Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Latest lung update and a ton of important news and comment

Latest Lung Update, 1/7/14: I sent the more positive update to my health update list yesterday, but last night developed problems. I was shaky and weak, and started a headache in the evening which is unusual for me. Tylenol didn't touch it. It diminished by morning, but was still there. I went to bed at 8 pm, slept like the dead, woke at ten and was awake a lot of the night. The headache and a flare up of benign prosatitis creating an ache in my lower stomach didn't help. Also developed a mild sore throat, perhaps from the bronchoscopy, perhaps starting a cold. Didn't have much apatite. Requiring 6 LPM of O2 to stay above 90% with activity. On the plus side, the back muscle I blew out on Wednesday is a lot better. Maybe the anesthesia from the bronch relaxed it. So I can do the FEV numbers, but they were low this morning. I'm feeling better today, just tired. I talked to my transplant coordinator. We will see how today and tomorrow at PT rehab goes, before we decide if something else is needed. Hopefully not another admission to the hospital. We shall see.

Lung Update 6/30/14: I had my 20th Bronchoscopy today, done in surgery by Dr. Jim Maloney, my surgeon. He considered the stent, but again decided against it. The BiPAP seems to be helping hold the area open, and he has the same concerns about blocking off a side passage with the stent as before. He cleaned out the mucus buildup and stretched the area with a balloon. Most of the collapse is below the juncture (anastomosis) where the new lung joins my body, but a little is above it. He is concerned that down in the small tubes where they cannot see--or do anything about--there may be narrowing, which is contributing to my hard breathing. The problem is not just that it cuts down on my oxygen intake, but also that it provides a breeding ground for infection, which is what almost got me on 5/27. My O2 use was up after the bronch (it always is) and they debated keeping me. But it settled a bit and they sent me home with instructions to come in if I had problems. And on it goes.

Spent an hour Sunday night at 11pm and 45 minutes Monday evening in the basement under tornado warnings. I blame Global Cooling.

All this prevented me from posting on Monday, so today's post is long but has very interesting articles.

I have entered your personal email address in the BCC: (Blind Carbon Copy) column and not in the To: or CC: column so your email address is always hidden from spammers and everyone else. You should do the same when sending group emails. ~Bob

General News and Comment

SCOTUS Sides With Hobby Lobby. By Christine Rousselle
Excerpt: In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012. ... While still a legal victory for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., the decision is limited to closely-held for-profit corporations, not non-profits such as Little Sisters of the Poor. The decision is also strictly limited to the issue of the contraception mandate, not other medical practices. (This is a BIGGIE, the Supreme Court has hit ObamaCare on the attempt to force religious people to violate their principles. Thank heavens! Obama is not doing well with the Court lately, at long last some of the checks and balances are coming into play. Barely in time, but better late than never. --Del)

Worth Reading: The Hobby Lobby Decision and the Misleading Language of the Left
Excerpt: Even after this ruling, no one is preventing a single female from accessing these drugs. Their doctors can prescribe them, they can buy them over the counter, or whatever. No one is preventing that. The ruling simply says that closely-held corporations do not have to pay for them. Hobby Lobby isn’t restricting access to healthcare any more than Blantons is restricting my access to its bourbon by pricing it at $45. 

First Post-Hobby Lobby Decision Halts Abortion-Pill Mandate for Nonprofit. By Matthew Clark
Excerpt: In the first post-Hobby Lobby decision issued by an appellate court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has granted an injunction, halting the HHS Mandate, to a nonprofit religious organization. The key aspect of this new decision is that theSupreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision was confined to for-profit businesses; this decision is the first application of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding religious liberty to cases involving nonprofits. It marks another step towards the abortion-pill mandate’s defeat.

@BarackObama is now googling “Can an Executive Order override Supreme Court?” #HobbyLobby

Excerpt: Fast forward to this morning when the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby. The majority ruled that Hobby Lobby fell under the umbrella of theReligious Freedom Restoration Act. Who signed that bill? Bill! The RFRA was sponsored in the U.S. Senate by some right-wing Republican named Chuck Schumer.

