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Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for February 2, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for February 2, 2013
Robert A. Hall
Your one-stop-shop for political news and opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. This SitRep (Military for “Situation Report”) is created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. And I can only spend at most three hours a night pulling stuff, plus the healthcare or economic stuff that crosses my desk at work. As always, I—and you—owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, or too far a stretch, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, or in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism.

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Some great stories today. The Temp was about 2 degrees with a wind chill of -15 when I left for work Friday morning, so I took the day off from worrying about Global Warming. ~Bob

Worth Reading: General - Sir, The Floor is Yours. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: General Barrow, who held command as a junior and senior officer in combat, saw it differently. And he was not ambiguous. He said heaving the responsibility of maintaining good order and discipline (between the genders) upon the shoulders of corporals and sergeants and lieutenants and captains that are trying to fight the war is wrong. "It doesn't work! It doesn't work!," he said.

Marines Issue Survey On Women's Role
Excerpt: A Marine Corps survey found about 17 percent of male Marine respondents said they would likely leave the Corps if women move into combat positions. … A Marine Corps survey found about 17 percent of male Marine respondents said they would likely leave the Corps if women move into combat positions.

Alternative Headline: Gun nut unaccountably prefers to save her and son’s life to being PC: Home invasion suspect arrested after woman opens fire
Excerpt: A home invasion suspect was arrested at a hospital after a mother shot him during the crime at a Montgomery County home, deputies said Wednesday. … "They all turned around and looked. I grabbed my gun, cocked it, I turned and shot him right in the stomach," said Erin.

Excerpt: U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January and hiring was stronger over the past two years than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady while economic growth sputtered. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. (Of course, the real unemployment rate is much higher, due to people who have given up looking, exhausted benefits, or accepted PT jobs in the last four years. Workforce participation is way down. Obama has a plan, though. Disband the Jobs Council, add millions of illegals to the workforce. That should fix things. ~Bob)
10.8%: That's what the unemployment rate would be if the labor force participation rate was the same as in Jan. 2009. - Recall that according to Team Obama's 2009 stimulus projection, we should be closing in on 5% unemployment right now

Weak January jobs report shows why Obama doesn’t want to talk about jobs anymore. By James Pethokoukis 
Excerpt: When might the economy return to the sort of unemployment rate we saw before the Great Recession, say, 4.5% or so? Let’s assume a) labor force participation regains half the ground it’s lost over the past four years, and b) job growth keeps turning in 2012-like performances. According to the Atlanta Fed’s jobs calculator, it would take another eight years to get back to the unemployment nadir of the George W. Bush administration. 

Tweet from @freddoso
8.5 M left labor force in Obama's 1st term. He gave us the seven-day weekend!

Media Spins Unemployment Increase As Good News
Excerpt: No matter which way the unemployment rate goes, Obama is The Sun King.

Newtown Sides With NRA: Votes For Armed Guards In Schools
Excerpt: When the rubber hits the road, when the stark and very real choice is either empty political posturing with useless gun control laws or doing something practical to protect your children, the only people laughing at the NRA are a media determined to protect anything and everything involving Barack Obama. Today the Newtown Board of Education made the only choice any parent can: It voted to put armed guards in its schools:

Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief
Excerpt: A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said. (Those crazy people have armed guards? In a gun-free zone? Do they think their kids are as valuable as Obama’s kids and Rahm’s kids? ~Bob.)

Iran plans nuclear complex upgrade
Excerpt: Iran has told the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency that it plans to add 3,000 faster centrifuges to its main uranium enrichment facility, a step that could shorten the time needed if Tehran decides to build a nuclear bomb. (Weather forecast for NYC on September 11, 2021: 10,000 degrees and bright. ~Bob.)

Important: Pakistan agrees to transfer key port to China
Excerpt: Pakistan has agreed let China take operational control of a strategic deep water port on the country's southwestern coast. The port is vital to Beijing's economic and perhaps military interests. (Never mind this boring stuff. Who’s winning on American Idol? ~Bob.)

White House immediately condemns attack on US embassy in Turkey as ‘act of terror’
Caused by a video? But “what difference does it make?” ~Bob. Excerpt: The suicide bomber killed himself and one other person at the entrance gate of the compound, according to the AP.

