Friday, January 18, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for January 19, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for January 19, 2013
Robert A. Hall
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Gun Control seems to have become a bit of an issue…

Comment on new gun laws
Let’s see, the Newtown shooter stole his guns, so laws against stealing didn’t help. Stealing them avoids a back ground check, so that didn’t help. (Note to papers publishing the names and addresses of lawful gun owners to aid thieves.) He took them to a gun-free zone, so that didn’t help. CT has a law against the type of rifle he used, so that didn’t help. And murder is illegal in CT, so that didn’t help. So what do we do? Better enforce the laws we have? No, too hard. Let’s pass more laws like the above. ~Bob

Excerpt: He shared with me what caused his transition, how he’d gone from a totally gun-free home to a man ready to buy two guns and sign up for a concealed carry class.
He told me that a few days prior, in his own neighborhood, there had been a home invasion. An elderly couple in their eighties had been shot to death. It was a low-crime, upscale community. His son heard about it and came to him and asked, “Dad, what happens if they break into our house?”

Obama vs. ‘the Gun Lobby.’ After 23 executive actions, Obama fails to address the problems he identifies. By Katrina Trinko
Excerpt: “It’s not enough,” Keene says of the 1,000 security guards. “What [Obama] talks about doing in terms of the violently mentally ill, they’re going to have a study, they’re not going to reform the mental-health-care system in this country. They’re not going to deal with school security. They’re going to throw a bone and a word in that direction, so they can pursue their real agenda, which is [undercutting] the Second Amendment.”

Biden to NRA: We ‘don’t have the time’ to prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks
That’s the Democrats. More laws, but less enforcement. ~Bob. Excerpt: During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said the Obama administration does not have the time to fully enforce existing gun laws.

The Story of a Man Who Only Had 7 Rounds in His Pistol
Well told, but maybe just a story. ~Bob

How the NRA is winning. By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
Excerpt: But, there’s also plenty of evidence to suggest that the NRA is regarded entirely differently in the country at large. Polling conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal this week showed 41 percent of people had a favorable opinion of the NRA, while 34 percent viewed it unfavorably, a margin largely unchanged from a similar survey conducted in January 2011. (My problem with the NRA is that, as a one-issue group, they are willing to support people who are terrible for the country, like Harry Reid, just because he helped them on the gun issue. ~Bob.)

WaPo: Gun control debate may be driving higher sales
May be? Obama—gun salesman of the century. ~Bob. Excerpt: The United States appears to be experiencing a rec­ord run on military-style assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and some kinds of ammunition as buyers deluge stores in search of guns and bullets they fear will be banned by the Obama administration, according to firearms industry executives and market analysts. Even allowing for spikes in gun sales that follow every mass killing in the United States and attendant political debates about gun control, industry executives said the surge seems unprecedented.

Newtown from Morning Jolt by Jim Geraghty
… One other thing -- you notice I rarely if ever name the shooters in cases like these. As mentioned above, I think one of the motives of these shooters -- at least to the point we can ever understand the motives of people like this -- is infamy, a certain fame, a certain sense of empowerment from knowing that everyone who ignored them or mocked them will suddenly care a great deal about what they thought and how they felt, even if it occurs after they're dead or behind bars. So if everyone in the media would learn to stop writing extensive profiles of these mass murderers, looking at every detail of their pre-massacre lives as if there was something the whole public deserved to know (as opposed to say, criminologists) we would probably have less of them. I know the media doesn't think they're glamorizing and celebrating the killers in their coverage, but in the mindset of the deeply troubled, they are; they're turning them into celebrities. And if there's anything our modern society values, it's being famous.

Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement
Excerpt: A troubling oversight has been found within New York State's sweeping new gun laws. The ban on having high-capacity magazines, as it's written, would also include law enforcement officers. (Legislate in haste, repent in the media. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: To be effective, the response to Newtown cannot be a hasty “Do something—anything” response. That’s why Heritage experts have taken the time to consider the complex problems involved. In a new report, senior legal fellow John Malcolm and director of domestic policy studies Jennifer Marshall acknowledge: The serious work to make society safer and stronger after events like the December 2012 Newtown massacre requires that constitutional and complex cultural factors be taken into consideration and that policy be based on a serious study of all of the evidence.

