Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today's collection of goodies

May be off-line Wednesday. Marines threatening to come to town. ~Bob

Reality Versus Mirages in Egypt. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Nothing symbolizes the Utopianism of our times like both liberals and some conservatives calling for us to cut off aid to the Egyptian military, because of the widespread killings in what is becoming a civil war in Egypt. Such utter lack of realism from the left is not new, but hearing some conservatives saying the same things takes some getting used to.

The Middle East: All Bad Choices: From Libya to Iran, our past actions have drastically limited our current choices. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Iran is either fueling violence in Syria or racing toward a bomb, or both.
Syria is past imploding. Take your pick in a now-Manichean standoff between an authoritarian, thuggish Bashar Assad and al-Qaeda franchises that envision a Taliban-like state. There is increasingly not much in between, other than the chaos of something like another Sudan.

Restoring America - There's More Than One Way. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Those elected to "represent" us have encased themselves in a beautifully wrapped gift box - box, wrapping, nor bow of red, white, and blue. That is, our "representatives" have blessed themselves "special" - not of the people.

Excerpt: Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law into effect on Monday afternoon affording students confused about their “gender identity” a host of new rights, including the ability to use either a boy’s or girl’s restroom and either locker room. (From the insane sate of CA. I predict it will reach NY in 18 months and IL within 5 years. This is liberalism to its logical conclusion. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

The End of Policy: America’s political parties have reached the end of their agendas. By Peter Suderman
Excerpt: But they too are stuck in a rut. Yes, as the party of activist government, there is always something more to be done. But the president's party seems nearly as drained of policy energy as the GOP, resting on recycled ideas and expansions of existing programs. 

Former Pakistani leader Musharraf charged with 2007 assassination of ex-PM Bhutto
Excerpt: A Pakistani court on Tuesday indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, deepening the fall of a once-powerful figure who returned to the country this year to make a political comeback.

What Is Going To Happen If Interest Rates Continue To Rise Rapidly?
Excerpt: If you want to track how close we are to the next financial collapse, there is one number that you need to be watching above all others. The number that I am talking about is the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries, because it affects thousands of other interest rates in our financial system. When the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries goes up, that is bad for the U.S. economy because it pushes long-term interest rates up. 

US oil reserves reach highest level in 28 years
Excerpt: U.S. proven reserves of crude oil and lease condensate totaled 29.5 billion barrels in 2011, a 15-percent increase from the previous year and the highest level since 1985, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. Crude oil proven reserves alone totaled 26.5 billion barrels, a 14 percent increases from 2010.

Excerpt: I am an American soldier. In 1776 I fought an enemy ten times my strength...in pursuit of a glorious dream. In that first winter an infant Congress could not feed or clothe me...so I spent the winter at Valley Forge eating grub worms and the barks off of trees, slept in mud and marched barefoot through the snow....because you asked me to.

NLRB employee, Democrat Activist charged with photographing young boy in Disney restroom
Thank God he wasn’t a Republican. There’d be nothing else in the news for weeks. ~Bob

How Obama has abused the Patriot Act: The White House's justification for collecting Americans' phone data doesn't stand up to the light of day.
Excerpt: On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American's phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won't survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."

Obama’s Iran-Contra: The real Benghazi scandal
Excerpt: One would be hard pressed to find a more significant impeachable offense than aiding and abetting the sworn enemies of the United States, especially when any such support includes sending weapons to our murderous adversaries. …In the case presented here, the enemy consists not of drug lords but of al-Qaeda, along with a witches’ brew of anti-American jihadists. 

Have Energy, Will Export. By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: Some of that low [gasoline] demand is due to the protracted recovery from the recession, but the bigger and more permanent trend is the increasing gas mileage of new cars. Of course, the other component of the rise of US exports is an increase in our domestic energy supply, largely thanks to shale oil and gas. Petroleum and coal exports have boomed in recent years, more than doubling from 2010 to 2013.