America's Birthday. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America -- and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world. All is not lost. But all could be lost -- (Dr. Sowell is more hopefully than I am, because no one could get elected on a platform of doing what needs to be done. Thus Democrats and Republicans both kick the ever-larger can towards the fiscal and economic collapse, followed by political and social collapse, that is coming. ~Bob)

Interesting: Martin Armstrong Warns Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: "This Won't End Pretty"
Excerpt: The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created for those in government drive the cost of government up exponentially with time. The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates a class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash and burn and start all over again.

White House Review of Veterans Administration Finds 'Corrosive Culture'
Excerpt: An interim report on the Veterans Affairs Department delivered to President Barack Obama found that the VA’s medical system is hobbled by management with little accountability and a “corrosive culture” that has led to widespread personnel problems. A summary of the report by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors released today also said the 14-day standard set for scheduling appointments is “arbitrary, ill-defined and misunderstood” and may have motivated personnel at VA facilities to falsify records. Not that anyone had ever previously talked about the problems there.... well, maybe they did, but nobody high up was listening. The question is, will they really get ready for the major project (read "battle" for that) which it will take to really break the culture and get responsible professional managers in there? --Del. Can't be true, del. in 2008, Obama promised to make the VA a leader in healthcare and we know he strictly honors his promises. See next two items. In Chicago they call a corrosive culture "business as usual." ~Bob)

Excerpt: In vowing to make the Veterans Administration the model of national health-care reform back in 2008, the outlook for scandal-plagued Obamacare suddenly seems even worse.
WND has discovered that during his transition into the White House in 2008-09, President Obama proposed in his “Obama-Biden” plan to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible.”

Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008
Excerpt: 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.

Important--Worth Reading: Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military: More Than Two-Thirds of American Youth Wouldn't Qualify for Service, Pentagon Says
Excerpt: More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones.
The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes. (In my past conversations with Marine recruiters, the standards being imposed really eliminate plenty of young men and women who might make fine Marines. The now excessive worry about tattoos of any sort is an example. Yes, nothing offensive, nothing on the face and hands, but after that, what damn difference does it make? No high school diploma? A large fraction of the men who fought WW2 didn't have one, but at least let the kid get the GED and accept that. No drug use, ever? I'd rather have someone honest enough to talk about it and who has matured enough to be past it, most especially if it's just smoking some grass. Hey, I have news, the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF smoked one hell of a lot of grass in high school, has always been quite open about it. While we're at it, one DUI can totally ruin a career for officers and noncoms? This is nuts. OK, we don't want alcoholics running the military (although many did in the past and were good at it!), but dial back the rigor on all this stuff, it's just crazy to expect perfection from everyone who puts on the uniform. When you get down to only 29% of young men being supposedly fit for the service, that is really an indication of setting some bars too high. In this day and age I can believe that a large fraction won't be suitable, maybe even a third, but after that it's getting ridiculous. Who do they think have fought all our wars, only the smartest, cleanest, purest of the population? They'd look at the Marines of 1942 and faint dead away. --Del. One of the problems is that enforcing discipline on kids who need it is especially difficult in an era where the PC police--who would never serve themselves--handicap the military. The days of a sergeant taking a PFC out behind the barracks and straightening him out are gone. Judges used to say, "Four in the Corps or ten in the pen. With tough discipline some made good Marines. Some were great in combat, but problems in garrison. Today, disciplining them is more trouble than thy are worth. Too many of the intellectuals, who never heard a hot fired in anger and would suffer sever gastro-intestinal distress if their kid joined up, think tough training is brutality. But if you are going to send men into battle--the purpose of the military for those who think it's a Petri dish for every PC nostrum--then soft training is a brutality. It gets men killed or crippled mentally, and doesn't weed out those who will break, endangering themselves and everyone else. ~Bob. A people gets the army it deserves. Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force, too. And the people, led by a craven and ignorant press, and a corrupt, self-serving political class, demand zero defects. So they're going to deserve not only the armed forces they demand, they're going to deserve what they'll get if those armed forces fail on the battlefield, too. But the only armed force that shows zero defects is that one that never does anything. --Tom Kratman, LtCol, USA (Ret.) Col. Kratman is the author of several excellent military science fiction books, including the terrific Carrara series--and a blog reader! ~Bob)

