December 1st, 2011
ISLAMABAD (AP) – Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said the group is holding an American aid expert kidnapped three months ago in Pakistan.
Al-Zawahri said in a video message Thursday that Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The video was posted on militant websites and released Thursday by SITE, a group that monitors militant activity.
Weinstein was abducted by armed men from his house in the eastern city of Lahore on Aug. 13.
Police and U.S. officials have not publicly said who they believe to be holding him.
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December 1st, 2011
By Barry Secrest
As America prepares for its Holiday season, we, at this point, feel compelled to both stop and look at how the landscape in both the US and the world seems to be continually shifting and moving in such a vast diversity of tectonic directions. The extreme degree of negative change that we can hardly believe has become so stark over the last three years that it has become difficult to even begin to prognosticate exactly where we, or anyone else, for that matter, is these days. And this from a Conservative venue that has prided itself on being correct in an ample number of predictions made over the last several years.
So, where, exactly, are we?
Well, indeed, as Dorothy would say, we aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto.
It's almost as if some humongous twister has hefted our Nation up and whirled us all off into another dimension, depositing the continent onto some bizarre new plain that is devoid of both color and substance, where our anti-wizard of odd holds copious sway over virtually every action, and even inaction, that we might seek to undertake.
For instance, America's economy has just now crossed over the River Styx, moving the US debt load past that of every other single nation on the planet with regard to its magnitude at an unimaginable $ 15 Trillion dollars. Our mythical River Styx crossing oarsman, Charon, probably even popped a skeletal hernia due to the astounding mass of corporeal debt. Luckily, Senator Quirog of Greazidom was there and ready to handle the oar duties for the remainder of the trip, should he be needed. He was all too glad, in fact, as the oafish author and second in command of America's debt decline, death-grin ever-present. Also known as Harry Reid here on planet Earth, Quirog must have leeringly placed the eyelid coins as recompense, no doubt, during the prior congressional season.
But this ever present litany of fiscal denial, as birthed by the political left and even the establishment to some degree, seems to incipiently point to an overall point of view rapidly becoming almost comical in its tragedy, if boiled completely down, that being:
As if by the mere fact that one cannot see the funds that are quite obviously missing, the horrendously leaky thing that is our National debt, therefore, simply doesn't exist, or at least can be easily plugged by extreme fiscal confiscation in a progressive child's play exercise of gaudy gratuity. Unfortunately predictable as it is, the Left also succeeds in serially applying this same rationale of utter denial to our various denominational Faiths as well, with but a few notably cultish exceptions.
However, this particular phenomena often reminds me of a favorite Monty Python movie sequence from the Holy Grail, where the comically courageous knight guarding a bridge has each of of his limbs unceremoniously hacked off by King Arthur. Finally, at one point during the conflict after losing both an arm and a leg, the knight, wishing to fight on, indignantly replies to his opponent:
"Just a flesh wound....what?" It's not that serious, t'is but a scratch !"
December 1st, 2011
So, which is worse? Not knowing that the US abandoned it's Embassy in Iran back in 1980 or a so-called "Harvard grad's" idiotically thinking that America has 57 states?
You be the judge....story below, but see the video and then read the story....I'm just saying....
From Huffington Post
Michele Bachmann told supporters in Iowa on Wednesday of her lofty plans for American diplomacy, claiming that a Bachmann presidency would mean no U.S. embassy in Iran.
Considering the recent hostility in the Iranian capital of Tehran against the British embassy, the comment might not seem particularly out of place -- if not for the fact that the U.S. hasn't actually had a functioning embassy in Iran since 1980.
NBC's Jamie Novgorod first pointed out the flop in a tweet earlier Wednesday:
Shortly after the Nov. 4  embassy takeover, the Iranian revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, endorsed the militants, and the Bazargan government resigned. U.S. diplomatic relations with Iran were formally severed in April 1980 and have never been restored.
Bachmann has been an outspoken critic of Iran over the past few weeks. Earlier this month she urged the Pentagon to "prepare a war plan" in case of it acquiring a nuclear weapon. She later alleged that the Middle Eastern nation had threatened to launch nuclear warheads at the U.S. and Israel. PolitiFact deemed that claim "False."
On Tuesday, she told Glenn Beck that the U.S. was facing a "new axis of evil," composed of Iran, Syria, North Korea, China and Russia.
From the Photo Gallery at Huffington
December 1st, 2011
By Barry Secrest
Looks like Herman Cain has taken a page from the Obama campaign.
It's become a growing phenomena on Google.
Trying to counter something negative? Then buy the search terms associated with that particular negative, and if you pay enough, your ad will appear in front of of all of the stories and articles associated with that particular negative search string.
