Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog Fixed--And Lots of News

The blog is working again--I had to reinstall Google Chrome. Sorry for the problems. ~Bob

Obamacare Changes in One Infographic. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: The announcement came after a long list of delays, 27 of them, that the White House has unilaterally made to the law without the consent of Congress. Now, the RNC has released a handy infographic to keep track of it all.

USA Today: Obamacare's Website Still Broken for Many Consumers. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: More than two months after the White House declared "fixed" -- and four months after it was rolled out in spite of failed tests -- the site is still causing "vexing" problems for an untold number of potential consumers, according to USA Today. Health insurance expert Bob Laszewski listed the waysin which the website remains under construction or buggy, but for some customers, basic functions aren't yet operating properly:

Why the White House Is Panicking. By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: All of this is lawlessness of course. The statute clearly says that the mandate is supposed to kick in this year. So why is President Obama taking the extra-constitutional step of letting employers temporarily off the hook? The reason is not hard to understand. Millions of workers are in danger of losing their jobs or their other fringe benefits (such as matches to a retirement savings plan) or being forced to work part-time. Many of them are employees of hotels, restaurants and large retail stores. And these workers just might take out their anger on Democratic candidates in next fall's election.

Must Read: Betrayal in Benghazi. By Colonel Phil Handley 
Excerpt: The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty. Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility. ... Colonel Phil “Hands” Handley, USAF (Ret.) is credited with the highest speed air-to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and the C-130A Hercules. Additionally, he flew 275 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia in the F-4D and F-4E. His awards include 21 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star.

Important: Obama soliciting new policy options for Syria from top aides as peace talks flounder
Excerpt: With U.S.-backed peace talks floundering, President Obama is soliciting new policy options for Syria from top aides, American officials said Friday, as the administration also tries to assure delivery of desperately needed humanitarian supplies. (So much for the great diplomatic triumph of Syria. See, the Syrians, Russian, al Qaeda, Iranians, and assorted Jihadist would all be cooperating nicely if Obama wasn't black. ~Bob)

Important: Senior al-Qaeda figure leaves Iran amid a series of departures by terrorist suspects
Excerpt: A senior al-Qaeda figure with close ties to the terrorist group’s current leader has left Iran, where he had lived for years after fleeing American forces in Afghanistan in 2001, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials. (He is probably the "new, moderate Iran's peace envoy. After all, Obama's great diplomacy has made Iran moderate, and his lead-from-behind, unauthorized war in Libya has made it a safer place for the world, right? And they won't learn. Obama's foreign policy would be funny if it didn't mean that rmericans are going to die--perhaps a city full. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Just when you thought relations between the US and Afghan governments couldn't sink any lower, along comes the spokesman for Afghanistan's High Peace Council, who blames the US for insecurity in Afghanistan and praises Osama bin Laden.

Excerpt: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula freed several of its operatives from the central prison in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a in a complex assault today that involved suicide bombers and an assault team. Nineteen AQAP operatives were among the 29 prisoners who were freed during the attack.

Radical Syrian Deletes Suicide Bombing Fatwa
Excerpt: A radical Syrian cleric who spent January on a U.S. fundraising tour has erased a 2001 fatwa endorsing suicide bombings from his website.

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'in village massacre'
Excerpt: Suspected Islamist militants have raided a Nigerian village and murdered dozens, according to witnesses. The gunmen reportedly rounded up a group of men in Izghe village and shot them, before going door-to-door and killing anyone they found.

Excerpt: The unimaginable horror of this is compounded by the world’s indifference. The few who dare to call attention to jihad attacks like this one are vilified, mocked, shunned, ridiculed, and defamed, even as such attacks multiply and the body count mounts ever higher. Right now Western governments have apparently decided that jihad attacks like this one can’t happen in their countries, and so don’t matter, and that when they take place in faraway lands such as Nigeria, they need not disturb the comforting fictions about Islam’s jihad doctrine that form the cornerstone of so much of their domestic and foreign policy.

Excerpt: Islamic supremacists don’t just want to bypass and denigrate Valentine’s Day. They want you to do so also, and if you don’t, the stones and bullets will start flying. Here again we see that morality in Islamic culture is not so much a matter of virtue freely chosen, but of people living in terror of committing a transgression that could get them killed. Contrary to the fond of imaginings of non-Muslims such as Robert P. George and Dinesh D’Souza, it is not a Republic of Virtue, but an Empire of Fear.

