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Gun owners deceived by Obama, as Holder reveals Gun Attack Plan: Gun rights group The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, tax exempt, educational association of command law enforcement officers within the United States, its territories and military forces. As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama deliberately and repeatedly lied to America’s 90 million gun owners across the country when he insisted that he would not try to take away anyone’s firearms, officials from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said in a statement released to the National Association of Chiefs of Police.. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, reacting to ongoing remarks by Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder that the president will seek to reinstate the ban on semi-automatic firearms, said Obama “knew he was lying to the nation because his own website touted his plan to revive the gun ban and make it permanent.” “We warned America that Obama’s ‘support’ for the Second Amendment was empty rhetoric,” he stated, “and now Holder’s disclosure has confirmed it. Obama was lying, and now gun rights may be dying.” Several times on the campaign trail, Obama told voters “I’m not going to take your guns away.” He said it at rallies in Duryea, Pennsylvania and in Boise, Idaho. He also told a news conference that “Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear… I think people can take me at my word.” “Right now,” said Gottlieb, “I wouldn’t take Obama’s word if he said it rains a lot in Seattle. Apparently, law-abiding gun owners have nothing to fear unless they own sport-utility rifles, semiautomatic shotguns, handguns and any other firearm that Obama and his anti-gun attorney general don’t like. “Thanks to Eric Holder, who has been far more honest than his boss about his anti-gun philosophy, it is now clear that the new president doesn’t support the Second Amendment at all,” he observed. “American gun owners should remind Democrats in Congress that the Second Amendment means what it says, especially when the president doesn’t.” There are also plans to start encoding ammunition with serial numbers in order to maintain records of ammo purchases and track the ownership of ammunition by legal gun owners. Several states have proposed legislation on ammo-control as does the US Congress, claims former police detective Michael Schnipes of New York. “Right now all of the efforts of our political leaders are focused on health care and the economy, but rest assured they will return to one of their primary goals — disarming the American people,” said Schnipes. Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance ( In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. To subscribe to Kouri’s newsletter write to and write “Subcription” on the subject line.


OK for AFL-CIO to Bash McCain, Yet Anti-Obama Mail Racially Suspect?
A tale of two mailings: One reporter revels in the the AFL-CIO’s big political push against McCain, while another laments “…new, harsh anti-Obama literature in my mailbox.”

Posted by: Clay Waters
10/21/2008 3:44:04 PM

Steven Greenhouse, the Times’ pro-union, anti-Wal-Mart labor reporter, seemed pretty enthused about the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s attack mailings against John McCain in “A.F.L.-C.I.O. Targets Seniors,” the neutrally headlined story he filed to the “Caucus” blog Tuesday morning.

Only two of the 19 paragraphs of Greenhouse’s story are devoted to (very mildly) fact-checking the false claims from the union-backed mailing. Here’s an excerpt:

The latest mailer is headlined, “John McCain: A Disaster for Retirees.” It criticizes his proposal for partially privatizing Social Security, saying, “This risky move will jeopardize the chances of a secure retirement for millions of Americans.”

The mailer also seeks to undermine the Republican candidate by saying, “McCain will cut Medicare.” It says he “wants to fund his pro-insurance company health care plan by taking more than $1 trillion from Medicare.”

The McCain campaign has attacked such assertions as wildly distorted, while some neutral experts have noted that Mr. McCain has never proposed such a large cut in Medicare, although he has indicated he would cut health care programs to help balance the budget.

Greenhouse is soft-pedaling here. In fact, the watchdog group, which the Times has often treated as gospel when it comes to “correcting” John McCain claims, flatly calls the charge that McCain plans to cut Medicare by such a large amount “false.”

Ms. Ackerman said, “Once retirees and seniors hear from their unions about where McCain stands on privatizing Social Security and taxing health-care benefits and where Obama stands on the issues, we know we can get a majority of these voters to support Obama.”

Over the past week, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. expanded its campaign efforts into three additional states — Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia — that were won by George W. Bush in 2004, but are now viewed as winnable for Mr. Obama.

“We have a very nimble program because we have union members everywhere,” [Karen] Ackerman said.

Greenhouse let AFL-CIO political director Ackerman crow for several paragraphs about the group’s big budget and massive campaign effort, while never uttering a discouraging word. It was almost as if they were on the same team.

Compare that reaction to the scandalized tone taken by another Times reporter, Damien Cave, to the sight of two anti-Obama mailers in his Florida mailbox that dared to attack Obama on taxes and crime. Cave’s story, “In Florida Mailboxes, Harsh Attacks on Obama,” was filed on “The Caucus” blog Monday evening.

Early voting in Florida began today, with long lines at several polling places, a flood of robocalls, a rally by Senator Barack Obama in Tampa — and some new, harsh anti-Obama literature in my mailbox.

