Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for January 16, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for January 16, 2013
Robert A. Hall

2008: Obama: “Raising the Debt Limit is Unpatriotic and Irresponsible”
In 2008 then-senator Obama said “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” He voted against raising the debt ceiling. Republican Senators today would do well to follow his principled leadership on this issue. ~Bob.

2013: Obama On Debt Ceiling: 'We Are Not A Deadbeat Nation'
Excerpt: "To even entertain the idea of the United States of America not paying our bills is irresponsible. It's absurd," Obama said in a press conference. The president also responded directly to Republicans who continue to argue that increasing the nation's borrowing limit only contributes to Washington's spending problem. He repeatedly emphasized that raising the debt ceiling does not authorize any new spending but simply allows the government to continue to pay for obligations to which Congress has already agreed. (So to be clear, $4T in debt in 8 years was added by George Bush on his lonesome, but $8T in debt in 4 years under Obama was the fault of Congress. Got it? ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Dangerous Old Men. By Ebben Raves
Excerpt: Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino. A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him. He is an anachronism, a dinosaur -- part of the old America where you worked hard, took pride in your work and where you lived, and fought for your country and what it stood for when called upon. 

Information on my books

Worth Reading: Painting & Simplicity & Logic
Excerpt: As President Obama carries on with disregard for our Constitution and rule of law, why should our citizenry heed circumventing Executive Orders of any sort? 

Obama to unveil broad gun plans Wednesday
Excerpt: President Obama will unveil a sweeping set of gun-control proposals at midday Wednesday, including an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets that ammunition clips can hold, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Worth Reading: Should U.S. Fiscal Policy Address Slow Growth or the Debt? A Nondilemma
Excerpt: To address the slow recovery, standard - Keynesian -- economics suggests further fiscal stimulus in the form of lower taxes or higher spending. But that recommendation runs head-first into the economy's second crucial challenge, the long-run fiscal imbalance. Yet policymakers are wrong to see this as a dilemma. The Keynesian model does not evaluate government expenditure using the standard microeconomic concepts of economic efficiency (cost-benefit analysis); rather, it assumes that all expenditure is beneficial. Some government purchases, however, are not a productive use of resources, and transfer payments distort economic incentives and thus can reduce economic output. In contrast, broad-based tax cuts, especially those that lower marginal tax rates, enhance economic growth.

The Domino Effect of Green Energy Failure
Excerpt: The collapse of a government-subsidized battery manufacturer has caused the production of a government-subsidized electric car company to halt, raising questions about the government’s decision to support the two companies.

Worth Reading: Why President Obama can’t talk too much about guns. By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
Interesting poll numbers on several issues. ~Bob. Excerpt: What was the highest priority? The economy, naturally. Overall, 68 percent of adults said dealing with the economy was a top job for Congress and the White House – a priority that crosses all political party lines. (Interestingly, the idea of “reducing federal spending” came in a close second to the economy among self-identified Republicans.)

Abandoned kid: Know this boy? Police appeal to public for help
Excerpt: The boy, believed to be about 3 or 4 years old … is described as 3 feet tall, 35 pounds, wearing a black down coat, a red Nike hooded sweatshirt and a black winter hat with the word "Obama" on it.

Haiti's earthquake generated a $9bn response – where did the money go?
Excerpt: Saturday marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti that claimed between 230,000 and 300,000 lives. … Haiti received an unprecedented amount of support: more than $9bn (£5.6bn) in public and private donations. …. Three years after the quake, we do not really know how the money was spent, how many Haitians were reached, or whether the desired outcomes were achieved. (More UN opaqueness versus transparency, among other organizations. Let no good crisis good unused! Think twice before you text that hard-earned, now soon to be heavily taxed $$ to the Red Cross and their ilk. Easy come, easy go. What happened to the Sandy survivors that were going to be put in prison in NJ for “their own safety?” Never heard how that worked out for them…. Well, at least some Haitians survived Sandy in their tent cities status post 3 years. --Barb)

Memory Holed: New York Times Reported White House Forced Pastor To Quit Inauguration
Excerpt: On Thursday, January 10, The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg reported that based upon the uproar coming from left-wingers over a sermon on homosexuality given by the Rev. Louie Giglio in the 1990s, the White House "viewed the selection [of Giglio to deliver the benediction at Obama's inauguration] as a problem for Mr. Obama, and told the panel on Wednesday night to quickly fix it. By Thursday morning, Mr. Giglio said he had withdrawn." Though every other news report said that Giglio had voluntarily withdrawn, here was the NYT with a pretty important piece of reporting that said the White House had booted a pastor for the sin of being Christian -- for preaching about the Bible's views on homosexuality. (Per report, “Within a few hours, however, the NYT memory-holed every trace of its reporting.” --Barb)

Worth Reading: Our Sort-of War on Terror: Obama’s policies are incoherent, but does anyone care? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Either by design or through incompetence, the Obama administration’s war on terror has become indefinable. In fact, to the degree that there are identifiable policies, they seem either internally contradictory or at odds with other administration policies.

