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Obama promises more dictatorial action in 2014: ‘I’ve got a pen and a phone’

Barack Obama promises to bypass Congress with more executive actions.

Barack Obama promises to bypass Congress with more executive actions.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In remarks before a cabinet meeting Tuesday, President Obama promised more executive action bypassing Congress, telling those assembled he would use “a pen and a phone,” The Blaze reported.

“So Congress is going to be busy, and I’m looking forward to working with Democrats and Republicans, House members and Senate members, to try to continue to advance the economic recovery and to provide additional ladders of opportunity for everybody,” he said.

“But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he added.

Translation: Obama is set to use his executive authority to bypass Congress — again.

Obama explained further: “I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible and making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

But the president wasn’t finished.

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Obama: I will use my pen and phone to take on Congress

President Obama seems ready to work around Congress in 2014, telling reporters before his first Cabinet meeting of the year Tuesday that he stood ready to use two tools, a pen and a phone, to provide help for Americans.

“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating,” the president said.

“I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life, nonprofits, businesses, the private sector, universities to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme: making sure that this is a country where, if you work hard, you can make it,” he added.

He encouraged Congress to extend unemployment insurance and pass some form of immigration reform, and said he has plans to meet with university presidents to talk about college affordability and CEOs to talk about hiring the long-term unemployed.

The president has found himself at odds with Republicans since he was first elected in 2008. Although there has been bipartisan legislation in the past, the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives made those moments few and far between and looking for other ways to affect his agenda. Still, he said he would work with both parties and both chambers of Congress to continue the economic recovery, and he predicted “we can see a lot of improvements this year” if everyone works together.

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Obama: ‘We Are Not Just Going To Be Waiting For Legislation’ To Advance Agenda

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Published on Jan 15, 2014

“We’ve got a lot to do in 2014,” President Obama said on Tuesday as he prepared to convene his first Cabinet meeting of the year. And he said he plans to get things done, with or without Congress:

“But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.

“I’ve got a pen, and — and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.

“And I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life — nonprofits, businesses, the private sector, universities — to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme, making sure that this is a country where if you work hard, you can make it.

“And so one of the things that I’m going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans — the belief that everybody’s got a big responsibility, everybody’s got to work hard, but if you do, that you can support a family and, you know, meet the kinds of obligations that you have to yourself and your family but also to your communities and to your nation.”

Obama has declared 2014 a “year of action.” He said he’s “very pleased” that the House and Senate have agreed to a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal 2014: He said the funding level “will allow us to take some important steps to provide the services and help that Americans need…to get ahead in this economy.”

He urged Congress to quickly pass the budget, as well as an extension of unemployment insurance and immigration reform. In the days ahead, Obama plans to plug manufacturing, college affordability, and opportunities for the long-term unemployed.

“So overall, the message to my cabinet — and that will be amplified in our State of the Union — is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we’re already seeing. The economy is improving, but it can be improving even faster. A lot of people are doing better than they were in the depths of the recession, but there are still a lot of folks who need help.

“And I am absolutely confident that in 2014, if we’re all working in the same direction and not worrying so much about political points but worrying much more about getting the job done, that we can see a lot of improvement this year, and people will look back on 2014 as a year in which we didn’t just turn the corner in the aggregate for the economy, but everybody started feeling a little more optimistic about our futures.”

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Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’

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Obama’s move to establish a cyber warfare doctrine will heighten fears over the increasing militarization of the internet. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters


Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals.

The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last year but never published, states that what it calls Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) “can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging”.

It says the government will “identify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power”.

The directive also contemplates the possible use of cyber actions inside the US, though it specifies that no such domestic operations can be conducted without the prior order of the president, except in cases of emergency.

The aim of the document was “to put in place tools and a framework to enable government to make decisions” on cyber actions, a senior administration official told the Guardian.

The administration published some declassified talking points from the directive in January 2013, but those did not mention the stepping up of America’s offensive capability and the drawing up of a target list.

Obama’s move to establish a potentially aggressive cyber warfare doctrine will heighten fears over the increasing militarization of the internet.

The directive’s publication comes as the president plans to confront his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a summit in California on Friday over alleged Chinese attacks on western targets.

Even before the publication of the directive, Beijing had hit back against US criticism, with a senior official claiming to have “mountains of data” on American cyber-attacks he claimed were every bit as serious as those China was accused of having carried out against the US.

Presidential Policy Directive 20 defines OCEO as “operations and related programs or activities … conducted by or on behalf of the United States Government, in or through cyberspace, that are intended to enable or produce cyber effects outside United States government networks.”

Asked about the stepping up of US offensive capabilities outlined in the directive, a senior administration official said: “Once humans develop the capacity to build boats, we build navies. Once you build airplanes, we build air forces.”

The official added: “As a citizen, you expect your government to plan for scenarios. We’re very interested in having a discussion with our international partners about what the appropriate boundaries are.”

The document includes caveats and precautions stating that all US cyber operations should conform to US and international law, and that any operations “reasonably likely to result in significant consequences require specific presidential approval”.

The document says that agencies should consider the consequences of any cyber-action. They include the impact on intelligence-gathering; the risk of retaliation; the impact on the stability and security of the internet itself; the balance of political risks versus gains; and the establishment of unwelcome norms of international behaviour.

Among the possible “significant consequences” are loss of life; responsive actions against the US; damage to property; serious adverse foreign policy or economic impacts.

The US is understood to have already participated in at least one major cyber attack, the use of the Stuxnet computer worm targeted on Iranian uranium enrichment centrifuges, the legality of which has been the subject of controversy. US reports citing high-level sources within the intelligence services said the US and Israel were responsible for the worm.

