Friday, November 29, 2013

News for the Weekend

Hope your Thanksgiving was great. We had our dinner on Friday, due to family schedules. I baked a blueberry pie (cheated and used no-sugar-added filling from a farm stand, but made crust from scratch), cornbread from scratch and made my New England maple cranberry relish. ~Bob tech team scrambling to create workaround for site before deadline
Excerpt: Days before the Obama administration’s self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline for fixing, its technology team is scrambling to build a new part of the Web site as a workaround that would enable more people to buy health insurance without relying directly on the site. The new mechanism, EZ App, would permit people who are eligible for financial help from the government to enroll for coverage without calculating an exact subsidy amount, which has been a major stumbling block, according to government and insurance industry officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to be frank. (Band-aids for the Obamacare website--how appropriate. ~Bob.)

Good Column: The Obama Who Stole Thanksgiving. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Progressives have already tried to ruin Thanksgiving by condemning it as a genocidal holiday commemorating European colonialism or by giving snippy little speeches about consumerism. But they didn’t have a way to actually get into living rooms to ruin the holiday until now. Not content that the price of a whole frozen turkey went up 37% under his economic policies, Obama decided to completely ruin Thanksgiving dinner by turning it into an angry debate about ObamaCare.

Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax Targets Consumers and Small Businesses. By David R. Burton
Excerpt: Obamacare imposes a new tax on health insurance premiums, starting in 2014, that will increase individual and small group health insurance premiums by an additional 2–3 percent. This will have an adverse impact on consumers and reduce employment but have little impact on large employers and their employees, because large firms usually self-insure. The tax is hidden from consumers, and it should be repealed. (I guess I haven't been paying attention but I did not realize that the new Affordable Care TAX Act imposes new taxes on the premium that small businesses and individuals will pay starting in 2014. --MG)

Obama’s New Imperial Decree. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: For purely partisan reasons, the Obama administration cynically unveiled extra-legal plans on the eve of Thanksgiving to unilaterally delay the launch of a website for small businesses to select plans through federal health care insurance exchanges. It’s just the latest sleazy political move by the Community-Organizer-in-Chief to salvage his party’s fading electoral prospects by delaying at least some of the approaching tens of millions of health insurance policy cancellations until after the national vote next November.

Why is President Obama trying to politicize the holidays?. By Byron York 
Excerpt: But the first floor of the Stasi Museum is not about spying. Instead, it is devoted to the propaganda that East German bureaucrats used to foster socialist consciousness in an unwilling public. (This practice of trying to insert politics into holiday celebrations is totally abhorrent, and that would apply exactly the same way if the GOP were trying any such awful propaganda practice. It is just one more demonstration of the mindset of the White House and those who surround Mr. Obama. You would think and hope that even Liberals would look at this and be repulsed. --Del)

Obama’s Orwellian Thanksgiving
Excerpt: President Barack Obama and outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have both tried to nudge their way into America’s Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah) dinners, with talking points about Obamacare and gun control, respectively. Not only is introducing contentious political issues into a family holiday a recipe for unhappiness, but it also reflects the disturbing Orwellian ambitions of Obama’s big-government liberalism.

Tweet from @DLoesch:
Er, I’m told by kin that one of my Democrat family members “totally trashed” Obamacare over turkey.

Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013
Why I haven't been in a store on Black Friday in years. ~Bob

Excerpt: It was never just a health care “fix”: A series of precise, brilliant, secretive, and illegal decisions by Obamacare authors led to the creation of 50 unbeatable election tools — and to nothing else. As you read, try to identify a rational explanation besides malevolence. (This is Part One of a two-part article.)

Today while you’re bludgeoning someone into letting go of the last PlayStation 4 don’t forget to tell them how great #Obamacare is.

Worth Reading: Thanks - Givings Courtesy of Marines. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Describing the life-changing experience of being a Marine escapes mere words. The "givings" - lessons - learned courtesy of Marines abound. This Thanksgiving early morning, while still horizontal and mulling over the day ahead, some of those "givings" came to mind and so a thought to note and post as comment.

America's coastal royalty. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston toWashington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America's big decisions are made.
They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. 

Good Column: Manufacturing Intolerance. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Morales’ hoax is a blip in the larger pattern of faked hate crimes. Bigotry is the witch hunt of the modern Salem and progressive witch hunters are just as careless about facts and evidence. Now as then, the goal is to stamp out an attitude and a cultural threat, rather than to enforce the law, and that leads inevitably to the entire tawdry parade of hysterical denunciations and moral panic.

