Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for November 28, 2012

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for November 28, 2012
Robert A. Hall

Some very interesting articles and links today. Don't skip it. ~Bob

Thanksgiving in Wisconsin
Pictures from our home to yours. ~Bob

Worth Helping at the Holidays: The Vietnam Healing Foundation
A very small charity worth supporting. It helps former ARVN troops, who we abandoned to their fate in 1975, in violation of our treaty obligations. Many of them are badly crippled, and heavily discriminated against by the Communist government (those that weren’t murdered outright). Regular readers will recognize Del, one of the founders of VHF, as a regular contributor to this blog. ~Bob.

Old Poem, but still true

Worth Reading: Investigating Murder, Use an Hourglass. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: The president is responsible for the safety of Americans wherever they may be. He failed. Period. His public statements, hardly interesting, are inadequate and sloppy fiction. Atop the payroll of the American citizenry, our employee, he must answer questions, under oath, as to where he was and what he did or did not do when America was under siege in Benghazi. And, explain why the knowingly false narrative. Pretty simple.

Got him? High Point student charged with murder in Wantage stabbing
This was the murder that Col. Weddington appealed for help on in the blog. ~Bob. Victor Razumov Jr., 18, of Wantage, was formally charged with the murder of Virginia "Suzy" Sommer, 73, of Lake Neepaulin by State Police and the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office Tuesday. His 29-year-old brother, Alexey, was also charged in connection with the murder. 

Worth Reading: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt: Hiding the government's liabilities from the public makes it seem that we can tax our way out of mounting deficits. We can't. By Chris Cox And Bill Archer
Excerpt: The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees' future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more accurate figure. (Some people think that with Medicaid, public employee pension funds for the feds and states and, now, ObamaCare, we could be looking at $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities. See the next two articles. We’d have to sell the planet to pay that off. ~Bob.)

Niall Ferguson: Us Unfunded Liabilities Top $238 Trillion!!
Excerpt: The most recent estimate for the difference between the net present value of federal government liabilities and the net present value of future federal revenues is $200 trillion, nearly thirteen times the debt as stated by the U.S. Treasury. (This is why I wasn’t as crushed as many by Romney’s loss. He offered only the slimmest of hopes anyway. Now hope is fled and we can prepare for the collapse as best we can. ~Bob.)

Oh, About Those Unfunded Liabilities. By Karl Denninger
Excerpt: This is why — it is simply impossible for the promises made through Medicare to be kept. That is not conjecture, it is not able to be fixed with taxation, it is not a matter of opinion. It is mathematical fact. You’re not going to get Medicare, unless (1) you’re getting it now and (2) you’re reasonably close to death. (Lucky me, I fit both one and two, but tough for you. ~Bob.)

Tweet from @joshgreenman:
Please, no Medicare-themed nude protests.

Actor Jamie Foxx At Soul Train Music Awards: ‘Give An Honor To…Our Lord & Savior Barack Obama
Excerpt: Actor Jamie Foxx recently had some extremely favorable words for President Barack Obama — words that are typically reserved for church sermons and personal prayers. The Oscar winner made his curious statements about the nation’s commander-in-chief at the Soul Train Music Awards, which aired on Sunday. During an on-stage appearance, he referred to Obama as “our lord and savior.”

Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)
Excerpt: A Fox News interview ended rather abruptly on Monday after a guest took not one but two jabs at the network hosting him (see update below). (Don't watch any of the cable news much, as I can't stand the talking heads shouting at each other. But I supposed this is as opposed to the unbiased MCNBC, which doesn't slant the news--it edits it to fit it's viewers tastes. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems. ... It's a situation no one anticipated when the Affordable Care Act was written. 

Video: Following Gaza's Ceasefire, Cleveland Rally Calls For the Destruction of Israel
Excerpt: Anti-Israel protests and demonstrations were held throughout the United States following the start of the Israel-Gaza conflict earlier this month. On Wednesday November 21st Al-Awda The Palestine Right to Return Coalition's Cleveland, OH chapter organized a rally in downtown Cleveland calling for the destruction of Israel.

Saudi man marries principal, teacher and student all from same school. By Mohammad Al-Kadoomi
Excerpt: A Saudi man in his 50s raised eyebrows after it was revealed that he had married a school principal, teacher and schoolgirl, all from the same school. He is also married to an educational supervisor at another school. It is believed the principal’s relationships with the teacher and student have not been compromised in any way, despite being married to the same man.