Since Tuesday, 01 July 1919... By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Listening to Sledge, a Marine (artilleryman) I know, who fought in some of those god-awful, bloody battles (e.g., Gavutu; Tulagi; Guadalcanal; Tarawa) and spent time in the water (abandoning ship when a Japanese destroyer attacked their ship), came to mind.

Lee Marvin: Actor, WWII Combat Veteran Speaks on Combat
Academy Award winning actor Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen) (The Delta Force) speaks about combat in this USMC training film on combat leadership. Marvin is a combat veteran of WWII and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

IRS Spent $4 Billion on IT Over the Past 5 Years?
Excerpt: The reason the IRS had computer problems – where emails miraculously disappeared, and hard drives crashed conveniently – is that they had budgetary constraints. I guess they were spending too much on lavish conferences to be able to budget just a little more to electronic data storage. At least that was what IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. But records indicate that over the past 5 years or so, the IRS spent $4 billion on IT services.

Racist: Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’
Excerpt: Progressive hero Noam Chomsky is terrified of the surveillance state that has developed during the tenure of President Barack Obama, calling it a grave threat to our fundamental civil liberties. ... " In other ways too, the constitutional lawyer in the White House seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties. The principle of the presumption of innocence, which dates back to Magna Carta 800 years ago, has long been dismissed to oblivion.” (Huh. turns out that even a far left Progressive can be a racist and criticize Obama. ~Bob)
Excerpt: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them. Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported. *gee, tough. But it should say "The job-killing president they elected, by turning students into mush-header progressives ignorant of the laws of economics." ~Bob)

Obamacare Increases Marginal Tax Rate on Labor by Six Percentage Points. By Andrew Lundeen
Excerpt: “During a period that included more than a dozen tax increases, the ACA is arguably the largest as a single piece of legislation, adding about six percentage points to the marginal tax rate faced, on average, by workers in the economy.

Obama pursuing executive actions on immigration, after House effort stalls
Excerpt: President Obama vowed Monday to bypass Congress and pursue unilateral changes to the country's immigration system, defying House Republicans who say his executive actions are part of the problem. ( “I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.” --Barack Obama, 2008)

Border Patrol Looking To House Immigrants In Abandoned Warehouses Along Rio Grande
Excerpt: More than 52,000 children have entered the country illegal in recent months, many of them coming into the U.S. through South Texas. Former Zapata County Sheriff Gonzales, who now works as a consult with law enforcement agencies along the Texas border, says space is running out to house the children and adults that are coming across. (This story is just going downhill by the day. --Del)

Mexican Military Helicopter Flies Into U.S., Shoots at Border Patrol Agents, Flies Back. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: According to a local news report from KVOA News 4 out of Tucson, Arizona, at least one Mexican military helicopter crossed into the United States early Thursday morning, shot at Border Patrol agents using lethal force and then flew back to Mexico. Once the helicopter was back on the ground in Mexico, an apology was issued. (Have you heard this on the national news? --Don. And who gave them the helicopter--wanna bert? ~Bob)

Infographic: The Taxpayer Burden of Illegal Immigration in California
Excerpt: Yesterday, FAIR released a new study examining the taxpayer burden of illegal immigration in California, which found providing education, health care, law enforcement, and social and government services to illegal aliens and their dependents costs California taxpayers $25.3 billion a year. This is an increase of some $4.7 billion since FAIR’s 2010 study was released. These costs amount to a $2,370 a year burden per California household headed by a U.S. citizen.

