Saturday, June 23, 2012

Political Digest for June 23, 2012

The Old Jarhead Blog: Bringing you news and information the MSM is too busy covering American Idol, celebrity affairs and sensational missing person cases to cover. Please forward to friends who need to be informed.

For those who want further information about the topics covered in this blog, I recommend the following sites. I will add to this as I find additional good sources.

US adds 3 Boko Haram leaders to list of global terrorists
Excerpt: The US State Department has added three leaders of the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram group in Nigeria to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists. Today's designations mark the first time that members of the Nigerian terror group have been officially recognized as a threat to the United States. The group itself has not been added to State's list of terror organizations. (About time. Probably too busy watching Christians and veterans for the mythical anti-Muslim backlash. ~Bob.)

AP sources: US mulls new covert raids in Pakistan
Excerpt: U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighboring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press. But the idea, which U.S. officials say comes up every couple of months, has been consistently rejected because the White House believes the chance of successfully rooting out the deadly Haqqani network would not be worth the intense diplomatic blowback from Pakistan that inevitably would ensue. (Maybe It’s just me, but I don’t understand how something on the AP wires can be considered “covert.” ~Bob.)

The Disappearing Gender Wage Gap
Excerpt: A single, oft-cited statistic is that women make 79 cents for every dollar that men make doing the same work. This disparity has provided justification for outrage in Washington as members of Congress seek to address the gender pay gap with legislation. The proposed Paycheck Fairness Act would seek to force employers to justify such gaps, hoping to eliminate them entirely, says June E. O'Neill, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, a professor of economics at Baruch College and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. However, a persistent gender wage gap can exist in the absence of pernicious discrimination on the part of employers. Rather, a number of other factors can contribute to the wage gap that are discrimination-free. Indeed, differences in work experience are a primary driver of the gap. In 2000, the average woman surveyed had about two years less work experience than the average man in military and civilian jobs combined. Moreover, close to 14 percent of the weeks worked by women were part-time compared to 5 percent for men. When this variation in work experience is applied to 2008 wage data, the gender wage gap closes from 79.4 cents to 88.6 cents on the dollar. Differences in work experience are a perfectly legitimate reason for disparate incomes, and federal legislation to address gaps based on legitimate and legal factors would be unwarranted. A number of additional factors also exist that can explain the gender wage gap:

Afghan forces end Taliban siege of hotel, 20 dead
Excerpt: Elite Afghan police backed by NATO forces ended a 12-hour siege on Friday at a popular hotel outside Kabul, leaving at least 20 dead after Taliban gunmen stormed the lakeside building, bursting into a party and seizing dozens of hostages.

Blasts kill 13, wound 100 in Iraqi market
Excerpt: At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 wounded on Friday when two roadside bombs exploded in a Baghdad market, Iraqi police and hospital sources said, in the latest attack targeting Shi'ite Muslims this month. (The daily toll of Muslims dead of Allahmurder at the hands of fellow Muslims who didn’t get the “Islam is a Religion of Peace” memo. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: The Democratic Party is facing an awkward problem Thursday because white supremacist David Duke has endorsed a leading candidate in the Democratic Party’s primary race for a New York House seat. Duke says he’s endorsing Charles Barron, the leading candidate for the new 8th district primary on June 26, because of their shared enmity toward “zionists.” Barron is an African-American city politician who has been slammed as an anti-white racist and as a Jew-hater. (You have to pay attention. Hating blacks, Hispanics, Muslims or Gays for their group membership is non-PC. Hating Whites, Jews, Christians or Asians is fine. ~Bob.)

The ‘DREAM’ order isn’t legal. By Kris W. Kobach
Excerpt: Most criticism has centered on the fact that the president is enacting a policy that he himself had said could only be achieved by changes in the law. But a bigger problem with Obama’s move has been overlooked: He’s actually ordering federal immigration agents to break the law.

