Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for January 11, 2013
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Gun Appreciation Day Petition and Information
Obama hasn't reined in Big Money: Relaxed inauguration rules reflect how he has largely given up the fight for what was once a high priority.
Someone should tell the LA Times that there is a difference between a high priority and election rhetoric, like the promise that ObamaCare discussions would be transparent and open, that bills would be posted for three days before he signed them, that raising the debt ceiling was unpatriotic, etc., etc. ~Bob.
How the FHA Hurts Working-Class Families and Communities. By Edward J. Pinto
Excerpt: This paper reports on a comprehensive study that shows the FHA is engaging in practices resulting in a high proportion of low- and moderate-income families losing their homes. Based on an analysis of the FHA’s FY 2009 and 2010 books of business, the FHA’s lending practices are inconsistent with its mission and represent a disservice to American working-class families and communities.
The Economic Impact of
's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Pennsylvania
Excerpt: The AEPS law will increase the cost of electricity by $2.55 billion for the state's electricity consumers in 2021. The state's electricity prices will increase by 11.9 percent by 2021.
Medicaid Reforms and Emergency Room Visits
's reforms, there were less frequent visits to the emergency room among people that enrolled in the enhanced plan. However, for people in the basic plan, the number of emergency room visits increased. West Virginia
Top 10 jobs that attract most psychopaths
Excerpt: According to the author of a new book, there are actually some professions that attract psychopaths more than others, and civil servants (including politicians), lawyers and TV and radio people are among those ranking very high. (Huh. I was a politician, now a CEO. We tend to think of psychopaths as mass or serial murders. But a book I read by a psychologist reported that as many as 2% of the population may meet the profile, and many of them are able to function without ending up in jail. They are often charming and successful, but think of other people as objects to be used. I’m pretty sure I’ve had to deal with a few. This doesn’t cover those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Bush Derangement Syndrome. ~Bob.)
Planned Parenthood reports record year for abortions
Excerpt: According to annual reports, the organization performed 332,278 abortions in 2009, 329,445 in 2010, making the total number of abortions in three years to 995,687. (Well, you wouldn't want people like the Obama daughters punished with a child. Especially a girl child. ~Bob.)
Tweet from GayPatriot @GayPatriot
Planned Parenthood has killed more children than all of the mass murderers in past 30 years combined.... by an exponential factor.
Will Banning Firearms Reduce Murders & Suicides?
Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
Excerpt: Having completed yet another deficit-reduction agreement that somehow managed to increase the deficit, Congress and the Obama administration are now laying the groundwork for upcoming fights over the debt ceiling, the sequester, and the continuing resolution that will fund the government given continued refusal by Senate Democrats to pass a budget. But before sitting down to negotiate another deal that will kick the problem down the road, perhaps our legislators could use a refresher course on the fiscal facts of life.
The EPA's Mercury Problem. By Susan Stamper Brown
Ninety-six. That's the number of 60-watt incandescent light bulbs I purchased last weekend after learning the other kind, the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) environmentalists are so in love with, are hazardous to my health and to the environment. I would have preferred a higher wattage but discovered the 75-watt version was outlawed January 1st. (The whole light bulb thing has been another rush to judgment on the part of the environmentalists, and any calm examination of the facts about the different kinds of light bulbs leads to the conclusion that in reality the good old technology incandescent bulbs are less environmentally unfriendly and more efficient than the new CFL bulbs. One more case of good intentions and lots of enthusiasm leading to action that actually isn't as productive as was thought. There's an old scientific/engineering motto- "You can never change just one thing" And that goes with the Law of Unintended Consequences. Our most dramatic example is the corn for fuel mess, but the light bulb thing is pretty classy as well. When will our leaders learn to really think things through and not jump at the latest great new idea? [Rhetorical question, their ability to think things through is nonexistent, as the current economic situation of the nation proves beyond all doubt.] --
Tweet from Wayne Dupree @NewsNinja2012
Democratic Leaders get angry at charter schools b/c they can't control them like public schools.
Tweet From Wayne Dupree @NewsNinja2012
Republicans were the great abolitionist that helped slaves...Democrats can never say that..
Excerpt: The further review the administration said was needed is done, with a
environmental agency saying it's safe to build the pipeline that will bring oil, jobs and revenue from our friendly northern neighbor. Nebraska
Tweet from JC Shannon @BillClintonTHOF
AL-JAZEERA-GORE is now RICHER then MITT by selling out
! You know kids, the Seattle Police know something about Al your parents don't know USA
Tweet from David Burge @iowahawkblog
since Jan 1: 14. Chicago
Shocking Photos Show Disgusting Conditions at Abortion Clinic
Excerpt: Now, WOOD-TV has published photos of the inside of the abortion facility. They, along with the inspection report, reveal conditions that “pose a danger to human life and welfare.”