We can't afford to deport tens of thousands of illegal immigrant kids, but apparently we can afford perpetual welfare benefits for them.

It’s not racist when Whoopi says it! ‘Spoken like a true white guy,’ she slams guest
Excerpt: The beneficiary of her racial stereotype was Blaze TV’s Will Cain, who would have brought the house down had he reciprocated by calling Whoopi a “true black woman.” (Haven't taken anything she says seriously since she said that the famous director Roman Polanski having oral, vaginal and anal sex with a drugged 13-yearold girl "wasn't rape rape." ~Bob

100% of U.S. Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants
Excerpt: The Center for Immigration Studies reports All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants. Actually, greater than 100% of jobs went to immigrants because the number of non-immigrants holding a job is negative, and the total must equal 100%. On a population adjusted basis, the numbers look horrific. Population-wise, native US citizens account for two-thirds of the working-age population growth, yet fewer work today.
Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/06/100-of-employment-growth-since-2000.html#fp7LVJpBS5vqbqkS.99

Worth Reading, from 12/13: Two Americas: The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. By Bob Lonsberry
Excerpt: It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, to obey the law and support themselves and contribute to society, and others don’t. That’s the divide in America. ... America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts. And by the false philosophy that says one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.

Sources: Obama to nominate ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs
Excerpt: President Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, sources confirm to Fox News. ... While there, he was known for trying to make steep cuts to the company's large staff, but was also replaced last year for various reasons. 

Export-Import Bank is a Petri dish of corruption and graft. By Timothy P. Carney
Excerpt: Former Congressman William J. Jefferson is in a federal prison in Oakdale, La., until 2023 after federal investigators found $90,000 in his freezer and convicted him on bribery charges. Federal official Maureen Edu was indicted for taking a $100,000 bribe in the same case as Jefferson. Federal employee Johnny Gutierrez and three colleagues were recently suspended from their jobs, pending investigations into kickbacks and "attempts to steer federal contracts to favored companies," the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The common thread in these cases -- and many other federal fraud cases -- is the Export-Import Bank of the United States. (No wonder the Democrats ar fighting to keep it. ~Bob)

For every winner Export-Import Bank creates, there's also a loser. By Timothy P. Carney
Excerpt: A vast majority of Ex-Im’s financing subsidizes the 10 largest exporters in the country. Yet nearly all Democrats (who supposedly hate the privileges of Big Business) and many Republicans (who supposedly believe in free enterprise) defend the agency.

WaPo: Older women bear the brunt of higher insurance costs under Obamacare
Excerpt: The academics’ report, however, shows that women age 55 to 64 will face a huge spike in cost when they go out to buy individual insurance on the federal exchange. These women bear the brunt of the increased premiums and out of pocket expenses after the Affordable Care Act. (The Democrats' #WaronWomen. ~Bob)

What liberal media won't tell you: School shooting deaths down, not up, across America. By Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
Excerpt: While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades. The drop is even larger than the overall decline in the murder rate.

Things Go Better With Koch
Excerpt: Radical liberal Lawrence O'Donnell has spent most of five years spewing hate toward the Koch brothers and their donations to conservative political causes. Using his MSNBC show "The Last Word", O'Donnell has ripped the Kochs while totally ignoring the liberal billionaire big spenders in his own party.

When the Clinton's came out of the W.H. she was so broke she couldn't pay attention...Hence Benghazi.. She isn't healthy enough to be POTUS

Old, but worth remembering: The long-forgotten racial attitudes and policies of Woodrow Wilson
Excerpt: Wilson is widely and correctly remembered — and represented in our history books — as a progressive Democrat who introduced many liberal reforms at home and fought for the extension of democratic liberties and human rights abroad. But on the issue of race his legacy was, in fact, regressive and has been largely forgotten. Born in Virginia and raised in Georgia and South Carolina, Wilson was a loyal son of the old South who regretted the outcome of the Civil War. He used his high office to reverse some of its consequences. 