Excerpt: The Islamic Front, a newly formed coalition of Syrian Islamist groups that cooperate with al Qaeda and is estimated at 45,000 fighters, released its charter on its official Twitter account on Nov. 26. Although the formation of the Islamic Front has been hailed as a blow to al Qaeda, the new group embraces jihad and calls for the establishment of an Islamic state and the imposition of sharia law, both of which are goals of al Qaeda. The Islamic Front's charter welcomes the "Muhajireen," or foreign fighters, as "our brothers who supported us in jihad."

Is another Republican wave building?
Excerpt: President Obama’s poll numbers are at record lows. The health care law that serves as the cornerstone of his domestic policy legacy is even more unpopular. And there are few chances to change the conversation among a skeptical public that isn’t happy with Washington.
Sound familiar? It should: The national political climate today is starting to resemble 2010, when Republicans won control of the House of Representatives by riding a wave of voter anger. (2010 voters hate Obamacare, GOP wins. 2012, voters decide that, despite Obamacare, they trust Obama, GOP loses. 2014. Voters like Obamacare even less, see they were lied to. ~Bob)

Obama Sends Thanksgiving Letter to Grateful Nation

Emboldening Iran. By Arnold Ahlert 
Excerpt: The key sticking point? The White House fact sheet claims “Iran has committed to halt progress on its enrichment capacity” with bullet points laying out the details. On the other hand, the Iranian fact sheet indicates that their nation can “fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein.”

Putin outflanks his foes at home, Obama abroad
Excerpt: President Vladimir Putin is giving proof to the proverb, “Nothing succeeds like success.” Since facing massive protests last winter, he has stifled nearly all domestic dissent and implemented widely criticized anti-gay laws as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He has put the brakes on Ukraine signing a free-trade and political association deal with the European Union, and persuaded Syria to allow international inspections of its chemical weapons.

The Knockout Game --- NYT/NPR Say No Big Deal. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: The "knockout game" — and the media underreporting of it — combines the breakdown of the family with the media's condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks. The "game" is a dare in which a young man — all the perps appear to be male people of color, mostly blacks — tries to literally knock out an innocent bystander with one blow. Both National Public Radio and The New York Times say these reports of the "knockout game" being widespread are overblown and do not represent a trend. Really? (Before you scream "racist," Elders is black. Nothing is more damaging to the back community than the progressives coddling back thugs. The knockout game is directed at non-blacks, but most victims of black thugs are black. Blacks make up 1% of the population, but commit 53% of the murders--and about 85% of the victims are blacks. ~Bob)

New York chef suffers broken jaw, nose in likely 'knockout game' attack in Philadelphia
Excerpt: “Ate dinner with friends and on my way back to hostel got pizza as I walked down the alley I was hit from behind. Nothing was stolen from me which leads me to believe this was that ‘game.’ I hope I'm the last person this happens to,” the befuddled chef said.
Police told him they believe he was attacked by a group of six to eight men, ranging in age from 16 to 21.

Hijab: School principal, teachers beaten to a pulp in Osun
Excerpt: There was confusion in the ancient town of Ejigbo in Osun State, on Monday, as the principal and some teachers of Baptist High School were beaten to a state of coma. The incident, which occurred around 8.00 a.m, heightened tension in the town as many were apprehensive that the crisis might snowball into a clash between Christians and Muslims in the town.

Didn't get the "Islam is a religion of peace" memo. ~Bob

Excerpt: When it comes to the question of America’s alleged Islamophobia, there is a consensus in the American media: American Muslims have been under siege since the 9/11 attacks. ... But with the annual release of the FBI’s hate crime numbers, statistical proof is once again available for those who are interested in the real answer as to which groups are subjected to the most attacks. This year’s numbers, like those of every other previous year since they began compiling such statistics, are clear: Jews remain the No. 1 target of hate crimes in America and no other group comes even close.

Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department proposed new rules that they said would prohibit such groups from using "candidate-related political activity" like running advertisements, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations. "This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations," said Mark Mazur, the Treasury's assistant secretary for tax policy. (DOJ (ha!) and Holder stonewalling; there will be no investigation; no one can recall anything…x80. “Getting it right”? Yeah, like they did in 2012. Anybody believe their desire to be “fair”? They have executive privilege and contempt of law and order. --Barb)

The Front ManPresident Obama is the nominal leader for permanent bureaucracy. 
Excerpt: At times, he has advanced this project abetted by congressional Democrats, as with the health-care law’s investiture of extraordinary powers in the executive bureaucracy, but he also has advanced it without legislative assistance — and, more troubling still, in plain violation of the law. President Obama and his admirers choose to call this “pragmatism,” but what it is is a mild expression of totalitarianism, under which the interests of the country are conflated with those of the president’s administration and his party. Barack Obama is the first president of the democracy that John Adams warned us about.

