Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Keep Current with today's important news and comment

Update

My health is still holding. Being outside a lot Thursday to Sunday seemed to drop my FEV numbers starting Sunday, though they were back up Wednesday morning, but I'm needing less O2, none at rest or walking around the condo. Feeling good and getting out to enjoy the mild summer. We are supposed to have our second 90 degree day of the summer coming up.

Kate, my high school classmate and blog contributor who is going dark for a bit, sent me a list of the websites she checks and a note for readers: "Bob publishes my offerings because I format them. He knows when he opens my emails they will be ready to roll. Please help to keep this blog going by formatting." --Kate

Worth Reading: From S, a blog reader, about her daughter, L
She has been a regular corresponded, encouraging me in my struggle with the new lung and praying for me. Only recently did I learn that her daughter, L, has had a much longer and tougher battle with illness. See her report below. At her request I used only the first initial. If you catch me whining or feeling sorry for myself, it's okay to smack me in the head. I will forward any responses from readers to her. She needs your encouragement and prayers. ~Bob

L's illness has been about 25 years now; one kidney, 2 pancreases. If only intestinal cilia could re-grow. She had 25+ surgeries in 20 yrs. Four eye surgeries before kidney transplant, no anesthesia, took the dab of sharp sight left instead of restoring more. She continues on. Thank you for adding her to your prayer list. You are on our prayer list. Her dad recently encouraged her, as have I, to write about these transplant journeys. I call them journeys since they are not a singular event. She wondered who in this busy world would care about reading about it. I had thought if I read about it, it would give me hope to go on. Hope is what keeps us going since one faces depression and even despair at times along the road. I love how she tells of one time of complete despair when after a year no kidney had come. Michael McLean was at the Celebration of Hope luncheon and sang, "Hold on" also "You are not alone." How do you infuse a person with hope? He had felt to change his vocal/piano selections and I could feel her shoulders heave with emotion, her face covered by her long hair. She is tired...trying to cook and burning herself unable to see, cleaning house by brail, helping two grown kids get through college, student loans, etc. Seeing her son, R thru his liver transplant in 2011 and her second pancreas in 2008. She is 90 lbs, her colon lacking 60%+ of the cilia needed to move food instead of intestinal water, which is why she cannot stay hydrated (weekly infusions now). And so the war goes on. The odds of more than one transplant in one family are a million to one. Of course any complications that happen are on Friday at two minutes after 5:00 pm! There have been complications, j-tubes spewing green gastric juices and the first pancreas duct rupturing with instant peritonitis, being opened stem to stern and our wonderful Dr. B holding her heart in his hand till they got her on life support, all vitals gone. Then a drug-induced coma for a week. All I could think of during the coma was that everything was going to be all right. She has created a world at home for herself listening to Glen Beck, Hannity, etc. I share news from your blog with her. We have rousing discussions. We do one day at a time and pray 'symptom specific.' I have notes from all the surgeries and setbacks I would have to make to keep current in my chats with L...we talk on phone all the time. Setbacks. I asked my military sweetheart how he made it through great illness years ago. He said, "First I be glad they can do anything for me, second try to be best patient can be, third I expect setbacks, and fourth I start over again when I have setbacks." People who survive often have several traits in common. L has made it from the depths of despair to the height of a mountain in Hawaii a year later. One would never have thought! One nurse said L willed herself to live when the first pancreas ruptured suddenly over a vein after having been rejected when the duct ruptured. I was flying to the hospital and blew a tire to the rim, patched through various tires to get there finally not knowing how would find her. Last year she made the trip via plane see her husband graduate. He will never know what it took for her to go that, but I do. She was the one who got the reservation, packed, friend put her on plane in her seat, another one got her off, encapsulated trip. Someone next to her in plane said of her listening to headphones with iPad that she was blind but knew how to run the bloomin' thing better than he did! My willful, determined child whose first electronic communication in lieu of brail the words re R's liver transplant: "R in OR 12. We are NY, NY!!!" She has Dragon on computer which she could dictate into and I could proof. -- S

General News and Comment

Book recommendation: The Weed Agency: A Comic Tale of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits by Jim Geraghty 
The Weed Agency is a well written, well researched and insightful short novel by political pundit Jim Geraghty, the author of the excellent (and free) e-newsletter, Morning Jolt from NRO. This is also an enjoyable and fun read, though some parts that most readers will find hilarious I found frustrating, because as a former five-term Massachusetts state senator, I know this is exactly how most of the Federal and State Bureaucracies work--or don't work. City government bureaucracies, loaded with political hacks, can be even worse. As they say in Chicago, "We don't want nobody what nobody sent!" This also tells you why that the government grows under Republican control, though just a little less than under Democrats. (I joke that I vote Republican because the Republicans are ruining the country, but at a slower rate.) Eventually, and likely not that far in the future, we will hit the tipping point and collapse like the Soviet Union. Geraghty often footnotes the true life stories that he drew upon for inspiration. I learned, for example, that here in Wisconsin in 2004, there were 7,000 more ballots counted in Milwaukee than the number of actual voters. This was hidden until well after Kerry had been certified the winner here by 11,000 votes. I was a volunteer on the Bush campaign, but missed this report by the Milwaukee paper--hardly conservative--that came out when it no longer mattered, along with other reports of vote fraud. This book will open some eyes, if those who need it take the time to read it, because it entertains while it enlightens.

Movie Recommendation: The Giver
Bonnie and I saw this Tuesday. Excellent film about a rebel or three in a future statist utopia. Everything is so nice there, it's chilling.

Worth Reading: The Punitive Bureaucracy's Day Off. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: I wrote two weeks ago about two New Hampshire teenagers having their bagpipes seized at the northern border by US Customs & Border Protection. This would be the same "border" "protection" agency that has turned the southern border into an express welfare check-in for any of the world's seven billion people minded to show up there. My fellow Granite Staters - 17-year-old Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean, of Concord and Londonderry, New Hampshire - understood that if you go to a highland fling a couple of hours north in Quebec you're now obligated to get your bagpipes approved by US Fish & Wildlife. Because that's just the way it is in the Land of the Free.

Ferguson: In my view, people insisting the police officer is guilty of murder and people insisting that he is innocent are both wrong. What people should be insisting on is that the incident should be investigated fairly, and if their is evidence, the officer should be charged, but if not, he should be released. It's hard for me not to believe that the Holder DOJ has a preferred outcome, and will push to find facts that fi it, dismiss those that don't. ~Bob

Excerpt: It may not have been the aim of Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson to outsource security responsibilities to someone affiliated with the New Black Panthers and a legal activist group, but that is the impression that one receives from listening to his exchange with and praise of Malik Shabazz. If this is the same Malik Shabazz who has a long history of virulent racist and inflammatory anti-Semitic statements, then there has been at least a partial erosion of legal authority in Ferguson.

Worth Reading: Ferguson Is Not Binary. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: It is perfectly fine to think Mr. Brown was no saint, the rioters should be punished, and in addition to both of those, to think the police in Ferguson, MO behaved badly too. Before rioting even began the police in Ferguson decided to behave like soldiers instead of police. 

