Lawsuit Filed By Anti-Obama Filmmakers

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — The three executive producers of an anti-Obama movie are in a California court arguing over who gets the money it made.

Dinesh D’Souza, one of three executive producers of “2016: Obama’s America,” which has racked up millions in box office receipts and DVD sales, wrote a book heavily drawing from the film and has not shared any of the profits with the film’s two other creators, a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court alleges. A separate suit alleges D’Souza tried to wrest control of the production company responsible for the film away from his two collaborators, in violation of an agreement the trio had forged, U-T San Diego reported Tuesday.

D’Souza, also the film’s director, is being sued by his two partners Douglas Sain and Christopher Williams. The trio formed Obama’s America Foundation, a film production company, half of which is owned by D’Souza and the other half split between Sain and Williams, Sain’s lawyer said.

Sain charged D’Souza diverted money from OAF to fund his personal ventures and help pay for an affair he was having with a woman. D’Souza denied the affair but resigned from his position on the board of an evangelical college and filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years Oct. 4, U-T San Diego reported.

Police Say Louisiana Woman Set Herself Afire

WINNSBORO, La. (UPI) — A candlelight vigil was held for a severely burned Louisiana woman, hours after investigators determined she deliberately set herself on fire.

The prayer vigil by nearly 130 friends and neighbors of Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, of Winnsboro, who suffered burns to 60 percent of her body and remained in critical condition in LSU Hospital in Baton Rouge, came after the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office determined it was Moffitt herself, and not three alleged assailants, who burned her, the Shreveport Times reported Wednesday.

“This has been a very disturbing case for all involved. All the evidence indicates this was a self-inflicted situation,” Sheriff Kevin Cobb said.

The attackers allegedly burned Moffitt and wrote “KKK” and other racist remarks on her car in a paste-like substance, but her DNA and fingerprints were found on a lighter and container of lighter fluid, the newspaper said.

Moffitt’s family released a statement Tuesday, apologizing for her actions and thanking law enforcement for its work in the case, expressing its “appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support.”

The Franklin Parish District Attorney’s Office will determine if Moffitt will face criminal charges.

Teen Boy Arrested In Colorado Girl’s Death

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (UPI) — A 17-year-old youth has been arrested in the abduction and slaying of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, police in Westminster, Colo., said Wednesday.

The suspect was identified as Austin Sigg, who lives less than a mile from the Ridgeway home, police said in a statement posted on the department’s website.

Sigg also is to be charged in an attempted abduction that took place in late May near Ketner Lake, just a few blocks from Siggs’ home, police said.

The release said law enforcement got a “major break” in the Ridgeway investigation Tuesday evening when they received a call that led them to a home near Ketner Lake.

Jessica disappeared from her Westminster home Oct. 5 when she for school. Five days later, her body was found at a park in Arvada, several miles from her home.

Accused Cole Bomber Alleges Mistreatment

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (UPI) — The alleged mastermind of the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole in 2000 complained to a military judge he’s being mistreated at Guantanamo.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 47, told Army Col. James Phol, the judge overseeing the case, military guards chain him so severely for his trips to court he vomits during transport, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Nashiri said he has a back problem and the heavy stomach chains he wears aggravate it.

Nashiri told the judge he wants to attend his court sessions but, “Let the world know that the judge sentenced me to death because I didn’t show up to court due to chains. Thank you.”

The U.S. government has accused Nashiri of being the mastermind behind the Cole attack that saw a small ship loaded with explosives pull up alongside the American warship and explode, killing 17 sailors.

Nashiri denies the charges and his lawyers have suggested the government already killed the person they believe was responsible for the Cole attack in a missile strike in November 2002.

Sacred Cow Defense Will Kill America

President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney both agree that the United States is in the midst of a historically unsustainable debt spiral; they also both agree that military spending is a sacred cow that can be cut under no circumstance.

Obama has used drones in an unprecedented way that has resulted in the loss of life of not only enemy combatants in war zones, but also civilian casualties in countries like Pakistan where the United States is not at war. And Romney — who, if elected, will take control of the same remote-operated fleet of death machines — applauds the current President’s drone strategy, which has come under fire from many within the human rights community and drawn protest from the citizens and leadership of countries abroad.

“I support that entirely and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology and believe that we should continue to use it to continue to go after the people who represent a threat to this nation and to our friends,” Romney said when asked about drone policy at the Presidential debate Monday.

