Allen West remembers 9/11; Fernandez – The Speech; Howerton – Rand responded; Bikers descend on DC.
SYRIA: Putin saved us?; Noonan – Making sense; Hanson – Obama’s farce; Isachenkov – Russia’s role; Kurtz – Public opinion; Sexton – Chemical agreement.
DOMESTIC: Erickson – Cruz vs. Cantor & Sessions; Heine – Hillary heckled.
NSA: Strohm – Phone records.
PA: Boehm – Philly school audits; Sour – Smart Meters.
END NOTES: Kick start WW III; Wilson – wife-buying; O’Connor – Miley more interesting than Syria.
Nineteen Days Till Obama Care – Ted Cruz
– 71 percent of small businesses say Obamacare will make it harder to hire workers.
– Obamacare takes roughly $1 trillion out of the private economy through 20 new or increased taxes.
– Half of small businesses say they will cut hours or replace full time workers with part time workers.
– About 17 million seniors will face higher premiums for Medicare Part D.
– Obamacare could force nearly one million Americans to work less and go on welfare.
1777: The British defeated the Patriots at Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania.
1789: Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury.
1814: During the War of 1812, an American fleet destroyed a British fleet in the Battle of Lake Champlain.
2001: Terrorists hijacked four airliners for suicide attacks against the United States. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Allen B. West, PJM: “Remembering 9/11”
“. . . Last year, we all watched in horror during the assault on our American consulate in Benghazi. Still more terrifying was the fact that we abandoned Americans who were under attack.
“Even today, a year later, some ask regarding the incident: “What difference does it make?” Even today, some say that Benghazi is a “phony scandal.”
“Those who say and believe this are just as much of a threat to the safety and security of our constitutional republic as are the attackers. In their shameful attempts to deceive, they are evenly complicit in the loss of American lives.
“On this day, we should not pause to consider multiculturalism and negating offense to others. On this day, we should not entertain insidious conspiracy theories. Instead, remember the enemy who attacked us — and who will continue to attack us — just because we are a nation and a people who believe in individual liberty.
“Remember those who lost their lives.
“And lastly, remember those who abandoned Americans a year ago and — to this day — seek to deceive the American people.
“God bless the greatest nation the world has ever known, these United States of America.”
Richard Fernandez, PJM: “The Speech”
“. . . Obama is turning his blunder into another power grab. He doesn’t know whether he will order the steak or the lobster. How about the waiter brings him both? He wants the blank check and surely Congress would not be so churlish as to deny him that. You’ve got to give it to him. Obama never lets a crisis go to waste. Its someone elses’s fault if he can’t defend his Red Line, which he only drew to send a Message. He ends his oration with an appeal to American exceptionalism.
“America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong, but when with modest effort and risk we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.
“That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.
“What is exceptional is his effrontery. Stripped of its soaring phrases it comes to this: sign the check, bub. The essential truth is not so slippery as the man who’s said nothing and asked for everything. In other news we learn from Sharyl Attkisson that John Kerry has refused to allow Congress to question Benghazi survivors; a reminder that there is in this administration a vagueness amounting to a method. Nowhere in the speech do we learn what side in Syria he hopes will prevail. He assures his listeners that he will not strike down Assad, but who he will raise up remains as much a mystery as Benghazi.
“In the end nothing has changed. . .”
Jason Howerton, The Blaze: “Rand Paul Delivers Response to President’s Syria Address: ‘Obama Now Asks Us to Be Allies with Al Qaeda’”
“It’s safe to say that President Barack Obama did not win over Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with his national address on Syria.
In his formal response, Paul hit back at Obama’s case for a military strike in Syria, saying destabilizing the war-torn nation will only encourage Al Qaeda and other radical elements working with the Syrian opposition.
“Twelve years after we were attacked by Al Qaeda, 12 years after 3,000 Americans were killed by Al Qaeda, President Obama now asks us to be allies with Al Qaeda,” he began. “Americans by a large majority want nothing to do with the Syrian civil war. We fail to see a national security interest in a war between a leader who gases his own citizens and Islamist rebels who are killing Christians.”