Christian threats force Muslim convoy to turn back in CAR exodus. Peacekeepers prevent crammed cars from leaving Bangui for fear of attack, and evidence emerges of village massacre.
Excerpt: Thousands of Muslims tried to flee the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday, only for their mass convoy of cars and trucks to be turned back as crowds of angry Christians taunted: "We're going to kill you all." The drama unfolded as Amnesty International said it had uncovered evidence of a fresh massacre in a village where the sole surviving Muslim was an orphaned girl aged about 11, and France said it would send an extra 400 peacekeeping troops. Some cars were crammed with as many as 10 people as the convoy made its way through Bangui, the second such attempt to escape in a week, the Associated Press reported. (When you sow the wind with religious based violence, you reap the whirlwind, as it produces a reaction. And neither side makes a distinction between the guilty and the innocent. See the next article. ~Bob.)

13 bodies found in former rebel camp in Bangui
Excerpt: Thirteen decomposing corpses have been discovered in a camp housing ex-rebels in the strife-torn Central African Republic, a prosecutor said on Friday. The corpses, some mere skeletons, were found in a disused fuel tank at a camp of former fighters of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group whose coup a year ago sparked the country’s descent into chaos. Killings and pillaging by ex-Seleka rebels following the coup led to the formation of mainly Christians, whose attacks in recent weeks have led many minority Muslims to flee the country. 

"Islamist groups planned to attack Egyptian synagogues"
Excerpt: El Badil reports that members of "Ansar al Bayt al Maqdis", one of the Sinai Islamist groups fighting in Egypt, have admitted to plotting to blow up synagogues in Cairo and Alexandria.

Excerpt: Pamela Geller is spot on: “Where are the left wing, the gay and LGBT organizations denouncing the Islamic texts that inspire such mayhem and murder of gays? Where is that fierce gay leadership condemning Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia? Where are those brave activists who rushed to condemn me when I ran an ad campaign highlighting Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia? Gay organizations in America say nothing, but loudly condemned my ad campaign highlighting Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia. Why haven’t we heard from SF City Council, the Human Rights CommissionSFHRC head Theresa Sparks, and the enemedia?

Excerpt: “As many as 500 women and girls are killed for ‘honour’ in Pakistan each year, making Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries for women,” said Dr Muazzam Nasrullah, a public health specialist teaching at Emory and West Virginia University, USA, on Friday. (The real "War on Women," which the left is silent about in the name of multi-culturalism. ~Bob)

Excerpt: A tourist bus in the Egyptian town of Taba near the Israeli border was struck by an explosion today that killed at least three people and wounded more than a dozen. The targeted bus, which was carrying tourists who had recently been at the famous St. Catherine's monastery in central Sinai, was preparing to cross into Israel.

Obama Admin Confirms Support for Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist who worked in US Embassy before his Arrest
Excerpt: "We can confirm that a locally employed staff member of the U.S. Embassy was detained on January 25th and that, as far as we understand, he has been held without charges since then…" "The United States does not – has not designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. We have been very clear in Egypt that we will work with all sides and all parties to help move an inclusive process forward. 

How Al Qaeda Is Winning the War on Terror. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: The debate over whether Al Qaeda is on the path to victory or defeat is also a debate over what Al Qaeda is. A vocal school of thought among some foreign experts of the left was that there was no Al Qaeda. The updated version of that thesis was embraced by Obama and some of his subordinates looking to do an end zone dance and hang up the Mission Accomplished banner by celebrating victory over the core of Al Qaeda and dismissing its affiliates, some of which number in the tens of thousands and are fighting to take over entire countries, as Obama put it, as Jayvee players in Lakers uniforms. (To be fair, Obama should know a JV player when he sees one. Say, in the mirror. ~Bob)

Good Marine Officers Avoid Bankruptcy. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: There was a day the Ten Commandants guided the way. But the tablets are under assault. Yet for Marine officers there's history, there's the clear path to success, captured in a Guide, to preclude bankruptcy - of all sorts.

Excerpt: This weekend the Associated Press posted a news item about a national survey indicating Americans are more prejudiced toward Blacks and Hispanics than they were four years ago when Obama took office. Surveyors were amazed that the election of a Black President had failed to bridge the gap between caucasians and Blacks and Hispanics. The surveyors, in an effort to find answers, turned to social scientists and academic elites. Both of these so called experts attributed the increase in prejudice to Americans just being "slow learners". Not one of these "elite" experts were willing to consider that, perhaps, the actions of this President might have been a causative factor.