In the presidential directive, the criteria for offensive cyber operations in the directive is not limited to retaliatory action but vaguely framed as advancing “US national objectives around the world”.

The revelation that the US is preparing a specific target list for offensive cyber-action is likely to reignite previously raised concerns of security researchers and academics, several of whom have warned that large-scale cyber operations could easily escalate into full-scale military conflict.

Sean Lawson, assistant professor in the department of communication at the University of Utah, argues: “When militarist cyber rhetoric results in use of offensive cyber attack it is likely that those attacks will escalate into physical, kinetic uses of force.”


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Obama Cyber Memo Is Just The Latest Sign That The U.S. Is Preparing For Cyberwar

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 06/07/2013 5:43 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/07/2013 6:07 pm EDT

A top-secret presidential memo published Friday marked the latest sign that the Obama administration is ready to go on the offensive in a potential cyberwar.

On Friday, the Guardian published a secret presidential directive calling on national security and intelligence officials to create a list of potential foreign targets for U.S. cyber attacks. The 18-page document, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, aims “to put in place tools and a framework to enable government to make decisions” on cyber actions, a senior administration official told the Guardian.

The directive states that cyber attacks can be launched as part of “anticipatory action taken against imminent threats,” but should comply with U.S. and international law and receive approval from the president if they are “reasonably likely to result in significant consequences,” according to the Guardian.


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When Lenin wanted to launch his own newspaper, he called it, “Vperod” or “Forward.” The name has popped up on the mastheads of left-wing newspapers across the world. It’s “Vorwarts” in Germany, “Voorwarts” in the Netherlands and “Ila al-Amam” in the Arab world. Back in New York it’s “The Forward.”

Is it  just  me or  does anyone else see the  Sadistic  Farce that is being perpetrated  upon the American  People?  So many  are ignorantly falling for  these mind games.

Yes, Newton  was a  tragedy  and  27 lives were  lost and  yes we should call for a  better  way  of protecting innocents.  However, it has been  brought  to light  at  naseum that  no matter how many  laws are passed only those who obey  the law will follow it’s mandates.  The  criminals , those outside the law  will continue  to  do   just as  they  have  done all along.  Breaking  the  law and taking innocent lives.  

Is that  to  rational a thought   for the knee  jerk response crowd to handle?  Then  how about  this kind of rationale ? Those criminals  by the very act of being criminal could care less what the  law says   is  legal.  Perhaps if those who are  in  charge  of  enforcing the  laws would work harder to make   sure  the lawbreakers are  reigned in and that the laws  already  on the  books are adhered to . We  would go    quite a bit   further than by creating more laws  and  regulations that  will serve  only to  strangle the law abiding citizen.  While doing absolutely nothing  to address the amount  of illegal guns  already  on the streets.  Some of which  may  very  well  have  been  provided by the very same  law  enforcement   agencies  claiming to  prevent it.  Is that  such a  crazy  thought?

And just  who in the  hell does  he think he is to offer such  sanctimonious judgements  on  anyone?  Obama and his  Administration  have forgotten a tragedy  far  worse than  Newton.  How  many  of  those  who  are  calling  for these ridiculous measures have  also forgotten?  Conveniently forgotten so they have  no  remorse over  following the man   who has  not only  given aid and  assistance but  weaponry and the power  to  kill more innocent  victims to  the  criminals who  perpetrated  this tragedy  on  American  Soil.  The  very   same entities that were  used to  justify   the invasion  of a sovereign country and  an  endless  War  on  Terror.   The  hypocrisy  has   gone on  long enough  and people have forgotten the truth. It is  time  they  wake  up and understand one thing.  ANYONE  that  gives   aid  to the organization  known  as  Al Qaeda is not only guilty  of Terrorism, but of murder and any  American by  association is  guilty  of   Treason!!

Any American who forgets September 11th  and the  over 3000 lives lost that  day or the fact that   the   government  claimed that  it  was Al Qaeda  who  committed  the crime.  Anyone who goes  along  with  what   is  being done  around  the   world in the name of democracy by  putting money  and  weaponry  in the  hands of these murderers is a  Traitor, not only to their Country   but to  humanity.

Are  you  going to  allow  this hypocritical doublespeak to continue ? 

Before you  say  to  yourself ,  that  you are innocent of the crimes being  perpetrated  by   your   government ……Understand that   with  your  silence you are complicit  with their  crimes of murder and  terror. 


All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men/women to do nothing 

~  Edmund Burke~


It is  time for rational thinking and goodness to speak  up against the evil and crimes that  are  being perpetrated not only at  home but  abroad.  The time  has come to stand up and be counted.  No more of this “Do as I  say  and not as I   do”  garbage.  It is  time for the criminals to  be  held accountable.  Time for their enablers to be called to  task.   Time for us to  reclaim our   Republic….. The time has  come!!!  


“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

“Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch, as well as he that goes over to the enemy.”

~Edmund Burke~


Do  not fool yourselves, if you  quietly support  the criminals who commit  these  crimes then  you are  as responsible as if you  pulled the  trigger or dropped the  bomb  yourself.  Understand that  and know  that  when all is said  and done you  will be held accountable for your  crimes!


Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

~Thomas Jefferson~

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Must see on the political warnings of past presidents and how the current administration is doing things, according to the warnings.

Ron Paul did not  win but the  ideals which  he  stood for  and still stands to  defend are  those that   would  empower us  as  Sovereign Citizens of This  Republic, Our   home.  Ignorance is no longer  a  viable excuse.  Our immobilizing fear  only  brings  death to those in other Nations and to us  here on  American  soil.  When  will you  stand up and be counted for the  cause of  Liberty and Justice for All?  Following the  lies will not  get  you there.  Only the  truth will do  that.