Confab of Climate Experts to Challenge Global Warming "Consensus." By William F. Jasper
Excerpt: Climate scientists and noted researchers from a variety of disciplines and all parts of the world will be converging on Las Vegas, Nevada, July 7-9 to receive awards and present their latest findings at the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change.

CO2: A special cartoon worth watching
Wow, the most detailed treatment of the science involved with CO2 I've seen in a really cute cartoon format. --Del

EPA spends $1.6 million on hotel for ‘Environmental Justice’ conference
Excerpt: The Environmental Protection Agency will spend more than $1 million on hotel accommodations for an “Environmental Justice” conference this fall. The agency posted its intention to contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel for its upcoming public meeting, for which it will need to book 195 rooms for 24 days.

Bastardi: ‘No end to excuses’ as Antarctic sea ice breaks all time record
Excerpt: Is there no end to excuses for busted climate forecasts?

Scientists and Studies predict ‘imminent global COOLING’ ahead – Drop in global temps ‘almost a slam dunk’
Excerpt: Growing number of scientists are predicting global cooling: Russia’s Pulkovo Observatory: ‘We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years’ (If we do get cooling, it will hurt. Warming has some winners, increased food production. Cooling none. ~Bob)

Obamacare Death Spiral? Newly-Insured Are Sicker. By Kevin Glass
Excerpt: People enrolled in new plans under the health law are showing higher rates of serious health conditions than other insurance customers, according to an early analysis of medical claims, putting pressure on insurers around the country as they prepare to propose rates for next year. Among those health-law marketplace enrollees who have seen a doctor or other health-care provider in the first quarter of this year, around 27% have significant health issues such as diabetes, psychiatric conditions, asthma, heart problems or cancer, the data show. 

Stupid: Robbed gas-station store puts magical “no gun” sign on door
Excerpt: WDAM TV reports that the man with the CWP saw attempted robber 29-year-old LamontWilliams stabbing the female store manager behind the counter. So the armed Good Samaritan took out his concealed gun, for which he has a permit, and held Williams at gunpoint until the police arrived. ... It has just been confirmed that Keith’s Superstore has posted a “No Guns” signs on their front doors. The picture of their entry doors is below.

NY Firearms Buyback Nets Broken BB Guns
Excerpt: A New York gun buyback scheme promoted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman turned into a complete flop after it was protested by Second Amendment activists and netted just 30 firearms in total, some of which were broken BB guns. (Not a complete flop. The BB gun owners will now have the down payment to buy a real gun. ~Bob)

Chinese teens sneaking in through the southern border
The article shows the routing they take, and how the INS is aware of this traffic. At this point, everyone in the world with any access at all to media knows that you can sneak across our southern border. This is NOT a good thing. Could the border be made airtight? No, it's just too long and too irregular. Could it be made much, much tighter than it is now? Absolutely, but it would take expanding the Border Patrol (or somehow reinforcing it with National Guard troops), building really tough fencing and using a whole lot of observation technology (electronics of various forms) to detect people passing, some quiet design choppers with IR capacity to find groups of people at night, and a few other ideas on detecting people. It's not like this would take the resources of the D-Day invasion, or a trillion dollars. And once it was in place, and people started getting caught and sent back frequently, the flow of traffic would automatically slow down. And no stupid holding people caught at our expense, ship them back over the border ASAP, maybe after dipping a finger in indelible ink so they will be marked for a while. And not just the Mexicans, everyone goes back to Mexico, to make them a Mexican problem. That's the only way Mexico will start to make it more difficult for people to come into their territory to get to our border. What this problem takes to make headway against it is will, the real will to attack it and pay what it costs to really deal with it. In the end, we'd spend less money than it takes for the society to handle what goes on now. --Del

Worth Reading: Herbert Hoover’s Anti-Market Policies Helped Turn an Economic Downturn into a Great Depression. By Daniel J. Mitchell
Excerpt: I obviously have disdain for Hoover’s big-government policies, but I also am extremely irritated that – as Jonah Goldberg explained – he allowed the left to create an utterly bogus narrative that the Great Depression was caused by capitalism and free markets. Indeed, the Center for Freedom and Prosperity produced a video demonstrating that the statist policies of both Hoover and Roosevelt helped trigger, deepen, and lengthen the economic slump.

