June 14th, 2012
Prior to President Barack Obama’s marathon 54 minute speech in Ohio today, the Obama campaign sent our several statements promising the speech would be a major address framing the campaign going forward. Despite the hype, the speech was mainly a rehash of themes and ideas from the president’s recent stump speeches and his remarks were widely panned as overly long by the political press corps.
In the speech, President Obama outlined his view that this election is a choice between “two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take.” He characterized Mitt Romney’s vision as being the same as the “policies of the last decade,” specifically deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy while he described his own “vision for America” as boiling down to five things: “Education. Energy. Innovation. Infrastructure. And a tax code focused on American job creation and balanced deficit reduction.” President Obama also stressed that the economic crisis began during the Bush administration and that is “started growing again” after he took office and has since “continued to grow.”
All of these points have already been featured in the president’s other recent speeches. Between the pre-speech hype from the campaign, the lack of new material and the overall length of the speech reporters were clearly dissatisfied with end result. Read on for a sampling of Tweets from the political press slamming the president’s speech.
Before the speech was over, Politico’s Mike O’Brien begged the president to stop.
June 14th, 2012
WBTV / By Chris Dyches
BELMONT, NC (WBTV) -
A north Charlotte woman says she caught what she believes to be UFOs flying over Lake Wylie near Belmont.
Sandy Harrington sent photos to WBTV that show three orange objects in the sky over Lake Wylie on Saturday night around 9:30 p.m.
Harrington told WBTV that she recently joined the Mutual UFO Network in April of this year and became a Field Investigator shortly thereafter. She had heard about sightings of UFOs in the Lake Wylie area in recent weeks and went out to do an investigation of her own.
"I invited a friend, Nancy Queen, to go to a boat docking area Saturday night and stake out the area," Harrington told WBTV. "This location is about a mile south of the Allen Steam Plant in Belmont."
According to Harrington, the pair arrived around 7:30 p.m. and took a few pictures.
"When it started getting dark, I mounted my camera on a tripod and waited to see if anything got our attention," she said. "As we stood on the cement slab attached to the boat docking area, I caught sight of a flying object coming towards us. The object was glowing orange. I called out to Nancy as two more aircraft came over the treeline ... orange lights aglow."
Harrington says the first aircraft stayed in front of the other two aircrafts, which she says were flying side by side quite close to each other. She says she immediately started snapping pictures.
"Although the aircraft seemed to be moving much slower than the jets we had seen earlier in the evening, I had no idea it took two minutes for them to pass over our heads," she said.
The aircraft were seen heading south to north toward the Allen Steam Plant, Harrington told WBTV.
She says the camera was on a tripod and didn't move and there was no noise as the aircraft flew by the pair.
"Amazingly, there were several boats being placed on their trailers during this time frame but nobody but Nancy and I noticed the aircraft," Harrington said. "And, we were making quite a to-do about them. What struck me about the three flying objects was the single orange glow each projected. I couldn't make out any features on the aircraft as the light was blinding."
In an effort to see if WBTV could identify the UFO, we did some digging.
The Allen Steam Station is located on Lake Wylie less than 5 miles due west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The airport, known by aviation enthusiasts for landing and departing planes in pairs, uses flight patterns that are parallel with the steam station running north to south.
The flight patterns have become more rigid in recent years as the airport, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, has worked to reduce noise for residents in south Charlotte.
Residents in places like Denver, Steele Creek and University City have noticed the changes as planes have become more common over the areas flying on specific flight paths into and out of the airport.
Harrington says there have been at four other sightings of similar aircraft reported to MUFON-NC in the Charlotte area over the past few weeks.
And she is no amateur when it comes to the paranormal.
Last May, Harrington claims she captured images on her Flip Camcorder of a ghost at the Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County.
Harrington and a friend were in the mine when she used her Flip Camcorder to shoot video while inside the mine shaft.
"I literally saw the ghost jump out with my own eyes and thought it was a visitor who jumped down a mine shaft out of sight, no one never showed up though," Harrington said. "I was just amazed and tickled to death. There is just something about the paranormal that gives me an adrenaline rush."
June 14th, 2012
Conservative Refocus Notes:
Remember this story?
So......wonder when can we expect the investigation to begin?
The interesting thing is that with all due respect to the NY daily News, there isn't just one Bush in this pic on the left....there are, in fact, two George Bush's on display in the below picture...is that an accident as well HBO?
