Let’s see what can be more symbolic than the US Embassy being stormed and the US flag torn down on 9/11

Egyptian demonstrators climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today and pulled down the American flag to protest a film they say is insulting to the prophet Mohammad.

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET: CNN reports that U.S. security guards fired a volley of warning shots as the crowd gathered outside the embassy walls.

So I turn on the TV and what do I see, a CNN story about the Al Qaeda Leader’ Ayman Al Zawahri brother calling for the release of the 1st world trade center bomber on 9/11 before covering the story

On MSNBC Chris Matthews is talking are we better off than 4 years ago (now they say yes)

Am I actually seeing this?

The Jimmy Carterzation of Barack Obama is now complete but will the MSM give this any play, and more importantly if they do cover it how will they blame it on George Bush?

Update: Apparently They’ve hit the US Consulate in Libya too. How Stupid does Greg Sargant feel today writing this headline

I don’t know Greg, it’s sure looking 1980 ish to me today.

Update 2: I guess Greg Sargant has a point because even the Carter Administration wouldn’t have issued a statement like this after being attacked.

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims

No that is not a photoshop or a parody, that is the start of statement from Barack Obama’s US Embassy on 9/11 when our embassy has been stormed.

If the Hilary Clinton State department under Barack Obama OK’ed this statement they should be run out of office on a rail.

Update 3: Ed Morrissey

The money word there, of course, is “abuse.” If speech is illegitimate because it offends religious sensibilities, then we’re on the doorstep of yelling “blasphemy.” In practical effect, that’s what the embassy is pushing: There’s not a syllable wasted here on condemning the cretins who climbed the embassy walls and tore down the flag — on 9/11. The denunciation is reserved for the blasphemers, who in this case turn out to be Egyptian expats who made an amateur film about Mohammed that’s presumably being used by Islamist demagogues over there to whip up the crowd. Every now and then, the Organization of the Islamic Conference pushes a blasphemy resolution at the UN designed to carve out international exceptions to free speech laws for insults to religion, i.e. Islam. The statement from the embassy is precisely the mentality they’re trying to cultivate. All that’s missing is a call for criminal penalties, but that’s less important to the anti-blasphemy bloc than western officials groveling to their sensibilities. Mission accomplished.

In my opinion these people are our enemies and should be treated accordingly

Update 4: While our liberal administration offers apologies, Stacy McCain prepares to send his son to war.

This administration’s idiotic policy blunders — and not some movie — are to blame for the signals of weakness that make these thugs think they can attack us with impunity.

Weakness inspires aggression, and war arises not from the power of our enemies, but from the foolishness of our leaders.

America would not be attacked if we were respected. We are not respected because our enemies believe we are weak and cowardly, and they believe this because our leaders don’t often enough remind them that our sons are strong and do not fear them.

The American people will be safer — and the entire world will be safer — when we have leaders who deserve the confidence of a nation willing to send its sons to war if need be, but who yet pray for peace. America’s strength is the best hope for peace.

The enemies of America are the enemies of peace, and they should be warned: My strong son – like the sons of so many thousands more Americans – is prepared to come kill you.

I think today proves Glenn’s statement more true than ever before: “They’re not anti-war, they’re on the other side.”

Click the cartoon to by Michael’s latest book: “Everyone has a right to my opinion”

For several months I’ve been pointing out holes in the various polls that the MSM has been pushing for the last 5 months. May 15th

It is going to be necessary to have a narrative of the Obama campaign “roaring back” or having momentum. By embracing reality today in August or September they can release a poll with a bigger skew and viola instant Democratic momentum to report!

May 23rd:

The May sample polls 3% less Republicans and 1% more democrats than April. A full 4% difference in the left’s favor and yet with an extra point of Democrats in the sample:

And of course there is the MSM dismissing polls they didn’t like May 31st:

The post gets updated with the results of the Marquette Law School poll with Walker up seven. Sargent notes it’s “just inside the margin of error” and quotes a different source saying Walkers lead is under a point. That source? Talking Points Memo!

Sargent’s piece whether a press release for TPM & Media Matters or an attempt to con one more bit of work or dollar from democrat loyalists who ignore any non MMFA approved source

June 6th Donna Cahill said the following

nothing the convenient lapses of memory on the air for the left

But the old hiding crosstabs trick continued on Aug 8th

Hearing the report I went straight to the story at the times and looked for the crosstabs.

They weren’t there.

Then I went to the “how the polls were conducted” page. They had a link to NY Times polls and clicked there next.

There are a lot of charts and a lot of fancy graphics, and even a video or two. It sure looks pretty.

What isn’t there is the following

The Democrat vs GOP split on the polls

The Split of how the voters polled voted in 2008

or if it’s there it’s hiding REALLY good.

And Aug 10th both CNN:

So we have a poll where Romney is OVER-PERFORMING among his people growing his pie. THAT is the one indisputable fact that we can see from this poll.

Why is this important, I’ll explain it again: You don’t hide the figures if they favor you. If the breakdowns favored Obama they would be out there and arguing them, we would be seeing people talk about how great the president is doing among both his own side and drawing independents toward him. Instead you have to dig and do long division to establish the one fact that we can be sure of in this poll: Mitt Romney is performing beyond his base.

And the Fox poll:

So in a poll where there is a 9 point split between Democrats & Republicans Surprise Democrats lead by 9.