Those of us who live in swing states are already familiar with negative television ads from both Democrats and Republicans. At this point, I’m on the verge of having nightmares with the giant ball of orange thread rolling through Senator Obama’s health care ad — the one that runs incessantly here, ending with a narrator saying Senator McCain will leave you “hanging by a thread.”

But even in this hot-headed environment, the literature stands out. One flier, paid for by the Republican National Committee, states that in the midst of the economic crisis “Barack Obama’s solution is to take more of your money!”

By several fact-checkers’ accounts, that’s a misrepresentation of Senator Obama’s tax plan, which would cut taxes for roughly 95 percent of the country.

To prove himself right, Cave linked to an article by Times’ reporter Larry Rohter, who has rarely met an Obama attack he couldn’t spin in Obama’s favor. But both Cave and Rohter are wrong. Obama’s tax plan can’t cut taxes for 95% because many Americans pay no income tax at all. As the Media Research Center’s Brent Baker has argued:

That 95 percent is impossible since one-third of those who file with the IRS are “non-payers,” people who end up paying no tax or get money back which exceeds their payments. Obama plans to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and create other credits. For those for whom the credits surpass their tax obligation, those are not tax cuts, but spending hikes or federal giveaways akin to welfare.

Cave was grossly offended by another piece of literature, which dared to question Obama’s record on crime:

The second piece of literature, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, provides a new line of attack. It alleges that Senator Obama would be soft on crime. Few issues are as racially radioactive, especially here in Miami, so it is worth asking: Does the flier go over the line?

Some of it focuses on Senator Obama’s voting history (oversimplifying a present vote in the Illinois senate to suggest he is “against protecting children from danger,” in one example). But on the front, there is a picture of Senator Obama, looking menacing, with an all-black background. On the other side, above the address it says: “Obama: ‘he acted more as a friend to criminals than to cops…’”

At the end, Cave half-heartedly clarifies that race wasn’t actually mentioned in the flier:

It ends with “Barack Obama, not who you think he is” but it does not mention Mr. Wright, nor does it mention race.

Calls to the state Republican party were not returned.

The Times: No Nose for News on Biden’s “International Crisis” Comment
Even Dan Rather recognizes it’s a big story — but the Times buried it under a separate headline.

Posted by: Clay Waters
10/21/2008 2:49:10 PM

On Tuesday, Times’ reporter Michael Powell mentioned Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden’s striking assertion (the top story on the Drudge Report early Tuesday afternoon) that foreign forces would generate a crisis to test the mettle of Barack Obama:

More than 1,000 miles away, in Belton, Mo., Mr. McCain freshened his criticism of Mr. Obama as too untested to be president by seizing on remarks from Mr. Obama’s running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., that an international crisis might test a new Obama administration.

Mr. McCain asserted that Mr. Biden had told donors Sunday that in a crisis, Obama and Biden supporters “would have to stand with them because it wouldn’t be apparent that Senator Obama would have the right response.”

Mr. Biden, according to remarks recorded and transcribed by ABC News from a fund-raiser in San Francisco, had said: “Mark my words: it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking.

“We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here, if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

Dan Rather himself (who knows something about political double standards from all his years of liberal bias as CBS anchor) said that Biden’s outburst “would be above the fold in most newspapers today” if said by Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. So how did the Times play it?

Certainly not above the fold; instead, it was buried in the 11th paragraph of the Powell story on A-18, under the headline “Obama Briefly Leaving Trail to See Ill Grandmother.”

McCain Hypocritically Goes After Obama’s “Spread the Wealth” Gaffe
Reporter Michael Cooper, still protecting Barack Obama’s left flank on taxes.

Posted by: Clay Waters
10/21/2008 11:39:16 AM

John McCain spent the weekend hammering Barack Obama for his “spread the wealth” comment to Joe the Plumber. Michael Cooper’s Monday “Political Memo,” “‘Spreading the Wealth’ as Both Accusation and Prescription,” makes the point that in a sense we’re all socialists now thanks to the federal bailout of the financial system, but then twisted that observation into a predictable partisan accusation of hypocrisy on the part of McCain, while fact-checking McCain’s tax plans with a vigor the paper has rarely expended on Obama’s claims.

In a radio address on Saturday, Mr. McCain said that “at least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives.” Asked in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” whether he believed that Mr. Obama’s plans amount to socialism, Mr. McCain said, “I think his plans are redistribution of the wealth.” Pressed again on the subject, Mr. McCain said, “That’s one of the tenets of socialism.”

And in rallies from Miami to North Carolina to here, Mr. McCain gets some of the biggest crowd reactions when he thunders that Mr. Obama wants to “spread the wealth around.” Some members of the audience even chant the line along with him.

Still, at rally after rally Mr. McCain denounces Mr. Obama for wanting to redistribute wealth, hitting especially hard on Mr. Obama’s plan to give tax credits, in the form of checks, to some people who do not pay income tax. (Mr. McCain omits the fact that his own health care plan would do much the same thing, giving tax credits of $5,000 to families for health insurance, regardless of whether they pay income taxes.)