About 3000 of us from PA, TX, NY, NC, GA, and elsewhere met on the West Lawn in front of Jenny Beth Martin who gave us a series of speakers opposed to Obama Care and war with Syria. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul inspired all of us as did a couple of surprises – Michelle Bachmann (http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/09/10/Michele-Bachmann-Exempt-America-Speech) and Bo Snerdley (James Golden; I miss Barbara, Golden was brilliant like his boss, Rush Limbaugh. . . The Muslims are due there today alongside two million Harley riders. The cops have told the bikers to stay away; the bikers, true to their instincts, intend to ignore them. I’d ride my CBR1000 to DC and join the fun but I also had a heart attack – my first in 25 years – on the West Lawn while I protested OCare yesterday. (I moved to the shade, felt great in 15 minutes, and decided to go back on fish oils and unsweetened grape juice. . .meanwhile, from Jim DeMint: “America, we must stop ObamaCare before it becomes hazardous to our health.”
“New York’s famous 42nd Street will offer natives and visitors a new sight later this week: a mammoth, six-story billboard with a striking message: “Warning—Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.”
“It’s part of The Heritage Foundation’s continuing public education campaign to inform the American people about the dangerous side-effects of this unfair, unaffordable and unworkable law, and how it can be stopped.
“How will ObamaCare—a 2,700-page law passed by a single vote over bipartisan opposition— harm Americans’ health?
“Well, here are five of its worst side effects . . .”
Dan Riehl, Breitbart: “Bikers Descend on DC, as Muslim Group Tries to Hide Dubious Connections”
“What’s now being billed as the Million American March Against Fear on 9/11/13 didn’t start out that way and many of the individuals affiliated with the Muslim group AMPAC have been characterized as anti-Semites and 9-11 truthers.
“These guys are problematic and they’re trying to exploit 9/11.” – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the Islamic Forum for Democracy
“While the group changed the name of the event from the 1,000,000 Muslim march to it’s current invention, it can’t hide the affiliations of many of those signed onto the event.
“They include MD Rabbi Alam – Founder, AMPAC, Greg Boyd – Executive Member DC Area 9/11 Truth Movement, Richard Gage – Founder, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Derron Black – Founder, Alpha Male Nation, among many others.
“They’re basically a bunch of ‘truthers’ who think that America’s to blame for everything,” Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the Islamic Forum for Democracy, told Fox News on Friday. The Anti-Defamation League, Jasser said, has identified some of the leaders of the march as “being virulent, anti-Semites who think 9/11 was a conspiracy theory.”
“Fortunately, they aren’t the only group with plans to be in Washington on 9-11. Millions of bikers have been making their way toward Washington, in some cases, for many days, as part of what’s being billed as ‘2 million bikers to DC.’
“A group called ‘2 million bikers to DC’ called its members to action in a Facebook post stating the group’s permit to ride motorcycles in Washington D.C. was denied. The group has released several statements on the Facebook page, announcing that the purpose of the motorcycle ride, set for September 11th, was to “honor those who were killed on the September 11th, 2001 attacks.”
“The group has announced that despite the denial of the permit, it intends to conduct the ride anyway on Wednesday September 11th, 2013. According to the Titan of Trinidad blog, the permit was denied by the National Park Service for “resource issues.” The group’s Facebook page reports a back and forth process with the permit agency, with one post stating that documents had been overnighted after a request for more information.
“Several groups have begun posting videos of their travels via YouTube. The permit they were denied would have allowed for a clean ride through given synchronization of travel signals and at intersections where a law enforcement presence was needed. They are, however, still absolutely free to ride through Washington in compliance with all traffic laws and signals, which is their stated intention at this time.”
SYRIA . . . Putin saves us?
What’s he up to? Russia also has a “Muslim problem” and they cannot be happy with losing secularist Assad on their southern border …. Obama, of course, works for the Brotherhood . . .
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Making Sense of Syria”
“This is what I think we’re seeing:
“The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can’t acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he’s coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime, in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives. In such conditions his weapons could not be fully accounted for, packed up, transported or relinquished, even if he wanted to. “But it will take time—weeks, months—for the absurdity to become obvious. And it is time the president wants. Because with time, with a series of statements, negotiations, ultimatums, promises and proposals, the Syria crisis can pass. It can dissipate into the air, like gas.
