French perplexed by motivation for Toulouse attack? It is called hate! (See 2 below)
I have consistently stated Obama will pull out all stops to get re-elected and he has consistently lied. Now we have support of this accusation with respect to recent employment figures and claims, based on John Hussman's analysis (See 3 below.)
The French have cornered the alleged shooter and what do you know turns out to be a Islamist trained al Qaeda member. Will wonder, even of the French variety, never cease. (See 4 below.)
I have come to a revelation that, no doubt, is already known by others and it pertains to infant sleeping patterns in and out of the womb.
When in the womb, infants are rocked to sleep by their mother's daily activity but as they get larger and when the mother sleeps they need to exercise and become active in the evening.
Upon birth the procedure tends to reverse and night and day determines infant sleep patterns and this takes time for adjusting.
In Dagny's case , since she is virtually perfect, this has been less of a problem. Now you know!
I continue to suggest who Obama is extremely vulnerable come November, because of his policies and expressed commitments he failed to implement. As his words are played back and discussed some voters will awake from their torpor and, no longer being the first black to be elected president, Obama's bloom is off the lilly and voting patterns will modify.
Even Newt is right about algae not being a solution by November. Eventually maybe, but not enough to save Obama. (See 5 below.)
1) Results of US simulation of repercussions of Israeli strike against Iran
An "Internal Look" at the Aftermath of an Israeli Strike
The US war simulation assessed the repercussions of an Israeli strike on
Iran's nuclear facilities; American involvement may be impossible to
"A war is no picnic," stated Minister of Defense Ehud Barak in an interview
with Israel Radio in November. "But if Israel feels itself forced into
action, the retaliation would be bearable…the State of Israel will not be
The US conducted a classified war simulation this month to assess the
implications of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities; the results
estimate that such an attack could precipitate a regional war and draw the
US into a conflict it is desperately trying to avert. The simulation was
designed to evaluate inter-branch coordination and communication in the
midst of a highly realistic, plausible scenario.
The two-week exercise, called “Internal Look,” simulated a narrative in
which the US found itself pulled into the conflict after an Iranian missile
attacked a US Navy warship in the Persian Gulf, resulting in approximately
200 casualties. The strike was followed by US retaliation with independent
strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.
US officials emphasized that the simulation was not a rehearsal for an
American military operation and that the results obtained are not the only
potential outcome of a real-world situation, especially considering the
unpredictable actions of the Iranian regime in the event of a conflict.
The US assessed that the initial Israeli strike would have insignificantly
impeded Iran's ability to obtain enriched uranium; the subsequent American
strikes were estimated to have delayed the Iranian program by no more than
two additional years.
However, the reality in a real-world scenario could drastically change if
President Obama were to unleash a full-scale retaliation by utilizing
America's arsenal of long-range bombers, refueling aircraft, and precision
missiles; however, the policies of the Obama administration render an
operation of such nature highly unlikely.
Indeed, both American and Israeli intelligence services agree on the
progress Iran has made in its nuclear ambitions, but Israel believes that
the window to prevent a nuclear Iran is rapidly closing.
Some military specialists in the US and Israel believe that Iran would try
to carefully manage the escalation after an Israeli strike to prevent the
situation from escalating into a full-out war on Iranian soil.
The simulation’s results argue that Iran would not conduct direct strikes on
American military targets in order to avoid a potentially damaging
situation. Perhaps Iran would utilize its proxies to carry out acts of
terror across the globe and funnel high explosives to insurgents in
Afghanistan to attack American troops. However, Israeli intelligence
estimates and academic studies cast doubt on the probability of the
transpiration of a series of catastrophic events such as widespread terror,
regional war, and sky-high oil prices.
As the Iranian nuclear program continues to progress and the window of
opportunity to strike rapidly closes, it is still a question of how Israel
and the international community will manage the dichotomy between principle
2)French confounded by motivation in Jewish school shooting, earlier killings
By Robert Marquand
Police linked shooting at a French Jewish school to two earlier shootings, both of ethnic minorities. Some French are drawing comparisons to the 1999 Columbine High School killings
The shooting deaths of three French children and a rabbi at an Orthodox Jewish school in Toulouse seems timed for maximum impact and shock value, coming in the midst of a French national election that has raised issues of security and national identity.
The killings are the worst suffered by France's small Jewish community in decades and the impact here is being compared to the Columbine High School shootings in the United States in 1999 or last summer's massacre of Norwegian youth at a youth political camp.
In Paris, silent protesters are marched from Republic Square to the Bastille The leading candidates for president, current leader President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, suspended their campaigns to travel to Tolouse and denounced the murders. They will also refrain from campaigning today.
With ballistics reports linking the incident at the local Ozar Hatorah Jewish school school to two grisly slayings earlier this month that killed a total of three ethnic north African French paratroopers in the same region, the French are confounded by what the intended message of the killings is.
French police in southwestern France have deployed hundreds of officers in one of the largest manhunts in France in recent memory.
The seemingly disparate targets in the three incidents are difficult for police to connect the dots on: Jewish, military, and ethnic minority. Authorities say it may be significant that the slain paratroopers' unit fought in Afghanistan.
Whether it was a lone killer, as in last year's shooting spree in Arizona aimed at former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, or a plot involving several individuals, perhaps from Pakistan or Afghanistan, is unclear. Some Paris sources familiar with political extremism told the Monitor the work is likely that of a small radical sect on the right or left, possibly Aryan, with a score to settle.