Invoking Newtown, Obama presses Congress on guns

By Carrie Dann, NBC News

President Barack Obama on Thursday sternly rebuked opponents of pending gun control measures, accusing them of “running out the clock” and hoping that the nation forgets last year’s Newtown school shooting in order to keep popular reforms from passing into law.

“The entire country was shocked, and the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that that this time would be different,” the president said of the gun massacre that killed 20 children and six adults. “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”

Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and a group of mothers who have lost their children to gun violence, Obama accused gun rights groups of rooting for amnesia.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks Thursday at the White House regarding gun reform in America.

“The reason we’re talking about it here today is because it’s not done until it’s done,” he said. “And there are some powerful voices on the other side that are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject or drowning out the majority of the American people to prevent any of these reforms from happening at all. They’re doing everything they can to make all our progress collapse under the weight of fear and frustration or their assumption is that people will just forget about it.”

Obama’s remarks came on the same day that authorities released new information about Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, including the list of guns and ammunition that he stockpiled for the attack. Lanza fired 154 bullets from a Bushmaster .223 caliber model XM15 rifle, the documents said.

Citing poll numbers that show broad support – as high as 90 percent in some polls — for universal background checks, the president urged voters to “make yourself unmistakenly heard” to members of Congress in the days before the Senate takes up gun legislation next month.

“I ask every American to find out where your member of Congress stands on these ideas,” he said. “If they’re not part of that 90% who agree that we should make it harder for a criminal or somebody with a severe mental illness to buy a gun, then you should ask them why not.”

The legislation working its way through the Senate has hit numerous snags, with the threat of a filibuster now looming from lawmakers who say the president’s framework would restrict Second Amendment rights.

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Congress, federal workers to get raise

By Erik Wasson

Members of Congress will be getting a small pay increase next year.

Under an executive order issued by President Obama on Thursday, members of Congress will join federal workers in seeing their pay rise by 0.5 percent after March 27.

Congressmen and senators make $174,000 a year and will see an extra $900 in their annual pay packages before taxes next year.


Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will get $224,600 next year, up from $223,500, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will take in $194,400, up from $193,400.

Vice President Biden will also get a raise, and take home $231,900 before taxes next year.

The order is issued as Obama and Congress work to reach a deal on the “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January.

Unless Congress acts within the next few days, more than $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts will take effect in January, and the fiscal shock would likely cause a new recession.

By law, Congress cannot get a larger increase in salary than the adjustment given to federal workers.

Obama proposed that workers get a 0.5 percent pay increase last year and wanted it to take effect on Jan. 1. In September, the president agreed with Congress to delay the pay increase at least until the expiration of a continuing resolution funding the government at the end of March.

Federal workers have been laboring under a two-year pay freeze ordered by Obama in Dec. 2010 to try to reduce spending. Congress has not seen a pay increase since 2009.


Obama administration most secretive in U.S. history; ‘transparency’ was campaign hype



by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) During his first campaign, then Sen. Barack Obama promised the most open, transparent administration in history.

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government,” he said in a memo to the heads of his Executive Branch agencies.

That promise may have sounded a lot like one made several years earlier by Bill Clinton, who once famously pledged to run “the most ethical administration in the history of the republic,” but who went on to become only the second president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House, in his case for giving perjured testimony to a federal grand jury over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

It’s becoming more clear those were just words

The reason why Obama’s promise is similarly hypocritical is because it is as laughable as was Clinton’s. Obama’s administration, you see, has spent nearly all of its first term hiding, obfuscating and covering up various scandals, missteps and policy failures.

Obama’s initial pledge mirrored the overall tone of his first campaign – it was strong, hopeful and optimistic. But “four years later,” writes Washington Post op-ed columnist Dana Milbank, “it is becoming more and more clear that they were just words.”

He’s not the only one to notice. Lots of folks – and not just his political nemeses – feel that Obama’s lofty promise of transparency has long since vanished, replaced by a culture of opaqueness that may not be unprecedented for modern presidencies, but which is in the running for being one of the worst.

“It’s been a really tough slog,” Anne Weismann of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told a group of advocates of open government assembled in a congressional hearing room. “The lack of effective leadership in the White House, in the executive branch, has really made it difficult to have more significant progress.”

“They’ve been reluctant to take positions and translate that into real action,” added Hudson Hollister of the Data Transparency Coalition.

Josh Gerstein of Politico added: “In the beginning of 2010, [Obama] said he made a significant mistake by abandoning some of his pledges related to transparency, and that going forward they would do things differently. Seems to me we are forward and it seems to me we’re not doing things any differently.”

It’s time to place blame

The group’s moderator, Daniel Schuman of the Sunlight Foundation, said participants were “placing a lot of the blame on the administration. Or blame isn’t the right word – maybe responsibility.”

Milbank says placing blame is just fine:

The Obama administration’s high level of opacity…is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently. As recently as early last year, some open-government advocates were still hopeful, presenting Obama with an anti-secrecy award at the White House. But even then, there were signs of trouble: The award presentation wasn’t on his schedule and was closed to reporters

As we’ve documented here at Natural News, the Obama White House has an abysmal record of “openness.” Here are just a couple of the most heinous examples:

Fast and Furious — The American people still have not been told all of the details surrounding the horrendously botched operation that left at least one U.S. federal border agent dead. In fact, a report by the Justice Department’s own inspector general has said the White House “made it impossible” to even pursue leads in the scandal.

Benghazi — In the days and weeks following the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, reports said that he was killed by terrorist insurgents who carefully plotted and planned the attack, not by demonstrators who gathered for an ad hoc protest against the United States. Some lawmakers have since accused the administration of ignoring warning signs that an attack was building and then covering up the fact that the president and his team botched requests by Stevens to beef up security.