“The president will keep the possibility of force on the table, but really he’s lunging for a lifeline he was lucky to be thrown.
“Why is he backing off? Because he knows he doesn’t have the American people and isn’t going to get them . . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Obama’s Farce”
“. . . I wish it were not true, but there is scant evidence that the world, led by the U.S., went to war in the past over the use of weapons of mass destruction — whether by Gamel Nasser in Yemen or by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds and the Iranians. Understandably, the current West’s reaction, including Obama’s, to possible Syrian WMD use is calibrated mostly on the dangers of intervention, not the use of WMD per se. Thus Obama is now focusing on Syria in a way he is not, at least overtly, on Iran, the far greater WMD threat, because he believes the former could be handled with two days’ worth of Tomahawks and the latter could not. That would be understandable pragmatism if it were not dressed up in the current humanitarian bluster about red lines and the “international community.”
“Obama, I think, is inadvertently doing the terrible arithmetic that the last 1,000 Syrians killed by the Assad regime pose a humanitarian crisis that demands his intervention in a way that the first 99,000 did not — on the theory that WMD represent an existential threat. (In fact, from the trenches of World War I to Hiroshima, WMD have never killed more than contemporary horrific conventional weaponry has.) So far Obama has not made that case. We can only wonder whether the forgotten hundreds of thousands butchered from Rwanda to Darfur — without so much as one Tomahawk or Hellfire launched on their behalf — might have been saved had only their killers begun their devilry with sarin gas.
“Obama, as senator and presidential candidate, made the serial argument that U.S. military interventions, barring an ‘imminent threat’ to our national security, are both illegal and immoral unless they have the triad of U.S. congressional support, U.N. approval, and American public support.
“In the present circumstances, to make the argument for attacking Syria he must assume that congressional authorization is an eleventh-hour afterthought and not necessarily binding, that the U.N. is mostly hocus-pocus and not worth the bother, and that overwhelming public opposition does not matter.
“There are so many contradictions and hypocrisies in such thinking as to render it farcical. . .”
Vladimir Isachenkov, AP/Breitbart: “Russia to Push Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons”
MOSCOW: In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes.
“The announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of ‘every single bit’ of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.
“Kerry added that he thought Assad ‘isn’t about to do it,’ but Lavrov, who just wrapped a round of talks in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, said that Moscow would try to convince the Syrians.
“‘If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus,’ Lavrov said.
“‘We are calling on the Syrian leadership to not only agree on placing chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also on its subsequent destruction and fully joining the treaty on prohibition of chemical weapons,’ he said. . . “
Stanley Kurtz, NRO: “Public Opinion and the Syria Strike”
“Congressional phone lines are melting from calls opposing a Syrian intervention, with margins running well over 10 to 1 against. Yet for all the polling and headcounts, we still haven’t truly admitted American public opinion into our strategic calculations on Syria. That is a serious mistake.
“Instead of simply considering how a yes or no vote will affect the president’s credibility overseas or the Middle-East balance of power, we must attend to the long-term impact of our actions on the American public. As ill-advised interventions continue to weaken public confidence in a forceful foreign policy, any short-term gains in our credibility abroad are being more than canceled out by long-term losses in public will here at home.
“Consider in this light two of the most articulate defenses of a Syrian intervention, James Ceasar’s from the right, and Samantha Power’s from the left. . . “
Also: Susan Page, USA Today: “Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges”
“WASHINGTON — Opposition to U.S. airstrikes against Syria is surging, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, despite a White House campaign to convince Americans it is the right course ahead.
By more than 2-1, 63%-28%, those surveyed Wednesday through Sunday say they are against U.S. military action against the Syrian regime for its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians. In the past week, support has declined by a percentage point and opposition has swelled by 15 points, compared with a previous Pew Research poll.
As President Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday, he can see damage the issue is doing to his own standing. He gets the lowest ratings of his presidency on handling foreign policy, and Americans by 2-1 disapprove of his handling of the situation in Syria. His overall approval rating has sagged to 44%-49%, the first time it has fallen into negative territory in well over a year.
