Sunday, July 15, 2012

Political Digest for July 15, 2012

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The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
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Excerpt: Mitt Romney demanded an apology from President Obama over allegations that Romney misled the public over his tenure at Bain Capital, declaring that he had “no role whatsoever in managing Bain Capital after 1999.” “He sure as heck ought to say that he’s sorry for the kinds of attacks that are coming from his team,” Romney told ABC. “If I were president of the United States I would put a stop to it and apologize to my campaign for what has been done by his.”

Quebec: Muslim woman who fought stereotypes of Muslims charged with trying to smuggle weapons to Hizballah
Excerpt: The guns she was running would have been more hurtful than any "stereotype." In any case, here we see clearly the link between "Islamophobia" victimhood-mongering and violent jihad. The former is just a deflection strategy to cover for the latter. (Guess she needs to reread the "Islam is a religion of peace" memo. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Both the Central Assembly of God Church in Tehran and its summer campsite have been closed by the Islamic authorities, according to the Farsi Christian News Network. (Must keep the kuffer from infecting the Faithful. ~Bob.)

Turkey: Erdogan's party wants to limit press freedom: Nationalist 'Grey Wolves' want death penalty
Excerpt: Under the new article proposed by the AKP to the commission drafting a constitutional reform, freedom of the press can be limited on a number of other accounts including 'public morality'.

Worth Reading: Uncertainty. By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: Did you know that public uncertainty about federal economic policy is at a 30-year high? Economists at Stanford University and the University of Chicago have actually discovered a way of measuring how uncertain people are. They find that their measure of uncertainty correlates with such economic activities as deciding to invest, deciding how much to produce and deciding whether to hire more workers.

Liars All. By Bill Tatro
Excerpt: What does the U.S. Federal Government, J.P. Morgan, and the government of China all have in common? Answer: they all lie.

Obama Blackmails the Middle Class. By Ann-Marie Murrell
Excerpt: Obama recently gave yet another televised pep rally, complete with a laughing, cheering progressive audience. The purpose this time was all about taxing his most hated class o' people, the Evil Rich (of which he finally admitted he is a part of). He used words like "holding hostage" and offered veiled threats to the middle to lower-classed, warning us that if his offer of taxing the rich doesn't happen, the middle class (cue threatening music) WILL PAY.

Excerpt: Yesterday CBS/NPR host Charlie Rose interviewed President Obama. As usual, all the softball questions were asked and answered. Perhaps the softest was "Mr. President, what do you see as your biggest weakness?". Obama first smirked, then postured with a intensely concerned look on his face, then said, "I've come to learn that it's not just getting policy right"..."I don't think I've done enough "storytelling". 

Hunter tapped as one of 50 politicians to watch
Excerpt: Rep. Duncan Hunter has been named one of 50 politicians to watch by Politico, a Capitol Hill newspaper and website. Hunter, R-El Cajon, is cited as someone who "will emerge from this season of political and policy auditions to take starring turns in the next four years." Politico recounts his experience as a Marine in Iraq, and documents his close relationship with his father, who held the same congressional seat for 28 years before stepping down and seeing his son elected to it in 2008.

U.S. Navy scraps urinals to make war ships gender-neutral
The U.S. Navy is scrapping urinals from new war ships because increasing numbers of female sailors are enlisting. The change will be heralded by the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers, the first of which is due in late 2015. Getting rid of urinals lets the Navy easily switch restrooms - or heads as they're called on the high seas - from male to female or vice versa, helping ships to adapt to the changing gender make up of crews.

Must Watch: WBFF: Free Phone Frenzy - abuse of the federal Lifeline program
This just scratched the surface of the waste and fraud rampant in the Fed. Government today. Remember we pay for it. --Steve. Obamaphones, I hear they call them. ~Bob.

Exclusive: ADC's Misleading Sob Story on Elashi Brothers
Excerpt: The news release from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) depicts a family torn apart by a heartless bureaucracy. Two brothers, stateless Palestinians, were "taken by ICE and the U.S. Air Marshalls (sic) from their children in Texas and sent to Egypt," where they are not welcome. ... Both are convicted felons tied to a terror-financing network based out of Dallas. And both had final orders of deportation issued against them in 2008 and 2009 that were never appealed, immigration records show.

