Sesame Nation

Apparently, Frank Sinatra served as Mitt Romney’s debate coach. As he put it about halfway through “That’s Life”:

“I’d jump right on a big bird and then I’d fly . . . ”

That’s what Mitt did in Denver. Ten minutes in, he jumped right on Big Bird, and then he took off — and never looked back, while the other fellow, whose name escapes me, never got out of the gate. It takes a certain panache to clobber not just your opponent but also the moderator. Yet that’s what the killer Mormon did when he declared that he wasn’t going to borrow money from China to pay for Jim Lehrer and Big Bird on PBS. It was a terrific alpha-male moment, not just in that it rattled Lehrer, who seemed too preoccupied contemplating a future reading the hog prices on the WZZZ Farm Report to regain his grip on the usual absurd format, but in the sense that it indicated a man entirely at ease with himself — in contrast to wossname, the listless sourpuss staring at his shoes.

Yet, amidst the otherwise total wreckage of their guy’s performance, the Democrats seemed to think that Mitt’s assault on Sesame Street was a misstep from whose tattered and ruined puppet-stuffing some hay is to be made. “WOW!!! No PBS!!! WTF how about cutting congress’s stuff leave big bird alone,” tweeted Whoopi Goldberg. Even the president mocked Romney for “finally getting tough on Big Bird” — not in the debate, of course, where such dazzling twinkle-toed repartee might have helped, but a mere 24 hours later, once the rapid-response team had directed his speechwriters to craft a line, fly it out to a campaign rally, and load it into the prompter, he did deliver it without mishap.

Unlike Mitt, I loathe Sesame Street. It bears primary responsibility for what the Canadian blogger Binky calls the de-monsterization of childhood — the idea that there are no evil monsters out there at the edges of the map, just shaggy creatures who look a little funny and can sometimes be a bit grouchy about it because people prejudge them until they learn to celebrate diversity and help Cranky the Friendly Monster go recycling. That is not unrelated to the infantilization of our society. Marinate three generations of Americans in that pabulum and it’s no surprise you wind up with unprotected diplomats dragged to their deaths from their “safe house” in Benghazi. Or as J. Scott Gration, the president’s special envoy to Sudan, said in 2009, in the most explicit Sesamization of American foreign policy: “We’ve got to think about giving out cookies. Kids, countries — they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes . . . ” The butchers of Darfur aren’t blood-drenched machete-wielding genocidal killers but just Cookie Monsters whom we haven’t given enough cookies. I’m not saying there’s a direct line between Bert & Ernie and Barack & Hillary . . . well, actually I am.

Okay, I may be taking this further than Mitt intended. So let’s go back to his central thrust. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting receives nearly half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers, which it disburses to PBS stations, who in turn disburse it to Big Bird and Jim Lehrer. I don’t know what Big Bird gets, but, according to Senator Jim DeMint, the president of Sesame Workshop, Gary Knell, received in 2008 a salary of $956,513. In that sense, Big Bird and Senator Harry Reid embody the same mystifying phenomenon: They’ve been in “public service” their entire lives and have somehow wound up as multimillionaires.

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Parents demand schools back from abortionists

The Obama administration has a program that distributes funding to Planned Parenthood to indoctrinate children with the abortion industry’s perspective of sexuality, and the industry giant’s workers routinely are given students in public schools for their work.

But parents in the Salem, Ore., school district are infuriated and are fighting back, setting up a website to start building opposition to the program.

The group, called Salem School Watch, explains online, “Planned Parenthood is America’s abortion provider. They derive most of their income from the killing of unborn children. On this basis alone, they should never be given access to our children. Their business model is based on abortion.”

So arises the question of giving the abortion industry leader access to public school children.

“Planned Parenthood gained access to our children by claiming to be interested in reducing teen pregnancy. Yet Planned Parenthood promotes teen sex and promiscuity, which is the direct cause of teen pregnancy. They are not in the business of ‘women’s health’ as they claim. They are in the business of sex, pure and simple. They have even published a ‘Young People’s Guide to Sexual Rights’ which states on page 14 that ‘All young people are entitled to sexual well-being and pleasure,’” the parents say.

“In other words, they don’t believe that parents should have any say, or that your church has the right to teach that children shouldn’t have sex. Rather, Planned Parenthood promotes violating parental rights to raise children according to the values of parents. They are now in our schools.”

The campaigners say their goal is to create enough public concern that school officials no longer will grant the abortion business access to school children.

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Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students

Brushing aside privacy concerns by parents and civil rights activists, a Texas school district has gone live with a controversial program requiring all students to wear a locator radio chip that will enable officials to track their every move – or face expulsion.

At the beginning of the school year students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School within the Northside Independent School District were told their old student ID badges were no longer valid. During registration they were required to obtain new badges containing a radio frequency identification tracker chip.

Students refusing the chips were reportedly threatened with suspension, fines, or being involuntary transferred. Unlike chips used by retailers to track inventory which activate when scanned by a reader, these chips contain batteries and actively broadcast a continuous signal.