Al-Qaeda affiliate in North Africa said to have sights on other Western targets
Excerpt: New intelligence on al-Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa indicates that the militant group is seeking to carry out attacks on other Western targets in the region after its deadly assault on a natural gas complex in Algeria, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday.

U.S. faces new Al Qaeda threat as terror group's 'strike map' is revealed
Excerpt: Al Qaeda has issued a new threat to carry out 'earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying' attacks on the U.S. and Europe, it emerged today. In a posting on a jihadist website, the terror group said the 'coming strikes' would target the 'heart of the land of non-belief' as well as countries aiding France in its crackdown on rebels in Mali.

Two More Pakistani Polio Workers Killed
Excerpt: A roadside bomb killed two polio workers in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, in the third such attack this week on workers struggling to immunize children against the crippling disease. (Islam—because even heartless barbarians need religion. Oh, too harsh? See the next two pieces. ~Bob.)

Pakistan bomb: 21 die in Hangu Shia suicide attack
Excerpt: At least 21 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bomb attack outside a Shia mosque in the north-western Pakistani town of Hangu, reports say.(Again we see that most victims of Allahmurder are Muslims. ~Bob.)

Victoria's Secret worker scarred for life when niqab-wearing attacker threw acid in her face as she walked home from shop
Excerpt: A Victoria's Secret shop assistant was scarred for life when a mysterious figure wearing a niqab threw acid in her face as she walked home from work.
Naomi Oni, 20, was left with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body after she was attacked in Dagenham, east London. (Hope she doesn’t become Islamophobic. ~Bob.)

The War on Women: The Selling of Syria’s Refugee Child Brides. By Frank Crimi 
Excerpt: A growing legion of Muslim men from the Mideast and Europe are scouring Syrian refugee camps in order to purchase underage girls, some as young as 12, as child brides, many of whom end up being sold for use in temporary “pleasure marriages.” … In fact, so popular are temporary misyar marriages among upscale Muslim men that a cottage industry has sprung up in Egypt among Arab sex tourists looking to circumvent Egypt’s ban on pre-marital sex by purchasing underage Egyptian girls for pleasure marriages.

French police arrest two in Toulouse killings probe
Excerpt: Interior Minister Manuel Valls, whose ministry oversees the DCRI, told reporters at an international conference in Brussels that “the famous theory of the lone wolf doesn’t stand.” In three separate attacks between March 11 and 19, 2012, Merah, a 23-year-old Franco-Algerian, shot seven people to death.

Woman shot to death on Lake Shore Drive ramp
February off with a bang in gun-free Chicago. ~Bob. Excerpt: Gutierrez said police were able to talk to the passenger, who was not armed, and police believe that "this incident stems from drug and gang activity."

The gang crisis: Emanuel owns it now. By John Kass
Excerpt: Chicago politicians — including Emanuel and Obama — find it easier to fight for gun control than to fight the gangs. Pendleton's killing forced Emanuel to make a public announcement Thursday that he's shifting 200 desk-bound cops onto the street, a plan dismissed as thin public relations by the police union.

Indiana murderer mistakenly released from Cook County Jail
Excerpt: An Indiana man convicted of murder has been on the loose since Wednesday night after Cook County Jail officials mistakenly released him, authorities said. … He was sentenced in 2004 to 60 years in prison for murder and carrying a handgun without a license, according to Indiana Department of Correction documents. (Lucky for us disarmed citizens, he won’t be able to get a gun because of the strict gun laws in Chicago. ~Bob.)

Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest
Letter to the editor in Newtown, CT.

Excerpt: Former New York mayor Ed Koch, the combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms, has died at age 88.

Ed Koch's Tombstone Inscribed With Daniel Pearl's Last Words

The quotable Ed Koch
Excerpt: On protesters: “If you don’t like the president, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don’t like the governor, it costs you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don’t like me, 90 cents.”

China Makes Move To Collapse U.S. Dollar: Announces Gold Back Currency For Global Trade
Excerpt: According to the article, China is recasting all of their gold reserves into small one kilo bars in order to issue a new “gold-backed” currency. Many say this will disrupt global trade and will eventually cause a collapse of the US dollar.

Biden on guns: 'Nothing we%u2019re going to do' will 'fundamentally alter' chances of another mass shooting
Excerpt: Vice President Joe Biden was perhaps a little too candid on the subject of new gun control laws when talking to reporters Thursday after a meeting with Senate Democrats in the Capitol.

