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Sounds Fishy: Requests for Security Backup During Benghazi Attacks Were Ignored

The Obama Administration being  asked some tough questions after the US Ambassador to Libya was killed during a recent attack.  Sources are now saying that during the attack, there were repeated calls for additional security, but those calls were ignored.  It’s difficult for anyone on the outside looking in to understand why the CIA would not back up an embassy that was under attack, so you can expect some Congressional hearings over this one.  Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11. Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.” Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2ASogLDSn Read More »

Republicans Want Colin Powell to Leave the Party and Become a Democrat

Colin Powell is a very unique Republican to say the least.  He has been consistently loyal to the party for decades, but has huge ideological divides with the party on many common sense issues.   He hasn’t allowed the change of party direction to cause him to change his own views on the world, and some respect him for that.  But there are some Republicans who’ve had it with Powell.   Powell’s recent endorsement of President Barack Obama, which is the second since 2008, has Republicans fuming, and they are now asking Colin why he even bothers to pretend to be a member of the party.  Rather than leading as a general, they are asking why Powell isn’t following like a good soldier.  CNN contributor Reihan Salam has asked this question openly in his latest column, stating that Powell would be better of simply leaving the Republican Party instead of torturing the party with what he perceives to be blatant disloyalty and unforgivable disrespect.  This week, Colin Powell, a retired four-star U.S. Army general perhaps best known for having served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, endorsed Barack Obama’s bid for re-election during an interview with “CBS This Morning.” Given that Powell had enthusiastically endorsed Obama in 2008, his decision to back him yet again shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Yet Powell’s endorsement of a Democratic candidate is seen as significant because he describes himself as “a Republican of a more moderate mold,” who laments that GOP moderates are “something of a dying breed.” Powell expressed discontent with the Republican stance on climate change, immigration and education, and he seemed more comfortable with Obama’s approach to achieving fiscal balance than Mitt Romney’s. Powell is also, among other things, a defender of racial preferences in college admissions and abortion rights. While it is certainly true that Powell’s views were not uncommon among moderate and liberal Republicans of an earlier era, it is not entirely clear why he chooses not to identify as a Democrat or as a liberal-leaning independent. One assumes that Powell has some residual loyalty to the party of Nelson Rockefeller and Gerald Ford, which is, of course, fair enough. But would American democracy be better and healthier if we had more Republicans such as Powell and more Democrats such as, say, former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, the Georgia Democrat who famously endorsed President George W. Bush at the 2004 Republican National Convention? READ MORE   Read More »

Lawrence Watkins: Marketing Mind Tricks that Politicians Play to Earn Your Vote

In case you didn’t know this, politicians don’t always tell the truth.  In fact, it’s kind of rare when they do.  But we keep voting for them, and much of the outcome is determined by what has become a multi-billion dollar arms race that pushes tons of ads down your throat literally every few minutes, at least if you live in battleground states.  Is it all worth it?   We know that campaign marketing is a bonanza for nearly all of the media outlets in certain states, and there is marketing research to say that it all matters.  The saddest part is that it doesn’t seem to matter for the reasons you might think.   Writing for TheGrio.com, Entrepreneurship expert Lawrence Watkins breaks down of some of these biases and how they work:  Presidential elections have historically been viewed as a sacred sector of American society in which candidates stand upon their beliefs and debate the issues of the day for a chance to become the leader of the free world. Now, campaign spending is in the hundreds of millions of dollars with each side using sophisticated methods to determine the best way to spend the cash. Political candidates use many psychological and marketing tactics to increase their likelihood of victory on election day. These tactics are risky for the candidates, because the overuse of them can make the candidates seem untrustworthy and undermine their integrity. However, the ultimate losers are the constituents who are encouraged to have extremely high expectations of candidates, which they cannot deliver on. In the end, if we believe the results of “messaging” over solid platforms, we have no one to blame but ourselves. The psychology of an election Individuals like to think that they only use important political issues to determine who they are going to vote for, but over fifty years of psychological research tends to prove otherwise. Books like  Thinking, Fast and Slow ,  Predictably Irrational , and  Influence  show the plethora of psychological biases that we use to make decisions every day. It is hard to make informed decisions on every issue and political candidates know this. Therefore, they leverage our mental shortcuts to make themselves look more favorable in the eyes of the public even if that favor is not warranted. READ MORE Read More »