Yes, politicians buy votes. By Brian Garst
Excerpt: But many of Romney’s critics seem to think that it’s somehow uncouth to suggest that President Obama would buy votes. In fact, Obama does buy votes — all politicians do.
Politicians are in the business of winning elections.

15-year-old Bedouin girl stabbed to death in suspected honor killing: Victim was allegedly dating a boy against the wishes of her family, and refused to end their relations
Excerpt: A 15-year-old girl was apparently stabbed to death on Monday in a suspected honor killing in the Bedouin town of Tel Sheva. The victim’s 24-year-old brother called the police to confess to killing her.

Chinese terra cotta warriors had real, and very carefully made, weapons
Excerpt: The 7,000 soldiers buried with Qin Shi Huang in 210 B.C. were made of clay. But the bronze weapons the terra cotta army carried into the enormous tomb complex near Xi’an in western China were the real things: tens of thousands of swords, axes, spears, lances and crossbows, all as capable of spilling blood as anything Qin’s real army wielded when they triumphed, ending centuries of war and uniting China under a single rule for the first time.

Efforts to Curb Social Spending Face Resistance
Excerpt: President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in Congress were supposed to make it easier for the party to strike a deal with Republicans to resolve the year-end fiscal crisis by providing new leverage. But they could also make it harder as empowered Democrats, including some elected on liberal platforms, resist significant changes in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. (Why get people upset changing SS and Medicare when they will go away anyway in the coming fiscal collapse? Just kick the can past my life expectancy, please. Then screw the country. ~Bob.)

Union members fly to Washington to lobby lawmakers on ‘fiscal cliff’
Excerpt: Hundreds of union members will be on Capitol Hill this week to lobby lawmakers to leave entitlements alone and let tax cuts for the wealthy expire. (I like the idea of Republicans voting "present" on Tax Increases. Say, "We oppose them, but the people elected Obama and they deserve to get the economy this will create. If it really trashes jobs, 2014 should be a GOP year. ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: Congress Damns Corzine but Lets Him Off the Hook
Excerpt: Perhaps we should no longer be surprised by the arrogance of Wall Street executives. Still, the level of hubris and bullying displayed by Jon Corzine during his 19-month tenure as chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MFGLQ) -- as described in a recent congressional report about the company’s 2011 collapse -- stands out for sheer offensiveness. (The article shows how a massive ego, blatant incompetence, and total lack of ethics let Corzine destroy a company and cause enormous losses to investors, as well as hundreds of jobs, while raking in tons of money personally. Congress brought all this to light, but could not bring to bear any sort of penalty for the rotten SOB who basically got away with it. His only penalty was embarrassment in public, and he won't be working in Wall Street ever again, but with his multimillions he can probably just relax and live the good life from now on. This is an horrendous miscarriage of justice, and just confirms that upper management can get away with pretty much anything. That is NOT really a good message for Congress to send. I would really have expected the Obama Administration and Dept of Justice to find some way to bring Corzine up on charges. Anyone doing that much damage to so many people through their own arrogance and practice of deception should be liable for something. --Del. He was Obama's wall street guy, big fund-raiser for the Dems. Of course he'll walk. ~Bob.)

Typical Chicago: Convicted pimp sentenced to life in prison
Excerpt: Alex "Cowboy" Campbell beat, raped and terrorized the young women he forced into prostitution or to work in his massage parlors, but it was the branding that gave a federal judge sentencing him Monday the most pause. ... For most of the nearly 51/2-hour hearing, the woman, identified only as Nicole, sat stoically as Campbell declared he had been racially targeted for prosecution as a black man and dismissed her testimony as lies, all the while calling her "Trinity," a name she testified he gave her when he brought her into what he called his "family." (What the first thing a black thug does when caught? Play the race card. Maybe Eric Holder will rescue one of "his people." ~Bob.)

Excerpt: One problem with the “the problem with the GOP is this wing or faction” analysis is that every brand of Republican lost a winnable race Tuesday. Tea Party enthusiasts have to come to grips with Richard Mourdock losing a winnable Senate race in Indiana and Mia Love losing a winnable House race in Utah. (The real problem is that the loot-the-future voters now outnumber us, and will until after the collapse. ~Bob.)