Man with concealed gun defends self, 2-month-old son from robber
Excerpt: Smith shielded his two-month-old son who was in a baby carrier when the robber held a gun to his head.
Fox’s The Five Retaliates Against Gawker’s Gun Owner List By Showing Site Founder’s Phone Number. By Andrew Kirell
Excerpt: In response to Gawker’s controversial decision to publish the names of every registered handgun owner in
on Tuesday afternoon, Fox’s The Five retaliated by publishing the phone number and email address of Gawker founder Nick Denton for its audience. New York City
6 killed, 12 hurt in weekend violence
Excerpt: From Uptown to
Englewood, Irving Park to Brighton Park, to the Back of the Yards, gunshots were heard throughout the city this weekend. Between Friday afternoon and Sunday night, four people were shot to death and at least 13 people were wounded in shootings in Humboldt Park ... (Boy, I feel safe here with the tough gun laws, knowing when I go out I can only carry a folder, while every thug has a heater. ~Bob.) Chicago
US Chamber chief: 'Exploding debt' is threat to economy http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/economy/276457-chamber-chief-washington-needs-to-put-country-first-on-deficits
Excerpt: The chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday said the “exploding national debt” is the greatest threat to the
economy. (In other breaking news, the sun comes up in the East, scientists say we will all die one day, and Obama’s campaign promises were mostly worthless. ~Bob.) U.S.
Gun Control in
- Watch and Weep Australia
informative and scary. I have a friend that lives in
and you can't even have pepper spray. So I told him how to make legal pepper spray and told him to go out and buy a water gun, but it has to be a color other then black because you also can't have a play gun that looks like a real gun. They're government has lost its way and we are headed the same way. More info on giving up guns. –VB Australia
Exposé: Islamic Apartheid in
Europe. By Giulio Meotti
Excerpt: The same Europe which falsely charges
Israel of imposing apartheid on Route 60 in Judea and has established Islamic segregation in its own midst. It has been called "Halal House". Islamically correct apartment complexes. It's the last frontier of Dutch multicultural policies that encouraged immigrants to live in parallel societies. Samaria
Excerpt: When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state.
The Man Who Stopped a School Shooting
Excerpt: Officer McCoy's heroism and selflessness are reminders of what is often necessary to stop a madman. Now, in the wake of the
school shooting, it's instructive to look back at the first deadly rampage at an American school and how it finally ended, not with the passage of new restrictions on the Second Amendment, but at the end of a shotgun barrel, carried by a brave man wearing a badge. (A look back at the first “school shooting,” and the quiet heroes that stopped it. Worth reflecting on. Ron P.) Connecticut
Excerpt: Exports, a key driver of expansion, rose 14.1% in December from a year earlier. Most analysts had forecast a figure closer to 4%.
Activists Convicted in
Crackdown on Dissent Vietnam
Excerpt: A court in central Vietnam convicted 14 bloggers, writers and political and social activists on Wednesday of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 3 to 13 years in what human rights groups said was the largest subversion case to be brought in years. (I’m sure that Jane Fonda, John Kerry and other Progressives are organizing a massive protest of this at this very moment. And I’m sure I’ve won the Powerball Lottery…~Bob.)
Rest in pieces: Hasbro to replace a classic Monopoly game token
Is nothing sacred? ~Bob. Well, why not? The first amendment is gone, the second amendment will soon be gone, and Obama (may Allah smile upon him) wants to get rid of the twenty-second amendment. Wonder Bread is gone, Hostess is gone., J.C. Penny's is on the ropes. Might as well start getting rid of everything else
. We are entering a brave new world. –Larry W. Americana
“Forbes quoted a survey Thursday saying that whenever young kids lose a baby tooth they are now receiving an average of forty cents less from the tooth fairy. You can't make it up. The economy is so terrible that even make-believe-people are feeling the pinch.” --Argus
Al Gore Richer Than Romney Thanks to Current TV Sale (Report)
Excerpt: Post-vice presidential life has been very good to Al Gore. Thanks to the $500 million sale of his liberal news station Current TV to Al Jazeera this month, Gore now has a personal fortune of $300 million, Forbes magazine estimates. That puts him ahead of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, whose estimated $230 million left him vulnerable to charges that he was out of touch with the common man. (Global warming alarmism may be pounding the poor and working classes with job losses, higher costs for gas, oil, electricity and food shortages and higher costs, but it’s sure been good to Al Jazeera Gore. ~Bob.)