Romney Surrogate: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He’s Black

One of the most racist theories to come out of the Obama era  is that blacks are only supporting President Obama because he’s black. Were white people supporting Clinton, Carter, or Reagan because they were white? To say that a black person is only voting for Obama because he’s black discounts the ability or desire of black people to weigh the issues, and make the same thoughtful considerations that every other electorate makes. But the chorus of people saying, ‘blacks only vote for Obama because he’s black’ began in the 2008 election cycle, and unhinged Romney surrogate John Sununu is again picking up that talking point. During an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Sununu was asked about Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama, and again, went for the low hanging fruit. Here’s the exchange: SUNUNU: You have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or that he’s got a slightly different reason for President Obama. MORGAN: What reason would that be? SUNUNU: Well, I think that when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States — I applaud Colin for standing with him. Given that Sununu is the same guy who said President Obama doesn’t know how to be a real American, and called Obama lazy and “not that bright” after the first debate, it’s not a stretch to say that Sununu just might be a not so closeted racist. What is striking is that the Romney campaign has never reigned him in for his remarks. That says more about the Romney campaign than it does Sununu. Read More »

Pennsylvania Bill To Reduce Welfare Benefits For New Moms Except Rape Victims

There is a new House bill being proposed in Pennsylvania that is directed at women who have children while they are on welfare. If it goes into effect, the House Bill will reduce the amount of TANF assistance that women can get if they fall pregnant while they are on the program. The House Bill seems to contradict it’s purpose. Women who have low-income would naturally need more assistance if they had more children but the Bill is only making exceptions for women who have babies because they were raped.  Despite the fact that low-income women who give birth to children would logically need increased assistance to care for their larger family, Pennsylvania lawmakers — State Reps. RoseMarie Swanger (R), Tom Caltagirone (D), Mark Gillen (R), Keith Gillespie (R), Adam Harris (R), and Mike Tobash (R) — don’t want their state’s welfare program to provide additional benefits for that newborn. If a woman gives birth to a child who was conceived from rape, she may seek an exception to this rule so that her welfare benefits aren’t slashed, but only if she can provide proof that she reported her s****l assault and her abuser’s identity to the police: In determining the amount of assistance payments to a recipient family of benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program, the department shall revise the schedule of benefits to be paid to the recipient family by eliminating the increment in benefits under the program for which that family would otherwise be eligible as a result of the birth of a child conceived during the period in which the family is eligible for benefits under the TANF Program. Elimination of benefits under subsection (d) shall not apply to any child conceived as a result of rape or i****t if the department: (1) receives a non-notarized, signed statement from the pregnant woman stating that she was a victim of rape or i****t, as the case may be, and that she reported the crime, including the identity of the offender, if known, to a law enforcement agency having the requisite jurisdiction or, in the case of i****t where a pregnant minor is the victim, to the county child protective service agency and stating the name of the law enforcement agency or child protective service agency to which the report was made and the date such report was made. CLICK TO READ MORE Read More »

Dude Gets Romney’s “R” Logo Tattooed on His Face, Would You Get an Obama Tattoo?

When rapper Gucci Mane got a tattoo of an ice cream cone on his face, you could almost hear the the laptops of right wing blogs firing up. Seeing a rapper do something stupid plays into the " see there! told you black people are out of control' meme which is pushed on the right. But truth be told, stupidity knows no bounds, or race, which is evidenced by the white dude who just got Romney's "R" logo tattooed on his face. Eric Hartsburg auctioned off space on the side of his face on ebay for $15,000. The person who paid Hartsburg was a Republican ebay user who wanted him to use the space on the side of his face as a permanent ad for Mitt Romney. “I am a registered Republican and a Romney supporter,” Hartsburg said. “I didn’t mind getting this tattoo because it is something that I could live with and it’s something that I believe in.”  And I'm sure he'd have said he was an Obama supporter if the winning bid had come from an Obama supporter. He's not fooling anyone. He just sold a piece of his face for a cool $15,0000. The only restriction Hartsburg had was that the tattoo could not be racist or offensive. “In the beginning it was done for gags and publicity, but now I see it as a way to encourage young people to vote.” He continued, “We have so many rights that we don’t utilize and young people need to exercise that right.” Whatever. Hartsburg thought up a creative way to make some quick cash and he went with it. Still stupid. Know what would be funny though? If the ebay guy reneged on the payment. That would be a fitting ending, and maybe it would discourage ice cream and Romney  face tattoos all over the world. Seriously though, what do you think? Would you ever get an Obama tattoo on your face? How about anywhere else on your body? The post Dude Gets Romney’s “R” Logo Tattooed on His Face, Would You Get an Obama Tattoo? appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Obama Breaks the $1 Billion Threshold

