Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for November 14, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for November 14, 2012
Robert A. Hall

Curse you, Al Gore
So I wake up Tuesday, November 13, and there’s a little snow on the ground, cars and roofs in my neighborhood. Looks like a bad winter, which, like last year’s mild winter, will “prove” to the warmists that the middle class needs to suffer unemployment and the poor deprivation so they can feel all green and fuzzy in their mansions and private jets.

Worth Reading: Actions Speak Louder than Words
Excerpt: Since New York was besieged by Hurricane Sandy recently, the focus once more is back on global warming and how humanity should overcome this environmental challenge, says Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. Global warming has become part of the mainstream policy dialogue since Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Despite this constant talk, urbanization continues to stream into the coastal areas. Indeed, people's words underscore fear of global warming, yet their wallets hint no fear. 

The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans. E-Book available at Smash Words: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/59105
Please forward and post where possible. For a free PDF of Collapse, write to me at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com.

Important: Petraeus investigation ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan
Excerpt: According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them e-mails — that contain “potentially inappropriate” communication between Allen and Jill Kelley, the 37-year-old Tampa woman whose report of harassment by a person who turned out to be Petraeus’s mistress ultimately led to Petraeus’s downfall. (This makes me ill. General Allen is a great Marine. To think his career may be over because of what appears to be some e-mail flirting is disgusting. Meanwhile, the former Commander in Chief of the US Military, Bill Clinton, who had sex with a young employee in the Oval Office [if you consider oral sex as being sex, and know what the meaning of ‘is” is] and lied about it under oath, thus having his law license suspended, retired full of honors and is a revered elder statesman, who makes millions on the book and speaking circuit. And you wonder why I think the country is doomed? ~Bob.)

Politico wants conservatives to stop reading alternative alternatives to Politico. William A. Jacobson
Excerpt: We read NY Times stories every day, except we often don’t realize it because they are reprints in local newspapers. We read Politico all day long, except we don’t realize it because it appears under a Yahoo or other news banner. We have no choice but to listen to CBS and other mainstream media, because our local news stations use their news feeds. We live in a world of a social agenda entertainment industry.

Obamacare's doctor depression: Health law prompting more doctors to cut hours, leave profession. By Sally C. Pipes
Excerpt: Thanks to Obamacare, America's corps of doctors appears to have a case of the blues. The Physicians Foundation recently asked more than 13,000 doctors about their morale, their career plans, their practices and their views of the Affordable Care Act. The results were grim. Nearly six in 10 doctors said that they are less positive about the future of health care in America under Obamacare.

Obama's Medicare Plan: Seniors Will Pay More
Excerpt: Today's seniors are guaranteed higher Medicare costs due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), say Robert E. Moffi, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., and Alyene Senger of the Heritage Foundation. … The Obama administration is under the illusion that the life of the Medicare trust fund can be extended while simultaneously using Medicare money to pay for the ACA. The law changes Medicare payment formulas across the board. Moreover, the ACA will increase Medicare taxes, increasing the Medicare payroll tax to 3.8 percent on high-income earners.

The Hero Summit 2012 Agenda

Is the BBC Toast? I wish. James Delingpole
Excerpt; Given the BBC's recent track record, you'd think this would be impossible. First, it has allowed a gang of predatory paedophiles – including probably its biggest-ever children's star – to operate with impunity on its premises over a period of three or four decades. Then, just to keep things fair and balanced I suppose, it has libellously exposed as a predatory paedophile an entirely blameless man.

Tomorrow at the WH: Pres Obama meets with labor leaders and "progressive" activists to discuss fiscal cliff strategy. No press coverage. (Glad to see bipartisanship and transparency are still the administration's watch words. ~Bob.)

Muslims Against Christmas: Mob Attacks Journalists For Reporting On Christmas Tree Ban By Mostly Muslim Housing Association Board
Excerpt: The board had voted against paying 8,000 kroner for the annual Christmas tree and party, but had earlier in the year approved the payment of 60,000 kroner for a party celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid. Five out of nine of the board members are Muslims.

Illegal Immigrants Are Lobbying To Win The Right To Practice Law In 50 States
Excerpt: A nonprofit group called the DREAM Bar Association is lobbying every state in the union to grant law licenses to undocumented immigrants. (Question one on their bar exam: Define :illegal." ~Bob.)

Texas isn't seceding from the US. They're just kicking everybody else out.
I can't believe I gave up hard liquor so I could feel like...this.