Parisian magazine Le Point offered one of the more provocative ideas in the short life of the incident: The elite 17th French paratroop division in Montauban, near Toulouse - of which the three killed paratroopers were a part - has a history of neo-Nazi and fascist sentiment. Several troops were drummed out of the division in 2008 after an investigation and after the Parisian magazine Canard Enchaine published photos of them giving the Nazi salute set against a backdrop of swastikas.
Catherine de Wenden
"The National Front prides itself on good ties with the French military and support of the French Army," Ms. De Wenden said in an interview today. "The Palestinians in France are an elite group and historically they have been defended by French troops, and these are elite forces themselves. I don't see that. The possibilities are too numerous and we just don't know yet."
Mr. Sarkozy flew immediately to Toulouse and met France's senior Jewish representative, Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim. He also called for a national moment of silence tomorrow at 11 a.m. and the government stepped up protective measures around all Jewish learning institutions.
Toulouse is home to the largest Jewish community in France. The Ozar Hatorah complex was established in 1983. The school, whose name translates to "treasure of the Torah" in Hebrew is distinguished for a 100 percent graduation rate. It is part of a network of 13 Orthodox Jewish schools in France that have their roots in educational institutions founded in modern-day Israel in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, partly with US Jewish contributions.
Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who was killed along with two of his children and another student, came to Ozar Hatorah as a rabbi and teacher from Israel last September.
Israeli authorities today asked French authorities "to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators to justice." Israeli newspaper Haaretz suggested that rising nationalist and anti-immigration rhetoric in the current French election fanned hatred. At least one expert contacted, however, felt it would not have mattered whether there was an election taking place or not, but that the election backdrop was manipulated to amplify the horrific deed.
A ballistics report from the French police links the 11.43 caliber weapon used at Ozar Hatorah to two earlier fatal shootings, one on March 1 and one on March 15. On March 11, French soldier Imad Ibn-Ziater arranged to meet with a man he exchanged emails with in order to sell his Suzuki motor-scooter and was later found dead. French newspaper Figaro reported Mr. Ibn-Ziater's ethnicity was probably not initially known to the buyer, and said police were looking for internet clues.
On March 15 three French soliders, two with familiar North African or Arabic names, were standing at a shopping center ATM in Montaubanwhen they were shot from a distance. The shooter then ran up to two of the men and emptied more than 15 rounds. Two of the three were killed and the third remains in hospital in critical condition. A witness who briefly saw the face of the killer did not report it as a dark-skinned face.
3)No Truth To January Job Gains!
Obama’s entire claim that the economy is reviving is based on phony numbers and rigged statistics! Nothing is more misleading than the recent administration claims that the economy added over 200,000 jobs during each of the past three months and that unemployment is stable at 8.3 percent!
Dr. John Hussman of the Hussman Fund says that the claims of job gains are based entirely on weighted figures. “Total non-farm employment in the U.S., before seasonal adjustments, fell by 2,689,000 jobs in January.” Then the spin doctors at the Bureau of Labor Statistics went to work. Hussman explains: “because it’s typical for the economy to lose a large number of jobs after the holidays, largely in retail trade, construction and manufacturing, the BLS estimated that the ‘normal’ seasonal decline in employment should have been 2,932,000 jobs in January. The difference between the two numbers … was 243,000 jobs, which was reported as an increase in employment.”
Hussman notes that this “adjustment” in 2011 and 2012 was far more extreme than in any previous year since the 1960s. Had the standard adjustment been used, instead of the souped-up figure BLS applied, the total number of new jobs created would be only about 60,000 for January.
And even that is most likely a “spun” over-estimation!
Hussman points out that “moreover, we’ve had a remarkably mild winter in the U.S., particularly in January, and it’s clear that this has favorably affected both construction and retail activity. Ironically, however, nothing in the seasonal adjustment actually adjusts for this purely seasonal effect.”
The stable-unemployment-rate fantasy is also based on a steady decline in the number of people in the labor force, despite population increases. The current number of people in the labor force — the denominator in determining theunemployment rate — is the lowest since 1981. Economist Peter Morici writes that “if the adult participation rate [in the labor force] was the same today as when Obama became president, unemployment would be 11 percent.”
Morici also notes that “adding adults … who say they would re-enter the labor market if conditions improved and part-time workers who would prefer full-time positions, the unemployment rate becomes 15.2 percent. Factoring in college graduates in low skill positions, like counterwork at Starbucks … unemployment is closer to 20 percent!”
Such is the “happy math” upon which the administration bases its claims of economic recovery.
Gallup, which predicts election results with incredible accuracy, uses the same survey methodology to develop its own unemployment rate and now reports that it stands at 9.1 percent, a 0.6 percentage-point increase since last month.
Fortunately, the American people are using their own eyes, not Obama’s statistics, to figure out what is really going on. Obama’s approval ratings, as measured most accurately by Gallup and Rasmussen, show a drop from 51 percent a month or two ago to the low 40’s now. And Rasmussen shows Romney beating Obama by 4 to 6 points. At 42 percent of the vote in the trial heat, Obama is facing a crushing defeat, because the vast bulk of the undecided vote always goes against the incumbent.
With gas prices surging, the economic data will only get worse. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the economy predicts slow growth and higher unemployment in the near future, and Hussman says that “overall, an economic downturn remains the most likely prospect with Obama remaining in office”
The ability of the core Democrats at self-deception is legendary, but their current optimism about both the economy and their chances of holding the White House and the Senate and regaining the House........is downright insane!!
4)French police corner Al-Qaeda suspect after shooting
By Alex Peyrille