Saturday, December 3, 2011

Political Digest for December 4, 2011

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Excerpt: The group of 40 terrorists were reported to have been killed by the plague at a training camp in Algeria earlier this month. It was initially believed that they could have caught the disease through fleas on rats attracted by poor living conditions in their forest hideout. But there are now claims the cell was developing the disease as a weapon to use against western cities. Experts said that the group was developing chemical and biological weapons. (They will keep trying, the evil bastards. ~Bob.)

The Rise of Post-Democratic Europe: What Europe doesn’t share is a nation.
Excerpt: A crisis, a wise man once informed us, is a terrible thing to waste. Especially when it is of your own making. The same clever people who created the single European currency want to move further toward a single European government. What has made the first venture such a failure is what makes the second such an execrable idea — there is no single European country.

Excerpt: While the investigation has only just begun into last weekend's ISAF airstrikes in Mohmand that resulted in the deaths of 24 Pakistani troops, the initial findings indicate that the attacks were cleared by the Pakistani military, which said none of its troops were operating in the area. How dare you be Jewish and not vote for Obama? By Richard Baehr Several days back, The Jerusalem Post published a laughable campaign propaganda piece detailing Barack Obama’s supposed “wonderfulness” when it comes to support for Israel. The article was authored by a Chicago political operative who has consistently carried water for Obama on Israel since the president took office. The article suggests that Jewish Republicans who oppose the president, and are trying to delegitimize him, fall into two categories - rich Jews who do not want to pay their fair share of taxes, and Jews who oppose any territorial compromise.

Jesse Jackson Jr. investigation to continue, House ethics panel says
Excerpt: The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it will continue its probe into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.). The bipartisan 10-member panel has been investigating whether Jackson improperly raised money for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (D) in an effort to win appointment to the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama. (Rep. Jackson (D-Bud Lite) lost a lot of support among black women when it was revealed he was flying his white girlfriend in for dates. ~Bob.)

Merry Christmas! Record Number of Americans Bought Guns on Black Friday
Excerpt: Data derived from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows that November 25, 2011, Black Friday, had the most background checks for firearm purchases in a single day (129,166) with a 32 percent increase over the previous NICS high (November 28, 2008). (“Oh, the thugs outside are frightful, but my 30-06 is so delightful, because it down they’ll go, let us mow, let us mow, let us mow.” ~Bob.)

Why Newt Must Run By Arianna Huffington
Excerpt: And if he's sufficiently freed up from the punishing legislative schedule of the last few months, he can rediscover the youthful realization that drove him to dedicate his life to politics in the first place: that at certain critical moments in history, effective leadership is all that stands between a civilization and its collapse. (Okay, it’s from 1995, before she discovered there was real money to be made in liberal land, but still….~Bob.)

Labor Unions Blast White House Delay of Job-Creating Keystone XL Project, House GOP Plans Action
Excerpt: Today, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power held a hearing on the future of the Keystone XL pipeline – a job-creating energy project put on the back burner by the Obama Administration last month. On the same day that the Department of Labor announced that more than 300,000 discouraged Americans have left the workforce, union representatives made clear that the Obama Administration’s actions have denied thousands more the opportunity to get back to work – including those in the hard-hit construction sector. Here’s what these labor representatives told the committee: (They better cling to God and their guns, because Obama won’t create a job if it annoys the Greenies. ~Bob.)

UK: Animal Testing Firms to be Given National Health Service Patients' Private Health Records
Excerpt: One senior executive at a leading drugs company well-known for using animal testing said: “You can look at the National Health Service as one massive database with 60 million people in it.”

Good News from Berkeley! by Caroline Glick
Excerpt: At a Nov. 16 general meeting, the union voted to deny membership to the Berkeley chapter of
J Street U
, the college division of the left-leaning and often controversial Israel lobby. The final tally: nine for, 10 against, two abstentions.