Guy came in my office yesterday distraught! Cancelled his insurance policy. Closing business. Can't fight Gov anymore. 15 unemployed. (Saw several tweets like this. ~Bob.)

Gee, why do you think the Obama administration waited until after November 6th to mail these letters? By Doug Powers
Excerpt: The Obama administration managed to lengthen the fuse on the layoff bomb so it didn’t detonate until after the election, and you have to wonder how much coordination went into making sure these notices weren’t mailed out until the voting was over in the Buckeye State:

Wealthy Dump Assets Amid Worries About Going Over 'Cliff.' By Robert Frank
Excerpt: Fearing an increase in capital gains and dividend taxes, many of the rich are unloading stocks, businesses and homes before the end of the year.

Obama Joins Jesus in Nativity Scene
Excerpt: Figurine replicas of the president and first lady will appear in Italian nativity scenes alongside Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Reuters reported. Naples craftsmen are selling the figurines in advance of Christmas.

Why Blacks Aren’t Achieving – Congressional Black Caucus: Rep. Corrine Brown has a Meltdown. By Wayne Dupree
Excerpt: I posted one of these videos during the 2012 Election because I wanted people of color to see the travesty that is being held up in the House of Representatives. These elected representatives that have been called the self-proclaimed “conscience of the congress” is nothing more than a sheet of continuing racism that burns at the root of everything that is good. These members are not helping the black community with their legislation, they are hurting the black community as well as Americans with their continued partisan rhetoric and hate speech. (Dupree is black. ~Bob.)

Since 2009, right to work states created 4x as many jobs as forced union states and may have helped Obama’s re-election
Excerpt: Ironically, the bulk of the increase occurred in the 22 states that have had Right to Work laws on the books since June 2009. Their aggregate household employment grew by 1.86 million, or 3.4%. 

Eurozone gives Greece more time on budget targets
Excerpt: Eurozone ministers have agreed to give Greece two more years, until 2016, to meet its deficit-reduction targets. However the finance ministers delayed a decision on releasing the latest 31.5bn euro (£25.2bn; $40bn) tranche of bailout funds.

Israel mulls resumption of targeted killings in Gaza
Excerpt; Israel is determined to restore its deterrence against Hamas, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday morning during a situation assessment of the escalation in the south. "Hamas and the other terrorist organizations are suffering as a result of intense strikes [by the IDF] in Gaza. But it is certainly not over and we will decide how and when to act if necessary," Barak said after the situation assessment conducted with the IDF's Gaza Division in the south.

Romney Just Another Nice, Moderate Republican Loser. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Have you noticed how many of our enemies in other countries have been rooting for Obama? You or your children may yet have reason to recall that as a bitter memory of a warning sign ignored on election day in 2012. (I rarely disagree with Dr. Sowell, because his brain is, clearly, so much better than mine, but despite my early misgivings about Romney, I don’t think any of the other GOP candidates could have won. I think the Obama-Phone, loot-the-Future voters are now a majority and firmly in control. Until the collapse. ~Bob.)

Disaster Ignorance. By Walter Williams
Excerpt: However, when they arrive at the motel, they find that rooms now rent for $250. At that price, they might decide to make do with one room. In my book, that would be wonderful. That decision would make a room available for another family who had to evacuate Sandy’s wrath. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others condemn this as price gouging, but I ask you: Which is preferable for a family seeking shelter — a room available at $250 or a room unavailable at the pre-hurricane price of $125?

No Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape
Excerpt: It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.”

GOP Grapples With Embarrassing Polling Failures
Excerpt: The polling industry as a whole has had a difficult time nailing results in recent years. Pollsters have had to contend with three straight wave elections -- 2006 and 2008, which favored Democrats, and 2010, which swept Republicans into office. But in the one year that resembled something close to a normal election, Republicans found their polling furthest from the mark. (This was not just a national problem, but an EVERYWHERE problem. Literally, the evening before Election Day, I got an email telling us the latest polling put Scott Brown 1% ahead of Lion-Lizzie Warren. We saw how that turned out, didn’t we? Similar things were happening all up and down the candidate spectrum at all levels. If the pollsters can’t give us valid data, we might have to fall back on the oldest method, simply telling truth and hoping enough will believe it. No, it’s too easy to make the raw truth seem “uncaring, mean, and hostile.” But gravity—and all the other natural laws—still works. Truth will eventually win whether we choose to use it or not. Ron P.)

