MSNBC: ‘Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’

MSNBC, With Ex-Obama Aides, Now Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’

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MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it’s official: MSNBC is worse.

The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government–and tries to mask what it is up to.

I didn’t plan on getting all free-press-and-democracy amped up about the hirings until I saw Axelrod with Andrea Mitchell last week in his first appearance on MSNBC. It was Echo Chamber Politics 101 with Axelrod characterizing some Republicans in Congress as irrationally wanting the draconian cuts of the sequester –as “dangerous” as that thinking is.

Mitchell starts out a remote interview with Axelrod, who was in Chicago, by asking about the sequester set to take effect Friday.

“Remember,” he says, “the cuts put into place were so odious it was thought no rational legislator, no rational government official, would allow it to happen.”

As Mitchell starts to pivot to another issue with a new question, Axelrod interrupts her with, “One more thing, Andrea. There is a belief among some Republicans in Congress that maybe this sequester’s all right. Maybe this is another way of shrinking government in a dramatic way. That’s a dangerous idea, but it’s not uncommon in some quarters on Capitol Hill.”

“No doubt,” Mitchell says, placing a cherry atop this propaganda sundae.

Rhetorical Criticism 101:  Republican members of Congress are not rational, they have “dangerous” thoughts and they do “odious” things to the American people.

What is this if not exactly the spin Team Obama seemed to be working on all week? And the White House doesn’t even have to bring in a bunch of out-of-town anchormen for quickie interviews with Obama so that they can carry his message back to their local audiences in the heartland.

Now the message can go forth from the president’s mouth straight to our ears–via Axelrod, the so-called analyst, and MSNBC, the so-called news channel.

That is, by the way, the sane, reasonable, trustworthy president who is working around the clock to avoid sequestration and the hardships that the alleged GOP champions of it in Congress would wreak on American life come Friday.

Howard Kurtz, Washington bureau chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, interviewed Axelrod and Gibbs about their new jobs. Both denied they would show bias or be surrogates for the president.

“I don’t see it either as being a cheerleader for the president or as a spokesman for the administration’s point of view,” Gibbs told Kurtz.

“My role is not that of a surrogate, but an analyst and commentator,” Axelrod said. “I’m proud of my work for and with the president. But in this role, I will offer observations, based on my experience over 35 years in journalism and politics, and will call them as I see them.”

In fairness, Axelrod didn’t exactly serve as what Gibbs called a “spokesman for the administration’s point of view” in his first at bat for MSNBC.

He wasn’t that honest.

A spokesman is, at least, transparent about what she or he is up to– serving the interests of the person for whom she or he speaks.

As a senior Obama campaign strategist, Axelrod worked in as rarefied a realm as there is in Democratic electoral politics. But what makes him an expert on what some Republicans in Congress feel or don’t feel about the sequester and what kind of “dangerous” thoughts they hold? Why give him the floor to expound on that, and then slam-dunk his answer with a big “no doubt”?

No, the information that he insisted on imparting to Mitchell is the same kind of oppositional attack-dog stuff Axelrod and Gibbs did when they were on the president’s payroll and went on Sunday morning TV shows to attack Mitt Romney. Or how about the campaign they helped lead in 2009 to discredit Fox News?

And now, they are part of the “team,” as Mitchell put it, that competes with Fox – and serves as  TV mouthpiece for the White House.

Obama threatens those that write anything against him.

 

WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Woodward’s Not Alone – Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat

8:39AM Thursday
February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward isn’t the only person who’s received threats for airing the Obama administration’s dirty laundry.  It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days – even former senior members of the Clinton administration.

A day after Woodward’s claim that a senior White House official had told him he would “regret” writing a column criticizing President Obama’s stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.

Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.”  Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”

Davis says he does not know if the White House official involved in his case is the same one who is alleged to have threatened Woodward, but he says the language used in both cases is very similar.  In any case, Davis says his editor, Solomon, was not worried by the threat.

“He didn’t take it seriously, because he didn’t think that could ever happen.  He thought it was bluster,” Davis told WMAL. “I called three senior people at the White House, and I said, ‘I want this person to be told this can never happen again, and it’s inappropriate.’  I got a call back from someone who was in the White House saying it will never happen again.”

BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person

Warned Me I’d ‘Regret’ What I’m Doing

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Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.

“I think they’re confused,” Woodward said of the White House’s pushback on his reporting.

Earlier today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said on MSNBC.

“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?'” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”

Woodward began stirring controversy last weekend, when he called out Obama for what he said was “moving the goal posts” on the sequester by requesting that revenue be part of a deal to avert it.

Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”

Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision “a kind of madness.”

Woodward: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’ Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document? Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Time to pray the madman out!  By Mario Murillo

This is a moment of madness.  Obama like Nero of Rome has lost his mind.  He wants to keep spending and raise taxes this bad?  So bad in fact that he is pouting  refusing to deploy an Aircraft Carrier  to the Persian Gulf where it would stand as a deterrent to Iran and protector of Israel.