We Do Not Know - by William Kristol, Weekly Standard
Excerpt: We do not know [who the Republican nominee for president will be.] But if it’s not given to us mere humans to know, we are capable of learning. We’re a month away from the Iowa caucus. There are three months before 90 percent of the Republicans in the nation begin voting, and even then, further information will be produced and processed as the primaries unfold. The Democrats are stuck with their nominee—a failed and unpopular president. Republicans, by contrast, are free to choose. They are in no way required to rush to judgment. And they need not defer to pundits whose “station, office, and dignity” impel them to claim to know what they do not know.

Allen West: Naive to Say We are at War with 'Terror'
Excerpt: "To begin with, we must correctly identify our enemy. It is frankly naive to say we are at war with “terror” because a nation cannot be at war with a tactic. Imagine, if during World War II, the United States went to war against the “blitzkrieg” or the “kamikaze.” Further, we cannot narrowly define the enemy as simply al-Qaida or the Taliban. It is just as ridiculous to say we declared war against the 12th German Panzer Division or the 55th Japanese Infantry Regiment in World War II or the 7th Guards Tank Division during the Cold War."

U. S. Lawmakers Push For Better Treatment of Illegal Immigrants -- in Mexico!
Excerpt: Mexico has regularly fought for better treatment of its citizens who live illegally in the U.S., but reports have exposed rough treatment by Mexican authorities of Central American migrants who cross Mexico on their way to try to enter the U.S. illegally. In addition, illegal immigrants are preyed upon by smugglers and sometimes fellow migrants themselves. One worker at a shelter for illegal immigrants in Mexico told Amnesty International in 2010 that six out of every 10 women and girls who pass through the facility have faced sexual violence.

Occupy Hartford: Woman Sexually Assaulted Inside Occupier Camp
Excerpt: Police said the male suspect reportedly was named Carlos. He is about 130 pounds, and was wearing a black coat and jeans. He fled the scene after the assault, police said. It was not clear if the suspect was a part of the protest.

Obama Fundraiser and Ambassador Blames Israel for Growing Muslim Anti-Semitism
Via Weekly Standard: The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, recently told a conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith. “A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Gutman reportedly said, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. (Guess he hasn't read what the Holy Qur'an says about Jews. Or, more likely, he thinks few others, especially journalists, have. ~Bob.)

Kuwaiti Preacher Sheik Nayef Hajjaj Al-Ajami: Allah Transformed the Jews, the "Scum of Mankind," into Apes and Pigs
Excerpt: They are ungrateful, they distort the word [of Allah], the worshippers of the golden calf, the slayers of the prophets, the enemies of the divine prophecies, the scum of mankind, who incurred the curse and wrath of Allah, and whom Allah transformed into apes and pigs and into taghut worshippers. The apes and pigs passages are Qur'an 2:62-66; 5:59-60; and 7:166.

Barbados Muslim Girls School, 14 year old student: “Nothing wrong with beheading, chopping off your hands, severe beatings”
Excerpt: When a dozen or so girls from the Al-Falah Islamic School recently participated in the Long Beach clean-up while wearing Muslim dress and veils, Barbados Free Press wrote The Muslim vision of the future for all Barbadian women and republished a photo of the group. (shown above, courtesy of The Nation)

Go Online, Beat a Puzzle and Become a British Spy
Excerpt: The agency, in listing the qualifications it requires of recruits, said it would accept only British citizens and would rule out anyone who had engaged in illegal hacking. But some of its other specifications suggested that it might not look askance at candidates who have trodden close to the legal line. While saying it was looking for “good people” with a strong sense of fairmindedness, it also emphasized the value of a buccaneering spirit. “In a game where our adversaries operate with no known rules and unknown boundary lines, you will be exploring the possibilities and inventing the seemingly impossible,” the agency said on its Web site. (It looks to be more “cryptographer” than “spy,” and it’s only a shot at one of 35 jobs opening in the spring, but good for them. Without the best of cryppies being in the USA and UK, World War II might’ve easily had a different outcome. Sorry, you must be a UK citizen. Ron P.)

