Thursday, September 26, 2013

Your weekend reading

This is your weekend reading, as I’ll be away for three days. Then next week, I’ll be moving my flag to Madison, WI and be tied up being poked and prodded at the VA for a couple of days. Posts will likely be scares until October 6 or so. ~Bob.

The late, great middle class. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Obama promised to restore the middle class. In truth, he has enacted the very policies that have done it the most damage in years. That paradox may explain why his base of support remains the very rich and the very poor. 

Good Article: Translating Hillaryspeak. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: More so than usual I've spent some time tuning into sundry news outlets. 

Lessons from the Australian Carbon Tax
Excerpt: Poor policy processes tend to lead to poor policy outcomes. Australia's carbon tax experience provides a number of important lessons in how not to go about implementing sensible climate change policy, says Alex Robson, a senior lecture at Griffith University in Australia. What the United States needs to learn from Australia:

Should Washington Pay Parents to Raise Future Taxpayers?
Excerpt: A claim often repeated by politicians from both sides of the aisle is that they are "pro-family," but few have put forward any legislation devoted to addressing the problems faced by American families. One of these problems is the "marriage divide," which has recently seen efforts aimed at resolving this issue by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), says W. Bradford Wilcox, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Education and affluence are directly correlated to marriage continuance. Non-marital childbearing has remained rare for college-educated women. For women without college degrees, the rate has increased over the last decade. Less than 10 percent of births to college-educated women are outside of wedlock, compared to nearly 50 percent for women lacking college degrees.

Eight Things That Could Go Wrong With Obamacare. By Peter Suderman
Excerpt: In less than two weeks, Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges will be open for enrollment. Three months after that, the law’s major coverage provisions officially go into effect. It’s the biggest expansion of the entitlement state in decades, and a massive bureaucratic undertaking.

State Department has ignored security recommendations after Benghazi, report finds
Color me shocked. ~Bob

Excerpt: Is Barack Hussein Obama trying to destroy America by divide and conquer? It certainly seems so. To win elections he has had no qualms at all about setting the poor against the rich, gay against straight, Hispanic and Blacks against White and the phony Republicans "war on women". But of all Obama's skulduggery, I believe Obamacare will be the final blow that destroys any hope for societal unity. The unfairness of Obamacare is without precedent. Here you have a Socialist President that has chosen to grant Obamacare exemptions for he and his staff, the Congress and all of their staff, corporations who donated generously to his campaign and favored union members.

Excerpt: “This public land at Oak Flat is a place of worship for the Apache, Yavapai, and other tribes in the region,” Mapetsi’s Jesse Renteria wrote in a September 19 email to a staffer for South Dakota Republican Rep. …“Former Rep. Ron Paul voted against this same bill in the 112th Congress because he viewed it as an earmarked giveaway of American assets to foreign owned mining companies where one of the companies, Rio Tinto, is partly owned by China and has ties with Iran in a uranium mine in Namibia,” Debbie Ho, Mapesti’s founder, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

3 charged in NYC with fighting for al-Shabab terrorist group
Excerpt: Prosecutors in Brooklyn describe the defendants — Ali Yasin Ahmed, Madhi Hashi and Mohamed Yusuf — as "dangerous and influential" members of al-Shabab who were part of an elite unit of suicide bombers. They were captured in Africa last year while traveling to Yemen to team up with the Al Qaeda offshoot there.

Hillary's Benghazi Investigator Confirms Egypt Link
Excerpt: In a development unreported by news media, the State Department’s lead Benghazi investigator, Thomas Pickering, apparently leaked important classified information at a House hearing last week on the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack. Pickering revealed there is evidence that an Egyptian organization was behind the attack on theU.S. mission that killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He further refused to deny there was a plan to kidnap Stevens. (Oops. He better watch the sky after Tuesday…Barb)

Filmmaker Blamed For Benghazi Out Of Jail And Talking
Excerpt: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s online video was blamed by President Obama for an international terror episode inBenghazi that killed four Americans, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised he would be arrested and prosecuted, and he, in fact, was the only person to end up in jail after the attack by Islamists that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens…. “We don’t need Nidal Hasan again.” He said there are other travesties against human rights, too, involving the massacre of Christians in Egypt, and Americans need to fight back against such attacks.

