Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday's News

Reminder: The Philosophy of the Old Jarhead Blog
The Old Jarhead is a blog of political news and conservative opinion, that has had over 1,000,000 page views since founded in 2008, is read in many counties (Iran? Indonesia? Russia? Go figure.) and gets up to 30,000 page views a week. Plus I throw in some humor and human interest pieces that catch my attention for seasoning. I try to include foreign sources and info you won’t get in the MSM, but I often use links to pieces in the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Reuters and other liberal leaning sources No one is required to read it, or any of the links. A majority of the pieces are sent to me by readers, for which I’m grateful, others come from newsfeeds I subscribe to. I get some from Twitter, but often don’t have time to look at my feeds there. I stop sending the link to people who become nasty or too angry. I used to forward political items, but was sending too many e-mails to my list, so a few years ago, I started collecting them on the blog to access in one place. I use maybe 50% of the conservative pieces sent me, probably less than 5% of the liberal opinion sent, usually to illustrate their views. Readers who don’t like that are welcome to start their own blogs. Blogs are free and so is speech in America right now, despite leftist efforts to outlaw “hate speech” they disagree with and Islamist efforts to outlaw criticism of Islam, while retaining the right to describe other religions in vile terms. I try to avoid items that will turn off thoughtful centrists and leftists or low-information independents, including “red meat” pieces with intemperate language or wild speculation, conspiracy theories with no supporting facts and silly distractions like the so-called “birther” issue (but I don’t always succeed). I predicted correctly five years ago the “birther” thing was going nowhere, was a huge waste of time and resources, and played into the hands of the left, much as the impeachment of Bill Clinton did in the 1990s. (I said so at the time.) I do sometimes include things I don’t agree with that I think readers might find of interest. Readers are requested to read all items critically and with skepticism—just like a newspaper! Readers who send formatted pieces (title, link, and a fair use excerpt of three sentences unless the piece is very short. than fewer) to tartanmarine(at) have a higher chance of my using them than people who just send a link. I often include thoughtful comments from contributors. (Tell me if you want you full name used.) A piece without a link has a much lower chance of being used—it depends on how interesting it is and how much time I have right then to search for it. I understand if you don’t have the time to format or even to find a link—please understand my time is pretty limited too. There are no ads on my blog, no fees and I receive no income from it. Now that I've retired, that might need to change, but for now, that’s how it is. I do promote my books, with the royalties going to charity. Thanks for reading and contributing. ~Bob.

Jon Stewart mocks Obama for ignorance on NSA spying, health care rollout
Too funny. ~Bob

First on CNN: Obama administration warned about health care website
Excerpt: The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN. The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones.

Obama accused of breaking promise to consumers as health plans cancel policies
Excerpt: A new controversy over the president’s health-care law is threatening to overshadow the messy launch of its Web site: Notices are going out to hundreds of thousands of Americans informing them that their health insurance policies are being canceled as of Dec. 31. The notices appear to contradict President Obama’s promise that despite the changes resulting from the law, Americans can keep their health insurance if they like it. (He knew it was a lie when he said it, but without the lie, the law would not have passed. ~Bob)

Excerpt: New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals. A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan. Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.

Obama Lied, Healthcare Coverage Died. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: Although federal officials have known for at least three years that Obamacare would cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage, that didn’t stop President Obama from lying repeatedly, reassuring voters the law would not adversely impact their existing coverage. In an uncharacteristically media-savvy move aimed at capitalizing on current affairs, Republicans compiled a list of 13 Democrats –including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)– who deceived voters by obediently repeating Obama’s lies.

The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate’s costs. Obama singled out the company in a “60 Minutes” interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem “justify” its rate hikes to the federal government.

As Americans lose coverage, Democrats say Obama too rosy about health care law
Excerpt: As millions of people receive notices that their health insurance is being canceled, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama didn’t mislead the public when he repeatedly and emphatically promised that everyone could keep their plan under Obamacare.

Excerpt: Wow. . . NBC stumbled into a moment of actual journalism: A woman in Florida was recently given some news, which according to the President, was impossible. Despite being responsible enough to have healthcare coverage, her plan did not meet the minimum requirement under the Affordable Care Act; and was therefore cancelled. Maybe her plan didn’t include the appropriate amount of Sandra Fluke-approved contraception coverage? Lucky for her the insurance company gave her the option of upgrading to the “new and improved” plan that meets the minimum requirements under Obama’s signature law. . . At a 1,000 percent price hike.

19 Obama Lies
Excerpt: Here are 19 times that Barack Obama promised lower health insurance premiums. He lied.
Excerpt: On Monday I proposed a simple solution to the problems of the ObamaCare website: the John McCain health plan. Paul Krugman has a different solution: enroll everyone on Medicare: "Imagine, now, a much simpler system in which the government just pays your major medical expenses. In this hypothetical system you wouldn’t have to shop for insurance, nor would you have to provide lots of personal details. The government would be your insurer, and you’d be covered automatically by virtue of being an American. Of course, we don’t have to imagine such a system, because it already exists. It’s called Medicare, it covers all Americans 65 and older, and it’s enormously popular. So why didn’t we just extend that system to cover everyone? "Here’s the answer I gave in a previous post: There is not a single major problem in ObamaCare that would be solved by moving everyone into Medicare. And any minor problems that might be improved by universal Medicare could have been easily solved by tweaks to ObamaCare as well.