How a Reporter’s Clueless Report on ‘Rubber Bullets’ Made the Internet Explode in Hilarious Ridicule
Excerpt: Tweet from Ryan Reilly: "I believe these are rubber bullets, can anyone confirm? #Ferguson. (With a picture of ear plugs! There are some very funny responses. ~Bob)

Holder headed to Ferguson on Wednesday, will oversee federal response to shooting
Excerpt: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel to this battle-scarred St. Louis suburb to oversee the investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer, the White House said Monday. Holder’s visit was announced as National Guard troops arrived to back up local and state police. On Monday night in Ferguson, an early evening calm gave way to new confrontations as some demonstrators threw bottles at heavily armed police and officers threw stun grenades and tear gas towards them.

Report: More Than a Dozen Witnesses Have Corroborated Officer Darren Wilson’s Version of Ferguson Shooting
Excerpt: More than a dozen witnesses have backed up the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the controversial shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, police sources reportedly told St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers. (Not the result Holder, et al want--they must be "corrected." ~Bob)

For Mo. governor, Ferguson presents crisis both real and political
Excerpt: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) finds himself at the center of a storm of unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He has the near-impossible task of balancing the interests of local protesters outraged over the shooting of an unarmed teenager against the effort to maintain order. Late Monday, as protesters were gathered once again on the streets of Ferguson before a midnight curfew kicked in, he tweeted hopefully: “Let’s show the world that we can protest peacefully & passionately. Let’s keep #Ferguson safe tonight.” Two minutes later violence erupted. (As always, like in the Gaza, making peace takes two sides who want peace. It only takes one side to make a war. ~Bob)-

New Black Panthers Lead Death Chant Against Officer Involved in Ferguson Shooting
Excerpt: Just prior to Saturday’s governor-ordered curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, New Black Panthers leader Malik Zulu Shabazz led a crowd in a chant, calling for the death of Darren Wilson, the officer identified in the shooting death of Michael Brown: “What do we want?” “Darren Wilson.” “How do we want him?” “Dead.” (DOJ will not be investigating the NBP involvement in Ferguson as a racist hate organization; blind eye. --Barb. NBPP AKA "Holders Irregulars." ~Bob)

DOJ: Over 40 FBI Agents Investigating In Ferguson
Excerpt: The Justice Department under Eric Holder has issued a press release detailing its "civil rights investigation" in Ferguson. Among the revelations is that over 40 FBI agents are conducting an independent investigation of the scene of Michael Brown's death: (Jumped right on "civil rights investigation" but still ignoring investigation into illegal activities by branches of government and no mention of involvement of "outside forces," namely the New Black Panthers from Oakland, CA, who claim to be in control of the situation.....No mention by POTUS of NBP, either. --Barb. How many agents assigned to investigate young black men murdered in Chicago? ~Bob)

Worth Reading: 36 Shot in Chicago, Obama sends 40 FBI agents to Ferguson. By Daniel Greenfield
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/36-shot-in-chicago-obama-sends-40-fbi-agents-to-ferguson/
Excerpt: Chicago could probably use some extra manpower. Detroit certainly could. But instead Obama dispatched 40 Feds to try and nail a cop who shot a violent 300 lb criminal. "Seven people were been killed and at least 29 others wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago." Sorry you guys don’t count. Black on black violence doesn’t matter. Only the race card does. (One small observation about Obama and Ferguson. What a political gift for the sneaky race baiter and his Holderish and Axelrodian minions. The press' obsession with this as yet unsolved incident has deflected almost all attention from the Oministration's failures in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, the IRS, Benghazi, Obamacare, and a lost list of etc. --LG)

What About Chicago and New York Violence? From The Patriot Post
As race hustlers obsess over the situation in Ferguson, someone should demand they address the real epidemic plaguing America's urban cities -- gang violence. CBS Chicago reports, "Seven people have been killed and at least 29 others wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, police said." And according to Fox 5, "Fifteen people were shot in a rash of violence in New York City. The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours." However, because most of these shootings consist of blacks shooting fellow blacks as a result of poverty plantations fostered by statism, civil rights "leaders" like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson remain deafeningly silent on the issue. It's simply astounding that Gov. Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard to quell the violence in Ferguson as the result of a shooting involving a white cop and a black teenager -- a case that's still under investigation -- yet the violence bloodying the streets of Chicago and New York City continues unabated and ignored.

Ferguson Protesters- not all are from Ferguson
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fergusontprotesters-the-peaceful-the-elders-the-looters-and-the-militants/2014/08/18/d6be1262-26f3-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html
Excerpt: “This is not the time for no peace,” said one man, a 27-year-old who made the trip here from Chicago. He spoke after a small group of fellow militants held a meeting behind a looted store, sketching out ambitions for the days ahead. “We are jobless men, and this is our job now — getting justice,” he said. “If that means violence, that’s okay by me. They’ve been doing this to us for years.”Police on the streets Monday night said some of those wearing red bandannas are members of the Bloods gang.

Photographer Deletes Damaging Obama Dancing Photo
Excerpt: Two photographs of President Obama partying at a resort party while the town of Ferguson burns were deleted by the photographer who took them. Martha’s Vineyard-based photographer Elizabeth Cecil posted a shot of Obama dancing at a Vineyard party taking place during the race riots engulfing FergusonMo., leading to social media outrage and at least one comparison to the infamous photograph of George W. Bush flying over a drowning New Orleans in Air Force One.

The Ferguson Fix Is In. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has single-mindedly focused on converting the Department of Justice into a racial grievance incubator, is scheduled to visit Ferguson, Mo., today in an appearance billed as an attempt to restore calm to a community that has erupted in almost daily violence since Brown, a young black man, was shot Aug. 9 by a police officer. Left-wingers who believe as an article of faith that America is racist insist, despite the growing body of exculpatory evidence, that Brown was murdered by a white policeman.

The Ferguson Lie Comes Undone. By Colin Flaherty
Excerpt: First they told us Michael Brown was a gentle giant. That wasn’t true. He was a thug, high on pot, fresh from a robbery a few minutes before a police officer killed him on the troubled streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Then they told us this 18-year old, 6’4, 280-pounder was shot in the back, trying to get away. That’s not true either.

Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C.; whites most common victims, but underreporting feared
Excerpt: D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012.

No riots over this? Beaten to Death at McDonald’s. By David Paulin
Excerpt: Other local residents — the more cynical and world-weary, both whites and most blacks — would have taken one look at the crowd and driven off, dismissing many of the young and posturing black males as thugs. But not them: innocent white kids from the suburbs. They presumed this was post-racial America — and that they were in an easy-going college town.
Twenty minutes later, two of them were dead.

Worth Viewing: O'Reilly on America's Race Problem
O'Reilly's Talking Points on the Race Problem

Worth Reading: Random Thoughts. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television – and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.

Excerpt: Cause of Action, a conservative legal group, is suing the White House over allegations of interference with executive agencies complying with FOIA requests, The Washington Post reports. The central complaint is that federal agencies have taken over 14 months to complete Cause of Acton’s FOIAs, and still has not provided the information, owing to the fact that the requests are currently under White House review.