O’s ‘Real’ secret ‘Furious’ nonsense. By Rich Lowry
Excerpt: Pity lead House GOP investigator Rep. Darrell Issa of California. It’s his misfortune that he isn’t looking into matters about which the Obama administration can talk freely — namely, all its covert national-security programs. If Justice Department documents that Issa's committee seeks from Attorney General Eric Holder had been the subject of a top-secret meeting in the White House Situation Room, their contents already would’ve been splashed across the media.

U.S. family jailed for holder's gun crimes. By Jeff Knox
Excerpt: Eighteen months after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in Arizona by Mexican bandits using guns purchased through a U.S. government program called Fast and Furious, we still don’t know who within the Department of Justice knew about the program, much less who authorized it. Certainly there has been no serious talk about prosecuting any of the people responsible for assisting in the illegal sales of over 2,000 guns to Mexican arms traffickers – guns that were subsequently involved in the murders of BPA Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, as well as possibly hundreds of Mexican citizens.

A World Without America. By Ben Shapiro
Excerpt: Even as Syria, Iran, Russia and China planned one of the biggest war games in Middle Eastern history, including 90,000 troops, 400 aircraft, and 1,000 tanks, the Obama administration was busily leaking more confidential information to the press endangering Israel’s national security. According to the Washington Post, “Western officials with knowledge” told the Post that the Flame virus, which helped cripple the Iranian nuclear effort, was a joint U.S.-Israeli project.

Link Corrected: Wait, Did This 15-Year-Old From Maryland Just Change Cancer Treatment?
Excerpt: If you’re feeling anxious about how U.S. kids lag the world in science and math, or just in a funk about politics or the mess in Europe, take in this story of a high school freshman from Crownsville, Md. who came up with a prize-winning breakthrough that could change how cancer and other fatal diseases are diagnosed and treated. His name is Jack Andraka, and he loves science and engineering with every inch of his 15-year-old soul. Just spend a minute or so watching this video.

Why the House Must Impeach President Obama. By Dr. Robert Owens
Excerpt: In America today just like in Lake Woebegone every child is above average and every child gets a trophy. We may score low in international grade comparisons but we rank number one in self-esteem. In other words American students may not be doing well but they think they are. Those of us old enough to remember how Dad could control the situation with a look and when you got in trouble in school your parents didn’t sue or contact the School Board you got in trouble at home too are also old enough to remember Watergate.

Excerpt: Limos are evil or at least the people who ride in them are. That's the takeaway we get after learning that the United States government is getting out of having so many, or at least counting as many, according to The Huffington Post. By 2010, the U.S. government owned 412 limos, according to the Government Services Administration, which the Center for Public Integrity reported was a 73-percent increase from 2008.

Imperial Presidency
Excerpt: The United States was born when rebellious colonists declared their independence from an imperial ruler who had vastly overstepped his bounds. "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States," they wrote in their Declaration of Independence. Today's presidency lacks the regal air of George III. But imperialism is back, in a big way.

The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine. – John Stuart Mill

Unfair Campaign PSA
I got this link from the Wall Street Journal, which characterizes the message as “bizarre”. It’s pretty strange. Only thirty seconds. –GS. I wonder if security might be following black folks because the government crime statistics say that blacks commit far more crimes, especially murders, especially of decent black folks, than whites do? ~Bob.

Teenager lashed 100 times in Timbuktu for having child out of wedlock
 Excerpt: An 18-year-old pregnant woman and her boyfriend were both lashed 100 times by Islamists in Timbuktu in Mali as punishment for "having a child out of wedlock". (I think we can cross Timbuktu off the list of “Good Liberty Towns.” ~Bob.)

Blast in Pakistani frontier city kills 2 children
Murder a Muslim child for the Glory of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. ~Bob. Excerpt: A Pakistani police officer says that two children have been killed by an explosion at a Sunni shrine in Peshawar as dozens of people gathered there.