Obama To Arm Muslim Brotherhood, But You Can’t Own An AR?
Excerpt: Sometime in late January, as part of a 213 million dollar foreign aid package, the U.S. government intends to deliver 10 F-16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks to Egypt. Quite a nice gesture on the part of the United States considering back in 2010, Mohamed Morsi, the current President of Egypt went on record labeling the U.S. an enemy and called for driving Israel from occupied Arab lands. Sounds like the kind of man I would allow to possess world class U.S. made weaponry.

Pro-life video narrated by President Obama
Excerpt: A new pro-life video uses President Obama’s speech following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Saudi Arabia defends use of beheading: A Sri Lankan maid was recently beheaded when her former employers refused the payment of 'blood money'.
Excerpt: Saudi Arabia criticized widespread condemnation of the beheading of a Sri Lankan maid convicted of killing her employer's baby. (Smothered a baby? ([Full-term abortion, perhaps.] If she did, I'm pretty okay with the sentence. ~Bob.)

Why does Homeland Security need 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition?
Excerpt: This year alone, DHS has purchased four rounds for each and every American. …Why did DHS purchase 28,000 tons of ammunition? Why did DHS purchase almost half a billion rounds of hollow point ammunition, banned by the Hague Convention of 1899 for use in international warfare, that is carefully designed to kill its intended targets? (Per article, “Americans have no good answers to these questions since the DHS is now refusing to respond to media inquires on the subject.” --Barb)

Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearing Date Set
excerpt: Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) announced Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would testify before the committee on January 23 to answer questions about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in BenghaziLibya.

Levin Blasts 'Imperial President' Obama: 'He's Arrogant as Hell!'
excerpt: "I’m not into imperial presidents who act imperial and speak imperial and Obama forgets there’s a Constitution. …"So when he gets up there and he starts saying ‘if Congress doesn’t do this, I’m gonna do this unilaterally’, it violates separation of powers a lot of the times. And this is a man who’s been pushing the edge of the envelope as far as I’m concerned whether it’s the appointment clause, whether it’s his unilateral action on immigration, whether it’s his trashing the commerce clause and the tax clauses on Obamacare. (Enjoy link while it works; contains complete interview. One from Breitbart would not load and one from Hyscience had it pulled and one talking about Supreme Court in place…ancient content. --Barb)

excerpt: There is a real, not-so-covert war going on in our nation’s capital: not the Obama administration’s attempt to select a secretary of Defense with a questionable record, but Chuck Hagel’s supporters’ attempt to end all opposition to him by raising the cry of “McCarthyism.” That old standard bugaboo of the Left is being used again, this time as a mechanism to try to discredit all who have brought forth valid reasons as to why Senator Hagel should not get appointed to the position despite his nomination. 

Excerpt: By the same token, Jack Lew’s senior position at the epicenter of financial meltdown in 2008 — he was chief operating officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, the bank’s hedge fund vehicle — qualifies him to be Treasury secretary in an administration that uses the federal budget as a political piggy bank. A number of press commentaries have questioned the wisdom of giving the nation’s top financial job to an official associated with the worst acts of incompetence of the financial bubble.

Excerpt: I am also suggesting that before the likes of Jesse Jackson demand “compromise” from law-abiding Americans who own guns, they should take a hard, honest look at the long-term effects of policies that they support. Sanctuary city policies exacerbate lawlessness from the border to thousands of points north. Do away with those policies and others that make our citizens and legal aliens less safe, before even thinking about cracking down on responsible Americans and their right to self-defense.

Obama seeks to flip the script on debt ceiling
Excerpt: Rather than argue over whether the debt ceiling should be raised to authorize more borrowing, Obama is instead arguing that Congress is voting simply to pay the bills that it has already racked up — a semantic difference, perhaps, but a very important one at the same time. In effect, Obama is trying to shift the burden of failure to Republicans in much the same way he did during the fiscal cliff debate….It will be incumbent on the GOP to come up with a focused and articulate response to Obama’s new framing of the debate.