Daily he has fed us lies about what the SEQUESTER would do but to do this????  For those who have been under a rock let me explain that Obama came up with the idea of automatic spending cuts if he did not reach an agreement with Republicans by March.   Then he refused to negotiate in good faith for spending cuts.  At the last moment he turns the tables and blames the Republicans for not reaching an agreement and then he begins lying about the damage that the automatic cuts would do.  All this so he can keep spending and raising taxes.

Now in a dangerous game of chicken, he recalls an Aircraft Carrier.   He disregards human life in his quest for power.

People ask me, “Mario, are you praying for our president?”  Yes I am.  I am praying him out of office. “But Mario, why don’t you pray for God to change his heart?”  I am, but I want God to change his heart when he is out of office and facing the consequences of his abuse of power.  If a pilot is drunk in the cockpit I am not going to pray for a change of heart.  Get him out of the cockpit and then pray for repentance. 

A few days ago, Obama essentially fired the American news media.  He is done answering questions.  We can understand that the media is not going to do anything about this.  Like battered wives they still love Obama.  So in my prayers I am moving on to another target.

Here is my prayer over this situation:  Today I am asking God to do a miracle in Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House.  I am asking for them to grow a conscience and to force this madman out of office before he destroys this nation.  We do not need to impeach Obama we need to fire him.

How can you as a democratic leader sleep at night knowing you are condoning this man’s outright evil?  How can you look in the mirror and continue to remain silent about the tyranny of this man?  History will call you a traitor and a coward.  You have the power, the Republicans do not.  Wake up and give us back our country! 

As far as Christians who still support Obama this comment at our website from Linda sums up my conviction:

“As a Christian….and having paid attention to Obama….the President…. I am beside myself….I seriously cannot understand how a Christian could possibly have voted for him… My spirit….knows well that he is laughing at the Christians….to say the very least. There is such a sinister presence in this nation…which I am so well aware of….personally I do not feel man can turn this around….unless repentance occurs and a revival……which corporate prayer could and would be essential to kick-start the “Revival”………have already been praying for revival……God Bless and lift you up.”

Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”

Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”

Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision “a kind of madness.”

Woodward: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’ Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document? Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Time to pray the madman out!  By Mario Murillo

This is a moment of madness.  Obama like Nero of Rome has lost his mind.  He wants to keep spending and raise taxes this bad?  So bad in fact that he is pouting  refusing to deploy an Aircraft Carrier  to the Persian Gulf where it would stand as a deterrent to Iran and protector of Israel.

Daily he has fed us lies about what the SEQUESTER would do but to do this????  For those who have been under a rock let me explain that Obama came up with the idea of automatic spending cuts if he did not reach an agreement with Republicans by March.   Then he refused to negotiate in good faith for spending cuts.  At the last moment he turns the tables and blames the Republicans for not reaching an agreement and then he begins lying about the damage that the automatic cuts would do.  All this so he can keep spending and raising taxes.

Now in a dangerous game of chicken, he recalls an Aircraft Carrier.   He disregards human life in his quest for power.

People ask me, “Mario, are you praying for our president?”  Yes I am.  I am praying him out of office. “But Mario, why don’t you pray for God to change his heart?”  I am, but I want God to change his heart when he is out of office and facing the consequences of his abuse of power.  If a pilot is drunk in the cockpit I am not going to pray for a change of heart.  Get him out of the cockpit and then pray for repentance. 

A few days ago, Obama essentially fired the American news media.  He is done answering questions.  We can understand that the media is not going to do anything about this.  Like battered wives they still love Obama.  So in my prayers I am moving on to another target.

Here is my prayer over this situation:  Today I am asking God to do a miracle in Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House.  I am asking for them to grow a conscience and to force this madman out of office before he destroys this nation.  We do not need to impeach Obama we need to fire him.

How can you as a democratic leader sleep at night knowing you are condoning this man’s outright evil?  How can you look in the mirror and continue to remain silent about the tranny of this man?  History will call you a traitor and a coward.  You have the power, the Republicans do not.  Wake up and give us back our country! 

As far as Christians who still support Obama this comment at our website from Linda sums up my conviction:

“As a Christian….and having paid attention to Obama….the President…. I am beside myself….I seriously cannot understand how a Christian could possibly have voted for him… My spirit….knows well that he is laughing at the Christians….to say the very least. There is such a sinister presence in this nation…which I am so well aware of….personally I do not feel man can turn this around….unless repentance occurs and a revival……which corporate prayer could and would be essential to kick-start the “Revival”………have already been praying for revival……God Bless and lift you up.”

OBAMA SNUBS MEDIA AGAIN: ‘CLEAR OUT THE PRESS SO WE CAN TAKE SOME QUESTIONS’

OBAMA SNUBS MEDIA AGAIN: ‘CLEAR OUT THE PRESS SO WE CAN TAKE SOME QUESTIONS’

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If it mattered, the dismissive way Obama treats the media coupled with his lack of transparency would be troubling. But it doesn’t matter. Even if the president was as transparent as glass, the media would still cover up anything that might politically damage him. So the fact that Obama treats the media like the lackeys they are is actually very amusing and all kinds of satisfying.