Sad but true: Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The public's opinion of politicians of both parties seems to have reached a new low. But no matter how much the voters detest Congress — or how justifiably — that does not mean that there will be radical changes at the next election. For one thing, "Congress" is not on the ballot. Only individual members of Congress are. Most voters like their own Senator or Representative, often because of special favors that these incumbents have done for their own constituency — at the taxpayers' expense.

Democrats: The Gullible Party? By Jon Gabriel
Excerpt: So how did the unsophisticated conservative rubes have Obamacare figured out from the start while our lettered elites fell for it hook, line and sinker? Many Tea Partiers don’t even carry a professional suffix, yet knew that the scheme would cost most people more money while providing worse care. To put it kindly, the pundits, pols and reporters taken in by the Obamacare confidence game should be laughed out of polite society. These left-leaning men and women consider themselves to be highly sophisticated, abnormally intelligent and preternaturally discerning. Yet they trusted a man who hadn't even run a 7-11 to remake the U.S. healthcare system from scratch.

Taxpayer funding for ‘climate change’ twice that of border security
Excerpt: The liberal phantom menace of global warming gets more than twice as much federal money as cracking down on the very real menace of failing to secure the United States’ borders, the Daily Caller reported Tuesday.

Video evidence Obama is related to Sgt. Schultz. By Michele Hickford
Excerpt: Here, from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, is a montage of the many things Obama claims to have known nothing about, including Operation Fast and Furious, the Internal Revenue Service’s extra scrutiny of conservative groups, Department of Justice subpoenas of Associated Press records, Solyndra, and of course the train wreck that is Obamacare.

Who Really Employs Minimum Wage Workers?
Excerpt: The only thing standing between minimum wage employees and a generous salary with paid time off is the greed of the large corporations they work for. That's the argument voters in SeaTac, Wash., will consider Nov. 5 when they vote on a referendum to create a $15 minimum wage-more than twice the federal minimum of $7.25. This corporations-can-afford-it narrative isn't confined to the Pacific Northwest. Earlier this year, groups like Fast Food Forward, backed by the Service Employees International Union, organized walk outs at large restaurants in major cities and presented the same $15 demand, arguing that "it's time for these big fast-food and retail companies to pay up." It's a clever talking point designed to shift the focus from the size of the wage mandate to the size of the employer. But it doesn't square with the facts. ... Roughly half the minimum-wage workforce is employed at businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and 40% are at very small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The results are similar even if you follow the left's cue and broaden the analysis from minimum wage employees earning $7.25 an hour to "low-wage" employees earning $10 an hour or less: 46% still work for businesses with 100 or fewer employees.

Racism from the WaPo? Controversies show how Obama’s inattention to detail may hurt his presidential legacy
Excerpt: Nearly a year into his second term, President Obama has yet to master the management of information within his administration. That failure has left him knowing too little at times about the issues that matter the most to his legacy. Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office, has never pretended to care much about the details of governing. He prefers the big speech to congressional arm-twisting, the big reform to incremental change and the big foreign policy ambition to cultivating head-of-state relationships.

Israel frees new batch of 26 Palestinian inmates
Excerpt: Five prisoners were released in Gaza, while the other 21 were sent to the West Bank. Those freed were all convicted of murders and had spent between 19 and 28 years in prison. (I would have released them right after the morgue. ~Bob)

DHS and More Benghazi Scandal: Whose Homeland Are They Securing?
Excerpt: While Americans stubbornly refuse to allow the regime’s cover-up of the Benghazi catastrophe to fade from public consciousness, FOX News has discovered that the Department of Homeland Security is “quietly considering lifting a long-standing ban on Libyans coming to the U.S. for training in the aviation and nuclear fields. (Isn't giving aid and comfort to the enemy called treason and an impeachable offense? --JB)

Spying Known at Top Levels, Officials Say
Excerpt: The nation’s top spymaster said on Tuesday that the White House had long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping, stoutly defending the agency’s intelligence-gathering methods and suggesting possible divisions within the Obama administration.

Islamerica, Eurabia and Eurasia. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Obama has claimed that the United States is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” While the actual number of Muslims is in dispute, Islamerica is no match for Eurabia or Eurasia. Europe has 44 million Muslims. If Turkey crawls into the European Union, that number will climb to 118 million. That’s more than double the number of Latinos in America.

