Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lots of great items today

Lots of great items today. In Thursday for what I think will be my 16th bronchoscopy since the transplant. They stick a scope, a suction tube and a took for debriding, etc down my throat and beaver away. But I'm asleep, thankfully. ~Bob

Veteran long celebrated by Marines to be awarded Medal of Honor
Excerpt: Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter doesn’t remember much about the day he and a fellow Marine were caught in the blast of a hand grenade in southern Afghanistan while manning a rooftop security post. There was almost no time to react before the explosion tore into him in a searing, angry ball of white light. ... Remarkably, Carpenter did survive, despite horrific wounds. Just as remarkable is how he sustained them — by throwing himself on the grenade in an attempt to save his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, from harm.

Worth Reading: This Propels Asian-American Kids to Head of Class: Reading, math tests showed little difference in innate abilities compared to whites, other minorities. By Amy Norton
Excerpt: Asian-American students have a reputation as high achievers, and a new study suggests their success comes mainly from hard work rather than innate ability. It's well known that compared with white students, Asian-American kids tend to get higher grades, do better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college -- including elite universities. Asians were discriminated against in the American west as badly as or worse than other ethnic groups. The violence directed at them was at least as bad as anything the KKK did. The Chinese in particularly arrived here destitute, while Japanese Americans often lost everything when the Roosevelt administration sent them to camps during WWII. Yet today they have incomes above the national average, and their kids are discriminated against on the basis of race in college admissions, in the holy name of "diversity," so they won't overload the universities. If you could transfer the work ethic and commitment to education of Asian and Jewish American families to all ethnic groups, poverty would be a very small problem in a generation. Pay attention. Race doesn't matter--culture does. You might want to write that down. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Mister President, It's Time! By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Not quite ten months ago I, a responsible, independent-thinking, concerned citizen, wrote you a gentlemanly and to the point letter. That letter is next under. The favor of reply there was not but understandable considering the volume sent to The White House and your busy days.

Poverty and Snow Storms. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: Eventually she collapsed in the snow and died -- something like 50 feet from her home that she could not see. All too often that image comes back to me when I see so many people in poverty wandering off in all directions, either alone or following some of the many local or national messiahs -- often not very far from a way out of their poverty but, like the lady who died in the snow storm, unable to see the way.

SunTrust Reverses Decision On Conservative Benham Brothers
Excerpt: After an uproar from conservative customers, SunTrust Banks announced Friday afternoon that the decision to end its relationship with real estate' class="itxtrst itxtrstimg itxthookicon" v:shapes="itxthook0icon">  entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham had been reversed.

The First False Flag of the Veterans Health Administration Scandal
Excerpt: Reports from the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. last week announced that Dr. Robert Petzel, the Under Secretary for Health for the Veterans Health Administration, will be retiring at the end of the year and a commission to seek his successor is being formed."

Holder confronts racial issues in address as White House puts discrimination at the fore
Excerpt: Saturday, Holder warned against the spectacle of such episodes. “These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done,” Holder said. “The greatest threats,” he continued, “are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized.” (And what is a "subtle threat" of racial discrimination? Why, any opposition or disagreement with Obama's or Holder's policies or actions, of course! ~Bob)

The real Benghazi scandal was Obama's drive-by war in Libya. By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: There is a real Benghazi scandal and it's this: President Obama illegally invaded Libya, overthrew Moammar Gadhafi, and then--due to politics--left a power vacuum that terrorists filled, turning Libya into a hotbed of jihadist groups. The 2012 attack that killed four Americans was a consequence of the disorder and violence the administration left in the wake of its drive-by war.

Federal subsidy for Brazilian granite hurts U.S. rivals By Timothy P. Carney
Excerpt: Granite manufacturers are one of many U.S. industries struggling to compete with foreign competition -- which makes it odd that the federal government is subsidizing a Brazilian granite project.

DCCC Issues Apology to GOP Congressional Candidate. Daniel Doherty
Excerpt: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is distancing itself from a staffer-approved email blast accusing New York State Senator and GOP congressional candidate Lee Zeldin of cowardice for refusing to publicly endorse -- or disavow -- the Paul Ryan budget plan. Zeldin is a veteran of the Iraq War.