When government no longer feels accountable to the public, the public gets unaccountable government.









Lest we forget in this  ever winding game  of  arguments  and  finger  pointing  from  both  sides of the  aisle: NDAA, drones, PATRIOT Act renewal/expansion, insurance cartel giveaway aka ‘health care’ reform, Guantanamo Bay still open (tribunals underway), forgiveness of Bush-era war criminals (heck, even some brand new war crimes), surrender to GOP on debt ceiling (and everything else), Afghanistan until 2014, contractors in Iraq, etc.

Theses  are no  figments  of  our imaginations  nor  are  they elaborate  stories being  spun in order to  defame or  slander anyone.  These  are  realities that have  somehow gotten  lost in the  shuffle of  Republican  vs Democrat.    When  did  war  mongering  , trashing the  Constitution  declaring  war  on the  American  people OR civil  servants,  (Presidents, Senators, Congressmen and women etc  etc) living  comfortably  in the pockets  of  Big  Corporations ignoring the  voice  of the people while trampling our  rights  and our way  of life become  alright?   This cannot be forgotten or the Nation we now call home may never be the  same again.  Th  system is broken folks and unless we so something to fix it and get  it  back on track, it  doesn’t matter who wins the  election!!


After winning re-election, Barack Obama boards Air Force One in Chicago with his wife and daughters to fly back to Washington.

Following a bitter and costly election campaign, the president easily overcame challenger Mitt Romney – taking seven of the nine key battleground states.

Mr Romney won in North Carolina, but Democrat Mr Obama swept to victory in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado.

With Florida still the last swing state left to call, he has 303 electoral college votes to Mr Romney’s 206 and is well over the crucial threshold of 270.

Barack Obama tweeting a picture after his victory in the 2012 presidential election.
Obama confirmed his win on Twitter – it’s now the most-retweeted tweet ever

The president was also ahead in the national popular vote, with the country-wide exit poll putting him on 50% – two points ahead of his Republican challenger.

This is despite his popularity plunging since he was swept into the White House on a wave of hope in 2008 and unemployment currently standing at 7.9%.

On Wednesday afternoon, the president was pictured boarding Air Force One in Chicago with his wife and two daughters, as he headed back to Washington.

Jubilation spread through the night in Chicago as it became clear Mr Obama was going to be re-elected.

Once Mr Romney had conceded by phone, the president appeared on stage to rapturous cheers as Stevie Wonder’s hit Signed, Sealed, Delivered played.

Mr Obama tried to unify the nation, saying: “In the weeks ahead I look forward to sitting down with governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.”

The President and his family - daughters Sasha and Malia and first lady Michelle Obama
President Obama walks on stage with his family before his Chicago speech

He also said: “Despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America.

“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of individual ambitions.”

He added: “We know in our hearts that, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

The first US black president declared that he was returning to the White House “more determined and more inspired than ever … about the future.”

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden moments after the television networks called the election in their favor, while watching election returns at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012.
The Obamas and Bidens after their victory was called

Before appearing in person, the Democrat had told his supporters via Twitter: “This happened because of you. Thank you.” Another tweet read: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned and that’s who we are. Thank you.”

In a third post, he said simply “Four more years” and posted a picture of himself hugging his wife Michelle. This was retweeted more than half a million times – a Twitter record.

In Washington, thousands of well-wishers danced and waved flags outside the White House after the result became clear – chanting “four more years” and “USA, USA”.

Crowds whooped and cried out “Obama, Obama” and gave high-fives to strangers as election fever swept across the city.

The contest had been billed as one of the tightest races for the White House in decades, but ultimately Mr Obama won comfortably.

His victory appeared to be a vindication for a campaign team that had predicted a close, but winnable election – despite the pain of the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression.

Romney campaign staff in Boston were shocked as Democrat victories piled up and Republican supporters looked increasingly devastated as they realised their dream was over.

People standing in the crowd react while watching election results displayed on a television during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Romney supporters absorbing the result

The candidate, who was watching the result in the city, rang Mr Obama to concede once he lost Ohio and then briefly addressed the crowds.

“This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president is successful in guiding our nation,” he said.

The Republican thanked his running mate Paul Ryan and his family, calling wife Ann “the love of my life” and saying “she would have been a wonderful first lady”.

He added: “Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given everything to this campaign. I so wish that I had been able to fulfil your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader.”

Until last month, the Republican was considered to have little chance of ousting Mr Obama after his campaign was damaged by a string of gaffes.

Mitt Romney concedes defeat to Barack Obama
Mitt Romney spoke to supporters after conceding defeat

However, a lacklustre performance by the president in the first television debate turned the race on its head and Mr Romney surged back in the polls.

The incumbent was much stronger in the second and third debates, but it was not enough to derail the Romney campaign.

Better-than-expected employment figures last week helped bolster the Democrat and then fate also played a hand when Hurricane Sandy roared in.

The hurricane, which was downgraded to a superstorm, forced Mr Romney into the shade as campaigning was suspended and Mr Obama returned to presidential duties, but the pair was still neck-and-neck going into the final day.

Republican strategist Karl Rove said the party should have made a better economic case against Mr Obama.

The Empire State Building is lit blue after Obama wins the presidential election on election night.
The Empire State Building turns blue after Barack Obama’s victory

He said the Obama camp had managed to depict Mr Romney as a “heartless, cruel plutocrat”.

Once the euphoria of another victory fades, the president will face a tough task enacting his second-term agenda, after Republicans – who thwarted him repeatedly in his first term – retained control of the House of Representatives.

Democrats kept the Senate but fell short of the 60-vote super majority needed to pass major legislation over Republican blocking tactics.

Two Republican Senate candidates, Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri, both lost their seats after making controversial remarks about rape during the campaign.