Breaking EPA’s Climate Science Secrecy Barrier. By Paul Driessen
Excerpt: Using billions of our tax dollars, these government entities fund the research they use, select research that supports their regulatory agenda (while ignoring studies that do not), and handpick the “independent” experts who peer-review the research. As a recent analysis reveals, the agencies also give “significant financial support” to United Nations and other organizations that prepare computer models and other assessments. They then use the results to justify regulations that will cost countless billions of dollars and affect the lives, livelihoods, liberties, living standards, health, welfare and life spans of every American.

Excerpt: The sea ice coverage around Antarctica over the weekend marked a record high, with the ice surrounding the continent measuring at 2.07 million square kilometers, according to an environmentalist and author who says the ice there has actually been increasing since 1979 despite continued warnings of global warming. The new record was posted for the first time by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s online record, The Cryosphere Today, early Sundaymorning. (And my last contribution on Climate Change discussion for today (and maybe for a while, if what's come along lately isn't enough to raise questions, I'd be wasting your time) --Del)

A 1922 newspaper article reported that "radical change in climatic conditions" was melting Arctic ice and disrupting wildlife.
Excerpt: The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway.

Newspaper Reversal: 'We Were Wrong' -- Obama Worse than Bush
Excerpt: The Billings Gazette, a Montana newspaper that endorsed President Obama over John McCain in 2008 (but went with Romney in 2012) admitted Friday that they were wrong -- Obama is in fact worse than his predecessor, George W. Bush. Apparently, the potential collapse of Iraq (and the disastrous worldwide consequences sure to follow) was the last straw. (This rates a serious WOW. If you go to the link to the Gazette, you can read their careful listing of all the things that have led them to the reluctant conclusion that this Administration has simply not been competent in performing, and has been "more opaque and difficult" and not remotely transparent as promised, so that it ranks right down with the Nixon presidency. Finally it's gotten bad enough, long enough, that even some of those who believed in, and wanted to believe in, the Hope and Change guy cannot ignore the realities anymore. I've been waiting for this for a long time, I thought it would have to happen, but foolish me, I figured by the end of the first four years it was overdue. It took even more shoes dropping loudly to finally overcome the reluctance of some (who still had operating forebrains) to face the sad and discouraging truth. --Del)

Supreme Court: Home health-care workers can’t be required to pay union fees
Excerpt: Thousands of home health-care workers cannot be forced to pay union fees if they are not in a union, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, dealing a defeat to organized labor and foreshadowing a potentially far more serious blow to come.

71% Think IRS Likely to Have Destroyed E-mails to Hide Guilt
The other 29% think the dog ate them. ~Bob

Don’t Mess with Messiahs: Whenever things go wrong, it’s the fault of those obstructionists in Congress. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times than I can count.”), he lambasted the partisan culture of Washington. He lashed out at the Tea Party, the House Republicans, his opponents in general, and all those who would unreasonably oppose his blanket amnesties, his climate-change taxes and regulations, the shutdown of the Keystone-pipeline project, Obamacare, and $9 trillion in new debt.

Mexican troops kill 22 suspected gang members in shootout
Excerpt: The shooting started after soldiers came under fire from the suspected gang members, resulting in a gunfight lasting several minutes, the government said. Three women, alleged kidnapping victims, were freed and one soldier was wounded but is in stable condition, the statement added.