CBS's Schieffer likens Obama 'taking on the gun lobby' to hunt for Bin Laden, 'defeating the Nazis'
Bob Schieffer somehow managed to top MSNBC host Chris Matthews in hyperbole Wednesday. During CBS News's special coverage of President Obama's gun control press Schieffer became the worst caricature of a foaming-at-the-mouth cheerleader for the chief executive.

Gun Violence is Not a Republican Problem, It’s a Democratic Problem. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: 67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. … Obama won every major city in the election, except for Jacksonville and Salt Lake City. And the higher the death rate, the bigger his victory.

Weather Underground Terrorist Bernadine Dohrn Lectures America About Guns
Excerpt: Here’s further proof that the American left has brass cojones the size of basketballs. Bernadine Dohrn, the wife of Bill Ayers, who is herself also a former member of the domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground, is now joining the chorus of liberals calling for greater gun control. No word yet on how she feels about bomb control…

Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious
Excerpt: Getting beyond the Obama administration’s smokescreen, this lawsuit is about a very simple principle: the public’s right to know the full truth about an egregious political scandal that led to the death of at least one American and countless others in Mexico. The American people are sick and tired of the Obama administration trying to rewrite FOIA law to protect this president and his appointees. Americans want answers about Fast and Furious killings and lies.

After Trump, Chuck Norris Also Endorses Netanyahu
Excerpt: “Israel has true friends all over the world, and there is support and deep appreciation for Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister and leader,” he noted. In the video released Thursday, Norris is heard saying, “You might think I’m a tough guy in my films, but in a rough neighborhood like the Middle East, Israel has its own tough guy. His name is Bibi Netanyahu.”

Syria accuses Turkey at U.N. of receiving stolen factory goods
Excerpt: War-ravaged Syria has accused Turkey of receiving stolen goods from armed groups, who it said plundered some 1,000 factories in the industrial city of Aleppo, and called on the United Nations to condemn its neighbor's involvement. Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, released on Thursday, that armed groups "transferred the stolen goods to Turkey, with the full knowledge of the Turkish Government." (You’d think, being members of a Religion of Peace, they could all get along. ~Bob)

65% See Gun Rights As Protection Against Tyranny
Excerpt: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny. Only 17% disagree, while another 18% are not sure. 

Another: The Truth About “Assault Weapons”
Excerpt: In the United States today Americans lawfully own an estimated 20-30 million rifles which are commonly used and often misconstrued by the media, politicians, and gun control advocates as “assault rifles.” Here are some facts about these rifles. Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for some of the facts below: (note that the NSSF has labeled these rifles “Modern Sporting Rifles” (MSR). Also note: there is an estimated 100 Million lawfully owned rifles of all types in the United States. (The Gun Owner's Action League of Massachusetts was founded back in the 1970s, when the Commonwealth was going through one of its periodic gun-hating cycles. Although they are "non-partisan," because of the issues they're concerned with, they are usually on the same side as the rest of us conservatives. This is an interesting list of facts and statistics they recently published. Note that you won’t change the mind of any dedicated gun-grabber, but you might influence the thinking of anyone who believes in evidence rather than “how they feel.” --Ron P. GOAL supported my campaigns. ~Bob.)

NBC/WSJ Poll: NRA More Popular Than Hollywood. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: Forty-one percent of adults see the NRA -- the nation's top gun lobby -- in a positive light, while 34 percent view it in a negative light. By comparison, just 24 percent have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, and 39 percent have negative ones.

Excerpt: “Texas is better than New York, and New York just gave us another excuse to say that,” [Attorney General] Abbott, a Republican, said on Thursday, after ads extolling Texas appeared on several media websites.

Chris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA
Excerpt: We seem to be getting closer to the announcement of Chris Christie switching his party affiliation to the Democrat Party. The latest RINO statement from the governor really takes the cake in the current debate. Maybe someday Christie will realize that conservative values are what made this great nation and that defending our children is what it the topic is all about.

Jay Carney: Obama “Committed to the Second Amendment”
Excerpt: Obama’s well-groomed lapdog Jay Carney insisted to reporters that the President is “committed to the 2nd Amendment”: “First of all, the president of the United States believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to bear arms…He has been explicit about this…And throughout his time in office he has made clear that he believes we ought to take commonsense and enact commonsense measures that protect our Second Amendment rights but prevent people who should not have weapons from obtaining them. So his commitment to the Second Amendment I think is very clear.”

3-D Printed Guns
If this becomes real, we better all have carry rights. ~Bob.