Drunk French judge tries to bite policemen after mistaking them for taxi drivers
Excerpt: A drunk judge, who flagged down a police car because he mistook it for a taxi, punched and tried to bite two officers who refused to drive him to his holiday home. The judge was accompanied by his three young children, whom he had just collected from the home of his ex-wife in the southern city of Montpellier on Saturday evening. (Gee, wonder why he's divorced. ~Bob)

The Promise of the NFL Would Have to Wait; For Trey Prather III, the Marines Came First
Excerpt: He was a great passing quarterback; LSU focused on a run style offense in those days. For reasons known only to God, Trey left LSU at the end of 1967 to serve in the United States Marine Corps. This was not a passing fancy. The war in Vietnam was starting to rage, and Marines were bearing the brunt of heavy ground combat. Like many Marines, perhaps he was answering an inner calling. We will never know. The promise of the NFL would have to wait. For Trey, the Marines came first.

How Do You Convince Gun Owners to Vote? Get Chuck Norris to Make a Video Like This One.

Check your state: The Real Value of $100 in Each State
Excerpt: This week’s tax map shows the real value of $100 in each state. Because average prices for similar goods are much higher in California or New York than in Mississippi or South Dakota, the same amount of dollars will buy you comparatively less in the high-price states, or comparatively more in low-price states. Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis that we’ve written about previously, we adjust the value of $100 to reflect how prices are different in each state. For example, Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national average. You can think of this as meaning that Tennesseans are about ten percent richer than their nominal incomes suggest.

Federal disability fund needs reform, not a bailout. By Rachel Greszler
Excerpt: Money’s tight for the federal disability insurance program. Unless Congress acts, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund will run out of money in 2016. At that point, nearly 11 million Americans would see their disability benefits cut by nearly 20 percent, leaving the average beneficiary below the poverty level.

Exerpt: If one needs further evidence that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has veered out of control, look no further than last week’s Treasury Inspector General’s report that found serial failures on the part of the agency to conduct basic background checks on contractors used to handle sensitive taxpayer information. In just one instance, a computer disk with 1.4 million American names, addresses and even Social Security numbers was handled by contractors without background checks, putting taxpayers at unnecessary risk for fraud and identity theft. What makes this even more outlandish is that this is not just a breach of common sense; it is a violation of IRS policy.

NYTimes Reporter: Obama ‘Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation’ [VIDEO]
http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/17/nytimes-reporter-obama-greatest-enemy-to-press-freedom-in-a-generation/#ixzz3AiA4uImz
Excerpt: “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin,” reporter James Risen told his own paper in a profile about his plight publishedSaturday. “They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers.... He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” (RELATED: NYT reporter: Obama administration ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom’ in a generation)

Liberals Line Up to Defend Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) from Unethical Democrats
Excerpt: Things in Texas have risen to the level of ridiculous. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has been indicted for abusing his power after refusing to fund an office within the Austin District Attorney’s Office. Why did he refuse to fund them? Because they were being led by an unethical and corrupt attorney who had been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). She was more than three times over the legal limit, and when she was arrested she harassed, threatened and assaulted the officers who were forced to deal with her.

Excerpt: I don’t think we need to be worried for Governor Perry, even liberals think that Democrats in Texas have gone too far.

NYT Editorial Board: The Indictment Against Rick Perry "Appears" to be "Overzealous." By Daniel Doherty
Excerpt: Add the New York Times editorial board to the growing list of constitutional scholarsjournalists, and political operatives who find the curious indictment against Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) to be a farce. The board doesn’t go as far as defending his tenure or his policies (in fact, they do the opposite) but they do nevertheless feel as if he is the victim of an “overzealous prosecution”:

Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine
Excerpt: A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.

Despite Justice Department Challenges, Most Still Favor Voter ID Laws
Excerpt: A federal judge in North Carolina recently struck down the latest challenge by the U.S. Justice Department to a state law that requires voters to bring photo identification to the polls. Voters continue to strongly support voter ID laws and don't consider them discriminatory. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters believe all voters should be required to prove their identity before being allowed to vote. Nineteen percent (19%) disagree. 

Excerpt: President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place. Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon. (Meanwhile: "U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video “shocking and depraved.” ~Bob)

Social Security Needs Real Reform
Excerpt: Social Security's deficit has quadrupled since 2008, says Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2008, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the United States would need to increase the payroll tax by 1.06 percentage points in order to meet the program's funding shortfall. Now, the CBO has revised that figure to 4 percent. The program's trust fund will be depleted in 2030. According to Biggs, many policymakers took the 2008 CBO projections to mean that the program was in no need of urgent reform. Clearly, that is not the case: Social Security needs an injection of $15 trillion today in order to earn enough interest to pay recipients full benefits over the next 75 years. But rather than cut back on spending, Congressional lawmakers are looking at ways to expand the program without offering structural reforms:

Excerpt: The program eliminates the requirement for eligible families to fill out paperwork to get free or subsidized meals based on their family income, and instead provides free meals to all students in schools with a high percentage of students living in low-income households.

Obama has a great round of golf; General Green not so much: The difference between the ruler and the ruled
Excerpt: On Thursday, Major General Harold Green was laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. ... On Martha’s Vineyard, his Commander in Chief was playing golf with celebrities on Martha’s Vineyard

The Hell That is the Obama White House
Excerpt: Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet.

Police tell Detroiters to buy guns in city riven by race issues and crime
Excerpt: Besides having the worst homicide rate among large American cities, Detroit experienced 12,935 burglaries last year. With around 250,000 households, that means Detroiters have roughly a 1 in 20 chance of being burgled. To residents who have been victims of crime, being allowed to carry a weapon, whether openly or concealed, is not just reassuring, it’s part of the pragmatic reality of living in the Motor City

"Soros Put" Rises To Record: Is The Billionaire Investor Betting On Market Crash?

Excerpt: Back in February we observed, with some surprise, when Soros Fund Management, the investment vehicle of the famous Hungarian billionaire investor revealed in its Q4 13F that the firm had taken its bearish S&P 500 ETF - aka SPY - put exposure to a then record $1.3 billion notional, prompting us and many others to ask if Soros was preparing for a market crash. Fast forward to today when following the latest 13F disclosure from the same fund, we note, with double the surprise that a quarter after the same ETF put was lowered to "only" $299 million notional, Soros has once again increased his total SPY Put to a new record high of $2.2 billion, or nearly double the previous all time high, and a whopping 17% of his total AUM.....

Really- how can there still be anyone stupid enough to believe anything Obama says?
Excerpt: There is a story underneath all of these reports and that story is the persistent pattern of deceit and dishonesty on the part of Barack Obama. He apparently lied to Congressional leaders as well as the entire country right from the beginning of this operation. And the lies keep coming. 

Excerpt: Wherever Hillary Clinton is going, she needs at least a Gulfstream G450 to get there. The once nearly “dead broke” former First Lady now makes steep demands when she gives speeches to corporations, groups and universities, according to emails between Clinton’s agent and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Clinton will earn $225,000 for a 90-minute speech in October. The school received a bit of a break from the $300,000 Clinton requested during initial negotiations, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which obtained the emails that were sent last year.