The Dow fell 2.8% – or 369 points – following the news of Mr Obama’s re-election.

Read live updates from Sky’s Ian Woods, Amanda Walker and Andrew Wilson in the US.

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U.N. Human Rights Council Calls for Boycott of U.S. Companies

U.N.’s war on Israel puts American economy in crosshairs



October 25, 2012 12:56 pm

The Washington Free Beacon has obtained a report soon to be released by the United Nations that calls for an international campaign of legal attacks and economic warfare on a group of American companies that do business in Israel, including Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar Inc., and Motorola Solutions Inc.

The Human Rights Council (HRC), a body dominated by Islamic countries and known for its hostility to, and heavy focus on, the Jewish State, issued the report. The George W. Bush administration refused to participate in the HRC, but President Barack Obama joined it soon after taking office. Members of the HRC include infamous human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, China, and Cuba.

The Obama-approved body maintains a “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories [sic].” The current rapporteur is American college professor Richard Falk, a 9/11 “truther” who once posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal blog.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman blasted the report and the HRC’s special rapporteur: “We believe you should have prevented the Secretariat from being a party to Mr. Falk’s anti-Israel agenda. Mr. Falk’s entire tenure as Special Rapporteur has served to undermine the credibility of the institution of the United Nations.”

The report attempts to instigate a campaign of boycott, divestment, sanctions, and legal action against a litany of international companies doing business in Israel. In addition to American companies, the U.N. targets include major European firms such as Veolia Environment, Group 4 Security, the Dexia Group, the Volvo Group.

“The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable,” the report warns, “including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses.”

The report warns American employees of targeted companies that they face legal risks.

“Employees of companies can face investigation and prosecution for human rights violations committed irrespective of where the violation was committed.”

In addition to legal action against American employees of targeted companies, the Special Rapporteur “concludes that all companies that operate in or otherwise have dealings with Israeli settlements should be boycotted.” The companies should ”be prepared to accept any consequences—reputation, financial, or legal—of continuing operations.”

Should the companies continue doing business in Israel, the Human Rights Council “calls on civil society to actively pursue legal and political redress against non-complying business” and “to vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction the businesses highlighted in this report” and “calls on the international community to consider requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice” to punish the businesses.

When the Obama administration joined the Human Rights Council in 2009, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice pledged, “Working from within, we can make the council a more effective forum to promote and protect human rights.”

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Economic News  :  Jobs – Hypocrisy

Unemployment Rate Plummets to 4.3%–For Government Workers

Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) –  The best news anywhere in the U.S. economy over the past three months has been in the government sector, where unemployment has dropped dramatically from 5.7 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August to 4.3 percent in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Both the federal and state governments increased their employees in July, August and September.

The Obama administration has added 10,000 civilian workers to the federal government’s payroll since July, according to BLS. In that month, the federal government employed 2,804,000 civilian workers. In August, that increased to 2,810,000. And, in September, the number of civilian federal employees increased again to 2,814,000.

The BLS’s count of civilian federal employees does not include members of the military or individuals who work for certain intelligence gathering agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the NSA.

The Obama administration has been able to accomplish a net increase in federal employees over the past three months even while the U.S. Postal Service–whose employees are considered part of the federal workforce–eliminated jobs and decreased its payroll. In July, according to BLS, the Postal Service employed 610,000 people. In August, that declined to 609,900, and in September that declined to 606,900.

State governments have added a net of 17,000 new workers to their taxpayer-funded payrolls over the past three months. In July, state government around the nation employed 5,052,000 people. In August, that climbed to 5,056,000, and in September it climbed again to 5,069,000.

1,035,000: Construction Jobs Lost Under Obama

President Barack Obama speaking at the groundbreaking for a stimulus road-building project in Columbus, Ohio on June 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – When President Barack Obama signed his economic stimulus legislation on Feb. 17, 2009, he said that one impact of the act would be to create jobs for 400,000 people building and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

But despite a price tag that the Congressional Budget Office now says was $833 billion, the economic stimulus of February 2009 did not create 400,000 new construction jobs.

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are now 1,035,000 fewer construction jobs in the United States than there were in January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, and 925,000 less than in February 2009 when Obama signed his stimulus act.

The decline in construction jobs in the United States did not start when President Obama took office, but the $833 billion stimulus act he pushed through Congress and signed did not stop or reverse that decline.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research–on which Obama’s former top economic adviser Christina Romer serves–says that the last recession ended in June 2009. Since then, according to BLS, America has lost 484,000 construction jobs.

In September 2012, according to BLS, 5,523,000 Americans had jobs in the construction industry. That is down from 6,558,000 in January 2009, when Obama took office; it is down from6,448,000 in February 2009, when Obama signed the $833 billion stimulus; it is down from 6,007,000 when the recession ended in June 2009; and it is down from 5,564,000 from January of this year, when Obama started the fourth year of his presidential term.

When Obama signed the stimulus, he said it would put 400,000 to work rebuilding and expanding infrastructure.

“Because we know we can’t build our economic future on the transportation and information networks of the past, we are remaking the American landscape with the largest new investment in our nation’s infrastructure since Eisenhower built an Interstate Highway System in the 1950s,” Obama told a crowd in Denver, Colo., where he signed the bill.

“Because of this investment,” he said, “nearly 400,000 men and women will go to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, repairing our faulty dams and levees, bringing critical broadband connections to businesses and homes in nearly every community in America, upgrading mass transit, building high-speed rail lines that will improve travel and commerce throughout our nation.”

Construction jobs in the United States started declining before Obama entered office, having peaked at 7,726,000 in April 2006. By January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, that had declined by 1,168,000 to 6,558,000. Since then, as noted, it has declined an additional 1,035,000 to the current level of 5,523,000.