For Obama, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure. By Bruce Thornton
Excerpt: In any other administration, even without Obamacare, the litany of scandal and bungling would have politically crippled not just Obama but the Democrats as well. The murderous gunrunning of the Fast and Furious debacle, Attorney General Eric Holder turning the Justice Department into the Democrats’ Luca Brasi, the out-of-control EPA waging its economy-killing war on carbon, the National Labor Relations Board unleashed to browbeat business and revive a moribund labor movement, the SEC shaking down banks for billions, the IRS targeting political opponents, the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spent to achieve the worst economic recovery in history, the trillions more borrowed and created out of thin air to finance entitlement spending and payoffs to political cronies––and that’s just domestic policy.

EU Unveils Crackdown on Free Speech. By Bruce Bawer 
Excerpt: Now the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), founded in 2008 and consisting largely of former European presidents or prime ministers, has issued a report whose thrust is – and I quote – that there’s “no need to be tolerant to the intolerant.” 

Obama's 'Transformed' America Is Worse In Every Respect. By Dennis Prager
Excerpt: I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance "compassionate" is a euphemism for ever-expanding government. But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone. (OK, Prager is a solid guy with facts and logic, and his comments here are, sadly, right on point. There's nothing I can add to that, other than we have to pray, and pray hard, that next year we can change the makeup of Congress to where they will be able to start blocking the creation of more damage. And just maybe start making a few repairs. Heaven help us. --Del)

Kentucky principal reportedly named person of interest in bourbon heist
In the case of a Kentucky hooch heist, not even local educators are beyond suspicion. A Kentucky high school principal is cooperating with authorities after he was named a person of interest in the theft of $26,000 worth of rare bourbon, reported. Chris Pickett, the principal of Bardstown High School, met with Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday. 

Association of Space Explorers Calls for Global Cooperation to Confront Asteroid Threats
Excerpt: At a public event at New York's American Museum of Natural History, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), a professional society of astronauts and cosmonauts, issued a challenge to the global community to take the next vital steps to confront the threat from dangerous asteroids. (Worries me a lot more than Global Warming. ~Bob)

Barack Obama, Our Know-Nothing President
Excerpt: In recent days, President Obama has claimed ignorance about spying on allies and the ObamaCare meltdown. How can it be this president is always the last to know whenever anything goes wrong in his administration? Even though the NSA tapped the phones of German Chancellor Angela Merkel some time ago, President Obama claims he didn't know anything about it until after an internal review he ordered earlier this year. Why should he? After all, "the president doesn't sign off on this stuff," one official said. (Gee, it used to be that "the buck stops on this desk" as Harry Truman would say it. Either Mr. Obama is utterly incompetent as a Chief Executive, or he lies like a rug. And a combination of both cannot be ruled out. --Del)

Imam In Tennessee, ‘Jews And Christians Are Filthy, Their Property Belongs To The Muslim’
Excerpt: US based Imam, Yasir Qadhi preaches openly that non muslims lives are forfeit and their property is legal for muslims to take in jihad, (and this would include women as sex slaves) yet no charges are brought against him.

'Puppy Bombs' Rescued from Egyptian Violence
Excerpt: Two puppies from Egypt were rescued just moments before they were to be used by the Muslim Brotherhood in their protests as "puppy bombs" dipped in gasoline and set on fire.

Syria: Muslim cleric gleefully smashes statue of Virgin Mary to shouts of "Allahu akbar"
But accidently burn a Qur'an...Bob Excerpt: The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials. By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot. 

Interesting from the left: A brief note on why the progressive blog movement failed. By Ian Welsh
Excerpt: After 2008 everyone knew that they didn’t need prog-bloggers and that they didn’t really need to fear bloggers. (They may be annoyed by “Firebaggers”, they do not fear them.)
Unlike the Tea Party, most left wingers don’t really believe their own ideology. They put partisanship first, or they put the color of a candidate’s skin or the shape of their genitals over the candidate’s policy. Identity is more important to them than how many brown children that politician is killing.

From the left: What Did Obama Know And When Did He Know It? By Dana Milbank
Excerpt: It stretches credulity to think that the U.S. was spying on world leaders without the president's knowledge, or that he was blissfully unaware of huge technical problems that threatened to undermine his main legislative achievement. But on issues including the IRS targeting flap and the Justice Department's use of subpoenas against reporters, White House officials have frequently given a variation on this theme.

Explosive New Report -- Obama Knew Benghazi Would Be Attacked
Excerpt: You have to give it to CBS. On Benghazi, they are the network holding the Obama administration’s feet to the fire. At some point, Americans will have to begin to realize that there is a scandal hiding in all of the BS that the Obama administration has been peddling about the 9-11 Benghazi attack and its aftermath. Just this past weekend, CBS ran an explosive report providing first-hand accounts that the White House and the State Department (headed by Hillary Clinton) knew full well that the Benghazi attack was indeed an al-Qaeda orchestrated attack right from the start. Even more damning – there is new evidence that shows they were expecting this attack for months!

Excerpt: Freshmen and sophomores in a social studies class at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in Illinois were asked to make life-and-death decisions concerning people they’d never met…

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