Prominent rifle manufacturer killed in mysterious car crash days after posting psych drug link to school shooters
Excerpt: John Noveske is one of the most celebrated battle rifle manufacturers in
. … Sadly, John Noveske was killed in a mysterious car crash just a few days ago, on January 4, 2013. … But barely a week before this incident, John Noveske posted a lengthy, detailed post on Facebook that listed all the school shootings tied to psychiatric drugs. (Speculation at this point. I think doubtful. But I thought that about the first reports of Fast and Furious, too. ~Bob.) America
policy will just muddle through the next four years and beyond without any disasters. Perhaps the world will be spared big crises. Possibly the fact that there isn't some single big superpower enemy seeking world domination will keep things contained. ( U.S. went nuts when the NFL replaced striking football players with far less gifted replacements. Will the American public support these nominees who are far from being the A team? Cordially, Larry Greenberg. The problem isn’t the nominees. It’s the nominator. And we lost the chance to correct that problem on November 6. ~Bob.) America
Melinda Herman, Mom Who Shot Intruder, Inspires Gun Control Foes
mother who shot an intruder at her home has become a small part of the roaring gun control debate, with some firearms enthusiasts touting her as a textbook example of responsible gun ownership. Melinda Herman grabbed a handgun and hid in a crawl space with her two children when a man broke in last week and approached the family at their home northeast of Georgia , police said. Herman called her husband on the phone, and with him reminding her of the lessons she recently learned at a shooting range, Herman opened fire, seriously wounding the burglary suspect. (I know we had this last week, but as of this moment, 12:33AM on 10 Jan 13, this is the number 1 story at HuffPo. It will surely be replaced by something else in a few hours. They must have finally figured out it was a WOMAN who did the shooting (and the surviving), so it was okay for it to be “news.” Otherwise, it would’ve been “news” last week, right? I wonder if the thief's family will sue for damages and loss of income. --Ron P.) Atlanta
bankruptcy Court Judge Martin Glenn denied a request by the Commodity Customer Coalition to depose former MF Global chief Jon Corzine. 9If you’re a thief, it helps if you were a Democrat public official. More if you were Obama’s wall street bundler. ~Bob.) U.S.
McDonald’s Set to Become the Biggest Children’s Book Distributor in the
A good idea. –Larry W.
The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Take for example the
riots in 1992, when business owners were forced to defend their property from angry mobs causing severe chaos: $1 billion in property damage, 50 dead, 4,000 injured, 3,000 fires set and 1,100 buildings damaged. In this case, a handheld pistol was in no way sufficient, but semi-automatic rifles were. Los Angeles
Doing the Research the New York Times Won't Do. By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: There is an academic, peer-reviewed, long-term study of the effect of various public policies on public, multiple shootings in all 50 states over a 20-year period performed by renowned economists at the
and Yale, William Landes and John Lott. It concluded that the only policy to reduce the incidence of, and casualties from, mass shootings are concealed-carry laws. The Times will never mention this study. University of Chicago
: When Big Deficits Became Good. By Victor Davis Hanson Reading
Excerpt: As a senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama said that he detested budget deficits. In 2006, when the aggregate national debt was almost $8 trillion less than today, he blasted George W. Bush's chronic borrowing and refused to vote for upping the debt ceiling: "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.'"
Dems' Loss Of Nerve Gives GOP An Opening. By George Will
Excerpt: Democrats not allergic to arithmetic must know the cost of their "fiscal cliff" victory. When they flinched from allowing all of George W. Bush's tax rates, especially those on middle-class incomes, to expire, liberalism lost its nerve and began what will be a long slide into ludicrousness. Those temporary rates were enacted in 2001, when only 28 House Democrats supported them, and in 2003, when only seven did.
Union Hypocrisy: Local Teamsters Bosses Try Union Busting On Their Office Workers Seeking A
Excerpt: It was just a few months ago when Obama’s National Labor Relations Board ruled that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union had engaged in union busting and ordered the union to stop harassing its own union organizers for wanting their own union.
British soldier killed by 'imam' in Afghanistan insider attack
Didn’t get the memo. ~Bob.
Egypt: Muslim preacher says Christian women should wear veils unless "they want to get raped on the streets"
The “war on Women” Progressives never mention. ~Bob.
Is there a greater irony than an Administration that supplied military weapons to Mexican drug cartels yet evidently wants to disarm its own people? –Tom H.
World War I photos found inside antique camera
How cool is this? ~Bob.
Who's Worse -- Al Gore or Bernie Madoff? By Roger L. Simon
Excerpt: Al Gore has been on the wrong side of everything -- first making anthropogenic global warming into a phony catastrophe and now introducing the mouthpiece of Sharia into American homes, while personally gaining hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. And you thought Bernie Madoff was bad.
It Can’t happen Here. By Dr. Robert Owens
Excerpt: In the America of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, in the America we inherited from our forefathers we knew that there could never be a revolution. We had the Constitution with its checks and balances, its separation of powers, and its Bill of Rights. These were rock solid, carved in stone, and strong enough to preserve the Republic and safe guard the freedom of its people. Besides the American people would not stand for some wannabe dictator and his brown, black or whatever color shirt followers marching through the streets and into the White House.
Disarming America Through Executive Fiat
Excerpt: “The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements…They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results.”