Obama: `Israel Doesn't Know What Its Best Interests Are.' By Jeffrey Goldberg 
Excerpt: When informed about the Israeli decision, Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister, didn’t even bother getting angry. He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart. (Tweet from ‏@LizMair: See, American arrogance does exist.)

(Interesting comment on PJ Media regarding POTUS involvement with French rescue effort [that failed partially] -- Barb.: 13. Libertyship46 .. . Something big is up and that’s why the French took action. The Europeans are famous for doing nothing for as long as possible, so they must have been alerted to an imminent attack of some sort in order for them to take direct military action in Africa. And, with all the added security in France right now, they must have had some credible threat that they’re worried about.

So, we're not to judge all Muslims by the acts of some "crazies," but the acts of some crazies is enuf to judge all Amer gun owners.

Obama acts like he is the first POTUS ever to have to deal with a Congress that disagrees with him. He handles disagreement poorly. 
Obama Misses Most Budget Deadlines Than Any President Since 1920s
Excerpt: Last week, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote a letter asking Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients whether the White House will once again miss the budget deadline: “Given the critical importance of addressing our nation's fiscal problems, I am writing to ask whether the President will submit his budget request this year on or before February 4 as required by law,” Ryan wrote in a letter to Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients. ….An Obama Administration source told The Hill this month that “no decisions” have been made on the timing of Mr. Obama’s budget. 

Excerpt: For nearly half a century, Medicare has enabled seniors to get that care. …. The new law: slashes what doctors, hospitals, homecare agencies, hospice care, and dialysis centers are paid to care for the elderly; penalizes hospitals for providing generous care; and cuts support from Medicare Advantage plans. These cuts are being made just when 30 percent more people will be entering Medicare, as baby boomers turn sixty-five.

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Justice has shut down its National Drug Intelligence Center, which produced the annual National Drug Threat Assessments, due to “budgetary reasons,” a DOJ spokesperson told The Daily Caller. The Drug Threat Assessments contained facts and statistics about Mexican drug cartel activity in the United States. In its 2011 report, the DOJ reported that cartels were operating in over 1,000 U.S. cities in 2010. (With US laundering drug money for cartels, wonder what their cut is? Maybe that could reduce the deficit. –Barb.)

Obama: You Can’t Go To A Restaurant And Not Pay Your Bill
“You don’t go out to dinner and then eat all you want and then leave without paying the check.” (Per report in 06/2012, “The bill for the president and his four guests (2 vets and 2 barbers) was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.” Rules don’t apply to Regime or the one making them up. If the Republicans don’t have a spokesman or woman who can deal with this out of both sides of his mouth drivel, CYAG. –Barb)

Egypt, 15 years in prison for mother and seven children, converts to Christianity
Excerpt: The criminal court of Beni Suef (115 km south of Cairo) has sentenced an entire family to prison for converting to Christianity. Nadia Mohamed Ali and her children Mohab, Maged, Sherif, Amira, Amir, and Nancy Ahmed Mohamed abdel-Wahab will spend 15 years in prison. Seven other people involved in the case were sentenced to five years in prison. (Obama’s pals in the tolerant, democratic Arab Spring roll on. ~Bob.)

Only 0.6% of world’s Christians live in Middle East: Pew study finds fewer than 13 million Christians, out of 2.2 billion adherents worldwide, still in the region where faith was born. By Haviv Rettig Gur 
Excerpt: Christians make up only 4% of the region’s inhabitants, drastically down from 20% a century ago and marking the smallest regional Christian minority in the world.
Fully 93% of the region is Muslim, and 1.6% is Jewish.

A World Without America. By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Excerpt: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly declared that "a world without America is not only desirable, it is achievable." While that sentiment won't be embraced in President Obama's inaugural address next week, all other things being equal, it seems likely to be the practical effect of his second term.

More Cigarette Taxes Equals More Cigarette Smuggling. By Dan McLaughlin 
Excerpt: A recent study from the Tax Foundation and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy looking at cigarette taxes and cigarette smuggling reminds us, yet again, of how big government always ends up legislating the Law of Unintended Consequences. … On the other hand, they’re also a predominantly American-made product that’s disproportionately consumed by lower-income Americans, meaning that a cigarette tax is more regressive than most taxes.