Shocking News: Government Workers Support Democrats. By Bruce Bialosky
Excerpt: The fact is, as the Washington Times article points out, some employees at the IRS brazenly encouraged taxpayers to vote for Obama; no shock to those of us who work with these people. First, it is because of the nature of the people who tend to take these jobs. (The more government employees and the more people dependent on government entitlements, the more votes for democrats--until, of course, the coming fiscal collapse. The Coming Collapse of the American Republic http://tiny.cc/g02s4  ~Bob)

Democrats' #WaronthePoor: President Obama's Big Carbon Crackdown Readies For Launch
Excerpt: The EPA is about to impose a new regulation that will reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants starting June 2 and will become permanent in 2015. The new regulation, according to Politico, is the “most dramatic anti-pollution regulation in a generation.” Because the new regulation will further cripple the coal industry, as coal-burning plants will be severely affected, American power will become more dependent on natural gas, solar and wind.

Congressional Cemetery seeks more residents
Excerpt: The historic Congressional Cemetery was for decades the final resting place for some of America’s most powerful and well-known public figures including senators and original G-man J. Edgar Hoover. But changing times have since left plenty of additional open space that cemetery officials are trying to fill in ambitious and occasionally humorous ways. (I have some candidates...~Bob)
Excerpt: After releasing tens of thousands of criminal aliens, President Obama urgently asks law enforcement officials to lean on Republicans to pass amnesty. Will the GOP deport itself out of victory this year? Congressman Lamar Smith called it "the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials."

Dept Of Agriculture Orders Submachine Guns With 30-Round Magazines
Excerpt: A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks "the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W." According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an "ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding," and a "30 rd. capacity" magazine. They also want the submachine guns to have a "sling," be "lightweight," and have an "oversized trigger guard for gloved operation." (Watch out Boll Weevils! Guns are only bad if you own them, not government ag agents. ~Bob)

Quote from The Patriot Post
"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." --Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government, 1791.

The new app that tracks your carbon footprint — and lords it over your friends. By Samantha Larson
Excerpt: Monroe is the CEO of Oroeco, a recently launched web app that tracks a user’s personal impact on climate change. The app not only helps you quantify your own footprint — based on your spending habits, made possible through linking up with Mint.com — but by logging in with Facebook it’ll allow you to compare your carbon sins with those of your virtual community. ... Something that comes as a shock to a lot of our users: The average person who says they care about climate change actually has a substantially worse than average footprint. Generally that’s because they tend to have a bit more money, and they tend to be people who like to think of themselves as multicultural and like to get out and see the world. 

How Much Is Obama Worth?. By Zach Noble
Excerpt: According to a financial disclosure form released by the White House Thursday, the Obama family’s assets were worth up to $7 million in 2013. (He only paid $98,169 in taxes. With enough money to qualify him as a One-Percenter, maybe he should take the advice of Hillary Clinton who said at the New America Foundation Conference Friday, "America is strongest when prosperity is shared. ... I urge elites to pay their fair share." --The Patriot Post.)

First lady and Holder talk race in a nation ‘bothered’ by it
Excerpt: In separate speeches over the weekend, first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. talked about race and the need for all Americans to not shy away from this messy conversation.\ (Who is shying away? "Essay: Racism in America" by Robert A. Hall

MORE HELL FROM MICHELLE: MO Wants Students to Monitor Their Family for ‘Racism’
Excerpt: There can be no aspect of your daily life that’s removed from politics. Now you will be monitored by your own children for expressing unapproved opinions. You’d better watch what you say at the dinner table, Mom and Dad. (Just as was said in the former USSR, "the walls have ears "~JB)

U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying. By Michael S. Schmidt
Excerpt: The Department of Justice said on Monday it had charged five individuals in China’s People’s Liberation Army in connection with stealing trade secrets from some of the largest American companies, including Westinghouse, United States Steel and Alcoa.
The move marked a rare instance of the United States charging foreign government employees with economic espionage, and it increased the tensions between American and Chinese officials who have accused each other in public and in private of using military assets to initiate hacks and cyberattacks. (I support the Obama Administration on this, and hope they really follow through. But what if China threatens to stop funding their spending by buying US debt? ~Bob)

