Friday, September 20, 2013

Your weekend reading

News for your weekend reading. House voted to defund Obamacare today, but I didn’t include. If you don’t already know that, you are asleep. I’ll be offline for the weekend. Have to help my wife with a sleepover for several girls for our granddaughter’s 13th birthday. Pray for us. ~Bob

Excellent essay on Women in Combat
By LtCol Tom Kratman, USA (Ret), author of the great military science fiction book, The Amazon Legion.

Indirectly Mistaken Decision Cycles. By Tom Kratman
A commentary on the “Boyd Cycle” for those interested in military history ~Bob.

The Fiscal Collapse is Coming: Social Security overpays $1.3 billion in benefits: GAO
Excerpt: An upcoming GAO report obtained by NBC News says the federal government may have paid $1.29 billion in Social Security disability benefits to 36,000 people who had too much income from work to qualify.

American Boys Are Falling Behind
Excerpt: American boys across the ability spectrum are struggling in the nation's schools, with teachers and administrators failing to engage their specific interests and needs. This neglect has ominous implications not only for the boys' social and intellectual development but for the national economy, as policy analysts are just beginning to calculate, says Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. … Women in the United States now earn 62 percent of associate's degrees, 57 percent of bachelor's degrees, 60 percent of master's degrees, and 52 percent of doctorates. (If the genders were reversed, liberals would be demanding a massive government program to correct this clear evidence of discrimination. ~Bob)

Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good
Excerpt: Germany's aggressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty price tag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start. (Obama and the Progressives are determined to grind the poor and working classes here the same way, because it means votes and campaign dollars from the hard left. ~Bob.)

If I apply to be the superintended of a girls’ dormitory, I hope these guys do the background check. As long as I don’t have to work with Ted Bundy. ~Bob

The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction From Derivatives
Excerpt: Five years after the financial collapse precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, the risk of another full-blown financial panic is still looming large, despite the Dodd Frank legislation designed to contain it. As noted in a recent Reuters article, the risk has just moved into the shadows: (If you are “Too Big To Fail,” you can take any risk. You get the gains if you win, if not, the taxpayers get the losses. ~Bob.)

Yemen violence: Twin attacks on army 'kill 40'
Excerpt: Two car bombs reportedly exploded at a camp in Shabwa province, killing about 30 soldiers and wounding many others. In a second assault in the area, gunmen shot dead another 10 soldiers in the town of Maifaa.

Syria’s main opposition group slams al-Qaida-linked militants, their goal of Islamic state
Excerpt: Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group on Friday slammed al-Qaida-linked gunmen and their expanding influence in the country, saying the jihadis’ push to establish an Islamic state undermines the rebels’ struggle for a free Syria. (Because, you know, it might cut off western aid. Better not talk about an Islamic state until after we win. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Heritage warned that the new Obamacare insurance exchanges could threaten your privacy—and it’s already happening, before the exchanges are even open. In a new report, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee presented these shocking findings: there are already numerous reports of scam artists posing as Navigators and Assisters to take advantage of people’s confusion about ObamaCare. According to recent news reports, scam artists are calling individuals and asking for information to sign them up for their “ObamaCare card,” are asking seniors for their personal information to verify their Medicare and Social Security status and are going door-to-door threatening people with prison time if they do not sign up on the spot. The Administration is keenly aware of these reports and concerns, but has thus far failed to take appropriate measures.

Russia’s Growing Ties with Vietnam. By Stephen Blank
Excerpt: Recent deals leave Beijing disgruntled and represent an additional layer of complexity in the regional security web. Russia’s policies in Southeast Asia often pass without a great deal of remark. (I don't like this, I would much rather Viet Nam deepen its ties with the USA. However, for the guys in Hanoi, the Russians may be better, since they won't worry about human rights in Viet Nam and still help offset China's pressures on Viet Nam. --Del)

Excerpt: Having now achieved six decades in this life I'm not easily shaken by societal changes. Thankfully, they usually evolve in small day to day increments, allowing us to adjust to them. However, this week there have been so many bizarre stories about American comings and goings that I am left flabbergasted and stunned by what is happening in America. Just last week I discovered that there's a Face Book Page celebrating teen pregnancy. On this site you will find seemingly sane adults awing and cooing over sixteen year old girls having babies. 

