Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lots of good items

More: Wounded Warrior Project
Charity Navigator is more positive, though I don't see where they get 57% spent on programs from the tax return the WWP filed. ~Bob

WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT IS A FRAUD. By Dean M. Graham (U.S. Army Retired, Iraq Veteran)
Excerpt: The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) pays millions of dollars for commercials showing injured service members. Many were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (Why?). I have talked to many Veterans who were promised many things from WWP and did not receive anything in return for the use of their likeness in commercials and print ads. The commercials do not mention anything WWP does to help the injured service members. Listen closely to the commercials as they parade an injured veteran around like an injured animal. They pay famous actors and musicians to pull on the nation’s heart strings. Fox News takes millions in commercial revenue from WWP along with A&E and other T.V. networks. I have written to Fox and others begging them to investigate for themselves. I imagine they too are blocked by a non-disclosure agreement.

Tea Party at the Crossroads: Part II. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: In opposing ObamaCare, the Tea Party took a position that increasing numbers of Americans agree with, now that ObamaCare's potential for disaster is becoming clearer by the day. But in trying to defund ObamaCare without the Congressional votes to do so, the Tea Party made a major tactical mistake. Polls show that this mistake has already hurt the Republican Party, the only party that has any chance of repealing ObamaCare.

White supremacist takes DNA test, finds out he's literally African-American. By Matt Pearce
Excerpt: Well, that's awkward: A white supremacist who made headlines worldwide for plotting to take over a town in North Dakota received the results of a DNA test — and the results say he's 14 percent black. And this all happened while cameras were rolling.

Troubled unlikely to work fully by end of November
Excerpt: Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project. (And the walls come tumbling down. ~Bob)

Fracking reverses decline in U.S. energy production. By H. Sterling Burnett
Excerpt: In just three short years, oil production in the United States has nearly reversed a 20-year-long production decline. Since 2010, domestic oil production has increased from a low of 4.5 million barrels a day to about 7.5 million barrels a day. Since summer 2011 alone, U.S. crude production has increased 2 million barrels per day. A few short years ago, many analysts argued that oil was nearly tapped out and America needed to plan for a post-petroleum future. What’s changed? In a word: fracking.

Fall Follies: The ACA Lurches into Operation. By Joseph R. Antos, PhD
Excerpt: This is not simply a matter of needing more time to solve technical problems. These issues drive the core of healthcare reform and the lack of public support for the President’s signature accomplishment. Opponents of the ACA see a train wreck around every bend. Supporters see victory—in the 2014 elections and in the healthcare sector. Both will be disappointed.

Failure of Failures: Could Obamacare end up as America’s worst domestic-policy disaster ever? By Charles C. W. Cooke
Excerpt: Indulge me if you will, and join me in imagining that Obamacare has taken the calamitous path of the Hindenburg and ended up as little more than a smoldering warning against hubris. Imagine, that is, that enrollment rates have remained dangerously low; that the risk pools consist largely of the elderly and the sick; that the insurance companies, unable to operate on the magical thinking of which the White House is so fond, are being forced either to get out of the market completely or to raise premiums dramatically; and that skittish Democrats have started to run away — first calling weakly for fixes, then hinting at more, and then barely resisting the temptation to follow the trail of the pitchforks and nullify the president’s signature achievement. Imagine, in other words, that things are bad.

NBC's Chuck Todd: Obama 'Does Not Believe He Lied'
Excerpt: If Obama has convinced himself he didn't lie, that borders on pathological. We now know that as far back as 2010 the president knew eight to nine million people would lose their health insurance. We have him on video admitting to that: (Obama's lies to the public are an enormous problem, but his lies to himself may be more dangerous. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Excerpt: Here is irony: the people who talk the most about the need for a social safety net (including the president himself!) are cheerleaders for a health reform that is going to shred it.
How is that happening? By means of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

George Will: Obama continues to be surprised by his own administration
Excerpt: “He seems to think that his job as chief executive is not to be the executive but to be angry at his own administration when it doesn't perform well,” said the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor. “Fast and Furious, the IRS, Benghazi, NSA, investigation of our Mr. Rosen, there's just a list of things that surprise him.”

Obama often surprised at the results of his policies. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: But there are plenty of other times Obama's been surprised by the result of his own policies. He seemed to think that reaching out to the Iranians would lead to a change in the regime's behavior and attitudes. Then he thought they would appreciate him not calling them out on their atrocities; he later regretted his "muted" stance during the regime's bloody crackdown in 2009. He was surprised to learn that shovel-ready projects were not, in fact, shovel-ready. He was surprised to learn that large-scale investment in infrastructure and clean-energy projects wouldn't create enormous numbers of new jobs. He was surprised that his past housing policies hadn't helped struggling homeowners as he had promised. The "recession turned out to be a lot deeper than any of us realized." When a woman says her semiconductor-engineer husband can't find a job, Obama said he was surprised to hear it, because "he often hears business leaders in that field talk of a scarcity of skilled workers." As I wrote in a previous Jolt, some cynics might look at this pattern and conclude that Obama isn't as smart as he thinks he is -- or as his fans think he is. But it's probably more accurate to offer some variation of the Reagan line, that the problem with Obama isn't that he's ignorant; it's just that he knows so much that isn't so.