The  media’s been whining about “access” for 10 days now and as a result, today, Obama pretty much laughed in their collective faces with this:

“What I want to do is clear out the press so we can take some questions.”

As the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple points out, just two weeks ago, Obama bragged about heading the most transparent administration ever. Today, though, Obama inflicts a little more Battered Media Syndrome on his lapdogs by treating them like the stenography pool in front of… the whole wide world.

Let me repeat: If the media want respect, instead of whining about their precious one’s dismissively abusive treatment of them, the media instead should demand respect from Obama by holding him accountable for things like lying about and demagoguing the sequester, Libya, the economy… In other words, actually do their job as guardians of the country instead of Palace Guards.

Naturally, though, the media will continue to take Obama’s abuse, whine a little, and then come back for more.

You know, because they know Barack loves them and that he really wants to change and is trying to change and that he can’t help the way he behaves sometimes because he’s under a lot of pressure being awesome.

Now a special message to Christians who support Obama:  Today He is laughing at you.  

By Mario Murillo

A painful reality awaits all of you Christians who voted for Obama.  Today he is laughing at you. Unless the election was rigged as I suspect, your vote had a hand in placing a great instrument of evil in the highest office.  Today, Obama took a dramatic step forward in his reign of terror by kicking the press out.  Knowing the media loves him he moves on and casts them out like a battered wife.  And he is betting that you are dumb enough to keep supporting him.

Benghazi was worse than Watergate and he got a pass.  His dramatic performance and lies on the Sequester should have allowed Michelle to get him the Oscar for best actor.  Republicans are once again poised to roll over and get zero tax cuts, zero spending cuts and certain bankruptcy.   All which is brought to you in part by Christians who knew only that they would get money from the government.

What does that mean to you as a Christian?  It means that he has removed another key limitation to his power.  He is testing the waters to see if  he can tell lies without as much as a fact check.  And he is betting that you are dumb enough to keep supporting him.  How will your government check look after he closes the doors of your church or  when he begins arresting pastors for trying to stop him?

Now that he has proven he can avoid the press and they will still love him he is even more dangerous.    It means he can step on the gas on his agenda against Christians and Israel.

Dear Christian Obama supporter, today he is laughing at you.

Farrakhan Recruits Chicago Gangs as ‘Soldiers’ of Nation of Islam

Farrakhan Recruits Chicago Gangs as ‘Soldiers’ of Nation of Islam

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Monday, 25 Feb 2013 07:15 PM

By Michael Mullins

Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, spoke to thousands of followers in Chicago Sunday, addressing gun control, praising President Barak Obama’s re-election, and outlining a proposal to enlist the city’s warring gangs to “protect” the Islamic organization.

Farrakhan, 79, told 7,000 followers he plans to reach out to Chicago’s gang leaders and enlist their services to “protect” the Nation of Islam in the future.

“All you gang bangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” Farrakhan said. “All your weapons are illegal and you’re using them like savages.”

Farrakhan suggested that such “gang bangers” are “natural soldiers” and when given proper instruction, they could be taught “the science of war” to protect the Nation of Islam.

The statements were reportedly made shortly after Farrakhan repeated his calls for blacks to pool their money and purchase as much land as possible, DNAinfo reported, as a way to “control means of production” necessary for survival.

On gun control, Farrakhan told his supporters that national lawmakers were using Chicago’s violence epidemic to mandate stronger gun control laws.

He argued that the Second Amendment had nothing to do with the high homicide rate in Chicago this past year.

“The guns that every one of our young people have, are they legal? No!” Farrakhan said.

Farrakhan called Obama’s re-election a significant historical milestone and went on to warn those in attendance that Obama’s victory does not guarantee prosperity for black people.

Farrakhan blamed the death of Libyan president Moammar Ghaddaf on American and European governments. He said the governments viewed Ghaddafi as an “impediment” to their access to natural resources in Africa.

Farrakhan went on to suggest that the American government also wanted to see black leaders, like himself, go away.

Mario’s note:  Pray for Obama’s media Teflon to be removed and for the nation as a whole to repudiate his agenda.  It is the frenzy on the part of the left that has emboldened Farrakhan to make such inflammatory remarks. Pray for our nation in the critical time for true revival to come and  avoid civil war.

Do You See the Chains?

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Do You See the Chains? 

Philippians 1:14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

Paul was in chains because of Christ. This ignited boldness in the church.  It was when they saw the chains that it all became clear. What needed to be done became clear.  What needed to be said became clear.   The thought of their beloved apostle in chains… unchained them!

Let me ask you a question.  Do you see the chains?   Can you see basic rights removed and false rights created? Have you watched churches threatened by the IRS and local governments that want to exile congregations out of the American life?   Are you watching tax payer money used to advance an anti-God agenda?  Do you see the chains?

As you read this our government expands its ban on free speech and freedom of worship in the United States.  I know that a statement like that can seem unreal but let me assure you it is not.

Protests halted an outreach with Tim Tebow at First Baptist Church in Dallas simply because that church taught that homosexuality is a sin!  How could anyone have imagined a day when sermons could be censored or banned as hate speech simply because they upheld the Word of God?

