Monday, July 30, 2012

Political Digest for July 30, 2012

The Old Jarhead Blog: Bringing you news and information the MSM is too busy covering American Idol, celebrity affairs and sensational missing person cases to cover. Please forward to friends who need to be informed.

I post articles because I think they are of interest. 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 present, which is the responsibility of the author. In some cases I post things sent to me by readers I might not have posted on my own, to get ideas circulating.

Is California the welfare capital? Delving into why California has such a disproportionate share of the nation’s recipients. By Michael Gardner
Excerpt: When Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature overhauled the state’s welfare program last month, some people learned a jarring fact for the first time: California has one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients. That California has a lot of people on welfare was not a secret. In addition to its size, the state has a long history of heavy focus on social services, in part because of years of Democratic dominance in Sacramento. But the size of California’s welfare rolls is disproportionate when you consider the state has only 12 percent of the nation’s population.

Does billboard comparing Obama to alleged shooter go too far?
Excerpt: A Caldwell billboard is raising questions in the Treasure Valley as it compares President Obama to accused Colorado killer, James Holmes. The billboard on Franklin Road equates the actions of the president's foreign policies to the acts of Holmes, who's suspected of killing 12 people in the theater shooting. 

Cojones Required to Defeat Racist Democrats and Media. By Lloyd Marcus
Excerpt: When Obama entered the national arena, the bias of the mainstream media intensified times ten. Obama was their dream come true. Not only was Obama a left-wing hater of traditional America like them, but he was black. Perfect! What white person would have the cojones to criticize the first black presidential candidate?

Economy: Growth sluggish, ranks of jobless remain high. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer
Excerpt: High unemployment isn’t going away — not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.

Release Huma Abedin's Security File! By Judith Reisman
Excerpt: Michele Bachmann upset the press again. Strange. The news media love handsome movie stars who daringly expose government corruption; why does the press now circle the wagons to pretend that government corruption cannot really exist?

The White House blunders again over the Churchill bust. By Nile Gardiner 
Excerpt: As Telegraph readers will recall, one of the earliest actions of the Obama presidency when it came to office in 2009 was to return a bust of Sir Winston Churchill to the British Embassy, an extraordinary move considering the huge admiration for the wartime leader on both sides of the Atlantic. Tim Shipman, The Sunday Telegraph’s Washington correspondent at the time (now Deputy Political Editor at The Daily Mail), was the first to break the story:

Doctor shortage likely to worsen with health care law
Excerpt: The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.

Clash with al Qaeda linked group kills 11 in Philippines
Excerpt: Philippine forces clashed with Muslim extremists on a southern island Thursday, leaving seven soldiers and four militants dead, the military said.

Excerpt: At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21.

Some funny anti-Obama graphics posted

PETA: Marine Corps Terminology, ‘Leatherneck’ Term Promotes Animal Abuse
Satire. ~Bob.

Tweet from ‏@PolarCoug
It takes a village, a lot of weed, a little blow, and a composite girlfriend to raise an idiot.

Muslim preacher who tried to strangle his daughter, 16, for refusing an arranged marriage to her cousin spared jail
Excerpt: Abid Hussain, 56, grabbed the neck of Rabiyah Abid and said: 'If you don't follow my rules I will kill you' after she rejected his plans for her to wed. Hussain also left the teenager in fear of her life as he battered her about the head at the family home above the mosque he runs at Longsight, Manchester.

The Deadliest Global City
Excerpt: Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate -- higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo.

Boycott impacting Chick-fil-A

Tweet From @MaxMagnet1
People think Chick-fil-A should be banned from Boston & Chicago because the owners hold the same views that Obama held six months ago.

Excerpt: While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme. (Hope they didn't make him show an ID in court. ~Bob.)

Pelosi Galore: Jews want tax cuts, don’t care about Obama Policies to Israel
Excerpt: Here is video of Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi in an interview with Al Hunt saying Jewish Republicans are “being exploited” into opposing President Obama because they actually want tax cuts – not because they are concerned about Obama’s policy toward Israel. (Dem outs greedy Jews! ~Bob.)

Pelosi: President Obama's Been To Israel ‘Over And Over Again.’ By William Kristol
Wow. I'm involved with the Emergency Committee for IsraelWe have an ad up in several states calling attention to the fact that President Obama, who's been quite the world traveler, has never visited Israel as president.