44% Think Obama Less Faithful to U.S. Constitution Than Most Other Presidents
Excerpt: Most Democrats – and one-third of all voters – think President Obama should take action alone if Congress won’t agree with what he wants to do. But a plurality already believes the president has been less faithful to the Constitution than most of his predecessors in the White House. Imagine what the numbers would be if the media treated him as it treated Bush, rather than providing cover for him. "The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power to the Executive Branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America." - Sen. Barack Obama, March 31, 2008. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Israeli government confirms to Fox News that the bodies of three kidnapped teenage boys were found in Hebron in the West Bank.
Well, one was an American, so expect Obama to take strong action...oh, wait. He was a Jew. Never mind--nothing will happen. Scratch a progressive and if you don't find a Star of David, you are likely to find an anti-Semite. ~Bob

Worth Reading--Murdered Teens: It’s Not the ‘Occupation’ —- It’s Islam. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers, 16-year-old Naftali who liked to play basketball, 16-year-old Gilad who had just finished a scuba diving course and 19-year-old Eyal with his guitar, will be met by the same ghastly parade of pallbearers who accompany every victim of terrorism. The reporters will scribble down something about “settlements” and the “Cycle of Violence.” The diplomats will urge restraint and remind everyone that the only solution can be found through negotiations with the terrorists. And the pundits will put it all into perspective burying them under layers of words and weighting their coffins down with stones of forgetfulness/

Worth Reading: America: Biggest Bankroller of Palestinian Killers. By Joseph Klein
Excerpt: The search for the three abducted Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel (who held Israeli and American citizenship), ended on June 30thwith the grisly discovery of their bodies in a shallow grave near the West Bank city of Hebron. ... Despite Hamas’s praising of the kidnappings as to which two of its operatives are suspected of being directly involved and Hamas’s continued defiance, there was not a word in President Obama’s statement on the deaths of the three youths indicating any intention to reverse his decision to establish ties with the recently sworn-in Fatah-Hamas unity transitional government. 

Israel hits targets in Gaza Strip after bodies of kidnapped teens found
Excerpt: The Israeli Air Force carried out a “precision strike” against 34 targets in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the army said. The strikes came after more than 20 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza since late Sunday, it said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (No wonder the left hates Israel and the Jews--since WWII, they have started shooting back! ~Bob)

What to do about terrorist militants ISIS and Lamont. US specifically aiding Shia dominated government in Iraq can leave the impression we are are anti-Sunni and may even appear to be aligned with Iran. Saudi Arabia and many other oil producing countries are Sunni dominated. Our role should be to support our own national interests and protection from dangerous terrorist militants intending to attack the US. Our role should be very clear that we are supporting our own interests and not the Iraqi government. Our military action should begin by attacking via fixed wing aircraft/drones/special forces, ISIS command & control in Syria where the majority of their forces are located. This will also serve to aid the moderate fighters trying to overthrow the Assad government. With this approach we will have very limited forces on the ground. Next, attack the ISIS command & control in Iraq. Go for the heart of ISIS. Take it out and their offensive operation to create a caliphate where they can plan to attack the free world will fall apart. The question now is whether Obama will continue to sit on the sidelines, and lead from the rear. If so, we have a serious problem. Sending 300 advisers to Iraq is no solution. Giving $500 billion dollars worth of weapons to moderate Muslim fighters in Syria is no solution, and will take too long to make any difference. ISIS will likely take these weapons anyway. Bad concept and not a strategy to stop ISIS and establish a moderate government in Syria. and preclude Iraq from falling apart as a nation. --Geoff Higginbotham, MajGen USMC (Ret.). (The general is a blog reader who often sends me news items for the blog. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the jihadist group that spans both Iraq and Syria, is no more. Today, the group, which controls vast areas of the two countries, announced the formation of the Caliphate, changed its name to the Islamic State, and named Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (a.k.a. Abu Du'a) as its caliph. Baghdadi is now to be referred to as "khalifah Ibrahim."

Obama in 2011: ‘We’re Leaving Behind A Stable And Self-Reliant Iraq
if you like your Iraq, you can keep your Iraq. Period. ~Bob

Terrorists Mock Obama in Latest Video
Excerpt: ISIS released a new video on Sunday titled – “The End of Sykes-Picot.” At the end of the video a laughing jihadist cruising in a Ford 350 mocks Obama. The Islamist Abu Saffiya from Chile, shows off the spoils of war and raises the Islamic flag at a former Iraqi military base. Another Islamist mocks Obama at the end of the video: “Obama, did you prepare enough diapers for your soldiers?”

