Friday, July 26, 2013

Some good stuff for your weekend

Well, we can breathe a little easier (not the way I need to, alas!), as we closed on the sale of the Des Plaines condo,, though at a terrific haircut (thank you Fannie, Freddie and the CRA). The expense of the hotel I’m staying in will actually be slightly higher per month, but no stairs to climb and I can walk away when I retire. Will be living on Social Security (though unlikely to live long enough to get back what I paid in) and savings, but be debt free, except what we charge each month and pay off on the credit card. Still a LOT of unpacking in Madison, and with my energy level, it may take months.

Leaving you some items for the weekend, as I’ll be off-line unpacking. ~Bob

Did Marines Ambush Defense Secretary Hagel? By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Said Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat, describing the task of opening up ground combat to women as providing Equal Opportunity for women, "I'm real excited to get this done. Combat performance is an important issue when people are looking at moving up in all of these organizations."

Excerpt: What would it take to get you to enroll in Obamacare? A folksy song? A celebrity endorsement? An ad in a porta-potty? Taxpayer money may be used for all of those things and more as October 1—the date when the health insurance exchanges are supposed to open—approaches. But all the campaigns and millions of dollars in advertising may not be enough, especially for the demographic Obamacare so desperately needs: young people.

Was Israel’s Latest ‘Air’ Attack on Syria from a Submarine? By Tom Gross
Excerpt: An attack two weeks ago that destroyed an advanced Russian missile shipment delivered to Syria’s Assad regime should also serve as a warning to Iran – and to those complacent Western diplomats who have (dangerously in my view) reconciled themselves to the idea of allowing Iran to go nuclear and then trying to contain it. For it seems that the July 5 attack on an arms depot near the Syrian naval base of Latakia, which has been attributed to Israel, came not from the air (as CNN and the New York Times reported last weekend) but from under the water.

Mother of slain Benghazi victim Sean Smith: ‘My son is dead. How could that be phony?’
Excerpt: The mother of a Benghazi victim is furious about the new White House strategy of calling the terrorist attack and many other scandals plaguing the Obama administration “fake” or “phony.” Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was slain in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack, lashed out on “Your World” on the Fox News Channel about that terminology.

Family of Murdered Border Patrol Agent: Nothing 'Phony' About Deaths Linked to Fast and Furious
Excerpt: “These deaths are real. My son’s death was real. I am outraged that President Obama is talking about phony scandals when he knows all too well that my son was a victim of Operation Fast and Furious that was authorized by members of his Justice Department and a U.S. Attorney that he appointed. 

The President’s Broken Window Fallacy: Carbon Policies and Jobs. By Benjamin Zycher
Excerpt: At a general level, employment created — that is, shifted — as a result of a government policy is a cost rather than a benefit for the economy as a whole, unless the policy improves resource allocation by, say, correcting for some sort of market inefficiency. (Whether or not government policies can be predicted systematically to improve the efficiency of resource use is the central focus of the vast public choice literature). As counterintuitive as that may seem, imagine that a federal policy had the effect of increasing the demand for high-quality steel. That clearly would be a benefit for steel producers, or more broadly, for owners of inputs in steel production, including steel workers. But for the economy as a whole, the need for additional high-quality steel in, say, an expanding wind-power sector would be an economic cost, as that steel (or the resources used to produce it) would not be available for use in other sectors. 

Obamacare Glitch No. One: Verifying Eligibility
Excerpt: This process is a red flag for opponents of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in March 2010 Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumer claims. The Obama administration said “it would significantly scale back the health law’s requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status. Instead, the federal government will rely more heavily on consumers’ self-reported information until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place.”

Study finds fracking chemicals didn't pollute water: AP
Excerpt: A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.

Egypt's Mursi accused of murder, kidnapping before rallies
Excerpt: The Egyptian army is detaining ousted President Mohamed Mursi over accusations of kidnapping, killing soldiers and other charges, the state news agency said on Friday. (See, he was running guns to Mexican drug cartels, which killed two American agents and over 500 Mexicans…oh, wait, wrong president. Sorry. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas closed the offices of three media companies, including the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television and Palestinian news agency Maan, on Thursday, employees and a Hamas spokesman said.