The man democrats fear the most is already under attack by Obama
Excerpt: I wrote here that Obama is a sociopath. I wrote here that you’d be an idiot to believe anything Obama says. …There is nothing a man who lies about his mother’s life and death won’t lie about. 

Obama suspends the Constitution
Excerpt: The Obama administration proposed a crackdown on the widespread use of tax-exempt organizations for political campaigning, seeking to reduce the influential role that the secretive groups have played in recent elections….So let’s stop fooling ourselves and realize what Obamacare really is- it is a vehicle to create a totalitarian government that knows everything about you and will put an end to all opposition to progressives….He is telling us to our faces that he is going to do in 2014 and 2016 what he did for the 2012 election- shut down the opposition.

IRS Chief Counsel Testifies Before House On Tea Party Targeting Scandal, Answers “I Don’t Recall” A Staggering 80 Times
The latest official called to testify before committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness. (Pure and utter contempt. --Barb)

Obama Ensures Our Status As The Laughingstock Of The World Endures
Excerpt: Obama supported fanatical islam when they took over Libya and Egypt. He had our country run from Iraq without ensuring the victories we achieved there would be maintained. He made a deal with the devil and turned his back on Israel

Op-Ed: Why Are America and The West Funding Sharia Law?
Excerpt: President Hamid Karzai’s government is considering bringing back stoning for adultery—and imposing 100 lashes (which is a death sentence) for unmarried people who have had sexual relations. Thus, Afghan men can marry female children, keep male children as sex-toys, maintain four wives, and visit prostitutes from dawn to dawn. But it is a capital crime if an Afghan man dishonors another Afghan man by having relations with his female “property;” and, if he has raped the poor wife, she is also to be stoned.

Obama Calls Saudi King Amid Tense Relations: Saudi King receives a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama, Iran deal likely discussed.
Excerpt: Saudi Arabia initially said that the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program could be a step towards a comprehensive solution – and hoped it could lead to the removal of weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East. Later, however, a senior advisor to the Saudi royal family said that his country was deceived by its American ally in the agreements and will pursue an independent foreign policy in response. The advisor, Nawaf Obaid, told a think tank meeting in London "we were lied to, things were hidden from us. 

Presidential Poll: Reagan Best, Obama Worst In Last 100 Years
Excerpt: Rankings released by YouGov/Economist show that Ronald Reagan is viewed as the greatest president of the last 100 years, while Obama is viewed as the "biggest failure."… Results showed that Reagan bested Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and John F. Kennedy (JFK) in a tight race for the top spot….When it came to ranking presidents viewed to be a "failure," Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon fared better than Obama. (JFK wouldn't be up there if he had not been shot. ~Bob)

Kuwaiti Newspaper: Obama Negotiating With Hezbollah Terrorists
Excerpt: The Obama administration has entered secret talks with the Hezbollah terrorist group, mediated by Great Britain, according to a report in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, as relayed by the Jerusalem Post Wednesday. …. Thirty years ago, Hezbollah bombed a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241. …The organization is also dedicated to Israel's destruction.

Funniest Video About Israel You Will Ever See…Give The Middle East To The Jews

Say Merry Christmas - Vocal Carrie Rinderer and the American Christian Life United (ACLU) choir...

'Half-Ton Killer' Transformed: Mayra Rosales Discusses Life After Murder Acquittal. By David Moye [Essential news from Kate.]
Excerpt: In the last 24 months, Mayra Rosales has had two heavy loads lifted from her. In Jan. 2012, she was acquitted of the 2008 murder of her nephew, Eliseo, which she allegedly did when she accidentally rolled over and crushed him under her 1,028-pound frame. Next, she decided to lose as much of the weight as possible.

George Carlin on Language
Old, reliably left wing, adult language, but worth revisiting. I agree with most of it. Too bad he didn't hear about Obama's "Overseas Contingency Operations," or Carter's "Incomplete Success." ~Bob

Revolutionary War Quiz
Ten for ten. I had the Bunker Hill question right, but I'd argue it. ~Bob

Kanye: Obama Failing Because 'He Ain't Got Those Connections' Like Jews. By Ben Shapiro
Excerpt: This week, rapper Kanye West told a local radio show that President Obama was having trouble succeeding because he didn’t have “connections” like those of “Jewish people.” 