John Sexton, Breitbart: “Syria Agrees to Sign Chemical Weapons Convention, Destruction Could Take a Decade”
“The Kremlin’s news outlet, RT, announced today that Syria would sign the Chemical Weapons Convention and open sites to inspection.
“The Syrian Foreign Minister reportedly said on television “We fully support Russia’s initiative concerning chemical weapons in Syria, and we are ready to cooperate. As a part of the plan, we intend to join the Chemical Weapons Convention.”
“Despite their having bumbled into this with the help of Russia, it is probably the best outcome with regard to President Obama’s proposed strike. Some are already declaring a win for the White House. The logic is straight-forward, i.e. Obama said a strike wasn’t about regime change only about maintaining international norms. Getting Syria to sign the CWC enforces those norms.
“If saying good riddance to a bad plan is a win, then this is a win. On the other hand, Foreign Policy points out that accomplishing the destruction of Assad’s chemical stockpiles will be a long term project, especially in the midst of a civil war. . .”
Drudge Report (9/9-11/13)
Assad Gives First Interview...
Denies chemical weapons attack...
U.S. has 'no evidence'...
Threatens retaliation: 'Expect everything'...
'Welcomes' international control over weapons stockpile...
US to take 'hard look'...
Hillary Clinton: 'Important step'...
Middle East 'on brink of explosion'...
WH dismisses threat...
Senate to take first war vote on 9/11 anniversary...
Reid invokes Nazis...
RED LINE II: KERRY GIVES ASSAD 'ONE WEEK'...
RED LINE REVERSAL: State Dept dismisses ultimatum as 'rhetorical argument'...
Kerry pushes attack as 'unbelievably small'...
'No Soldiers At Risk'...
GOP SEN: 'Unbelievably unhelpful'...
Albania, Estonia and Honduras part of 'coalition of willing'...
WH Sends Out Rice, Who Misled on Benghazi, to Make Case...
POWER: ILLEGAL, BUT NECESSARY...
NEUTERED: Biden sent out of town as Obama pitches Congress...
Fournier: Obama Fumbling, Flip-flopping, Marble-mouthing...
NOONAN: 'We've never had a presidential speech like this!'
Milbank: Massive muddle...
SYRIA ACCEPTS RUSSIAN PROPOSAL...
RAND PAUL: CALL OFF VOTE...
Hillary stance raises familiar risks...
DOMESTIC . . .
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Ted Cruz Opposes Eric Cantor and Pete Sessions’ “Hug It Out” Plan to Fund Obamacare”
“Multiple people confirm to me that just a few hours ago Pete Sessions blew up about Ted Cruz and made sure everyone in the room knew he held Cruz in absolute contempt.
“It might be because Ted Cruz just called BS on Eric Cantor and Pete Sessions trying to screw conservatives.
“Cantor and Sessions are pursuing a plan to make it very easy for the House to vote for defunding Obamacare while ensuring Obamacare is still able to get funded. Cruz, in a press release earlier today, called on the House of Representatives to not get cute and actually defund Obamacare. . .
“. . . You too should tell Pete Sessions and Eric Cantor to stop playing games with the lives of Americans. They need to defund Obamacare, not just pretend to.”
Debra Heine, Breitbart: “Video: Hillary Clinton Heckled About Benghazi Following Acceptance Speech for Liberty Medal”
“The heckling came at the end of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia which she gave in acceptance for the 2013 Liberty Medal, Tuesday night.
“In her speech, Hillary kept it bland, largely staying away from controversial issues:
Clinton paid lip service to the pressing questions of the day: how the United States should respond to the use of chemical weapons — the question at stake in Syria — and how it should balance the need for both liberty and security. But she did not offer any concrete answer on these highly divisive questions.
Clinton’s speech went on to address the need for working together, across the aisle, to get things done — a topic that is salient given the gridlock in Washington today but also uncontroversial. “When we fail to make progress on the challenges facing our people at home, our standing in the world suffers,” she said.
“Things did get interesting following her speech, when a protester could be heard chanting ‘Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!’ on the eve of the one year anniversary of the attacks.”
NSA . . .