Romney also proffered the same 2014 Afghanistan troop withdrawal date that Obama has been touting, despite having criticizing the President in the past for “offering the enemy a timeline.”

The two candidates spent a long time during the debate Monday driving home one point: America is in dire financial trouble, but cannot make defense spending cuts.

Unmentioned, however, was the fact that the budget cuts that the two candidates are so worried about do not actually cut defense spending at all. The focus of the contention is on “sequestration” cuts — automatic spending cuts put into place last year when government again raised the debt ceiling.

The first round of “cuts” has already taken place under sequestration, shaving $487 billion from Pentagon spending over the next decade as defense spending continues to grow at the rate of inflation.

Romney wants to reinstate that money. And Obama said Monday that he, too, would reverse sequestration cuts.

If government doesn’t act by January, an additional $600 billion in defense spending will go into action. But even under complete sequestration, defense spending will continue to rise by about 16 percent.
 

School Suspends Student Growing Hair For Locks For Love

A high school junior in Ohio has been suspended because of his long hair. Zachary Aufderheide was growing his hair for Locks for Love, a group that uses donated hair to make hair pieces for kids who lose their hair because of illness.

Aufderheide has been growing his hair since October 2011.

“If I could just give the chance for one kid to have a normal life, then I’m just going to go for it,” Aufderheide said.

But Aufderheide’s hair is a violation of the school’s dress code. School officials told Aurderheide that his hair has to go.

“Just them telling me, ‘No, you can’t do this. You’re not allowed.’ When it’s so close to being done–its just–it’s unbelievable,” said the junior at Canton South High School.

Aufderheide does not plan to cut his hair until he’s ready. Therefore, he’ll face suspension. Aufderheide was planning on growing his hair another inch.

“It’s just hair. I know it’s in the [school handbook] contract. I know it’s in the school policy. But it is just hair. What harm can hair do?” Aufderheide said.

The CIA Wants More Drones

The Central Intelligence Agency needs more drones, according to a proposal submitted by director David Petraeus.

Petraeus submitted a proposal to add up to 10 drones to a program that currently has about 30 to 35 of the unmanned aerial vehicles. The increase is needed to allow the agency to continue launching strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, while targeting terror threats in other regions of the world, according to a report by The Washington Post.

If the CIA proposal is approved, it could expand its drone missions to North Africa, where al-Qaida is expected to have established significant strongholds, while continuing aggressive bombing missions in Yemen and Pakistan.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik recently claimed that 80 percent of those killed in U.S. drone attacks in his country are civilians. And a recent study conducted by Stanford and New York University backs up the claim, finding that only about 2 percent of the nearly 3,000 casualties were high-value militant targets.

The White House Counterterrorism Security Group has not yet approved the CIA proposal; and, because top Pentagon officials have previously expressed concern about the CIA’s increasing involvement in targeted killing missions, there is a chance the agency will not get the extra drones.

California Dreamin’

“You know the preacher likes the cold
He knows I’m gonna stay
California Dreamin’
On such a winter’s day”
–“California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas

California! Home to the gold rush, Hollywood and, once upon a time, the greatest of all American dreams. But as Don DeLillo, the great modern American novelist said: “Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”

I wrote last week about the economic tragedy that has befallen Greece. But the economic crisis is far closer to home than that island nation. For America it may start and end in California.

In the book California Crackup, authors Joe Mathews and Mark Paul explain the economic meltdown for California — whose State coffers may be just as empty as those in Athens, Greece — has legislative districts filled with very partisan people. Every new tax or big spending decision requires a two-thirds majority. Even if a measure finds the needed votes, it can be undone by the voter-initiative process.

Bestselling author Michael Lewis (The Big Short) wrote: “Throw in term limits—no elected official now serves in California government long enough to fully understand it—and you have a recipe for generating maximum contempt for elected officials.”

The California government was designed mainly to maximize the likelihood that voters will despise the people they elect, according to Paul.

“What all the polls show is that people want services and not to pay for them. And that’s exactly what they have now got,” Paul said.

It sounds like what’s going on now in Congress. I find it hard to imagine that either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be effective in instituting change.

For Arnold Schwarzenegger, two-term Governor of California, it was a series of economic crises that began with the Internet bubble and ended with the real estate bubble.

In his new autobiography, Total Recall, Schwarzenegger wrote: “Besides being golden and prosperous, California is disaster prone.” He didn’t understand the full extent of this until 2003 when he was elected as a Republican Governor.