Older Piece, Worth Reading: Negroes With Guns. By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: Curiously, wherever the Klan became a political force, gun control laws would suddenly appear on the books. This will give you an idea of how gun control laws worked. Following the firebombing of his house in 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, who was, among other things, a Christian minister, applied for a gun permit, but the Alabama authorities found him unsuitable.

Worth Reading: Black history and the Second Amendment. By John Bender
Excerpt: Unable to disband either the local NAACP branch or the local NRA branch, the Klan decided to mount a full, armed assault on Dr. Perry’s home. They thought they could bring down the groups by eliminating their most influential leader. The local NRA branch heard about the planned raid and quickly called a meeting to be held at the doctor’s house on that night. Well armed men showed up at the doctor’s house and prepared for the assault they knew was coming.

But there is other news…

Excerpt: You may agree 100 percent with the president’s position on gun control, but his stagey histrionics, his endless reliance upon human props, his cheap sloganeering, his emotionally driven hectoring: all of that bespeaks a very deep contempt for his audience, which is the American people. If he really believes that surrounding himself with adorable little tots is a substitute for substantive arguments for well-thought-out policy proposals, he thinks that the people — you people — are a bunch of rubes. 

As Rescue Operation Continues in Algeria, Fate of Hostages Remains Unclear
Excerpt: The Algerian military operation began on Thursday without consultation with the foreign governments whose citizens worked at the plant. It has been marked by a fog of conflicting reports, compounded by the remoteness of the gas plant, near a town called In Amenas hundreds of miles across the desert from the Algerian capital, Algiers, and close to the Libyan border.

Algeria in Jihadi Flames. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: The mass kidnapping at a BP (formerly British Petroleum) gas site near the Libyan border, which may very well have been accomplished with U.S.-supplied weapons left over from the ouster of the late Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, seems to be a spillover from a failed French drive to remove Islamist militants from nearby Mali. (Is it just me, or was Algeria a better place to live when it was a Department of France? ~Bob.)

The folks running things
Very funny. Watch the whole thing. ~Bob

You Cannot Be More Liberal Than a Liberal. By Sultan Knish
Excerpt: So after a long bout of mocking Mitt Romney for saying that he sought out binders full of qualified female appointees, complete with protesters outside one of his campaign offices dressed in binders, the appointed hour came and the new cabinet of the man who was too good for binders of women was white and male. There was some awkward fidgeting in the media. A few suggestions that maybe there should be a little more diversity.

Excerpt: Keynesian policy requires an expansionist Central State and Bank bent on imposing central planning on every level of the economy. Keynesians are natural partners with the neofeudal financial Aristocracy which benefits so enormously from Keynesian print-borrow-blow policies. Here is the standard Keynesian cargo-cult analysis of our economic woes:

Hurricane Sandy Victims Say Red Cross Abandoned Them
PIX 11- A number of families left homeless by Hurricane Sandy, claim they are getting a royal runaround from agencies in their efforts to get disaster relief. A group, representing 120 families who were evacuated from Far Rockaway, staged a protest outside the Manhattan headquarters of the American Red Cross. They chanted, “Red Cross, Double Cross.” …. Protest organizer Errol Riley said the situation is mired in bureaucracy with everyone “passing the buck.” (What’s the Red Cross doing with all the Sandy $$ they keep soliciting? --Barb. My dad used to claim that in WWII, the Red Cross gave them coffee, donuts and cigarettes, had a PR photo taken, then took it back unless they could pay for it. Dunno, I wasn't there, but he never gave them a cent. ~Bob.)

Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry
Excerpt: A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal. Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident: threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe TreviƱo.

Sex slave aged 11 'branded with initial of her abuser': Child trafficker 'used a heated hair pin to mark her as his property'
Excerpt: A girl of 11 was sold to a child trafficker who branded her with his initial, a court heard yesterday. Mohammed Karrar, 38, also loaned her to abusers around the country for £600 an hour, it was alleged. Over five years she was repeatedly raped by large groups of men in what she described as ‘torture sex’, the jury was told. (Now, just because the Qur'an makes sex with slave girls lawful [“that which your right hand possesses”], don't go all Islamophobic over this. But if you shoot the critter, I'll swear we were playing poker at the time. Don’t think it can happen here? See the book below. ~Bob.)

