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Rapid Fire – October 31, 2011

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TOP STORY: The Occupy Wall Street Movement has gained a few media allies to date, but few are so zealous to prop up the movement as is Russia Today. Cliff Kincaid reports: “RT, a big backer of the Occupy Wall Street protests, has assigned several reporters to cover the demonstrations around the country. The channel has called the protests “America’s Arab Spring,” with an emphasis on alleged police brutality against the demonstrators.” http://bit.ly/spKJWj [4]

NEW VIDEO: We first dropped Tea Party guys into an Occupy DC protest. It didn’t go well. This week, we show what happens when you set up a job bank for those complaining about lack of employment. Stay tuned this week for more video:

MEDIA WATCH: Newsweek magazine, (remember that lapsed subscription?) is having money troubles again. It has become so bad that, as Don Irvine reports: “They budgeted for a 10 percent decline in print ad revenue in 2010 and wound up with a 34% decline… print circulation is down eight percent in the first half of 2011 and they have lowered their subscription price in an effort to attract more subscribers, which will likely generate even less revenue than the previous year.” You have to wonder when the liberal press will just admit its faults. http://bit.ly/sfvzWD [5]

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ELECTION 2012: The Anita Hill 2.0 or e-lynching narrative for Herman Cain has officially begun, with POLITICO claiming that two women have come forward with sexual harassment complaints. The Cain gang isn’t having any of it though: “Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain… Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.” We doubt this story will be short lived. http://bit.ly/vbXRUm [7]

NANCY FANCIED: There aren’t many things that make President Obama happy lately, but Don Irvine has found one – returning Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of the House. “Obama may not have realized it at the time, but his praise of Pelosi might just give conservatives the impetus they need to retain control of the House in 2012.” http://bit.ly/uKLQcE [8]

BARRY, BRUTALIZED: The White House is in full spin mode (honestly, when aren’t they?) about Chief of Staff Bill Daley’s comments that things will get better when the President does an “end run around Congress” this year. Don Irvine reports: “Daley’s remarks obviously made the White House a little uncomfortable; as he was closer to the truth than they want to publicly admit. His remarks implied that the real blame for the President’s problems belongs to the President himself and the Democrats in Congress.” http://bit.ly/w3LS3B [9]

PERRY SHIFTS TO BABIES: Texas Governor Rick Perry chose New Hampshire, of all places, to unveil a full-throated defense of his record against Planned Parenthood, gay marriage et. al. “If you want to stop Washington’s big violations of the (Constitution), especially when it comes to the most basic principle of protecting life, then we must make President Obama a one-term president.” http://bit.ly/vf8VHl [10]

WHAT WE’RE READING: Speaking of the Russians, the AP released a Where are They Now? piece on Anna Chapman and company. “While freed Soviet spies typically kept a low profile after their return to Moscow, Chapman became a lingerie model, corporate spokeswoman and television personality. Donald Heathfield, whose real name is Andrey Bezrukov, lists himself as an adviser to the president of a major Russian oil company on his LinkedIn account.” http://bit.ly/tDIiiF [11]

WEST WING BROTHERHOOD: AIM guest columnist Dr. Essam Abdallah sounds the alarm on the growing pressure CAIR has inflicted on American foreign policy: “[t]he near future will uncover many surprises after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, as we realize more and more that the popular revolts in the Arab world – and the Obama Administration’s position towards them – were determined by political battles between various pressure groups in Washington.” http://bit.ly/vunAVD [12]


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