“After so many years of ugly, pointless fighting in Sacramento, both sides had lost touch with the art of negotiation. In fact, the legislative districts were drawn to elect the most partisan, uncompromising members of each party; legislators who were bred to fight, like roosters bred for cockfighting.”

It has led to economic failure in what was the land of opportunity.

CNBC reports: “California is on the verge of an economic meltdown. The state, with the second highest foreclosure rate in the nation, is being hammered by the deep recession, rising unemployment and a growing multi-billion dollar budget deficit. … And, while California may be the biggest state in trouble, it isn’t alone.”

How bad is it? I was out at a gathering with all my oldest friends last week. One of them owns the largest motorcycle dealership in California. He has a son and is very worried about his future because of recent events in the State. Yet he said he didn’t know where to go where they would be better off.

That was when I decided to follow up my Greek article and write about California. Only after I did my research did I find that GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney had already made the comparison.

Speaking in Iowa in August, Romney compared California’s economy to Greece’s economic crisis.

“Entrepreneurs and business people around the world and here at home think that at some point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy, or like California.”

Romney also derided California at a fundraiser in Irvine, Calif., earlier this summer when he warned that the ills of that State could spread to the rest of the Nation.

“How have the liberals done in California? Do you want the same policies in Washington that you see coming out of Sacramento? With education, with the deficit, with taxes? Is that the way you want the country to go? I don’t know how anybody in California can keep voting for liberals,” Romney said.

One thing is certain, California is becoming a disaster zone and not because of earthquakes or forest fires. Last month, the Debord Report stated:

The independent State Budget Crisis Tax Force has released its analysis of California’s finances and found that rather than being a whopping $28 billion in debt, as Gov. Jerry Brown alleged with he came to office, the state is actually a nearly unfathomable $335 billion debt. Brown called it a “wall,” as the New York Times noted. But it’s really more like a dozen walls. All stacked on top of each other to make a mega-wall that blocks out the Sun.

This is not an exaggeration. Californian’s total level of debt, on and off the books, is pushing a fifth of the total annual economic output of the state, which is about $2 trillion.

The United States, along with Canada and most Western democracies, has adopted California’s propensity for spending just as it has embraced Hollywood entertainment and La Jolla fashions.

California is the land of illusion. Illusions of prosperity have been adopted worldwide. For his latest bestseller, Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, Lewis interviewed the mayor of San Jose, Chuck Reed.

Lewis pointed to the fact that San Jose has the second highest per capita income of any city in the United States (after New York) and had one of the highest credit ratings until last March (that was when Moody’s Investors Service cut the general-obligation grade one step to AA1 from AAA).

Reed told Lewis that the city has a problem: It owes so much more money than it can afford to pay to its employees that it could cut its debt in half and still end up broke.

Reed said: “We’re not as bad as Greece, I don’t think.”

Maybe not yet, but for how long? And for how long will the United States be not as bad as Greece? If Washington could not write blank checks because the U.S. dollar is the world’s reserve currency, there would be more serious downgrades to U.S. Treasury debt and that would incur much higher interest rates.

For four years, the Obama Administration has refused to do anything but pass the buck — in this case, to future generations. With a little luck we will at least have the opportunity to see if President Romney has the courage to do more. If not, “California Dreamin’” will become America’s nightmare, and many of us will be stepping into churches to pray.

Yours in good times and bad,

John Myers
Editor, Myers Energy & Gold Report

Alabama Lawmaker Wants To Ban U.N. Observers

Want proof that America has sunk to the level of a Third World banana republic? Four words: United Nations election observers.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a U.N.-affiliated agency, will be observing the Nov. 6 U.S. election for election fraud and voter suppression. It will be on hand at the request of the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and other liberal organizations. The observers come from such bastions of free and fair elections as Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. OSCE has assessed elections in the United States since 2002. It somehow missed those Black Panthers guarding the doors in Pennsylvania in 2008.

The States of Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Mexico explicitly allow for international observers. Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard wants to make sure Alabama does not. Hubbard says he will push for future legislation to ban non-U.S. citizens from acting as poll watchers.

U.S. election laws already allow multiple parties — some affiliated with candidates and others who are part of interested groups — to observe the election process. One of those is True the Vote, a conservative, Tea Party-affiliated group. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, ACLU and Leadership Conference could monitor them as well. Of course, when you have a racist and highly partisan U.S. Attorney General like Eric Holder, it doesn’t matter how much fraud is uncovered. It’ll just get ignored when it doesn’t fit his agenda.

