Hillary Clinton apologizes to Muslims after Islamists kill U.S. ambassador

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U.S. ambassador killed in Libya

The apologies after the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya keep on coming this time from Clinton.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated the apologetic stance disavowed earlier by the White House, in response to the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by a mob of radical Egyptian supporters of Al Qaeda on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.

Clinton statements on the day’s events, published on the website of the State Department and Twitter, condemning “in the strongest possible terms” an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in Benghazi, leaving a dead U.S. ambassador, but offered no condemnation on the attack of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

Instead, Clinton reiterated an apology issued today by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, which is now deleted, that said: “We condemn the continuing efforts by the wrong people to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” Clinton said. “Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the origins of our nation,” she added.

However, the White House has distanced itself from such apologies, according to a political news website, saying they were not “approved by Washington.”
Obviously, there is some discord in Washington.

Last week, the State Department was at odds with the President when it reiterated its position that the U.S. does not consider Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Obama was reported to have been involved with the Democratic Party leadership during the Democratic National Convention to re-insert language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


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Hobby Lobby Becomes Largest Company to Sue Over ‘Obamacare’ Birth Control Mandate

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Christian CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Sues Obama Admin. Over HHS Mandate

Courtesy: The Becket Fund

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the privately held arts and crafts retail chain, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its controversial HHS mandate requiring that all employers provide birth control coverage to their employees.

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said CEO and founder David Green. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

How much did Green say his company would have to pay in fines?

“David Green … says he’ll have to pay as much as $1.3 million in daily fines if he doesn’t pay for types of contraception he and other evangelicals morally oppose, including the so-called ‘morning after’ pill [emphasis added],” the Washington Times reports.

What’s notable about Mr. Green’s decision is that not only is Hobby Lobby now the largest company to sue the Obama administration’s over its HHS mandate, but it’s also the first non-Catholic-owned business to do so.

And Mr. Green certainly runs a Christian-style business.

Hobby Lobby stores are never open on Sunday and the chain’s website attributes its continued success to its practice of “honoring the Lord in a manner consistent with biblical principles.”

“Washington politicians cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.  “Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs.”

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CCTV cameras being used in school changing rooms and toilets

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More than 200 schools across Britain are using CCTV cameras in pupils’ toilets or changing rooms, according to figures obtained by anti-surveillance campaigners, who warned that the research raised serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren.

A total of 825 cameras were located in the toilets or changing rooms of 207 schools across England, Scotland and Wales, according to data provided by more than 2,000 schools.

The figures are based on freedom of information requests lodged by the campaign group Big Brother Watch. Its director, Nick Pickles, said the full extent of school surveillance was far higher than the group had expected, adding: “Schools need to come clean about why they are using these cameras and what is happening to the footage

“Local authorities also need to be doing far more to rein in excessive surveillance in their areas and ensuring resources are not being diverted from more effective alternatives.”

The Radclyffe School in Oldham topped the list of schools with 20 cameras in toilets or changing rooms.

Responses from 2,107 secondary schools and academies showed they used 47,806 cameras overall, including 26,887 inside school buildings.

With 1.8m pupils being taught in these schools, there was an average of one camera for every 38 children.

In all, 90% of schools had CCTV cameras, with an average of 24 cameras in each of the 1,537 secondary schools that responded and 30 cameras in each of the 570 academies.

Big Brother Watch estimates the number of CCTV cameras in secondary schools and academies across England, Wales and Scotland was now 106,710.

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Open mic captures press coordinating questions for Romney

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Before Romney issued his statement today, an open mic capture the press coordinating questions to ask Romney, with one saying “no matter who he calls on we’re covered on the one question”.

The Right Scoop reports that unnamed mainstream media journalists were caught on a live mic coordinating hostile questions for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney before his press conference today on the U.S. embassy attacks.

Their goal was to make sure that no question would address the substance of the crisis but instead put Romney on the defensive about made-up mistakes in his criticism of President Obama.

In the event, six out of the seven questions were almost exactly the same, all questioning Romney for his supposed mistake. (Romney handled the questions very well.)

By contrast, President Obama did not take questions at his press conference today–and rather than criticize the Obama administration’s failure to anticipate the 9/11 embassy attacks, the State Department’s eagerness to apologize for any offense caused by an obscure anti-Islamic film, or the Obama campaign’s immediate departure for a Las Vegas fundraiser in the midst of a profound crisis, the mainstream media is attacking Republican Mitt Romney for criticizing the president–and lying about what he said.

Here’s Time‘s Michael Scherer:

Mitt Romney began the 2012 anniversary of September 11 by calling for a suspension of politics. “There is a time and a place for that, but this day is not it,” Romney told a morning National Guard gathering in Reno, Nev.

Just hours later, Romney could no longer resist.

Hold it right there. Romney did suspend politics for the entire day, issuing a statement only late at night, for the morning news bulletins. By contrast, Barack Obama broke his campaign promise not to attack his opponent, letting Bill Clinton loose on the stump in Florida to launch false attacks on Romney and Paul Ryan.

Scherer ignores just about every fact about the violence and the Obama administration’s amateurish response–then lies about Romney’s press conference today, calling it an attempt to explain himself rather than what it was: a plain statement of his position on events and his differences with President Obama.

Here’s NBC’s David Gregory‘s  tweet:

Romney appears to have launched a political attack even before facts of embassy violence were known. Then uses day to issue vague FP vision.

Romney did not launch an “attack” before the facts were known. The relevant facts were already apparent–that our embassies had been attacked, and that the Obama administration had apologized for the so-called pretext for the attack, rather than expressing outrage at the Egyptian attack (it condemned the Libya attack). That was the basis for Romney’s statement, and those facts have not changed since yesterday, even though more facts have become known about the causes of the attacks and the terrible consequences.

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Obama administration disavows Cairo apology

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The Obama administration is disavowing a statement from its own Cairo embassy that seemed to apologize for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” an administration official told POLITICO.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo put out a statement early Tuesday that was pegged to anger over an anti-Muslim film being circulated by an Israeli-American real estate developer.

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions,” the embassy said in a statement published online.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the film depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammed as a “womanizer, pedophile and fraud” — a depiction bound to offend many Muslims.

The embassy came under widespread criticism for failing to defend free speech in the face of threats of violence. Egyptian protesters rioted anyway, breaching the embassy walls and tearing down the American flag.

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.

The Romney campaign accused the Obama administration of sympathizing with the protests in a statement released after the administration statement.

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” Romney said.