Are we living in the Hunger Games? By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Excerpt: We don't live in The Hunger Games yet, but I'm not the first to notice that Washington, D.C., is doing a lot better than the rest of the country. Even in upscale parts of L.A. or New York, you see boarded up storefronts and other signs that the economy isn't what it used to be. But not so much in the Washington area, where housing prices are going up, fancy restaurants advertise $92 Wagyu steaks, and the Tyson's Corner mall outshines -- as I can attest from firsthand experience -- even Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive.

Excerpt: Because lord knows that no other countries have ever addressed debt-to-GDP issues by actually cutting spending in the here and now. Except maybe for, well, the United States itself after World War II and the New Deal, and Canada in the long-ago 1990s. And some other places, all of which not only reduced expenditures but saw powerful economic growth as a result.

Excerpt: Let’s talk taxes. In a New York Times op-ed yesterday, famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett once again argued that the wealthy should be taxed more. This isn’t the first time Buffett has made the case for higher taxes, and it’s not the first time he’s been wrong. Here are four reasons he is wrong to push for tax hikes. (So why don't Buffet's companies pay all their taxes now? Why doesn't he pay extra to set an example? ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: Jensen and Flynn. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand. What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn's latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions. That is what scholarship and science are supposed to be like, but so seldom are.

Digesting the Twinkies' Lessons. By George Will 
Excerpt: Anyway, why GM and not Hostess? The Troubled Asset Relief Program, aka TARP, was passed to rescue financial institutions. But Washington reasoned: "What's legality among cronies?" So soon TARP was succoring GM, which was not a financial institution. It was not even a car company. It was a health care provider unsuccessfully trying to sell cars fast enough to generate enough revenue to pay health benefits for its employees and approximately twice as many retirees. (One reason was that Hostess failed after the election, when Obama no longer has to care about union jobs. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Sooner or later Congress has to do something about our unsustainable Social Security system. ... The nice man at Social Security said he would need to schedule an interview for me with someone in the local office to confirm the eligibility of my dependent children. Not knowing that my decision to have children at an advanced age would qualify them for Social Security benefits when I retired, I was taken aback. (just as the Senate has found that it is easier to NOT pass a budget for over three years, the Congress and Obama will find it easier to do nothing, and hope the collapse can be postponed past their watch. Nothing will be done until the riots start. ~Bob.)

Debt Limit - A Guide To American Federal Debt Made Easy.
Been around, but still funny. ~Bob

Arafat to be exhumed on Tuesday over poisoning claim
Excerpt: The body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is to be exhumed on Tuesday, Palestinian officials say. His body is to undergo tests to find out whether his death in Paris in 2004 was caused by poisoning. (They won't dig up his tens of thousands of victims. We know how and why they died, but the world doesn't care. ~Bob.)

Euro zone, IMF secure deal on cutting Greek debt
Excerpt: After 12 hours of talks at their third meeting in as many weeks, Greece's international lenders agreed on a package of measures to reduce Greek debt by 40 billion euros, cutting it to 124 percent of gross domestic product by 2020. (I wonder if they would reduce the $94k I owe on my condo? Why not? ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: How the Government's Unconstitutional Actions Hurt the 99 Percent
Excerpt: Years of economic growth have been the result of economic freedom. However, coercive government policies threaten to limit economic freedom, thereby increasing the power of political elites and hurting the poor and working classes...

Venezuelan Judge Who Angered Chávez Says She Was Raped While in Prison. By María Eugenia Díaz and William Neuman
Excerpt: An arrested judge at the center of one of Venezuela’s most prominent human rights cases was raped while in prison and then had an abortion behind bars after becoming pregnant, according to the judge’s lawyer and a book published last week in Caracas that has stirred new controversy around the case. (Lesson: Don't piss off an Obama buddy like Chavez. ~Bob.)

Tax Hikes over $250K: End of the Upper Middle Class?
Excerpt: $250,000 is a lot of money – especially if you live in, say Peoria, Illinois. But if you live in or around New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago or Dallas, you’re not rich – you’re simply what’s known as “upper middle class.” It all comes down to cost of living, a metric that is not considered when the Census Bureau of the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the mean earnings of working Americans. The cost of living in New York, for example, is 105.7 percent higher than living in Peoria, according to Salary.com.

What If Iran Had Had Nukes? By Clifford D. May
Excerpt: Israel — as its friends and enemies never forget — is a “one-bomb country.” One nuclear weapon is all it would take to wipe out a nation whose territory is smaller than Djibouti, with a population not as large as that of Burundi — fewer than 8 million people, 20 percent of them Arabs who are enjoying rights denied to Arabs (not to mention non-Arab minorities) elsewhere in the Middle East.