No Keystone XL Means More Railroad Spills
Excerpt: Transporting oil via the Keystone XL pipeline is the safest, most environmentally-friendly way to transport crude oil, contends Terry Anderson, president of the Property and Environment Research Center. Crude oil is going to continue moving, regardless of whether the president approves Keystone XL. If the pipeline is not approved, oil will have to move via railroad. In deciding to approve Keystone XL, Anderson says, the question should be which method of transport is safer. The answer? Pipelines. A February report from the State Department concluded that pipelines greater than 12 inches in diameter spilled 910,000 gallons of crude oil and petroleum in 2013. Tank cars, however, spilled 1.15 million gallons. Those figures may seem relatively comparable. However, pipelines carry close to 25 times more crude oil and petroleum than do railroad cars. (Blocking cheaper oil is just part of the Democrats #WaronthePoor. ~Bob)

Excerpt: You've seen them dozens of times somewhere around your neighborhood. A ten year old kid plucks a dozen lemons from mom's tree in the back yard. They cut up the lemons, fill up a pitcher with water, throw in some sugar, and, "voila", they're in business...lemonade: 10 cents a glass. Let the government open that same lemonade stand. They'll hire a million dollar designer architect, pay him a million bucks to design a stone and glass edifice, erect the building for another five or ten million (winning bidder has to be a lobbyist over on K Street). Then they'll hire an interior designer who'll select the finest draperies, install new furniture, install a wall of filing cabinets, then put out a federal call for two hundred $150,000 dollars per year bureaucrats. Then, they'll buy each federal slug a personal I-Pad and a desktop I-Mac, and an I-Phone which the slugs will use to draw up a sole source contract with a "green farmer" who can provide organic lemons. Think that doesn't happen? Well, you weren't reading the weekend headlines, then. Remember all those old vets who died waiting months for an appointment at a VA hospital? Remember our VA Secretary crying "budget restraints" as the cause? Well, this weekend we learned that the VA spent $697,000,000 dollars on new drapes, new furniture and new office equipment in the last three years...even as their "customers" were dying before their eyes as they "cooked the books" and said no veteran was waiting for treatment. Or perhaps the IRS is more to your liking. We also learned this week that, when the IRS is not harassing conservative groups, they are busy playing video games. (While I agree that big government is by nature wasteful and inefficient, I have to defend the VA Hospital here in Madison, WI. Throughout my lung transplant process, I haven't interacted with one professional, from the surgeon to the CNAs, who I would not want to care for me in the future. The appointments have been fine. There have been small glitches, but not as bad as with most big organizations--I've had worse with banks and cable companies. There is some "deferred maintenance on the building, and the chow is pretty bad when they stick you inside, maybe to get you to want to go home...~Bob)

3 gay GOP congressional runs come as party tries to evolve on marriage, hold on to base
Excerpt: It is a pointed question because Innis is running for Congress. He is gay, and he is a Republican. His response: “I am running on free-market issues. That’s what I’m focused on,” Innis says. “The social issue has been settled here in New Hampshire.” (Has Obama called to congratulate them on their courage as he did with the gay football payer? If not, why not? ~Bob)

'Believers bias' is apparently acceptable prejudice. By Rabbi Avi Shafran
Excerpt: A sports team owner's base racism remains the talk of the world town. But a more subtle -- and thus more dangerous -- prejudice has been on public display, too, of late. It was largely ignored, however, likely because the bias revealed was against Bible-observing Jews.

Poll Finds Wide Support for Voter ID Laws. By Leah Barkoukis 
Excerpt: Seventy percent of respondents said voter ID laws are “needed to stop illegal voting,” while 27 percent said these laws are “unnecessary and discourage legal voting.”