Editorial: How President Obama is flouting Obamacare: More reasons to delay and re-write this ill-conceived law. By Chicago Tribune
Excerpt: Congress need not start from scratch. Lawmakers can build on what all of us have learned from three years of painful trial and error. Three years of attempting, but failing, to make this clumsy monstrosity work for the American people. (Well, they endorsed him. ~Bob.)

Tribalism, Post-Tribalism and Counter-Tribalism. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The left has shrunk down to a social welfare movement obsessed with perfecting the municipal governments and non-profits that administer cities filled with savages. Its self-image is elitist, but its horizons are hopelessly petty. It reflexively backs absurd identity politics causes because there is nothing else for it to do except embrace its own dissolution.

The Making of Allen West Inc. : The former Congressman, unseated in the nation's most expensive race, is building an empire. Losing is the best thing that ever happened to him. By Ben Terris and Shane Goldmacher
Excerpt: By losing his spot in Congress, West may have failed upward. "In some ways, my ability to impact the conversation has somewhat exponentially grown," he says. His docket is so full these days that a 75-minute meeting is carved into his calendar just to discuss all the far-flung elements of "the empire."

Allen West calls Obama 'a very dangerous threat to the existence of America'. By Kevin Derby
Excerpt: "I recommend Obama read Montesquieu's ‘Spirit of the Laws’ in order to understand our fundamental principle of separation of powers and checks and balances. I want to thank my professors at the University of Tennessee, Kansas State University, and the Army Command and General Staff College for giving me a proper education. I have no clue what they taught Obama at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard -- 'cause this fella sure ain't no constitutional scholar. But then again, anyone seen those transcripts?”

Mark Steyn for U.S. Senate!: but he's not an American citizen. By Leslie Larson
Excerpt: Hewitt launched a "Ready for Hillary" type effort with an online petition to urge Steyn to run at SteynforSenate.com. More than 3,500 people have signed the petition so far. Steyn, a columnist at the National Review, seems amused by the idea and has been tweeting in response to supporters using the hashtag #Markmentum.

Coptic Pope blasts Muslims Brotherhood, US, EU. By Mary Abdelmassih
Excerpt: "Over the past weeks we have witnessed an increasing trend of anti-Christian rhetoric calling for 'the attack upon and eradication of Christians and churches' in Egypt," said Coptic Bishop Anba in the United Kingdom. "The result of such incitement, at least in part, has been the unprecedented attack on fifty two churches and numerous Christian homes and businesses across eight governorates in Egypt, within the space of twenty four hours." Yesterday Dr. Naguib Gabriel, President of Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization, said "82 churches, many of which were from the 5th century, were attacked by pro-Morsy supporters in just two days."

The Platters tell it like it is
The 1955 hit song by The Platters in has come back to haunt us…Chet

Excerpt: As the family of an Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma mourns his death, police said today that the college athlete was targeted by three black teenagers who simply “wanted to see someone die.” (Not big news—blacks killing whites. Big news—white Hispanic kills black. ~Bob.)

Will the same people who demanded justice for Trayvon Martin, also demand justice for Australian baseball player Christopher Lane

President Reagan's Commitment To Racial Equality Began Early In Life
Excerpt: The new film Lee Daniels' The Butler depicts President Ronald Reagan as indifferent to the suffering of blacks as well as the country's civil rights progress. Breitbart News has debunked that cinematic meme, but Reagan's commitment to racial equality began long before he even considered a life in politics.

Rename it “The Blue Dress Foundation.” ~Bob

Prof. Dyson blames Detroit's woes on white racists. Detroit governed by black politicians for decades.

Burning churches. By Rich Lowry
Excerpt: For the first time in 1,600 years, they didn’t pray this past Sunday at the Virgin Mary and Anba Abraam monastery in a village in Southern Egypt. Islamists firebombed and looted the monastery that dates back to the fifth century. For good measure, they destroyed a church inside. They then announced that they would be converting the monastery into a mosque. (Waiting for statement from Obama…~Bob.)