VIDEO: English Defence League's Tommy Robinson Speaks at European Parliament
Excerpt: On Monday 9th July EDL Leader Tommy Robinson gave the following speech in the European Parliament. He had been invited to speak as part of The International Conference For Free Speech And Human Rights, sponsored by the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).

Robert F. Kennedy Jr's Daughter Kerry Kennedy Found Passed Out and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs after Crash with Tractor-Trailer
Excerpt: Kerry Kennedy has been arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs. Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, who is the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was found slumped at the wheel of her car after a collision in Westchester County, New York this morning. She crashed her Lexus into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684 around 8am, according to officials. (It's what Kennedys do. ~Bob.)

VIDEO: 'Extraordinary' U.S.-Mexico Drug Tunnel May Be Sinaloa Cartel's,0,612829.story
Excerpt: The powerful Sinaloa drug cartel is believed to be behind one of the most sophisticated and well-engineered smuggling tunnels ever found along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to U.S. drug enforcement officials who announced the discovery Thursday in Yuma. The “fully operational” tunnel is a 755-foot passageway, tall enough for a 6-foot person to walk through, that burrows under the border fence, a park and a water canal. It connects a small, nondescript warehouse on the U.S. side to an inoperative ice manufacturing plant behind a strip club in Mexico.

The Largest Political Machine: Public Sector Unions. By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: While the revelations made in this article are hardly a shock, understanding the role of the public sector unions in political donations is key to understanding the functioning of the modern American Left. The deep pockets of teachers unions and other public sector unions provide the financial infrastructure that keeps the Left in business. It’s the ultimate political machine.

Conservatives Hail the New Tougher Romney. By Alex Roarty
Excerpt: Mitt Romney got the memo. The GOP presidential contender Thursday issued a day-long, brass-knuckled rebuttal to the latest development regarding his record at Bain Capital, a message coupled with a high-dollar new TV ad that calls President Obama untrustworthy. Combined, they amount to the most aggressive defense of Romney's tenure at Bain yet.

Worth Reading: Obama's Second Term Transformation Plans. By Steve McCann
Excerpt: If Barack Obama is re-elected the United States will never be the same, nor will it be able to re-capture its once lofty status as the most dominant nation in the history of mankind. The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama's first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of "transforming America" in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress. That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders. (The explanation of the creation of these massive bureaucracies already empowered to do whatever they want without oversight by Congress makes great sense. A clever way to get back the system of checks and balances the Founders built in to protect us all. And therefore really a super bad idea. --Del. It may, in fact, be too late regardless of the election. But we have no choice except fight on. ~Bob.)

California's third city in weeks to seek bankruptcy protection - facing the possibility of missing payroll.
No surprises here. The republics dominos continue to fall. --Chris

USDA buckles, removes Spanish food stamp soap operas from website
excerpt: Following The Daily Caller’s expose of the United States Department of Agriculture’s food stamp outreach to Spanish-speakers via radio novelas, or Spanish language soap operas, the agency removed the series from their website.

Congresswoman demands investigation into millions of taxpayer dollars used for Disney World conference
Excerpt: Rep. Sandy Adams is digging into a federal agency she said has misused millions in taxpayer dollars for, among other things, a trip to Disney World. Adams said in a statement that a whistleblower gave her documents from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership that show the agency used millions for a conference at a lavish resort near Disney World in Florida.

New Evidence Shows Hillary A Mastermind Behind Gunwalker
Excerpt: Last week it was reported that the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were deeply involved in the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, or Project Gunwalker. Today, however, new evidence has surfaced indicating that not only was Hillary deeply involved in the scandal but was one of the masterminds behind it.

