Tuesday, July 2, 2013

More items worth seeing

Some items of interest. It’s hard to stop when so much is happening! ~Bob

The Mindset of the Left. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: When teenage thugs are called "troubled youth" by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums. Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.

From Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
Speaking of the correct orientation of planets, I'm reminded of one of my favorite Al Gore anecdotes. In 1998, the Washington Post ran a picture of Earth from space. I can't remember why, but I think it was a picture from the international space station. The picture infuriated then-vice president Gore. He called the Post's executive editor to tip him off about the "error." "I decided I just had to call because you've printed a picture of the Earth upside-down." It didn't occur to Gore that, from space, there is no upside down.

Obama's Climate Joke About A 'Flat Earth Society' Actually Referenced A Real Grouphttp://www.businessinsider.com/flat-earth-society-to-obama-climate-change-speech-georgetown-2013-6#ixzz2XohSzFhQ
Excerpt: For what it's worth, the Flat Earth Society doesn't have an 'official' position on climate change.  That falls a bit outside our remit.  Personally, though, I believe the evidence available does support the position that climate change is at least partially influenced by human industrialisation.  So if President Obama wants to reference people that actively deny anthropogenic climate change, he'd probably be better served by citing groups like the American Enterprise Institute rather than the Flat Earth Society.

Egypt: Pro-democracy protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ
Excerpt: "The Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing." -- Reza Aslan That's Obama's foreign policy you see going up in smoke. "Egypt: Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ," by Hamza Hendawi for the Associated Press, July 1: CAIRO (AP) — Protesters stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power.

Tweet from Frank J. Fleming ‏@IMAO
If we need unskilled labor, why are we importing people from Mexico? Can't we just use the average college grad?

The Entitlement State: New York Pols Game Pension System
Excerpt: New York state isn’t exactly rolling in money, but some of its politicians are. Several county lawmakers have been fudging their time cards in order to collect pensions, according to an investigation. Ordinarily, officials are required to work a full thirty hours every week in order to receive benefits such as pensions and health care, but many have found creative ways around this restriction. For some, logging into email or attending political fundraisers constitute “work.” For others, getting a haircut qualifies. 

Exchanging Medicaid For a Better Option. By Devon Herrick
Excerpt: Why is this important? Moderate-income families, doctors and advocates for the poor should care because private insurers pay doctors about double what Medicaid pays for the same service. Low provider reimbursement rates make it more difficult for Medicaid enrollees to find physicians willing to treat them -- limiting their access to care.

Obamacare Will Worsen the Physician Shortage. By Yevgeniy Feyman and Paul Howard
Excerpt: What many evaluations of the law miss, however, is the distinction between health insurance and health care. Close to 30 million people will receive the former under the law -- but the health care that these 30 million will receive can't be measured quite so easily. Health-system researchers have long noted that the nation faces a growing shortage of physicians across all specialties -- around 130,000 by 2025. Adding 30 million Americans to the insurance rolls will exacerbate access-to-care challenges; those with newly minted Obamacare insurance policies will likely struggle to find doctors willing to see them in a timely manner.

Obama toasts failed African socialist
Excerpt: President Barack Obama toasted the founding dictator of post-colonial Tanzania on Monday, who collectivized the nation’s low-tech agricultural sector, established a one-party state and left that African nation’s economy in ruins. (Everything Obama aspires to be. ~Bob.)

Wikileaks issues odd non-American-English statement from Snowden in Moscow. By John Aravosis 
Excerpt: The doubters are correct.  … What set off alarm bells for journalists was that Snowden’s statement from Moscow, published by Wikileaks, used a verb tense that an American would never use (emphasis added) – though a European would:

The News in Zingers. By Argus Hamilton
Excerpt: Harvard ran a poll which found that Fourth of July celebrations tend to turn children into conservatives. The survey really had to alarm educators. It just takes a fireworks show and a patriotic speech to undo a hundred and eighty days of public school education.

As Conservative Islam Rises in Indonesia, Polygamy Flourishes
Excerpt: In a climate of increasing Islamization of the public sphere and a simultaneous expansion of an educated middle class, polygamy has both its ardent supporters and indignant detractors. “There is no such thing as a polygamous marriage that benefits women,” said National Commission on Violence against Women member Andy Yentriyani. … More worryingly, Nafsiah said that child marriages are increasing, which adds to higher maternal mortality rates due to immature reproductive organs.

Black Mob Picks On 'The Wrong Guy.' 'Knockout Game' results backfire when 'victim' is armed. By Colin Flaherty 
Excerpt: DeAndre Felton and his crew had a problem: The mall was closed. The curfew in effect. But they were still high on drugs and wanted to have more fun. So they decided to beat someone up. Turns out they chose The Wrong Guy. They had just come from a local park where DeAndre and 15 others beat up two girls, sending one to the hospital with a broken arm.

Russian Forces to Provide “Security” At US Events
Excerpt: As part of a deal signed last week in Washington DC between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA, Russian officials will provide “security at mass events” in the United States, a scenario that won’t sit well with Americans wary of foreign assets operating on US soil.

Egyptian Protesters Criticize MB Rule and Obama Administration
Excerpt: Sixteen people were killed and hundreds were injured during weekend protests that reportedly drew millions of Egyptians to the streets. Many estimated that the protests were larger than the 2011 demonstrations that forced dictator Hosni Mubarak from power. Numerous media accounts describe the broad demographic base of the protesters, from young women to old men, from liberal secularists to conservative Muslims. ... More ominously, the Egyptian army gave Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum to negotiate some kind of resolution with the opposition or face what could amount to a coup, as the military promises to "announce a future roadmap and measures to oversee its implementation."