Obamacare News

Risky Business: Will Taxpayers Bail Out Health Insurers?
Excerpt: The Affordable Care Act imposes a number of requirements and restrictions on insurance companies, who stand to lose money if they enroll too many expensive people in their health plans. As such, the ACA established three mechanisms to handle insurers' risks: risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridors. As NCPA Senior Fellow John Graham explains, two of those provisions -- reinsurance and risk corridors -- threaten to put taxpayers on the hook for insurers' losses through the end of 2016.

Undocumented Democrat News

Human Smuggler And Illegal Immigrants Busted Deep Inside Texas
Excerpt: A pursuit by U.S. Border Patrol and deputies from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the capture of a human smuggler and his cargo of illegal immigrants -- approximately 90 miles into Texas. The vehicle had already dropped off a group of illegal immigrants in the ranch fields near the town of EncinoTexas, just south of the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, before being captured. (FalfurriasTX is the border checkpoint that the smugglers avoid by dropping their illegal cargo south of the checkpoint. This dumps the illegals onto the private ranchlands of many in Brooks County, who later find their bodies. This was featured in the video produced by the Weather Channel, included in Bob's blog 08/18/14. The US version of The Killing Fields. NOT stopping the illegal smugglers will kill more women, children and desperate folk. Perry took on the regime over border security, calling in the National Guard at state expense. Anyone bet that recent indictment of the governor only based on "local" politics? While press making hay over a "racial incident" in MO, business as usual for the regime and its agendas, pulling down the country that was the US, Cloward-Piven style. --Barb)

Sen Slams White House Plotting With Companies On Immigration Action
Excerpt:....Sessions noted in the Politico report that one lobbyist said that “nothing was off the table” and that if Obama meets all of their demands “we will support him 100 percent.” These are the same CEOs who help craft the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, Sessions wrote, adding that those negotiations were conducted “in secret.” “Even while they demand more foreign workers, these companies are laying off current employees in droves,” wrote Sessions.

Virginia Schools Ordered To Waive Health & Immunization Requirements For Illegal Immigrant Children
Excerpt: The Virginia Department of Education issued a memo to its 132 divisions this week outlining how schools should handle the expected influx of more than 2,850 illegal immigrant children. In addition to giving them “homeless” status, which comes with benefits under the Homeless Assistance Act, the state is also ordering schools to “immediately enroll” the students and waive the health and immunization requirements of other students.

VIDEOS: Obama's attention to border crisis outrages Black Americans.
http://www.newsmax.com/Draft-Stories/Obama-blacks-illegals-jobs/2014/08/17/id/589249/
Excerpt: Black people are being played," Herman Cain, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, told Newsmax. "They have been taken for granted by Democrats for decades. Now they've reached a boiling point with this whole crisis on the border, and some of them are speaking out." By all accounts and as reported by Brietbart.com, the number of Border Patrol arrests of illegal immigrants since Oct. 1 stands at 174,000 and is still rising. Cain and other African-American conservatives charge that Obama "manufactured this crisis" through a 2012 executive order that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Voters, Feds Have Competing Immigration Agendas
Excerpt: Where are the feds when you need them? An increasing majority of voters believes gaining control of the border is the most important immigration reform needed, but they still think the federal government encourages illegal immigration instead.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters think gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States

Excerpt: The Hill reports that the Obama administration is telling local schools that they have to take in illegal alien kids, and cannot verify their eligibility to attend school in the U.S. It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.” The prospect of tens of thousands of children mostly from Central American countries attending school as they wait for their immigration status to be decided has the potential to be explosive after this summer’s emotional public debate about the border. (Coming to a school in your community tomorrow if not already. Send you kids to school and they may bring home lice, scabies, TB, swine flu...and don't think about STDs. --Barb)

"You're Greener Than Gore" News

Important: Video: Is the post-EPA regs power grid ready for a truly hard winter?
Excerpt: One of these folks is Joe Bastardi of WeatherBELL Analytics, and he’s looking ahead with some trepidation. Joe is reading the meteorological tea leaves and sees the potential for another round of heavy snowfall and crippling cold temperatures coming our way. And he also notes that our net energy production, in the wake of new EPA carbon regulations, is actually declining from the previous curve at a time when bad weather puts full load demand on the system. (Which means sharply higher costs for the poor and working people the Democrat elites claim to love--from their gated communities where they never have to worry about the concerns of those folks. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Islamic State Beheads American, Threatens Second American. By John Rossomando
Excerpt: Islamic State terrorists made good Tuesday on threats to kill Americans if President Obama launched airstrikes against terrorist strongholds in Iraq. Jihadists released a video of an American identified as James Wright Foley, 40, being beheaded while wearing an orange prison-style jumpsuit similar to those worn by detainees as Guantanamo Bay. An "organized gang" had kidnapped Foley – freelance photojournalist from Rochester, N.H. while working for Agence France Presse – from an Internet cafĂ© in Binesh, Syria on Nov. 22, 2012. (They've happily posted a video of beheading an American journalist, and another video of an American they're holding and threatening to behead if Obama does something else they don't like. Which means they will do it, sooner or later. Everyone needs to understand that to fall into their hands means you are pretty much dead man walking from then on. And everyone needs to understand these animals have to be smashed, really, really smashed. --Del. Some people just need killing--that's why we have Marines. ~Bob)

Missing American Journalist James Foley Reportedly Beheaded By ISIS
Excerpt: More than a year ago, James Foley, an American photojournalist was reported missing in Syria. Numerous reports claimed he had been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen. A new video has surfaced that appears to show Foley being beheaded alive by ISIS.

Excerpt: One day after suffering a defeat at the Mosul dam by the Peshmerga and US and Iraqi forces, the Islamic State and its allies beat back an Iraqi Army assault that was designed to retake control of the central city of Tikrit. The Islamic State and its allies have now repelled three Iraqi military attempts to regain Tikrit, the capital of Salahaddin province, which has been out of government control for more than two months.

ISIS Threatens America Again: ‘We Will Drown All Of You In Blood’
Excerpt: ISIS issued its latest threat on the same day President Barack Obama said in a press conference from the White House that American military assistance helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake a strategic dam recently conquered by ISIS. ...According to Reuters, ISIS has warned it will strike Americans “anywhere” in response to U.S. attacks against its forces.... “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for ISIS, told VICE Media in one interview from the ISIS-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa.

Troops in Iraq Rout Sunni Militants From a Key Dam
Excerpt: Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops overran Sunni militants and reclaimed Iraq’s largest dam on Monday, President Obama said, as American warplanes unleashed a barrage of bombs in an expansion of the limited goals laid out by the president in authorizing the military campaign in Iraq. Mr. Obama, who interrupted a family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to meet Monday with his national security team in Washington, maintained that the airstrikes around the Mosul Dam were within the constraints of what he initially characterized as a limited campaign meant to break the siege of stranded Yazidis on Mount Sinjar and protect American personnel, citizens and facilities in Iraq.