CPS says 26 employees lied get their kids free or reduced-price lunches
Welcome to Chicago. ~Bob. Excerpt: Twenty principals and assistant principals are among 26 current and former Chicago Public Schools employees who provided false income information on applications to get their children into the federal free or reduced-price lunch program, according to CPS Inspector General James Sullivan. Some of those accused were escorted out of their schools by district officials Friday morning.

Chicagoans Kill Chicagoans and they blame the pilgrims! By John Derbyshire, Taki's Magazine
Excerpt: I couldn’t find demographic stats on all 237 of this year’s Chicago homicides, but for a rough approximation I plotted the locations of last weekend’s shootings as reported here. I have marked them with big black dots on a map of the city. Eyeball that alongside a demographic map, and with one exception up there in the 46th Ward, they all occurred in heavily black or Hispanic neighborhoods.

At least nine shot overnight across city
Welcome to Chicago, Part Two. ~Bob

Islamist threat is real and growing. By Steve Huntley
Excerpt: Israel sits squarely on the front line of the war by Islamist fanaticism against the West. The Jewish state for decades has been the lone outpost for democratic government and its values in the Middle East. It has also been America’s most trusted and reliable ally in a troubled part of the world.

Suicide bomber kills 5 at northeast Nigerian mosque
Didn't get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: A suicide bomber killed five people at the central mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, the military said, the latest attack in a region plagued by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents.

Suicide bomber kills Afghan MP, 22 others at wedding
Didn't get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: A suicide bomber killed 23 people, including a prominent Afghan member of parliament, the western zone police commander, a provincial intelligence chief, and several senior Afghan officials, in an attack at a wedding in the northern province of Samangan today. The attack was very likely carried out by the al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

Excerpt: The new Greek finance minister, Yannis Stournaras, until recently a professor of economics at the University of Athens, hasn't learned yet the art of extortion that is required to accomplish anything at all during negotiations with the Eurozone. And so, when he went to the meeting of Eurozone finance ministers earlier this week at the Eurogroup-which serves as political control over the common currency-he accomplished absolutely nothing. He wasn't even able, unlike his predecessors, to get himself into the media with some wild threat about a "disorderly default" or destroying the entire Eurozone if he didn't get what he wanted.

Obama Took Cash From Bain Outsourcing Execs
Excerpt: Barack Obama’s campaign has been quick to rip Mitt Romney for his association with Bain Capital, which outsourced certain jobs during restructuring of companies. There’s only one problem: many of the very executives who were running Bain Capital during the 1999-2002 period now under media scrutiny donated to Obama’s presidential campaign. And Obama was more than happy to cash the checks.

Excerpt: Two of the senators who pushed an investigation into a suspected Interior Department cover-up of the White House fudging scientific conclusions to justify the gulf drilling moratorium are now fighting the administration’s plan to stymie exploration and production on the outer continental shelf. On the same day that the nation’s attention was turned toward the ObamaCare ruling at the Supreme Court, the Obama administration was quietly issuing a five-year energy proposal that would place a virtual moratorium over 85 percent of the nation’s offshore areas.

Dem group’s document dump dishes dirt on Republican VP hopefuls
Excerpt: “Veep Mistakes” is a project launched today by the liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century has released its extensive dossiers on three of the most buzzed-about politicos who could serve as possible running-mates to presumptive Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Ma). The book-sized documents about Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio (R) are available as .pdf documents via the American Bridge specializes in “opposition research,” the art and science of gathering dirt on one’s political opponents.

The ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Hoax In Obamatax
Excerpt: With ObamaTax, the left has chosen a big government policy that will offer a very brief period of health care access to individuals with pre-existing conditions, followed by little or no access to care as Americans cope with long lines to see doctors. They will soon face an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a group of unelected government bureaucrats, who, as their name says, will be more concerned with payment than health care……To be blunt, the IPAB will decide if it’s worth it for funds to be spent on care for someone who requires much of it yet may never get well, as opposed to someone who is likely to recover and be “useful to society.”

