Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Old Jarhead’s Political SitRep for March 21, 2013

Old Jarhead’s Political SitRep for March 21, 2013
Robert A. Hall

Able to post a few items between meetings. ~Bob

Marine Corps Rips Reid: "Pure Political Posturing On The Backs Of Those Dead Marines"
Excerpt: …Marine Corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what Harry Reid implied.

Didn’t get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: Yesterday a pair of suicide bombers killed 22 Nigerians and wounded an estimated 65 more in an attack at a bus station in Kano, according to reports from the African country. The suicide bombers attacked "Kano's Sabon Gari district, an area mostly inhabited by migrants from the southern Christian Igbo ethnic group," according to Bloomberg. The blasts were large enough to destroy five buses.

Excerpt: On March 17, the Egyptian Army warned citizens to be wary of people posing as army officers after authorities had discovered fabrics to make police and army uniforms in a smuggling tunnel with Gaza. The following day, Egyptian soldiers in Suez were given new uniforms as a result of the discovery of the fabrics. According to the Associated Press, Egyptian authorities are now investigating whether the Palestinian terror group, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is linked to the seized fabrics.

Obama honeymoon may be over. By Amie Parnes and Justin Sink
Excerpt: The second-term honeymoon for President Obama is beginning to look like it is over. Obama, who was riding high after his reelection win in November, has seen his poll numbers take a precipitous fall in recent weeks. A CNN poll released Tuesday showed Obama’s favorability rating underwater, with 47 percent approving and 50 percent disapproving of Obama’s handling of his job. (Golly jeepers! Look at the source! CNN. Is the world ending yet? Too bad the 50% couldn’t figure it out on November 6. ~Bob.)

Reports of chemical attacks in Syria raise pressure on Obama
Excerpt: Pressure on the Obama administration to use military force in Syria intensified Tuesday after reports that President Bashar Assad’s government had crossed a line drawn by President Obama by using chemical weapons. The reports, which were denied by the Syrian government and unconfirmed by third parties, triggered a growing number of lawmakers to call on the White House to at least arm the rebels fighting Assad. (Any arms given to the rebels will eventually be used against infidels. That likely includes you. ~Bob.)

House lawmakers are deeply divided over proposals to arm rebel groups in Syria, amid unconfirmed reports that President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against opposition forces. At a hearing Wednesday, lawmakers pushed back on legislation from the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs panel, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), that would provide $150 million in military assistance, including weapons, to forces looking to topple Assad's government. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the panel’s former chairwoman, warned that the arms could fall into the hands of groups hostile to the U.S. or Western interests. (Yeah, R-FLA. At least someone is looking at Benghazi-gate. –Barb)

Russia's president Vladimir Putin announced he was bringing back the Soviet Union's old physical fitness program for young people. It's obvious why they want to raise the population's physical endurance. In three years, it's their turn to invade Afghanistan again.” --Argus Hamilton

Star Parker on Gun Control
Excerpt: The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that several NATO countries are working on contingency plans for possible military action to end the two-year civil war in Syria as President Bashar Assad's regime accused U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons. (Let's sit this one out, okay? It's THEIR civil war! Let them fight it out. There are no good guys involved, just bad guys fighting bad guys. – LLW)

Berlin: Kerry Confirmed Obama Peace Plan
Excerpt: Now a left-wing activist and former minister, who bears major responsibility for the failed Oslo Accords that caused the deaths of over a thousand Israelis but did not bring peace, has cited top American officials in saying that Obama does indeed have a new plan for Israel-PA talks. Speaking at a Geneva Initiative event, former minister Yossi Beilin said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently asked European leaders not to publish a peace plan for Israel and the PA at the present time, because America is planning to lead with its own plan.

A Real Term Limit. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: When someone reaches the limit of how long one can spend as a county supervisor, then it is just a question of finding another political office to run for, such as a member of the state legislature. And when the limit on terms there is reached, it is time to look around for another political job -- perhaps as a mayor or a member of Congress.

Intellectuals and Race. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.
Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior.