Excerpt: According to a story in the Bangor (ME) Daily News, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS suffered intermittent outages on Black Friday due to call volume. A number of Bangor-area firearms dealers reported trouble with the system which caused them to lose sales. While a number of their customers were local, a good proportion were from the more rural areas of Maine and made a special trip into the Bangor-Brewer area just to purchase a firearm.

Excerpt: United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice failed Tuesday to convince Republican senators that she's not to blame for proving misleading information about the attack in Benghazi — raising new doubts about her potential nomination to be secretary of State.

This Much We Know: What Happened at Benghazi
Excerpt: Competing narratives of what happened at Benghazi still flood the news, often providing more heat than light. But in all the controversy, one obdurate truth cannot be denied: This administration, this State Department, this president failed in their first duty, to protect American lives. That is the starting point of this story and it could be the end after all has been said. First our envoys were killed; now it looks as if any hope of finding out just what happened in Benghazi and why may be lost in all the political infighting. (The author properly focuses on the real issues, not just the political spin. However, I doubt “history” will treat Obama any less kindly than it does Bill Clinton, far more kindly than it will George W. Bush, and it may not matter all that much anyway. Unless we solve all sorts of problems, both internal and external, in virtually no time at all, the USA—as we know it—may no longer exist. An old Dutch proverb is “we grow too soon, old and too late, smart.” Ron P.)

It’s liberals who are always accusing conservatives of sticking their noses into places where they don’t belong. Being liberals, those places nearly always involve s-e-x. For instance, when left-wingers push for same-sex marriages, abortions on demand for teenagers and tax-funded birth control pills, and conservatives push back, the Left condemns the Right for meddling in personal matters, ignoring the fact that they’re the ones who insist on putting these things into their party’s platform. In the meantime, it’s liberals who insist on controlling everything from soda pop consumption to Christmas.

Morgan Stanley’s Doom Scenario: Major Recession in 2013 - US Business News - CNBC
The global economy is likely to be stuck in the “twilight zone” of sluggish growth in 2013, Morgan Stanley has warned, but if policymakers fail to act, it could get a lot worse. The bank’s economics team forecasts a full-blown recession next year, under a pessimistic scenario, with global gross domestic product (GDP) likely to plunge 2 percent. “More than ever, the economic outlook hinges upon the actions taken or not taken by governments and central banks,” Morgan Stanley said in a report.

A Tale of Two Armies
Excerpt: Comparing the IDF to Hamas: Sometimes pictures say more than words:

Excerpt: Barack Obama broke the 50-year rule of a successful northern liberal failing to win the presidency. It was not just that Barack Obama was the first African-American president, but rather that he was young, charismatic, half-African-American (on that characteristic, see Harry Reid and Joe Biden circa 2008), with an exotic multicultural name and a chameleon ability to be (and speak) all things to all people — a combination that enthralled white liberals and minorities alike. A new black candidate with a Jesse Jackson accent named Tyrone Wilson would not have won with the identical platform and teleprompted eloquence. I don’t think even a Cory Booker or Deval Patrick would have a chance.

Worth Reading: Is America Broken? A house divided. By David Solway
Excerpt: America is no longer a confident, unified country — it has been a house divided against itself since at least the incendiary Sixties. But it would seem to this observer that the family squabble has morphed into an all-out and irresolvable quarrel about means and ends and the shape of America to come, leading eventually to fiscal collapse and possibly to internecine strife as well. The year 2012 marks the point of no return, an ironic confirmation of the Mayan calendar at the national level.

Pew: Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient: Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade
Excerpt: Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters. Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.

Man featured in Aamir Khan's show on honour killing murdered
Excerpt: Five months after a young couple appeared on Aamir Khan's television show, Satyamev Jayate, and talked about the threat to their lives because they had married without their parents' consent, the man was shot dead near his village in western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday evening, allegedly by his wife's brothers. (How come so many Muslims think Islam is a Religion of Savages, rather than the Religion of Peace that Bush and Obama say it is? ~Bob.)

IDF Kills Suspected Gaza Terrorist after Stabbing
Excerpt: Soldiers killed a suspected Gaza terrorist early Monday after he broke into a Jewish home and stabbed a girl before fleeing.