Foreign observers are redundant and unnecessary. The George W. Bush/Al Gore election of 2000 showed that the United States is perfectly capable of botching the election process on its own. It doesn’t need U.N. observers bringing their “botching” expertise into the mix.

D.C. Considers Ban On Sugary Drinks

Move over, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there’s a new soda sheriff. Several members of the D.C. Council want to see large sugary drinks banned.

Councilmembers Michael Brown, Vincent Orange and Mary Cheh hope to make large drinks a thing of the past.

“I’m very excited by that,” said Cheh, in regard to a ban on large drinks. “If I could get the votes to do it I would certainly try to put that in place. I would consider legislation to do that, I would like to see that done.”

Several others are open to the idea, including Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Tommy Wells.

“I think there probably are some good health reasons to support something like that,” said Gray. “We’ll be happy to look at it, we haven’t taken a position on that one way or another.”

Mendelson said: “The issue of nutrition is of critical importance to public health. We need to look at different strategies so people understand what the effect is of the large volume of soft drinks they’re drinking.”

Wells had this to say: “I am open to anything that will help young people be healthier.”

Pub Owner Uses Broom To Fight Off Robbers

ST. LOUIS,  (UPI) —  Police in St. Louis say a pub owner scared off armed robbers by swatting at them with a broom.

St. Louis police said the husband and wife owners of O’Malley’s Irish pub called 911 about 2 a.m. Tuesday and reported two or three men had approached the husband while he was sweeping the sidewalk after closing the pub and brandished a firearm, KSDK-TV, St. Louis, reported.

The man said he struck the robbers repeatedly with the broom and they fired several shots while fleeing. No one was struck by the shots.

Police said they were searching for the suspects.

Man Living At S.C. Mission Wins $200,000

GREENVILLE, S.C., (UPI) —  A South Carolina man who won $200,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket told officials he had been living at a rescue mission.

South Carolina Education Lottery officials said the Greenville man, whose name was not released, won the prize on a $10  scratch-off ticket called The Color of Money and said the money will enable him to move out of the mission, WHNS-TV, Greenville, reported Monday.

“To see a person you know, he gets $200,000 but he doesn’t have a penny in his pocket, I couldn’t believe he won $200,000,” said Simon Sfeir, owner of the Simons Liquors store where the man purchased the ticket.

Vandal Makes Anti-Obama Banners Pro-Obama

PITTSBURGH, (UPI) —  The coordinator of an anti-Obama office in Pittsburgh said a vandal was caught on camera using spray paint to alter window banners.

Josh Wander, coordinator of the 2-week-old center, which is sponsored by the conservative non-profit advocacy group American Majority, said security cameras recorded a man walking up to the center’s storefront and using spray paint to change messages opposing President Barack Obama into messages supporting the president, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.

One message was changed from “Support Israel? Fire Obama” to “Support Israel? Hire Obama” while the other responded to a banner reading “Obama, Oy Vey !!, Had Enough?” with “Never, Love Him.”

Wander said the video has been turned over to police for investigation.

School Orders Boy To Cut ‘Charity’ Hair

CANTON, Ohio, (UPI) —  An Ohio high school student who is growing his hair out to donate to a wig-making charity said he will not obey the school board’s orders to get a haircut.

Zachery Aufderheide, a senior at Canton South High School, said his hair needs to grow another half-inch before it can be donated to Locks of Love, which uses donated hair to create wigs for children suffering from hair loss, WKYC-TV, Cleveland, reported Monday.

“If I could just give the chance for one kid to have a normal life, then I’m just going to go for it,” Aufderheide said.

The student said administrators told him about three weeks into the school year the length of his hair violates the school’s dress code. Zachery attended a school board meeting for Canton Local Schools in September. He said t he board decided to uphold the dress code and told him he would have to cut his hair or face disciplinary action.

The student’s mother said she is standing behind her son, who has a 3.5 grade-point average.

“It does hurt because he believes in this. He’s not hurting anybody. He’s trying to help somebody,” she said.

WKYC-TV said school officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ohio Rejects ‘H8HUNTERS’ Plate

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, (UPI) —  An Ohio woman said she understands why the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles refused to allow her license plate to read “H8HUNTERS.”