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Economic News /  Politics  :  Jobs – Election – Right / Left Paradigm

Looking  at the  articles  floating around the net  one would think there  were two reports that  came out not one.  I suppose it  is all a matter  of how you look  at  it. It  all  seems to be part of that  right  left  paradigm thing yet  again.


Brett LoGiurato

jack welch ceo ge


After his tweet insinuating President Barack Obama is responsible for skewing the numbers in the September non-farm payrolls caused a stir today, former GE CEO Jack Welch told The Wall Street Journal today he “wasn’t kidding”when he sent the tweet.“I am doing nothing more than raising the question,” Welch said. “It’s fact-based.”

The Journal’s Kate Linebaugh breaks down Welch’s argument. His first question: How the unemployment rate can keep up with population growth without a net job growth of 150,000 to 200,000 per month.

And he also drew skepticism to the household survey that showed growth of 873,000 jobs in the month:

“The economy doesn’t feel like it added 873,000 jobs in September,” Welch told the WSJ. “There are a number of things here that are open to discussion.”

Welch has drawn criticism for his remark — and also a healthy dose of followers to his belief. Republican Rep. Allen West said he agreed with Welch, and other conservative pundits have joined in as well.

Ezra Klein has a good post at The Washington Post that debunks these theories. Goldman Sachs has also said that the drop in the unemployment rate makes sense, given “increases in both the labor force (+418,000) and the tally of jobs in the survey of households (+873,000), of which 187,000 was due to government.”

Read the full WSJ story here >

See the original tweet >

Tea Party Congressman Allen West: Jack Welch Is Right On Jobs Report Manipulation Theory

Brett LoGiurato

Allen West


Florida Rep. Allen West, a Republican running for re-election in Florida’s 18th Congressional district, said today that he agrees with former GE CEO Jack Welch’s theory that President Barack Obama is skewing the non-farm payrolls report.Here’s West’s Facebook post:

We all want the suffering of the American people from this rampant scourge of unemployment to end. However, today’s jobs report is confusing to say the least. Previous months numbers have been revised and yet the workforce participation rate remains at a 30 year low. The unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent, that is where it was in January 2009 when the President took office.  But the U6 computation of unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged Americans remains the same at 14.7 percent.

I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here. Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the Presidential election. This is Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics from the book “Rules for Radicals”- a must read for all who want to know how the left strategize . Trust the Obama administration? Sure, and the spontaneous reaction to a video caused the death of our Ambassador……and pigs fly.


Allen West Facebook

Facebook/Congressman Allen West

Another Phony Employment Report

October 5. Today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 114,000 new jobs in September and a drop in the rate of unemployment from 8.1% to 7.8%. As 114,000 new jobs are not sufficient to stay even with population growth, the drop in the unemployment rate is the result of not counting discouraged workers who are defined away as “not in the labor force.”

According to the BLS, “In September, 2.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force.” These individuals “wanted and were available for work,” but “they were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.”

In other words, 2.5 million unemployed Americans were not counted as unemployed.

The stock market rose on the phony good news. Bloomberg’s headline: “U.S. Stocks Rise as Unemployment Rate Unexpectedly Drops,” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-05/u-s-stock-futures-little-changed-before-payrolls-report.html .

A truer picture of the dire employment situation is provided by the 600,000 rise over the previous month in involuntary part-time workers. According to the BLS, “These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”

Turning to the 114,000 new jobs, once again the jobs are concentrated in lowly paid domestic service jobs that cannot be offshored. Manufacturing jobs declined by 16,000.

As has been the case for a decade, two categories–health care and social assistance (primarily ambulatory health care services) and waitresses and bartenders account for 53% of the new jobs. The BLS never ceases to find ever growing employment of people in restaurants and bars despite the rising dependence of the US population on food stamps. The elderly are rising as a percentage of the American population, but I sometimes wonder if employment in ambulatory health care services is rising faster than the elderly population. Whether these reported jobs are real, I do not know.

The rest of the new jobs were accounted for by retail trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities (primarily credit intermediation), professional and business services (primarily administrative and waste services), and state government education, where the 13,600 reported new jobs seem odd in light of the teacher layoffs and rise in classroom size.

The high-tech jobs that economists promised would be our reward for offshoring American manufacturing jobs and tradeable professional services, such as software engineering and IT, have never materialized. “The New Economy” was just another hoax, like “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction” and “Iranian nukes.”

While employment falters, the consumer price index (CPI-U) in August increased 0.6 percent, the largest since June 2009. If the August rate is annualized, it means bad news on the inflation front. Instead of bringing us high tech jobs, is “the New Economy” bringing back the stagflation of the late 1970s? Time will tell.



Then We  Have This  :


Joe Weisenthal and Matthew Boesler

us army, cannon, shooting, rocket

U.S. Army / Capt. Angela Chipman

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, currently deployed to the U.S. Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., fire the M777 A2 Howitzer, Feb. 19

Overall, this was a solid report.Nonfarm payrolls came in right in line with estimates at 114K, but the unemployment rate tumbled to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent last month.

What’s really good is that last month’s number was revised upward to 142K from 96K.

July was also revised up by 41K.

Private payrolls came in at 104K, lower than expectations of 130K. Last month’s private payrolls number was revised down to 97K from 103K.

Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate actually ticked up this month, despite the drop in headline unemployment.

Here’s key text from the report:

The unemployment rate decreased to 7.8 percent in September, and total nonfarm
payroll employment rose by 114,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. Employment increased in health care and in transportation and warehousing
but changed little in most other major industries.

