laid out by Eric Holder, other Obama officials: DC
‘Highly confidential’ Treasury docs show Obama administration’s entanglement in Delphi pension scandal: DC
Chicago: Homicides already pass mark for 2011, defying trend in other US cities: CSM

Cook County lands $100 million federal Obamacare waiver: ChiBiz
Obama gave $443 million no-bid contract to drug firm run by Democrat fundraiser: Knight
Benghazi: Urgent call for military help ‘was denied by chain of command’: CSM

Climate & Energy

Dept. of Energy e-mails contradict Obama denials on another green energy failure: Hot Air
Pennsylvania Coal Companies Announce Layoffs, Blame Obama: H4A
How RFK Jr received $1.3M in FREE renovations to Westchester mansion, which he just sold for $4M: DailyMail


Why Is Obama so Nasty and Vulgar?: Ledeen
Why I don’t believe the polls: Q&O
Oliver Stone rips Obama: USA Today

Having Run Out of Children and Single Women, Left Hires Foul-Mouthed Seniors: Babalu
12 Reasons to Vote Democrat: Fred's Corner
CNN political reporter not happy about favorable Romney coverage: Fox


‘Sharia Killed Ambassador Chris Stevens’: McCarthy
Benghazi and the Lethal Price of Arming Jihadists: FPM
Unreal: Obama Says 'Flexibility' Comment To Putin Meant He Was Busy Campaigning, Couldn't Talk: AllAm

The Liberal Man's Burden: Sultan Knish
Former Delta Operator on "The Panetta Doctrine" or also known as "The Dumbest S*** I Ever Heard!": BlackFive
Powerful new Benghazi ad: “When they called”: Scoop


How to use Twitter when you lose Internet access: WaPo
Google Adds Power Outage Information To Its Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map: TechCrunch
FDNY to NYC: Please don't tweet for help: CNet


The Obama Curse strikes again: Bookworm
Warning, Storm of the Century On Direct Path for the White House: MOTUS
5 Deep Insights Gained from Watching Hoarders: Hawkins

Image: Shark in New Jersey (Comment)
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QOTD: "Now the President says that the US Military that he is at the head of (and controls) as the commander in chief are the ones who, after seeing the same information he did, decided not to help those besieged Americans and the President's personal envoy and representative who were under attack...

...I know that there are his sycophant defenders who are going to say "Whuh! Did you want the Delta Force SEALS to HALO rappel from the Space Shuttle and use their death rays and then use the Flux Capacitor to beam themselves to America?" No trolls, I expected them to do their job and give the Ambassador the assets he needed to be safe in the first place, but barring their lack of testicular fortitude to do that, I would expect that they would use whatever they had at their disposal to aid the living and destroy our enemies. Delta Force could have rigged in-flight for a jump into the nearest DZ that would have gotten them into the fight to be followed by heavier forces from Italy. AFRICOM SOF assets on the Horn Of Africa could have planned on the helo flight there, Fighter Jets, land or carrier based, could have been there early on and established a presence and put human eyes on what was happening.

So Mr. President, when you say that you didn't deny aid to those brave men in Benghazi, but that members of the US Military decided not to send aid to your personal representative under attack all on their own and you had no influence over that decision, then you are either derelict, incompetent, or a liar..." --DeeBow at BlackFive

Monday, October 29, 2012

GENIUS: Pepsi's Obama-style Branding Helped Crush Its Market Share

Who could have predicted that attaching your brand to an inexperienced, Alinsky-trained community organizer would turn out badly?

When Diet Coke surpassed Pepsi to become the No.2 soda in America, it was as if the Cola Wars had finally declared a winner: Coca-Cola...

[Much of the blame] has to do with the astronomical number of gaffes Pepsi has made in the past few years, particularly in its brand management and the way it has branded its flagship product...

Pepsi's 2009 logo redesign was dogged by political distractions

Pepsi paid Arnell Group an outrageous $1 million for this logo, which isn't drastically different from its predecessor.

The logo also made headlines for resembling that of newly elected President Obama...

...Coupled with Pepsi's new slogans -- "Yes You Can" and "Choose Change" -- the company was criticized for copying Obama's award-winning campaign and aligning itself with it at the same time.

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, in the job for about five years, was reportedly a huge Obama backer and behind the re-branding decision. Brilliant strategy: piss off half the country with your brand. I'd rather drink tap water than a Pepsi.

ANIMATION: Projected Hurricane Storm Track for Next Eight Days

Courtesy of Zombie:


ERNST SHREIBER: What Ty Woods and Glen Doherty Should Have Done to Get the President's Attention

But before we get to what these two American heroes should have done, please consider the following report from Benghazi during the attack:

...Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty disobeyed orders to “stand down”... they instead “walked” while under fire to the Annex compound.