Lucy McKernan, who describes herself as an animal rights activist, said she applied for the license plate at her local BMV office in Independence as a means of discouraging hunting in the state, but she said she understands why it was rejected by officials, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday.

“Hate is incendiary and I recognize that,” she said. “It was a little over the top.”

McKernan said she hopes officials in the “same state government that issues nearly a half-million hunting licenses annually” will approve her second application, for a plate reading “HUNTNOT.”

Lindsay Bohrer of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles said the Special Plates Review Committee meets daily to look over requested number and letter combinations for license plates.

“We primarily use the Internet, which gives us access to various languages websites including sites for urban slang,” she said. “We err on the side of balance between freedom of speech and limiting profanity, offensiveness or phrases that could incite lawless behavior.”

Nurses: Kennedy Kicked Us, Twisted Our Arm

WESTCHESTER, N.Y., (UPI) —  Two nurses say the youngest son of Robert F. Kennedy kicked one of them and twisted the other’s arm when he tried to take his newborn son from the hospital.

Their testimony Monday came during the first day of Kennedy’s trial on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment, the New York Post reported.

Anna Lane said she tried to block the door at Northern Westchester Hospital after Kennedy said he was going to take his 2-day-old son Bo out for fresh air on Jan. 7.

As another nurse, Cari Luciano, blocked the elevator, Lane said Kennedy grabbed her left hand and twisted her arm.

When Luciano came to her aid, Lane said Kennedy kicked her. He lost his balance and fell to the floor with the baby in his arms.

Kennedy went down the stairs where he encountered two security guards. As he ran back up the stairs, he shouted “Do you know who I am?”

Prosecutors claimed that Kennedy kicked the nurse out of “bizarre desperation,” the White Plains Journal News reported.

Lawyers for Kennedy have said the nurses overreacted and the incident was overblown.

Central Park Getting $100 Million Gift

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  A New York billionaire is giving $100 million to an organization that manages the city’s famous Central Park, city officials say.

It’s believed to be largest gift ever received by the Central Park Conservancy, the New York Post reported.

John Paulson, 56, was to meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday to announce the donation.

In a statement, Paulson called Central Park “one of the most important cultural institutions in New York.”

Paulson made $4 million in 2007 by correctly anticipating the collapse of the housing market.

The conservancy is a non-profit organization that has managed the 843-acre park since 1980.

3rd-Party Presidential Nominees To Debate

CHICAGO, (UPI) —  U.S. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson should have been in the Obama-Romney debates, Larry King said before moderating a third-party debate Tuesday.

The former two-term New Mexico governor — who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year before switching to the Libertarian Party — should have been allowed to join President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the three presidential debates, including the final one Monday night, because he is on the ballot in 48 of 50 states, the former CNN host said.

Michigan and Oklahoma are the only states where Johnson is not on the ballot. The Libertarian also enjoys the support of a few small “super PACs,” The New York Times said.

“I would say if you’re on the ballot in [that many] states, you should be in the debates,” King told Politico as he prepared to moderate the first of two debates among third-party presidential nominees.

Some Republicans told the Times Johnson could be a spoiler in the Nov. 6 election, drawing votes from Romney in a very close election with Obama.

Tuesday night’s debate, in Chicago at 8 p.m. CDT (9 p.m. EDT), was to bring together Johnson, Green Party nominee and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Dr. Jill Stein, Constitution Party nominee and former GOP U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia, and Justice Party nominee and former Democratic Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.

The debate was to be carried live by C-SPAN, al-Jazeera English and RT, or Russia Today, and be streamed live online by Ora TV, Link TV and on the website of debate sponsor Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

It was not to be carried by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC or any of the traditional U.S. broadcast networks.

A second debate, with two of the four candidates, is to take place in Washington Oct. 30, the foundation said Monday.

Viewers of the first debate were to be asked to choose through an online runoff vote, within 24 hours of Tuesday’s debate, which two candidates they wanted to advance to the final debate, the foundation said.

The results are to be announced Thursday.

King said he agreed to moderate Tuesday night’s debate because he thought smaller-party candidates “deserve a voice.”

“It’s obvious they’re not going to win, but in the Constitution it never says there’s a Democrat or a Republican Party,” he told Politico. “It never mentions a two-party system. We’ve had Federalist presidents, Whig presidents. … We’ve always had independent candidates. They deserve a voice and they haven’t had a voice in this campaign at all.”

