Let me put it this way. They KNEW about the high unemployment numbers, especially among minorities, and young voters, yet, they voted for Obama anyway. I would say that is, if not stupid, at least unwise
Obama supporters continue to suffer the most in the latest jobs report. Blacks, Hispanics and young adults suffer the most under this administration.
The national unemployment rate is 7.8% (not counting the millions who dropped out of the market.)
The Herald Online reported:
- The overall unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds for December 2012 is 11.5 percent (NSA).
- The unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for December 2012 is22.1 percent (NSA); the unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for December 2012 is 12.2 percent (NSA); and the unemployment rate for 18–29 year old women for December 2012 is 10.4 percent (NSA).
- The declining labor force participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.
- If the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 unemployment calculations, the actual Millennial unemployment rate would rise to 16.3 percent (NSA).
The White House issued a stark warning that it feared President Bashar al-Assad might be turning to his arsenal of chemical weapons as a report emerged claiming the regime has already begun mixing the chemicals to make deadly sarin gas.
On a day of turmoil in which a high-ranking Assad spokesman defected, and the United Nations announced it was withdrawing all non-essential personnel in Syria, American defence officials confirmed that activity had been reported at the regime’s known chemical sites, including movements of weapons components.
Although previous activity has been reported, it was seen then as the regime seeking to secure stocks against possible rebel attack.
This time, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, went further. “We are concerned that an increasingly beleaguered regime may be considering the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people,” he said.
This evening, AFP news agency quoted an unnamed US official who claimed the regime has already begun mixing the chemicals that can be used to make deadly sarin gas.
“We’ve picked up several indications which lead us to believe that they’re combining chemical precursors,” AFP quoted the official as saying, adding that the operation was apparently aimed at making sarin.
Sarin, used in two terrorist attacks in Japan in the 1990s, is a man-made nerve agent which can cause convulsions, respiratory failure and death.
The Syrian regime has never overtly admitted having chemical weapons, though it is believed by western analysts to have the biggest stocks in the Middle East. It has also denied it would ever use chemical weapons against its own people, a denial it reiterated yesterday.
“Syria confirms repeatedly it will never, under any circumstances, use chemical weapons against its own people, if such weapons exist,” an official said.
But Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, responded to growing alarm, including from Syria’s neighbour Turkey, over the chemical weapons reports by saying that this would change America’s policy towards the war.
“We have made our views very clear: this is a red line for the United States,” she said. “I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people, but suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur.”
In a further sign of impending chaos, the United Nations announced that non-essential foreign staff were being withdrawn from the country and trips outside Damascus halted. “The security situation has become extremely difficult, including in Damascus,” Radhouane Nouicer, the regional humanitarian coordinator, said.
The European Union also announced that its delegation in Damascus was reducing activities to a minimum level due to security concerns.
The United States and its western allies have refused to back the rebels militarily or answer requests to impose a no-fly zone. But they are getting closer to allow arms supplies, with the European Union due to review its arms embargo in three months.
Nato is also today likely to approve stationing Patriot missile interceptors on the Turkish border with Syria, a response to Turkish conerns that the Assad regime might turn to ballistic missiles, perhaps tipped with chemical weapons, to deploy against the rebels. It wants to be able to shoot down any missiles that cross its own borders, deliberately or accidentally.
There are signs of desperation inside the regime as it fails to dislodge rebels from the southern suburbs of its own capital, Damascus.
Syria’s air force has been bombing rebel-held districts, but it has been unable to fully secure the airport and airport road. Although the airport reopened at the weekend, an Egyptair plane from Cairo was turned back on Monday afternoon after being informed security was not assured.
The secretary-general of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said in an interview with AFP news agency yesterday that he thought the Assad regime could collapse “at any time”.
“Facts on the ground indicate very clearly now that the Syrian opposition is gaining, politically and militarily,” he said. “Every day they are gaining something.”
In a sign of internal weaknes, Jihad Makdessi, the chief foreign ministry spokesman, was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights to have defected and boarded a plane for London from Beirut airport.
He was earlier said by a Lebanese television station close to Hizbollah to have been sacked for deviating in his statements from government policy. Mr Makdessi was previously the press secretary at Syria’s London embassy, and has been one of the main defenders of the regime not only on television but on social media such as Twitter.