Washington D.C. has declared war on Christian evangelists.  Many of them on television do not want to say anything about this.  Let me ask you again: Do you see the chain?

We must see the chains and become bold!  How do I know that bold preaching will work?  I know it will work because the Word of God has never returned void!  I know because it is only a minority of radicals in politics, Hollywood, unions and the media that are making all the noise. The vast majority of Americans want truth!

I know because as you read this a cluster of revivals are breaking out in the region surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area.  Think of that!  In the bastion of liberalism, youth are turning to Christ because God is confirming His Word with signs, wonders and miracles!  Not only here, but fires continue to burn in our nationwide outreaches.

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If there is one truth that I tried to drive home in the main article it is this:  IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE ARE HATED THAT WE DO NOT PREACH THE TRUTH, IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT PREACH THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE HATED.

The Body of Christ has the combination that America needs right now.  We have the soldiers, we have the message, we have the opportunity and we have the anointing!  Only one thing is needed, the ammunition of boldness to strike the church to take the fight to the heart of darkness in the Name of Jesus!

P.S.

I cannot impress upon you the urgency of registering to be alerted on these blogs.  We fully expect Obama to seize more control of Facebook.  Facebook is in the tank because they just got billions of dollars in tax break.  See the documentation for this in a coming blog.

Sen. Cruz: ‘Obama Is The Most Radical President We’ve Ever Seen’

Sen. Cruz: ‘Obama Is The Most Radical President We’ve Ever Seen’

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Tea Party stalwart Sen. Ted Cruz has tough words for President Barack Obama in a recent interview.

“I think President Obama is the most radical president we’ve ever seen, but I think an awful lot of Republicans fail to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess,” the Republican Texas senator told The Christian Broadcasting Network in a recent interview.

Cruz has already risen through the political ranks despite being a first-term senator. Cruz has taken a stand against Obama on immigration and gun control. The freshman senator also voted against John Kerry as secretary of state.

Cruz told The Christian Broadcasting Network that he is hoping to form a new Republican Party.

“Life, liberty, and property, the fundamental natural rights of man are given to every one of us by God, and the role of government fundamentally is to protect those rights,” Cruz said.

Despite his popularity, Cruz says he doesn’t pay attention to his own media coverage.

“I try to pay very little attention to the media,” Cruz explained. “It is, as you know, a fickle creature. They can say anything today, and tomorrow, it can change dramatically.”

Sen. Ted Cruz: We’ve got a job and right now I think the U.S. Senate is the battlefield. Unfortunately, Republicans are in the minority. This last election did not turn out as I had hoped, but I nonetheless think that if we had principled, effective conservatives who make the case that the most effective engine, for economic opportunity, the most effective engine for climbing the economic ladder, for helping those with nothing to achieve anything has been free markets, has been limited government has been the incredible, American system. If we make that case, we can preserve that system. And I think that’s what the stakes are.

And so, my focus every day is on the substance of winning the fight, stopping the out of control spending and deficits and debt so that our kids aren’t crushed with those debts and getting the economy growing again. You know in the last four years under President Obama, our economy has grown 1.5 percent a year. That’s less than half the historical average. The historical average since World War II has been 3.3 percent. If we can’t get the economy growing, we can’t solve any of these problems.

If you want to get the 23 million people who are struggling to find jobs back to work, get the economy growing. If you want to transform our federal balance sheet, change it from the train wreck it is right now, get the economy growing.

And so, every day in the Senate, my focus is championing small businesses, entrepreneurs, championing economic growth, because ultimately, economic growth is what provides opportunity, it’s what enables people, like my dad, to climb the economic ladder, to climb from nothing to achieve prosperity. That’s my focus, and I try to pay attention to nothing else, but focusing on that.

David Brody: Too many people choosing politics over principle?

Cruz: That’s exactly right. Look, I mean there are a lot of people in Washington, I think, who desperately, desperately want to be in elected office. There’s an old line that ‘Politics is Hollywood for ugly people.’ And there’s an element of truth to that. You see those in elected office who, the prospect of not being in elected office is terrifying to them.

And one of the sad realities is that it has been career politicians, in both parties, who’ve gotten us in this mess. I think President Obama is the most radical president we’ve ever seen, but I think an awful lot of Republicans, failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess, and I think what we’ve seen in 2010 and to some degree in 2012 is a new generation of leaders stepping forward that are committed to fixing these problems.

NRA Uses Justice Memo to Accuse Obama on Guns

NRA Uses Justice Memo to Accuse Obama on Guns

Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 08:12 AM

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The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration — ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support.

The NRA’s assertion and its obtaining of the memo in the first place underscore the no-holds-barred battle under way as Washington’s fight over gun restrictions heats up.

The memo, under the name of one of the Justice Department’s leading crime researchers, critiques the effectiveness of gun control proposals, including some of President Barack Obama’s. A Justice Department official called the memo an unfinished review of gun violence research and said it does not represent administration policy.

The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because people now own so many of those items.

It also says that even total elimination of assault weapons would have little overall effect on gun killings because assault weapons account for a limited proportion of those crimes.