The Real Joe Biden. By Ronald Kessler
Excerpt: These boys know how to take advantage of all the Perks of the office......what dummies the voters are. Joe has moved up a long ways from the daily commute to and from Wash on the train when he was the US Senator. (Here's a worrisome question- which worries you more, Obama in the Oval Office, or something happens and Biden takes over? To me that's like a choice between being flogged with the cat-o-nine-tails or being spread-eagled naked over a fire ant colony. --Del)

Editorial: Amnesty plan is 1986 redux 
Excerpt: Next on his agenda: an amnesty program for illegal aliens. Obama's top three immigration priorities are as follows: (I understand the compelling political drive to find a way to defuse the whole illegal immigration issue. Like the author of this article, I still find the idea of having 11 million people get a gift card for coming here illegally to be a bad idea. But the conditions do have some worthwhile points in them. The immigration proposal by 8 senators (4 from each party) contains a fine, payment of back taxes, English tests, and a civics test for any person here illegally that wants to acquire legal status. If those conditions are really enforced, then I doubt all 11MM will try for it. I think it'd be worthwhile to have a "repatriation program" where if you turn yourself in, we will provide the transportation for you, your family, and a reasonable amount of belongings back to Mexico or wherever else in S. America you came from. That's a cheap way to get people out of here. One of the commentators who lives in farmland California and has seen and experienced a lot of trouble with illegals makes the point that for all previous waves of immigrants, they were fewer in number and within a generation of being exposed to the local culture they were assimilating. I can speak from my knowledge of Italian immigrants that this is true. However, there are areas where the Latino population outnumbers everyone else, and they are not really interested in assimilating. This is a different situation than we've seen in the past. It's easy to see how true it is, since we never had Italian or German or Polish language used in most public places or on most phone messages. With all the accommodation to Spanish speakers it has become way too easy to not learn much English, which means easier to not assimilate. Yes, the old "melting pot" process was tough on first generation immigrants, but after that it was easy on their kids and grandkids and everyone else too. I really wish Congress would make English the official language, and write some regulations about language use, like the Canadians did to accommodate the French speakers but keep English as the prime language everywhere outside Quebec province. --Del)

Wild Bill on Guns

Police: Suicide bombing at US Embassy, 2 dead
Excerpt: A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said. (I guess Hillary will be on television later today screeching, "What difference does it make?" –LLW. Nope, she stepped down today. ~Bob.)

Menendez’s alleged Dominican prostitution spree coincided with crusade against prostitution in Cuba
Excerpt: Despite allegations that Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic on several occasions in recent years, he has been a persistent critic of the Cuban regime for economic conditions that have led to widespread prostitution among young people.
Menendez drained more than 1/3 of bank accounts in January to pay for past Dominican Republic travel
Excerpt: A check that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wrote to his longtime campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen on Jan. 4 to cover private jet travel to the Dominican Republic represented more than one-third of his cash-on-hand — and perhaps as much as 90 percent — according to an analysis of his most recent U.S. Senate financial disclosure report. Dan O’Brien, Menendez’s chief of staff, told WNBC-TV4 in New York on Tuesday that the senator reimbursed Melgen $58,500 for two trips they took together to the island nation in 2010. (Trips in 2010, reimbursement in 2013, after reports came out. No big deal. Business as usual. Move along, nothing to see. ~Bob.)

Senate ethics panel reviews gift accusations against Menendez
Excerpt: The Senate Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez accepted inappropriate gifts from a Florida doctor who has flown the New Jersey Democrat to his estate in the Dominican Republic, a senior member of the panel confirmed Thursday. (I’ll hold the rug, Harry, if you’ll get the broom. ~Bob.)

Menendez advocated to clear path for donor’s $500 million Dominican Republic contract
Excerpt: New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez tried to throw his longtime donor and friend a very lucrative bone in 2012, according to the Miami Herald: (If the media can’t protect this Democrat anymore, watch for Obama to throw him under the bus. He won’t go down with the ship, though Reid might. ~Bob.)

Interesting: Complex portrait of doctor linked to Menendez probe
Excerpt: Among the politicians whom Melgen has befriended, and for whom he has hosted private fundraisers at his 5,000-square-foot home: former U.S. Sens. Christopher Dodd and Bob Graham, late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles — who also was a patient of Melgen’s — former President Bill Clinton, and Leonel Fern├índez, former president of the Dominican Republic. Goodman noted that Bill and Hillary Clinton vacationed at the doctor’s home in Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, and that he became good friends with Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman and co-chair of Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.

