Thursday, March 28, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for March 29, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for March 29, 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.

C.Y.A. Protecting Yourself in the Modern Jungle
If you order directly from CreateSpace, the PFF receives a larger royalty:
First published in 2010, this book has been reissued through CreateSpace/Amazon at a lower price, with all royalties going to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. A humor/self-help book, this is advice with an attitude.

Worth Reading: Florida: Concealed Carry Permits Up, Violent Crime Down
Excerpt: Firearm-related violent crimes in Florida have dropped by one-third in just four years, 2007 to 2011, while concealed carry permits jumped by 90 percent in that period. Further, violent crime of any kind dropped almost as much, 26 percent.

Regarding "Can the Marines Survive"
Here is a "Marine Survival" article from today's WSJ. Incidentally, I don't agree that there were no military units that could have intervened in the Benghazi attack in time to save the two Seals. Where were the ready alert fighters aboard the 5th Fleet aircraft carriers? Why was a Navy Admiral relieved of his duties days after the attack and where did he disappear to? Did he try and launch fighters to disperse the attackers with low level flights or even by use of cannon fire? Was the Admiral ordered directly and forcibly to stand down, perhaps even to the extent that he was fully prepared to disobey POTUS, SecDef and CJCS Gen. Dempsey? The attack began at about 1400 D.C. time, Panetta and Dempsey in testimony that I watched stated they briefed the president around 1500 and were told to handle it whichever way they thought best, the two Seals were KIA around 2200 D.C. time. More than sufficient time for fighters to have been on scene and fighter refuelers to been airborne to fuel their return leg. Concern about the sovereignty of Libya? Horse hockey! --JP

Changing the Battlefield: The "Tide of War" is not Receding. By Shoshana Bryen
Excerpt: The wars against us have not ended – responsibly or otherwise. They are fought by people who need the United States as an organizing principle, and who will not be dissuaded by our absence our reluctance to cooperate with Israel, or the President's flattery. Separately, the Shiite and the Sunni elements despise one another; together, they despise us more. The unwillingness of the Obama administration to label the September occupation of American diplomatic facilities in Cairo and Benghazi, and the murder of an American diplomat "acts of war" make this an opportune moment to consider two lessons emanating from more than a decade of warfare in the Arab and Moslem world. (When a country sends an army to war, it is immoral and horrible policy not to fight to win and to set conditions that permanently end hostilities. What we have done in the last generation is to guarantee further attacks on us by an increasingly brazen set of enemies who understand that they will not suffer the consequences of defeat. Perhaps I should add that history shows that powerful military reprisals short of war have had chilling effects on would be enemies. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Why a BA is Now a Ticket to A Job in a Coffee Shop
Excerpt: …lower skilled workers are increasingly falling out of the higher paying jobs altogether as college graduates move down the skill ladder. So while college graduates are having trouble getting college-style jobs, the unskilled workers are doing even worse. This is not necessarily evidence that the college degree is producing the wage--it might be that folks capable of getting into college would be able to get that barista job even if they didn't go. (Notice that this is from reliably liberal Daily Beast; even they are noticing and speaking up. There are additional considerations, too. One of my grandfathers had to leave school in the Fifth Grade due to the death of his father. He educated himself sufficiently to become one of the leading accountants at his plastic molding company, and by the 1950s, a Federal Court-recognized master and receiver for bankrupt companies in northern New Jersey. My other grandfather left high school by running away at age 16; he was variously a farmer, a coal-yard owner, and real estate developer who retired at age 52 because, like the other grandfather, he self-educated. The final decade of my working years were spent as a recruiter for a convenience store chain. We frequently had to reject candidates with degrees (some with graduate degrees) who were unable to pass our 16 question math test by getting 70% or more correct. The test was simple, straight arithmetic geared to a Fourth Grade level. (Note: none of the failures I recall had an “S” after their degree level, they all had an “A” or some variety of “Studies.”) The inescapable conclusion I reached is that the schools have changed their standards and are passing out degrees based on attendance rather than what the student has learned. Many companies now use a degree only to show that the individual has the staying power to finish what they start. --Ron P. )

Islamic apartheid billboards
Powerful stuff. ~Bob

Cyprus crisis: capital controls loom as banks race to re-open - as it happened
Excerpt: The capital controls are meant to prevent hordes of savers descending on Cyprus's bank branches and cleaning the vaults out. So what might they be?

