Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for June 6, 2013
Robert A. Hall
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Reading: 's Values - at the Core. By Andy Weddington America
Excerpt: Americans - the elected, the appointed, and the volunteers - of common Colors and oaths of office. But whom today, in the eyes of
Jefferson, are our patriots?
: Abstract Immigrants. By Thomas Sowell Reading
Excerpt: That and other studies of the time presented hard data on such things as which groups' children were doing well in school and which were not; which groups had high crime rates or high rates of alcoholism, and which groups were over-represented among people living on the dole. Such data and such differences still exist today. Immigrants from some countries are seldom on welfare but immigrants from other countries often are. Immigrants from some countries are typically people with high levels of education and skills, while immigrants from other countries seldom have much schooling or skills.
: Understanding Liberals and Progressives. By Walter E. Williams Reading
Excerpt: In order to understand the liberal and progressive agenda, one must know something about their world vision and values. Let's examine some of the evidence. Why the 1970s struggle to ban DDT? Alexander King, founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome, wrote in a 1990 biographical essay: "My own doubts came when DDT was introduced for civilian use. In
, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria, but at the same time the birth rate had doubled. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem." Guyana
Guest Post: What a Difference
Tom Donilon to resign as Obama national security adviserhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/ap-source-tom-donilon-resigns-as-obama-national-security-adviser-susan-rice-to-take-over/2013/06/05/78286c10-cdd1-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html
Excerpt: Obama national security adviser Tom Donilon will resign, according to White House officials.
Susan Rice, the current ambassador to the United Nations, will take over. Rice has come under fire for her early remarks on the attack on the U.S. U.S. compound in . (If you lie to help Obama win an election, you get rewarded. YouTube better brace for a crackdown. ~Bob. Oddly enough, this doesn't really surprise me. Rice has always been one of Obama's reliable sock puppets. Race and loyalty to Obama, not competence, is all that matters. And, like everyone else in this administration, she is a stranger to the truth. So...incompetent white guy out, incompetent black woman in. - LLW) Benghazi
Just wait for it: any criticism of
Susan Rice to be National Security Advisor will be called racist by her supporters. ( Christie is black. He’s the author of How Black Leadership is Returning to the Days of Separate But Equal. ~Bob) America
Excerpt: Even James Carville calls it an 'In your face appointment' (BHO has GOT to go. --JB)
Sebelius won't intervene in girl's transplant case
U.S. health secretary said she won't intervene in an "incredibly agonizing" transplant decision about a dying girl, noting that three other children in the same hospital are just as sick. (This is not the Pennsylvania I grew up in and if we don't start taking the country back, we will be no different than any other third-world hell hole. Kathleen Sebelius? It wasn't an agonizing decision for her at all. And that evil, heartless bitch will be heading up Obamacare. God help us. - LLW. It's okay with me if kids go to the top of the list--and I'm on it. ~Bob.) America
France said Tuesday it has confirmed that the nerve gas sarin was used “multiple times and in a localized way” in , including at least once by the regime. It was the most specific claim by any Western power about chemical weapons attacks in the 27-month-old conflict. Syria
Gov’t workers rack up $29 billion in credit card charges
Excerpt: There was, arguably, an important overlooked point in a week that showed the Internal Revenue Services’ “lack of aggressive steps” in addressing misuse of government-issued credit cards IRS employees use when traveling. Almost a side note in the report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration was the fact that in fiscal 2011 the IRS travel card program had issued about 52,000 individually billed travel card accounts. That’s more than one card for every two IRS employees, a workforce that totaled 97,717 staffers at the end of 2012
CBO: Uninsured Under Obamacare Never Falls Below 30 Million
Excerpt: On the contrary, the most recent report issued by the CBO in May appears pessimistic by comparison. Of the 55 million "Uninsured Nonelderly People" the report lists for 2013, only 11 million, or 20 percent, are projected to obtain insurance during 2014; the number of uninsured falls only to 44 million next year according to the CBO. This leaves a full 80 percent uninsured, significantly more than the 67 percent found by the survey.
Yet Another Obama Appointee has a Cayman Islands Trust. By Ed Driscoll
Excerpt: In 2012, Barack Obama’s Organizing For Action political advocacy group asked, “Do you have an offshore bank account?” Pounding Mitt Romney for his: ... Perhaps they should have also asked Jack Lew, Obama’s Treasury Secretary, as NBC reported in February:
Bomb Kills 9 Afghan Children, 2 Us Troops
Excerpt: A suicide bomber targeting
troops outside an Afghan government office killed nine children walking home from school and two of the Americans on Monday, the latest sign that this year's fighting season could be one of the deadliest of the 12-year-old war. U.S.