Tweet from @BiasedGirl 
MSM didn't drop the ball - they hid the ball. #menendez

Excerpt: The Securities and Exchange Commission  (SEC) has issued subpoenas to the Marwood Group, the New York and Washington-based health care advisory firm that employs a former top Obama administration health official and coaches its corporate clients on how to profit from Obamacare. The SEC subpoenaed emails and other documents this month relating to a tip the Marwood Group gave to clients in 2010 that the FDA planned to delay its approval of a new diabetes drug. (Business as usual in The Chicago Way. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Former Sen. Scott Brown (R), long considered to be the likeliest GOP candidate for the upcoming Massachusetts special election, has decided against a run, according to multiple outlets. With Brown opting out of the race to replace outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D), Republicans face an even tougher fight to pick up the seat. (Conservatives who savaged Brown as a RINO will doubtless be overjoyed that a far left Democrat will likely join the Senate from Massachusetts. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: With news that the economy “unexpectedly” contracted in the last quarter of 2012, one does not have to be an economist to sense that whatever we have been doing for the last four years is not working and we may not see the long-promised “summer of recovery.” The naturally robust recoveries that usually follow deep recessions haven’t happened. With astronomical new borrowing, we now find ourselves in the same predicament as the proverbial end-stage addict who cannot continue with his lethal habit or survive without his toxic infusions.

Blacks; The New Aryan Race?
Excerpt: In an ironic and strange twist of fate a huge swath of the American Black population seems to have adopted the Aryan philosophy. It seems that millions of Blacks today now believe that, just for the fact of being born Black, they are somehow immune from living within the rules of a modern civilized society. While 25% of Whites and Hispanics are one--parent families, we find that an astounding 75% of Blacks are one-parent families.

The Myth of the Stagnant Middle Class
Excerpt: A common gripe from progressives is that America's middle class has not benefited from the overall economic growth that has occurred since the 1970s. From this perspective, middle class America experienced flat wages and declining buying power. However, this is wrong, say Donald Boudreax, a professor of economics at George Mason University, and Mark Perry, a professor of economics at the University of Michigan-Flint. … While the average did not rise because of the influx in lower paid workers, many employees during the last 30 years have experienced a rise in their real wages as they have gained more experience and skills. Opponents of this view fail to account for these factors that indicate the inflation-adjusted CPI does not accurately predict the change in real wages. Indeed, middle class living standards have risen during this period.

Worth Reading: The ‘40 Percent’ Myth: The figure gun-control advocates are throwing around is false. By John Lott
Excerpt: Actually, the number reported was a bit lower, 36 percent, and as we will see the true number of guns “sold” without check is closer to 10 percent. More important, the number comes from a 251-person survey on gun sales two decades ago, early in the Clinton administration. … We don’t know the precise number today, but it is hard to believe that it is above single digits.

Some Families to Be Priced out of Health Overhaul
Excerpt: Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped, says the Associated Press.

Americans to Washington: Don’t tread on me. By Aaron Blake
Excerpt: Americans have a very special message for the federal government: Don’t tread on me. That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the Pew Research Center in which, for the first time in at least the last two decades, a majority of Americans say Washington actually poses a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms.”

Chuck Hagel was bad. And it doesn’t matter. By Chris Cillizza
Excerpt: Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel was, at turns, halting, befuddled and, often, just plain bad during his confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense. And it almost certainly won’t keep him from becoming the next man to lead the Pentagon. (Halting, befuddled and bad? A perfect choice for this administration. ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: Anti-Semite MJ Rosenberg tweets ‘talked about Israel with Hagel, happily he’s lying today’
This from a Hagel supporter? ~Bob

Lindsey Graham versus Hagel over his “Israeli lobby” comments
Excerpt: The beauty of this clip isn’t just the spectacle of Graham making Hagel eat his own shinola. It’s the fact that 90 percent of the reason the left has gone along with this nomination is to see Hagel push back on questions exactly like this one. He was the guy who was going to speak truth to power by standing up to the neocon warmongers and their “Zionist” puppet-masters — and here he is, rolling over. You could almost hear liberals screaming at their TV sets when Graham asked him to name a dumb move taken by the U.S. at the behest of the Israel lobby, “Say ‘Iraq’, Chuck! Say ‘Iraq!’”