In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs. --Walter Lippmann (Lippmann was a liberal--Fabian socialist--we have moved far under Obama. ~Bob)

Marines, Fight's On - Might You Engage? By Andy Weddington

Live Not by Lies
Excerpt: Being human, politicians lie. Even in the best regimes. The distinguishing feature of totalitarian regimes however, is that they are built on words that the rulers know to be false, and on somehow constraining the people to speak and act as if the lies were true. Thus the people hold up the regime by partnering in its lies. Thus, when we use language that is “politically correct” – when we speak words acceptable to the regime even if unfaithful to reality – or when we don’t call out politicians who lie to our faces, we take part in degrading America.

What shall we call the Country Formerly Known as Britain? By Charles Moore
Excerpt: Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant the United Kingdom. It was a powerful speech, part of a welcome and overdue campaign to make us all think about what is at stake in the referendum on Scottish independence. It seems strange to argue that the loss of less than 10 per cent of the population would bring this country to an end, and yet I do really suspect it might be so. Mr Cameron did not touch on the question of what the nation, minus Scotland, might be called, perhaps because he does not know and is fearful of making plans for such an eventuality.

Britain has many major problems - racism isn't one of them. It has less prejudice than the countries where I’ve lived before – and more people taking offence. By Clarissa Tan
Excerpt: I am a banana. In Singapore, where I used to live, this needs no explanation — it means I’m yellow on the outside but white on the inside, someone who looks ethnically Chinese but whose way of thinking is ‘western’. There are bananas all over Asia, and I daresay the world. We are better versed in Shakespeare than Confucius, our Mandarin is appalling, and we often have pretentious Anglo or American accents.

James Delingpole quits Telegraph ahead of UK launch of Breitbart UK.
Excerpt: Set up by the late, but always missed, troublemaker Andrew Breitbart, the American conservative website is set to launch over here imminently. It’s a high traffic hire. Along with Buzzfeed UK, it seems our American cousins have accepted that London really is the capital of the world.

Are you now or have you ever been a climate-change skeptic? By Brendan O'Neill
Excerpt: Imagine if there were a campaign to sack every senior government adviser who didn’t believe in God. There’d be outrage, and rightly so. Purging politicos from power on the basis of their private beliefs, on the grounds of what lurks in their conscience, would be seen as an intolerable assault on freedom of thought. Well, the Green Party is proposing just such an assault on senior government advisers – not on the basis of whether they believe in God but on the basis of whether they accept the climate-change consensus. (The left loves every kind of diversity, except the one that really matters--diversity of thought. ~Bob)

An Executive Unbound: The Obama Administration’s Unilateral Actions
Excerpt: In our constitutional system, Congress is charged with enacting the law, and the Executive is charged with enforcing it. The individual liberties of all Americans are at stake when one branch usurps the role of another. As the Framers knew well, the “accumulation of all powers … in the same hands” is the “very definition of tyranny.” (As we well know, the II Amendment was made law by our founding fathers, thereby confirming our God-given, inalienable right that individuals would have the ability and final recourse of defending themselves against a tyrannical government. --MM)
UAW Crushed In Vote Attempting To Unionize At VW Plant In Tennessee, Despite Obama Intercession
Excerpt: Wasn’t it possible that workers who turned down unions simply looked at what Wagner Act unionism had done, say, to Detroit, and decided for themselves that this wasn't what they wanted to happen to their company? " (Guess the majority still doesn't buy into the whole Communist/Marxist/union thingy. At least not in Tennessee. --MM)

Obama's clever campaign to constrict the flow of criticism. By Andrew Malcolm
Excerpt: Among the many costs of the Barack Obama presidency is an intentional corrosion for its own political gain of public faith in so many American institutions, among them Congress, the Supreme Court and the media. If numerous sectors of society are feuding or distrustful of each other, then a well-controlled central authority like a chief executive can more easily rule the pieces. It's classic Chicago politics, the way the mayor there controls the city's feuding neighborhood fiefdoms of Democrat pols and workers. (Another incisive article, perfectly zeroed in on the strategy and tactics so effectively used by Mr. Obama et al. Moving to intimidate media outlets with a nationwide "study" of newsroom values, etc, is absolutely beautiful practice of the principles used in so many dictatorships. And a very independent body, Reporters Without Borders, fully credits the sharp drop in press freedom in this country. Can this awaken even classic Liberal thinkers to the downsides of our current government? --Del)