Obama Goes For Kill Shot With Nasty Anti-Romney Ad—Update: Romney Condemns
Excerpt: The "Uncle Jims" reference comes from a quote from the President in Virginia yesterday:
So just in case some of your friends or neighbors, or Uncle Jim, who’s a little stubborn and been watching FOX News -- (laughter) -- and he thinks that somehow I raised taxes -- let’s just be clear: We’ve lowered taxes for middle-class families since I came into office. (President Obama, RemarksVirginia BeachVA, 7/13/12) (Scary. --Barb.)

Lloyd Marcus: NAACP Furthers Mission of KKK
Excerpt: The NAACP further revealed its true colors when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed its members at their convention. Clearly, this once-great organization, which comprised champions of civil rights, has morphed into a shameful liberal activist hate group. They do not give a hoot about real black empowerment.

Decorated general: Shariah is here now!
Excerpt: Retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin is warning that Islamic Shariah law already is in the United States, and is forming a cloud over the future of the nation.

Allen West: The $10 Million Dollar Man. By Charlie Mahtesian
Excerpt: Here’s another way to measure his prolific fundraising: West raised more money this quarter than most Senate candidates – including incumbents (like home state Sen. Bill Nelson) and those in some of the most competitive Senate races in the nation. There aren’t many other House members who can generate that kind of cash or the same level of devotion.

George Schultz: Memo to Romney: Expand the Pie. By Robert L. Pollock, New York Times
Excerpt: "I'll give you an example. [Reagan] knew and we all advised him you can't have a decent economy with the kind of inflation we've got. . . . The political people would come in and say 'You've got to be careful, Mr. President. There's gonna be a recession [if the Federal Reserve tightens the money supply]. You're gonna lose seats in the midterm election.' "And he basically said, 'If not us who? If not now when?'

Worth Reading: This Youth Movement Has Women Covered. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: In humdrum reality, [Barack Obama's] idea of the future doesn't seem to be any more futuristic than the pre-Thatcher statist wasteland of Britain in the Seventies [I wuz there! Kate], but that didn't stop the massed ranks of fresh-faced youth chanting "We are the Hopeychange!" in adoring if glassy-eyed unison behind him at every campaign rally. Four years later, half of recent graduates can't find full-time employment; Americans' college debt is now larger than credit card debt; the number of young people with summer jobs is at a record low; and men in their late twenties and early thirties trudge upstairs every night to the same bedroom in which they slept as a kindergartner.

Home Health Aides May Endanger Seniors. By Nick Tate
Excerpt: Hiring a home health aide to provide care for an elderly family member may do more harm than good, according to a new study that finds agencies in many states place unqualified caregivers – including some with criminal records – in homes of vulnerable seniors. The national study, by Northwestern University researchers, has found some agencies recruit random strangers from Craigslist to care for older people with dementia. Some don't do national criminal background checks or drug testing, fudge the qualifications of caregivers and don't require any experience or provide training.

No loonies need apply for GOP veep. By Carl Hiaasen
Excerpt: Prevailing cable punditry says Romney is going to pick someone “safe,” meaning dull, white and male. The candidate will have more experience holding public office than Palin did, and he’ll likely hail from an important swing state where moose don’t outnumber independent voters. That’s why [Florida's] Rubio is still in the VP mix.

The Meth Makeover: Cocaine, Banoffee Pie and a new dawn for the hippy-dippy diocese of Portsmouth, England. By Damian Thompson
Excerpt: This week the online technology magazine The Kernel published an investigation by Willard Foxton into the digital drugs trade, or “extreme shopping”, as it’s known. Remember that term: I suspect it’s going to catch on. One young junkie raves to Foxton about the benefits of moving his habit “totally online”.

Food Crisis Fears as U.S. Corn Soars. By Jack Farchy, Financial Times, London
Excerpt: The US is crucial to supplying the world with food: the country is the largest exporter of corn, soyabeans and wheat, accounting for one in every three tonnes of the staple grains traded on the global market. Prices for this year’s corn crop, deliverable in December, have jumped 44 per cent in a month, wheat has rallied 45 per cent, and soyabeans 17 per cent. (Thank the drought and the ethanol-loving Greenies. ~Bob.)

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