Fed worker on disability busted after appearing on ‘Price is Right’
postal carrier was convicted of fraud Monday after she was caught appearing on a television game show while collecting disability benefits. North Carolina
President Transparency's Spokesman: No Comment on Secret White House Email Account
Excerpt: Since President Obama's EPA administrator, HHS Secretary, and nominee for Labor Secretary have all been exposed for using pseudonymous email accounts as an end-run around transparency efforts, have any officials inside the White House employed the same trick? Sorry, the spokesman for the "most transparent administration in history" won't comment on that:
Vienna: Teachers Told Not to Cover the Topic of Turkish Sieges in Class In Case Immigrant Children Feel Offended
Hasan: I Shot Comrades to Defend Taliban
Excerpt: Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan said twice this week that he waged the 2009
shooting massacre to defend "others" from his fellow soldiers. Those others, he said during a hearing Tuesday, were "The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban." (Workplace violence, you know. Nothing to do with Islam or the now concluded War on Terror. ~bob.) Fort Hood
Excerpt: The proliferation of "temporary marriages" shows how Muslims in
are using Islamic Sharia Law to establish parallel forms of marriage that are otherwise illegal. An increasing number of Muslims in Britain are reviving the Islamic practice of temporary marriage, according to a recent BBC television documentary focusing on the "taboo subject." Temporary marriage -- a euphemism for religiously sanctioned prostitution -- is an Islamic custom that unites a man and an unmarried woman as "husband and wife" for a limited period of time (sometimes for less than half an hour). Britain
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I.R.S. Spent $4.1 Million on Conference, Audit Finds
The Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million on a single conference in
Southern California in 2010, paying top dollar for hotel rooms, $27,500 for a keynote speaker and tens of thousands of dollars for gifts to the 2,600 people who attended, according to a newly released Treasury Department audit. (Tweet from David Burge @iowahawkblog: How to celebrate harassing 20 Tea Partiers in with a $1500 budget: Spend $4.1 million on a conference.) Dubuque
Komen cancels 3-Day walk in District, six other cities in 2014
Susan G. Komen foundation canceled its signature 3-Day walk in and six other cities next year, slashing the number of the fundraising events by half, as participation continues to drop more than a year after a funding controversy involving Planned Parenthood. (I suspect that Komen spends more on advertising than is spent on research for pulmonary fibrosis, though PF is believed to kill more people. The stats are bad as PF often causes heart failure, which gets listed as the cause. ~Bob.) Washington
Excerpt: About 50 "gun control" bills, mostly unconstitutional, are being rammed through the CA legislature now. This will mean nearly the end of our Second Amendment rights if all pass and are enforced. With 2/3 Progressive majority, it is likely.
Excerpt: It’s not looking good for the essential enforcement mechanism of ObamaCare. It turns out that not only is the IRS prone to apply a political litmus test to applicants for tax-exempt status, but it isn’t even very good at issuing legally required tax credits.
One of the lesser-known provisions of the Affordable Care Act was an expanded tax credit for families that adopt children.
Excerpt: For a wide variety of reasons, many states and municipalities are turning a critical eye toward their employee retirement plans. As various parties debate the merits of different reform measures, it is important to keep in mind that in many states the law limits potential reform options, says Amy Monahan, a professor and the Solly Robbins Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Solar Industry Anxious Over Defective Panels
Excerpt: The solar panels covering a vast warehouse roof in the sun-soaked Inland Empire region east of
were only two years into their expected 25-year life span when they began to fail. … It was not an isolated incident. (“Green, green, it’s green they say, on the far side of the hill. Green, green, I’m going away, to where the cronies are greener still.” Apologies to the Kingston Trip, still one of my favorite groups. ~Bob.) Los Angeles
High-Speed Rail in Europe and Asia: Lessons for the
Excerpt: From a financial standpoint, things don’t look good. The majority of high-speed rail lines require large government subsidies from both general taxpayers and drivers. Even with generous subsidies, traveling by high-speed rail is still more expensive than flying for 12 of the 23 most popular high-speed rail routes in the world. The evidence suggests that high-speed rail can only be competitive on routes that are between 200 and 500 miles in length. (Doesn’t matter. Like global warming, voter suppression through IDs, banning guns reduces murder, bigger government is always better, Islamophobia is a great threat, multiculturalism, fossil and nuke fuel is bad, and green energy, high speed rail is part of the Progressive Confession of Faith, not subject to modification by facts. ~Bob.)
: How government scientists plunder the till in the name of science. By Patrick J. Michaels Reading
Excerpt: The main problem is that the new draft ignores the spate of science since 2010 detailing the long-predicted (at least, by some of us) lowering of temperature projections. … Would they ever produce a report saying that their issue is of diminishing importance — so much so that EPA regulations of greenhouse gases are simply not needed? No, not unless they are tired of first-class travel and the praise of their universities, which are hopelessly addicted to the 50 percent “overhead” they charge on science grants.