President Barack Obama has provided what was termed unprecedented access to supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Hamas, a report said.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism asserted that Obama invited scores of Islamists to the White House during his current term despite their connection to counter-insurgency investigations by the FBI and Justice Department. In a report, IPT said the Islamists made hundreds of visits to the White House and might have influenced the Obama administration’s policy on Al Qaida.
“A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials,” the report said. “Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.”
The report, titled “A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House,” said the Islamists represented organizations designated by the Justice Department “unindicted co-conspirators in terrorist trials.” Other visitors were said to be linked with groups that obstructed CI investigations by ordering followers not to cooperate with the FBI and state law enforcement.
Authors Steve Emerson and John Rossomando said the Council on American-Islamic Relations as having the greatest access to the White House. Representatives of CAIR, cited as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest insurgency money-laundering case in U.S. history, visited the White House at least 20 times since Obama entered office in 2009. Several of the representatives were said to have expressed support for Al Qaida, Hamas and Hizbullah.
“Despite the president’s public proclamations that he is standing strong against terrorism, the White House logs demonstrate that he has legitimized the very same groups that espouse radical Islamic terrorism,” the report, dated Oct. 21, said.
A leading Islamist visitor was identified as Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR’s office in Los Angeles. The report said Ayloush met Obama’s secret liason with CAIR, Paul Monteiro, while the White House failed to list other visits.
“IPT has learned that the White House logs curiously have omitted Ayloush’s three meetings with two other senior White House officials,” the report said.
The report identified the Muslim Public Affairs Council as securing the closest working relationship with Obama. Fifteen council executives were said to have been welcomed by the White House, with MPAC director Salam Al Marayati invited six times between September 2009 and July 2011.
The council’s Washington director, Haris Tarin, visited the White House 24 times in slightly more than two years. The report said the meetings with Tarin, a leading critic of the FBI surveillance of Muslims, took place as the White House drafted two papers on the threat of violent extremism in the United States.
“White House visitor logs show that top U.S. policy-makers are soliciting and receiving advice from people who, at best, view the war on terrorism as an unchecked war on Muslims,” the report said. “These persons’ perspectives and preferred policies handcuff law enforcement and weaken our resolve when it comes to confronting terrorism.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued their second report on a failed federal gun-tracking operation, detailing an internal management breakdown within the Justice Department.
The 104-page report released on Monday criticizes senior DOJ officials for not being aware of – and not taking steps to stop – the flawed “gun-walking” tactics used in “Operation Fast and Furious” that allowed nearly 2,000 guns to be sold to criminals.
“Though many senior Department officials were keenly aware of Fast and Furious, no one questioned the operation,” states the report, titled “Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation.”
“The criminal division asked no questions. The office of the deputy attorney general asked no questions. No one ordered that Fast and Furious be shut down. Instead, senior Department officials let it continue to grow.”
Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, investigated the DOJ and the flawed operation for 18 months, and successfully led a Republican vote to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to give the panel internal agency documents and communications.
The report issued a series of eight recommendations that detail ways in which the DOJ should reform its internal policies to prevent a similar breakdown in communication in the future. Issa criticized the DOJ for not taking more steps to fire or take other administrative action towards the agency officials who were responsible for the operation.
“The report discloses widespread management failures within the hierarchy of the Justice Department,” said Issa in a statement. “The Justice Department has yet to evaluate these management issues and implement structural changes to prevent another disaster like Operation Fast and Furious from occurring. Furthermore, the Justice Department has taken limited action against these negligent managers.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the oversight panel’s ranking member, slammed the report on Monday, saying it lacked merit and was ill-timed with the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy Monday evening.
“It is a shame that, on a day of national emergency, Chairman Issa is rehashing this issue by directly contradicting the inspector general, who already settled this issue definitively,” Cummings said in a statement. “There is a reason Chairman Issa has not subjected even a single one of his reports this Congress to a vote of the committee, and that is because they would not withstand even the most basic scrutiny.”
A DOJ official, speaking on background, rejected the report’s conclusions, while stressing Holder’s initial call for an inspector general investigation and immediate implementation of internal reforms to prevent similar failures in the future. The DOJ official also emphasized that it was Holder who stopped the “gun walking” tactics that began in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush.
An administration official, speaking on background, criticized Issa for conducting a politically biased investigation.
“Another pathetic attempt by Issa to try to politicize this matter without regard for, or command of, the facts,” the official said.