'And they were naked – and not ashamed': Church allows nude worship
Excerpt: A church in the US state of Virginia has taken the bizarre decision to allow its congregation to attend services in the nude. Pastor Allen Parker, the leader of White Tail Chapel in the town of Southampton, said he came to the decision to allow naked worship after concluding the clothing requirements of other churches were overly 'pretentious', and decided his own flock should be free to forgo such materialism if they desire.

Gabe Sonnier Was An Elementary School's Janitor For 27 Years. Now He's The Principal
Excerpt: Joseph "Gabe" Sonnier used to clean up after everyone at Port Barre Elementary in Port Barre, La. Now, the former janitor is the principal at that school. The journey to his promotion began in 1985 when Port Barre's then-principal pulled Sonnier aside, CBS Evening News reported.

Fitch Piles On As Third Credit Rating Agency To Sink Puerto Rico To 'Junk' Bond Status
Excerpt: The last of three major U.S. credit rating agencies downgraded Puerto Rico's debt by two notches to "junk" status on Tuesday. (doesn't say what party controls Puerto Rico. Hummm. ~Bob)

Hoffman’s selfish death leaves children behind to suffer
Excerpt: But Hoffman’s death was nothing of the kind, not sad, certainly not tragic. It was just the death of a selfish man who decided that mainlining heroin for the zubby buzz was more important than his three young children, ages 10, 7 and 5; more important than his work as a superb actor; and in the end, even more important than his life. He didn’t care; he just wanted to get high. (Agree with this. I lean towards legalization and government sales, because, like the War on Poverty, government has screwed up and lost the war on Drug and we all pay for the crime to support drug habits. But if I could push a button and kill every drug dealer--murderers all in my view--we wouldn't have a drug problem, just a huge offal disposal problem. ~Bob)

Mob of teens film themselves attacking and robbing disabled vet while shouting 'Knock that white boy out!' 
Excerpt: Three teenagers accused of beating and robbing a disabled Army veteran on an Ohio bus while shouting racial slurs have been arrested. Police apprehended Kenneth Matthews, Ronald Reid Williams and an unnamed 16-year-old girl who allegedly filmed last Friday's daytime attack on her cellphone, as they tried to flee. The trio were among up to eight teenagers who allegedly mobbed Matthew Robinson on the RTA Healthline in Cleveland. (While this hurts the victim, it also hurts decent black folks who will suffer from the stereotype of black violence. ~Bob)

Obama Administration Opens Banks to Marijuana Businesses
Excerpt: The Obama administration on Friday issued guidelines that potentially open banks to marijuana businesses. Banks are now free to provide services to marijuana-related businesses in states like Colorado and Washington, where sales of the drug are permitted. Regulators stressed that the move will enable financial intuitions to better report possible criminal activity. (Now we know why they gave free guns to drug cartels and gave the border patrol staff bean bags. Wonder what the fed cut of the dealing is? Back in the Eliott Ness days, this used to be called “money laundering” and be illegal. Chicago rules. --Barb)

Ben Carson, family and friends target of IRS harassment for criticizing Obama
Excerpt… “Finally, after a few months, they went away. But they’ve come after my family, they’ve come after my friends, they’ve come after associates," he added. Until now, Newsmax said, Dr. Carson has shied away from tying the IRS actions to his criticism of Obama, but now he says Americans live "in a Gestapo age" even though they may not realize it. (Article adds that “He also said a charitable organization that aids inmates’ children was informed last year, for the first time in recent years, that they would no longer be receiving a $1 million annual grant from the Justice Department.” --Barb. It's the Chicago way. ~Bob)

American Cancer. By D.L. Hammack
Excerpt: An imperial presidency? "Actions that would normally be seen in a banana republic" as Dr. Charles Krauthammer put it in a recent Fox News segment? Call it what you will, but regardless of the moniker we give it, know this: The lawless behavior of our president and his administration is nothing less than a cancer buried deep in the belly of America; a cancer that metastasizes daily consuming the good cells that were once the foundation of this nation.