A screengrab from HBO's 'Game of Thrones' features a severed head that bares a striking resemblence to former President George W. Bush. The cable network has since apologized for the likeness.
NY Daily News
By Ethan Sacks AND Tracy Connor / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
HBO apologized Wednesday amid outrage that "Game of Thrones" features former President George W. Bush's severed head impaled on a spike.
In commentary for the DVD of the first season, one of the writers admits that the Republican's likeness "appears in a couple of beheading scenes" but insisted no one is playing politics.
"We just had to use whatever head we had around," the writer says without explaining where the prop came from.
The presidential noggin, topped with straggly hair, appears for a just a second in an episode of the fantasy series that aired last year, when spoiled child king Joffrey shows Sansa Stark a line of heads on spikes.
The mention of Bush's head went unnoticed until a Reddit user flagged it, bringing swift condemnation.
The head of the Brooklyn Republican Party called the grisly cameo "disgraceful" and said he would feel the same way if it was President Obama's head.
"Whether you like him or dislike him, whether you're of the same political persuasion or not, we still have to respect the office of the presidency and all of those who hold that presidency," said GOP chief Craig Eaton, who has never seen the show.
"Americans of all political persuasions should stand up and demand that things like this should not continue. They should boycott watching this particular show," Eaton told London's Daily Mail.
"It doesn't matter what their intent is. They didn't intend it to be political, but now that it is, they should remove it."
As fury built in political quarters and on Twitter, HBO moved into damage control mode.
"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," the cable channel said in a statement.
"We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss apologized as well and tried to offer more explanation as to how Bush's head ended up in the scene.
"We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk," they said in a statement.
"After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush...In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have."
"We meant no disrespect to the former President," the writers added, "and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."
A season from HBO's 'Game of Thrones' features a series of heads stuck on pikes.
June 13th, 2012
Conservative Refocus Notes: We won't publish the image on this page, it's far too gruesome, but for those who want to see it, here the purported image is, we would caution against viewing it for those who are sensitives
A photo purporting to show a baby whose mother was forced to have an abortion has shocked Chinese internet users.
Feng Jiamei, from Zhenping county in Shaanxi, was allegedly made to undergo the procedure by local officials in the seventh month of pregnancy.
Ms Feng was forced into the abortion as she couldn't pay the fine for having a second child, US-based activists said.
Rights groups say China's one-child policy has meant women being coerced into abortions, which Beijing denies.
National and local family planning authorities are investigating the incident, the Global Times newspaper reports.
"Feng Jianmei's story demonstrates how the One-Child Policy continues to sanction violence against women every day," said Chai Ling of the US-based activist group All Girls Allowed.
The group says it spoke to Ms Feng and her husband Deng Jiyuan after the incident. Mr Deng said his wife had been forcibly taken to hospital and restrained before the procedure.
Unnamed local officials in Zhenping county quoted in local media reports denied forcing Ms Feng to have the abortion.
"This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did. But it's happening in reality and it is by no means the only case... They [the officials] should be executed," one reader on news website netease.com said, according to Agence France-Presse.
Activist Chen Guangcheng, who was put under virtual house arrest for campaigning against forced abortions, fled China to the US last month.
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June 13th, 2012
OPEC member Saudi Arabia has been pumping hefty amounts of oil to lower prices and do what it can to ensure that President Barack Obama is re-elected this November, says billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump on CNBC June 12.
CNBC HOST: Donald, you see the OPEC news this morning? Venezuela wants OPEC to stop pumping more, overproducing, they are saying, that, because Saudi Arabia is pumping above the limits it's supposed to be doing to help us out a little bit and Venezuela is complaining and right now you're looking at oil prices at about back around $82.
DONALD TRUMP: That's still very high, Becky, they should be at $30 if you look at free market. I think Saudi Arabia is doing Obama a big favor. Look, you have to do be a favor, I have to get elected, you can't do it like you've been doing the last three years driving it up to $150 because that's where it's going and I think Saudi Arabia is doing Obama a big fat favor.
Here Obama bows to the Saudi Ki...no, wait, that's the Burger King...
Ah, yes....here we are..Obama bows to the Saudi King...
I think he asked for the favor and prices are coming down, but also the economy's going bad so maybe it won't help that much. but as soon as -- assuming if Obama got elected, you're going to see something with oil like you've never seen before, it will go through the roof. The favor will be repaid many times over.
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