The nine-page document says the success of universal background checks would depend in part on “requiring gun registration,” and says gun buybacks would not be effective “unless massive and coupled with a ban.”

The administration has not proposed gun registration, buybacks or banning all firearms. But gun registration and ownership curbs are hot-button issues for the NRA and other gun-rights groups, which strenuously oppose the ideas.

Justice Department and White House officials declined to provide much information about the memo or answer questions about it on the record.

The memo has the look of a preliminary document and calls itself “a cursory summary” and assessment of gun curb initiatives. The administration has not release it officially.

But the NRA has posted the memo on one of its websites and cites it in advertising aimed at whipping up opposition to Obama’s efforts to contain gun violence. The ad says the paper shows that the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation” and thinks universal background checks “won’t work without requiring national gun registration” — ideas the president has not proposed or expressed support for.

“Still think President Obama’s proposals sound reasonable?” Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief Washington lobbyist, says in the ad.

Last month, White House spokesman Jay Carney said none of Obama’s proposals “would take away a gun from a single law-abiding American.” Other administration officials have said their plans would not result in gun seizures or a national gun registry.

A Justice Department official who would only discuss the issue on condition of anonymity said the NRA ad misrepresents Obama’s gun proposals and that the administration has never backed a gun registry or gun confiscation.

While the memo’s analysis of gun curb proposals presents no new findings, it is unusual for a federal agency document to surface that raises questions about a president’s plans during debate on a high-profile issue such as restricting firearms.

Obama wants to ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines exceeding 10 rounds that are produced in the future. He wants universal background checks for nearly all gun purchases. Today, checks are only mandatory on sales by federally licensed gun dealers, not transactions at gun shows or other private sales.

His plan also includes tougher federal laws against gun trafficking and straw purchases, which occur when a person legally buys a firearm but sells it to a criminal or someone else barred from owning a weapon.

Interest in the gun issue has intensified since the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 first-graders and six staffers at an elementary school. The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee plans to write legislation addressing some of Obama’s proposals in the next week or two.

The NRA’s Cox declined to say how his organization obtained the memo.

He said the commercial is running online in 15 states, including many Republican-leaning states where Democrats will defend Senate seats next year, such as Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. There are also ads in papers in five states.

The memo was written under the name of Greg Ridgeway, acting director of the National Institute of Justice, the Justice Department’s research arm. It is dated Jan. 4, nearly two weeks before Obama announced his plan for restricting guns, and Ridgeway’s first day as acting chief.

Justice Department officials said Ridgeway was not granting interviews. He came to the institute last July from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research institution where he studied criminal justice issues, and has a Ph.D. in statistics.

The memo says straw purchases and gun thefts are the largest sources of firearms used in crimes, and that such transactions “would most likely become larger if background checks at gun shows and private sellers were addressed.”

Gun control supporters said the NRA ad and the Justice memo don’t mention that the current federal background check system blocked gun sales to 2.1 million criminals and others barred from owning guns between 1994, when the checks began, and 2010. Also ignored is that Obama has proposed cracking down on straw purchases to prevent a growth in illegal transactions, they said.

Advocates of restricting guns also said the memo omitted mention of several studies that affirm the effectiveness of firearms curbs. These include a 2010 police group analysis showing more than one-third of police departments found increased criminal use of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines since the 2004 expiration of the ban on those items.

“It doesn’t appear to be a serious discussion of gun violence prevention policy, never mind an expression of administration policy,” said Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

The memo says that out of 11,000 annual gun homicides, an average of 35 deaths yearly are from mass shootings, defined as those with four or more victims.

“Policies that address the larger firearm homicide issue will have a far greater impact even if they do not address the particular issues of mass shootings,” it says.

It says there were an estimated 1.5 million assault weapons before the 10-year ban on those firearms began in 1994, so their sheer number would weaken a new ban exempting existing weapons. Such guns accounted for just 2 percent to 8 percent of crimes before the 1994 ban, so eliminating assault weapons “would not have a large impact on gun homicides,” the memo said.

Recent data on the assault weapons ban impact is scarce because since the 1990s, Congress has blocked most federal research on the effect that firearms have on public health. As part of the gun restrictions Obama proposed last month, he ordered federal scientific agencies to research gun violence.

Obama was not God’s choice for America. Fortunately, He never pinned His hopes on the Presidency.

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Obama was not God’s choice for America.  Fortunately, He never pinned His hopes on the presidency.

As a spirit-filled, Bible believing evangelist and a constitutional conservative, Obama had no hope of getting my vote.  As an escapee of the inner city where I viewed firsthand the withering effects of tax-funded programs, there is no way I trust politicians with money.

My fiercest disagreement with Obama is his blind faith in government and his need to expand its size and power. The need to grow government, in my opinion, emanates from three major sources:

1. Those who do not want to work.

2. Those who want to gain power by appearing to champion the poor.

3.  Those who feel self-loathing and guilt for their ancestor’s sins.

Notice I did not say these are the only sources.  I realize there are many sincere social workers who are working hard to erase injustice.