Muslim Brotherhood Rejects Army's Ultimatum: "The age of military coups is over," stresses Muslim Brotherhood member.
A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and JusticeParty (FJP) rejected on Monday the army’s 48-hour ultimatum for politicians to settle the country's political standoff.
"Everyone rejects the statement of the armed forces," Yasser Hamza, a member of the FJP's legal committee, told the Al Jazeera network.

Excerpt: The U.S. policies regarding Egypt, Syria, Turkey and even Qatar, where talks are slated with the Taliban, has left some observers in Israel, America’s staunchest ally in the region, wondering if the alliance still holds. In Egypt, the Obama administration was quick to support protesters in 2011, when they rose up against President Hosni Mubarak. But with fresh demonstrations aimed at President Morsi’s regime, there is no sign of the U.S. calling for the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood government despite its violent crackdown and widespread persecution of Egypt’s Christian community. 

Safe Streets Ahead? Judicial rulings and anti-cop activists threaten the city’s triumph over crime.
Excerpt: As the 1990s came to a close, the criminology profession declared that New York’s recent crime free fall was over. Homicides had declined a remarkable 72 percent over the previous decade, but that trend couldn’t possibly continue, the academy opined. “It is probable that another crime wave will engulf the City in the near future,” warned Andrew Karmen, a sociologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in 2000. (And here's the dilemma- if you put a lot of law enforcement efforts into neighborhoods made up of minorities, where most of the crime is by minorities against minorities, you will end up with a lot of police interaction with minorities.  Is that racial profiling?  I really don't think so, but some people feel strongly about it.  Yet others who live there feel strongly about the lowered crime incidence, which seems pretty reasonable to me. Sometimes there is no perfect way to approach a problem, your choices are not between good and bad, they are between not so good and really bad.  Stop & frisk may be not so go, but higher crime rates are really bad, at least in the opinions of the people who live there.  Some times you absolutely cannot make everyone happy. --Del)

A Season for Treason. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Set aside all the politics over the War on Terror and then ask what Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have in common. All three are arrogant and unstable men filled with aimless grievances and animated by the sense that they never received the things that they really wanted out of life. They are in short exactly the sort of people that foreign intelligence agencies recruit when trying to spot weak links in the  security chain. ((Yeah, we are so intellectual and smart that concepts like treason as a really important and very bad thing are just way out of sync with modern thinking.  That treason was despised, hated, and brutally punished belongs to the distant past.  See, people felt that way about it because it was something that meant really hurting our society or at least putting us into very serious risk of very serious damage.  Damage that meant lives and lots of property and ruined futures. Now we have elites who don't believe in such things, everything can be managed, and their interests will always be protected. Those of us who believe differently, who know different, are like those late era centurions worried about the Visigoths while the upper class has their feasts and slaves and the lower class has bread and circuses. --Del)

Both sides lie, because they're concealing their real motives. By Jack Kelly
Excerpt: But the sharpest division in America isn't between rich and poor, liberals and conservatives, racial groups. It's between all of the above, and our leaders.
The "central cleft" in our politics today is "the widening gap between the government and the governed," said Democratic pollster Pat Caddell. (Interesting stats.  Ten percent confidence in Congress... wow, that is very sad, yet from my point of view, a rating they have worked hard to deserve.  The number of congresspeople who are actually trying to work hard to do good for their constituents and the nation, as opposed to following the Party line and also working at their re-election, is not small, tiny is perhaps the better adjective.  And we all know it, and are unhappy about it, but get lousy choices in the whole electoral process.  Maybe the Tea Party idea of throwing out all or most incumbents actually makes good sense. --Del)

Keep The IRS Off Your Health Care Act Of 2013
You can sign as a citizen co-sponsor. ~Bob

Priorities… Obama Blows $100 Million on Family’s African Trip But Cancels Marines’ July 4th Fireworks

Father Defends Family, Shoots and Kills Two of Three Home Invaders (+videos)

China, Russia in largest-ever joint naval drills

IRS workers bought porn, wine using agency credit cards: watchdog

UnitedHealth to exit individual insurance market in California: The move by UnitedHealth, the nation's largest health insurer, will force about 8,000 customers with individual policies to find new coverage.
Excerpt: The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is leaving California's individual health insurance market, the second major company to exit in advance of major changes under the Affordable Care Act.

A sample of Zimmerman Trial tweets:

Tweet from @Ronstoppable_17
If Zimmerman walks, we riot.


It's going to be a big ass riot if Zimmerman gets off

Let george zimmerman get off....we gon riot in this bitch like the 90s...straight rodney king.

Aaron Weiss, Iraq combat vet, speaks brilliantly to Dutchess County against the 'Safe Act'

Police Vow to Pursue Pedophile Ring ‘To the Ends of the Earth’

Seen on FB: 'There is no such thing as " Illegal Fireworks" ... they are just undocumented pyrotechnics'

I'm doing fine, mum! Unborn baby's 'thumbs up' from the womb is captured on hospital scan
Mum didn’t go to Planned Parenthood. ~Bob

Study: Electric Cars No Greener Than Gasoline Vehicles
Excerpt: Electric cars, despite their supposed green credentials, are among the environmentally dirtiest transportation options, a U.S. researcher suggests.

Portugal's finance minister resigned yesterday, and its foreign minister resigned today. Not a good sign for those Bundesbank lenders.

Femen activists sneak into Swedish mosque to stage topless protest after throwing off their 'burkas' 
With pictures. You go girl! ~Bob

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