They Denied That We Were In A Depression In 1933 And They Are Doing It Again In 2013
Excerpt: The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression. And of course we are experiencing a very similar thing today. 

Lost: $67 Million. If Found, Please Return To IRS
Excerpt: Hoo boy…this isn’t going to go over well. The IRS has seen its summer from hell extended into autumn, as a report issued today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) revealed that the Service cannot account for $67 million that was set aside in a slush fund to help pay for Obamacare….That’s $67 million of taxpayer dollars that were spent on, well…nobody is quite sure what it was spent on, other than it appears to have used for employee workspaces and technology. (In charge of your tax returns, your personally identifiable financial and medical data. What’s it matter? –Barb)

ACORN’s ‘Fraternal Twin’ An Obamacare Navigator
Excerpt: United Labor Union Council, Local 100, often described as ACORN's "fraternal twin," has been awarded an ObamaCare "Navigator" grant to enroll people in health care exchanges. Local 100, based in New Orleans, will be conducting mass enrollments in LouisianaArkansas and Texas. As a result, it will have confidential, personal information on thousands of people seeking health insurance. 

Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'
Excerpt: Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are enduring appalling labour abuses, a Guardian investigation has found, raising serious questions about Qatar's preparations to host the 2022 World Cup. (well, Mohammad—the perfect example of conduct for Muslims—held slaves and the Qur’an allows sex with slave girls, so this is to be expected. ~Bob.)

Is The US Going To War With Syria Over A Natural Gas Pipeline?
Excerpt: As we asked (rhetorically, of course) and answered over 3 months ago, why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? The answer revolves, as usually is the case in the Middle Eastaround a pipeline. Here are some additional perspectives. Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won't let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? (Meanwhile US drilling in the Gulf restricted in violation of court decrees by Regime, Canadian pipeline slowed, and now Regime trying to put restrictions on natural gas, one of our most plentiful resources…. Oh, and it goes through Lebanon…can’t leave Jordan out, either, most likely….Barb)

History Is The Enemy As ‘Brilliant’ Psy-Ops Become The News
Excerpt: How much longer must we subject ourselves to such an “invisible government”? … “False reality” requires historical amnesia, lying by omission and the transfer of significance to the insignificant. In this way, political systems promising security and social justice have been replaced by piracy, “austerity” and “perpetual war”: an extremism dedicated to the overthrow of democracy.

Iran's New President: Yes, Holocaust Was A Crime. By Josh Levs and Mick Krever, CNN
Excerpt: Iran's new president has acknowledged the Holocaust, furthering the stark contrast between himself and his predecessor. "Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews as well as non-Jews, was reprehensible and condemnable," President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Exclusive: CNN Fabricates Iranian President's Remarks about Holocaust
Excerpt: American news channel CNN fabricated the remarks made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in response to the network's question about the Holocaust. (Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency)

Excerpt: She added that “communications by Brazilian diplomatic representation offices, including the permanent mission of Brazil with the United Nations and even the very presidency of Republic of Brazil were subject to intersection of communications.” “Meddling in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law,” Rousseff said. “…“The right to security of a country’s citizens can never be ensured by violating the fundamental human and civil rights of another country’s citizens.

Excerpt: Not bothering to mention the human rights of Iranians, the president’s muddled message continued: “We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy.” He even declared that al-Qaeda had still been damaged even after rattling off recent terror attacks, and boldly proclaimed “the world is more stable than it was five years ago” — just before acknowledging that “a glance at today’s headlines indicates that dangers remain.” Like he did just hours after last week’s Navy Yard shooting, Obama touted economic recovery “five years after the global economy collapsed.”

Bill Clinton gets back at Bono with his own impression.
Excerpt: Earlier this week, U2 singer Bono treated the world to a spot-on impression of Bill Clinton on the stage of a CGI event. And now, the president turned super-philanthropist has retaliated. Poorly.

Everything is Fake Now. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Reality hasn't gone away, but we have gone away from it. Enough of us have gone down into the dream, grasped a thread of the story and allowed it to sweep us away. Given a choice between the red pill and the blue pill, they have unconsciously chosen the blue pill without ever being aware that they had a choice.

LYONS: Reaching out with dishonor

Wednesday Afternoon Round-Up - Motives and Means. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: This isn’t abstract politics. It’s not about economics, the environment or foreign policy. It’s about a worldview in which a five-year-old who can’t recite the Islamic confession of faith deserves to be killed.