Excerpt: On Tuesday of this week approximately 150 Mexican Nationals breeched the U.S. border near San Diego in what Immigration officials fear was a "feeler" or "prong" attack in preparation for a much larger invasion force being planned in the near future. When Border Patrol agents tried to stop the mob the agents were pelted with rocks and water bottles. Agents tried using pepper spray on the mob but were unsuccessful. Eventually, border patrol troops arrived in sufficient force to stop the invaders and drive them back into Mexico.

Washington Post: Repeal presidential term limits
Excerpt: As President Obama faces a small revolt within his own party, a Washington Post op-ed is calling for the United States to end presidential term limits and allow him to run again in 2016. “Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him,” writes New York University Jonathan Zimmerman professor of history and education. “Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.” (Oh, like the state legislatures will pass this. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Another biography of President Barack Obama is making waves. This one is entitled “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope.” The author, Nikki Grimes, paints the 44th president as nothing short of a messianic figure.

The price of presidential weakness. By Wesley Pruden
Excerpt: But of course it isn't, and Mr. Obama is challenged now at every turn by friend and foe of the United States who need to see on what meat the man feeds, and of what stuff his promises and assurances are made. The mullahs in Tehran, who can't believe how easy it was to roll the president and his counterparts in Geneva, had no sooner signed the agreement to preserve the Iranian pursuit of the bomb at a bargain price than the mullahs began dreaming up new demands. If the mullahs could roll him once, they could roll him twice.

The News in Zingers. By Argus Hamilton
Excerpt: Iran greeted its nuclear negotiator like a hero when he flew home from Geneva last weekend. It's chilling. It's not clear what we got out of the deal, but Obama bounded off his plane at L.A. Tuesday waving a deed to the Brooklyn Bridge dated six month from now.

Mike Tyson: Knockout Perpetrators ‘Evil’
excerpt: Wednesday on “Piers Morgan Live,” former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, called perpetrators of the street game “knockout” evil people. The game being played in cities across the nation has the objective of punching an unsuspecting person and rendering the victim unconscious. The victims have been predominantly white and Asian, while the perpetrators have been overwhelmingly black. (It tells you something when Tyson speaks out for morality, and Obama and Holder are silent. ~Bob)

NYT, NPR: Reports On Knockout Game ‘Overblown,’ ‘No Big Deal’
Excerpt: Writing in Real Clear Politics, Larry Elder says the New York Times (NYT) and National Public Radio (NPR) are ignoring the black-on-white crime taking place in the "Knockout Game"—that the NYT and NPR view reports on the game as "overblown" and "no big deal." …As Breitbart News reported on November 21, the "Knockout Game" is a game in which teens walk up to an innocent bystander on a sidewalk or in an alley and try to knock him or her out with one sucker punch. It has been going on in New Jersey and New York City for some time and has now spread to ChicagoWashington, DC, and Philadelphia, among other cities. 

And So It Begins: New York Sending Out Gun Confiscation Notices. By Robert Farago 
You are NOT paranoid, if they are really out to get you! Picking on any firearm with a greater than 5 ammo capacity takes out every tube fed .22 ever made. That sure as hell makes people safer. Who the hell thinks up this utter nonsense? --Del

Netanyahu vows to banish ‘darkness’ of Iran nuclear program
Excerpt: Riffing on Hanukkah holiday, prime minister says Israel will be a ‘light unto the nations’ in dealing with Tehran should diplomacy fail

Nigeria sharia police smash 240,000 bottles of beer
Excerpt: Police enforcing Islamic law in Nigeria's city of Kano publicly destroyed some 240,000 bottles of beer on Wednesday, the latest move in a wider crackdown on behaviour deemed "immoral" in the area.

An Outbreak of Lawlessness: Reid and Obama have their way with the rules. 
Excerpt: If we could make constitutional changes by majority vote, there would be no Constitution. …Barack Obama may be remembered for something similar. His violation of the proper limits of executive power has become breathtaking. 

Excerpt: Yet even with the small turnout, there was a theme amongst Obama’s protesters/supporters (supportesters?): They didn’t want him to change his political agenda — instead, they demanded that he assume dictatorial powers so that he could finally implement the radical plans with which they already agree. The message of the day was: Stop dilly-dallying around, Mr. President: Ignore the Constitution and just make The Revolution happen, as you promised!

Navajo Code Talker Says Redskins Name Not Derogatory
Excerpt: A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed. Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. (Dumb Indian doesn't know white liberals know what is best for him. ~Bob)

Keep Calm and Return Fire
I want tee shirts that say, "Keep Calm and Call a Fire mission," and "Keep Calm and Call an Air Strike." ~Bob

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