German Minister Accuses Qatar of Funding 'Islamic State'.
Excerpt: A German government minister has accused Qatar of funding the Islamic State terrorist group currently tearing through Iraq and Syria.....He did not elaborate on what evidence there was to support the claim, but Qatar is already under considerable scrutiny due to its support of Islamist terrorists in the Middle East. Most notably, the gulf state is the primary sponsor of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and has also provided funding to Islamist rebels in Syria, who are currently fighting both the Assad regime and the Islamic State. (For those who can't remember past the smoke of Ferguson, remember Obama and Kerry pulled out of the Egyptian peace negotiation plan to ally the US with Qatar....and was it SA as well? The tiger has not changed its stripes. --Barb)

Islamic State vows to 'break the American cross'
Excerpt: The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross" boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over "crusader" America. It follows a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Excerpt: “They face the terrifying prospect of being forced into marriage or sold as sex slaves…” As I noted here and elsewhere, there are many Qur’anic passages and present-day Muslim clerics who justify this practice on Islamic grounds. Here for your reference is another passage that assumes that a man will have both wives and sex slaves, and that makes it clear that that is exactly what the “captives of the right hand” are:

Excerpt: The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday.

Why Is the Islamic State Behaving This Way? By Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch
Excerpt: But then comes along a group calling itself The Islamic State, committing unimaginable atrocities and presenting each one as an authentic embodiment of Islamic texts and teachings, and the deception campaign at which CAIR officials have labored so assiduously for so many years, and with such great success, is in danger of crashing around their uneasy necks.

Gaza cease-fire broken as militants’ rocket attacks spark retaliatory Israeli airstrikes
Excerpt: Militants in Gaza broke a temporary cease-fire by launching rockets at Israel on Tuesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes. The resumption of hostilities shut down talks in Cairo that seek a permanent truce between Israel and Hamas after more than a month of war. The two sides, though exhausted by the conflict, vowed to continue fighting. 

Israel Disrupts Hamas Plot to Overthrow PA
Excerpt: An extensive Hamas plot to topple the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank was uncovered by Israel, according to a Jerusalem Post report. The Shin Bet, Israel's internal intelligence agency, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed that Hamas personnel based in Turkey were behind the plot, headed by Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri.

Senior Fatah Source: Qatar Pushed Hamas Back to War
Excerpt: A senior member of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction said Wednesday Hamas's choice to forego the Egyptian truce proposal and return to its rocket war on Israel was due to Qatari pressure....Egypt reportedly refused the proposal, stipulating that Qatar apologize for its policies towards the Nile State since Muslim Brotherhood member and former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was deposed last July 3, indicating the tension between Egypt and QatarQatar is the leading sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is the Palestinian branch.

Worth Reading: Sherman in Gaza: His march through Georgia has been gravely misunderstood ― as has Israel’s strategy in Gaza. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: William Tecumseh Sherman 150 years ago took Atlanta before heading out on his infamous March to the Sea to make Georgia “howl.” He remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in American military history. Sherman was an attritionist, not an annihilationist — a strategist who believed in attacking the sources that fuel and field an army rather than butting heads against the army itself. To review his career is to shed light on why the Israeli Defense Forces were both effective in Gaza and hated even more for being so effective.

Hamas Official Admits His Group Murdered Three Israeli Boys
Excerpt: A senior Hamas official acknowledged that the terrorist organization was behind the June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli students, the Jerusalem Post reports. Salah al-Aruri, a senior Hamas official, praised the "heroic action of the Kassam Brigades who kidnapped three settlers in Hebron," at a conference of Islamic clerics in Turkey on Wednesday.

Worth Hearing: Bedbugs at the UN: Islam by the Brit commentator
Great video. ~Bob

Obama heaps praise on Muslim world before chowing down on pork barbecue

Excerpt: According to a pool report, “President Obama ordered a half-slab of ribs, bottle of water and Bud Light when he opted for Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City where he hosted four individuals who recently wrote him letters”. (KMBC, July 29, 2014)... But wait a minute, Obama, who has been fawning over all things Islamic ever since his 2008 election, only on Sunday heaped over-the-top praise on the Muslim world when he said Muslims built “the very fabric of our nation”. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today's interesting political news and comment

Update

Trying to catch up. Posting though I have unread email and had to delete a lot. Sorry. ~Bob

Alas, one of our best contributors, Kate, a high school classmate, reports she has given up the Internet, including Google and email. Life will be simpler for her--as life was in the 1970s. But we will miss her contributions. (Though as of this post, she is still sending!)

The Old Jarhead Blog is your one-stop-shop for political news and conservative opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. These posts are created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. We owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, too far a stretch, or viciously inflammatory, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, as in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism.

If you wish to submit items, the odds of my using them go up if they are formatted--as Kate always did. Title in bold. Then the live URL link. Then "Excerpt: and no more than three sentences from the article, unless the article is very short or the sentences are very long, to keep me with in the fair use guidelines. It's always a judgment call--this is a guideline, not a rule. I attended a seminar where the attorney reported that a guy running a website was hit for $80k, because he used an article. Some major publications have turned copyright enforcement over to law firms who use web search engines to identify usage from the publication, then send a demand for a large payment or a chance to go to court, which will likely cost more even if you win. The attorney said that for an average length article, three sentences are usually safe--though you wouldn't be sure until the judge rules. Sometimes I use longer excerpts where I think the risk is low, perhaps because I know the writer wants to bring traffic to his page. I am not trying to use anyone's copyrighted material--as a writer I get the importance of copyright. I'm trying to give readers a chance to go to the website and read the piece, telling them just enough so they can decide if it is interesting. And, for those who don't know, anything original has an instant copyright as soon as you create it. Registering with the government doesn't create a copyright, only a way to prove it. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: It’s This Bad. By Theodore Dalrmple
Excerpt: Returning briefly to England from France for a speaking engagement, I bought three of the major dailies to catch up on the latest developments in my native land. The impression they gave was of a country in the grip of a thoroughgoing moral frivolity. In a strange inversion of proper priorities, important matters are taken lightly and trivial ones taken seriously. This is not the charming or uplifting frivolity of Feydeau’s farces or Oscar Wilde’s comedies; it is the frivolity of real decadence, bespeaking a profound failure of nerve bound to have disastrous consequences for the country’s quality of life. The newspapers portrayed frivolity without gaiety and earnestness without seriousness—a most unattractive combination. (Published in his book Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline.)

Worth Reading: Police Officer Darren Wilson's Actions - One Perspective. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: I have no interest in this case other than wanting to see justice - calmly and fairly reached. So what about through the police officer's eyes?

County autopsy: Michael Brown shot 6 times from front, had marijuana in system
Excerpt: An unarmed black teenager had marijuana in his system when he was fatally shot six times by a white police officer, two people familiar with the official county autopsy of Michael Brown said Monday. 9not the result Holder wants, so he's ordered another autopsy. ~Bob)

Missouri governor lifts overnight curfew for St. Louis suburb
Excerpt: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday lifted the overnight curfew he imposed on this St. Louis suburb wracked by protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, saying that the imminent arrival of the National Guard will help restore order.