What exactly is the difference between Shabaab and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? Didn't Muhammad massacre innocent Jews and enslave their women?

Time’s Stengel latest in long line of reporters who jumped to jobs in Obama administration
The payoff for Obama’s media fluffers. ~Bob

Fitzpatrick: Obamacare hurting Sesame Place employees
Excerpt: Last year, Big Bird's job security was thrust into the political spotlight. This year, it's his health insurance. In a letter sent last week to President Obama, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick contended that the Affordable Care Act had caused Sesame Place, one of Bucks County's biggest tourist attractions, to terminate health benefits for its part-time employees.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid called the Obamacare medical device tax "stupid" at a briefing today on Capitol Hill:
Excerpt: Some of the biggest supporters for doing away with the stupid tax--I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that--doing away with that tax have told me they won't support that on CR."

Largest Syrian rebel groups form Islamic alliance, in possible blow to U.S. influence
Excerpt: American hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s fractious rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed opposition coalition and announced the formation of a new alliance dedicated to creating an Islamic state. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is the lead signatory of the new group, which will further complicate fledgling U.S. efforts to provide lethal aid to “moderate” rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (OK, so now it's really over for us in Syria, the biggest force there are the damn Islamist radicals, who hate us at least as much as they hate Assad, maybe more. We need to stay the hell out of there, but Mr. Obama seems still bent on getting us stuck in this awful mess somehow. The bit with the Russians is not going anywhere very fast, as was predicted on day one. I just hope somebody gets to Mr. Obama and convinces him that the smartest thing he can do is just wash his hands of this whole thing and tell the Russians it's up to them to get the chemical weapons, but they can work through the UN on that. Meanwhile, these guys will just roll along now, mistreating and murdering all the non-Muslims in the country. Those poor guys must all be praying for Assad's forces to come out ahead. --Del)

Photos: Muslims Attack Packed All Saints Church, Scores Of Christians Slaughtered
Excerpt: Strong images ... be forewarned. 

Obama's Campaign Artist: Drones Killed All 'Hope'
Excerpt: President Obama's use of war drones is a buzzkill for the guy who created the 'Hope' campaign. Shepard Fairey -- the artist behind Obama's 'Hope' poster -- was clearly disappointed in the Prez while bouncing from the Chateau Marmont last night. 

Archbishop of Canterbury says, "Islamists Martyr Christians" By Joel Himelfarb
Excerpt: Islamist attacks against Christians in Muslim countries are creating an atmosphere of fear and creating martyrs of the faithful in exceedingly growing numbers, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in an interview with BBC Radio. In the interview, reported in The Telegraph, the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone. He was speaking about the suicide bombing of All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.

British 'White Widow' Samanthah Lewthwaite arrest warrant issued by Interpol: A global hunt for Samantha Lewthwaite has been launched when Interpol issued an international 'red notice' for her arrest because of the danger she poses 'worldwide'.
Excerpt: The alert came amid intense speculation that Lewthwaite, the widow of 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, was linked to the Islamist attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre that left 67 victims - including five Britons - dead. The move, requested by the Kenyan authorities, calls on Interpol’s 190 member countries to watch for the 29-year-old soldier’s daughter from Aylesbury and arrest her if she is found.

How much will Obamacare increase premiumsin your state?

Study: Yes, Obamacare Will Raise Premiums Significantly. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Also, overall national health spending will increase by hundreds of billions morethan it would have without the "Affordable" Care Act. And yet, HHS released new data on premium costs with great fanfare earlier today, pretending that most people will be paying less. Health policy analysts at the Manhattan Institute have crunched the numbers, and debunked the administration's happy-talk spin.

The Romneys Adopt Black Baby; Progressive Haters And Racists Go Wild
Excerpt: There is nothing that drives Progressives into a greater racial (and racist) frenzy than the moment when they discover that a conservative isn’t actually racist.

Excerpt: Was the court wrong? Were the claims of these witnesses true? Were these individual Georgians prevented from casting their ballots? Official state voting records show that the court was right. Many of these witnesses — again, who signed affidavits — went on to vote in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 elections. (I get a kick out of things like this, where someone has gone to the trouble of really following up on assorted loud claims of being treated badly somehow. Amazing how the truth then comes out in contrast to what all the screaming was about. --Del)

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