The More We Learn via Gowdy’s Benghazi Investigation – The Closer We are to Martial Law
Excerpt: The whole scenario of the Benghazi incident seems cut and dry to most Americans, our Consulate was attacked by terrorists, resulting in the deaths of 6 Americans. So why the lies and cover up from the Obama Administration? The answer is because there is a lot more to Benghazi than meets the eye. First of all, this was a blatant attack on Americans, not a protest that got out of hand in connection with the YouTube video, Innocence of Muslims, as we were told by the Administration shortly after the incident.

Judicial Watch's Investigation Leads Directly To Washington
Excerpt: These documents reveal that, contrary to claims by Lois Lerner and other top IRS officials, the handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency’s Washington, DC, headquarters, rather than out in the hinterlands. They show extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. And they contain IRS emails that directly contradict Lerner’s misleading explanations, uncovered for the first time by JW, to investigators about the targeting of Tea Party organizations. (As Bob would say, "Show me your shocked face..." --Barb)

Morgan Freeman on Black History Month
This is so true, it is racist to have a black history month, do we have one for Irish, Jews, Spanish, the way to stop racism is to stop talking about it and just treat people as people. Not special, not distinct as a culture, but as human beings.

Sea Level Rises Are An Insignificant Problem To Which We Can Easily Adapt, Says New Report
Excerpt: Attempts to stem sea level rises by reducing CO2 levels in order to "combat" global warming are a complete waste of time says a new report by two of the world's leading oceanographic scientists. Over the last 150 years, average global sea levels have risen by around 1.8 mm per annum - a continuation of the melting of the ice sheets which began 17,000 years ago. Satellite measurements (which began in 1992) put the rate higher - at 3mm per year. But there is no evidence whatsoever to support the doomsday claims made by Al Gore in 2006 that sea levels will rise by 20 feet by the end of the century, nor even the more modest prediction by James Hansen that they will rise by 5 metres.

White House says Obama only learned of VA wait-list scandal on TV (just like the IRS, Fast and Furious and reporter snooping scandals)
The crew that held Bush responsible for every miscue on Hurricane Katrina holds Obama responsible for nothing, because he never knows what is going on on his watch. ~Bob

Of course he lied about their statement. Why should they get special treatment? ~Bob

Excerpt: A Yale University professor, the honored speaker at a small Pennsylvania college's graduation ceremony castigated the graduates for having fostered a riot in protest of the previously scheduled speaker, the President of Berkley, who was forced to break up an Occupy protest at UC when it turned violent. The Yale professor admonished the graduates for being of small mind and intolerant of opposing points of view. This comes on the heels of a plethora of similar protests, all driven by liberals mind you, across this nation. I found it a bit ironic that a Yale Civics and Sociology professor, one who surely helped to indoctrinate our nation's youth in the liberal philosophy is himself shocked at how effective he and his fellow academics have succeeded in brainwashing....to the extent that their liberal views have already hardened..and to the extent that tolerance of opposing points of view is no longer allowed.

Excerpt: Bob Lenz, who is linked to a group that opposes abortion, was expected to give a talk about teen suicide at Brat Fest, said Tim Metcalfe, the co-owner of the grocery stores that co-sponsor the four-day event that starts Friday at the Alliant Energy Center. But numerous negative comments that followed a story in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal that included details about Lenz’s appearance helped lead him to believe that “maybe this isn’t the right venue for it,” Metcalfe said. ... He also is linked to Save the Storks, a group based in Colorado Springs that parks buses outside abortion clinics and offers free ultrasound images to pregnant women. (And if his talk might have saved a teen's life? What of it. A dead teen is a small price to pay so the perpetually-offended of Madison, WI can feel all PC. ~Bob)

I think we should model our immigration laws on Mexico's. ~Bob

Macklemore's Anti-Jewish Rap: Same Hate
Excerpt: he worst thing about Macklemore's antisemitic performance in Seattle last Friday is not that he dressed up as a hook-nosed, black-bearded Jewish caricature (in a non-ironic fashion). Nor is it that he performed his song "Thrift Shop," driving home the stereotype. Nor is it that Macklemore pulled his stunt despite being fêted by Hollywood as a symbol of tolerance for gays, winning awards and accolades for his 2013 anthem "Same Love."