Benghazi investigators gave Hillary Clinton heads-up on findings
Excerpt: The leaders of the State Department’s Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings.

Guns Don't Kill - Gun Free Zones Do
Excerpt: In no way do I want to minimize or trivialize any of the mass shootings we have watched take place in recent years by dumbing down the causes to one or two issues. However, with the liberal media’s withering attack on gun rights which uses these attacks as their “ammunition,” some kind of response is necessary to combat the misinformation

Deadly Combination: Political Correctness in a Gun-Free Zone. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: How does someone with three arrests, two of which are gun-related, become a military contractor's employee? How does someone with a military record that includes several citations for "misconduct" pass security background checks, obtain a "secret"-level security clearance, and get hired by a military contractor? Were disqualifying factors overlooked or minimized for fear that Alexis, a black man, would accuse the military of racism?

Remember when Obama promised to bankrupt coal? That’s tomorrow. By Ben Howe
Excerpt: That was way back in 2008 when President Obama was merely a candidate. Five years later, his dreams of bankrupting coal are getting taken up a notch. Tomorrow, Dear Leader is set to unveil a regulation that forms the centerpiece of his “anti-climate change” policy announced awhile back to much green fawning. This new regulation will reportedly ban all future coal-fired power plant construction. (The poor have no heat? Let them burn Obama Phones to keep warm! ~Bob.)

The War on Coal Puts Democrats on Defense
Excerpt: While McCarthy claims the administration's new rules "provide certainty" to the coal industry, the only "certainty" of their renewed war on coal is that thousands of jobs will be lost and Democrats running for the House and Senate in key states across the country will be further put on the defensive. (The UMW supported Obama in 2008, but sat out 2012. Guess we know why. ~Bob)

Navy Yard murderer Aaron Alexis created webpage with name "Mohammed Salem"
Excerpt: There has been no other published indication that Aaron Alexis was a Muslim or had any interest in Islam. It may be, however, that in his delusional madness, he began to identify with the jihadists who have committed mass murder in the name of their bloodthirsty god.

More than 1,500 women victims of genital mutiliation in shock statistics compiled by ONE hospital... and most are from Somalia
If this concerns you, you are probably a racist Islamophobe. ~Bob

Beloved Librarian Claims She Was Fired for Defending 9-Year-Old Contest Winner
Excerpt: hat 9-year-old is Tyler Weaver — the self-proclaimed "king of the book club" and one of the library's most frequent visitors — who will be taking his book business elsewhere, now that a longtime library aide who stuck up for him in a contest controversy has been fired. (When liberals are in charge, there can be no winners and losers, so why put in the effort? Everyone gets a "participation trophy"...something to be proud of. – LLW. Obama has been called “the first president of the “everyone gets a trophy” generation. Such things do not prepare kids for life. It is not too strong to call them child abuse. ~Bob.)

Desperate U.K. Turns to Shale Gas. By Peter Fairly
Excerpt: Proposed U.K. government policies to encourage hydrofracking of natural gas ignited a firestorm of protest this summer, with critics complaining that they were not consulted and that rules will restrict local planners’ authority. But the country appears to have few other options. The United Kingdom is in an energy quagmire that is forcing it to turn to shale gas.

Spitting on their graves: most Democrats leave Bengahzi hearing before testimonies of victims' families. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reformhearing about Benghazi Thursday on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods. Ms. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Charles Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was also killed.

From Clinton Foundation to Muslim Brotherhood Biggie. Carol Platt Liebau
Excerpt: Just one question: How did a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer -- connected enough to become a top communications official in the Morsi government -- came to be employed at the Clinton Foundation? Gehad al-Haddad, who was a senior official in the Muslim Brotherhood/Morsi government, has been arrested in Egypt on charges of inciting violence.