Debate questions would come from viewers, who were encouraged to submit them before and during the debate through social networks Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or Tout, Free and Equal Elections said.

The hashtag is #AskEmThisLarry. King will choose which questions to ask the candidates. But he told Politico he would jump in if the candidates dodge the issues.

“I’m used to debates, and the moderator has a role,” he said. “It’s not his show. It’s their show. But he’s not a potted plant.”

Obama, Romney In 14-Day Sprint To Election

BOCA RATON, Fla., (UPI) —  U.S. President Obama and Mitt Romney begin a 14-day dash to Election Day Tuesday after a final debate in which each called the other remiss in an unsafe world.

Obama was to deliver remarks at campaign events in Delray Beach, Fla., and Dayton, Ohio. Vice President Joe Biden was to join him in Dayton.

Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, and running mate Paul Ryan were to speak at campaign events in Henderson, Nev., and Morrison, Colo.

Those states are considered swing states, or battleground states, where neither Obama nor Romney has overwhelming support.

The Monday night debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., focused on foreign policy, but both candidates used their time to talk about domestic issues, including jobs, the economy and the budget. They also talked about the U.S. auto-industry bailout, school-class sizes and Romney’s tax plan.

On foreign policy, Obama accused Romney of offering policies on the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and elsewhere that were “all over the map.”

“I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong,” Obama said.

Romney countered that he didn’t “see our influence growing around the world — I see our influence receding, in part because of the failure of the president to deal with our economic challenges at home.”

He congratulated Obama for the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, “But we can’t kill our way out of this mess.”

He said the Obama administration lacks “a comprehensive strategy” to diminish radicalism in the Middle East.

At one point, when Romney complained the U.S. Navy was “smaller now than any time since 1917,” Obama said: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater — nuclear submarines.

“And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting slips,” Obama said.

He criticized Romney for once saying Russia was the biggest geopolitical foe facing the United States.

“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama said.

Romney, Obama Duel On Foreign Policy

BOCA RATON, Fla., (UPI) —  Mitt Romney said Monday in his third debate with Barack Obama America is seen as weaker worldwide, a contention the president flatly rejected.

In their final debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election, Romney blamed Obama for what he said has been “a pretty drastic reversal of our hopes” for the Middle East since the outbreak of the Arab Spring uprisings.

The Republican nominee said while “we can’t kill our way out of this mess,” if elected he would “go after the bad guys to make sure we do our very best to take them out of the picture.”

He said the policy the United States must pursue “is to get the Muslim world to reject extremism on their own” to reverse “the rising tide of chaos.”

Romney said the way to do that is to help them build their economies, improve education, encourage religious and gender equality, and promote the rule of law.

Obama panned Romney’s worldview, chiding him for saying Russia is the biggest threat to America.

“The 1980s are calling and are asking for their foreign policy back,” Obama said, a reference to the Cold War being over for decades.

“Governor, I know you haven’t been in the position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong,” Obama said, citing Romney’s position on Iraq, Russia and Afghanistan.

Obama said Romney’s changing positions send “mixed messages to both our troops and our allies.” He said America needs “strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that’s all over the map.”

“That’s not a recipe for American strength,” Obama said.

Romney later said the greatest international threat to the United States is a nuclear Iran.

The Democratic president cited his ending of the war in Iraq and the transition of U.S. forces out of Afghanistan.

“We are stronger now than when I came into office,” Obama said. “Our alliances have never been stronger.”

On Syria, Romney said he would provide effective leadership that would identify responsible parties among the rebel forces seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, help them form a guiding council and make sure they get the weapons they need to fight on.

“I don’t want our military involved in Syria,” Romney said, adding he doesn’t think that will be necessary.

He faulted Obama for working through the United Nations and Russia in the past year instead of taking a lead role.

Obama said he has been careful to make sure arms only go to opposition forces that ultimately will be friendly to the United States.

Both men said they stand firmly against Iran getting a nuclear weapon capability and will stand with Israel, the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East.

Romney said he would not cut any military spending and lamented the small size and aging equipment of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which he said are at 1917 levels. He said he would not allow the $1 trillion in cuts called for under congressional legislation to happen, something Obama also said won’t happen.

Obama said unfocused spending on the military isn’t the best way to protect America, saying the number of ships isn’t the most accurate way to measure military strength.

“We also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our needs has changed,” Obama said.