They walked there, approximately a half mile, retrieved the consulate employees, and walked them back to the Annex. Woods and Doherty were not in an armored SUV as previously reported. They were on foot and they were taking fire while doing so...

...When Woods and Doherty safely secured the 20 to 30 employees back in the annex they took up positions on the roof, and Woods engaged communication traffic... “Where the f*** is the Spectre??, referencing the AC-130 gunship he anticipated would be overhead by then. Obviously it was never sent.

So who refused help?

We still don't know. The President -- who is reported to have witnessed the attack live -- won't say. And the White House Briefing Room has been closed for two weeks, so no one can ask the lying hack Jay Carney.

They're in total cover-up mode.

Meanwhile, the State Department and the Intelligence Community are disavowing any responsibility for refusing Doherty and Woods backup.

The local station chief is reported to have said, "Hell yes, we asked for help!", referring to multiple requests for an AC-130 or a rapid response force to assist.

Commenting at Protein Wisdom, Ernst Shreiber offers the only strategy likely to have worked with the Obama administration:

"Hell yes, we asked for help!"

See. That right there was the mistake.

What they should have done is passed the hat and collected campaign contributions, bundle those contributions, send them off to a lobbyist who could bundle their contributions with other contributions from all the guys cooling their heels while waiting the “go.”

Then the lobbyist could have sat down with Jarrett or Axelrod over lunch and talked about all the exciting green energy ideas the consulate staff had come up with in their free time -- but before the pols in D.C. could get rich cashing in on those ideas -- the administration would first have to save the lives of the consulate staffers.

Rest in peace, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty. We won't forget you. And we won't let the most incompetent, partisan administration in American history forget you either.

Creaky, Partisan, Antique Media Finally Wakes Up: "President Obama has a problem with independents"

And the owners of The New York Times and The Washington Post wonder why their papers are bleeding out?

President Obama has a problem with independents. And it’s not a small problem.

In the last three releases of the tracking poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, Obama has trailed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney among independent voters by between 16 and 20 percentage points.

That’s a striking reversal from 2008, when Obama won independent voters, who made up 29 percent of the electorate, by eight points over Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

For months, independents have been breaking for Romney by double-digits, yet only within the last couple of days has vintage media seen fit to report this inconvenient truth.

Now even if Democrats match GOP turnout -- which is unlikely -- the margin of independents breaking for the GOP are going to make Nate Silver look like Nostradumbass. Just like 2010.

But that's why they're called "vintage media".

Larwyn's Linx: The Benghazi Story Refuses To Die, And It’s Hurting President Obama Badly

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The Benghazi Story Refuses To Die, And It’s Hurting The President: Mead
WH: ‘We Decline to Comment’ on What President Knew: CNS
Aide: Obama didn’t deny requests for help in Benghazi: Malkin

Accomplice Media, Three Years Later: R&R
Presidential Depraved Indifference: NoisyRm
McCain: Libya worst cover-up I've seen: Politico

Obama's Hope Fades in Virginia: AmSpec
Citing internal polls, Kasich predicts Romney win in Ohio: Newsmax
Mason-Dixon: Florida’s gone and thanks for playing, Barry: Moe Lane


ObamaCare – proving the critics right daily: Q&O
Why this libertarian is voting Romney, with enthusiasm: DoL
Ohio Democrats trash Dayton park at Obama-Biden rally: Lower the Boom

Scandal Central

What the Obama Administration does not want you to see: Gretawire
You Watched Them Die, Mr. President: Western Journalism
Comedian Rahm Emanuel: Obama 'Took Control' During Benghazi: JWF

Climate & Energy

The fraudulent Nobel Laureate: Steyn
Week in Review: Judith Curry
Romney reaps benefits of Obama backlash in coal counties: Hot Air

Apps and tips for coping with Hurricane Sandy: Tuaw
New York Mayor Orders Evacuation Of "Zone A" Residents: ZH
Keeping Up With Sandy on Twitter: AllThingsD


Hume: Mainstream Media ‘Remarkably Reticent’ to Pursue Benghazi Cover-Up: NB
Media Blackout: Aside from FOX, Sunday News Hosts Fail to Raise Benghazi: Breitbart
It Will Happen Again: Cary

Judge Jeanine Rips BHO Over Benghazi, And There Is A Larger Problem: RSM
Cutter Attacks Des Moines Register For Endorsing Romney: “Not Based At All In Reality”: WZ
Fired Up: Massive Romney Crowds Chant '10 More Days': Twitchy

Busted: Washington Post deletes all Hating Breitbart reviews again: LI
Pennsylvania & Minnesota in play?: GayPatriot
Obama Shows Photo ID To Vote: Alphecca

Obama Finished? Leftist ‘Main’stream Media Goes All-In For Mitt Romney: SHN
Stand Down Obama and Biden, Stand Down: AT
WaPo poll: Republicans ready to elect Mitt Romney!: RS