That third major source is especially heinous.  Guilt is a horrible fuel for doing good deeds.  In your zeal to do good for them you end up doing something that is very bad for them. Ben Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

If racism can be defined as holding people down then there is no racism like liberal guilt.  Detroit has had liberal policies and billions of dollars poured into it for 61 years and today is not only the most miserable city in America but resembles Berlin in 1945.  Detroit has been loved to death.  Obama is bankrupting us in order to finance the Detroit formula for an entire nation.

No Christian with any appreciable amount of discernment can look me in the eye and say that Obama was God’s choice for America.   No reasonable Christian can tell me that according to God’s word they support what he advocates on marriage, abortion, drugs, Islam, Christianity, and healthcare.

Thank God that Jesus has not pinned His hopes for America on the presidency.  Thank God, the church is not supposed to set up a theocracy.  When Jesus said my kingdom is not of this world it released us to be far more powerful than politicians.  We are to exert an agape driven supernatural influence on society.  We are in the world but not of the world.

The Body of Christ is to have a unique influence on America.  From the jump, our founding fathers realized that morality and love of truth would breathe life into the Constitution.  They believed in liberty not license, they believed in freedom not anarchy. They understood that the system of government they created must work in concert with God fearing, hardworking, freedom loving citizens.

Liberalism believes goodness can be imposed and enforced.  Christians believe that a miracle in the heart is what society needs and that it cannot never be enforced, it must be experienced by free will.

The Body of Christ can openly oppose Obama and maintain the love of God.  The army of God can take a stand for righteousness without caving into anger.  What we are struggling to find is the true Jesus effect on Americans.

Just as there are self-loathing liberals, there are self-loathing Christian leaders who feel the need to constantly apologize for everything from Jimmy Swaggart to the Spanish Inquisition.  However, no amount of apologies or reengineering of the Gospel will restore groovy feelings for God in Americans.

The evil that has been done in the Name of Jesus cannot be corrected by doing the further evil of compromising the clear demands of Christ.  Woodrow Wilson, himself a raging liberal admitted “the proof that the Gospel is divine is the preaching it has survived.”

Paul was an intellectual giant.  If anyone could have devised a gospel for angry skeptics he was the man.  Yet he pinned his hopes on the Holy Spirit when he said, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4, 5.

However, Paul did not shrink from calling out evil government.  Acts 16: 37 “But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.” 

Notice that it said that the magistrates were afraid.  I believe that evil politicians should fear us.  Paul did not believe that his gospel integrity would be ruined by speaking out. Nor do I believe that my out spoken opposition to Obama in anyway is inconsistent with love or truth.  For that matter, Christ did not worry that turning over tables and evicting the money changers would ruin His image of love and compassion.

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In the past, we did not have to take such stands against presidents.  Obama and the media have changed the landscape of how Christians and government relate.  The election looked rigged.  Obama is the most anti-Bible president ever. He is against Israel. His policies directly attack our freedom to preach the Gospel. Most of all, Obama is actively taking us away from one nation under God.  The niceties of the past are no longer relevant.

If you are not outraged by Obama’s tactics and intentions then you are not paying attention, worse yet, you may not care, and worst of all you may not believe that a miracle is possible.  I am sorry but you do have to choose sides.  If there is a voice of God that you have muted because you fear losing tithers or you fear the IRS then repent! If you say you do not want to get political then hear me: There is nothing more political than silence in face of evil.

This does not mean that we turn our pulpits into ramparts of rant against Obama.  My preaching is dominated by calling souls to Christ, preaching on healing, the fire of God and encouragement.  I will not address Obama until he brings the fight to the Church door but I will not shrink to call him out whenever he does.

We are a supernatural family that is to have a supernatural effect on America.  We are to provide living proof of the power of God to all sincere seekers of truth.  God has not pinned His hopes on the presidency or any political party.  He has pinned His hopes on Himself.

 

We are only now finding out how rigged the election was.

College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama

10:48 AM 02/18/2013
Robby Soave

Reporter, The Daily Caller News Foundation

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A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Barack Obama last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended.

Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election.

The Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the matter, and then vote on whether to adopt President James Richey’s recommendation that Sweet be fired.

According to a report on the investigation:

“Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a pledge card that stated, ‘I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.’ She also misrepresented her intentions to multiple students, indicating at various times that she was conducting voter registration for the college, that the pledge cards were non-partisan voter registration forms, and that the pledge was a ‘statistical analysis.’”

In the eyes of the college, Sweet clearly created a hostile environment for students, since many feared their grades would be affected if they did not sign the pledge. She remains on paid leave until the board votes to fire her.

Philly poll workers partially cover Obama mural after court order, leaving logo and quote in view

Published November 06, 2012

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    Shown here is a mural of President Obama at a Philadelphia polling site before and after it was partially covered up following a judge’s order.

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    Shown here is a polling site in Philadelphia with a mural of President Obama.

Workers at a Philadelphia polling place, after being ordered by a judge to cover up a mural of President Obama “in its entirety,” slapped up a few pieces of paper that only partially covered his image — while leaving the Obama campaign logo and a quote from the current president in full view for voters.

