Monday, August 26, 2013

Lots from the weekend

Personally, I think Obama’s not getting us involved in Syria so far is a better policy than conservatives and liberals demanding we, “Do Something!” There are no good guys in Syria, and our intervention will not end well. ~Bob

Great Column: at George Mason. By Walter Williams
Excerpt: Ideas such as equity and equal opportunity, while having high emotional value, are vacuous analytical concepts. For example, I've asked students whether they plan to give every employer an equal opportunity to hire them when they graduate. To a person, they always answer no. If they aren't going to give every employer an equal opportunity to hire them, what's fair about forcing employers to give them an equal opportunity to be hired?

Marines, Corps Values, And The Exemption Clause? By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Troublesome was the accused Marines, while in command, had been misbehaving all whilst conducting non-judicial punishment and referring to courts-martial Marines whose misdeeds had, for the most part, been far less egregious. A more blatant double-standard and destruction to unit morale escapes me.

Muslim Brotherhood Chicago Comptroller Hired by Rahm Emanuel Charged with Money Laundering. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration on Monday produced a letter showing it knew about questions surrounding Amer Ahmad and a controversial government contract in Ohio before the mayor hired him as Chicago’s comptroller in April 2011.

Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: In a response with clear echoes to the beginnings of the Iraq War, Obama has refused Syria’s offer to open its chemical weapons sites to United Nations inspectors as coming too late to be credible. For the worst half of a decade, liberals were either urging us to give the UN inspectors more time in Iraq or demanding to know “Where are the WMDs?” once the war had begun. (Is it just me, or are the folks calling for us to “do something” about Assad gassing his own people, the same folks who were all upset when we did something about Saddam gassing his own people? ~Bob)

Syria's Assad says U.S. military will fail if it intervenes
I have to side with Assad on this one. We don't need to get involved in someone else's civil war again, especially since there are no good guys. We need to be pulling out of the middle east, not getting more involved. And Assad is right when he says failure awaits U.S. in Syria. After all, Obama would be running things. - LLW

U.N. team headed to site of alleged Syrian chemical attack comes under fire, turns back
Excerpt: U.N. inspectors attempting to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in eastern Damascus were forced to turn back on Monday after their convoy came under what the United Nations described as intentional fire. (They needed Hillary Clinton. She would have just “put her head down and ran” as she did in Bosnia. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: But there are problems with such a humanitarian intervention (well beyond the now stale assertions that Assad was a “reformer” in the eyes of our past and present secretaries of state, and worth visiting in the mind of Nancy Pelosi during the Iraq War, and worth talking to and engaging with in the 2008 campaign rhetoric of Barack Obama) — and unfortunately they are almost all of the Obama administration’s own making.

The Dangerous Global Consequences of a Syria Intervention
The elites are trying their best to drag us into a war. Some say it is natural because the Western economy is failing and that is how the elites solve problems. Indeed there does seem to be a repeating pattern. At any rate, we need to learn as much as we can about the people who want this war. The countries most frequently named include Qatar, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US. The link below provides a few clues. --Don Hank

Pentagon Crafts Limited Strike Plans for Syria
Excerpt: The official said the military options developed for consideration by the White House are limited in scope and would be intended to “deter or prevent” the Assad regime from the further use of chemical weapons. The options are not intended to remove the Syrian president, who has tenaciously hung on to power as Syria’s two-year civil war has raged on.

US Forces Move Closer To Syria As Options Weighed
Excerpt: U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike. The White House said the president would meet Saturday with his national security team to consider possible next steps by the United States

Excerpt: Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report released Monday by AARP. (Send your kids into geriatric care. These folks face the collapse of Social Security and Medicare as well. ~Bob)

NSA employees spied on their lovers using eavesdropping programme
Excerpt: Staff working at America's National Security Agency – the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people – have used the technology to spy on their lovers. (Barack Obama: “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.” Right. ~Bob.)

Obama's 2009 Promise Of Cheaper Healthcare Has Morphed Into 2013 Price Hikes. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: Remember when President Obama promised back in 2009 that his health care reform plan would cut insurance premiums for the average family by $2,500? Four years later, those promised cuts have morphed into admissions of price hikes. (He’ll blame greedy insurance companies. ~Bob.)

ObamaCare's architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists
Excerpt: ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. Major lobbying firms such as Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, The Glover Park Group, Alston & Bird, BGR Group and Akin Gump can all boast an ObamaCare insider on their lobbying roster — putting them in a prime position to land coveted clients.

GOP blew '98 midterms by impeaching Clinton. A few hotheads, feeding red meat to R base, want to do same thing in '14. (Agree. ~Bob.)