Obama Tried to Normalize Iran Relations: Israeli Paper: Tatler
AP Report: 150 Gunmen Involved In Benghazi Attack, Arrived In Trucks With Ansar Al-Sharia Logo: WZ
Beersheba schools closed as Grad rockets strike city: Hayom

Special Ops SLAM Obama: HillBuzz
Clinton Dept. of State Backing the Anti-Semitism Party in Ukraine?: Wizbang
“World is Becoming More Leftist” – Russian Communist Party Boss: Loudon


This Is Steve Jobs’ Yacht: Gizmodo
Real-life tractor beam developed at NYU: Ars Technica
Anonymous Is Going After Zynga For Mistreating Employees: TechCrunch


Lena Dunham: Your First Time: Token Libertarian Girl
Caption Contest: MB
Comparing the instincts of Mitt Romney to those of Barack Obama: Moe Lane

Image: Michael Ramirez
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QOTD: "Stephen K. Bannon’s film “The Hope and the Change” is a very powerful force in this election…and would have an even bigger impact if we could get people to watch this movie who REALLY need to see it.

Let’s face it, the truly “undecided” and “Independent” votes out there are people who don’t read political websites. If they did, there’s no way they could really be “undecided” since they’d have more than enough information in front of them to conclude that Barack Obama does not deserve reelection.

The key to making this as big a win for Mitt Romney as possible is using the remaining days of this election to put “The Hope and the Change” in front of as many eyes as possible…particularly those people who tend to avoid politics and don’t know they can see the movie for free on right now..." --Kevin DuJan

Sunday, October 28, 2012

THREE HURRICANE SANDY MAPS: This is nothing to take lightly

Listen to the authorities and take every precaution you can:

• From The Atlantic, "Sandy is now the biggest tropical cyclone ever":

• From USA Today, approximate storm surge levels across the East Coast.

• From Zero Hedge, an evacuation map of Manhattan (Zone A, in red, has been ordered evacuated).

This storm is a monster.

SCANDAL COMPARISON CHART: Benghazi-gate vs. Valerie Plame

Please review the following chart. At the bottom, I have a suggestion for any Republican candidate, representative or pundit who is asked why they are "politicizing" Benghazi.

My suggestion for those who are confronted with charges of "politicizing" Benghazi?

I don't need to be lectured by the likes of you -- who made "Valerie Plame" a household term -- when a U.S. ambassador and three other personnel are dead, when the president lied for days about how they were killed, and when we can't find out why they were refused help, because the man ostensibly in charge refuses to take serious interviews and the White House Briefing Room has been closed for more than two weeks.

EXCLUSIVE: Obama Crisis Management System

GOSH, WHICH COULD IT BE? "Either Fox is making stuff up, or the administration is lying through its teeth"

Rick Moran deconstructs the latest Benghazi-gate revelations and finds only one possible scenario: the White House is lying.

The CIA is denying. The Pentagon is denying. And now the White House is denying that anyone refused to send help to our embattled CIA and State Department personnel engaged in a seven hour running firefight with more than 150 jihadists.

It just doesn’t get any lamer than this:

The White House on Saturday flatly denied that President Barack Obama withheld requests for help from the besieged American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as it came under on attack by suspected terrorists on September 11th.

“Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.

Why was this so hard for President Obama to say on Friday when asked a direct question about assistance to Americans under fire?...

...How do we know that the White House is lying about denying requests for military assistance from our beleaguered diplomats? Consider: If a news story is published basically accusing the President of the United States of standing by while Americans were killed, shouldn’t the reaction from the White House be a little more indignant? A little more agitated? Perhaps a lot angrier?

All of these denials point to one of two conclusions; either Fox News is making stuff up, or the administration is lying through its teeth. There is no other possible explanation.

And I would note the extraordinary detail in the Fox article, including specific communications between the various locations in Libya and national security people in Washington. If Fox is making stuff up, someone has a pretty vivid imagination.

Jennifer Rubin observes that the Benghazi cover-up now has three distinct facets, none of which have been suitably addressed by the administration.

The Benghazi debacle has three parts: how we neglected security while al-Qaeda was building a presence in Libya; whether the administration tried to mislead the public as to the nature of the attack; and now whether the administration denied pleas for help from operatives on the ground at the consulate.

Daniel Gardner goes further, labeling the president a "coward and a disgrace":

Obama was meeting with national security leaders when the attack in Benghazi went down. Unclassified documents reveal he received emails directly from Benghazi within minutes of the beginning of the attack, staff in Benghazi were in real-time contact with the State Department, and two drones overhead in Benghazi showed Washington exactly what was happening on the ground there.