The Hand of the Prophet: A Novel of Islamic America, 2053
By the year 2053, large parts of the United States have fallen under the rule of fanatical, home-grown Sunni Muslims, who have established the Islamic Republic of America, an Islamic theocracy under Shari’a religious law. Now, the Christians are the terrorists. All author's profits from this book are donated to a charity to help those who have suffered in the War on Terror.

Here, there and everywhere: After decades of sending work across the world, companies are rethinking their offshoring strategies, says Tamzin Booth
Excerpt: But now companies are rethinking their global footprints. The first and most important reason is that the global labour “arbitrage” that sent companies rushing overseas is running out. 

Poll: Voters pessimistic as Obama prepares for second inauguration. By Peter Schroeder
Excerpt: President Obama is entering his second term with many of the nation’s voters still pessimistic or unsure about their economic prospects, a new poll for The Hill has found. (I would have felt pessimistic if Romney had won. Since Obama won, I feel clinically hopeless. ~Bob.)

Revenue-Based Financing for Our Crumbling Infrastructure System
Excerpt: The Reason Foundation recently released a policy brief rethinking how America pays for and manages its transportation infrastructure. Current investments in infrastructure construction and repair are funded through capital investments from operating cash flows. With across-the-board funding cuts looming in the midst of the ongoing fiscal crisis, a report by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has suggested that each transportation mode should be self-supporting through direct user fees, says Robert Poole, the Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow and director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation.

Excerpt: French President Francois Hollande has effectively tied Barack Obama’s hands by going into Mali. That’s only fair because Obama’s actions in Libya precipitated the crisis in the Sahara to a great extent. Now, with its key interests threatened, France is committed to a campaign of vast proportions. 

Second-Term Reckonings. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: But Obama either has misread his reelection as a mandate (e.g., Republicans maintained control of the House and the majority of state governorships and legislatures; Obama, unlike most second-term presidents, received fewer votes than in 2008, fewer in fact then John McCain received), or he believes that his progressive legacy lies in ramming through change by any means necessary to obtain results that are neither possible through legislative compromise nor supported by majorities of the American people. Consider the reckoning Obama will soon have in the following areas:

Excerpt: Another January, another Congress, another plethora of bills aimed at changing the Constitution. And it goes beyond the standard drive of fiscal conservatives to add a balanced budget amendment to the nation’s guiding document. One New York Democrat — incidentally, a chum of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, who was able to remove every barrier to a lifetime presidency except his current illness — re-introduced a bill on the second day of the 113th Congress to remove presidential term limits.

New York Fires Auditor Who Found Misuse of Sandy Recovery Funds
Excerpt: One specific item Sadowski noted was the $154,000 video communication system that he felt "wasn't billable to the Hurricane Sandy" relief fund and could not be delivered until long after Sandy recovery efforts are to be finished. ….He also could not find the location of $1 million in kosher meals bought for Sandy victims and was directly told to stop looking into that expense. …State officials say that Sadowski exceeded his authority by conducting an audit, but Sadowski felt that part of his procurement job included accounting for and tracking the expenditures.

Pakistan's envoy to US faces potentially deadly blasphemy accusation
Excerpt: A petition accusing Pakistan's ambassador to the United States of committing blasphemy has been filed with the country's Supreme Court. Police were directed on Thursday to investigate allegations against Sherry Rehman, who has already faced death threats from militants after calling for reforms to the country's anti-blasphemy law, according to court documents. (She may want to think about staying here… ~Bob.)

Chicago man who backed terror group gets 14 years
Didn’t get the “Islam is a Religion of Peace” memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: A Chicago businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for providing material support to overseas terrorism, including a Pakistani group whose 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, left more than 160 people dead. …. "There's not much worse than mass murder of this scale," he said of the plot, which was not ultimately carried out.

Rape victims 'enjoy it,' Indonesia Supreme Court hopeful suggests
Excerpt: Daming Sanusi made the inflammatory remarks Monday while being interviewed by a parliamentary panel for a seat on the Supreme Court. When asked whether rapists should be put to death, Daming joked that because both the rapist and the victim “enjoy it,” the court should think twice about imposing the death penalty. (Only if it’s not, in leftist Whoopi’s phrase, “rape rape.” ~Bob.)

Newly released video -- Morsi in 2010: "we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews"
Ah, the moderate Muslim Brotherhood and the democratic, tolerant Arab Spring. No wonder the media and Obama love them. ~Bob.