Household Survey Data

The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 7.8 percent in September.
For the first 8 months of the year, the rate held within a narrow range of 8.1
and 8.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons, at 12.1 million, decreased by
456,000 in September. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.3 percent),
adult women (7.0 percent), and whites (7.0 percent) declined over the month.
The unemployment rates for teenagers (23.7 percent), blacks (13.4 percent), and
Hispanics (9.9 percent) were little changed. The jobless rate for Asians, at
4.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted), fell over the year. (See tables A-1, A-2,
and A-3.)

In September, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs
decreased by 468,000 to 6.5 million. (See table A-11.)

The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks declined by 302,000 over
the month to 2.5 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for
27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.8 million and accounted for 40.1
percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)

Total employment rose by 873,000 in September, following 3 months of little
change. The employment-population ratio increased by 0.4 percentage point to
58.7 percent, after edging down in the prior 2 months. The overall trend in
the employment-population ratio for this year has been flat. The civilian labor
force rose by 418,000 to 155.1 million in September, while the labor force
participation rate was little changed at 63.6 percent. (See table A-1.)

More to come…


ORIGINAL: It could be argued that this is the most important jobs report in history.

It will shade the final month of an increasingly exciting US Presidential election.

It will help determine whether the US economy is taking another leg down, or holding on.

Here are the official expectations from analysts, via Bloomberg:

  • Change in Nonfarm Payrolls: +115K
  • Change in Private Payrolls: +130K
  • The Unemployment Rate: 8.2%

Markets are marginally higher going into the report.

We’ll have the number right here LIVE at 8:30 AM ET.

And for a full preview of what the number could mean to market, see here >



An uptick for the country, and a time of creative thinking for the GOP.

This article has been updated.

This month’s jobs numbers are out, showing the unemployment rate to have fallen to 7.8 percent, robbing Republicans of a favorite talking point. That number is a 44-month low,  according to the Associated Press , which reports the unemployment number fell from 8.1 percent because “the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000.” Predictably, right-wing Republicans are crying foul , insisting, based on nothing, that the career civil servants at the Bureau of Labor Statistics must be cooking the books.

The report comes is very good news for President Barack Obama, coming on the heels of his lackluster debate performance Wednesday night against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. It also puts a dent in a favorite GOP talking point that is based on a lie, one that  Romney doesn’t mind repeating  — that Obama purportedly promised that the stimulus would bring unemployment to below 8 percent. (That was a projection — not a promise — in a report authored by Christine Romer, then director of the the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.) Obama  never made that promise , but since when did the truth matter in Romney’s campaign strategy? His is, after all, a campaign that would not be “dictated by fact-checkers,” in the words of Romney pollster Neil Newhouse.
In fact, the news is so good for Obama that a number of Republican eminences have stepped forward to say it just can’t be true. And just like the poll numbers that show Obama outpacing Romney in the swing states, they’re chalking it up to a grand conspiracy.
ThinkProgress has collected the reactions of some prominent Republicans, beginning with a tweet from Jack Welch, the former GE CEO, who, TP notes, famously cooked the conglomerate’s books during his tenure:
That led Rep. Allen West, the Tea Party locked in a tough congressional race in Florida, to second Welch’s claim, via Twitter. “In regards to today’s Jobs report—I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch,” West tweeted. “Chicago style politics is at work here…”
Of course, West also alleges the the congress is populated by communists, so you may want to consider the source.
The “experts” at Fox News weighed in, also, natch, seeing nefarious forces at work. Fox’s Stuart Varney dubbed the numbers too “convenient,” while Eric Bolling tweeted about something “insideous” (sic) at work. Also on Fox, ThinkProgress reports, “Charles Payne ‘guarantees’ that unemployment rate will be revised back up to above 8 percent after the election. “
Then there’s Washington Examiner colunmnist Conn Carroll, who tweets he doesn’t think that BLS cooked the books, but rather that a lot of unemployed Democrats lied to BLS researchers, saying that they had gotten jobs.
But wait — there’s more.
The most ridiculous assertion may come in a statement from Americans for Limited Government, which sees an even grander conspiracy, one that has the Federal Reserve in cahoots with BLS:
Either the Federal Reserve, which has its fingers on the pulse of every element of the economy, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics manufacturing survey report are grievously wrong or the number used to calculate the unemployment rate are wrong, or worse manipulated. Given that these numbers conveniently meet Obama’s campaign promises one month before the election, the conclusions are obvious.
Since Obama took office, Republicans have sought to game the unemployment numbers at the state and local levels by forcing layoffs of public employees through anti-union austerity measures. According to an analysis by Moody’s Analytics ( reported by the New York Times in June), unemployment figures would be a percentage point lower were it not for all the public-sector layoffs.
Adele M. Stan is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. Follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/addiestan

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Politics  :  Government – Corruption – Hypocrisy

SNOPES NO MORE – very interesting!

Many of the emails that I have sent or forwarded that had any anti Obama
in it were negated by Snopes. I thought that was odd. Check this out.

Shades of Krystalnacht

Snopes, Soros and the Supreme Court’s Kagan. We-l-l-l-l now, I guess the
time has come to check out Snopes! Ya’ don’t suppose it might not be a good

time to take a second look at some of the stuff that got kicked in the ditch

by Snopes, do ya’?

We’ve known that it was owned by a lefty couple but hadn’t known it to be
financed by Soros!

Snopes is heavily financed by George Soros, a big time supporter of Obama
and many other left wing organizations! In our Search for the truth
department, we find what I have suspected on many occasions.

I went to Snopes to check something about the dockets of the new
Supreme Court Justice. Elena Kagan, who Obama appointed, and Snopes said
the email was false and there were no such dockets. So I Googled the
Supreme Court, typed in Obama-Kagan, and guess what?

Yep, you got it; Snopes Lied! Everyone of those dockets are there.