Three Years of Broken Promises: The president’s health-care law has done almost none of what he suggested it would. By Michael Tanner
Excerpt: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, turned three years old this week. But unlike fine wine, the ACA is not getting better with age. A torrent of recent studies and reports has provided new evidence — as if we needed more confirmation — that nearly everything we were told about this law was untrue. Compare these promises to what we’ve found out about the law in just the past two months:

Millions to Be Priced Out of Obamacare
Excerpt: Millions of Americans will be priced out of health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul because of a glitch in the law that adversely affects people with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by their employers, a leading healthcare advocacy group said on Tuesday. Tax credits are a key component of the law and the White House has said the credits, averaging about $4,000 apiece, will help about 18 million individuals and families pay for health insurance once the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, beginning in January 2014. (This is going to be just beautiful when it hits. There will be shocked, depressed, and really ticked off people in various groups all over society. 2014 election just looks more and more interesting. --Del)

NM health insurance costs could spike more than a third after reform. Dennis Domrzalski
Excerpt: The cost of individual health insurance in New Mexico under the federal Affordable Care Act will increase by an average of 35 percent, according to a new study by the Society of Actuaries. (Well, they voted for him. Elections have consequences.)

Important: Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%
Excerpt: Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32 percent for Americans’ individual policies under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, according to a study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts. ... The disparities are striking. By 2017, the estimated increase would be 62 percent for California, about 80 percent for Ohio, more than 20 percent for Florida and 67 percent for Maryland. Much of the reason for the higher claims costs is that sicker people are expected to join the pool, the report said. (Well, he said it would bend the cost curve. Wisconsin is at an 80% jump in their report. They voted for him too. Enjoy. ~Bob.)

Egypt: Divers caught while cutting Internet cable
Excerpt: Egypt's naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said.

CNN finds that spending is the only thing fast about high-speed rail
Excerpt: "We're not building pieces of high-speed rail, we're just wasting high-speed money fixing up old slow rails," Griffin says in this video segment on Anderson Cooper's "360" program. (Show me your shocked face. ~Bob.)

Burma’s “Opening” No Human Rights Fairy Tale. By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: The flames of intolerance spreading to new areas of Burma are a reminder that the country’s “democratic reform” period is not a happy human rights tale.

Muslim Persecution of Christians
Excerpt: Egypt: A court sentenced an entire family – Nadia Mohamed Ali and her seven children – to fifteen years in prison for converting to Christianity. The year 2013 began with reports indicating that wherever Christians live side by side with large numbers of Muslims, the Christians are under attack.

Disney grants man $8,000 after ride malfunction forces him to listen to It's a Small World for 30 minutes 
That is not near enough to compensate him. ~Bob.

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Mencken

China Purchases Fighter Jets, Subs from Russia
Excerpt: Following China’s recent announcement that it would increase its military budget, the country reached an agreement on a weapons technology purchase with Russia, according to Rima News.

Concerns Proliferating: China confirms nuclear deal with Pakistan
Excerpt: China confirmed this week it will sell a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor to Pakistan that the United States says would violate Beijing’s obligations under a nuclear supplier control group. They are on a major campaign to grow their offensive military power, especially on the high seas. They protect North Korea from pressures on nuclear proliferation. They seem to have moved into a much more aggressive role in Asia, and we have to wonder where this will go. It just doesn't seem like good news. -Del. There's a reason why the rise of China as a military and economic power is one of the four major threats I cite in The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. There are, of course, others, such as trends against marriage and work in our culture. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Regulatory agencies don’t consider the possible impact they may have on labor markets, even though they have been, since 1971, increasingly subject to requirements that they consider the effect of regulatory change on the economy. Unfortunately, the failure to focus effectively on the employment impact of regulation means that the analysis misses several important aspects of regulation First, agencies ignore the economic cost of job loss in the regulated industry, despite strong evidence that job displacement of any type is very costly for individuals, families, and communities. Second, agencies ignore the economic cost of indirect job loss in other industries resulting from higher priced regulated goods or services.