The Descent of Mann. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Yale law professor Stephen Carter has written an imaginary address to America's Class of 2014, which is currently busy disinviting truckloads of distinguished speakers from their graduation ceremonies. In the course of his remarks, Professor Carter observes:
The literary critic George Steiner, in a wonderful little book titled "Nostalgia for the Absolute," long ago predicted this moment. We have an attraction, he contended, to higher truths that can sweep away complexity and nuance. We like systems that can explain everything. Intellectuals in the West are nostalgic for the tight grip religion once held on the Western imagination. They are attracted to modes of thought that are as comprehensive and authoritarian as the medieval church. Oddly enough, Professor Carter doesn't so much as mention "climate change", but "Nostalgia for the Absolute" fits, doesn't it? "Higher truths that can sweep away complexity and nuance"? If you sweep them away as thoroughly as climate absolutist Michael E Mann, you find yourself sitting across the table from an interviewer who believes that, if it's 10 Celsius today and 15 Celsius tomorrow, that means it's 50 per cent warmer. And you don't mind the company you're keeping, because when it comes to your "higher truth" this guy believes, he believes absolutely - which is all that matters. (For anyone who has some interest in the Climate Change topic, below is an article about one aspect of it, which deals with how the slightest deviation from the tight script of the real fanatics will get anyone, no matter their record or actual position, cast into the outer darkness instantly, and made the object of deep scorn. Michael Mann is a sad joke as a scientist, his personal attitudes and actions are typical of a spoiled teenager screaming obscenities at the people he doesn't like, and he doesn't like anyone who challenges him in the least way. Given how easy it is to challenge some of his work, this has led to him attacking a bunch of people, and entering into lawsuits against some of them, notably Mark Steyn and National Review. I can't wait for the trial, when Prof. Mann is going to get gutted in open court, which he deserves so richly. This kind of fanaticism and viciousness is NOT science, it's flawed people pretending to be scientists as cover for their supposed authority in attacking others. And it makes any real scientist sad, as it does me. --Del)

Worth Reading: A Brief History of Obama’s ‘Angry’ Moments. By Reid J. Epstein
Excerpt: Stories about perilously long wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities are the latest chapter in President Barack Obama being mad about something. Mr. Obama hasn’t said so himself yet, but White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough took to CNN Thursday to say that “nobody’s more mad than the president.” Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the president is “concerned and angry” about the situation. That, as my colleagues Colleen McCain Nelson and Ben Kesling write, reprised, nearly verbatim, a similar White House tactic from last fall’s health-care website debacle. (Nobody's madder than Obama about his administration's many failures? readers of this blog may beg to differ. ~Bob. The Obama administration is dangerously depleting our nation's reserves of speechwriting clichés. For example, when some terrible mess blows up on the president's watch, what does he say? Come on. You know it. No one is madder than him. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt. Geraghty also points out that Obama frequently uses "I will not rest until" such and such happens. ~Bob)

Benghazi Constructs: Much is still murky, but the Obama team was at the least guilty of negligence and deception. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Almost everything the administration has alleged about Benghazi has proven false. Yet also, in Machiavellian fashion, the Obama group successfully peddled useful fictions, effectively deluded the country, adroitly ensured President Obama’s reelection, and cast aspersions on those who sought the truth. In that sense, so far, the lies about Benghazi have won, the truth has failed. So what really happened?

Worth Reading: Debunking Myths About Inequality
Excerpt: A common political narrative today is that America's rich continue to get richer while the poor become poorer, leading lawmakers to call for higher taxes and increases in the minimum wage. But there are a number of fictions surrounding the inequality debate. ...
Myth 1: Inequality has never been worse. The distribution of wealth in the U.S. has been relatively stable over the last several decades. In 1965, the top one percent of Americans held 34.4 percent of the country's wealth; in 2010, that figure was at 35.4 percent. ... Myth 2: The rich inherit their money. Actually, 80 percent of American millionaires are the first in their families to become millionaires. ... Myth 3: The rich stay rich, while the poor remain poor.

Excerpt: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said yesterday that President Obama was “madder than hell” when he found out about the VA’s serial incompetence and alleged book-cooking that caused as many as 40 U.S. veterans to die while on “secret wait lists.” ... "The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.
Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting."

