Saturday, January 18, 2014

Finally some political news

Finally able to pull a post together, as no VA appointments for 4 days! Yeah! ~Bob

Podesta questions why environmentalists would challenge Obama’s energy strategy
Because they are racist, of course! ~Bob

Obama’s restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of ‘spying’
Excerpt: Obama placed restrictions on access to domestic phone records collected by the National Security Agency, but the changes he announced will allow it to continue — or expand — the collection of personal data from billions of people around the world, Americans and foreign citizens alike.

Young Liberal: As Much As I Support Obamacare, I Just Can't Afford It. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: I'm a 32 year-old healthy male that wants, but can't afford, Obamacare. I think the law is a step in the right direction, it just doesn't go far enough to capture my peers in large numbers. Let me offer my situation: I earn 55,000 a year working in a restaurant, though I have a Masters Degree. (Wonder what the Masters Degree is in? Peace Studies? Social Work? ~Bob)

Good Column: 7 Lies Liberals Tell Young Americans. By John Hawkins
Excerpt: That being said, life's even harder when you're working under false assumptions that have been drilled into you by your teachers, college professors, Hollywood, and politicians in D.C. Much of what liberalism drums into the young skulls full of mush simply isn't true and millions of lives have been ruined by people finding it out the hard way.

Obama Administration Mandates Racism in Schools. By Mona Charen 
Excerpt: The Departments of Education and Justice have teamed up to make the lives of students in tough neighborhoods even tougher. Framed as a measure to combat discrimination against black and Hispanic children, the guidelines issued by the Obama administration about school discipline will actually encourage racial discrimination, undermine the learning environments of classrooms and contribute to an unjust race-consciousness in meting out discipline.

At least 2 Americans killed in Afghan attack
Excerpt: At least two Americans were among 21 killed in a Taliban attack Friday on a Kabul restaurant, according to the U.S. embassy in the Afghan capital. 

Obama To Pave Way For 30,000 Syrian Islamists To “Resettle” In America
Excerpt: The gates of Hell have been opened, thanks to President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and radical progressives across the country. In successfully working to end “racial” profiling, albeit Muslim profiling, the next move is to secure the “settlement” of 30,000 Syrian Islamists within the United States. It won’t be done all at once, but if Obama and his minions of Muslim lovers have there way, at least 30,000 Islamists, and many more, will be calling America their home. (Treat as unverified at this time. ~Bob)

New Jersey: Muslim freed from pipe at water treatment plant, faces criminal charges
Excerpt: He "purposely climbed a six-foot fence with three or four layers of barbed wire on top." What could have been his motivation? Determined tourism? Extreme thirst? The jihad threat to the water supply is real. And as far back as 2002, the feds arrested two jihadis who were carrying plans about how to poison water supplies. 

NSA collects millions of text messages daily; DOJ forbids agents from singling out Muslims in counterterror investigations
Excerpt: This surveillance scandal arises out of our national bipartisan unwillingness to face the reality of Islamic jihad. Because we all agree that Islam is a religion of peace, we can't possibly address where the threat is really coming from, and monitor mosques or subject Muslims with Islamic supremacist ties to greater surveillance. Instead, we have to pretend that anyone and everyone is a potential terrorist, and surveil everyone. Our freedoms and privacy are now at risk because of our refusal to admit the truth about Islam.

Devastating Benghazi Timeline Reveals Obama MIA. By Wynton Hall
Excerpt: As the GAI timeline reveals, Obama failed to attend his daily intelligence briefing for the five consecutive days leading up to the September 11, 2012 attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. ... The day following the deadly attacks, Obama departed for a Las Vegas campaign rally.

Why Did the Benghazi Story Change?
Excerpt: The difference Clinton downplayed at that time is crucial, because “the same White House that declared victory in the war against terrorism and pulled U.S. military assets out of Libya also failed miserably to take responsibility for its own miscalculation,” Dale said.
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told The Foundry this week that Members of Congress were “misled”—just like the American public. “It’s just outrageous that the Administration thought they could get away with blaming the cause of Benghazi on a false story.” (Lying, cover up, and failure to take responsibility is a trademark of the Clinton's, both Hillary and Bill. Under the tutelage and mentorship of Obama, Hillary has learned that she was barely a neophyte. Having completed her apprenticeship, Hillary is now a fully grown, aged Master ready to lead the Democrat party in her run for president in 2016. --MM)

Woody Allen: Sacrificing Virgins to the Entertainment Gods. By Gavin McInnes
Excerpt: On Sunday, Woody Allen was awarded the Golden Globes’ highest honor and within seconds, his estranged “son” Ronan Farrow (look at his face and tell me he’s not Frank Sinatra’s son) Tweeted: Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall? 