CNN’s Dana Bash: Friday ‘De Facto Deadline’ Before Dems ‘Defy’ Obama, Back GOP’s Obamacare Fixes. By Noah Rothman 
Excerpt: CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash told her network’s anchors on Tuesday that the end of the week is the “de facto deadline” at which point the White House needs to have settled on a series of fixes to address the crisis of Americans losing their health coverage. After Friday, Bash reported, House Democrats are going to be backing GOP proposed fixes to the Affordable Care Act against the wishes of President Barack Obama’s administration. (I don't see how the toothpaste can be put back in the tube on the lost coverage. ~Bob)

Washington state to 8,000 Obamacare enrollees: 'We goofed on cost estimate'
Excerpt: Approximately 8,000 Washington residents were affected, which meant they were told they qualified for a higher tax credit amount than they actually qualified for based on their income and household size.

Jeez Looeez, people. Millions of anxious women are delaying their prostate surgery, and all you can think of is "data security" & "privacy."

Chinese Leader Gets More Sway on the Economy and Security
Excerpt: President Xi Jinping of China emerged from a Communist Party leadership conference on Tuesday with a mandate to give the market a “decisive role” in the world’s second-largest economy and to consolidate new decision-making authority in his own hands. (As, those free-market Commies. ~Bob)

MI6 spy Gareth Williams death 'probably an accident', police say
Excerpt: The death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, whose body was found in a padlocked sports bag, was probably an accident, police have said.

Tony resort city mulls bankruptcy, blaming wages, pensions

Excerpt: A resort town in California warned on Tuesday that it will run out of money by March due to burdensome salary and pension costs and could join other U.S. cities that have recently filed for bankruptcy protection. (There used to be a prosperous nation known as the USA. As town after town defaults on its liabilities, it brings us closer to national bankruptcy. Our national unfunded liabilities total close to 5-6 times GDP. Get out your calculator and estimate how long it will take for your grandchildren and their grandchildren to pay these debts. We still hear from at least one reader who frets that the GOP needs to solve problems like the budget. But in the grand scheme of it, the budget already has grandfathered within it the seeds of our destruction because it contains these un-fundable liabilities. It doesn't matter if it is in the trillions or the quadrillions. Impossible is impossible. And the GOP is just as responsible for this grave situation as the other party. Would you ask a fire bug to protect your home? Our task is not to urge people to vote for this or that corrupt candidate. Our mission is to educate as many people as we can and change our culture to one that respects law, decency, honesty, common sense, faith in God and the rest of the Judeo-Christian values whose loss caused this unsustainable system that must eventually collapse around us. If we the People have somehow restored these values by the time of the collapse, we can rebuild. As Ann Barnhardt recently said, WE are the gold. --Don Hank)

Dangerous Times: Obama & The Crisis of Evil. By James Lewis
Excerpt: For decades sane people have tried to raise worldwide alarms about the rise of Iran as a rogue nuclear power. Liberals chose not to listen. Conservatives listened, because we are realists, and we still read history. Today -- at this very moment -- the crisis is here, and worst of all, it has been aided and abetted by Barack Hussein Obama.

Good Column: The Myth of Islamic Extremism. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: It’s that for Muslims, there is a great deal at stake in the battle over Islamic extremism. That battle will determine whether they can listen to music, play chess or watch soccer games. Whether men can shave their beards, women can drive cars, little girls can go to school and little boys can grow up learning anything except Koranic verses. Non-Muslims however remain unequal no matter which brand of Islamic theocracy is in charge. And either way they remain fair game in their own countries.

From a blog reader
The Iranians sound just like the Nazis, and I still like them better than our government. --John Galt

Excerpt: We first learned during the O.J. Simpson trial back in 1994 that if you're Black you can get away with murder as long as you've got a majority Black jury. That seems to apply to politics as well as we've seen Blacks in Harlem elect and re-elect ole tax fraud Charlie Rangel or bank fraudster Maxine Waters from Watts, or even Barack Obama and his 115% precinct wins as Blacks voted more than once for "their guy". So when our local NBC affiliate held a debate between two candidates vying for a Phoenix City Council seat for District 8, I was not surprised to hear the Black candidate say that, because he's Black, and because 80% of his district is Black, he should be elected, based just on his race.

Concierge medicine: WebMD pockets millions from feds to promote Obamacare
Excerpt: But what neither Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius nor WebMD mentioned at the time was that the company, which millions of Americans regularly read for health news, also stood to earn millions of dollars from a federal contract to teach doctors about Obamacare.

Bill Clinton, other Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare
Excerpt: In a startling rebuke to President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and other Democrats picked apart Obamacare on Tuesday as privacy concerns about the program’s website multiplied and a video investigation suggested fraudulence among volunteers helping people enroll for government subsidies. Mr. Clinton called on the president to make good on his repeated and emphatic promise that Americans who like their health insurance plans can keep them.