Woman burnt alive in front of daughters
Excerpt: The failure to give birth to a son and the inability to fulfill her husband and in-laws' demand for money cost a woman her life. She was burnt alive allegedly by her husband and in-laws in front of her minor daughters on Friday night. ... The victim, Jahiran Biwi, married Serajul Islam, a labourer, seven years back.

NBC Edits Out Tribute To Victims Of Islamic Terrorism
Excerpt: If you are watching the Olympics in the States, there's a part of the opening ceremony NBC chose to leave out. While the Olympic Committee opted not to have a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes murdered in 1972, they did have a tribute for the victims of the 7/7 Islamic terrorist attacks. The tribute included the Christian hymn, "Abide With Me" performed by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. NBC opted not to air it.

(Islamic) Charity official held for money laundering
Excerpt: Abu Dhabi authorities arrested an employee at the Islamic and Endowments Authority (IEA) on charges of involvement in money laundering, a crime revealed by his bank, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

World holds its breath as America's debt battle looms
Excerpt: It is just hard to make any sort of plans for what we're going to do," complains Pat Conroy, the founder and president of MicroMain, a small software company based in Austin, Texas. "It is very hard to know what sort of investments we're going to make."

Excerpt: California ranked last or bottom tier in all of those categories. And California’s 9.3 percent income tax on middle class workers — those who earn more than $48,000 — is higher than what millionaires pay in 47 states.

Excerpt: Six Uzbek fighters were among those reported killed in the latest US drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The remotely piloted Predators or the more advanced Reapers fired at least six missiles at a compound and a vehicle in the village of Khushhali Turikhel near Mir Ali, according to reports from Pakistan. The Uzbek fighters were "visiting a spring for leisure" when they were attacked, a Pakistani intelligence official told The Express Tribune, which put the number of Uzbeks killed at six. (And then it's Miller Time... ~Bob.)

Collapse Of Financial System Will Come In August, Maybe September: Market-Watchers. By Eleazar David Meléndez
Excerpt: Disappointed by the lack of aggressive action by the U.S. Federal Reserve at the meeting of its powerful rate-setting committee last week, and assuming a wait-and-see posture on results from this week's European summit, pessimistic market-watchers are turning once again to guessing when the clock atop the euro zone time-bomb will finally run to 0. The consensus? The world economy has entered a final countdown with three months left, and investors should pencil in a collapse in either August or September. (Not sure this is likely, but possible. And I keep remembering that in August, 2008 McCain was ahead in the polls. Then came September... ~Bob.)

Anti-Israel Bomber in Bulgaria Was Released From Gitmo Thanks To Left. By William Bigelow
Excerpt: Leftists who hate Israel can rejoice; their efforts at securing the release of a Gitmo detainee and their subsequent lionizing of him allowed him to murder five Israelis in the bombing Wednesday in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bomber has been identified as Mehdi Ghezali, who was detained at Gitmo Bay in Cubafrom 2002 to 2004.

National Debt? No Such Thing
Excerpt: Imagine sitting at the kitchen table, stressing out over your family's finances. Between the student loan debt, the credit card debt, the car loan, the mortgage, the phone bill, the groceries, electricity and the water, you only have so much in your bank account to cover a few of those things. To avoid defaulting on your debt or having your car repossessed, you'll either have to forgo electricity for your home, or you can simply collect the debt owed to you by your rich neighbors, all of which totals more than you would make in 10 years. Would you shut off your lights, or collect what you're owed and settle all of your debt?

A rabbi talks about 2nd Amendment rights. By Rabbi Judah Freeman
Excerpt: In light of the evil perpetrated at a crowded Colorado movie theater, and now that the Wisconsin legislature has partially re-established the right of the people to publicly bear arms, Jews in the state must reexamine some of their beliefs. (In rabbinical studies students have to learn not just about the Torah, etc, but also about things like reasoning to understand and solve problems. This rabbi seems to have had those lessons really bear fruit. --Del)

She Feels Your Pain – Michelle Obama Sports $6,800 Jacket to London Soiree. By Jim Hoft Excerpt: The liberal media was all upset that “elitist” Ann Romney wore a $990 top during a May interview on “This Morning.” Yet this same media cheered the fashion and style of Queen Michelle Obama whose taste in sweaters cost her over$2,000 a pop. But, yesterday Michelle Obama outdid herself. (Some of the 99% are doing better than others. I wouldn't pay $6,800 for body armor if I was rich and headed to a gun fight. ~Bob.)