On October 1, the schools went live with a program to use the chips to track the exact locations of students using the badges. The badges would even be able to tell if a student in a classroom is in his seat or somewhere else in the room.

The district’s stated reason is to help obtain funding from the state by documenting the number of students who attend the school.

WOAI television reported district spokesman Pasqual Gonzalez said the two schools have a high rate of truancy, and the district could gain $2 million in state funding by improving attendance.

According to the San Antonio newspaper, the program is expected to cost the district $526,065 to implement with annual cost of $136,005 per year to continue running the program.

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NAACP Leader Challenged Obama Staffer to ‘Ten Rounds…In the Ring’ After Alleged Threat

Chicago NAACP leader David Lowery is embroiled in a national controversy after claiming an Obama campaign official threatened him because of his political views. After he made his disappointment with President Obama clear, Lowery claims Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for America, called him and said: “You know what? We know everything about you…We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you.”

Soon after Lowery went to police, the story went national and the Obama campaign issued a statement calling the incident a matter of “miscommunication.”

But now, more information about the entire situation is coming to light. Apparently Lowery attempted to settle the matter “mano-a-mano” with Raymond, promising to drop the charges if Raymond would come on his radio program and commit to what he described as “ten rounds…in the ring.”

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Snoop Dogg on Mitt Romney: “He’s a White N*gg*r”

For some reason Snoop Dogg decided to insert himself into the political debate this year.

Via Drudge:

SNOOP DOGG TWEETS 10 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR ROMNEY…
‘He a white n****’…
‘Bitch I will beat the sh** out of you’…

TWITCHY SAYS IT’S BEEN TEMPORARILY BLOCKED FROM FACEBOOK, THREATENED WITH PERMANENT BAN

Conservative website Twitchy said Saturday that it had been temporarily blocked from posting on Facebook and threatened with a permanent ban after two of its posts were removed for violating the site’s community standards.

Twitchy said the first post to be removed dealt with a story about President Barack Obama’s official Twitter account subscribing to an explicit feed devoted to breasts. The post featured a censored photo from the Twitter account @ILikeTitsDaily:

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RADICAL ISLAMIC PREACHER ABU HAMZA AL-MASRI & 4 OTHER TERRORISM SUSPECTS EXTRADITED TO THE U.S.

An ailing extremist Egyptian-born preacher and four other terrorism suspects arrived in the United States from England early Saturday under tight security to face trial, and two appeared within hours in a Connecticut court.

The preacher, Abu Hamza al-Masri, was taken to a lockup next to the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan to face charges that he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and that he helped abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.

Just hours after their arrival in America, Syed Talha Ahsan, 33, and Babar Ahmad, 38, pleaded not guilty in federal court in New Haven, Conn., to charges that they provided terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya with cash, recruits and equipment.

Ahmad made efforts to secure GPS devices, Kevlar helmets, night vision goggles, ballistic vests and camouflage uniforms, prosecutors said.

They were kept detained while they await trial in Connecticut, where an Internet service provider was allegedly used to host a website. Their lawyers declined to comment.

Al-Masri, a one-time nightclub bouncer, will be housed in Manhattan along with Khaled al-Fawwaz, 50, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, and Adel Abdul Bary, 52, an Egyptian citizen, who will face trial on charges that they participated in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. The attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. They were indicted in a case that also charged Osama bin Laden.

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White House Cover Up

Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa.

Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“The Iranian strategy is two-fold: upping the ante for the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against Iran and perceived cyber operations against Iran’s nuclear weapons program by conducting terror attacks on soft U.S. targets and cyber attacks against U.S. financial interests,” said one official, speaking confidentially.

The Iranian effort also seeks to take the international community’s spotlight off Iran’s support for its Syrian ally.

Two House Republicans, Reps. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), stated in a letter sent this week to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that officials “with direct knowledge of events in Libya” revealed that the Benghazi attack was part of a string of terror attacks and not a spontaneous uprising against an anti-Muslim video produced in the U.S. The lawmakers have scheduled congressional hearings for Oct. 10.

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Azusa Pacific University Censors Conservative Students

Azusa Pacific University has blocked students from forming a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, which is a project of Young America’s Foundation. Administrators said they are banning the group because they disagree with principles stated on YAF’s national website.

Ashley Blackwell, the would-be chair of the chapter, is currently the chair of a generic conservative club at APU and wants to formally affiliate with YAF. Ashley and other key members of her club have attended a number of Foundation conferences both in Washington, D.C., and at the Reagan Ranch, which Young America’s Foundation has owned and preserved since 1998.

In a conversation I had with Chuck Strawn, executive director of “communiversity” at Azusa, he and other administrators expressed disagreement with language used on the Foundation’s website, and therefore Blackwell and her fellow students couldn’t be affiliated with YAF. Strawn admitted that their decision was based on his and other’s opinions and not on the school’s written policy.

Strawn said he was particularly bothered by the following language on Young America’s Foundation’s website:

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