Sheriff warns of second American revolution if gun confiscation laws pass
Excerpt: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke warned of a second American revolution if gun control and gun confiscation passed and said he would not enforce laws requiring confiscation in his county while speaking with Alex Jones, Infowars reported Tuesday. (This possible outcome has been apparent for many months. Let's hope that more effective government for our Republic can be obtained. –RW. A revolution implies two sides. I think more likely collapse, chaos, riots, local gangs and warlords, and as many sides as you can count. ~Bob.)

#MyJihad in Israel: 2-year-old Israeli girl in critical condition, mother wounded after Muslims throw stones at car
Didn’t get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: This is the bloody reality behind the "Palestinian" victimhood propaganda. … "The 2-year-old baby is in critical condition. We are not giving up. We are doing everything in our power to save her. We are optimistic," Dr. Oleg Kaminsky, a senior doctor at Rabin Medical Center, said Thursday.

Special Travel Benefit for Saudis a "Slap in the Face"
Excerpt: Saudi Arabia, the nation which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, is about to become one of a handful of countries whose travelers can bypass normal passport controls at major U.S. airports. Sources tell the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) that this will mark the first time that the Saudi government will have a direct role in vetting who is eligible for getting fast-tracked for entry into the United States.

Worth Reading: Growing Up on Missile Defense: The Obama administration, by restoring interceptors to Alaska, seems to be more serious. By Michael Auslin
Excerpt: The Obama administration has been mugged by reality (again) — last week it announced that it would reverse its 2011 decision to close Missile Field 1 in Alaska, and would instead complete the project with 44 ballistic-missile interceptors, as originally planned by the Bush administration. Newly minted defense secretary Chuck Hagel explained that growing threats from North Korea and Iran mandate the reopening of the missile-defense site and the deployment of the full amount of interceptors.

The Death of Physician-Owned Private Practices
Excerpt: The days of doctor-owned medical practices are probably over now that the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") increases the costs for doctors to practice individually. Physicians are now becoming hospital employees more frequently, which reduces quality of care and productivity, says Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

‘Not One Dime’: Health Care Law Projected to Add $6.2 Trillion to U.S. Deficit. By Christopher J. Conover
Excerpt: Congress is likely to follow precedent and bypass the new health care law’s draconian payment cuts to doctors and hospitals, causing the law's cost to balloon by trillions of dollars. It turns out President Obama was right when he said his health care law wouldn't add one dime to the federal deficit. Figures from the Government Accountability Office suggest that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will in fact add 62 trillion dimes over the next 75 years. 

Excerpt: The federal government has been spending billions of dollars on health care pilot programs and demonstration projects. President Obama has explained their purpose: "We need to find out what works and then go do it." In other words, the exercises are supposed to discover how to lower costs and raise quality so that everyone else can copy them. There are five problems. First, three Congressional Budget Office reports (see herehere and here) have found that these programs are not working. Second, even where there is evidence of success, the gains are usually too small to warrant much hope for meaningful change. Third, no matter how successful a project, it is not of much value if it cannot be replicated - which appears to be generally the case. Fourth, even in the rare instance where a pilot program is remarkably successful and there is every reason to think the results are replicable, Washington will ignore the project if it does not fit into the bureaucratic vision of how health care should be delivered.

YouTube: Nigel Farage on Cyprus
Farage nails it. The best path for Cyprus is to get out of the EU and default on the bonds (the really RICH are the institutional bond holders, and they are the real culprits in this crisis, NOT individuals saving for old age). –Don Hank
Nigel Farage on his struggle against eurofascism:
Nigel Farage warns of rebirth of nazism thanks to EU policies:

North Korea Preps for War
Excerpt: There are many hardships to living in North Korea, but food shortage is a category of hardship that has prompted public riots in the past that required troops to suppress. Government action to avert them by limited food allocations is an indication of the gravity of the internal situation. The leadership cannot afford to divert military resources to riot control when it is risking general war. (Comparatively short, this report is very revealing about ordinary life in the DPRK. Also worth reading is the section on Cyprus. --Ron P.)