The problem is that Obama is falsely claiming his plan would cut income taxes on 95% of people — an impossible figure, given that many Americans don’t pay any income tax at all.

Cooper also let in some labeling bias. While the Cato Institute is accurately described as a “libertarian research group,” the liberal Brookings Institution is merely a “public policy research group.”

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New Revelations about Obama and Bill The Terrorist

Posted: 18 Oct 2008 11:57 PM CDT

Senator McCain has his Friend “Joe the Plumber,” Senator Obama has his buddy, “Bill The Terrorist” the difference is the Junior Senator from Illinois Refuses to admit that they were friends. Is that so bad? Well if Senator Government is lying about his associations with Bill the Terrorist, what else could he be lying about? Foreign Policy? Domestic Policy? Two and a half weeks before the election and we still don’t know what is the truth and what is a lie. We do however, know that there is new evidence that his relationship with Ayers is closer than what he has claimed:

Obama Fiction: Bad Prose, Big Lies and Bill Ayers (From Atlas Shrugs)

Obama, a deeply dishonest and dangerous subversive, has described Mr. Ayers as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” but “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.”

I love Obomba he keeps repeating, William Ayer is is a professor. Next he’ll be telling us that Hitler was a painter.

New revelations.


This Chicago Annenberg Challenge website from 2002 shows the total amount of funds given to Bill Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop from 1995 to 2001. The amount is not the $175K I had reported earlier. According to this page, the total given under Barack Obama’s direct supervision was $1,056,162. Adding that amount to the money given by the Joyce Foundation and Woods Fund during Obama’s tenure brings the grand total to $1,968,718. Just shy of two million dollars! […]

Now here’s the second and bigger break […]

Bill Ayers and Barack Obama shared an office. Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop, the one Obama directed all that money too is located at 115 S. Sangamon Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607 (move over at Verum Serum who broke this story)

And this pearl over at the Chicago Tribune (who just endorsed Obama) – hih?

…..further evidence that Obama received a de facto gift from Rezko totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, allowing him to afford his house. A gift that would violate Senate ethics rules and could very well be illegal.

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Got this one from an Okie friend of mine–she is good people–and I thought it was good enough to pass on.

Barack Obama has put out an ad that simple minded John McCain cannot use a computer.

Well guess what?

Barack cannot land a jet plane on an aircraft carrier at night.

Morning Bell: Toward a More Resilient Nation

Posted By Conn Carroll On September 11, 2008 @ 9:11 am In Protect America | 1 Comment

This evening John McCain and Barack Obama will appear together (but speak separately) as part of a [1] nationally televised forum at Columbia University in Manhattan. The two presidential candidates have promised to set aside politics to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and will instead lay out their personal visions on civic engagement and service. The candidates’ call for unity on this day is admirable, but the chosen topic of the event is also yet another missed opportunity for the American people to hear about how each candidate plans to protect our country from future attacks and disasters.

Energy, taxes and federal spending are all important issues that deserve the candidates time, but [2] the candidates have devoted almost no time to discussing their vision for improving homeland security. Despite this lack of attention, Americans still face threats from abroad (where al Qaeda has reconstituted itself in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan) and at home (another hurricane is bearing down on Texas and California).

Seven years after 9/11 and more than five years after its creation, [3] the Department of Homeland Security is afflicted with high turnover and low morale. It has turned into a political football that [4] answers to 86 different congressional committees and subcommittees (by contrast, the Department of Defense answers to only 36 committees, and six of those handle 80% of the oversight). Too much attention is focused on DHS, which ought to be only one part of a much larger homeland security system that includes not just federal agencies like the the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice, Energy and State, but also state and local governments.

Due to its sheer size and growing population, the United States has many vulnerabilities. Spending billions to protect infrastructure does not make the nation invulnerable. It is impossible to protect every target, and a strategy predicated on protection is bound to fall short. For too long the federal government has been designating more and more items as “critical” infrastructure. If everything is critical, nothing is critical. Instead, the next administration should pursue [5] a strategy of resiliency. Heritage senior research fellow James Carafano explains: “[R]esiliency promises something much more achievable and important: sustaining society amid known threats and unexpected disasters. Indeed, the more complex the society and the more robust the nature of its civil society, the more it should adopt a strategy of resilience.”

Toward this end, Carafano [6] recommends:

  • Establishing improved public-private models for risk management that define reasonable roles for government and industry.
  • Encouraging bilateral cooperation to address liability issues.
  • Developing national and international forums for increasing collaboration.
  • Innovating to pave the way for resilient public infrastructure in the 21st century.

As we remember those we lost seven years ago, it is also a good time to reflect on what we can do better to protect all Americans from tomorrow’s threats, both natural and man-made. Hopefully, we’ll hear both candidates address these issues soon.

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