Excerpt: I've written often about the coming 2nd American Civil War. I became convinced that we'll have that war beginning sometime in the next decade. And lately, I've seen and read literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of posted messages that are saying the same thing. More and more people are convinced that the only solution to our problems will come from war, and the ensuing "culling" of career welfare queens, America hating socialists, corrupt politicians on both side of the political spectrum, 30 million illegal Mexican invaders, and a few million Black thugs who create havoc in their runaway crime sprees. (I don’t think there will be a Civil War, as in two sides fighting each other. As I say in The Coming Collapse of the American Republic, I think there will be economic collapse, followed by political and social collapse, with riots, looting, starvation, and massive bloodshed and death. Thousands of wars, as folks try to defend themselves from looters. All royalties go to help wounded veterans. I will send you a free PDF to read on your computer if you write to me at tartanmarine(at) you can read the reviews on

Keeping the heat on for truth on Benghazi
This Next Generation TV Video: "Allen West: "Shame on You" to Those who Ignore Navy SEALs' Sacrifice" shows the SOS sign right on his lectern and also shows more than once the huge petition from SOS about getting to the truth of Benghazi. --Del

Vouchers: My Personal Case. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: APEX stood for Area Program Enrichment Exchange, and involved several L.A. area high schools, including Fairfax High. Intended for "advanced" students, the program allowed them to take courses not offered at their home school. In my case, I had exhausted all of the Spanish courses at Crenshaw High, the predominately black inner-city school I attended.

Out of Control: What Eliot Spitzer plans to do if he wins. By Michael Warren
Excerpt: If elected [as New York City's comptroller], Spitzer would essentially be the city’s chief financial officer, a glorified accountant responsible for New York’s $70 billion budget. But that’s small potatoes next to the comptroller’s other role of overseeing pension funds for city workers totaling $140 billion. And Spitzer, who’s now outpolling his Democratic primary opponent, has been brutally honest about what he’d like to do with that responsibility.

Women's military veterans group drops Mayor Bob Filner as keynote speaker
Excerpt: A group of women military veterans announced Wednesday that it has rescinded an invitation to Mayor Bob Filner to speak at its conference in San Diego next month in light of the sexual harassment allegations against the former congressman. (I wonder if all those folks who voted for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner for Congress over Iraq war vet and hero Nick Popaditch because of the Republicans’ “War on Women” are happy with all the sexual harassment charges against Filner now. ~Bob.)

Joe Garcia 1 year ago: "unequivocally...I’m going to live in the district." Now: I haven't moved yet. Oops.
Excerpt: It has been almost a year since Joe Garcia told The Miami Herald's editorial board that he'd move into the new Key West-to-Miami-Dade Congressional District 26 if he won. Garcia won. But he hasn't yet moved. His office said the freshman Democrat is in the process of getting a place.

Untruth at The New YorkerA column on the Trayvon Martin case elicits an egregious attack. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: It is rare to read an essay in which almost every statement is wrong, but that is the case with “A Sermon on Race from National Review” by one Kelefa Sanneh, appearing on The New Yorker’s website — little more than McCarthyite character assassination in the form of a reply to my column this week on the president’s and the attorney general’s reactions to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. Here we go:

Great column: Stein’s Law: Like Detroit, things that can’t go on forever don’t. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: If there’s an iron rule in economics, it is Stein’s Law (named after Herb, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers): “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Detroit, for example, can no longer go on borrowing, spending, raising taxes, and dangerously cutting such essential services as street lighting and police protection. So it stops. It goes bust.

Muslims are Not a Minority. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The most persistent myth of the Western Dhimmi narrative is that Muslims are a minority and must receive special protection and accommodation. But Muslims are not a minority. There are 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims worldwide, outweighing Catholics as the next largest religious faction at 1.1 billion and Hindus at 1 billion.

Black America's True Nemesis: Liberals, not Zimmerman. Lloyd Marcus
Excerpt: Everyone knows that the black community is a mess. White folks ain't killin' us. We are killing each other.

Tunisian politician Mohamed Brahmi assassinated
Excerpt: Many Tunisians, particularly the young, complain that their quest for secular democracy has been hijacked by intolerant Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood which forms part of the current government, our correspondent says.

