Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of September 13, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.



1. Sensitivity & Islam (link)

Yesterday I accidentally turned on CNN and saw an anchor interviewing a Muslim professor about why some of the Islamic faith turn to violence when the Prophet Mohammed is shown. The entire interview made me ill as the anchor and his guest basically blamed Americans for not being sensitive to the Muslim faith. Then I saw this article from CNN highlighting the sensitivities of the Muslim faith.

iolence over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed may mystify many non-Muslims, but it speaks to a central tenet of Islam: that the Prophet was a man, not God, and that portraying him threatens to lead to worshiping a human instead of Allah.

“It's all rooted in the notion of idol worship,” says Akbar Ahmed, who chairs the Islamic Studies department at American University. “In Islam, the notion of God versus any depiction of God or any sacred figure is very strong."

“The Prophet himself was aware that if people saw his face portrayed by people, they would soon start worshiping him,” Ahmed says. “So he himself spoke against such images, saying ‘I’m just a man.’”

The prohibition against such portrayals was on stark display Tuesday, as mobs in Egypt and Libya attacked U.S. compounds in response to a film that vilifies the Prophet Mohammed, who founded Islam in the 7th century. The attack on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya, was orchestrated by extremists who used the protests as a diversion, U.S. sources told CNN Wednesday.

The film that’s believed to have inspired the violence depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer, going a big step beyond violating the basic Muslim prohibition against depicting the Prophet, even in a favorable light.

Yet again we have another article/report on how Americans just aren't sensitive to the Muslims and their religion.

Who freakin' cares?

You don't hear of Christians rioting every time someone mocks our religion or says something bad about Jesus. You didn't see angry mobs of people go after Bill Mahr after his anti-Christian movie. We shouldn't have to baby the poor Muslims overseas. The violence that broke out is the fault of savages who don't care about human life and want to kill Christians and Americans. Blaming a film or American insensitivity is wrong and stupid.

CNN and the Obama government along with anyone who blamed American insensitivity should be ashamed of themselves.

2. Romney and Texas (link)

The Texas Tribune is pointing out that Mitt Romney is winning Texas but struggling in swing states. According to the Tribune Romney is winning Texas because of white voters.

Mitt Romney may be struggling in some key swing states, but there’s no slippage for him in conservative Texas, a new poll shows.

Thanks to a lopsided lead among white voters, Romney is leading President Barack Obama 55-40, according to a poll from Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, which carries out surveys for GOP candidates. That’s even higher than John McCain scored against Obama in 2008.

Look at how this is written. Romney and Obama are virtually tied in all major polls, but the writer for the Tribune makes it sound as though it's Romney and not the incumbent who is struggling. Then the writer says Romney leads in Texas because of his lopsided lead among whites. Wait a minute. What about Obama's lead among blacks nationally... isn't that lopsided? Of course it is! In fact, in Texas the lead Romney has among whites is less than Obama has with blacks. That is according to the same writer only a few paragraphs down.

Romney got only 6 percent of the African American vote in Texas, compared with 90 percent who favor Obama.

But Romney’s lead over Obama among white voters in Texas is nothing short of overwhelming — 77-17 percent in the survey — which helps to explain why Republican candidates are maintaining their electoral advantage here even as the minority population explodes.

Slanted piece? I think so. What about you?

3. Press Working Together (link)

Members of the press ganging up on Mitt Romney? I almost can't believe it.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was widely criticized Wednesday for his outspoken criticism of the Obama administration on its handling of the attacks on U.S. diplomatic stations in Egypt and Libya.

That criticism hasn’t only been coming from campaign operatives, but apparently from the media as well.

The Right Scoop blog captured the audio feed from Romney’s press briefing on the situation Wednesday morning, showing reporters covering Romney working together to base their question on that premise.

Transcript and video courtesy of The Right Scoop:

REPORTER: …pointing out that the Republicans… *unintelligible* …Obama….
REPORTER: That’s the question.
REPORTER: *unintelligible*
REPORTER: Yeah that’s the question. I would just say, “Do you regret your question?”
REPORTER: Your question? Your statement.
REPORTER: I mean your statement. Not even the tone, because then he can go off on…
REPORTER: And then if he does, if we can just follow up and say, “But this morning your answer is continuing to sound [unintelligible]”
REPORTER: You can’t say that..


REPORTER: I’m just trying to make sure that we’re just talking about, no matter who he calls on, we’re covered on the one question.
REPORTER: “Do you stand by your statement or regret your statement?”

You can check out the video in the link above.

4. iPhone 5 (link)

The iPhone 5 is here, and I have no problem admitting that I will be buying.

iPhone 5, which will be available to purchase in the United States on September 21st, will start at $199 for the 16 gigabyte version, $299 for the 32 gigabyte model, and $399 for the 64 gigabyte model, follows the same pricing model as the iPhone 4S did at its launch.

The phone features a 4-inch screen, slightly larger than the 3.5-inch screen of its predecessors, and offers 4G wireless data network capability.

The iPhone 5 is slightly larger than the 4S, but is also thinner and lighter, weighing in at 112 grams, compared to the 140 grams of the 4S, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The iPhone 5 will also feature their new A6 microprocessor, which is reportedly twice as fast with processing and graphics, in addition to an 8-megapixel camera, similar to the one in the 4s, but offers increased options as low-light filters and panoramic mode.

As for the battery, Apple claims that it will last for a full eight hours of conversation on a 3G network, and 10 hours of browsing on a Wi-Fi network, very similar to the claims made regarding the 4S.

The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order beginning on Friday, September 14th.

More specifics are available from The Wall Street Journal.

I've been using the iPhone 3GS for a while now and it's time to upgrade. Will you be getting the new iPhone 5?

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