Team Obama and its affiliated groups have surpassed one billion dollars in fundraising.  According to Politico: “Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and their joint fundraising group Obama Victory Fund have combined to raise $1,009,000,000 since the beginning of 2011, according to a POLITICO analysis of federal campaign flings and voluntary disclosures.” According to reports, the Obama campaign has raised ... Read More »

Professor Alan Aja Calls Out Mitt Romney’s Race-Baiting on Single Parents and Gun Violence

Most of us saw the recent debates, where presidential candidate Mitt Romney attempted to argue that gun violence should be blamed on single parent households.  We’re not sure where Romney gets his argument from, since single mothers aren’t the ones shooting their kids.  This message is consistent with an attitude that leads to blaming victims and race-baiting as part of the Republican political strategy.  The approach is going to be costly to the Republican Party, which has become the home for racist old white guys who are angry that they no longer have all the power.  Professor Alan Aja writes about the matter in Dissent Magazine:  Amid the barrage of humorous memes, status updates, tweets, and reports emanating from the second presidential debate, one moment was mostly lost, perhaps misfiled among those infamous “binders full of women.” When the candidates were asked to address the circulation of assault weapons, President Obama, who answered first, hinted toward an outright ban, arguing that weapons designed for soldiers “don’t belong on streets.” The president then shifted focus on the recent up-tick in violence in his hometown, Chicago, citing a comprehensive policy prescription involving cooperation among schools, faith groups, and law enforcement. He didn’t mention it, but in many cities this also involves intervention by current or former gang members, not to mention ex-offenders. Governor Romney, eager to keep that NRA endorsement, stood firm against new legislation, erroneously stating that automatic weapons were already illegal in the United States. Then, following President Obama’s transition, he went further, seeking to “out-prove” the president on the issue of urban violence. Romney agreed with Obama that “good schools” are essential, but argued that a key variable explaining America’s “culture of violence” (his words) was…single parenthood. “But gosh, to tell our kids, before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone….Because if there’s a two parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically….So we can make changes in the way our culture works to help bring people away from violence and give them opportunity and bring them into the American system.” READ MORE  Read More »

Colin Powell Endorses President Obama For a Second Term

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell shook the conservative landscape when he supported President Obama in 2008, and now he’s doing it again by supporting Obama’s 2012 bid for reelection. On Thursday, Powell endorsed Obama, telling   CBS This Morning , “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” adding, “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.” Powell’s endorsement comes as polls are showing a dead heat between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The most recent  Real Clear Politics  poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama in a national average of polls by  47.7 percent to 47.1 percent. Powell questioned Romney’s many inconsistencies on foreign policy, and questioned whether Romney would tackle the deficit. “I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we’d be getting with respect to foreign policy,” Powell said, calling Romney’s foreign policy “a moving target.” With regard to the budget, Powell added, “It’s essentially, let’s cut taxes and compensate for that with other things, but that compensation does not cover all the cuts intended or the expenses associated with defense.” Powell, a moderate Republican, also expressed qualms with the extremism in the GOP. “There’s some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with,” Powell said. The Republican party has gone so far to the right, there is little space for moderates like Powell anymore. In recent elections, we’ve seen more and more moderate Republicans being replaced with Tea Party fanatics. Read More »

Poll Workers Plan to Challenge Voters With Literacy Tests on Election Day

People tend to forget that this election isn’t just about the presidency; it’s about Congressional elections, as well as state and local elections. And on that level, may red states are working overtime to ensure that their states remain staunchly conservative at any cost, even if it means re-instituting literacy tests for voters. The Tennessean reported on Thursday how one Tennessee precinct ... Read More »