So Here is what I wrote to Snopes:

Referencing the article about Elana Kagan and Barak Obama dockets:

The information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as
claimed and the examples you gave are blatantly false.

I went directly to the Supreme Courts website, typed in Obama Kagan and
immediately came up with all of the dockets that the article made reference

I have long suspected that you really slant things but this was really

Thank You. I hope you will be much more truthful in the future, but I doubt

That being said, I’ll bet you didn’t know this.

Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship.
Now she may help rule on them.

Folks, this is really ugly.
Chicago Politics at its best and the beat goes on and on and on.

Once again the US Senate sold us out!

Now we know why Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court.
Pull up the Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama.

She was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed with the
Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship. He owed her
big time. All of the requests were denied of course.

They were never heard.

It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn’t it?
The American people mean nothing any longer. It’s all about payback time
those who compromised themselves to elect someone who really has no true
right to even be there.

Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket:

You can look up some of these hearings and guess what?
Elana Kagan is the attorney representing Obama!

Check out these examples:


If you are not interested in justice or in truth, simply delete.

However, if you hold sacred the freedoms granted to you by the
U.S. Constitution, by all means, PASS it ON!

There truly is tyranny afoot.


Snopes Exposed?

Netlore Archive: Is Snopes.com biased and unreliable?

By , About.com Guide

Forwarded email alleges that the urban legend debunking site Snopes.com is ‘owned by a flaming liberal’ who is ‘in the tank for Obama’ and can’t be trusted to provide reliable information.

Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: Oct. 2008
Status: False (see details below)

See also: The Obama / Kagan Connection
Email text contributed by Elliott F., Oct. 20, 2008:

Subject: Snopes under fire


Snopes under fire

I have suspected some problems with Snopes for some time now, but I have only caught them in half-truths. If there is any subjectivity they do an immediate full left rudder.

Truth or fiction.com  is the better source for verification, in my opinion.

I have recently discovered that Snopes.com is owned by a flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama. There are many things they have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to Youtube yourself and find the video of Obama actually saying these things. So you see, you cannot and should not trust Snopes.com…. ever for anything that remotely resembles truth! I don’t even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.

A few conservative speakers on Myspace told me about snopes.com <http://snopes.com/&gt; a few months ago and I took it upon myself to do a little research to find out if it was true. Well, I found out for myself that it is true. This website is backing Obama and is covering up for him. They will say anything that makes him look bad is a hoax and they also tell lies on the other side about McCain and Palin.

Anyway just FYI please don’t use Snopes.com anymore for fact checking and make your friends aware of their political leanings as well. Many people still think Snopes.com is neutral and they can be trusted as factual. We need to make sure everyone is aware that that is a hoax in itself.


Analysis: It apparently never occurred to this anonymous emailer to cite even one actual instance of Snopes.com promulgating “half-truths” or “lies” under the guise of providing reliable information. So much for credibility (the email’s, I mean).

It’s doubly ironic that such a scurrilous attack should be mounted against the oldest and most respected fact-checking site on the Internet at the denouement of an election year (2008) marked from beginning to end by unrestrained smear-mongering, much of which it fell to Snopes.com to debunk.

Let’s examine the specific accusations.

  • CLAIM: Snopes.com is ‘owned by a flaming liberal’ with a partisan bias.First off, it’s clear that whoever wrote this piece made it up as they went along. Anyone who has spent even a few minutes browsing Snopes.com knows that the website is owned by two people, not one. They are husband and wife David and Barbara Mikkelson of southern California. This is stated on the website and has been common knowledge for quite some time.Second, the charge of partisanship is laid without evidence. At no time have the Mikkelsons publicly stated a political preference or affiliation, or expressed support for any particular party or candidate.Moreover, Barbara Mikkelson is a Canadian citizen, and as such cannot vote in U.S. elections or contribute to political campaigns. In a statement to FactCheck.org, David Mikkelson said his “sole involvement in politics” is voting on election day. In 2000 he registered as a Republican, documents provided to FactCheck.org show, and in 2008 Mikkelson didn’t declare a party affiliation at all. Says Mikkelson: “I’ve never joined a party, worked for a campaign, or donated money to a candidate” (source: FactCheck.org).Anyone who claims proof to the contrary needs to come out with it.A NOTE ON GEORGE SOROS: A later variant of this rumor alleges, without evidence, that Snopes.com is financed by liberal philanthropist and hedge fund tycoon George Soros. This is false. The website is entirely self-supporting through advertising sales.
  • CLAIM: Snopes.com is ‘in the tank’ for Obama and ‘tells lies’ about McCain and Palin.You’d think it would be easy for someone so blithely asserting that the owners of Snopes.com are “flaming liberals” to offer evidencethat they’re “in the tank” for Obama and “covering up” for him. None is provided.As of this writing dozens of forwarded texts pertaining to Barack Obama and his running mate have been analyzed on Snopes.com, each meticulously researched with copious references cited. I have perused them all, not to mention the twenty-odd texts concerning Republican candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin, and find no discernible pattern of bias or deception, nor any evidence of advocacy for or against. To the contrary, I see a consistent effort to provide even-handed analyses of texts which more often than not are themselves dripping with political bias.That’s my assessment, as someone who has investigated the bulk of these rumors himself and can boast a better-than-average familiarity with the subject matter. I invite you to make your own.
  • CLAIM: TruthorFiction.com is a more reliable source than Snopes.TruthorFiction.com has condemnedthis anonymous attack against Snopes.com and, in fact, lauds the site as an “excellent” and “authoritative” resource.What’s ironic about claims to the contrary is that when you compare the contents of the two sites their findings rarely diverge in any substantive way. Shouldn’t we therefore conclude that TruthorFiction.com is biased too?

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