On China, the president said he sees both an adversary to a potential partner, “if it’s following the rules.”

“So my attitude coming into office was that we are going to insist that China plays by the same rules as everybody else,” the president said.

“I know Americans had seen jobs being shipped overseas; businesses and workers not getting a level playing field when it came to trade. And that’s the reason why I set up a trade task force to go after cheaters when it came to international trade. That’s the reason why we have brought more cases against China for violating trade rules than the other — the previous administration had done in two terms. And we’ve won just about every case that we’ve filed, that has been decided.”

Romney said China is like the United States in that it wants a stable world that is “free and open.”

“They don’t want war. They don’t want to see protectionism. They don’t want to see the world break out into … into various forms of chaos,” Romney said.

But, he said, China has not played by the rules.

“I’ve watched year in and year out as companies have shut down and people have lost their jobs because China has not played by the same rules, in part by holding down artificially the value of their currency,” the Republican nominee said. “It holds down the prices of their goods. It means our goods aren’t as competitive and we lose jobs. That’s got to end.

“That’s why on Day 1, I will label them a currency manipulator, which allows us to apply tariffs where they’re taking jobs. They’re stealing our intellectual property, our patents, our designs, our technology, hacking into our computers, counterfeiting our goods.

“They have to understand we want to trade with them. We want a world that’s stable. We like free enterprise, but you got to play by the rules.

“I want a great relationship with China. China can be our partner, but — but that doesn’t mean they can just roll all over us and steal our jobs on an unfair basis.”

Obama countered that Romney, as a businessman, was responsible for shipping U.S. jobs overseas “because you invested in companies that were shipping jobs overseas.”

“If we had taken your advice Governor Romney about our auto industry, we’d be buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China,” Obama said.

“If we take your advice with respect to how we change our tax codes so that companies that earn profits overseas don’t pay U.S. taxes compared to companies here that are paying taxes. Now that’s estimated to create 800,000 jobs, the problem is they won’t be here, they’ll be in places like China.

“And if we’re not making investments in education and basic research, which is not something that the private sector is doing at a sufficient pace right now and has never done, then we will lose the (inaudible) in things like clean energy technology.

“Now with respect to what we’ve done with China already, U.S. exports have doubled since I came into office, to China and actually currencies are at their most advantageous point for U.S. exporters since 1993.”

The debate in Boca Raton, Fla., faced some stiff sports competition: football and baseball. The debate at Lynn University went up against ESPN’s Monday Night Football game featuring the NFC North Division rivals Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, as well as the decisive Game 7 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants in baseball’s National League Championship Series.

The competing sports events threatened to siphon off ratings for the debate on foreign policy, USA Today reported.

The first Obama-Romney debate Oct. 3 drew 67.2 million views, Nielsen ratings indicated, while the second faceoff had 65.6 million television viewers.

The 90-minute debate was moderated by Bob Schieffer, host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

Internet Freedom Is In Danger

Americans are likely going to see the Federal government take greater control over the Internet in the near future if the increasingly frequent “wolf” cries from officials about the threat of a cyberattack are any indicator.

On Oct. 15, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States faces a “Cyber-Pearl Harbor” which could cripple the Nation’s vital infrastructure during a speech to a number of national security experts in New York. He said that America is in a pre-9/11 moment and could implement the security measures now to avoid a cyber-catastrophe that could potentially shut down technology across the country.

Halfway through last week, minor cyber-attacks on Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T Corp. temporarily prevented some customers of the companies to view personal banking information. U.S. officials promptly blamed the attacks on Iranian government-backed groups.

With all of the talk about cyberspying and cyberattacks against the United States, government is undoubtedly gearing up to implement a series of controls on the Internet by Presidential fiat to expand its control.

Unfortunately for American Internet users, the controls will likely be the online equivalent of the civil liberties-destroying policies put in place via the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security following 9/11.

The U.S. government, to the dismay of many Internet freedom advocates, has already been involved in the seizure of domain names and entire websites, claiming copyright laws had been violated. And in San Francisco last year, officials suspended cellphone and social network access to pre-empt a protest of police brutality. Occupy Wall Street protestors also had their Twitter accounts hacked so that government officials could learn more about that protest movement.

When Congress attempted to pass laws earlier in the year — the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), tha Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP) — to gain more government control over the Internet, public outcry quashed the initiatives. More talk from the Department of Defense about Internet security means that the President may soon pass a similar measure with no way for the public to stop it.