A Collective Veto Could Nullify ObamaCare
Excerpt: Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") seek to expand access to health care but are not in the best interests of the states. Thirty-four states have already refused to create health care exchanges and many others are currently deciding whether to expand Medicaid coverage as envisioned by the ObamaCare mandate. The Obama administration is still trying to coerce states into implementing parts of the expansion the Supreme Court viewed as optional. States should collectively veto the exchanges and Medicaid expansion, which would force Congress to reconsider or repeal the mandate, says Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. States can reduce federal deficits by $1.7 trillion if they refuse to implement the exchanges and Medicaid expansion mandated by ObamaCare. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the federal government cannot force states to create the exchanges, the creation of which would violate state law and raise taxes in many states. Each state has the ability to takes its time implementing an exchange and always has the ability to switch to a state-funded exchange.

Excerpt: Actress Ashley Judd is not running for Senate in Kentucky, she announced on her Twitter feed Wednesday afternoon. "After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family. Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate," she tweeted. (Translation: “With all the nutty stuff I’ve said and done over the years, they would grind me into cat food.” ~Bob.)

Sean Penn’s Son Goes on Racist Tirade [VIDEO]
Excerpt: Hopper Penn, Sean’s 19-year-old son, was following his father into a building when his sickening racism came pouring out of him and onto an African-American reporter. (This is what many of the oh, so politically correct left really think about blacks. Remember, it wasn't the Democrat party who freed the slaves. But it was the Democrats who started the Ku Klux Klan. Why, even their corrupt, but beloved Sen. Robert Bird had been a Klan recruiter. And it was the Democrats who fought and filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. So, I guess doper, racist, and all around asshole Hopper Penn [honest, that's what Sean named his son] is simply living up to Democrat values. To be fair, Hopper might have just been a little testy, what with the recent death of his father's pal, Hugo Chavez. – LLW)

KrisAnne Hall puts Liberal Attorney in his place 
Very short but really solid video of a knowledgeable person schooling a board of people at some kind of public forum. KrisAnne Hall posted this video of her participation in a town hall style forum that was broadcast on a social media channel. I admit that I have never heard of her before this. But go to her website for more of her commentaries and her biography. She writes very clearly, logically, and factually about our current problems. Maybe we'll see her in politics in the coming years. I hope so. --Del

TSA simplifies screening process for wounded soldiers
Excerpt: The Transportation Security Administration has announced it will be offering an expedited airport screening process to severely injured members of the armed services.

North Korea to cut all channels with South
Excerpt: Reclusive North Korea is to cut the last channel of communications with the South because war could break out at "any moment", it said on Wednesday, days of after warning the United States and South Korea of nuclear attack. (If I was running things, I would wait until the wind was blowing just right, then nuke those crazy bastards off the globe. But, alas, I'm not running things. Maybe that's a good thing. But then, maybe not. – LLW. I think they just forgot to pay their Verizon bill. ~Bob.)

North Korea Increases Preparedness level
Excerpt: Most ominous is that the North Koreans seem to be deliberately misinterpreting Allied and UN actions as threatening a nuclear war. That artificially electrifies the atmosphere. The intent appears to be to persuade the US and the UN how dangerous the situation is without a permanent peace treaty. That judgment is based on the mismatch between the North's "war preparations" and the likely damage that tactical nuclear weapons could inflict on all those assembled forces. (Today’s Night Watch is unusually well detailed. The situation in North Korea just seems to get “worser and worser” as an old friend used to say. When we tolerate rogue powers being nuclear armed, this is the result. Just think how much fun it will be when Iran is also fully nuclear-capable. --Ron P.)