… In Big Science, money is power. Money is publications. Money is promotion and tenure, television time, awards, rewards and a permanent ticket out of coach. There’s simply no incentive for scientists to do anything but perpetuate their issues.
… In Big Science, money is power. Money is publications. Money is promotion and tenure, television time, awards, rewards and a permanent ticket out of coach. There’s simply no incentive for scientists to do anything but perpetuate their issues.
Study Claims Proximity to Nuclear Power Not Related to Cancer Rates
Excerpt: A study by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on populations living near three of
's nuclear power plants was just released this month. The Radiation and Incidence of Cancer Around Ontario Nuclear Power Plants from a 1990 to 2008 study (the RADICON study) demonstrated that there is no evidence of childhood leukemia clusters, nor non-Hodgkin's lymphoma increases, nor increases in any other cancers in any age group, in communities within 25 kilometers of the nuclear reactors. These results are similar to every other reputable study done for any other nuclear plant site around the world; that is, there is no causal relationship between nuclear power and cancer, says James Conca in Forbes. Ontario
Excerpt: I have come to the realization that I am not cut out to be God. I mention that because there was actually a time when I thought I could handle the job. I’m not just bragging. I just figured that if I’d been in charge, I would have prevented the Holocaust, I would have given Stalin and Mao heart attacks in their 20s, I would have done away with cancer and Alzheimer’s, I would kept the temperature in the low 70s year round here in the San Fernando Valley and I’d have steered Juan Williams into a different line of work . But I have come to the conclusion that I lack the prerequisite of patience.
Excerpt: It may be reasonable to infer, then, that Mr.
Christie evaluated the Republican field and did not like what he saw — and that Mr. Booker is poised to win the Senate seat with relative ease.
“If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; And the sixteen being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; But be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers; And this is the tendency of all human governments. – “A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on ’til the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering … and the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.” –Thomas Jefferson. (There was never a more accurate "prophesy." The further we stray from our founding philosophy and constitution, the closer we get to the philosophy of Karl Marx and Barack Obama. – LLW)
Bill Maher's Anti-Wounded Warriors Joke
Excerpt: I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off and then he has them over for a barbecue. This is like the
guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement. Cleveland
Syrian rebels lose strategic town in boost for Assad
Excerpt: Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies seized control of the border town of
on Wednesday, dealing a major defeat to rebel fighters battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Qusair
Excerpt: Tens of thousands have attended the funeral of a senior dissident cleric, in what became
's biggest anti-government protest for years. (Obama doubtless says the protest was caused by a YouTube video…~Bob) Iran
Turkish trade unions join protests against PM Erdogan
Excerpt: Turkish trade unionists banging drums and trailing banners marched into an
square on Wednesday, joining unprecedented protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan over what they see as his authoritarian rule. Istanbul
Excerpt: Yemeni forces began on Wednesday an all-out offensive against al-Qaeda groups that recently seized villages in the southeastern
, officials and witnesses said. (Obama forgot to tell both sides there that the War on Terror is over. ~Bob) province of Hadramawt
Lebanese army deploys to
Excerpt: The latest deaths brought to toll from Monday's violence between Sunni residents of the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighbourhood and Alawites from Jabal al-Mohsen to eight.
Republican Jason Smith easily wins 8th Congressional district race
Excerpt: Conservative Republican state Rep. Jason Smith, whose steep rise in
Jefferson City coincided with ’s sharp political move rightward, is headed for Congress. Missouri
Smith, 32, of
Salem, easily won Tuesday’s special election for the vacant 8th Congressional district seat in southeastern , beating fellow state Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, by a more than 2-to-1 ratio. Missouri
The Muslim Civil War: Standing by while the Sunnis and Shiites fight it out invites disaster. By Bret Stephens
Excerpt: What should be obvious today is that we are at the dawn of a much wider Shiite-Sunni war, the one that nearly materialized in
Iraq in 2006 but didn't because the was there, militarily and diplomatically, to stop it. But now the U.S. isn't there. What's left to figure out is whether this megawar isn't, from a Western point of view, a very good thing. The theory is simple and superficially compelling: If al Qaeda fighters want to murder Hezbollah fighters and Hezbollah fighters want to return the favor, who in their right mind would want to stand in the way? (I think getting involved invites disaster.. And Sunnis and Shiites have been slaughtering each other since shortly after Mohammad went toes up. ~Bob.) U.S.