Shock Video Allegedly Shows Al Qaeda-Linked Terrorists Stopping Truck Drivers On Side Of Road Then Executing Them For Not Being Sunni Muslims
Excerpt: New video posted on YouTube purports to show the graphic murder – execution style – of three Syrian truck drivers who did nothing more than belong to a minority faith the local Al Qaeda affiliate does not like.

Black mob attacks cop in Chicago. Fractured skull. Media silent.
Excerpt: A Chicago police officer is hospitalized in serious condition with a fractured skull, a victim of black mob violence. The officer was responding to a call early Saturday morning when he found dozens of people in the street, creating mayhem. He immediately called for back up, but instead of waiting for reinforcements, went to the assistance of a woman under attack.
Black preacher on the Martin-Zimmerman case

Op-Ed: Islamic Throwbacks are Erasing Civilization
Excerpt: "Dozens of churches were burned and destroyed in the largest attack on Coptic houses of worship since 1321", reports the Wall Street Journal about the latest persecution of Christians in Egypt. A symbol of Egypt's national culture, the ancient churches of Minya, did not hold religious services for the first time in 1,600 years. The churches had been destroyed by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. ..Christian shops and homes have been marked by a black "X", while the Muslim buildings are marked with a red "X". (The “mark”…note the red and black symbolism, strutted by POTUS and FLOTUS on inaugurations, now by many black (and some liberal white) commentators, weather people…..How many times are we seeing red, black and red/black combinations in July and August, since the Zimerman trial? Like these were summer colors? Subliminal code, just like grabbing genitals and making gang signs… They don’t care about your civilization. No ovens necessary this time. Just as Fascist. –Barb)

Excerpt: We spend about twice as much as other developed countries as a fraction of national output. Yet our results are mediocre. Public and private spending is growing much faster than our income ― putting us on a course that is clearly unsustainable. It appears we are buying quantity instead of value. Outcomes vary wildly from state to state. And programs that target the poor seem to be backfiring instead. I’m speaking of course about…Ooops. Did you think I was describing health care? No. I’m describing our system of higher education ― making some of the same points that President Obama made the other day. Yet even the president failed to note the obvious similarities between the two fields.

Murder of Australian student Chris Lane, 22, was not motivated by race says district attorney It had previously emerged that Excerpt: Edwards had posted on his Twitter profile that he 'hated white people' and boasted that he beat up five white people - using the derogatory term 'woods' - after the George Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case. 'Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:) lol sh*t ima keep sleepin sh*t! #ayeeee,' he wrote. In another, he said: '90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM'. (Sure, not racial at all, and that “psychiatrist” who yelled to Allah as he killed and injured soldiers at Ft. Hood was just workplace violence, you sheeple. Holocaust against whites beginning…..led from the TOP. They’re being told they gotta take what you got to survive. Forget Christianity, Judaism, the 10 Commandments, the Bible…. We are talking Evil here. Anyone note how long the press tried to keep the race of these dudes secret? –Barb)

Here Are the Two Teens Accused of Savagely Beating 88-Year-Old WWII Veteran to Death. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: The Spokane Police Department has arrested a suspect and are searching for another in the brutal beating death of 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert Belton. (Two kids beat an old man to death in a parking lot, and the reports have been filtering in about the tragedy. Here is the latest on the case, where the cops identified the kids from various camera recordings. But where are all the mainstream reporters, where are the major race commentators, where is all the rage being expressed by all those TV personalities? Somehow all absent. Again we are supposed to believe that media coverage of murders doesn't depend on what color the hand was that did the deed as opposed to what color the victim was? White on White, Black on Black, White on Black, not really news, but White on Black and stand back or the herd of reporters will trample you into the ground. --Del)

iDoctor Could a smartphone be the future of medicine. video takes about eight minutes. I think the possibilities demonstrated could possibly save many lives if the technology can be implemented in time. The possibilities for heart patients and diabetics are tremendous and other possibilities are truly unlimited. MM

It's time to pass the Fair Tax and completely get rid of the IRS and all of its evil and corrupt employees. – LLW

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls for mass "Friday of Martyrs" protest; nobody shows up.
Excerpt: Mass protests called by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood mostly failed to materialize on Friday as the movement reeled from a bloody army crackdown on followers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Troops and police had taken relatively low-key security measures before the “Friday of Martyrs” processions that were to have begun from 28 mosques in the capital after weekly prayers. But midday prayers were cancelled at some mosques and there were few signs of major demonstrations unfolding in Cairo.