VA hospital officials shredded documents to hide existence of secret waiting lists that killed U.S. veterans
This is sickening. I can only speak for myself, but the care I have received at the Madison, WI VA Hospital as I went through the lung transplant process has been superb. (Yes, I now have issues that are life threatening. no person's fault--the luck of the draw--and they are still in there pitching.) There has been no medical professional there, from the surgeons and other docs, the transplant NP and transplant coordinator, the PT guys, the other professionals, to the nurses and the health techs (CNAs) that I would not want to have care for me or a loved one in the future. Even the housekeeping crew went out of their way to be helpful during my three (so far) inpatient stays. So I can't join in the bashing. It has been very helpful to me at a stressful time to have the VA coordinating my care and billing out to Medicare and my Medigap insurance policy for the costs as appropriate. I could not have asked for more. ~Bob

McConnell beats Tea Party challenge to win primary, now faces tough November contest
Excerpt: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily defeated a Tea Party challenge in Tuesday's GOP primary to keep his Kentucky Senate seat and now faces a November race that is emerging as the toughest in his five-term career.

Obama On Benghazi: 'It's Not Serious'
Excerpt: At a 60-person Democratic fundraiser Monday night, President Barack Obama told donors that debates over scandals such as Benghazi and Obamacare are pointless.

Bill O'Reilly on America's race problem
I don't watch Bill O'Reilly, he's too much of an entertainer and constant interrupter for me, and goes over the top with his commentary pretty regularly in my opinion. But even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, and even a partisan commentator will occasionally deliver a presentation which isn't all nonsense and bluster. In this short video O'Reilly comes down very direct and hard on the major problem of the urban Black communities, and spares none of the leaders in those communities for not taking stands that would really be far more meaningful that the standard lectures on victimology. What he says in here might be said in different ways that would be less abrasive to some, but the base facts are still what they are. Listen if you feel like it. --Del

Obamacare news

Obamacare Increases Large Employers Health Costs

The Health Insurance Illusion
Excerpt: Health insurance gives Americans the illusion that they are spending someone else's money when they receive medical treatment, explains Jeffrey Singer, general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. According to a new report from Harvard and Dartmouth researchers, health care costs will grow faster than the U.S. economy for at least the next twenty years. The study's projection has major implications, as Americans already spend 20 percent of their pre-tax income on health care. (Can't be true--Obama promised that Obamacare would reduce healthcare costs. And we know all the other Obamacare promises he made were as good as...fool's gold. ~Bob)

Study: Medicaid Expansion Will Raise Unemployment
Excerpt: A new study reveals that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion will lead to significant unemployment among childless adults, reports Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution. A new National Bureau of Economic Research paper analyzed the impact of Medicaid expansion on work incentives, specifically among low-income adults without children. Previously ineligible for Medicaid, childless adults now have access to the program through the Obamacare expansion. (This isn't a bug--it's a feature. The more people dependent on government, the more votes for the party of big government. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Judicial Watch today released a 106-page document obtained on May 1 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), revealing that on its first full day of operation, October 1, 2013, Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov received only one enrollment. The document, obtained in response to a November 25, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against HHS, also reveals that on the second day of Healthcare.gov operation, 48% of registrations failed (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:13-cv-01855)).

Religion of Peace News

Brave Writer, Worth Reading: Our debauched human condition. By Babar Sattar
Excerpt: RASHID Rehman was told in court he would be killed for accepting the brief of a blasphemy accused. And then he was killed. TTP believes the administration of polio drops is a devious Western device to render Muslims impotent. It has continued to attack polio workers in Fata, KP and Karachi. Consequently, Pakistan has emerged as one of three countries that still export polio in this century. The other two are Syria and Cameroon. Syria alleges that polio has been exported to it by Pakistan along with militants carrying it and WHO thinks that might be true.

The Brunei Moment. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: The Hollywood outrage over Sharia law in Brunei, accompanied by celebrity boycotts, doesn’t represent a real awakening, but it does represent an opportunity.
Gay rights activists have mostly overlooked the impact of Islamic law in party spots like Dubai and Doha. The UAE has had the death penalty for homosexuality on the books for some time. Iran, a cause célèbre for the left ever since Bush considered bombing its nuclear weapons program, executes gay men. So why is Brunei being singled out?