A photo that makes North Korea look a lot less scary. By Max Fisher
Excerpt: The threats – turning Seoul into a sea of flames, eradicating the American military presence and maybe America itself – are empty, of course. And not just because North Korea doesn’t actually have any incentive to start a second Korean War (it has every incentive to make empty threats). They’re also empty because the North Korean military is just not that powerful anymore.

The Cannibals of North Korea. By Max Fisher
Excerpt: Fear of cannibalism, like the famine supposedly driving it, spread. People avoided the meat in streetside soup vendors and warned children not to be alone at night. At least one person in Chongjin was arrested and executed for eating human flesh.

Russian authorities search Human Rights Watch offices
Excerpt: Russian authorities searched the Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch and three other prominent advocacy groups on Wednesday, part of a wave of hundreds of inspections that activists say is a campaign to silence criticism of President Vladimir Putin. (Apparently you will be punished for criticizing Dear Leader in Russia as well as here. ~Bob.)

Cyprus banks to reopen on Thursday after bailout closure
Excerpt: Customers will also be limited to withdrawing 300 euros ($383; £253) a day, to prevent everyone fleeing with their savings.

Mexico vigilantes detain police in Guerrero
Excerpt: Hundreds of armed vigilantes have occupied a town in south-western Mexico after one of their leaders was killed. Armed with shotguns, the self-styled "community police" marched into Tierra Colorada in Guerrero state. They detained the local police chief, accusing him of involvement in the killing and working with drugs gangs. (If we allow Mexico to collapse into chaos and warring mini narco-states, we will need five divisions fighting on our southern border to contain the violence. ~Bob.)

New BRICS bank to rival World Bank, IMF
Excerpt: The BRICS group of emerging economies has unveiled a new development bank, which is aimed at breaking the monopoly held by Western-backed institutions. … Finance ministers of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – met in Durban, South Africa for the opening of the fifth BRICS summit this week as leaders are expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday. (The IMF, along with the rest of the Troika, is badly discredited in the wake of its Cyprus bank robbery in which thousands of depositors lost 80% of all their cash in excess of 100,000 euros. Now comes BRICS with an alternative. --Don Hank

Older Piece: Woman killed for tip money, 2 men charged, 1 at large
Excerpt: Three men have been charged with killing 24-year-old Jacqueline Gardner and taking the tip money she earned from her restaurant job on May 19. (Funny how everyone knows Trayvon Martin’s name, but almost no one has heard of Jacqueline Gardner. Might be because she was white and the three killers were black, thus not big news in our media. ~Bob.)

Buzzkill? Cash-strapped states eye pot tax
Excerpt: Now that voters in Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana use, dope smokers there can light up without the usual paranoid fear that the cops are at the door. The taxman is another matter. (How about an abortion tax? ~Bob.)

Excerpt: For the last few months we're beginning to see a trend that just might bode well for Republicans in the 2014 mid-term elections. Obama lost millions of his "brain dead" Kool Aid drinkers when he upped the payroll tax back to the 6.2 percent rate established previously. Most of us knew the temporary cut was just to put a couple of hundred extra dollars in worker paychecks, enabling him to buy an election using the Social Security Trust Fund. (And of course underfunding Social Security which is already under assault) So things weren't so "kumbaya" between Obama and his groupies even before being sworn in to his second term. Then this month we learned that the average health care premium (already up 25% since Obamacare was signed) is scheduled to increase another 32 percent next year! The political boards are on fire over these explosive increases.

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. –Bertrand Russell

Death to freedom. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Last month, the Canadian supreme court, at a stroke, undid all the good work of the last five years, reaffirmed the state's role in the thought-crime business, rejected truth as a defense, and took a narrow, generation-old ruling on "hate speech" and carelessly broadened it. And they did it unanimously. Nearly four centuries after John Milton declared, "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties," on the highest court in one of the oldest democratic jurisdictions on earth there is not a single vote for the rough-and-tumble of unfettered speech necessary to any free society.