Ferguson: When stupid and evil reign, it's good to own a gun.
http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/08/16/Ferguson-When-Stupid-and-Evil-Reign-It-s-Good-to-Own-a-Gun
Excerpt: Society has broken down in Ferguson, Missouri. It's not the Zombie Apocalypse but a toxic stew has left law-abiding American citizens helpless. Thank God and the American Constitution some of those citizens own guns. The gentlemen pictured above reportedly guarded their business establishment during last night's rioting. This morning they still have a business. Others weren't so lucky.

A Witness Conversation Unknowingly Captured at the Scene of the Ferguson Shooting is a Game-Changer
Excerpt: The original video poster appears sympathetic to the narrative that Mike Brown was shot unarmed with his hands in the air. But he unknowingly picks up conversation between a man who saw the altercation and another neighbor. An approximate transcription of the background conversation, as related by the “Conservative Treehouse” blog: ... This is terribly important because if Mike Brown had been shot, and he advanced towards the cop instead of surrendering, it would substantiate the narrative that the policeman shot in self-defense due to the fact that he was being threatened with severe bodily harm. 

Store owners use their own guns as police back away in Ferguson.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/16/Store-Owners-Use-Their-Own-Guns-As-Police-Back-Away-In-Ferguson
Excerpt:Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tried to explain why the police were hesitant: "You did not see 'police restraint' overnight. You saw police reluctant to act. We cannot keep stoning the keepers at the gate." Store owners continue to rely on their own guns for now, many of which are AR-15s.

Obama's DOJ Silent as New Black Panthers Leader Incites Violence in Ferguson
Excerpt: It appears to me the only racists in this entire thing are the New Black Panthers and their accomplices in the Obama administration. Whatever happened to "not judging a person by the color of their skin but by the content of their character? I thought people like Jesse Jackson was supposed to have been a disciple of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Why is he not speaking out against this kind of talk? It's because he backs it because he and his ilk profit from the demoralization and suffering of the black community. (It's only hate speech if a white person incites violence. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Is the Criminal Justice System Racist? By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: Neither Klein nor Paul are saying that judges are racists. Or legislators. Or even cops on the beat. What they are saying is that the system has a disparate impact on blacks.
But what Paul surely realizes, if Klein does not, is that most government intervention has a disparate racial impact – including interventions favored by liberals like Klein.
If you started out with the goal of ensuring that our prisons are going to be filled with thousands of young black men, it’s hard to think of anything more effective that trapping poor black children in rotten public schools and then imposing labor market restrictions that prevent them from obtaining entry level jobs.

Iraq, Ferguson, and the 'libertarian moment.' By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: The “libertarian moment” has arrived, the New York Times Magazine proclaimed this month, to the guffaws of many liberals and a few conservatives. The other news on today’s front pages – unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and new bloodshed in Iraq – bolsters the claim. Americans may not be eager to abolish the minimum wage, legalize prostitution, or repeal the New Deal, but libertarianism’s warnings today ring truer than ever.

The Elite Liberal Softer Kind of Racism. By Bernard Goldberg
Excerpt: I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri between the cop and the kid. And neither do you. When I covered hard news I saw cops who crossed the line and I saw kids who started trouble. So let’s not jump to conclusions. But what do you think the reaction in Ferguson would have been if the kid who got shot was black and so was the cop? Or if the kid was white and the cop was black — or white? You think there would have been demonstrations and riots and an onslaught of national media? (According to FBI statistics, blacks murder whites at twice the rate whites murder blacks. Both pale to insignificance to the murder rate of blacks killing blacks. But only whites killing blacks produces outrage or riots. ~Bob)

5 ppl were killed and 27 wounded in Chicago this weekend. Go riot there.

No riots over these deaths? Shootings leave 3 dead, 16 wounded
Excerpt: Three people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and sixteen others injured in shootings across the city between late Saturday morning and early Sunday morning, police said.

Excerpt: The riots in St. Louis that have sprung up in response to the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager have cast a spotlight on whether local police departments have too many military-style weapons and other equipment that is intended for use on the battlefield. Since the 1990s, the Pentagon has provided local police with more than $5 billion worth of military equipment it no longer needs, such as assault weapons, body armor, and even tactical vehicles.

Meet the Progressive DA Texas Governor Rick Perry Wanted Removed from the Public Integrity Unit
Excerpt: At around 50 seconds in, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg threatens to throw her arresting officers in jail. It only gets “better” from there.

Holder Uses Government-Owned Jet To Fly Daughters And Their Boyfriends To Attend Belmont Stakes
Excerpt: That one day trip to Elmont, N.Y. on June 7, according to records provided to TheDC by the Department of Justice, ended up costing the government $14,440. But Holder only had to reimburse the government $955 for flying him and four passengers to the final leg of the Triple Crown horse races that day.

Worth Reading: A Medicare scam that just kept rolling: The government has paid billions to buy power wheelchairs. It has no idea how many of the claims are bogus.
Excerpt: She asked a single question: Had the government ever bought this patient a power wheelchair? No? Then the scam was off and running.

Worth Reading: Trampling on Coal Country Families. By Paul Driessen
Excerpt: Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. (Have you looked at your utility bill lately? Despite a mild summer, ours is up quite a bit. And it's going to get worse. ~Bob)

Quote
The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer. - Will Rogers

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted
Excerpt: Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

Lefty Law Professor: That Indictment Against Rick Perry is "Un-American." By Daniel Doherty 
Excerpt: "Everybody, liberal or conservative, should stand against this indictment," Dershowitz said. "If you don't like how Rick Perry uses his office, don't vote for him." ... "This is another example of the criminalization of party differences," said Dershowitz, a prominent scholar on United States constitutional law and criminal law who writes the "Legally Speaking" column for Newsmax. "This idea of an indictment is an extremely dangerous trend in America, whether directed at [former House Majority Leader] Tom DeLay or [former President] Bill Clinton."

Rick Perry's Indictment: Completely Political
Some great graphics. ~Bob

This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous. By Jonathan Chait
Excerpt: They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is. (If a drunk officer holder kills your child with a car in Texas, you can thnk the texas Democrats. ~Bob)

No One Cares About Julian Assange Anymore--Good. By James Delingpole
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/18/No-one-cares-about-julian-assange
Excerpt: Even his rich celebrity friends - among them Michael Moore, Ken Loach, and Jemima Khan - have gone strangely quiet. (But then, maybe Khan can only deal with one skanky, lefty freak show at a time, and she's got her hands full right now with Russell Brand.) Assange, it seems, is very much yesterday's flavour-of-the-month. The chattering classes have grown bored with their plaything. They need a new exciting cause to show how free-spirited and caring they are. And a smelly bloke who drones on and on, leaps on hapless women, and whose indiscriminate intelligence leaks may well have sent many good men to their deaths and made all our lives that little bit less safe just isn't doing it for them any more.

Federal agencies spend millions on union business. By Kenric Ward 
Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only federal agency where hundreds of employees do union business full-time on the public’s dime. “Taxpayers spent around $156 million on federal employees who did no federal work at all,” said Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government.