VIDEO: JFK on Tax Cuts.
Excerpt: Anyone living on a diet of revisionist history may be surprised to learn that liberal icon John F. Kennedy did not become a barking moonbat until after a communist had murdered him. Here’s what he had to say about tax cuts while he was still alive:

Two million bikers to meet "Million Muslim March" in DC on 9/11. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Now in response to the march, a bunch of bikers are planning their own party in DC on 9/11…with two million people. Thousands of America’s patriotic bikers are organizing an enormous counter protest to the planned Million Muslim March on DC this Sept. 11. The Facebook Page, “2 Million Bikers to DC,” has over 18 thousand “likes,” as of Thursday morning and individual state chapters of riders have launched pages on Facebook, as well.

Student Loans Will Haunt You To The Grave. Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: We’ve devoted considerable space on this blog documenting the ways in which student debt prevents young people from beginning their lives as adults. A study from Demos, for example, finds that among college graduates, those without student debt are more likely to own a home and enjoy lower interest rates on their mortgages. But the effects of debt can also linger into older adulthood, even when the loans are paid off: the study found that debt-free grads build up a hefty $208 thousand more in wealth over the course of their lifetime.

And I Feel Fine. By Richard Fernandez
Excerpt: Ari Shavit’s evocative lede in today’s Haaretz is a reaction to the horror in Syria, He writes, “The End of the World is starting in Damascus … if civilians can be gassed to death in 2013, we face the end of the world that purports to be moral and enlightened”. Well perhaps the world was never really that enlightened to begin with: not even during the peace after the Second World War. People had simply had a bellyful of war and were momentarily intimidated into pacifism by the power of the hegemon, the United States.

VIDEO: The Blonde of YouTube: 'The Time for Talk is Over.' Posted by Baron Bodissey
Excerpt: “The Blonde” returns with a few choice words aimed at Interior Minister Manuel Valls, and an appalling story about the treatment meted out by culture-enrichers to a young “person of French background” in the north of France.

The Imam Who Defected. By Baron Bodissey
Excerpt: Ahmed Akkari is one of the notorious Danish imams who carried the Mohammed cartoons to the Middle East back in 2006. His actions helped inflame tensions that led to riots and resulted in the burning of two Danish embassies (and a Norwegian one, if I recall correctly). After spending some years in Greenland, Mr. Akkari recently caused a sensation in Denmark by publicly apologizing for his actions and admitting that they were wrong.

The Arab Spring has failed because constitutional democracy needs nation-states. By Daniel Hannan
Excerpt: Full-scale liberal democracy is rare outside Europe and the Anglosphere but, by global standards, Islamic countries do well enough. To pluck examples from opposite ends of the ummah, Albania and Malaysia have both held free elections in recent months without anyone being exiled or shot. No, there a more local explanation, its roots stretching back a century. 

'A Nation of Sullen Paranoids': Too much security can produce a kind of madness. By Peggy Noonan 
Excerpt: But, [Stella Rimington, former director-general of Britain's MI5] suggests, you don't want to lose your country—the thing you are so anxious to defend—in your effort to save your country. In a career in what she calls "the secret state," she learned that at the heart of countering terrorism is intelligence, and the most valuable sources against terrorism are human beings—long-term penetration efforts. This must be heavily supplemented by technical intelligence—phones, the Internet—and the more expert the better.

DHS employee’s website: ‘We are going to have to kill a lot of whites’
Excerpt: Mr. Kimathi in his private time runs the website “War on the Horizon” under the user name “Irritated Genie,” SPLC said. The site advocates “properly educating Black people to prepare for Racial Warfare.” “Warfare is [imminent], and in order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count,” one statement on the site reads. … I am astounded, he’s employed by the federal government, let alone Homeland Security.” (Seen a lot of weather people, TV commentators wearing “the mark” of black and red all summer? BP colors. Gee, that’s why they need all the ammo. More fun than ovens. –Barb)

Excerpt: Two weeks after the Obama administration announced charges against suspects in the Benghazi attack, a large portion of the U.S. team that hunted the suspects and trained Libyans to help capture or kill them is leaving Libyapermanently. Special operators in the region tell Fox News that while Benghazi targets have been identified for months, officials in Washington could "never pull the trigger." In fact, one source insists that much of the information on Benghazi suspects had been passed along to the White House after being vetted by the Department of Defense and the State Department -- and at least one recommendation for direct action on aBenghazi suspect was given to President Obama as recently as Aug. 7.

America’s 50 worst charities

Excerpt: Some of our most liberal politicians are also some of the wealthiest Americans. I would ask the liberals and Wall Street Occupiers this: If the very champions of your ideology, redistributing the wealth, are also some of the most wealthy, why are you not demanding they put their money where their mouths are? Why do they insist on bleeding the working taxpayer who, depending where they live, are not getting wealthy on $200,000! How is it that your liberal champions chant the mantra of taxing the rich, but their own wealth never diminishes and they are always able to avoid the tax burden that we working stiffs face?