Out-Of-State Gunowner Profiled For Traffic Stop
Excerpt: State police in Maryland have launched an internal investigation into an incident where a man reported being stopped by an officer and asked, “Where is your gun?” But social media isn’t waiting for the results, with countless calls for a lawsuit over the incident that happened over the holiday period as John Filippidis, described in his local newspaper as a “silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer,” drove through Maryland returning from family events in New Jersey to his Florida home. (This is not about owning a gun or gun control. It is the unconstitutional abuse of power of our burgeoning police state. --JB)

Gunman Bursts Into Dollar Store And Threatens To Kill Everyone – Before Police Could Even Respond, He Was Dead
Excerpt: An armed man entered a Orrville, Ala., Dollar General on Thursday, waved his gun in the air and threatened to kill everyone, reports. Though motive is unclear, he never got the chance to hurt anyone because a customer carrying a concealed handgun neutralized him with a deadly shot.

Hizballah Preparing for War with Israel
Excerpt: Hizballah continues to entrench itself in the Syrian civil war, while facing a string of radical Sunni bombing attacks in their Lebanese strongholds. The terrorist organization is also facing renewed international backlash regarding its alleged role in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Obamacare Official: We Have No Clue How Many People Have Paid for New Coverage. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: An Obamacare official admitted in testimony yesterday that the administration has no idea how many of the supposed 2.1 million new "enrollees" are actually paid up -- and are therefore actually enrolled (though even that hasn't been a silver bulletfor everyone). And why, pray tell, don't they have a handle on this important number? Because the online functions that would track this sort of thing...still haven't been built.

Battling Cancer, Senate Conservative Stalwart to Step Down. By Guy Benson 
I've met him. Sorry to hear. ~Bob. Excerpt: Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican of Oklahoma, has been a conservative titan in Congress since his arrival in 1995. Throughout his career, Coburn has combated runaway spending -- at times running afoul of his own party's leadership -- while championing the pro-life cause (as a medical doctor, Coburn has delivered more than 4,000 babies over his career) and other conservative issues. 

Know Your Enemy. By Thomas Joscelyn
In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama, senator and presidential candidate, toured the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama had endeared himself to the antiwar left by denouncing President Bush’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein and repeatedly claiming that the war in Iraq had diverted resources from defeating al Qaeda and its allies in South Asia. Obama did not tone down this criticism even as he spoke with CBS News from Kabul on July 20, shortly before proceeding to Saddam’s former abode. “We got distracted by Iraq,” Obama said. Afghanistan “has to be the central focus, the central front [in] our battle against terrorism.”

Not His War: How in good conscience could a commander-in-chief send troops to fight a war he wasn’t serious about? By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: Not his? America is at war and he’s America’s commander-in-chief. For the soldier being shot at in the field, it makes no difference under whose administration the fighting began. In fact, three out of four Americans killed in Afghanistan have died under Barack Obama’s command. That’s ownership enough.

Senate says no doubt al-Qaeda in on Benghazi
Excerpt: The report, released Wednesday by the committee's Democratic majority, said individuals affiliated with groups such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were in on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound. (I've always thought that the "Stand Down" order was issued because Obama decided it was better for a few Americans to die than to risk a firefight that killed a lot of Muslims, leading to large anti-American protests in the middle of his campaign. ~Bob)

The Left Versus the Realities of Race.By Jack Kerwick 
Excerpt: In almost every instance of the so-called “knock out game,” perpetrators have been black and their victims mostly white (and/or) Asian. There is one—and only one—case in which the racial dynamics of this violence reversed course, an incident from Texas involving a white predator and a black prey. Not unsurprisingly, this is the only instance of “the game” that Barack Obama’s Department of Justice is choosing to pursue as a “hate crime.”

Excerpt: Between 2002 and 2012, federal agencies spent more than half a trillion dollars ($688 billion) on payments that should never have been made.

Excerpt: Eyewitnesses said the bomb exploded at Tablighi Markaz on Pajaggi Road run by the Tableeghi Jamaat, just before Maghrib prayers. Around a thousand people were gathered at the seminary for a Shab-i-Juma (Thursday) congregation when the bomb ripped through the centre, according to reports.

Excerpt: The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant claimed credit for today's bombing in the Lebanese city of Hermel. The attack is the latest by al Qaeda-affiliated groups that have targeted Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Legalization Throws Our Kids Under the Bus
Excerpt: The new way the left is trying to distract us is the continuing saga of legalization of drugs, specifically, now, marijuana. This is bad news for our society, but it’s really bad news for our kids.