Excerpt: It’s Sunny at the White House! But not in Egypt if you are a Christian or a Franciscan nun.

Can you get a library card? Then you can get voter ID. Every state offers free ones.

Nine states with the highest personal income tax rates lost $90.05 billion in adjusted gross income between 2000 and 2010
Excerpt: When people don’t like the direction in which their state is headed, they often vote with their feet. That’s precisely what Illinoisans did during the last decade, and they took their income with them. (I’m gone from Illinois the day I retire. ~Bob)

The truth Johnny Depp wants to hide about how Comanche indians butchered babies, roasted enemies alive, and would ride 1,000 miles to wipe out one family. By Jonathan Foreman 
Excerpt: SC Gwynne, author of Empire Of The Summer Moon about the rise and fall of the Comanche, says simply: ‘No tribe in the history of the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, and American occupations of this land had ever caused so much havoc and death. None was even a close second.’

Consensus in Egypt. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: As a result, the factions in Egypt are united only in their contempt for Washington. Obama is despised by Sisi and the generals for being fundamentally unserious; by the Brotherhood for stringing along with the coup; by the Copts for standing by as the Brothers take it out on them; and by the small number of genuine democrats in Egypt for his witless promotion of Morsi’s thugs as the dawning of democracy. Any “national-unity government” of the kind the usual deluded twits are urging on Egypt would be united only in its unanimous loathing of Obama, his secretaries of state, and his inept ambassador.

Two More Colorado Counties Will Vote on Whether to Secede from State. By Andrew Johnson
Excerpt: A group of northern Colorado counties are taking more steps toward establishing the 51st state: Two more countries will ask residents if they want to secede the Centennial State on a ballot this fall. Phillips and Weld counties are the fourth and fifth counties to put the question for a vote, following Cheyenne, Sedgwick, and Yuma.

How to keep the NSA out of your computer: build your own private, parallel Internet. By Clive Thompson
Excerpt: He and his fellow Athenians built it. They did so by linking up a set of rooftop wifi antennas to create a "mesh," a sort of bucket brigade that can pass along data and signals. It's actually faster than the Net we pay for: Data travels through the mesh at no less than 14 megabits a second, and up to 150 Mbs a second, about 30 times faster than the commercial pipeline I get at home.

Now hiring ObamaCare 'navigators'-No insur exper necy, No messy bgrnd checks. By Andrew Malcolm
Excerpt: According to President Obama, implementation of ObamaCare, his signature chunk of legislation, is rolling out exactly as he envisioned. If so, he needs eyeglasses to go along with his Nicorette. With questionable legal authority, the Obama administration has already had to postpone two major aspects of the complex legislation, despite three full years of preparation time. (Obamacare "navigators" to help you out? Out of all your most private information. Which you will be giving to individuals that, for all you know, just finished doing 5 years for identity theft. Yep, we're in a hurry, see, so no time for any checking whatsoever on these people. Ah.... thanks, but no thanks, I would be trying on my own to chart my way through the pages (20+?) of the application if I were to sign up for this. Which, as it happens, with Medicare it seems I won't have to, although I will likely wind up paying more for care, and taking longer to get any help. The usual benefits of government-run systems. But for the rest of the population.... good luck! --Del)

Here, Morsi’s supporters are beating a policeman to death. They have killed hundreds this way and worse.
Yes, but Obama supports Morsi and his followers. To be good little Americans, aren't we supposed to support the 'president'? –Don Hank

Lord Tebbit: The English Defence League are not far right.
Excerpt: This isn’t an article that looks to explain what we actually do believe, but one that asks the reader to give us a chance. Contrary to Lord Tebbit’s claim in the Huffington Post article referenced above, we don’t have “policies” on which we can be judged. We’ve never claimed to be the experts and we aim to be able to represent anyone who is concerned about the spread of Islamic extremism, whatever their politics.