Pakistani Lovers Beheaded in Public By Outraged Family Members
Excerpt: A couple was beheaded in cold blood by the family of the girl over love marriage in Satrah village of Daska tehsil, some 65km from here, on Friday.

Shooter ID'd in triple killing in Stafford
Excerpt: Investigators say Fahad Mughal, 18, used a shotgun and an AR-15 assault rifle to kill his brother, Faheem Mughal, 23, and sister Rebecca Mughal, 15, before killing himself. ... Funeral services for the victims are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Houston's Al Noor mosque.

Excerpt: The Iraqi military offensive to retake Tikrit, the provincial capital of Salahaddin province, appears to have suffered its first setback as the military withdrew troops from the city after heavy fighting. The Iraqi troops pulled back from much of Tikrit after a ground offensive, which started yesterday, "met stiff resistance" from insurgent forces in the city, the BBC reported

Excerpt: Unverified footage posted to YouTube on Saturday appears to show the Israeli air strike carried out Friday afternoon on a car carrying two operatives belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of armed terrorist groups in Gaza. The footage shows a vehicle driving along a coastal road before being struck. Passersby remain seemingly unharmed. (Pass the popcorn--good entertainment. ~Bob)

ISIS Reportedly Executed Children As Young as One in Syria. By Alice Speri
Excerpt: Seven children, as young as one year old, were among the 15 civilians summarily executed in an attack on two farming families, reportedly carried out by fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Amnesty International claimed in a report published yesterday.

Boko Haram: 100 feared killed as insurgents attack Chibok
Excerpt: Five churches, including COCIN, EYN and Deeper Life Bible Church, in Kwada village about 10 kilometres from Chibok town, were on Sunday attacked by Boko Haram insurgents. The attackers, according to report from locals in Chibok, targeted the time when worshipers were ready for the Sunday Service.

Excerpt: According to Yemeni security officials, fighters from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) carried out an attack on Seyoun Airport in Hadramout province in eastern Yemen on June 26. The strategically significant city of Seyoun, the second-largest city in the lawless province, and was also targeted last month, when it was stormed by AQAP on May 23. Three Yemeni soldiers who had been stationed at an airport entrance used for both civilian and military purposes were reported killed in the recent attack. The AQAP assault team took control of various sections of the airport and managed to seize the flight control tower.

The Curse of Cain. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Abel is forever provoking Cain who rises up and kills him. And if only Abel hadn't had so many sheep, if only he hadn't built so well, if only he hadn't made the desert bloom, if only he hadn't won so many wars and if only G-d didn't appear to favor him. Cain sows fields of corpses of the innocent for the Lord and he still does not understand why his sacrifice is not accepted and why the earth he dwells on is cursed. Abel does his best to appease Cain with gifts of earth, but the earth is useless to Cain.

Excerpt: The ever-clueless Daily Mail calls this a “Nazi-style” vision, when it is all based on tenets of Islamic law. The prohibition on church bells: “Such non-Muslim subjects [of the Islamic state] are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity of life, reputation, and property. In addition, they…are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays…” — ‘Umdat al-Salik o11.5 And as for the red collars, Abu Waleed didn’t invent the idea that Christians and Jews in Muslim lands should wear distinctive marks. Even before Iran became Khomeini’s laboratory of the new Islamic state, in some areas of Iran Jews were made to wear distinctive yellow patches on their clothing as late as 1950. Distinctive dress for Muslims and Jews was first mandated over a millennium ago by the Caliph Ja’far al-Mutawakkil (847-861).

Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Deadly bomb hits Maiduguri

Excerpt: At least 18 people have been killed in an explosion at a market in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, a medical worker has told the BBC.

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