Sad Trombone: Anthony Weiner's Lead Implodes Following Sexting Scandal 2.0. Guy Benson
Excerpt: Apparently even New Yorkers have their limits on issues of propriety in politics (cue the juvenile double entendres) : Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has suffered a massive erosion of support among New York City Democrats following revelations this week that his sexting with women continued long after his 2011 resignation from Congress, a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll has found. (If your Election-lead lasts more than four hours, call your doctor immediately! ~Bob.)

Irony Alert: IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare
Excerpt: IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law. National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama’s health care law.

West Virginia Democrats descend on Washington to protest the 'war on coal'
Excerpt: Democrats from West Virginia are headed to Washington, D.C., todefend the coal industry against the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas emissions regulations that President Obama often touts.

I Am The Police End Of Watch

This is a fantastic short video in the streets of LA. It is good clean shooting. –Sender

President Robert Mugabe: We should ‘chop off’ gay men’s heads
The “black rule” Progressives fought for in Zimbabwe. ~Bob.

In related news, the victims are still dead. ~Bob.

Six Reasons Why CNN Is Now... The Most Disgraced Name in News
A tough competition. ~Bob.

White House hardens stance on budget cuts ahead of showdown with Republicans
Excerpt: Senior White House officials are discussing a budget strategy that could lead to a government shutdown if Republicans continue to demand deeper spending cuts, lawmakers and Democrats familiar with the administration’s thinking said Thursday.

The Obama media pool lacks racial depth

Gross. College Students Sign Petition to Legalize “Fourth Trimester” Abortions (Video)

VIDEO: A Human Face Put on the Benghazi Tragedy: Video of Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty

Excerpt: “Memories can be unreliable.” No, that quote doesn’t come from the opening lines of a science fiction novel, nor from the narration of the movie ”Inception.” Instead, the words are from the abstract of a new study published in the latest edition of the academic journal Science, in which scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology caused mice to feel mild pain, and then successfully triggered memories of that pain in environments where the mice had no reason to expect it. (Still no cure for cancer? Or, say, pulmonary fibrosis, scientists? Actually, this has been done in kids and young adults through intense pressure to “remember” abuse that never happened. See: ~Bob.)
Excerpt: The Federal Bureau of Investigations has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, at least ten times in the United States, a letter from the agency to Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul revealed on Thursday. “Since late 2006, the FBI has conducted surveillance using UAV’s in eight criminal cases and two nationals security cases,” the letter reads…. Paul also raised concerns about the internal process for approving drones in past cases, in which the FBI has consulted “legal counsel” instead of pursuing a warrant in a court of law.

Obama Promises, Including Whistleblower Protections, Disappear From Website
Excerpt: Amid the Obama administration's crackdown against whistleblowers,, the 2008 website of the Obama transition team laying out the candidate's promises, has disappeared from the internet.

Mann vs. Steyn: Heresy Shall Be Crushed. By Daren Jonescu
Excerpt: Remember when scientists and other truth-seekers used to get all riled up about the way the Catholic Church treated Galileo? The outcry was not over the fact that Galileo was a "peer-reviewed" researcher, and therefore beyond question. Quite the contrary: the argument was that, from the point of view of the quest for truth, no one, including the representatives of official orthodoxy and authority, ought to be regarded as beyond question. In the Michael Mann lawsuit against Mark Steyn and National Review, it is the "award-winning researcher" who is joining the fight for Church orthodoxy, while the defendants are the persecuted Galileos.

Scary: Nine sputtering cities may follow rusted, busted Detroit. By Eric Boehm
Excerpt: Detroit might have captured national headlines by declaring bankruptcy, but it is not the first — and probably not the last — city to face financial ruin. It’s a fact even the mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing, acknowledged Sunday, when he predicted his city was the first of “many dominoes that will fall.” The situation in Detroit is the result of a unique mix of civic corruption, poor financial planning and economic collapse. But one of the driving factors in Detroit’s bankruptcy is an unsustainable public pension crisis, similar to what many other cities are facing.

Military Censors Christian Chaplain, Atheists Call For Punishment
Excerpt: A Christian chaplain in the military is being officially censored for engaging in free speech, and anti-Christian activists are demanding he be punished.

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