October 23, 2012

FactCheck.org Hits Obama Campaign for ‘Inflated’ Jobs Claims (by Over 4 Million)

Although it should have used harsher language in its headline, FactCheck.org, the Annenberg Foundation-funded outfit, has apparently set its leftist bias aside long enough to take shots at an ad narrated by President Barack Obama which claims 5.2 million jobs created and gives all but the most alert viewers the impression that the number represents those created during his entire administration. Perhaps predictably, the item, which was at the top at Yahoo News just a few hours ago, is not on the home page of Yahoo’s U.S. home page and is on the verge of falling off at its main page.

Excerpts from Brooks Jackson’s writeup follow the jump, including FactCheck’s review of claims made at the “learn more” web link mentioned in the ad (bolds are mine):


Romney’s Final Debate Prep

Three must-mention points may be the difference between a win and a mandate.


This column went up Sunday evening at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Sunday.


Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s self-confident and commanding performance combined with Democratic incumbent Barack Obama’s virtual no-show at the first presidential debate on October 3 turned around the race for the White House more than any other debate in the 52-year history of these exercises.

In the second debate, the former Massachusetts governor held his own and then some on substance against two opponents, Obama and self-disgracing moderator Candy Crowley, while delivering devastating indictments of Obama’s stewardship. Team Obama has not stopped the bleeding.

But as well as he did in the first two presidential debates, Romney missed several clear opportunities to make three crucial points. He has only one more chance to make them. If he does, he could turn what is beginning to look like a victory into a mandate.

Perhaps Romney has failed to assert the three important items which follow because he and his advisers have fallen into the “everybody knows these things” trap. Most people don’t know them.

Not Establishment Press News: ‘Wisconsin state senator says son beaten as he confronted men removing Romney-Ryan signs from yard’

Carried as a national story at the Associated Press on Oct. 13: “SHOT FIRED AT OBAMA CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN DENVER.” To be clear, though there was a similar incident four years ago which turned out to be a false flag, it should have been.

Not an AP or establishment press story as of 7 a.m. today, even though it took place on Friday, Oct. 19 (picked up at Fox News yesterday):

A Wisconsin state senator says his adult son was attacked in the early-morning hours on Friday by two men after he confronted them as they removed a Romney-Ryan sign outside his home.

State Sen. Neal Kedzie says his son, Sean, was wrestled to the ground by the two and stuck repeatedly on the head and face. A neighbor heard the commotion and managed to scare the attackers, a press release from the state senator’s office said.

Sean Kedzie was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was treated for various bruises to his face, the statement said. Sean was released from the hospital the same day.

The Whitewater Police Department described the suspects as two white males, both about 6 feet tall. The incident is under investigation.

To be clear, there’s no excuse other than Obama-covering bias as to why this assault isn’t a national story.

There’s more at Breitbart’s Big Government.

Foreign Policy Appeasement Directly Impacts Domestic Safety

From Paul Sperry at Investor’s Business Daily:

Al-Qaida supporters. Terrorist suspects. Anti-Semites and jihadists previously kicked off government boards. All are now welcome in the Obama White House, according to visitor logs.

White House records show dozens of radical Islamists have made hundreds of visits to the White House since 2009. They’ve met with senior White House officials in discussions that have involved only a handful of participants. Many visits have taken place this year.

The potential security breaches were revealed in a new report by the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism following a year-long probe.

“The open-door policy of the Obama administration to radical Islamists is not only reflected in the number of visits to the White House by Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front groups but profoundly in major policy areas,” IPT director Steve Emerson told IBD.

The meetings have coincided with homeland security policy changes the White House guests and their front groups have clamored for, including purging language such as “radical Islam” and “war on terror” from the government’s official lexicon.

The administration also recently censored Islamic references in thousands of pages of counterterrorism training materials used by the FBI, Homeland Security and Pentagon, while firing many of the trainers who wrote or used the materials.

Former FBI special agent John Guandolo, who after 9/11 investigated Islamic terror groups from the bureau’s Washington field office, told IBD that the same suspect Islamist figures who have penetrated the White House have also successfully lobbied to purge the names of hundreds of high-risk Islamists tied to the Muslim Brotherhood from the U.S. no-fly list.

Emerson, who later this week plans to release a documentary film, “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception,” says the “cleansing” of training materials has handcuffed federal law enforcement efforts to combat Islamic terrorists.

The sad logic here is simple:

  • An administration doesn’t do these things unless it’s indifferent or hostile to the country’s legitimate need for safety against terrorist threats.
  • The Obama administration has done these things.
  • It is therefore indifferent or hostile to the country’s legitimate need for safety against terrorist threats.

Yet Emerson is alternately ignored or treated as unhinged by the nation’s establishment press.

We can’t stand four more years of what Sperry has catalogued.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: New York Good Samaritan Sought by Family of Man He Saved

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

Oct. 15, 2012

The family of Jason Kroft would like the man who saved his life to know they are thankful. The problem is, the good Samaritan is nowhere to be found.

During a visit from Toronto on Oct. 5, Kroft, 40, was sightseeing with his family in Manhattan. As the family approached the corner of 6th Avenue and 45th Street, Kroft grabbed his heart and fell to his knees, having suffered a serious heart attack.

“We were walking across 45th Street,” said Kroft’s brother Ryan, who had joined Kroft, Kroft’s wife Marci, and their two daughters, Sloane, 7, and Harper, 9, “when Jason said he was having very bad indigestion. And that’s when he fell to his knees.”

People rushed over, Kroft says, and urged him to call 9-1-1, which he did.

“Marci screamed that Jason was turning blue and around that moment I turned to speak to 9-1-1 operators. Then the man appeared and asked a few questions and the next thing I knew he was giving mouth-to-mouth,” Ryan Kroft said.

Kroft says his brother soon began to make sounds as if he was trying to breathe and his color returned to normal.

The man continued doing chest compressions on Kroft for 10 minutes until the ambulance arrived, the family said.

“Marci was on the ground holding Jason’s hand and I was trying to comfort the children, so we never got a good look at the guy. Then, we all ran with the stretcher as they loaded Jason into the ambulance,” the brother said.

In the moments that paramedics took over and continued stabilizing Kroft, the hero slipped into the crowd and disappeared before the family was able to thank him.

Kroft was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital then to St. Luke’s where he underwent emergency open-heart surgery and where he is now recovering. …

Go here for the rest of the story.