The Humanities and Us. By Heather Mac Donald
Excerpt: Sitting atop an entire civilization of aesthetic wonders, the contemporary academic wants only to study oppression, preferably his own, defined reductively according to gonads and melanin.

Obamacare’s Fishy Navigators: In New Mexico, 38 of them turned up in a federal crime database. By Jillian Kay Melchior
Excerpt: One in seven of New Mexico’s certified Obamacare navigators had a match in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, according to public records obtained by National Review Online.

Israel shoots down Gaza rockets, responds with air strikes
Excerpt: Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, and the military responded with a series of air strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory.

Will Obama's 'promise zone' program really help the poor?
Excerpt: Presidents have launched such 'place-based' programs before, but it's not clear how effective initiatives like Obama's 'promise zones' have been at lifting the poor communities they're intended to aid.

Income Inequality. By Walter E. Williams
Excerpt: Democrats plan to demagogue income inequality and the wealth gap for political gain in this year's elections. Most of what's said about income inequality is stupid or, at best, ill-informed. Much to their disgrace, economists focusing on measures of income inequality bring little light to the issue. Let's look at it.

The cowardice of the new anti-Semitism. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Given academia's past obsessions with the Jewish state, the targeting of Israel is not new. Yet why do the professors focus on Israel and notSaudi Arabia, which denies women the right to drive and only recently granted them the right to vote? Why not Russia, which has been accused of suppressing free speech, or India, which has passed retrograde anti-homosexual legislation?

Excerpt: You know those humanity assist commercials where they asked you to send in $19 dollars a month to support an overseas child? Come on! You've seen them; they show an eight year old taking care of three or four five year olds, drinking dirty water and cruising trash cans for their next meal. Well first of all, check Charity Watch or some other reference to make sure the organization sponsoring these commercials are legit. Most of them are simply fronts for raking in money with as much as 80 percent of the funds they raise are kept in house to enrich these phony good samaritans.

Al Qaeda behind 95% of world's suicide bombings
Excerpt: Hardest hit: Robert Pape, who several years ago published with great fanfare a study that purported to show that most suicide terror is committed by non-Muslims. Not only was Pape wrong; he was on the dole of Hamas-linked CAIR.

Nigeria violence: Deadly bomb blast in Maiduguri
Excerpt: A car bomb has exploded in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 17 people. The Islamist group Boko Haram said it carried out the attack. A suspect has been arrested, the military says.

Excerpt: During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama was asked if he would favor of a higher capital gains tax rate, even if the government received less revenue as a result. His answer: Yes. When you stop to think about it, that’s a remarkable answer. By hypothesis, everyone is worse off. The owners of capital are worse off. The government is worse off. Poor people who depend on government are worse off.

Exchange CEO: Anthem acknowledges billing, payment problems. By Arielle Levin Becker
Excerpt: s of last Friday, only 8 percent of customers slated to have coverage effective Jan. 1 had been recorded in Anthem’s system as having paid their premiums, said Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, the state’s health exchange. That figure includes people who bought plans through the exchange and those who purchased them outside the exchange.

Mexico vigilantes clash with Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan
Excerpt: A group of vigilantes in Mexico has seized the small town of Nueva Italia after clashing with alleged members of the Knights Templar drug cartel. More than 100 men entered the town in western Michoacan state on Sunday morning and disarmed local police.

No Country for Liberal Republicans. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Dead Republicans are held up as examples of moderation who wouldn’t fit in today’s extremist party. Goldwater, Nixon and Reagan, once damned as deranged extremists lusting to blow up the planet, are temporarily rehabilitated and compared unfavorably to today’s Republicans and favorably to today’s Democrats.

Most of the Benefits of a Minimum Wage Increase Would Not Go to Poor Households
Excerpt: Most workers earning at or close to the minimum wage are not the sole earners in a household and most of them are not in poor households. For those two reasons, raising the minimum wage is not a targeted way to help poor people, says David R. Henderson, a research fellow with the Hoover Institution. Economists Joseph J. Sabia and Richard V. Burkhauser examined the effects of state minimum wage increases between 2003 and 2007 and reported that they found no evidence the increases lowered state poverty rates.

Mosque spokesman spread antisemitic myth

Excerpt: The spokesman for Örebro mosque wrote that the late Ariel Sharon used Palestinian children's blood to make pudding. The spokesman wrote the claim on his Facebook page and has now deleted it, reports local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda.

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