Teenager kills man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan police station
Excerpt: A teenager walked into a Pakistani police station on Friday and shot dead a 65-year-old man from a minority sect accused of blasphemy, their spokesman said, the second murder involving the country's controversial blasphemy laws in as many weeks.

Muslim blasphemer Pardoned while death for Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan
Excerpt: Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has expressed concerns on double standards of implementation of Blasphemy law on citizens of Pakistan because when any Muslim commits blasphemy on electronic media watched by millions then he is pardoned after a simple apology note but when a Christian or Ahmadiyyia community member is accused of blasphemy by one Muslim wittiness then he faces death sentence weather he sworn that he not defiled name of Holy Prophet of Muslims.

ISIS Destroys 3000 Year-old Assyrian Artifacts in Syria
Excerpt: According to a report from the website www.apsa2011.com, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has destroyed Assyrian statues and artifacts believed to be 3000 years old. The Assyrian archaeological artifacts were illegally excavated from the Tell Ajaja site.

Firebombs on Bat Mitzva Girls' Bus, Only Arutz Sheva Reports It
Excerpt: A well-planned firebomb attack on a bus full of Jewish schoolgirls Tuesday could easily have ended in tragedy, but no news source even reported that it took place, except for the one you are currently reading – Arutz Sheva. The girls were sixth-graders from a religious school in central Israel. They were on a bat mitzva tour of the Cave of Machpela in Hevron, a site recognized by the government as an official heritage site, when four terrorists ambushed it with firebombs.

Seized Hamas Video Shows Israeli Commuter Train Targeted
Excerpt: A new train line in Israel may be vulnerable to terrorist rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Israel Hayom reports. Israeli forces seized a video showing extensive Palestinian surveillance of an Israeli passenger train from the home of a senior Hamas operative in Gaza, suggesting that an attack is being planned.

(Rumor that) Muslims Crucify Two Teen Boys for Being Christians. By Onan Coca
Excerpt: One such rumor comes out of the town of Maalouli, which is just north of Syria. Reports state that two young Christian boys were tortured and crucified by a Muslim mob for refusing to renounce Christianity. One of the young men was crucified in front of his father, who was then also murdered by the Muslim monsters. A similar incident took place just a few months ago - it seems crucifixion is becoming a favorite method of murder for the Islamists.

Parliamentary Wins May Seal Third Term for Iraqi Premier
Excerpt: Beating expectations, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secured the largest number of seats in last month’s parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of American forces at the end of 2011, putting him in a strong position to secure a third term as Iraq’s leader as negotiations begin to form a new government.

Guest Column: Palestinian TV Teaches Kids The Way to 'Jihad Street.' By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: Except in Palestine, where the lessons from Hamas children's television are aimed at something else: to kill. Take, for instance, "Pioneers of Tomorrow," with its fluffy talking bee who encourages viewers to "throw stones" at Jews, and a pretty young host who, in one episode, praises a little girl for her desire to be a police officer and "shoot Jews." 

Daily Beast: Americans Already Returning From Syrian Jihad. By John Rossomando
Excerpt: Westerners flocking to join jihadist groups in Syria are a growing concern for Western intelligence agencies – and U.S. intelligence officials in particular. Recent U.S. intelligence estimates suggest that more than 100 Americans have joined the jihadist cause, The Daily Beast's Eli Lake reports. As many as a dozen of them have returned to the United States, and intelligence officials are having trouble keeping track.

Obama Lost the War on Al Qaeda, While Claiming to Have Won It. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Obama claimed credit for putting “the core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan” on the “path to defeat” with his disastrous Afghan strategy which cost 1,600 American lives while letting the Taliban take over the country. He did not acknowledge that the so-called core Al Qaeda had stopped being relevant even before he was elected. 1,600 Americans died chasing a political slogan that existed only in the heads of his speechwriters.

1 comment:

  1. You should copyright "Religion of Peace News", Bob. That's hilarious.