Dutch bank SNS Reaal nationalised
Excerpt: The bank, whose chief executive and chairman have resigned, was this week in talks with private investors about raising capital.
SNS, the Netherlands fourth-largest bank, had been given a 750m-euro (£644m) bailout in 2008.

Explosion in Mexico City Kills at Least 25
Excerpt: A mysterious explosion at the headquarters of Mexico’s state-owned oil company here on Thursday killed at least 25 people and injured 101, according to government officials, as windows shattered, the ground shook and thousands of employees fled into a panicked downtown.

Excerpt: Both houses of Congress have now voted to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying lawmakers more time to develop a budget. The Senate would put together a budget for the first time in three years—and the details of that budget are crucial. To prevent the federal debt from growing further out of control and harming economic growth in the long term, Congress must balance the budget in 10 years and keep it balanced—without raising taxes further. (I don’t think, politically, it can be balanced. The loot-the-future voters are a majority, and will be until the die-off after the collapse. ~Bob.)

Secret donors back new Obamacare push
Excerpt: Several former White House staffers have found a new way to promote Obamacare: They’re spending millions of dollars in secret corporate and union cash, and they’re harnessing grass-roots tactics to some of the biggest names in the health care industry. … So it is both fitting and ironic that — for perhaps the most significant battle in the war over Obamacare — the president’s allies are completely setting aside their qualms about the unlimited cash they once railed against.

Excerpt: What I find so fascinating about atheists is that they are so certain there’s no God that they’ve gone and created a religion based on that conviction. But they’re not alone in their lunacy. Take the rabid environmentalists, if you will. Their central belief is that Earth would be far better off if it weren’t for people. 

Worth Reading: Does the Media Cause Mass Shootings? By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: On Dec 3rd, Naeem Davis, a homeless Muslim man, shoved a middle-aged Korean man in front of an oncoming Q subway train in Times Square. A Muslim photographer snapped a shot of him waiting to die that appeared on the cover of the New York Post and then went around the world. And that was that… except it wasn’t. On December 28, there was another shoving murder. 

The Guns of Villaraigosa ---LA's mayor declares war against the manufacturers whose weapons protect his city's police department.
Excerpt: Following December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we have witnessed the spectacle of politicians at every level of government tripping over each other to race before the cameras and proclaim their outrage, not at the perpetrator of the atrocity, but rather at the many law-abiding Americans who are employed in the making of firearms and the many, many more who use them recreationally. Something must be done, they tell us, “for the children.” That the “something” might be wholly ineffectual or even counterproductive in the fight against crime is of little significance when the real goal is to see one’s name in the headlines and one’s face on television.

The Fewer, The Proud, The Marines—Budget Cuts Toll
Excerpt: : Plans to reduce our most effective fighting force by 20,000 will leave it unable to meet all its global commitments or respond to spontaneous threats from the shores of Tripoli to anywhere else. (OK, here it is, the actual meaning of "saving money" in the military. No, it won't leave us totally undefended, etc, but it will badly erode our ability to respond to threats and problems in other parts of the world. And seeing as the world is oversupplied with trouble spots already, do we really want to go forward with a notably diminished military capability? --Del)

UPDATE: Status of Gun Industry
Excerpt: Attention F.B. fans: to follow will be several IMPORTANT Info updates about the status of the gun industry currently, followed by an INVENTORY UPDATE: We traveled to Texas for Industry meetings concerning the shortages, here's what we were told. (Obama is the best thing that ever happened to gun manufacturers. ~Bob.)

Ex-police captain cleared by DNA test is freed after nearly 15 years. By Rick Armon, Ed Meyer and Phil Trexler
Excerpt: He had served nearly 15 years of a life sentence after being convicted of the 1997 shooting death of his ex-wife, Dr. Margo S. Prade. But Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter ruled Tuesday morning that DNA test results exclude him as a suspect and he is "actually innocent of aggravated murder."

Worth Reading: Governor Cuomo’s Game of Chicken. By David E. Petzal
Excerpt: Among them are some real howlers, such as the one that allows owners of 10-shot magazines to hang on to them, but forbids loading them with more than 7 rounds. 