Excerpt: But after the website debacle, the bad press of people losing their health plans and President Barack Obama’s defense and then walk-back of his “if you like your plan, you can keep it” slogan, the White House has a tougher job on its hands. There’s essentially no avoiding a bad news cycle, but there are ways to mitigate the damage. Here’s POLITICO’s list of what you’ll hear when the enrollment numbers come out:

Quote from The Patriot Post
Ambassador Samantha Power: "You know life has changed when you're hanging out with Jane Fonda backstage. There is no greater embodiment of being outspoken on behalf of what you believe in -- and being 'all in' in every way -- than Jane Fonda. And it's a huge honor just to even briefly have shared the stage with her."

WWII and ObamaCare from The Patriot Post
For the record: From the date O'Care was passed, 23 March 2010, to the date was supposed to be operational, 01 October 2013, is 3 years, 6 months and 10 days. For comparison, from the date of our entry into WWII to the date of Germany's surrender is one month LESS than Obama and his socialist cadres had to get their website operational. That would include our nation's industrial surge ahead of the invasion of North Africa and Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, the race to Berlin, all while fully engaged on a second warfront in the Pacific. The EPIC FAIL of is a stunning metaphor for the predictable failure of all statist regimes! 

Black women share pride in Harp's election as New Haven mayor
Imagine the uproar if the headline read 'White men share pride in Elicker election'...GS

Excerpt: During his first term in office, President Obama was criticized by conservatives for conducting what they dubbed apology tours in which he always seemed to find something in American history for which he felt compelled to make amends. To his surprise, neither apologies nor the magic of his personality and historic status were able to conceal the fact that he was far better at alienating America’s traditional allies than winning new friends. But as awkward as the president proved to be at diplomacy, even that experience did not prepare the world for John Kerry. (Got to give him credit, he is making history. Not the kind of history that is good for the country, or ever the Administration, but still, it is history. He is the best at being the worst. --Del)

Obama Job Approval Drops To Lowest Point Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Health Care Act Won't Improve Health Care, Voters Say
Excerpt: American voters disapprove 54 - 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his lowest approval rating in any Quinnipiac University national poll since he became president, as even women disapprove 51 - 40 percent, according to a national poll released today. Voters in every income and age group disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with the biggest disapproval, 59 - 36 percent, among voters over 65 years old. For the first time today, American voters say 52 - 44 percent that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. (Link disabled on “The Hill” website. --Barb)

Excerpt: In the year 1215, Magna Carta provided a freeman of England with the right to a trial in a fixed, local law court, and protected him from being “amerced [fined] for a slight offence, except in accordance with the degree of the offence; and for a grave offence he shall be amerced in accordance with the gravity of the offence, yet saving always his contentment; and a merchant in the same way, saving his merchandise” – i.e., even for a “grave offence,” a man shall not be deprived of the ability to make his living. Four-fifths of a millennium later, a 21st-century American merchant does not enjoy the rights of his 13th-century English forebear. The Economist reports on yet another case of “civil forfeiture” by the corrupt and diseased IRS – a Michigan grocery store owned by the Dehkos family:

Senator: US Soldiers Being Killed by Terror Groups Backed With US Money
Excerpt: The United States has paid more than $150 million to companies in Afghanistan that are accused of helping to finance terrorist attacks on American soldiers and facilities, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. “It’s like the United States government subsidizing the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, in an interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer”…. The Pentagon had arranged for ABC News to interview Lt. Gen. William Phillips of Army acquisition about the concerns, but later canceled, his staff saying “they will be declining an interview for some time in the foreseeable future.” (Who cares? No wonder there is a morale problem. There is a moral problem. --Barb. Or, as Hillary said, "What difference does it make. ~Bob)

Will ‘GridEx II’ Keep Americans in the Dark?
Excerpt: If a predictable, naturally occurring event could severely disrupt the electric power grid and result in the death of perhaps as many as nine out of ten Americans, do you think the electric industry would be doing everything possible to prevent such an outcome? Think again. The truth is that, despite seven federal studies that have found our bulk power distribution system (universally known as “the grid”) could face catastrophic damage from the electromagnetic energy unleashed by intense solar flaring, the utilities seem determined to pretend there is no danger.

Federal agency, police refuse to explain mesh network planned for “citywide deployment” in Seattle
Excerpt: A report by The Stranger, a weekly Seattle newspaper, exposes how the boxes, which are attached to utility poles and include vertical antennae, can track cellphones even if they are not connected to the system’s wi-fi network….When reporters Matt Fikse-Verkerk and Brendan Kiley asked the Seattle Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security to explain what the boxes were for, the DHS refused to comment and Seattle Police detective Monty Moss would only state that the department “is not comfortable answering policy questions when we do not yet have a policy.

From a blog reader
If Obama and Sebelius had handled D Day, you would be reading this in German. --TH

Stray Cats and Dogs?
Watch this Obama promise. ~Bob

Excerpt: When I first saw the headline saying Bill Clinton was advising President Obama to “honor his commitment,” I had to laugh. The idea of Monica Lewinsky’s boyfriend as moral referee always cracks me up. Then I got to wondering. Which commitment was Clinton talking about?

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