Landmark gun bills signed in Colorado
Excerpt: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms and signaled a change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from gun control debate in Colorado - a state with a moderate streak and pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance. (I have it from the second-highest authority in the land, that all you need for home defense is a double barrel shotgun and two shells. He claims all you have to do is step out onto your porch, fire both barrels into the air, and those gang members will flee into the night. Sleep safe, Colorado. – LLW)

Guantanamo hunger strike grows
Excerpt: Guantanamo prisoners are frustrated by the government's failure to close the detention camp and have launched a growing hunger strike to "turn the heat up," an American general told a congressional committee on Wednesday. (I'm scratching my head trying to figure out why this is considered a problem. It saves money, and it's voluntary. Sort of a win-win. – LLW)

Ben Carson’s most surprising policy positions
Excerpt: Dr. Ben Carson is a conservative star on the rise, but at least one of his policy ideas might cause the Republican leadership to do a double-take. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Carson said he opposed the invasions of both Iraq and Afghanistan.… “I actually wrote President Bush a letter before the war started and I said, you know, what I would do is I would use the bully pulpit at this moment of great national unity and, very much in a Kennedy-esque type fashion, say within 10 years we’re going to become petroleum independent,” Carson told TheDC. (What’s wrong with not buying the 9/11 story of Bush, Cheney and Co and being energy independent versus wrecking our homes and economy buying oil from those who burn our flag and wish us dead and hate our Jeudo-Christian culture—or what’s left of it? I don’t find this position “surprising.” How about smart? –Barb.)

Obama’s limo, ‘The Beast,’ breaks down in Israel after being filled with diesel
Excerpt: One of President Obama’s specially-designed armored Cadillac limos — called “The Beast” — broke down in Israel after it was filled with diesel fuel by mistake. The eight-ton vehicle “stalled shortly after the American president landed in Israel,” according to News 2, an Israeli news service. News 2 emphasized that the mistake was the “result of incorrect refueling conducted by U.S. personnel accompany[ing] Obama during his visit here.” (Guess he shouldn’t have thrown the Secret Service under the bus, blaming them for cancelling White House tours for school kids. –Barb.)

Excerpt: New Jersey Police and Dept. of Children and Families raided the family home when Moore was away from the house … They told me they were going to get a search warrant. I told them to go ahead,” he said. An online poll at the Newark Star Ledger indicates 80 percent of the paper’s readers believe the police visit was “a clear violation of both the 1st and 2nd Amendments.” (Per article, police have not returned. Father ,a firearms instructor and NRA member, called his attorney, who told him to demand a search warrant before complying with raiders’ demands to view his guns and gun cabinet. –Barb)

Obama delinquent with budgets, always on time with NCAA brackets, say Republicans
Excerpt: Republicans have seized on President Barack Obama’s NCAA Tournament bracket release to point out that for the fourth time in five years the president has failed to submit a budget on time. “It’s a shocking failure of leadership that hard-working taxpayers can see President Obama’s Final Four bracket picks, but they still can’t find the President’s budget, which is late for the fourth time in five years,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise said shortly after the bracket’s release.

US oil production set to surpass imports
Excerpt: The U.S. oil production boom will soon hit another milestone: monthly domestic production is on track to surpass crude oil imports later in 2013 for the first time since 1995. And then the gap will keep growing, according to the Energy Department’s independent statistical arm, which provides a look at the soon-to-cross lines here. (Believe this is private enterprise and not government supported. –Barb. BO will fight it, then take credit for it. ~Bob.)

Obama Tells Netanyahu "It's Good To Get Away From Congress"
Excerpt: "It's good to get away from Congress," Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they greeted each other on the airport tarmac. (So photo op with Bibi now preferable to job at home. –Barb)

ICE Admits 200+ Serious Criminal Illegals Released
Excerpt: On Tuesday, House Republicans quizzed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton on why he hadn’t tried to direct sequestration cuts toward areas other than release of illegal immigrant detainees. Morton attempted to blame “career agency officials” rather than political appointees. In February, 2,228 detainees were released and placed on supervised monitoring in an attempt to frighten the American people about the upcoming ramifications of sequestration.

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