Archive for July 16, 2012

President Barack Obama visited the the Tri-State Monday for a town hall event at Music Hall in Cincinnati. For a full recap of the president’s comments, visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/obama-to-tout-auto-bailout-tax-policies-in-cincinnati .

The president touched down by way of Air Force One around 11:07 a.m. at the DHL facility in Erlanger, Ky. He stepped out of the plane at around 11:14 a.m. He was greeted by Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune and Cincinnati Councilman Cecil Thomas. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was also on site and the two briefly discussed the Brent Spence Bridge project .

The president quickly took his jacket off in the hot Tri-State sun and greeted the crowd at the DHL facility. The motorcade left the airport for Cincinnati around 11:24 a.m.

He arrived in downtown Cincinnati a short time later and stopped by the Skyilne Chili at 7th and Vine street s. He left promptly at 12 p.m.

Several members of the audience and press for President Obama’s town hall began piling into Music Hall after 1 p.m.

At about 1:50 p.m. POTUS made an unscheduled appearance in the lobby of Music Hall to speak to supporters who weren’t able to get into the town hall in the ballroom.

“We couldn’t fit everybody in the big place, so I had to come to you,” the president said. “This is going to be an even more important election than 2008 because we’re going to be talking about two fundamentally different visions for the country.”

As he shook hands around the temporary barricades, a chant of “four more years” went up.

President Obama took the stage at Music Hall just after 2 p.m.

He started by saying, “Hello Cincinnati. It’s good to be back. Now, I know some of you think I came to this Music Hall to sing,” President Obama joked.

President Obama met with former Cincinnati mayor and talk show host Jerry Springer before his speech. Springer said he supports the president’s re-election.

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It’s been a little while since we’ve discussed this one .. but with the onslaught of these stories about the deliberate expansion of our welfare ranks, it becomes increasingly easier to make the connection.

David Horowitz explains the Cloward-Piven strategy as the following: The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

Implementation of this strategy follows three common features:

The offensive organizes previously unorganized groups eligible for government benefits but not currently receiving all they can.
The offensive seeks to identify new beneficiaries and/or create new benefits.
The overarching aim is always to impose new stresses on target systems, with the ultimate goal of forcing their collapse.

Whatever name you want to call it, it has become abundantly clear that a central goal of the Obama administration is to increase the number of Americans reliant upon the government.

An Australian Olympic married couple claims they have been prohibited from sharing a room in the London Olympic Village, even though gay couples are reportedly allowed to do so.

Olympic shooters Russell and Lauryn Mark told news.com.au that they are being discriminated against by officials.

“The stupid part of this, which I have argued to them, is that there are tons of gay couples on the Olympic team who will be rooming together, so we are being discriminated against because we are heterosexual,” Russell Mark told news.com.au.

Lauryn Mark additionally told the website that the Australian Olympic Committee has not helped them with their situation.

“Basically they said if we want to room together we need to check out of the village and go into a hotel at our own expense. It’s not feasible,” she told news.com.au. “I am very frustrated because in sport there are a lot of same-sex couples and it’s OK to be partners with someone of the same sex, but if you are heterosexual you are penalized.”

Nick Green, head of mission for the Australian Olympic Committee, told the London Evening Standard that the Marks are not being discriminated against.

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Limbaugh’s comments came as he analyzed a speech given by Obama Friday night in Roanoke, Va., in which the president suggested it was not the hard work of citizens that built the nation, but the power of big government.

A transcript of Obama’s remarks and the reaction of followers reveals:

OBAMA: “Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.”

FOLLOWERS: “That’s right!”

OBAMA: “You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, ‘Well, it must be because I was just so smart!’”

FOLLOWERS: (laughing)

OBAMA: “There are a lot of smart people out there. ‘It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.’ Let me tell you something. There are a whole bunch of hardworkin’ people out there!”

FOLLOWERS: (cheers and applause)

OBAMA: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help!”

FOLLOWERS: “Yeaaaaaah!”

OBAMA: “There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.”

FOLLOWERS: “Yeaaaaaah!”

OBAMA: “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges! If you’ve got a business, you – you didn’t build that!”

FOLLOWERS: “Yeaaaaaah!”

OBAMA: “Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

Limbaugh then countered:

“You know who really invented the Internet? It was the military. It was a DOD project, and Obama hates that. But, folks, look. Here he is repeating it: Roads and bridges. The roads and bridges came after what was necessary, or what made the roads and bridges necessary. They came after that. I’ll tell you what. I think it can now be said, without equivocation – without equivocation – that this man hates this country. He is trying – Barack Obama is trying – to dismantle, brick by brick, the American dream.

“There’s no other way to put this. There’s no other way to explain this.

“He was indoctrinated as a child. His father was a communist. His mother was a leftist. He was sent to prep and Ivy League schools where his contempt for the country was reinforced. He moved to Chicago. It was the home of the radical-left movement. He hooks up to Ayers and Dohrn and Rashid Khalidi. He learns the ruthlessness of Cook County politics. This is what we have as a president: A radical ideologue, a ruthless politician who despises the country and the way it was founded and the way in which it became great. He hates it.”

Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armored cars carrying Clinton’s delegation in the port city of Alexandria after she gave a speech on democratic rights.

A senior U.S. official said neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which was around the corner from the incident, were hit by the projectiles, which were thrown as U.S. officials and reporters walked to the motorcade after her speech.

Protesters chanted “Monica, Monica,” a reference to the extra-marital affair conducted by Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, while in the White House. Others earlier chanted “leave, Clinton” an Egyptian security official said.

It was not clear who the protesters were or what were their political affiliations. Demonstrations have become common in Egypt since former President Hosni Mubarak, long-time U.S. ally, was brought down by mass street protests last year.

Egypt is gripped by political uncertainty as two major forces, the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, engage in a power struggle over the future of a country that remains without a permanent constitution, parliament or government.

On Saturday night, protesters outside Clinton’s luxury hotel in Cairo chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power.

In her speech at the newly re-opened U.S. consulate in Alexandria, Clinton rejected suggestions that the United States, which had long supported former Mubarak, was backing one faction or another in Egypt following his ouster last year.

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With Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Love” just days away, it’s important we look at the many individuals and groups that are making a lasting (and positive) impact in their communities. Through unique and impactful programs, these people and organizations are giving of themselves and, as a result, transforming lives. Christa March and her non-profit Teen Mother Choices International (TMCI), an organization that equips teen mothers with important resources, is a prime example.

Many pro-life Americans wish to see young women carry their pregnancies to term. But, what happens to these inexperienced girls when they find themselves with a child to raise and with very little resources and support to adequately do so? This is the question that March and TMCI have set out to answer, both in theory and in action.

Considering the fact that 465,600 teen girls choose to keep their babies each year — and that the majority of them will not finish high school — the challenge surrounding how to help these young women is profound. March claims that the vast majority of females who receive public assistance also began getting it when they, too, were teen mothers (we told you about TMCI in the July/August issue of The Blaze Magazine – get your copy here).

A description on the group’s web site briefly recaps how it works to help these teens:

TMCInternational has designed a step-by-step plan to train and equip your church to provide practical assistance to families headed up by teen mothers. Some of the training includes:

Training and supervising caring mentors
Providing weekly Lifeskills Workshops™
Discovering the missing service – the “Hook Service” – that hinders teen mothers in your community from becoming independent and learning how your church can provide that practical service.

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An important component of 2012′s No. 1 Christian book and the No. 1 Christian video is the way two former Democratic U.S. senators both cited an obscure Bible verse in their efforts to comfort and embolden Americans after the 9/11 attacks – both apparently misunderstanding the context of Isaiah 9:10, which represents a repudiation of the role of God in the affairs of men.

The speeches by former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in a joint session of Congress the day after 9/11 and one by Sen. John Edwards, a vice presidential candidate on the third anniversary of the attack in 2004, represent two of the more dramatic elements of “The Harbinger,” the explosive bestselling book by Jonathan Cahn, and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the bestselling faith film in America since March.

Both Daschle and Edwards later fell into disgrace and no longer hold any public office. Daschle was nominated to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by Barack Obama, but was forced to withdraw his nomination after revelations he failed to accurately report and pay his income taxes. Edwards ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008, but he was later indicted by a North Carolina grand jury on six felony charges of violating multiple federal campaign contribution laws to cover up an extramarital affair he admitted to following his 2008 campaign. Ultimately Edwards was found not guilty on one count, and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five charges, as the jury was unable to come to an agreement. The Obama Justice Department dropped the charges and would not attempt to retry him.

Since March of this year, WND has attempted to interview both Daschle and Edwards about those speeches and their references to Isaiah 9:10 – in an effort to determine what influenced or inspired them to cite the unusual verse that represented a curse on the ancient land of Israel when the words of defiance were used by its leaders.

Daschle’s law firm and think-tank associates were contacted by WND seeking a 15-minute interview about the historic speech he delivered Sept. 12, 2001, to the entire nation via television. All of those inquiries over four months were ignored without explanation.

Edwards was consumed with his trial for most of that period, but his attorney did respond to WND’s request and agreed to extend personally the invitation for a 15-minute interview after his trial was concluded. After waiting for 45 days, WND concluded Edwards had no interest in discussing the matter.

“I’d still hold out an open invitation to both of them to answer the basic question of why they independently, years apart from one another, chose to cite Isaiah 9:10 in their speeches about 9/11,” said Joseph Farah, producer of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.” “By now they have surely heard about the key roles they play in the bestselling book and movie. It should be a matter of great historical interest to know what was behind their recitations of that verse. I think the public would like to know if this verse was chosen by the senators themselves or by speechwriters and whether they had any concept of the meaning of the verse when they used it.”

Read more here.