Behind the ‘Democracy Initiative.’ By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Like most things that the left does with the word “democracy” in the title, the Democracy Initiative is not democratic. Not unless you consider the leaders of a small number of powerful organizations conspiring to subvert democracy to be democratic. But unlike the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, there is at least one accurate word in its name; it is an initiative.

Worth Reading: Liberalism Versus Blacks. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: San Francisco is a classic example of a city unexcelled in its liberalism. But the black population of San Francisco today is less than half of what it was back in 1970, even though the city’s total population has grown. Severe restrictions on building housing in San Francisco have driven rents and home prices so high that blacks and other people with low or moderate incomes have been driven out of the city. 

Worth Reading: Are Guns the Problem? By Walter Williams 
Excerpt: When I attended primary and secondary school — during the 1940s and ’50s — one didn’t hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that’s become routine today. Why? It surely wasn’t because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. Dr. John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. (In the academic year of 1957 – 1958, I was in the 6th Grade. Because I was one of the youngest pupils in the class, I was jealous of the boys who were a few months older and could bring their shotguns to school and go hunting after classes let out. What wild-west area was I in? Central northern New Jersey in a town called Boonton, about 40 miles from downtown New York City. Marksmanship was one of the merit badges nearly every Boy Scout had, and a hunting license was a common Christmas gift for those 13 and older. For those who are curious, during school hours, the shotguns and rifles were kept in the Principal’s office. Right next to HIS shotgun. Ron P.)

New York Senate passes tough gun law
Excerpt: New York came one step closer to enacting tougher gun laws on Monday, with the state Senate approving a set of broad changes in a late-night Monday vote and the Assembly expected to act early Tuesday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his proposal to bolster the state's gun laws late Monday after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations with legislative leaders, with a full ban on assault weapons slated to take effect as soon as it is passed.

Excerpt: Very quickly and very decisively, congressional Republicans/conservatives should adopt a new strategy for legislating and communicating, one that specifically involves buying a full half-hour of national TV time the night before Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address. (Would anyone not already a conservative watch? But there are some good strategies here. ~Bob.)

Hagel Allies Coordinate Smear Campaign Against Critics, Emails Reveal Hagel supporter: 'Abrams is a Jew'. BY: Adam Kredo
 Excerpt: A group of anti-Israel activists and journalists are engaged in a coordinated campaign to stifle criticism of controversial secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel by attacking the former Republican senator’s critics, according to emails obtained by the Free Beacon.

Excerpt: Yesterday, President Obama accused his opposition in Congress of threatening to “default” on America’s loans in order to make a political point.

Welcome to Cold Sun
A startling new book on the next climate change to decades of cold weather that is receiving praise from scientists and other experts around the world. … Mr. John L. Casey is a former White House space program advisor, consultant to NASA Headquarters, and space shuttle engineer. He is one of America’s most successful climate change researchers and climate prediction experts. (I hope he’s wrong. A cooling global will kill a LOT more folks than a warmer one, due to starvation. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, has followed America’s current campaign against guerrillas in Afghanistan closely. He said keeping just 6,000 or fewer troops in Afghanistan, as reports say President Barack Obama may be considering, would likely lead to mission failure.

Here's The Real Unemployment Rate: Government's 'headline' statistics hide true conditions. By Jerome R. Corsi
Excerpt: The real unemployment rate for December 2012 is closer to 23 percent, not the 7.8 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to economist John Williams. Williams, author of the Shadow Government Statistics website, argues that the federal government manipulates the reporting of key economic data for political purposes, using methodologies that tend to mask bad news.

Debt ceiling: Orwell just missed it by a few decades. By Bruce McQuain
Excerpt: But the problem is, thanks to both Congress and this administration, we are not paying our bills. We’re borrowing money that we don’t have and have been spending it. I find it ironic, that the president who has run up the largest deficit in history is talking about being irresponsible.

Excerpt: The House should pass a bill to redefine the debt limit so that it constrains primary spending but not debt service. Under this reform, a Treasury that had hit the statutory borrowing limit could continue to borrow what it needed exclusively for paying interest on the national debt and to roll over existing debt obligations, but it could not borrow for any other government spending until the limit had been increased. This would take default entirely off the table.

Excerpt: Everyone in the magazine business needs to have a bit of a “there but for the grace of God go I” attitude when it comes to keeping the lights on. But it seems to me some advertising just isn’t worth it. Exhibit A: The lavish fake article the Church of Scientology has taken out in The Atlantic under the heading “Sponsor content.”