French Media Refuses To Cover Massive Protest Against Radical Islam
Excerpt: A patriotic march for French values and culture, and against radical Islam, was virtually blacked out by France’s politically correct media. …A broad coalition of groups from across France came together because they feel they’re losing their country to radical Islam, Sharia law, and a politically correct establishment that encourages the spread of Islam. …“The French people — they want to defend their culture, their history – they are called ‘fascists,’” one woman said.

White House Refuses To Condemn Morsi’s Power Grab
Excerpt: Jay Carney, asked about President Morsi’s power grab: "Our interest in the development and transition to democracy in Egypt is one that reflects what the Egyptian people demanded through their revolution, and continue to demand, which is a government that reflects the will of the people. And we will continue to work towards that goal, because it reflects what the Egyptian people want."

The News in Zingers. By Argus Hamilton
Excerpt: Black Friday lured one hundred fifty million Americans to stores Friday. It's a ritual as regular as the Anglican Cycle of Prayer. Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday which is followed by Cyber Shopping Monday, which is followed by Identity Theft Tuesday.

Debate on morality of Obamacare
Excerpt: What’s been happening in Egypt this week is as important as the revolution that overthrew the old regime almost two years ago. A new dictator has arrived, and while the Muslim Brotherhood’s overturning of democracy was totally predictable, Western policymakers walked right into the trap. They even helped build it.

Excerpt: Here it comes again — another United Nations-sponsored grab to control the Internet. Next month, Dec. 3-14, the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding a conference in Dubai, at which UN member states will meet to update the ITU treaty arrangements for international communications. The window will be open for everything from proposals for UN-regulated and administered fees to, as The Hill reports, language from China and Iran, which, in an effort to share with the world at large their own domestic practices, “could lead to online censorship and government monitoring of Web traffic.”

Excerpt: The increased interest is part of a ripple effect being felt across the United States as a direct result of President Obama’s reelection, amid concerns that an unaccountable Obama will use his second term to push for the same sort of punitive gun control he sought while involved in local politics in Chicago. Black Friday gun sales were the largest ever recorded, so overwhelming that the FBI NICS background check crashed twice. The issue was compounded immediately after the election, when the administration moved to join a renewed debate about making the United States a part of a United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which some shooting rights organizations view as a prelude to gun confiscation.

Obama Officials To Cash Out At Top Lobbying Firms
Excerpt: President Barack Obama campaigned on shutting the revolving door that allows administration officials to peddle their influence on K-Street, but top administration officials are looking to land some of the highest-paying lobbying jobs during Obama's second term. Some top-level officials had already been in negotiations with lobbying firms before Obama even won reelection.

Excerpt: Hungary, long considered one of post-communist Central Europe's biggest success stories, has been backsliding fast since the rancidly populist Fidesz–Hungarian Civic Union party headed by Viktor Orbán won a two-thirds parliamentary majority in 2010. Among the many illiberal developments has been an alarming resurgence in government-sanctioned anti-Semitism.

The Greenhouse Gas Blanket that Fails to Warm the World. By John O’Sullivan & Douglas Cotton
Excerpt: Amazingly, for over 50 years climate researchers overlooked the huge significance of this basic fact when they modeled Earth simplistically by averaging incoming solar radiation equally over both hemispheres. In the age before supercomputers it was expedient to ignore the complexity that our 70% liquid planet creates due to day/night heating and cooling of the water cycle. Averaging across the entire globe this solar radiation energy input was a fudge factor that gave rise to a rigid but flawed greenhouse gas radiation-obsessed paradigm.

It's hilarious that people who spent 8 years calling Colin Powell & Condi Rice liars now say it's racist to accuse a diplomat of lying.

Tweet from RB ‏@RBPundit
Let Obama ruin liberal fiscal policy for good. Give him the damned tax hikes and make him OWN the failure. Enough!

Belgian discovers his wife used to be a man after 19 years
Excerpt: A Belgian is seeking to have his marriage annulled after discovering that his Indonesian wife of 19 years had been born a man. (And you think holiday dinners are awkward at your house…~Bob.)

Who do you respect more? A woman pole dancer working to feed her children or a university law student begging for free government condoms?

Cedar Falls cuts work hours due to ObamaCare
Excerpt: Now, one city in eastern Iowa plans to do the same thing with workers who are already part-time. City officials in Cedar Falls say they're being proactive by cutting hours of part-time workers starting Dec. 1. That's because the Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours per week.

Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe
Excerpt: President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections.