The judge’s order followed a wave of complaints from Republican officials concerned the giant image of the president could influence voters at the site, a school in Ward 35.

The mural, positioned behind the voting machines, contains the words “change!” and “hope,” along with a quote from the president and painting of him. Poll workers only covered up part of the mural, though, leaving the Obama campaign logo and other parts of the image visible, as well as the Obama quote.

Poll workers claimed only the face had to be covered.

Republicans quickly drew attention to the image Tuesday morning, with one Mitt Romney spokesman tweeting: “Voters in Philly’s Ward 35 are being forced to cast their ballots next to this.”

“It is an absolute disgrace,” said Shannon Royer, deputy secretary for external affairs and elections in Pennsylvania. “Election materials and electioneering inside the polling place are prohibited by state law. This can be interpreted as trying to influence voters inside the polling place. I am told discussions are going on now about covering the mural.”

Pennsylvania election law states “no person within a polling place may electioneer or solicit votes for any political party, political body, or candidate, nor may any unauthorized written or  printed materials be posted within the polling place.”

School district spokesman Fernando Gallard told FoxNews.com the mural was “inspirational” and one of two that went up in 2009 following a student vote. “Not our call,” he said.

 

It was one of several controversies surfacing in Pennsylvania’s largest city on Election Day.

A Pennsylvania judge also issued an order Tuesday to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges.

One Republican official claimed that “just under 70” Republican election officials were blocked from Philadelphia polling sites Tuesday morning by Democrats on site. One of them, the official claimed, “was shoved out of the polling place.”

“For this many inspectors to be ejected from polling places is rare, even for Philadelphia,” the official told FoxNews.com.

Philly GOP: Poll inspectors being ousted for Dems

November 6, 2012 | 8:31 am 

Court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in some Philadelphia wards and replaced in some cases by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials.

Secrets just received this memo from GOP officials:

The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards.

These Inspectors are election officials – again, court appointed — and are reportedly being thrown out by the Head Judges of Elections (these Judges are elected Democrats) and being replaced by Democrats.

This has happened at the following locations:

Ward 32, Div 13

Ward 43, Div 14

Ward 56, Div 1

Ward 56, Div 22

Ward 32, Div 28

Ward 32, Div 28

Ward 12, Div 17

Ward 39, Div 1

Ward 24, Div 9

Ward 18, Div 25

Ward 43, Div 14

Ward 29, Div 18

Ward 65, Div 19

Ward 20, Div 1

Ward 6, Div 11

Another official told Secrets: “one of our female inspectors was physically thrown out.”

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney decided at the last minute to make stops in Pennsylvania, believing that the race there was close enough that he could win.

OBAMA POSTER HANGING IN A FLORIDA POLLING PLACE

danjoseph's picture   By Dan Joseph
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – 12:46pm
A poster featuring President Obama that read “Change the Atmosphere” was reported to be hanging on a wall at a Florida, polling station.

This photo was reportedly taken by a voter inside precinct 1321-1251 at Jack L McLean Community Center in Tallahassee, FL:

According to our source the banner has been reported to authorities.

Election Judge Wears Obama Cap While Checking in Voters in Obama’s Chicago Ward

12:48 PM, NOV 6, 2012 • BY Daniel Halper

Here’s a photo of an election judge checking in voters in Barack Obama’s Chicago ward–wearing an Obama baseball cap:

“This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago), shows an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat,” a source writes. “Chicago’s 4th ward is home to President Barack Obama.”

The voter who took the photo says: “Woman in front of me also given an extra ballot.”

And the voter adds that she has in the past been an election observer abroad. “I had greater confidence votes mattered [in a foreign election in a transitioning country] than I did about my own vote today,” says the voter.

Dead And Still Voting

Thousands of dead Californians remain eligible to vote

By By Stephen Stock, Felipe Escamilla and Kevin Nious
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:25 AM PST
NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 in a report that Stephen Stock originally aired at 11 p.m on Nov. 5.

NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 in a report that Stephen Stock originally aired at 11 p.m on Nov. 5.

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An NBC Bay Area Investigation has uncovered thousands of California voters who remain on the voter rolls despite having  died several years ago.

That discovery prompted several state and Bay Area election officials to re-examine their records, after our investigation brought this issue to light.

NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 questionable names still on the state voter rolls.

A closer look at the data revealed that some of the dead people were not only registered, but somehow, even voted, several years after their death. Sometimes, clerks say the mistake can purely be a clerical error, such as a misplaced signature or an outdated registration list that hadn’t been purged. Other times, though, the voting turns out to be fraud, clerks say, where family members vote on their dead relatives’ behalf.

Our findings came as no surprise to Bill Morrison of Palo Alto. For Morrison, every trip to the mailbox during election season brings constant reminders of his late wife, Carol Morrison, who died in 2004 after battling cancer.

Morrison continues to receive election materials including voter guides, pamphlets, and even ballots for his late wife.

“It angers me and it hurts because she’s dead,”  Morrison said.

According to state records, Carol has voted in the last two presidential elections, despite having passed away.

Morrison has made several attempts to notify the county that his wife died,  including sending back her ballots with “DECEASED” marked on the envelope.