Board approves ex-Ficano aide's $97K annual pension
Excerpt: A 41-year-old former top aide to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano will collect a pension that pays nearly $97,000 per year after working for the county only 8 1/2 years. (Why government pensions go broke; this is the county where DETROIT is located! –TC)

Muslim Man Beats His Sister-in-Law to Death for Trying to Stop Him From Beating His Wife to Death

Good Article: "My Nephews" by Juliette Ochieng 
Excerpt: Something that remains perennially in the news is the rate of unemployment for black teens, just over 40%. But here's a thing about my family: my five nephews and my six first- and second-male cousins are all employed! … Well here's one thing: only one of them lives in a blue state. So much for the alleged racism of Republicans. 

Now Egypt Looks To 'Expose' Obama
Excerpt: The evidence is mounting that the military government currently ruling Egypt has decided to embarrass the Obama administration as part of a strategy to suppress Muslim Brotherhood activity in Egypt. (WND has a lot of things that are going to happwen, but don’t. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: These days, Obama and his fellow Democrats aren’t exactly bragging about ties between his party and the lobbying industry. But his administration, along with Democrats in Conrgess, have helped facilitate it all the same. The 2010 health care overhaul, in particular, has meant big business for well-connected lobbying firms—and numerous trips through the revolving door for the former administration and congressional staffers who can help make those firms even better connected still. 

Better Face It Millennials: You Didn’t Get What You Were Promised. By Morgan Brittany 
Excerpt: Many of these kids don’t know what real work is. Their work ethic is entirely different from the one that previous generations had. Just because your mom and dad said you were “talented”, “special” and “oh so smart” doesn’t translate to what an employer might think.

When Barack Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20 2009, 20 million more people had full-time jobs and gas was $1.87 gallon.

Excerpt: They don’t report on the much more common black-on-white crime, but the very rare man-bites-dog story of white-on-black crime — that gets covered hysterically not because it is a man-bites-dog story, but they act as if, ‘No, this is all too common, it’s the racism in America.’ No, it is very rare.

Obama’s Racial Imbalance. He professes outrage when there’s little evidence of bias against blacks, but ignores attacks on whites. By John R. Lott Jr.
Excerpt: George Zimmerman wasn’t motivated by race in confronting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a Hispanic, was himself one-eighth black. The prosecution in his case produced no statements by Zimmerman showing any racial bias. Alas, most people didn’t have time to follow the trial’s day-to-day testimony, and obviously didn’t know that. 

Here's a single payer alternative: I go to the doctor. I pay him.

Texas Police Hit Organic Farm With Massive SWAT Raid
Excerpt: Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers," after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.

Mom, Aunt Of Suspected Georgia Baby Killer Arrested
Excerpt: The mother and aunt of suspected baby killer De’Marquise Elkins (pictured) were arrested Tuesday on charges that they lied to policeThe Atlanta Journal-Constitutional reports. e’Marquise, 17, is charged with killing 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in a shooting in Brunswick, Ga., last Thursday. Another teen, Dominique Lang, 15, was also charged in connection with the shooting.

Obamacare’s Hierarchy of Privilege: No one who favors the law wants to be bound by it. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: On Wednesday, the Nevada AFL-CIO passed a resolution declaring that “the unintended consequences of the ACA will lead to the destruction of the 40-hour work week.” That’s quite an accomplishment for a “health” “care” “reform” law.

CSI ObamaCare: Affordable Care Act To Have Own Police
Excerpt: The administration is building a detective squad that will target consumers and companies that don't follow ObamaCare's rules. The game of "good cop, bad cop" has arrived in American health care.

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Allegedly Tried To Hire Hit Man

AP: Islamic Extremists Slit Throats of 44 Villagers, Gouge Out Eyes of Surviving Victims

Chicago: ‘Safe Passage’ routes put to test amid more shootings
Excerpt: The eyes of the city were on Chicago Public Schools “Safe Passage” routes Monday morning as a 28-year-old man was shot along one of the routes and a 14-year-old boy was shot to death near another one, the day before school starts. (In Chicago, like Detroit, the safe passage is the one that takes you permanently out of town. ~Bob.)

Christine Quinn Wants Better NYC Condoms For All New Yorkers
This is the front runner for mayor? ~Bob

Democrats on the Road to Damascus. By Dymphna
Excerpt: In the course of my adult life, especially in the State Department, I became aware of an interesting phenomenon when it comes to foreign affairs. Democrats prefer and advocate for U.S. intervention, including messy, bloody, military intervention, in places where there is little or, preferably, no US national interest at stake, e.g., Vietnam, Libya, ex-Yugoslavia. Find a place where there are US interests at risk–e.g., Panama, Central America, Iran, Cuba–they go into pacifist-anti-imperialist-defender-of-the-peoples-of-the-Third-World mode.

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