It's not just school grades that parents buy. By Harry Wallop
Excerpt: The confidence that privately educated children are supposed to possess is generated not just by small class sizes, world-class facilities and an encouragement to aspire. It comes from an innate understanding that they will grow up knowing the right people, that there is a network they can tap into.

Worse is better. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: These times, we're beginning to appreciate, are not like other times. There's simply no precedent for the kind of depression we're experiencing now. Certainly not for the way our political class, in league with the bankers and corporatists (and their inevitable battery of lawyers) are conspiring against the people and adopting measures absolutely guaranteed to make things worse.

Web slows after 'biggest ever cyber attack.' By Matt Warman
Excerpt: A Dutch web-hosting company caused disruption and the global slowdown of the internet, according to a not-for-profit anti-spam organization. The interruptions came after Spamhaus, a spam-fighting group based in Geneva, temporarily added the Dutch firm, CyberBunker, to a blacklist that is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam.

Here comes Team Obama's carbon tax 
How to squeeze more money from all of us, for the chance to redistribute our wealth to other countries that the Enlightened Ones know we owe help to, since they are poor and we are not. Sure, we all want that, don't we? If they had asked us to vote on raising our taxes to send more money to selected poor countries, wouldn't we all have rushed to vote yes? And of course the tax is about carbon which is about Global Warming, which is totally accepted as scientific fact by... some people, but not a whole lot of others who have qualifications just as solid as their opponents. And in any case, nothing we do, nothing at all including not burning another gallon of gas or pound of coal from right now until the next century, will have any significant effect on the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. But hey, why worry about such minor matters? Remember, you are not paranoid if they really are out to get you. Or your money. --Del

Crowning Erdogan as the New King of Islamists. By Ryan Mauro 
Excerpt: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology to Turkey for the deaths of its citizens during the 2010 flotilla raid misses the point. The tension with Turkey was never really about the operation. It was about making Israel bow to Turkey, crowning Prime Minister Erdogan as the new king of the Islamists. (Concessions to monsters—Hitler, Stalin or Jihadists—are seen as weakness and only bring more aggression and violence. ~Bob.)

When Affordable Health Care Died. By Arnold Ahlert 
Excerpt: On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was forced to concede that some people who will be buying health insurance for themselves next fall will face higher premium costs due to provisions in the healthcare bill. A new study released the same day reveals that insurance companies themselves will be paying out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims. Both stories join the growing list of indicators that point toward a grim reality: when it is fully implemented, the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010 will be anything but. (When Obamacare was about to be shoved through in 2010, a doctor who had voted for Obama told me, “This is going to be a disaster.” “Yes,” I replied, “But I knew that in November of 2008.” ~Bob.)

Iraq a convenient scapegoat. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Bring up Iraq -- and expect to end up in an argument. Conservatives are no different from liberals in rehashing the unpopular war, which has become a sort of whipping boy for all our subsequent problems.

Tunisians Raise Alarm on Possible Fatwa Encouraging 'Sexual Jihad'
Excerpt: Tunisia witnessed controversy yesterday [March 26] regarding a fatwa that permits “sexual jihad” in Syria. Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs Noureddine al-Khadimi rejected “sexual jihad” fatwas, saying that the Tunisian people and state institutions are not obligated to adhere to them. Khadimi’s statements follow reports that Tunisian teenagers have headed to Syria in response to this fatwa. (My fault. I said, “Screw the Syrian Jihadists,” and they misunderstood. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Federal investigators, according to the ACLU’s analysis of Justice Department emails, have “routinely” used a portable technology called a “stingray,” which masquerades as a cellphone tower by emitting a powerful signal. The goal is to trick nearby cellphones into connecting to the stingray, which can then gather data transmitted by the phones. (Per article, “A September 2012 investigative report by LA Weekly found that law enforcement across the country — including Los Angeles, Miami, Fort Worth, and Gilbert, Arizona — are secretly using the technology.” –Barb)