“I don’t know why, when somebody dies. It doesn’t go to the elections and they just cross the name off of the list,”  Morrison said.

NBC Bay Area found several other examples, too. People like  Sara Schiffman of San Leandro who died in 2007 yet still voted in 2008, or former Hayward police officer  Frank Canela Tapis who has voted 8 times since 2005, though he died in 2001.

County election officials are responsible for removing names from the voter rolls.

NBC Bay Area gave Contra Costa County Clerk and Recorder Steve Weir a list of more than 100 voters in his county who may have passed away. Around half a dozen of these voters have recorded votes since their death.

“This is embarrassing,” Weir said. “This is something we should have caught.”

After reviewing our list, Weir was able to confirm that he had the death certificate in his office for at least four of these voters, yet the names still weren’t removed.

Weir attributes most of the posthumous votes to mistaken signatures and clerical errors. However, in at least one other case NBC Bay Area uncovered, Weir suspects something else could be afoot. Though he wouldn’t be specific, he referred one of the cases to the district attorney for a potential fraud investigation.

Barry Garner serves as the registrar of Voters in Santa Clara County where NBC Bay Area found the names of 83 people who are dead and still have active voter registration files.

“If we have found someone who has signed someone’s name fraudulently we will turn it over to the D.A.”  Garner said.

Some of the matches between the two databases appear to be a coincidence. For example, two people who were born on the exact same day, with the exact same name living in the exact same state.   

While many of the names we found should have been removed from the rolls, it is important to note  that 25,000 people makes make up less than 0.2 percent of the entire state electorate.

Still, Garner believes that one questionable vote is one too many.

“Too many people have sacrificed and died for the opportunity to vote in this country,”  Garner said.

The lag between when a person dies and when they are removed them from the voter rolls extends beyond California.

A recent study by the Pew Center on the States found 1.8 million dead people still on the active rolls nationwide.

“I don’t think the issue is how this is possible. It’s actually hard to imagine this not occurring given the fractured data that we have throughout this country,” said David Becker with Pew Center on the States. “This isn’t a Democrat problem this isn’t a Republican problem.  (Mario’s note:  In such a heavily Democratic State it is in fact a Republican problem!!) This is a problem for our system. It’s a problem that affects everyone. We need to make sure that the information is accurate.”

All of the Bay Area election officials we spoke with confirmed finding names on their rolls that should have been removed before we contacted them and say they will do a thorough investigation of every name we send them after Tuesday’s election and have flagged the ballots for voters that they have been able to confirm are dead before Election Day.

County officials stressed that they count on the public to help keep their voter rolls up to date. They request that anyone who knows of a person that has died, notify your local county election office so that their name can be removed.

Report: Woman Wearing ‘MIT’ Shirt Barred from Voting in Florida

3:24 PM, NOV 6, 2012 • BY Daniel Halper

A woman wearing an MIT t-shirt was barred from voting Florida, according to a local report. MIT stands for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, not Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“A woman attempting to vote in West Boca Raton this morning was initially prohibited from entering the polling place because she was wearing a tee shirt with the letters MIT,”

“BocaNewsNow.com has heard from multiple sources that an election supervisor at the polling place ultimately realized that MIT stands for “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” — a school where students tend to know how to spell — and was not a campaign shirt for the Republican candidate, who spells his name MITT. Campaigning is not permitted within several yards of a polling place.”

Fortunately, the woman was ultimately allowed to vote. “The woman was ultimately allowed to vote,” the local report reads.

THREATENED WITH A GUN!

PICKET: GOP – Poll watcher in Detroit threatened with gun, 911 call rejected

By Kerry Picket – The Washington Times November 6, 2012, 12:29PM

Tensions are high all over the country at the polls today. The Michigan Republican Party is alleging that a poll watcher in Detroit on Tuesday morning was threatened with a gun. According to the Michigan GOP the poll watcher’s 911 call was rejected. Below is a press release from Michigan Republican Party spokesman Matt Frendeway:

This morning, a legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened and intimidated while attempting to perform his legally allowed duties of observing the election process at precinct polling location 289 in Detroit. The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted by a voter in line, who demanded the poll watcher produce his credentials, which he did.

However, the voter said that wasn’t good enough and that he had “a badge and a gun” and told the poll watcher get out of the precinct. Rather than allow the situation to escalate, the poll watcher left before the voter produced a badge or brandished a gun. Fearing for his safety, the poll watcher exited and called 911, however the Detroit Police refused to respond to the call – neglecting the fact that a voter alleged to have a ‘badge’ and a ‘gun’ in a precinct, putting other voters at risk.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued a statement concerning the issue the following statement:“Poll watchers, precinct workers and voters should not be put in danger when performing their duties, our Republic requires free and fair elections.

“I can only hope that this morning’s outlandish, reckless and dangerous behavior, was not part of a coordinated effort by the Democratic Party and therefore, I am calling on Mark Brewer, Democratic Party Chairman, to condemn these threats of violence and pledge to ensuring all election workers, volunteers and citizens remain safe.”