I’m in Shock — ACLU Supports Chick-Fil-A!
Excerpt: When mayors of major cities came out and said that they would deny a business license to Chick-Fil-A because of the beliefs of the president of the company, I wondered if the ACLU would get involved.

Democratic Party Operative Calls Out Obama Administration Over Security Leaks
Excerpt: The national security leaks that some within the Democratic Party have indicated are coming directly from the Obama White House is an issue that could incapacitate the Obama White House. Longtime political operative Pat Caddell points to David Axelrod as being a central figure regarding who knew what and when – while also bringing up the subject of Watergate.

Shooting the One-Percenters On Sight
Excerpt:. Matt Damon, the reigning king of speaking before thinking, recently lamented the state of the U.S. political landscape. It seems that Damon believes that financial inequality in America is a much bigger problem than the media is letting on. And he knows this because he went to a Bruce Springsteen concert in New York City. Good for you, Matt. What can’t be learned from the liberal media can always be learned from a liberal singer.

Romney's speech in Israel (Transcript)

Romney voices strong support for Israel
 Excerpt: Mitt Romney would "respect" an Israeli decision to make a unilateral military strike against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability, a top foreign policy adviser said Sunday as he outlined the strong posture the Republican presidential candidate will take toward Iran in a speech in Israel later in the day.

God, I hope this can't be true. One can't know what to believe anymore. ~Bob. Excerpt: The other day we learned that President Obama is forming a new African American education office. It appears that part of the mission will be to impose race-based disciplinary policies on schools. President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

"If we want to keep our nation's secrets a 'SECRET' then we should store them where President Obama stores his college transcripts and birth certificate." --Gov. Mike Huckabee

Reward: $50,000 For ‘Khalidi Tape’ Of Obama At Anti-Israel Party
Excerpt: Breitbart News hereby announces a $50,000 reward to whomever can provide the complete video recording of the 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian academic and activist Rashid Khalidi, at which then-state senator Barack Obama spoke--and which the Los Angeles Times has refused to release since reporting the event in April 2008. Then-reporter Peter Wallsten (now with the Wall Street Journal) noted that the event was one of many signs that had encouraged Palestinian-Americans to believe "that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say."

Mayor Guiliani: Obama The Least Supportive President Towards Israel We Have Ever Had
Excerpt: In comments made this past week, former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani took President Obama to task for claiming to be a friend of IsraelSaid Giuliani, "I think that's the biggest joke I've ever heard." ….When asked why he thought President Obama refused to visit Israel during his first term, promising to do so only if given a second term, Giuliani said the thinking behind that was fairly easy to understand, and that it boiled down to the fact that "Obama feels much more empathy and sympathy for [Israel's] enemies than he does for Israel."

All Those Bad Things Mitt Romney Said About the Olympics in England Are True
Excerpt: I’ll tell you what’s “disconcerting” David Cameron, Boris Johnson, and all the Fleet Street twits who came down on Mitt Romney for using that word to describe preparations for the Olympics. “Disconcerting” is giving into blatant hate and bigotry. Times of Israel: The Lebanese judo team at the 2012 London Olympics refused to practice next to the Israeli one on Friday afternoon, and a makeshift barrier was erected to split their gym into two halves.

Excerpt: Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, met in Cairo today with Gaza’s “prime minister,” Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas — the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. As PJM’s David Goldman observes, Morsi is getting ready to have the red carpet rolled out for him by the Obama White House in September. …Morsi will also be ready to press on President Obama his demand for the release of the blind sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman. Right after his election, he assured Egyptians that this was among his top priorities.

Jobless claims rose again by 35,000 last week. Not good. But it does show that if you’re unsuccessful in this country, you didn’t do it on your own. You had help. Thank you, President Obama. –Jay Leno

The Bizarre Situation With Huma And Terror
Excerpt: Senator McCain’s chivalrous defense of Huma Abedin, intimate confidant of Hillary Clinton, is not only inappropriate, but it borders on gross negligence and incompetence. We have come to expect the release of classified information that puts our servicemen and ultimately the Republic at risk from the present administration, but it is disconcerting to hear Republicans defending possible terrorist moles with the bravado of latter-day Chamberlains, promising peace in our lifetimes.