Ex-Sen. Ben Nelson cashes in on his Obamacare vote. By Timothy P. Carney
Excerpt: Sen. Ben Nelson delivered a crucial vote to pass Obamacare into law in 2009, and now he is cashing out of the Senate to make money off the organizations that benefitted from the legislation. Nelson's trip through the revolving door demonstrates an important truth about Washington's influence industry: The revolving door rewards lawmakers for further entangling business and government, whether through regulations, subsidies or mandates.

Excerpt: Illegal immigration is a curious subject: It is one of the few domains in which the authorities entrusted with enforcing the law feel obliged to negotiate the most concessionary terms and conditions with those who are breaking it, as though law enforcement were an embarrassing inconvenience. But the rule of law, national security, and economic dynamism are not mere pro forma matters — they are in fact fundamental, a reality lost on our would-be “comprehensive” immigration reformers.

Global warming less extreme than feared?
Panic in Goreville. ~Bob. Excerpt: After Earth’s mean surface temperature climbed sharply through the 1990s, the increase has levelled off nearly completely at its 2000 level. Ocean warming also appears to have stabilised somewhat, despite the fact that CO2 emissions and other anthropogenic factors thought to contribute to global warming are still on the rise.

Excerpt: The Obama administration on Friday announced a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women. (Of course, if you are a business person and it violates your beliefs, get in line, peon! ~Bob.)

House to try again on health bills ignored by the Senate
Excerpt: House Republicans next week will pass three non-controversial bills dealing with children's and veterans' health, all of which were easily approved with bipartisan support by the House in the last Congress, but were then ignored by the Senate.

If a giant asteroid hits earth under Obama, we must see to it that at least one journalist survives, to explain why it's a good thing. (Or why it’s Bush’s fault. ~Bob)

Gallup Poll Ranks Nation's 'Most Conservative' States
Excerpt: Alabama has won the title of the most conservative state in the nation, followed closely by North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Utah, a new Gallup poll reveals. Rounding out the Top 10 reddest of the red states are Oklahoma, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Arkansas.

Death by "Gun Control"
Excerpt: Why must all decent non-violent people fight against "gun control"? Why is the right to keep and bear arms truly a fundamental individual right? You can find the answers in this new book.

The Distinction Between Sin and Crime
Excerpt: Self-government, a term which has lost some of its meaning over the course of history, surely refers to autonomy. To self-govern is to live in political independence without subjugation to tyranny. But Adams and his contemporaries saw more. To them self-government demanded self-control, the ability to restrain ourselves from the thoughtless indulgence of every whim. (These are some very interesting thoughts on the difference between the government policies we’ve had and the policies we might’ve had with only a slight change in how we view the purpose of government. I find I can agree with almost every word of this; I suspect many others will think the same. Notice the suggestions do not infringe anyone’s right to their private beliefs or how they express those beliefs in public, only how those beliefs impact public policy. I suspect many--perhaps even most--sane people already live their private lives this way; this article merely suggests we apply those same principles to our government. --Ron P.)

Retired monkeys living it up on federal tab in Louisiana 'Chimp Haven'
I thought it was a story about Congress. ~Bob. Excerpt: Uncle Sam spent $12.4 million caring for more than 700 monkeys formerly used for scientific research at the National Institutes for Health, according to the Guardian's Phillip Schwartz. A significant portion of that spending goes for the Louisiana facility known as Chimp Haven near Shreveport.

Are Shooting Ranges The New Bowling Alleys?
Thank Obama, owners. ~Bob. Excerpt: Sure enough, the National Shooting Sports Foundation — organized in 1961 — counts as its members more than 6,000 firearms manufacturers, distributors, store owners, shooting range owners, sportsmen's groups and gun-related content publishers. On its website, it will point you to hundreds and hundreds of shooting ranges in the United States, including more than 1,800 that have special programs for women and young people.

Excerpt: The Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II has changed his story once again, saying in a new autobiography that Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini personally told him to kill the pope.

Supreme Court Snubs Citizens Whose Social Security Will Be Confiscated If They Refuse Government Health Care
Excerpt: The feds… insist that anybody who voluntary turns down Medicare hospital benefits (even while still paying full Medicare taxes) must be denied the Social Security benefits which they have earned through a lifetime of work – and, worse, must pay back any SS payments they already have received. The POMS was issued without benefit of formal rulemaking, without public comment or review.

Tweet from @punchenstein
At first I wasn't going to end racism, but then I saw your bumper sticker.

If buying a gun was as easy as registering your vote for Obama, 140% of our population would be armed.

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