We also discovered that the PPP is capable of oversampling Republicans when they believe it is to their advantage Aug 21:

There’s another problem with this poll for Akin, one we don’t usually see from PPP emphasis mine— they significantly oversampled Republicans. The D/R/I on this survey is R+9 at 30/39/32, but even the GOP-sweep 2010 election had exit polls for Missouri showing an R+3 advantage, 34/37/28. I’m not sure I’d trust that one-point margin lead in this poll.

Now that’s really different, why would PPP suddenly choose this moment to oversample republicans?

Could it be that they are desperate to make sure that Todd Akin stays in the race?

I suspect that if he chooses to remain, the next sample will be less lopsided and more accurate.

If you wanted evidence that certain public polls are a tool to produce a desired result rather than inform, here it is.

All of these were examples of the Dem’s skewing poll results. It’s exactly the same, except for one thing.

Before the conventions the polls were standing alone, they were trying to create a narrative of strength independent of all other things. NOW they are trying to create a narrative of momentum from a political convention where the most enduring memory is the Democrat party booking God and Jerusalem.

The tactics are no different then they were a week a month or 6 months ago, the only difference is they are trying to link a false effect to a cause in order to sell it better. Remember what Allahpundit asked about that CNN poll last night:

Speaking of which, number two: Romney trails overall by six points while leading among independents … by 14?

And Dean Chambers at the Examiner has an explanation for that:

This new CNN/ORC survey, unlike many other analyzed, not only over-samples Democratic voters, but also massively under-samples independent voters, to produce a result more favorable to Barack Obama. This survey’s sample includes 397 registered Republicans and 441 registered Democrats. But the survey included a total of 822 registered voters, leaving only 37 independent voters at most. The survey clearly under-sampled independent and Republican voters.

This is not a coincidence, this is by design as John Nolte reminds us in a long post that finishes thus:

Harris and VendeHei and their team of shameless JournOlisters don’t give a damn about the jobless or the poor or the middle class or the concept of objective and honest reporting — all Harris and VandeHei and their team of shameless JournOlisters care about is dragging Their Precious One over the finish line.

This is not reporting this is campaigning.. Ed Morrissey today:

The media has been slow to tell the full story of the jobs crisis ever since Tim Geithner and Joe Biden declared a “Recovery Summer” in 2010. With some exceptions, the media has not bothered to puncture the claim from Obama of having added 4.5 million jobs, nor putting the decline of the workforce at the front of their stories on jobs reports, or even mentioning the underlying dynamic of population growth that is so critical to understanding those statistics. This is the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, made worse by this administration’s economic and regulatory policies. Had that happened under a Republican President, those conclusions would be front-page news every single day.

The question isn’t if the MSM will continue to play this game, they will, the question isn’t even if some of us will fall for it. The question is, will the Romney campaign fall for it?

This is a true test of Romney’s resolve. He’s like the pilot of a plane rolling down the runway for takeoff. There’s a tree line at the end of the runway that he has to clear. He’s sure he’ll make it. He’s gaining speed, getting some lift, but he’s still not high enough, and at about three-quarters down the runway, a lot of passengers are getting scared. Does Romney keep going according to plan, confident he’ll clear the trees when the time comes? Or does he try some last-minute maneuver?

I suspect he will clear those trees with a lot to spare.

Final thought, The MSM wouldn’t have to do this if Obama wasn’t in deep trouble, DEEP trouble.

Except for the year I was at Blogcon when I had current events to touch on. I have had the same attitude toward Sept 11th each year on this blog and it hasn’t changed:

Our enemies are not going to get the satisfaction. When we constantly mourn we give our foes a victory once every year they haven’t earned.

As Lileks put it:

here’s still a space in the sky where no one will ever stand again. We could stand there once. That we couldn’t stand there eight years ago was their fault. That we cannot stand there today is ours

Remember Sept 11th 2001 was the 2nd great American Victory in history, the first was on Lake Champlain in 1814

At the crisis point of the battle MacDonough managed to wear his primary ship Saratoga 180 degrees due to springs and cables that he prepared the day before, that allowed him to send broadsides from his undamaged side into the equally damaged British fleet.

His taking of the entire fleet meant that even though the British Armies had a 3-1 advantage in troops they were forced to retreat back to Canada.

and the 2nd was on a plane over Pennsylvania

With a cry of “Let’s Roll” the people on that flight ceased to be victims and instead became soldiers and warriors. Their will to fight and make a difference denying a victory to our foes and was the first of many US victory’s in the war on Terror.

It was that moment when 9/11 ceased to be another of many terror attacks and became the War on Terror for me

But it was also the day of a defeat and we are fools to help their propaganda efforts:

The days we need to be remembering are the fall of Saddam (April 9th); the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Tora Bora (Dec 17th); and the death of Bin Laden (May 2nd). We should hold those days high, and make sure that not only do we remember and celebrate those days—but those we defeated remember it as well. Those days should be celebrated just as we did with VE and VJ Days, right up until the greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers, and those World War II landmarks began to fade from memory.

When the war is won, then perhaps things will be different—but as long as we are still fighting, a somber remembrance is the wrong thing to do.

Until that day if you absolutely HAVE to remember something, remember these guys:

And when 9/11 comes around buy them a drink.

Update: I’ve been asked: I see the soldiers but who is the guy in the middle, that is Smitty of The Other McCain Lt. Cmdr USN just before his deployment to Afghanistan.