Unclassified emails reveal three requests were made from Benghazi for help, and all three requests were rejected with orders to “stand down.” Special Forces troops were available and within two or three hours could have saved at least two of the four who died at the end of the seven-hour attack.

Obama literally watched the seven-hour battle refusing to send troops to save Americans…or, he didn’t care to watch or to intervene. Regardless, he didn’t care enough to save American lives when he had the opportunity.

The mainstream media is not even covering this story, but is [instead] parroting Obama’s talking points...

And all of this misdirection, all of the lies, all of the cover-ups detract from the simple truths of heroism that have been all but ignored by antique media:

A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy SEALs. When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two SEALs set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I’m fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them!

Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code: 1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate, 2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, 3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit, 4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates, 5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation, 6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and 7) Earn your Trident every day.

Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.

And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others. God bless America!

Last night, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said his sources revealed that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack occur in real-time.

This entire administration needs to go.

HAMMER TIME: Florida Gone for Obama

Moe Lane says, "Thanks for playing, Barry."

The writing was on the wall when Suffolk stopped polling there, but Mason-Dixon confirmed it today: it’s over in Florida and Romney will win.

An exclusive Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll of likely voters along the Interstate 4 corridor finds Romney leading Obama 51 percent to 45 percent, with 4 percent undecided.

“Romney has pretty much nailed down Florida,” said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, which conducted the poll for the Times and its media partners. “Unless something dramatically changes — an October surprise, a major gaffe — Romney’s going to win Florida.”

Which both campaigns know very well. What I’m hearing privately – and it may also be public information right now – is that Obama for America has left the shell of its Florida operation up for appearances, but moved out its funding and national support out to other, more hopeful places

Twitchy is reporting that immense crowds formed a line a mile long to see Mitt Romney in Pensacola.

Some clever and intrepid group even created a U.S. flag using their T-shirts and careful pre-positioning (insert):

According to various Twitter reports, the crowd kept chanting, "Ten more days, ten more days!"

Methinks that Florida just told Mr. Obama, "See ya... wouldn't want to be ya!"

Which battleground state will be next to send the president a pink-slip?

Update: Ohio Newspaper Poll Has Race Tied at 49; Romney Erases 5-Point Obama Lead. Nate Silver hardest hit.

Larwyn's Linx: Benghazi bungle requires act of urgent political hygiene

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QOTD: "Why would Obama and Biden [decline to give the order to save Benghazi]? Because to launch a military operation against an al-Qaida affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11 would have exposed the hollowness of their boast through convention week and the days thereafter – that Osama was dead, and al-Qaida was finished. And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens were left to die, and a decision taken to blame an entirely irrelevant video and, as Secretary Clinton threatened, "have that person arrested." And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock-on-the-door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall guy into custody." --Mark Steyn

Bonus QOTD: "Under your management, violent crime is up 18 percent — the first such increase in 20 years. Your “Fast and Furious” project has caused serious damage to the balance sheet: one dead federal officer, more than a hundred dead civilians, a seriously cheesed-off next-door business partner, and zero cartel convictions — the lattermost being, if I understand your business strategy, the whole point of this mess. Your performance reports here have been remarkably obstructive, which is why you should have on our advice terminated Eric Holder." --Kevin D. Williamson

Saturday, October 27, 2012


This updated tracker was posted just five minutes ago on NOAA's website.

The District of Columbia, New York City, and Philadelphia all appear to be directly in the path of "Frankenstorm".

OUCH: First Des Moines Register Endorsement for GOP in 40 Years; Obama's Iowa Spokesman Hardest Hit




NO INVESTIGATION NECESSARY: 10 Questions President Obama Can Answer Himself

I'm not much of a fan of the Weekly Standard or its editor Bill Kristol, but his Ten Questions for the White House is getting a lot of play -- and rightfully so: should be possible to answer these simple questions as to what the president did that afternoon and evening, and when he did it, simply by consulting White House meeting and phone records, and asking the president for his recollections.

1.) To whom did the president give the first of his "three very clear directives"—that is, "make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to?"

2.) How did he transmit this directive to the military and other agencies?

3.) During the time when Americans were under attack, did the president convene a formal or informal meeting of his national security council? Did the president go to the situation room?

4.) During this time, with which members of the national security team did the president speak directly?

5.) Did Obama speak by phone or teleconference with the combatant commanders who would have sent assistance to the men under attack?

6.) Did he speak with CIA director David Petraeus?

7.) Was the president made aware of the repeated requests for assistance from the men under attack? When and by whom?

8.) Did he issue any directives in response to these requests?

9.) Did the president refuse to authorize an armed drone strike on the attackers?

10.) Did the president refuse to authorize a AC-130 or MC-130 to enter Libyan airspace during the attack?

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has asked the White House these questions, and awaits a response.

As an aside, wouldn't it be great if we had a functioning antique media?