Excerpt: Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller he believes President Barack Obama pressured the military into granting an unprecedented exception to rules that prohibit participation in political activities while in uniform. The Defense Department authorized a waiver to allow uniformed service members to march in last weekend’s San Diego gay pride parade, overriding a Defense Department directive‘s specific rules against uniformed service members’ participation in political events. “The Department of Defense isn’t allowing this to go on, it’s the president,” Inhofe said in an interview with TheDC.

U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms
Think Diane Sawyer is getting the message? ~Bob.

Excerpt: In a strange twist of fate, religious institutions now find themselves under attack from America’s new theocracy: Obama, Sebelius and their ilk — would-be theocrats who seek to impose their own moral orthodoxy of collectivism, political correctness and statism. Now it is the president, not the Church, who wants to circumvent the rule of law for the sake of imposing his vision of morality and social justice. The administration’s will to enforce its own moral dogma, rather than the Constitution, is the seed of theocracy…. The separation of church and state is being threatened — by the state.

Democrats Backpedal As China Readies $15.1 Billion Canadian Oil Deal. By Wynton Hall
Excerpt: When President Barack Obama blocked the Keystone Pipeline, Republicans said the move would encourage Canada to pursue oil deals with China instead of the United States and cede a massive chunk of North American oil assets to the communist nation. Now, with China's state-run oil company CNOOC poised to cut a $15.1 billion deal--the largest ever foreign acquisition for a Chinese company--with Canadian oil company Nexen, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are in full backpedal mode….."Do we really want to be buying our oil or Canadian oil back from the Chinese?" said Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND). "If we don't take action to develop our resources and work with our closest friend and ally Canada, that's exactly what's going to happen."

DOJ to Colorado Family: Give Up Your Religion or Your Business. By Terence P. Jeffrey
Excerpt: The Justice Department last week presented the Newland family of Colorado--who own Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business--with what amounted to an ultimatum: Give up your religion or your business… “The government’s exclusionary attitude would push religion out of every sphere of life except the four walls of a church,” they said in their brief. “If for-profit corporations have no First Amendment ‘purpose,’ newspapers and other media would have no rights.”

Marine Corps general to take over at SOUTHCOM
excerpt: The nomination of Lt. Gen. John Kelly to become the next head of U.S. Southern Command — and pin on another star — was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 25. SOUTHCOM oversees U.S. operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America from its headquarters in Miami. As a result of the confirmation, the U.S. military will now have five Marine general officers wearing four stars.

United States Budget Dilemma

ACORN Whistleblower
Excerpt: This young woman is in possession of something that has become increasingly rare among our professional class, courage. (There are growing concerns that the Democrat Party will use every opportunity to steal the coming elections by fabricating voters from pet names, dead voter rolls, and by registering illegal aliens. This courageous woman (I wonder how many White House "lists" now have her name) gives those concerns credibility. It appears that ACORN is a zombie that cannot be killed as long as the Attorney General and the others in this disastrous administration are in power. --Chet)

Obama’s ‘gaffes’ are what he truly believes: Calls for context are meant to mask economic misunderstanding
Excerpt: This month, he insulted entrepreneurs, saying, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Last month, he astonished the unemployed, insisting, “The private sector is doing fine.” The Obama campaign’s response is predictable. “Context!” is yelled every time the president is caught off-message.

Blowing the whistle on the federal Leviathan. By George F. Will
Excerpt: The huge humpback whale whose friendliness precipitated a surreal seven-year — so far — federal hunt for criminality surely did not feel put upon. Nevertheless, our unhinged government, with an obsession like that of Melville’s Ahab, has crippled Nancy Black’s scientific career, cost her more than $100,000 in legal fees — so far — and might sentence her to 20 years in prison. This Kafkaesque burlesque of law enforcement began when someone whistled. (This kind of thing should upset every American, regardless of any political position or lack thereof. It demonstrates very well how the government can in fact abuse its power arbitrarily and capriciously to drive almost any ordinary citizen right into the ground. They can use taxpayer dollars for legal work that will bankrupt whichever taxpayer they target. This is something that needs to bring on a lot of forwarding of this article, and a lot of phone calls, letters, and e-mails to congress people in protest. That leash on the feds needs to be made very, very much shorter. --Del)

As Sacramento Dawdles, District Attorneys Revolt. By Debra J. Saunders
Excerpt: California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work. (Kamala Harris helped Obama get elected. She is a copy of Eric Holder. --DH)

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