PAS Youth: No religious freedom for Muslims
Excerpt: Islam, according to PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan, does not advocate religious freedom for Muslims, online portal The Mole reported. “Islam has never advocated religious freedom as the believers should accept that the religion is the only truth.

Iran VP: We will break Obama's 'grasping hands'
Excerpt: Iran's vice president said Monday that Tehran will break the 'grasping hands' of newly re-elected President Barack Obama, the official IRNA news agency reported. Mohammad Reza Rahimi also said Iran will overcome U.S.-led sanctions against the country.

War memorial defaced in Coronation Park
Excerpt: Scrawled in what appears to be black marker, someone had written “Canada will burn praise Allah” on part of the memorial.

‘Destroy the idols,’ Egyptian jihadist calls for removal of Sphinx, Pyramids
Excerpt: An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week. 

States petition to secede from union (States as used in the title is somewhat misleading.)
Excerpt: Many of the petitions invoke the Declaration of Independence's dramatic assertion that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government." The petitions have been submitted through the White House's "We the People" website, which aims to give "all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them." Link to the petitions: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ (Waste of time and energy, in my opinion. ~Bob.)

Secretary Of Defense John Kerry?
Excerpt: U.S. President Barack Obama is considering Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the 2004 presidential nominee, as his next defense secretary, officials said. 9he has the full support of Vietnam veterans. NVA veterans, that is. ~Bob.)

Iran unveils new missile systems on second day of drills
Excerpt: Iran unveiled new missile and artillery systems on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, on the second day of large-scale military exercises which officials said were aimed at sending a warning to those threatening the Islamic Republic….."The low-altitude missile system 'Ya Zahra 3' is completely indigenous and Iranian and has been designed and produced to suit internal needs," Esmaili was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). (Guess whoever gave ‘em the drone, sent some other schematics…Barb)

Google transparency report 2012: find out what the world's governments want to know about you
Excerpt: Which governments wanted Google to remove content - and asked for information on web users this year so far? Why are UK requests for content to be removed up by 98%? And how does the US compare?

BBC Scandals: BBC's Latest Excuse: Forget Jimmy Savile, Blame Nigel Lawson. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: Though Thompson probably bore more responsibility than anyone for the Jimmy Savile fiasco – he was in charge when the BBC took its ludicrous decision to shelve a programme exposing Savile and run one praising him instead – he escaped in the nick of time to go to his new cushy £4 million a year job editing one of the few media institutions in the world even more nauseatingly bien-pensant than the BBC – the New York Times, aka Pravda.

Who to blame?
Actually, I’ve been thinking about “who to blame” for several days. I’ve come up with only one name: Colin Powell. No other single decision I can think of in the last 30 years would have had the impact on voting blocks that Powell’s decision not to run in 1996 carried with it. In my heart, I believe he personally made the difference between the parties as extreme as it now is and worse, locked that extremity in place for the foreseeable future.
Bear in mind that when his autobiography, My American Life, came out in late 1995, he was one of the most respected men in the country. His credibility was MUCH greater than that of any of the politicians he’d have had to run against, especially that of the Clintons. No one could’ve accused him of being an affirmative action candidate as he’d so thoroughly and publicly earned it. And, he was a self-proclaimed “moderate Republican,” and no one had any reason to doubt it.
Had Powell run for the Presidency in 1996 as a Republican, the nomination would have been his for the asking. Winning might’ve been a bit more difficult, but it could’ve been done. Most important, though, is that he’d have split the Democratic party away from its second most reliable block, African-Americans. America’s “First Black President,” Bill Clinton might’ve prevailed in the election, but only by trashing Powell—and thereby alienating a very large number of Black voters. Who then would’ve returned to their roots as Republicans or at worst, as Independents no longer guaranteed to vote “D.”
Powell’s running would’ve given permission to Blacks to be or become Republicans without becoming outcasts within their own communities. The Black vote for Obama was WAY over 90% in both 2008 and 2012. How much of a change would it have taken to elect either McCain or Romney? I think as little as a 15% difference in the Black vote might’ve done that. I believe Powell’s running could’ve split off at least that much.
Sadly, while I can see why Colin Powell is to blame for our current woes, the simple truth is if I’d been him, I wouldn’t have run either. Only a madman would purposely expose himself to the kind of abuse we subject our candidates for high office to. And Powell was never a madman. None of which changes the impact of his decision. -- Ron Pittenger

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