Starry-eyed Liberal Meets the Reality of Medicaid Patients. By M. Catherine Evans
Excerpt: By the end of 90 days [of doing her job of registering 45 ER Medicaid patients daily], Samantha told me what really affected her was the cold reality that most of the Medicaid patients treated her like dirt. They showed no gratitude for the fact that Samantha's taxes were going to help them. On top of their sense of entitlement, Samantha noticed many welfare mothers and fathers mistreated their children while the kids were the ones waiting to be seen!

A surprising crystal meth epidemic. By Thomas Lifson
Excerpt: According to a report in the Asian Wall Street Journal, North Korea is grappling with widespread use of crystal meth. Jason Strother writes: North Korea is experiencing a "drug epidemic," according to a study published in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal North Korea Review. "A New Face of North Korean Drug Use: Upsurge in Methamphetamine Abuse Across the Northern Areas of North Korea" explains how during the past several years meth production has gone from government-owned factories to privately run underground laboratories and "home kitchens."

Kansas lawmaker ‘appalled’ by Islamic display in school
Excerpt: A display outlining the five pillars of Islam has been removed by Wichita school officials after some parents took issue with the visual following the first day of class at Minneha Core Knowledge magnet school last week.

Hillary's Racial Politics: She makes a polarizing pitch that ignores trends in voter turnout.
Excerpt: By the way, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee have some of the strictest voter ID laws of the more than 30 states that have such laws, yet the Census report says black turnout exceeded that of non-Hispanic whites in 2012 in all three. Where is the evidence that voter ID laws keep minorities from voting?

Judge Says Courts Must Accept Shariah Influence
Excerpt: An Oklahoma constitutional amendment barring the state's courts from weighing or using Shariah law was struck down in federal court. How can a law written to protect the Constitution be unconstitutional?

Librarian wanted to alter reading contest rules after same kid kept winning
Excerpt: Nine-year-old Tyler Weaver’s love of reading has propelled him to the top of his local public library’s reading club every summer, but his continuous success is causing one librarian to worry about the fairness of the program. … Gandron had plans to change the contest rules, making the reading contest less of a contest and more of a luck-of-the-draw. Before Tyler’s mother spoke to the The Post-Star, the library director had planned to just draw children’s names out of a hat to determine the future winners. (The “everyone gets a trophy” nanny state springs into action to punish success. ~Bob.)

Three ’72 Dolphins players refuse WH invite for political reasons
Excerpt: “I’ll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the President’s,” Fernandez said. “Enough said. Let’s leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes.”

Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writing
Excerpt: These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over.

Stoning – the true horror. By Anne Marie Waters
Excerpt: Recently I posted a blog about the treatment of women in many Islamic states and the fact that such treatment, if following the legal definition, amounts to a crime against humanity. In it, I linked to a document produced by Amnesty International entitled "How to stone someone to death" (pdf). The document describes in step-by-step detail, as outlined in the Iranian penal code, exactly how to bury someone up to their waist — or chest if female — and throw stones at their head until they die.

It’s Science: Centers for Disease Control Give Gun Supporters Positive News
Excerpt: But one thing stood out to me; not as surprising but as worthy of comment. It’s this pearl: people who use a gun in self-defense are less likely to be injured when they are attacked, even when compared with other forms of self-defense.

Ohio College Evicts Veteran Who Questioned Financial Aid Office
Excerpt: A Marine Corps veteran who questioned how Marietta College managed his GI Bill benefits was evicted from the southeastern Ohio campus under dubious circumstances on April 16, the day after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. - Edmund Burke

Chicago: 5 Wounded In Uptown Shooting
Excerpt: Police sources said three of the victims are gang members. Two were innocent bystanders. Police sources said three different gangs in the area have been fighting for territory.

Worker breaks up mugging in Seneca Park off Mag Mile
Excerpt: The man, identified by police as Kawame Jaco, 22, had asked the woman for money and, when she said no, took his belt and began hitting her while continuing to demand money, police said.

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