Unnamed “insider.” I always read with skepticism: Benghazi: Behind the scenes (Part I): Administration is engaged in a massive cover-up
Excerpt: This is part one of a multi-part interview with a government insider intimately familiar with the events that took place in Benghazi. …. Make no mistake, we are doing the bidding for Saudi Arabia. The U.S., NATO and other allies are engaged in a proxy war with Iran and Russia.
Benghazi: Behind the scenes (Part II)
Excerpt: This is part two of a multi-part interview with a government insider intimately familiar with the events that took place in Benghazi. It is important to note that the information contained in this series was developed from interviews that spanned over 100 hours. In this part, the insider provides information about the events of the attack and the continuation of the cover-up at the highest levels of our government. 
Benghazi explained: Interview with an “Intelligence Insider” (Part III)
Excerpt: So at this point, what’s an expeditious way to strike at the very heart of America while also accomplishing other larger global objectives? Take out the U.S. dollar. We are in a period of heightened risk and maximum vulnerability, put here by Obama, his foreign policy advisers, czars, and of course Hillary Clinton.

1 Police Officer Dead in Benghazi Bombing
Excerpt: That bombing, which occurred Monday, was the latest in a series of attacks on security personnel in Libya’s second-largest city, where radical Islamist terrorists murdered a U.S. Ambassador and three other American diplomats on September 11, 2012. Attacks on properties belonging to the United Nations (UN), the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), Britain and Italy and their personnel have escalated, highlighting the chaos and danger in the area.

Amazing how much we know about a fake dead girlfriend than 4 real dead heroes in Benghazi.

House Cte: Not Enough White House Support for Benghazi Probe: A senior GOP Congressman says the White House is withholding support for the probe of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.
Excerpt: The head of the House Intelligence Committee has accused the White House of withholding support forֲֲֲ the FBIֲֲֲ on its investigation of the Al Qaeda attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. “It’s just not going well. It’s slow. We’re not getting great cooperation from governments that should be cooperating," said Republican .

Andrew Cuomo’s Brave New 'Roe' 

Excerpt: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is flexing his political muscle to give abortion advocates their biggest state victory in 40 years since Roe v. Wade: a sweeping expansion of abortion law that, if enforced, could put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business.

US taps pension fund to avoid passing debt limit
Excerpt: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government has begun borrowing from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without surpassing its debt limit. Geithner says in a letter to congressional leaders that the move will free up $156 billion in borrowing authority while Congress debates increasing the $16.4 trillion debt limit. The government reached its borrowing limit on Dec. 31, but began using bookkeeping maneuvers to keep from surpassing it. 

‘Obamacare’ contraception mandate hits legal hurdles
Excerpt: President Obama’s mandate that most private companies provide health insurance plans that cover the costs of contraceptives has met with considerable headwinds in the legal system, where nine of the 14 federal courts to rule so far have sided with employers who say the mandate violates their beliefs and infringes on their religious liberties.

Obama Has U.S. On 'Road To Bankruptcy': Lawmaker: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security headed for insolvency
Excerpt: Price also categorically rejects Obama’s assertion that his administration has taken great strides in cutting spending over the past four years…. “This is an administration that has been in charge when we’ve had the largest increase in absolute debt to our nation in a four-year period of time ever, $4 trillion-plus deficits for each of the four years that he’s been in office. And his budget continues that process.”

Rand Paul: "I'm Very Concerned About This President Garnering So Much Power And Arrogance"
Excerpt: You know, our Founding Fathers were very concerned about having a separation of powers, they didn't want to let the president become a king. And so, they wanted to say that Congress was the one to legislate and not the president. So we have a bill we're going to introduce early next week and in this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation. 

Excerpt: I haven’t read his blog for a while, but it would appear that the virtues of government-run health care have begun to pall for the good doctor. He has finally discovered what I and others told him years ago: Medicare rules are, as he apparently now realizes, “arbitrary and disconnected from reality.”

Lawmaker Denounces Federal Program Promoting Islamic Culture
Excerpt: A North Carolina congressman is denouncing the use of federal dollars to “promote the rich cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations.” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) told Fox News that he was appalled by the hundreds of thousands of dollars used to fund the program through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant – calling it “wasting taxpayer money.” (Tax dollars should not be used to promote any culture, any art or any entertainment, including sports stadiums. ~Bob.)