Who gets rich off of blocking the Keystone XL pipeline? By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. ...
According to his personal financial disclosure forms, [Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.] has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his most recent financial disclosure. Kinder Morgan is looking to build a pipeline that would directly compete with Keystone.

Obama Kicking a Door: Racist
Excerpt: Anything critical of Obama is racist anymore. Check it out: A student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada was forced to issue a formal apology for emailing a picture of President Obama kicking open a door–all because some students thought the image was somehow racist. The image was actually an edited .gif, and was shown by Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” last fall. (When everything is racist, nothing is racist. This hurts black folks most of all, as it disguises real racism which still exists and makes folks not believe in it. ~Bob)

'Zero Tolerance' Strikes Again. From The Patriot Post
So-called "zero tolerance" policies are all the rage in our nation's public schools, as educators try to come up with some way to deal with cultural degradation that they themselves play a large part in creating. The policy usually ends up making administrators look stupid, however, as was the case when a Chicago sixth-grader was recently interrogated and suspended for voluntarily turning in to security guards a toy gun he accidentally still had in his jacket pocket. While Barack Obama's city suffers a perpetual blood bath from real (and, we might add, often illegal) guns in the hands of gangbangers, the school has ensured that at least one "dangerous criminal" is off the streets.

Hollywood Double Standards. From The Patriot Post
One of the great leftist causes of the last few decades has been the minimum wage. We're told that the only way for the economy to take off is for businesses to be forced to pay more for labor. Yet in at least one case, it's a "do what I say, not what I do" proposition. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hollywood pays at or below the minimum wage more than twice as often as the national workforce in general, and the median wage for hourly workers in Hollywood is $2.74 per hour less than the national average. Hypocrisy, thy name is Hollywood.

Gun control: Federal court guts California’s concealed-carry rules. By Josh Richman
Excerpt: People seeking permits to carry concealed weapons don’t have to prove “good cause” beyond truthfully saying they want to be able to defend themselves, a divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday. (Very, very interesting. Reading some of the requirements CA cities have in place for carry permits was really instructional, they are super restrictive. Hopefully it'll go to the Supremes and be upheld. --Del)

Economic Gains from Eliminating Travel Visas
Excerpt: By eliminating travel visas, the United States could see an increase of 45 million to 67 million tourists each year, which adds up to somewhere between $90 billion and $123 billion in visitor spending. ... Tourism produces an economic impact similar to exports. Just as export restrictions hurt the economy, visa policies that restrict travel to the United States prevent important economic activity and wealth maximization. 9but for security, you'd have to keep them for some countries. That the Left would never permit, because "all cultures are equally valid," even those who hang gays, mutilate little girls, murder people who believe differently and oppress women. ~Bob)

The Rise of Medical Identity Theft. By Michael Ollove
Excerpt: If modern technology has ushered in a plague of identity theft, one particular strain of the disease has emerged as most virulent: medical identity theft. Last month the Identity Theft Resource Center produced a survey showing that breaches of medical records involving personal information accounted for 43 percent of all records breaches involving personal information reported in the United States in 2013. 

Primer: Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage. By Ben Gitis 
Excerpt: Would a hike in the minimum wage help those in poverty? This remains highly contested, especially in academia. Several argue that increasing the minimum wage would do little to combat poverty and that further improving the earned income tax credit (EITC) would be much more effective. The EITC better targets families in poverty and incentivizes people to work, the key to moving out of poverty. Those without jobs are four times more likely to be in poverty than those who are employed.

Tortured in Vietnam’s worst prison, 11 US soldiers were unbreakable. By Maureen Callahan
Excerpt: On September 9, 1965, Navy Cmdr. James Bond Stockdale was flying his A-4 Skyhawk on a mission over North Vietnam, just days after the Gulf of Tonkin incident, when his plane took fire and hurtled down. Forced to eject with seconds to spare, he landed with severe injuries: his left leg bent sideways by 60 degrees and his kneecap smashed; his left shoulder dislocated, rendering his arm useless; his back, he thought, likely was broken. Stockdale was quickly discovered by villagers, who beat him and dragged him through the streets until he was delivered to his ultimate destination: the Hoa Lo prison, or, as it was derisively known among the American POWs held there, the Hanoi Hilton. (The title is inaccurate, everybody broke at some point, skillful prolonged torture will break anyone eventually. But they all recovered and always fought back, they never caved in to the dominance of their captors. How they could do that is almost beyond understanding. They were the best ever, and should be a source of enormous pride to all Americans. (Not to mention total contempt for their torturers, who have never paid any price for their barbarous acts. Interesting the the world worries about men living in comparative luxury in Gitmo, but never paid any real attention to what the communists did to our men during the war.) --Del)