Michelle Obama's "All this for a damn flag" shown at three different speeds
Excerpt: Yes, folks, that is what she said, according to an instructor at a School for the Deaf and Blind who watched the video. The video is shown at normal speed, 3/4 speed, and 1/2 speed with no banners obstructing her lips.

Florida says 53,000 dead voters remain on election rolls
Excerpt: Florida is calling on county election supervisors to remove more than 53,000 dead people from the state's voting rolls. State officials this year checked Social Security files and concluded that people who died were still registered to vote. This was the first time the state checked the files. (Below is the actual news article about the dead voters still on election rolls, in case anyone thinks Fox News made up the number. –Del. Well, the dead have as much right to vote in Miami as in Chicago. That’s what Democrat equality is all about. ~Bob.)
Jon Stewart Trashes Obama’s Executive Privilege Assertion On Fast And Furious
Excerpt: Jon Stewart‘s patience for the Obama administration on Fast and Furious is rapidly dwindling. On Day 2 of his reporting on the operation he joked the Obama administration called “Donde est├ín los Weapons de Automaticos” so they could claim to not know what “Fast and Furious” was, Stewart made a game show out of comparing comments Democrats have been using to differentiate their reasons for the President invoking executive privilege from President George W. Bush‘s. (Dem on Dem violence. –Vicki Mckenna)

Excerpt: Politico has suspended its White House correspondent Joseph Williams for public comments he has made about Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. “When [Romney] comes on Fox & Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company,” Williams said on MSNBC yesterday.

Dough-Faced: Liberal fat cats wimp out. By Alex MacGillis
Excerpt: But, in a classic example of Citizens United-era subterfuge, a handful of the attendees slipped away from the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in the South Loop and headed to the bar. Over drinks, they met with Bill Burton and Paul Begala, leaders of the super PAC that is supporting Obama, Priorities USA Action, which is forbidden by law from coordinating with the campaign. Burton and Begala pleaded for help. “They said, ‘Don't you know some billionaires you can send us to?’" says one of the finance committee members. “I tried to think of a couple.”

The Immigration Bombshell: Naked Lawlessness: President Obama is subverting the constitutional order. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama last week suspended these very deportations — granting infinitely renewable “deferred action” with attendant work permits — thereby unilaterally rewriting the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.

Elizabeth Warren for President?
Excerpt: If you’re not a member of the Van Jones-loving, social justice-advocating progressive class you might have been unaware that the Left is already lining up its 2016 presidential ticket. Who’s at the top of that list? None other than Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren. (she should run for president of the Cherokee Tribe as a warm up, see how she does with “her people.” ~Bob.)

The Coming DNC Disaster. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: There aren't Greek columns tall or wide enough to camouflage Barack Obama's impending North Carolina catastrophe. In September, the campaigner-in-chief will travel to Charlotte for his party's presidential nominating convention. For once, the incurable jetsetter may wish he had stayed home.

If the Canadian government gave guns to drug dealers in America that killed 300 people in Michigan it would be an act of war.

Shariah Finance And Its Radical Ties Demand Close Scrutiny. By Rep. Allen B. West
Excerpt: As a vehicle for legitimizing and promoting Shariah throughout the world, Shariah-compliant finance is a phenomenon that is taking the financial world by storm right under the noses of American investors. Given the stated mission of Shariah is to bring about the rule of Islam worldwide, anything that promotes the Shariah mission warrants careful scrutiny.

Racine get-out-the-vote gone wild. By Aaron Rodriguez
Excerpt: Voces de la Frontera - an anti-Walker immigrant rights group - enlisted the help of Racine high school students to canvas highly democratic neighborhoods for the June 5th recall election. Voces’ student arm called Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) had actively recruited students at Washington Park, Case, and Horlick High Schools by sweetening the pot with volunteer credit for classes and free pizza and T-shirts afterwards. (Teaching students that winning is all that matters. ~Bob.)

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