Worth Reading: Obama’s Racism for Fun and Profit. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: A crowd gathers. Fists rise in the air. The police deploy. The EBT stores, check cashing places and furniture rental outlets roll down their shutters. A tense hour passes before the scene fades away leaving behind a crude graffiti scrawl of a wannabe gangsta and his favorite pit bull, a few faded color photos and some purple candles guttering in the night underneath his portrait.
Not the full scale rioting, looting and curfews. That’s the sort of thing that doesn’t happen on its own. It has to be community organized into being.

One Month To Scottish Independence Vote, Yes Camp In Tough Fight
Excerpt: With a month to go until Scotland votes on independence from Britain, polls suggest the plan will be defeated, leaving First Minister Alex Salmond and the Yes camp in an uphill battle to secure victory. Salmond has struggled to convince a majority of Scots on the key question: whether Scotland's economy, fuelled by North Sea oil and whisky exports, is strong enough to support independence. Most opinion polls show 45-50 percent support forScotland remaining part of the United Kingdom with backing for independence ranging from 35 to 39 percent. 

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer: 99.5% of Americans are not super-sophisticated.
http://m.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/curtis-kalin/liberal-billionaire-995-americans-are-not-super-sophisticated
Excerpt: Coming from a side of the political isle that prides itself on ending “hate” and precluding judgment on those that are not like them, many wealthy liberal activists have been quick to make harsh conclusions about any group of people with whom they disagree. This degree of hypocrisy is rarely topped, but Steyer’s strident defense of the “super sophisticated” 0.5% of America may have reached a new summit of paternalism.

It's time to consider restricting human breeding. By Zoltan Istvan
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-08/14/time-to-restrict-human-breeding
Excerpt: In an attempt to solve this problem and give hundreds of millions of future kids a better life, I cautiously endorse the idea of licensing parents, a process that would be little different than getting a driver's licence. Parents who pass a series of basic tests qualify and get the green light to get pregnant and raise children. Those applicants who are deemed unworthy -- perhaps because they are homeless, or have drug problems, or are violent criminals, or have no resources to raise a child properly and keep it from going hungry -- would not be allowed until they could demonstrate they were suitable parents. (Someone should tell him that the US Birthrate, like most of western civilization, is below the replacement rate on 2.1 live birth per woman. ~Bob)

The Revenge of the Middle Class: I was Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, where we studied this exact plan that he's been implementing for the past six years. By Wayne Allyn Root
http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2014/08/12/obama-is-about-to-experience-the-revenge-of-the-middle-class-n1877737/page/full
Excerpt: Little by little, the proud middle class is being forced to grovel for government checks or subsidies just to survive. It is not happening by accident, mistake, or coincidence. This is a purposeful plan and it is succeeding. How do I know? I was Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, where we studied this exact plan that he has been implementing for the past six years.It took a while, but middle class Americans are finally realizing—with friends like Obama, who needs enemies? They’re finally learning to watch what Obama does, not what he says.

Paying people to vote proposed in Los Angeles. By Thomas Lifson
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/08/paying_people_to_vote_proposed_in_lo_angeles.html
Excerpt: Buying votes is illegal, yet the misnamed Los Angeles Ethics Commission is proposing to pay people to vote, in the form of lottery prizes. David Zahniser of the Los Angeles Times reports: Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls.

Africans Come to America. Hiphop Republican
http://www.hiphoprepublican.com/africans-come-to-america/
Excerpt: Almost nine out of every 10 African Americans would support Obama no matter what, no matter how far America sinks under his leadership, even if they have no jobs and their own lives are in shambles. Seventy percent of Africans say pretty much the same about Obama.

Dennis Kimbro on Black Wealth Creation. Hiphop Republican
http://www.hiphoprepublican.com/dennis-kimbro-on-black-wealth-creation/
Excerpt: In 1955, when Martin Luther King Jnr led the Montgomery Bus boycott, there were only five Black millionaires in the United States. There are now 35,000.

Obamacare News

How Obamacare makes my family less financially secure. By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: The costs of these benefits are mostly dispersed widely, and so it's not easy to directly compare the costs to the benefits. But sometimes the costs are pretty measurable. With my own family, for instance, it's easy to see.

HHS HealthCare.gov Official: “Delete this email”
http://sharylattkisson.com/hhs-healthcare-gov-official-delete-this-email/
Excerpt: An email obtained by Congress shows the top official for Healthcare.gov at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Department of Health and Human Services, Marilyn Tavenner, instructed the agency’s top spokesman to “Please delete this email.” The instruction appears significant for several reasons: First, the email to be deleted included an exchange between key White House officials and CMS officials. 

Undocumented Democrat News

Immigrant?
Good graphic. ~Bob

KISS: Gene Simmons still feels like an immigrant
http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2014/07/15/kiss-gene-simmons-still-feels-like-immigrant/12698449/
Excerpt: In the back of my head, it's always, 'Please don't throw me out of your country,'" he said. "It's astonishing when you think about it, that I can come here a first-generation immigrant and you give me as much opportunity as you give your own sons and daughters, I would never take that for granted. That's why I love the military, and when the flag goes up, I shut my mouth. I'm always aware that I'm an outsider."

The Real Death Valley: The Untold Story of Mass Graves and Migrant Deaths in South Texas
Why have hundreds of bodies been found rotting in the harsh climate of Brooks CountyTexas? .... The Weather Channel investigates this mystery, exploring how illegal migration, a devastating drought, and questions of about who gets rescued and who doesn't have combined to create a tragic situation. Click HERE to see our full report. (Graphic footage. --Barb)

"You're Greener Than Gore" News

Excerpt: The Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rules, which seek to limit carbon emissions from power plants, would cost the American economy $51 billion, as well as 224,000 jobs, every year through 2030, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates. With that significant of an economic impact, one would hope the EPA had a pretty good justification, right? (Part of that $51B will come fro your utility bills. ~bob)

Excerpt: Former Vice President Al Gore has filed a lawsuit against the Middle Eastern media group Al Jazeera, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract in its $500 million purchase of Mr. Gore’s Current TV cable channel.

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: The Center for Security Policy’s Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that “al-Qaida was on the run,” even as we were outright arming militants affiliated with the terrorist group. Lopez spent 20 years as an undercover operations officer for the CIA.

US launches airstrikes to help retake large Iraq dam captured by Islamic State
Excerpt: The United States on Saturday launched several more air strikes in Iraq at Islamic State, including ones targeting members of the Islamic militant group who are positioned around the country’s largest dam, near Irbil. Islamic State captured the Mosul Dam last month in its surprisingly swift and deadly run across northern Iraq in recent months.