Last month the DOJ’s inspector general (IG) issued its own 471-page report that found that four high-ranking DOJ officials, including Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, knew enough about the dangers of the operation that they should have raised concerns with their immediate superiors.
Weinstein immediately resigned after the IG’s report was released, but Breuer remains in his office, provoking a number of Republicans, including Grassley, to call for him to step down.
“Officials in the Justice Department saw any number of warnings and some even had the gunwalking information right in front of them, yet nothing was done to stop it,” said Grassley in a statement on Monday.
“Countless people may be murdered with these weapons, yet the attorney general appears to be letting his employees slide by with little to no accountability.” Grassley said.
The Republican report issued Monday states: “The department… failed to enforce the law, to ensure public safety, to provide leadership, to halt the operation, and to hold accountable those responsible for their conduct in conjunction with this deadly and disastrous operation.
“To restore the nation’s confidence in it, the Justice Department must take corrective action immediately.”
Neither the Republican report nor the IG investigation directly faulted Holder for the failures that led up to Fast and Furious, despite more than 100 GOP lawmakers calling for his resignation.
The DOJ points to a number of reforms that Holder has directed into place since the controversial tactics of Fast and Furious were first exposed at the beginning of 2011.
The ATF moved in July, 2011 to provide a stricter oversight procedure that requires agents to give officials at ATF headquarters “specific information about all significant, ongoing investigations on a monthly basis.”
The new protocol also establishes “specific criteria under which an investigation will become a monitored case, including all investigations of complex schemes in which more than 50 firearms have been straw purchased.”
Issa and Grassley issued a previous report on Fast and Furious in July that focused on the involvement of the U.S. attorney’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which oversaw the legal and on-the-ground details, respectively.
The second report recommended DOJ “institute clear, written guidelines to outline the appropriate use of cooperating gun dealers during law enforcement investigations. The department must scrutinize investigations that involve cooperating gun dealers much more closely.”
The report also recommends that agency leadership should “foster a culture of accountability within the Department by taking responsibility and accepting consequences for their own lack of initiative and failures.”
Issa and Grassley are expected to issue a third report on Fast and Furious, which is set to “address the unprecedented obstruction of the investigation by the highest levels of the Justice Department, including the attorney general himself” and “can only be prepared after the Justice Department fulfills its obligations to cooperate with the Congress and produce documents.”
That report may be delayed as Issa’s panel continues to battle Holder for roughly 90,000 agency documents that it has been denied, but which the IG received in its investigation. The outcome of the contempt case currently underway in federal court will likely determine Issa’s lebel of access to many of those documents.
Moby, the electronic musician-vegan-animal rights activist-economic guru whose career peaked roughly ten years ago, has weighed in on the new jobs report.
With his unique blend of sophisticated intelligence and silver-tongued verbiage, Moby Tweeted:
“in 2008 the u.s was losing 250,000 jobs a month. in 2012 the u.s is adding 100,000 jobs a month. how, pray tell, is that not an improvement?
So, angry, delusional, and unmedicated republicans, where was your outrage when bush was president and u.s was losing 500k jobs a month? Hm?
i mean, simply: isn’t adding 100k jobs a month better than losing 500k jobs amonth, as was the case at the end of bush presidency?
rationally debating with republicans is like trying to teach a pig to sing. you wasteyour time and end up irritating the pig.”
What the intellectually challenged musician is too dumb to note is that we are not in a recession; we are supposedly in an economic recovery. There are so many people dropping out of the labor force (the labor participation rate is at a 31 year low) that if one used the labor participation rate from January 2009, unemployment would be close to 12 percent. Average wages actually declined in August.
And here’s something else for Moby to chew on: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back in January 2009 when Barack Obama was sworn in, there were 2.6 million people unemployed for more than 6 months. By June 2012, the ranks of the long-term jobless soared more than 100 percent to 5.3 million.
So, what Moby really is, besides a hateful little man, is a useful idiot who apparently gets his marching orders on what to say and thing straight from the Obama propaganda machine AKA MSNBS
Breitbart also points out that Moby is, in fact a Heteraphobe
Dance star MOBY has no time for overly-heterosexual males, insisting gay men are far superior to their straight counterparts. The heterosexual music-maker is so appalled by macho male culture he hopes his future children will be gay because “they are less likely to get into a fight and less likely to date rape people”. The PLAY hitmaker says, “I’m straight but I’ve grown up around gay people and gay clubs. They are superior to straight people. If you have a gay child you’re more inclined to be a prouder parent.”