Police Arrest Teacher Who Made Students Dress in Bras and Panties
Excerpt: An Oklahoma elementary school teacher who hosted a tree trimming party for students at her home is in police custody. Her crime is not violating a politically correct school or local policy that bowdlerizes references to Christmas. Rather, it is the unorthodox dress code that she enforced—bras and panties with a Christmas theme—as well as the age of her guests: All were third graders (h/t The Smoking Gun).

It Must Be Nice Being President - Obama To Jet Off to Hawaii for SEVENTEEN Day Christmas Holiday
Excerpt: Last year the Obama's Christmas trip to Hawaii cost more than $1 million. He covered the cost of his family's accommodation, but the rest was covered by the taxpayers. The bill to house Secret Service agents and Navy Seals in beach front accommodation stretched to $16,800. A further hotel bill of $134,400 covered 24 White House staff staying in the Moana Hotel at a rate of $400 a day. The estimate, by the Hawaii Reporter, also included $250,000 for local police overtime, $1 million for the president's own round trip flight to Hawaii on Air Force One, and $10,000 for a local ambulance to accompany the presidential motorcade. (Where he'll work on his speech about the "Do Nothing Republican Congress." Never mind that have the Congress is still controlled by his party. ~Bob.)

Jeremy Clarkson Ignites the Hypocrisy of the Left - Damian Thompson, Telegraph UK
Excerpt: Jeremy Clarkson has apologised for saying that strikers should be taken out and shot in front of their families. I suppose that was the right thing to do. To be honest, it’s a bit hard for me to judge because public-sector whingeing makes my own trigger finger itch.

How the BBC Ganged Up with the Militant Left to Attack Jeremy Clarkson - James Delingpole, Telegraph UK
Excerpt: As both Fraser Nelson and Jeremy Vine have noted, there really has been a shift in public mood. I remember not more than a year ago going on Vine's show to state, somewhat provocatively that I'd rather toss my children out on the street than have them sponging off the taxpayer in the public sector, and of course the mainly left-leaning BBC audience went apoplectic. I think if I'd gone on and said the same thing today they would probably have been demanding a statue erected in my honour in
Parliament Square

Choking on Obamacare by George Will
Excerpt: When CKE’s health-care advisers, citing Obamacare’s complexities, opacities and uncertainties, said that it would add between $7.3 million and $35.1 million to the company’s $12 million health-care costs in 2010, Puzder said: I need a number I can plan with. They guessed $18 million — twice what CKE spent last year building new restaurants. Obamacare must mean fewer restaurants. And therefore fewer jobs. Each restaurant creates, on average, 25 jobs — and as much as 3.5 times that number of jobs in the community. (Hear, hear. - Kate in LA.)

Rock Band Madison Rising Puts Conservative Thought To Music
Excerpt: [Lead singer David] Bray isn’t a big fan of liberalism in general. “Liberalism actually in my opinion is just an incapability to process capitalism and the truth and what needs to happen,” he said. They “might say to themselves oh but lets worry about the caribou migration instead of worrying about the human beings on this planet that don’t have jobs and our worried about their next meal,” he went on. “The caribou will be fine. Let’s worry about … people.”
YouTubeVideo: "Honk If You Want Peace" - Madison Rising
YouTubeVideo: "Walking through that Door" - Madison Rising

For Jobless, Little Hope of Restoring Better Days - by Motoko Rich, New York Times
Excerpt: More than two years after the recovery officially began, American employers have reinstated less than a quarter of the jobs lost during the downturn, according to Labor Department figures. Of the 13.1 million people still searching for work, more than 42 percent have been unemployed for six months or longer. About 8.9 million more are working part time because they cannot find full-time work.

The Price for Refusing to Kill Their Gang-Raped Child
Excerpt: A Pakistani family is now under brutal assault for refusing to murder their daughter for being a victim of rape. This underscores Pakistan’s role as the world epicenter of “honor killings.” Kainat Soomro was 13-years old when she was kidnapped in 2007 and viciously gang raped for three days by four Muslim men.