The Common Enemy. By George Packer
Excerpt: The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham controls thirty-five thousand square miles of land, an area the size of Jordan. The self-proclaimed caliphate stretches from the newly conquered towns along the Syrian-Turkish border, through its de-facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria, across the obliterated Iraqi border into Mosul, Tikrit, and Falluja, down to the farming towns south of Baghdad—roughly a third of the territory of both countries. It is exploiting almost every oil and gas field in Syria; it has seized Iraq’s largest refinery, in Baiji, and its biggest dam, north of Mosul, which provides water and electricity for much of the country and could, if destroyed, submerge Baghdad. (There are hopeful notes in this article, about various forces finally coming together to oppose ISIS, and not just with words. This is a golden opportunity for Pres. Obama to actually become a leader in the world again. But that would mean really coming off the fence, away from the golf course and the fundraisers, and making some hard decisions, and going to Congress and asking for the support for sending a flood of aid to the Kurds, and a flood of US air power to really damage ISIS assets everywhere they can be found. It can be done, it needs to be done, but will he do it? I really don't know. --Del)

Decorated British army chief accuses Hamas of war crimes.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/18/UK-General-Praises-Israeli-Restraint
Excerpt: "I’ve been there [in Israel and Gaza] for four weeks. I’ve watched closely what’s happening [in this conflict]. Hamas have used the two weapons at their disposal, and they have only two weapons. Those weapons are not rockets and are not attack tunnels ... they could not hope to defeat the might of the state of Israel with her allies around the world using rockets and attack tunnels. They did not intend to defeat the State of Israel, they know they couldn’t. So what were their weapons? Human shields – their own old men, women, babies and children to be sacrificed for their own purposes. And lies and propaganda. 

Jihadist hackers targeting celebrity and business bank accounts to fund Islamic State terror campaign
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jihadist-hackers-targeting-celebrity-business-4057294
Excerpt: The jihadist group spreading death and mayhem across Iraq and Syria is already the world’s richest rebel organisation with more than £1.5billion at its disposal. Now British hacker Junaid Hussain, 20, jailed in 2012 for stealing personal information from Tony Blair and posting it online, is thought to be masterminding a plan to bring in countless millions more.

ISIS militants destroy Shiite mosque, execute muezzin
Excerpt: Islamist militants blew up a Shiite prayer hall in the Iraqi town of Jalawla on Friday and publicly executed the muezzin, witnesses and a regional police chief said.

In Iraq, captured Yazidi women fear the Islamic State will force them to wed
Excerpt: Hundreds of Yazidi women who were captured by Islamic extremists during their sweep through the town of Sinjar are being incarcerated at scattered locations across northern Iraq in what increasingly looks like a deliberate attempt to co-opt them into service as the wives of fighters. (The Holy Qur'an allows sex slavery. It is the unchangeable word of Allah, as revealed by the prophet Mohammad (PBUH), who kept sex slaves and is the perfect example of conduct for Muslims today. It's not just a good idea--it's the shari'a law. ~Bob)

Obama Administration Delays Arms Shipments to Israel… as it Confirms Advanced Arms Sales to Turkey and Qatar. By Joseph Gelman
Excerpt: The Obama administration has recently executed arms sales to two bad actors in the Middle East; Turkey and Qatar. The administration recently cleared the sale of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, also known as AMRAAM’s, to Turkey. According to the announcement, the missiles will be used on Turkey’s F-16 aircraft – and eventually on stealth F-35 aircraft that the administration intends to supply Turkey.

How to Write About Israel. By Daniel Greenfield
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-write-about-israel.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FromNyToIsraelSultanRevealsTheStoriesBehindTheNews+%28from+NY+to+Israel+Sultan+Reveals+The+Stories+Behind+the+News%29
Excerpt: Writing about Israel is a booming field. No news agency, be it ever so humble, can avoid embedding a few correspondents and a dog's tail of stringers into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, to sit in cafes clicking away on their laptops, meeting up with leftist NGO's and the oppressed Muslim of the week. At a time when international desks are being cut to the bone, this is the one bone that the newshounds won't give up. Wars can be covered from thousands of miles away, genocide can go to the back page, but, when a rock flies in the West Bank, there had better be a correspondent with a fake continental accent and a khaki shirt to cover it.

Who watches the watchers? By Steven Emerson
Excerpt: We know from past history the demonstrable manifestation of the vitriolic anti Israeli (and some might add anti-Semitic) bias by nearly all of these organizations clamoring to declare Israel guilty of war crimes, as they have repeatedly accused Israel in the past of everything from massive human rights violations to war crimes to genocide.No other country in the world - even those like the Sudan, North Korea and Iran - who have committed genuine massive human rights violations - have ever been the object of such massive condemnations as Israel has selectively been.

UK Consul General to Jerusalem appears wearing Arab keffiyeh branding Israel as Free Palestine, MP calls for heads to roll
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/18/FCO-Chief-Flies-Palestinian-Flag
Excerpt: A picture has emerged of the British Consul General to Jerusalem wearing an Arab Keffiyeh (scarf) with the Palestinian flag draped over the entirety of the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories. The image depicted on the scarf is the one used by protesters and belligerents in the region who wish to see the State of Israel wiped off the map. The picture of Dr Alastair McPhail is from the Islamic Relief Palestine website, and depicts the inauguration of the Health Professions Lab at Al-Azhar University, a facility which was co-funded by Islamic Relief and the British Consulate.

Jews turn on Jews as 1000 rally in Brighton, England.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/18/Israel-protests-in-Brighton
Excerpt: Jews turned against Jews yesterday in central Brighton, even as Col Richard Kemp, former Commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan, warned that that was the precise aim of those determined to see Israel destroyed.

UK Supermarket Sainsburys Removes UK-Made Kosher Goods: 'We support free Gaza'
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/17/Sainsburys-Kosher-Food-Israel-Protest
COMMENT: Dreeber crownarmourer: It's only halal if you haven't had sex with it recently.

UK: Kosher vs Halal: The battle for the soul of our supermarkets.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/18/Kosher-vs-halal-is-a-battle-for-the-soul-of-our-supermarkets
Excerpt:Compare and contrast this store manager's cowardice - or complicity - and the boycotts of Jewish stores in 1930s Germany. It's time to grow up and protect the people who really do need our protection. Anti-Semitism is on the rise everywhere. It's at levels unseen since the Nazis, we're told.

Excerpt: via Mich. district to boost programs for immigrant students. (Notice the innocuous, seemingly deceptive, story title given by stealth Muslim Niraj Warikoo)
A Detroit-area school district with a growing Arab-American population has agreed to improve its programs for students with limited English skills and to potentially hire more educators of Arab descent. In a 31-page agreement with the Department of Justice, the Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights says it “shall take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal and meaningful participation by” students with limited English skills.

Video Worth Viewing: Unusual Answer from Panelist Receives Standing Ovation at Benghazi Coalition Meeting. By Barbara Boland
Excerpt: An American University law student asked a question, the answer to which brought down the house at the Benghazi Accountability Coalition hosted by the Heritage Foundation yesterday. (Brigitte Gabriel has a great response on "Moderate Muslims." This is from June, but I just saw it. ~Bob)

Chadian soldiers 'rescue 85 Nigerians from Boko Haram'
Excerpt: Reports are emerging of the rescue by Chadian troops of some 85 Nigerian villagers abducted earlier this week by suspected Boko Haram militants. A Nigerian security official told AFP that they had intercepted a convoy of buses transporting gunmen and the villagers in a routine security check.

Slavery is Alive and Well: Tilbury container stowaways included 13 children

Excerpt: Thirteen children aged between one and 12 were among 35 Afghan Sikh immigrants found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks, Essex Police have said. The group arrived on Saturday on a ship from Belgium and were said by police to be victims of "people trafficking".