Are You Grateful for the Products That Make Your Life Better?
Excerpt: Were we to embrace such a spirit of gratitude, our discourse and policy would take a dramatic turn toward the productive. (…) Grateful people are good people who treat each other warmly. Ingratitude, a sense of entitlement and victimhood, is the common denominator of the criminal. (Although disguised as praise for the way a smart phone has changed his life, the author hits many of the essential truths of life in a capitalistic society, and why ours is now failing. This short read is very worthwhile. --Ron P.)

Excerpt: Now that we’re done chuckling over Al Gore’s breathtaking hypocrisy regarding the sale of his Current TV to Al Jazeera — a news outfit owned by Qatar, a country that gets its money from the same oil that Al Gore tells us will destroy the planet – and now that we’ve stopped rolling our eyes...

Confirmed: None of the million children aborted the past year will appear with @BarackObama tomorrow

Thought For The Day
If Obama could do for the general economy what he's done for the firearms industry, we'd all be rich, fat and happy. –TH

The GOP’s big electoral vote gambit, explained. By Aaron Blake
Excerpt: Basically, Republicans who have control of states that went for President Obama in the 2012 election are pushing for their states to change how they award electoral votes. While almost every state awards electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, Republicans want these states to instead award one vote to the winner of each congressional district. (Regardless of the impact on any particular election, I have long supported this. It would make the elections national, if done nationwide, as Republicans could win votes in California, Democrats in Texas, rather than focusing the campaigns on a few swing states. But Democrats are unlikely to budge in CA and NY, so the GOP won’t in TX. ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: What you’ll see in the rebellion. By Bob Owens
Excerpt: Tens of millions of Americans will refuse to comply with an order that is clearly a violation of the explicit intent of the Second Amendment. Among the most ardent opposing these measures will be military veterans, active duty servicemen, and local law enforcement officers. Many of these individuals will refuse to carry out what they view as Constitutionally illegal orders.

Pictures May Speak Louder Than Words When It Comes To Smoking
Excerpt: Researchers have found that graphic anti-smoking images may be more powerful than words alone in warning people from different income and racial groups about the dangers of smoking.

States Will Be Given Extra Time to Set Up Health Insurance Exchanges
Excerpt: The White House says it will give states more time to comply with the new health care law after finding that many states lag in setting up markets where millions of Americans are expected to buy subsidized private health insurance.

Man Taking Generic Drug Can Sue Branded Maker
Excerpt: The Alabama Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a patient could sue a brand-name company for failing to warn about a drug’s risks even though he had taken a generic version of the product that the company did not make.

Makers of Violent Video Games Marshal Support to Fend Off Regulation
Excerpt: With the Newtown, Conn., massacre spurring concern over violent video games, makers of popular games like Call of Duty and Mortal Kombat are rallying Congressional support to try to fend off their biggest regulatory threat in two decades. The $60 billion industry is facing intense political pressure from an unlikely alliance of critics who say that violent imagery in video games has contributed to a culture of violence.

Developer releases computer game called ‘Bullet to the Head of the NRA’
Excerpt: An anonymous computer game developer has released a violent video game online called, “Bullet to the Head of the NRA,” which allows players to shoot the president of the National Rifle Association. (suppose the game targeted a progressive politician…~Bob.)
18 human heads found at Chicago airport

Islamism (n) A totalitarian political ideology wrapped in a religion that pretends it's a civilization.

Excerpt: France's defense ministry said the country will "gradually deploy" 2,500 troops to Mali, following an all all-night aerial bombing campaign Tuesday to wrest control of a small Malian town from armed Islamist extremists. (“I am Sergeant Markoff. I make soldiers out of scum like you, and I don't do it gently…” Vive La France! ~Bob.)
Lawyers, Guns, and a Sex Scandal: How an NRA Ally Became a Front-Runner for Governor
Excerpt: Instead, McDaniel has been enmeshed in a sordid sex scandal that is threatening to derail his candidacy. McDaniel, married to his wife, Bobbi, since 2009, met lawyer Andrea Davis during the 2010 campaign. He said the two began an inappropriate relationship in 2011, which came to light after a Dec. 3 court filing related to a custody dispute between Davis and her ex-husband.

Is Civil War About to Return to Iraq? By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: A Sunni member of Iraq’s parliament was assassinated by a suicide bomber today, just two days after a failed roadside bomb attack, apparently aimed at the finance minister (also Sunni). 

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