The Spirit of Enterprise - by David Brooks, New York Times
Excerpt: But our sympathy should be with the German people. They are not behaving selfishly by insisting on structural reforms in exchange for bailouts. ... They are defending the values, habits and social contract upon which the entire prosperity of the West is based.

Worth Reading: Mark Steyn: Arab Spring Turning Chilly For U.S.
Excerpt: Over on CNN, Anderson Cooper was interviewing telegenic youthful idealists cooing about the flowering of a new democratic Egypt. Back on Fox, sourpuss Steyn was telling Megyn that this was "the unraveling of the American Middle East" and the emergence of a post-Western order in the region. In those days, I was so much of a pessimist I thought that in any election the Muslim Brotherhood would get a third of the votes and be the largest party in parliament.

Canada May Quit Kyoto Protocol To Save $6.7 Billion
Excerpt: Canada, the country furthest from meeting its commitment to cut carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, may save as much as $6.7 billion by exiting the global climate change agreement and not paying for offset credits. The country’s greenhouse-gas emissions are almost a third higher than 1990 levels, and it has a 6 percent CO2 reduction target for the end of 2012. If it couldn’t meet its goal, Canada would have to buy carbon credits, under the rules of the legally binding treaty.

Initiative Would Let Illegal Immigrants Work In California Legally
Excerpt: Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act. The proposal was filed Friday with the state Attorney General's Office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. (This would help the other 49 states. Their illegal colonizers would move to California. ~Bob.)

MSM Ignores Obama Admin’s Fast And Furious Friday Afternoon Docu-Dump
Excerpt: Despite the fact the social media has eliminated the traditional media cycle, the Obama administration still thinks Friday afternoon document dumps will curtail reporting on what the documents entail. Our wonderful Department of Justice dumped over 1,000 pages with details on how they gave inaccurate information. The Associated Press broke the story at 6:16PM EST.

Are Prosecutor​s Above the Law? Despite their shocking misconduct, federal prosecutors in the Ted Stevens trial may not be charged with criminal contempt.
After federal district court Judge Emmet Sullivan dismissed the conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on charges of failing to properly report gifts, he ordered an investigation of the prosecutors. Quoting from the report (which is sealed until January), the judge recently explained that the investigators found ample evidence that the prosecution of Stevens (who was killed in a plane crash last year) was "permeated by the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence which would have independently corroborated his defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government's key witness."

Fast and Furious’ Not Holder’s First Controversy Involving the Murder of an American Citizen
Excerpt: While some in the news media say Eric Holder’s involvement in the controversial ATF gun-running program known as Operation Fast and Furious is “only the tip of the iceberg,” Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue says he “was way ahead of the curve” in pointing out the attorney general’s involvement in shady activities. He points to a scathing 4-page letter (PDF) he sent to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Dec. 19, 2008, as proof.

How feds misled on ATF gun sting
Excerpt: The Justice Department on Friday provided Congress with documents detailing how department officials gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed law-enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms-trafficking networks on the southwestern border. (IF you see something that does not "fit" with what you already heard, REMEMBER, the AZ REPUBLIC is the Official Propaganda organ for Obama and Company (Includes Holder) --DH)

The Ancient Virtues and Modern Sins
Excerpt: Aside from courage — the essential trait without which, as the ancients insisted, all other virtues are impossible — candor is now the most appreciated. Herman Cain came a long way, despite not knowing much of anything about foreign affairs and with a past that could not stay in the past. Why? He was blunt-speaking, and so often could cut to the quick.

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. --Robert Louis Stevenson

Iran May Target American Bases in Germany
Excerpt: Iran is planning on attacking U.S. military airfields in Germany, to preempt a possible strike on Tehran, reports Germany's Bild news source. Evidence of the plot was uncovered by federal investigation into a German businessman, on charges of "suspicion of espionage activities to sabotage," who was working with Iran's embassy in Berlin.

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