Good Freaking Grief! Did this tool fall out of the Tree of Stupidity, hitting every branch on the way down?
Another day brings another allegation of un-Saintly behavior in New Orleans.
According to sources cited by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, soon-to-be suspended Saints GM Mickey Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome suite that enabled him to eavesdrop on opposing coaches. The device was apparently installed to allow a listener to monitor the New Orleans coaching staff but was allegedly altered to allow Loomis audio access to visiting teams during three seasons spanning 2002-2004.
The Saints were 25-23 under former head coach Jim Haslett during the period of time in question (12-12 at home) and did not make the playoffs in any of those seasons. ESPN’s story indicates the bugging equipment was rigged at some point during the 2002 campaign, Loomis’ first with the club.
If the report is true, Loomis may not have only broken NFL rules but could also be in hot water with federal law enforcement for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act which prohibits electronic eavesdropping. There is a five-year federal statute of limitations (and a six-year statute per Louisiana state law) to prosecute an ECPA violation – the audio device in question was apparently disabled around the time Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005 – yet Loomis could also be targeted by lawsuits from aggrieved parties.
“This report is 1,000% false,” Saints spokesman Greg Bensel told WWLTV in New Orleans. “Completely inaccurate. We asked ESPN to provide us evidence to support their allegations, and they refused. The team and Mickey are seeking all legal recourse regarding these false allegations.”
The NFL was apparently unaware of the accusations prior to ESPN airing its story.
ESPN could not ascertain whether Loomis actually utilized the device to overhear communications by other teams or whether he passed on advantageous information to the Saints staff.
“That would be a stupendous advantage if you had that,” said former Saints defensive coordinator Rick Venturi. “That’s shocking.
“I can tell you if we did it, nobody told me about it… Nobody ever helped me during a game.”
Loomis is already scheduled to be suspended the first eight games of the upcoming 2012 season for failing to disclose and shut down the team’s infamous bounty program. It remains to be seen if he could face further discipline if the new allegations have merit.
The Saints’ bounty scandal has already cost the team head coach Sean Payton for the entire season and assistant/interim coach Joe Vitt for six games. The team was fined $500,000 and two second-round picks, though the 2013 selection could be downgraded pending cooperation from the club in the ongoing investigation. No players have been suspended yet, though those could come at any time.
The Patriots were docked a first-round draft pick and $250,000 while coach Bill Belichick was hit with a $500,000 fine for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive signals in the infamous Spygate case of 2007.
Intriguing evidence that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler may have fathered a child with a young French girl while fighting in World War I has been published in France.
Material from both France and Germany including paintings, photos and German army records apparently add weight to Jean-Marie Loret’s claim that he was the son of the Nazi dictator, Le Point magazine reported.
Loret never met his father and died in 1985 – but he did serve in the French Army then the Resistance, fighting occupying Nazi forces during World War II.
Loret’s story, published in the magazine, is that he was conceived by Hitler and 16-year-old French girl Charlotte Lobjoie on a night out as the then-ordinary soldier took a break from the trenches in June 1917. Lobjoie apparently met Hitler when she saw him engaging in his hobby of drawing.
Lobjoie never spoke about her only son’s father, and ended up giving the boy away for adoption in the 1930s to the wealthy Loret family. Just before her death in 1955, Lobjoie told Loret of his father’s infamous identity.
Loret began to investigate, reportedly discovering he has the same blood type as Hitler, while the magazine noted photos of the pair are similar, as are their handwriting samples. Paintings signed by Hitler were found in Lobjoie’s attic after her death and a portrait by the tyrant found in Germany reportedly looks like the French woman.
In addition, while Hitler never recognized the boy, he kept in contact with Lobjoie and sent money, which was delivered to her home by German soldiers during the World War II occupation.
Loret – who fathered a number of his own children over more than one marriage – once said of finding out the news of his identity, “In order not to get depressed, I worked non-stop, never took a holiday, and had no hobbies. For 20 years I didn’t even go to the cinema.”
Le Point interviewed Loret’s attorney for the report, who said the man had been “lost” and burdened by his secret.
Loret eventually wrote a book about his story shortly before his death, but it was not widely noticed. His claims have been disputed by some historians – and the widely accepted narrative is that Hitler died childless, by his own hand and with his wife of just two days, Eva Braun, as the Russians closed in on his Berlin bunker in late April 1945.