Syria’s Religious War: The conflict between Sunnis and Shiites can’t be solved by
intervention. By Jonah Goldberg U.S.
Excerpt: If there was a moment when the
United States could have productively intervened in , it looks like that moment has passed. Syria
Shiite militants, including Hezbollah — partly at the behest of their paymasters in
— are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad’s regime. Iran
Obama’s Atrocities Prevention Board appears idle while
bombs its people. By John K. Roth and Samuel Totten Sudan
Excerpt: Wanting to ascertain whether the board was actually doing anything to help prevent crimes against humanity, some 60 scholars of genocide studies and human-rights activists from across the globe sent a letter to Samantha Power, then-chair of the board, in December. Power never responded. They sent her a second letter in January, and again received no response. When Power resigned in late February, they sent a letter to Steven Pomper, who assumed Power’s position as senior director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. He, too, never replied.
Gosnell: No Outlier: It’s not just Gosnellian houses of horrors that endanger women and kill viable babies. By Ian Tuttle
Excerpt: Since then, many have argued that Gosnell is not an “extreme outlier.” Thanks to investigations sparked by the Gosnell case, evidence for that claim — much of it painstakingly collected by pro-life organizations, whose complaints have long been ignored by government authorities — is beginning to mount.
FBI expert: Quran is 'revealed word of God.' Agency sterilizes records to satisfy Muslim critics. By Bob Unruh
Excerpt: The FBI has censored and modified hundreds of pages of materials to satisfy Muslim critics, including a change that was made because an agency “expert” insisted the Quran “is the revealed word of God.”
's Egypt Christian Children. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: Attacks on
Christian children in are on the rise. Egypt
Black mob violence at carnivals and fairs. By Colin Flaherty
Excerpt: Every discussion of the explosion of black mob violence at carnivals and state fairs around the country should begin with two words: Lori Lavorato. Lori was the spokeswoman for the
police department when, in 2011, mobs of black people beat white people for three nights in a row at the Iowa State Fair. At least three police were hurt. A guy got his skull fractured. A police report said black people were laughing and screaming: “Beat Whitey Night” as they assaulted white people willy nilly. Des Moines
VA disability claims for sleep apnea skyrocket to over $1.2 billion per year
Hummm. I have sleep apnea…~Bob
Not "fighting and winning our nation's wars?" MT @HayesBrown Odierno: I told my soldiers preventing sexual assault our "No. 1 priority."
IRS gave $17,000 in taxpayer money to ‘rehab’ portrait artist
Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service paid artist and motivational speaker Erik Wahl $17,000 to perform a presentation at an IRS conference in
, according to an inspector general’s report. Anaheim, California
Excerpt: Chilling new details emerged yesterday about the IRS targeting scandal, as representatives from six conservative groups testified before Congress about the scrutiny and demands they faced from Obama administration bureaucrats. Yesterday's testimony reminded us once again why
bureaucrats cannot be trusted, and why Americans should be so concerned about the new powers granted to the IRS as a result of Obamacare. These powers are so vast, in fact, they’re difficult to put into words. So instead, we decided to give you the numbers: Washington
Scarlett Johansson's 'Rodham' Role May Be Playing Hillary Clinton
Scarlett Johansson may have found her next role. The 28-year-old actress is rumored to be in the running to play former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the upcoming biopic, "Rodham." (Per Internet, Jessica Chastain and Reese Witherspoon declined or not in running, though rumored previously. Rush Limbaugh’s zinger—There is a makeup artist that will win an Academy Award! –Barb)
IRS Exempts Terror Front Group Over Tea Party: Reinstated despite years of delinquent filings
Show me your shocked face. ~Bob. Excerpt: Last year, the politicized agency reinstated the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations’ tax-exempt status despite years of delinquent tax filings. CAIR officials had met with officials inside the White House before the decision was made.
The horror, the horror. ~Bob
Stop the Obamacare train wreck. By Tom Price
Excerpt: It has been three years since President Barack Obama led a partisan effort by Washington Democrats to pass an overhaul of
’s health care system. As the government begins to implement more and more facets of the law, it is becoming clearer to even its most ardent supporters the disaster awaiting doctors, patients, medical innovators and the economy at large. Republican Rep. Tom Price, a physician, represents America ’s 6th Congressional District. Georgia
President Obama is responsible for his administration
Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service has admitted that for years, the agency had been subjecting conservative and religious organizations to additional scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt status. They've demanded details on the contents of church prayers and political book club reports. This is absolutely chilling.
Excerpt: In total, Treasury has recouped $30.6 billion. At current trading prices, Treasury would lose around $10 billion on its GM bailout.
You tax dollars at play. ~Bob. Excerpt: A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit. EPA’s inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse -- used for inventory storage -- is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year.