Excerpt: She said that homosexuals should be ‘beaten up’ and that a Muslim marrying a non-Muslim was on ‘the straight path to hellfire’.

Hundreds of Thai schools shut over militant attacks
Didn’t get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: Teachers in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand decided Monday to suspend classes at hundreds of schools in the region over the killings of education workers by Muslim militants. "We want to put pressure on security forces and the government to take greater care of our safety," Boonsom Thongsriply, chairman of the teachers association in the region, told AFP.

Crowd of 300 sexually assaults three women in Tahrir Square
Excerpt: A crowd of 300 young people on Sunday sexually assaulted three women near Tahrir Square, according to a report on the website of Egypt’s flagship paper Al-Ahram.

Hamas Music Video: "Killing Jews Is Worship That Draws Us Close To Allah"
Excerpt: Liberals in the West continue to deny the reality that Hamas' (and the Muslim Brotherhood's) brand of Islam is more about hate than tolerance, but Hamas has no problem making it clear ... Islamic Jew hatred is commanded in the quran. 

Where were the accusations of racism when the left criticized Condoleezza Rice?

Racists: Blacks fret free-for-all for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat
Excerpt: Black leaders are growing increasingly worried that a white candidate might seize the seat of former Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson in the upcoming Illinois special election.

The ‘Untold’ False History That the Left Tells All the Time. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Oliver Stone’s “The Untold History of the United States” is one of those untold histories that are told over and over again by the left. But no matter how often the left retells the same stories, it makes sure to add an “untold” in there, not because their revisionism of history was previously untold, but because the idea that a secret history is being uncovered carries with it a whiff of daring and rebellion that appeals to the students of a college campus looking for fresh answers and reversals of everything that they thought was true while growing up. (I was sorry to see that Showtime was putting on Stone's latest bit of propaganda about our nation. Not that we were ever perfect, or ever will be, but there's a really important difference between seeing the nation as an overall wonderful thing but with warts and scars like everyone has, versus as an innately flawed country whose history is actually dominated by its flaws, mistakes, excesses, and immoralities. And the reason for pushing the vision of the USA as being more bad than good is to justify its major overhaul into a wonderful fully socialist state where everyone takes what the need and contributes what they can. Under the careful guidance, of course, of a corps of the truly enlightened. That this vision has never once been brought into reality and all efforts at doing so only brought on horrendous levels of suffering and death is something that is real history, with evidence stacked up to the stars; but the Leftist visionaries cannot grasp that, will not acknowledge that, and go on with their fantasy vision of the world to be no matter what. Sadly, they get into academia and affect far too many young minds. --Del)

BRICS: The Worlds new Banker? By Rajeev Sharma
Excerpt: The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) bloc has begun planning its own development bank and a new bailout fund which would be created by pooling together an estimated $240 billion in foreign exchange reserves, according to diplomatic sources. To get a sense of how significant the proposed fund would be, the fund would be larger than the combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about 150 countries, according to Russia and India Report.( A game changer? The author seems to think China's proposal to use its yuan is rather far fetched and will be vetoed by the other members. But if not, the dollar could be in for some rough times. In that case, the Fed and the Administration may be forced to stop issuing unbacked trillions n play money. They may even be forced to stop intentionally creating debts that will never be paid off. --Don Hank)

Britain should vote on leaving EU, Italian prime minister Mario Monti says. By Nick Squires in Rome and James Kirkup
Excerpt: Mario Monti said he had told Mr Cameron in person that he must resolve “the fundamental question" over Britain's future: “Do you want to remain in the European Union or not?” He also suggested that some European politicians, especially in France, would like Britain to leave the union. (Quote: Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, told MEPs earlier this month that Britain could be left “alone in the world” if it leaves the EU. Angie Baby always comes up with these charming little gems. If I were a Brit, I think I would say "PLEASE leave us alone in the world. We'll do just fine." Please be sure to take the poll. So far almost 90% of respondents want OUT! --Don Hank. Won't take the poll. Not my place to tell the Brits what to do. Though I thought at the time that Churchill was right and they should have stayed out. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Democrat experts declare that laughable old coots are the natural core of the Republican Party, so one need only join the cool leftist majority and leave Grandpa in his kitchen chair to mutter to himself until death shuts him up for good. Republican experts, as the reluctant stewards of these cantankerous fogies, are more circumspect: they merely want to leave Grandpa ranting in the corner with his talk radio shows, while they attend to the urgent business of selling off his prized possessions (e.g. property rights, national sovereignty).

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