Deficit? What deficit? ~Bob. Excerpt: U.S. taxpayers have forked over nearly $4 billion to foreign-owned companies as part of a stimulus program that pays cash grants to green-energy firms, according to a newly released congressional report.

Worth Reading: Message from Mali: Keep Fracking, America! By Roger L. Simon
Excerpt: Recent events in Mali and Libya, not to mention Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Bengla Desh, Somalia, and several other pleasure spots remind us — if such a reminder were necessary — that the Islamic world is, to put it mildly, not a fun place to be. According to, Islamic terrorists have accounted for 20,261 deadly terror attacks since 9/11. … Not only might fracking save the U.S. economy, it might also force a new maturity on the Islamic world by making its people face reality.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on CNBC: "I'm just happy California keeps doing things so wrong."

French, Malians seize town from Islamists
Excerpt: French and Malian forces squaring off with Islamist militants seized a key city from them on Friday, a high-ranking French source told CNN. The city is Konna, located in the central region of Mali, a sprawling, landlocked Saharan nation. (Today’s thief-amputations, adulteress-stoning and gay-hangings are canceled…~Bob.

Flashback: Despite Romney Claims, Mali Is No Afghanistan, Expert Says. By Paul D. Shinkman

Excerpt: House Republicans leaders on Friday announced a plan to condition a three-month increase in the debt limit on the Senate committing to passing a budget by the April 15 statutory deadline.

Obama Promise to Raise Middle Class Living Already Seen In Peril
Ya think? ~Bob.

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, charged with taking bribes while in office
Excerpt: A federal grand jury charged former Mayor Ray Friday with 21 counts of bribery, conspiracy to deprive citizens of honest services, money laundering, wire fraud and filing false tax returns, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors and leveraged a granite installation contract from Home Depot as the retailer was negotiating tax breaks and other items with the city. (Show me your shocked face. He said New Orleans was a “chocolate city,” so assume he’ll ask to go to a “chocolate prison.” ~Bob.)

Obama's Campaign Organization Turning Nonprofit to Promote His Agenda
Excerpt: In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama's vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president's second-term agenda. (It’s a never –ending soap opera: “As the Stomach Churns.” ~Bob)

Fiat sees at least 100,000 Jeeps made in China in 2014
Wait. When Romney said this, Obama, every Democrat and the media called him a liar, didn’t they? Apology due. ~Bob

In 48 days it will be 4 years since @SenateDems last passed a budget. Madness.

Good, older piece on the election
Scroll down to it. ~Bob. Excerpt: What we saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with a free people than there are those who think the government should give them stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and free enterprise. (Laura Hollis is Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame.)

Rats, I lost again!
Bob --We have exciting news! Yesterday, we picked two lucky supporters to celebrate Inauguration Weekend with us in Washington, DC. Out of the 180,000 people who entered, Gabrielle J. and Glenn S. will be joining us for all the Inauguration festivities and a special luncheon with Nancy Pelosi. We’re looking forward to having them here!

Rubio Unveils Immigration Plan
Excerpt: Senator Marco Rubio. Son of American immigrants from Cuba. Tea Party and conservative champion. Possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. And now riding to the GOP’s rescue on immigration policy – at least in the words of the Wall Street Journal. (Republicans and conservatives continue their Shia/Sunni act, tearing each other up, to the left’s delight. ~Bob.)

GAO Report highlights skyrocketing costs of entitlements, Obamacare’s failure to contain costs
Excerpt: The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures. (Bet this big news leads on MSNBC… I crack me up. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: WBUR poll of 500 registered voters finds U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in a strong position should there be a special election to fill U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat.

NJ town proposes flag ban
Excerpt: The Hudson County town of West New York is considering a widespread sign regulation that could include banning American flags from being flown. (You need a gun if they come for your flag…~Bob.)

13 of Dear Abby's best zingers

1 comment:

  1. Letters to the editor of my local paper repeatedly demand "Why does a citizen need an M-16?" Overlooking the fact that few civilians can afford a true M-16, unless they are on the Fast and Furious gift list, I wonder how these writers would have reacted during the Revolution. Would they have decried private ownership of "long rifles," which were state of the art in those days. Indeed, the accuracy of two long rifles, used at the battles of Saratoga and King's Mountain, made material contributions to independence. In both cases, well aimed fire from a great distance killed the British commanders and contributed to these two key British defeats.
    Which should answer the question "Why do civilians need military quality weapons?"