Tax Reform
Krauthammer and Marty Feldstein's income tax reform makes good economic sense—both on the blackboard and in practice. The concept is straight forward: get rid of all the exemptions and tax credits, except those that are so politically sensitive that proposing them would doom the entire reform (e.g. charitable contributions). I would rather get rid of the income tax all together, and substituting a VAT or a General Consumption Tax. These result in taxes being levied on income used to buy stuff, but not on savings, thereby providing incentives to save and invest in productive capacity and jobs. Some expenditures, as for food and shelter, could be exempted from either tax. Economically unwise, but maybe politically necessary. Prospects for this kind of reform are poor, because a small majority of the current crop of elected representatives seems to prefer that every government policy focus on redistributing both income and wealth from the top 50 percent of earners to the bottom 50 percent. But there is a strong logical foundation for either this or the Feldstein kind of reform. That is, it assumes people follow the incentives, and it provides incentives for saving and investment—the foundations of economic growth and strength, and it affords protection for those with modest incomes who spend most of their incomes on food and shelter. It takes the government out of its impossible role as decider of what to produce and how. An additional and significant advantage of the VAT or General Consumption tax is that in would permit massive dismantling of the massive bureaucracy not employed to administer the zillion-page Internal Revenue code. Simplicity—and therefore efficiency—is gained as one of our country's most despised institutions (IRS) is reduced to a role of actually producing "service." These gains, to me, are of immeasurable value. Of course the legions of both private sector and public sector employees whose current livings are made in jobs made necessary by the antiquated IRS code could be counted upon to mount an all-out war against such gains in efficiency. Arnold Ahlert’s concept is quite a different matter. Basically it draws upon a lot of 1960s style conspiracy slogans (world-wide conspiracy of the powerful to further exploit the less powerful), to assert lots of impending doom, but offers no theoretical or logical path to lead us to dire conclusions. It displays a deep and broad lack of knowledge of the IMF, the role of Central Banks in market-like economies, yet makes bold assertions about where they wish to take us (i.e. all us regular folks!). Not worth spending much time puzzling over. – Samuel L Skogstad. (Dr. Skogstad is an economist, a blog reader and a brother Marine. His comments are in response to articles on tax reform going around the net, which I don’t think were on my blog, but I thought his remarks had stand alone value. ~Bob.)

Vial of deadly virus missing at Texas bioterror lab
Excerpt: A Texas lab can't find a frozen vial of virus that is a potential bioterror agent. Lab officials say it's most likely the vial was accidentally destroyed inside the facility.

Colonel relieved of command for failing fitness test: Colonel had a waist measurement of 2 inches more than the limit.
Excerpt: Col. Tim Bush is no longer in command of the 319th Air Base Wing at the base as of Wednesday, Maj. Mike Andrews, spokesman for Air Mobility Command, said in a statement.

Indoctrination And Data Mining In Common Core: Here’s Why America’s Schools May Be In More Trouble Than You Think
Excerpt: TheBlaze has been at the forefront in uncovering the disturbing details of the nationalized curriculum standard known as Common Core. One of the most troubling aspects of this federal program is that government bureaucrats are currently mining sensitive and highly personal information on children through Common Core’s tracking system.

Democratic Headquarters
Robert -- We are conducting a membership audit before the first FEC deadline of President Obama’s second term. Your membership is pending. If you support President Obama’s agenda, it is CRITICAL that you renew your membership in the next 72 hours. (Darn. I’ve been so busy it keeps slipping my mind. And only a $3 minimum. ~Bob.)

Report: ICE investigators cooperated with ‘Fast and Furious’
Excerpt: Homeland Security agents cooperated with the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” operation that allowed firearms to flow to suspected gun traffickers, despite knowing some of the tactics violated strict department policies on tracking smugglers, according to an inspector general’s report. (Show me your shocked…oh, never mind. Typical of this administration. ~Bob.)

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