Charles Strohm, Bloomberg: “NSA Phone-Records Spying Said to Violate Rules for Years”
“The U.S. National Security Agency violated rules on surveillance of telephone records for almost three years and misled a secret court, raising fresh concerns that spy programs lack adequate controls to protect Americans’ privacy.
“The latest revelations show NSA spying was broader, violated restrictions on domestic surveillance more often, and may have targeted innocent Americans to a greater degree than previously known. They are contained in documents released yesterday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in response to privacy groups’ lawsuits.
“The agency ran a select list of phone numbers against databases of millions of call records between May 2006 and January 2009 without having reason to suspect some of the numbers’ owners of terrorist ties, according to the records.
“The court entrusted NSA with extraordinary authority, and with it came the highest responsibility for compliance and protection of privacy rights,” NSA Director Keith Alexander wrote in one of the declassified documents. “In several instances, NSA implemented its authority in a manner inconsistent with the orders, and some of these inconsistencies were not recognized for more than two and a half years. . .”
PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “State auditors have warned of accounting problems at Philadelphia School District since 1987”
“. . . The district is running a $300 million deficit this year and was only able to ensure it would open its doors on time thanks to an emergency loan secured by the city of Philadelphia in August. The district is receiving more than $1.3 billion in state and federal aid this year.
“But the district has had problems tracking students, accounting for state dollars and keeping accurate finances for much of the past two decades, according to audits conducted by the state auditor general’s office. The auditor general is required to audit all 500 school districts in Pennsylvania at least once every four years.
“The district was unable to provide us with the documentation necessary to verify that it correctly reported its membership and attendance data to the Department of Education,” wrote auditors in the most recent review of the Philadelphia School District, which took place in 2011. “A district’s failure to accurately maintain and report this data calls into question the legitimacy and appropriateness of the bulk of its state taxpayer funding.”
“The auditors said they reported similar problems in each of the five previous audits of the Philadelphia School District. . .”
Peter Sour, CAP: “Guest Post: Pennsylvania Government Should Follow Germany’s Lead on Smart Meters”
“Pennsylvanians, thanks to a 2008 law are forced to accept Smart Meters into their homes – something that is happening all around the world.
“However, Germany just stopped their program for homes. As part of the European Union, they were expected to install 34 million of the new meters in every household. Germany is echoing the prominent argument: “Smart Meters, Dumb Idea”.
“A cost-benefit analysis by Ernst & Young for the German government showed that most of the costs could fall to homes while the majority of benefits will go to industrial consumers with real opportunities to reduce energy consumption and leverage “load shifting”. Through the Smart Meter, users can get lower rates by using electricity “off-peak”. While it might make sense for a steel mill to do the ‘melt’ at 2 AM, how realistic is it for most people to get up and do laundry in the middle of the night?
“Germany is not alone in recognizing that Smart Meters are not cost effective for home owners. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Help Kick Start WW III
Jeremy Wilson, KernelMag: “How to ‘buy’ a wife on the internet”
Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, and a bunch of other affluent males discovered this a million years ago. . . see David Buss, “The Evolution of Desire.” We find beautiful the woman’s characteristics that advertise the health of her eggs and she looks especially to affluent, vigorous males for fatherhood if not always for marriage. . .
“. . . ‘Men want women who look, smell, dress and act like a woman. Increasingly, they must go abroad to find them. Gender roles have become blurred in Western society. Men want women who are feminine, not feminist.’
“The perception of Former Soviet Union Women being both ‘not feminist’ and ‘open to foreign relationships’ are the core reasons many members give for their bridal search, but not the only ones. Donhollio from Canada described the reason for his search like this: ‘Because all the local hotties I had I let them slip by me.’
“‘And now they aren’t so hot, or they got married…. I can go to the FSU and maintain my level of girl that I once had here.’ . . .”
Maureen O’Connor, NY Mag: “Final Tally: Americans Were 12 Times More Interested in Miley Cyrus Than Syria”
“That Miley Cyrus captures more attention than escalating war in Syria is, by now, conventional wisdom. But an exhaustive survey of news sources now reveals exactly how much attention Miley steals: Americans viewed twelve times as many pages about Miley Cyrus as they did about Syria — even though the news sources published 2.4 Syria articles for every one about Miley.”