Worth Reading: The End of Government. By Robert J. Samuelson
Excerpt: The cause is no mystery. An aging population and higher health spending automatically increase budget outlays, which induce the president and Congress to curb spending on almost everything else, from defense to food stamps. Over the next decade, all the government’s projected program growth stems from Social Security and health care, including the Affordable Care Act. 

U.S. Army Builds Replica City to Practice Invasion
Excerpt: The 300 acre “town” includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone…the realistic subway station comes complete with subway (cars) and the train station has real train (cars). The subway (cars) even carry the same logo as the (cars) in Washington DC… All of the streets and businesses sport signage written in English and the town is American in every aspect. What is causing skepticism are the somewhat muddled justifications offered up by the Army for such a “city. (This along with the DHS purchase of millions of rounds of hollow point ammunition and the firing of top military personnel should give one pause at the very least. --JB. Nick Diamos: Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. ~Bob)

excerpt: Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Black people attack older guy. His neck is broke. And, oh yeah, its been happening in Stamford, Connectictut for a while. Police: Stamford High School employee Vicor Eng brutally assaulted by 4 teens, 1 arrested – News 12 Connecticut.

Another Knockout Game. This one on video in Cambridge. By Colin Flaherty 

Excerpt: If you've been keeping up with Obama's attention grabbing executive order to raise the minimum wage you know that only 4% of all jobs are paid at minimum wage. You should also know that every economic study done over the past 70 years shows that raising the minimum wage more than a few percent always results in fewer minimum jobs available. As we've mentioned here before, minimum wage jobs are meant for young folks; it has always been intended for kids without works skills. No rocket science required here… simply teaches a kid how to show up for work on time, work as a team, and learn a few basic skills.

National Public Radio (@NPRNews) Misrepresents Facts to Fan Racial Tension By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: On February 6, 2014, NPR listeners heard this report about the voting rights act. A portion of the story involves Macon, GA, where I live. NPR did its listeners a great disservice in how it presented the story. But don’t believe partisan conservative me. An attorney for the local Democratic Party is calling foul too. As Dave Oedel, the local Democratic Party attorney (who, being that Macon is Macon and it is a small world, is also my neighbor and constitutional law professor from law school), points out a number of facts that directly contradict the premise of the NPR story. (NPR is liberal. Facts don't matter, only intentions and feeling good about them. ~Bob)

Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?
13 for 13. ~Bob. The sad things is that with a quiz that easy, only 7% of adults in this country can get them all right. Science is not taught anywhere nearly as well as it should be. And scientific reasoning and the cultivation of objectivity are hardly even taught to science majors. Nor is the proper use of Statistics. And we spend more per pupil in public education than most other Western countries. What a lousy situation. --Del

Judge Jeannine Pirro Statement
To All: A friend sent this video that is a recent 20 minute statement by Judge Jeanine Pirro. It is a brilliant analysis of the latest actions of an over reaching President. It absolutely worth watching. Bob

Media Ignores Chick-fil-A's Christian Charity in Ice Storm
Excerpt: Audrey Pitt, manager of the Chick-fil-A described the conditions: “Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there. It was a parking lot as far as I could see. At one point there were more people walking than driving.” Meadows and his employees fired up the kitchen and began preparing chicken sandwiches as fast as they could. They prepared several hundred sandwiches and then Meadows and his staff headed out and began distributing the hot meals to the stranded motorists on both sides of Highway 280. (OK, here are some very Christian Americans acting out the highest principles of Christianity and American generosity to the needy, and somehow, it never made the front page of the NYTimes. Or any page. Or NBC/CBS/ABS/ et al. Just got totally lost in all the many stories of the stranded motorists in the horrible weather. But you might have thought it was newsworthy, wouldn't you? Somehow, all those editors and reporters and TV talking heads just couldn't find time or space for it. That's our media, thoughtful, conscientious, always seeking the truth, utterly unbiased..... Sure. Right. And maybe you want to buy this nice bridge I have available up in New York. --Del)

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