What the below story fails to mention is that Obama was one of the first politicans to pioneer this technique back in 2009. Below is a story from 2010, where the Statists wished to try and cast Obamacare in a more positive light:
Not only that, even certain Governmental departments have also bought search string ads, such as the HHS among a host of others, ironically, written by the same author:
So, this is nothing new and is an effective way to counter a harmful message.
Below is the full story on Cain's ad purchase from the Politico.....
By Ben Smith
A source sends over this screenshot of a Google search from yesterday, with a promoted Cain ad showing up when users in Iowa search “Ginger White.”
It’s not the first time the Cain campaign has used online and social-media advertising to its advantage. The New York Times noted the campaign’s use of a promoted tweet during the initial round of sexual harassment allegations:
Not long after Politico broke the story of the harassment accusations on Oct. 30, Mr. Cain’s campaign took to Twitter to help rebut them. In addition to tweeting to their 157,000 followers from their own account, @thehermancain, the Friends of Herman Cain Inc. bought a message on Twitter using one of the political advertising products made available to campaigns in September called “promoted tweets.”
So whenever people searched for Herman Cain on Twitter, they got a message from his campaign with a small logo and disclaimer that read: “From Team HC: Sadly, we’ve seen this movie played out before. Mr. Cain and all Americans deserve better http://bit.ly/uU0j7a”.
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December 1st, 2011
Cr edit note: Oh my! A Company's views do not square with the militant homosexuals, and when called out, the company refuses to bend over?
Your sexuality is yours and yours alone, people of change. But trying to brow-beat a company for disagreeing with your views? Please explain, How is that "Open-minded and accepting?"
Isn't it fascinating that an organization in "change" that demands complete acceptance of a particular lifestyle refuses to be completely accepting of those that do not agree within their own lifestyles?
Hmm... a quandary I see, here...
Bet Chick-fil-A wishes this month would end. Over the past few weeks, the restaurant chain's deep ties to the anti-gay movement have been exposed and uncovered by a number of activists, most notably Jeremy Hooper at Good As You. Whether it's Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, or Exodus International, Chick-fil-A ties run deep.
Of course, the President of Chick-fil-A wants gay people to share no hard feelings. The restaurant will gladly feed homosexuals gobs of chicken sandwiches, after all. But when it comes to marriage, Chick-fil-A believes strongly that same-sex couples just don't deserve equal rights.
As we wrote about a few weeks ago, Chick-fil-A's charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, has been particularly active in the fight against marriage equality. They've hosted conferences with some of the leading opponents of gay marriage in this country. A higher up at WinShape has even praised the efforts of anti-gay activist David Blankenhorn for working against marriage equality, and for articulating a solid reason why American culture should reject same-sex couples.
Now comes some email correspondence that Good As You has shared on their blog, where the WinShape Foundation's Retreat Center -- a center run by the charitable arm of Chick-fil-A -- admits that they have a severe distaste for LGBT people.
The email correspondence goes a little something like this. Someone writes WinShape an easy question about whether their retreat center is open to LGBT people. WinShape's response:
"WinShape Retreat defines marriage from the Biblical standard as being between one man and one woman. Groups/Individuals are welcome who offer wholesome, educational conferences and programs that are compatible with Biblical values and WinShape's purpose," WinShape wrote back.
Kind of some corporate speak, right? So the activist wrote back: can you just give a clear-cut answer? And WinShape confirmed:
"We do not accept homosexual couples because of the statement in our contract."
And so it goes like this: Chick-fil-A is a restaurant where franchises frequently donate to anti-gay organizations like the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Focus on the Family and others. The restaurant's charitable arm, WinShape, holds conferences for opponents of gay marriage and praises their work. And this charitable arm's Retreat program puts a blanket ban on gay couples using their facilities, because they "do not accept homosexual couples."
Yet the President of Chick-fil-A still says that all people, including LGBT people, are treated with respect by the restaurant? Huh, what a funny definition of respect.
Meanwhile, check this story out. So the Human Rights Campaign's NOMExposed project tried to submit an equality-minded video to the Ruth Institute's "Reel Love Video Challenge." The Ruth Institute is an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, and they're running a contest where folks can submit videos talking about what love means. The video below was originally accepted, but then promptly booted out of the project once the Ruth Institute became aware that it actually championed equality for same-sex couples.
Here's the kicker: the Ruth Institute's "Reel Love Video Challenge" has a tie-in to Chick-fil-A's WinShape Foundation. Wouldn't it be nice to hear why the Ruth Institute and the WinShape Foundation find the below video so offensive? After all, what is love if it isn't equal?
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