[The writer of this piece was kind of at Leningrad State University in the Seventies with] Vladimir Putin, the Neo-Soviet Man. By Cliff May
Excerpt: Allow me to offer an alternative theory: Putin is deeply committed to winning, to beating Obama like a rented mule, to diminishing the United States, exacting a little revenge for all America did to undermine the Soviet empire and for inviting former members of the Soviet bloc to join NATO after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As for the gassing of women and children by Bashar Assad, Russia’s friend and Iran’s loyal servant, I think Putin will leave it to bourgeois humanists to shed the salty tears. 

Scotland Jails Man For Ten Months For Putting Bacon On Mosque Doors. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Freedom! No sorry. You’re thinking of a different Scotland.

Another reason not to drink Starbucks.
Excerpt: Starbucks will serve coffee either hot or cold. No one would want it lukewarm. Yet that is how the company serves its politics regarding the struggle to defend the precious Second Amendment. Carriers aren’t banned; they just aren’t welcome:

Hats off to Australia!: New Prime Minister Tony Abbott Could Save Australia.
Excerpt: This could be the moment when the rising tide of moonbattery begins to recede. Hats off to Australia for putting Tony Abbott in a position to fight back on behalf of Western Civilization, as he has made clear he will do from the beginning: 

Louisiana Fourth-Graders Taught About 'Pimps' And 'Mobstaz,' School Says It's Age Appropriate Based On Common Core Standards.
Excerpt: “I try to instill values in my son,” parent Brittney Badeaux told Fox News. “My goal is for him to ultimately to become a great man, a family man, a well-rounded man. And now my son wants to know what a pimp is.” (Tell him “Jay Carney.” ~Bob)

Our litigious society finds a new low
Excerpt: At first Holloway thought the pictures on Twitter he saw of teens partying at his house were a joke but the tweets kept coming and he saw kids dancing on a table he bought with his Super Bowl winnings and he soon realized that it was no joke. … Holloway is fighting back by posting the pictures of the teens on the Internet to identify them. … In other words, a few parents are threatening to sue after their kids illegally broke into a man’s house, illegally engaged in underage drinking and illegally did damage to the man’s property and then gleefully posted it all on Twitter!

County Board chair proposes spending $1.1 million on Obamacare launch
Excerpt: County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic on Thursday called for spending $1.1 million in taxpayer money to help inform residents of next month's launch of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Marshals halt Jesse Jackson Jr. auction
Excerpt: An auction of furs and memorabilia that used to belong to convicted former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was canceled Friday over questions about the authenticity of some of the items.

I am Native American & I see nothing racist about Redskins. I am Proud of my Redskin & heritage of Warriors. (My grandmother claimed that granddad was ¼ Cree, making me 1/16 if true. So I’m offended at Washington 1/16th of the time. ~Bob.)

Household income in nation’s capital rises as rest of the country declines. By Caroline May
Excerpt: While the residents of most states and localities have seen their incomes decline since 2000, the population of the nation’s capital experienced something quite different. (Thomas Sowell points out that the decrease in household size over the years makes individual income a better metric than household income. Plus the spike in non-marital births as the culture has collapsed means many more single parent homes, highly correlated with poverty. ~Bob>)

7 Random Things Democrats Have Compared Republicans To In The Debt Limit Battle
All part of the “new civility” some guy called for in Arizona a few years ago. ~Bob

Madison elementary art teacher posts students’ anti-Walker cartoons
Excerpt: Kati Walsh, an elementary art teacher at the Madison Metropolitan School Districtin July posted some of her students’ drawings of Gov. Scott Walker  in jail. Walsh suggests her young Rembrandts’ ideas for their sketches popped up out of thin air.

Pakistani Muslim Cites ‘Blasphemy’ in Slaughter of Christian Rival in Business
Excerpt: Shouting that he was killing “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad,” a Muslim in Karachi on Saturday (Sept. 14) slit a Christian’s throat as police and others looked on, according to the slain man’s son.

Three Years Later, Obamacare Arrives – Little Understood and Not Well-Liked
Excerpt: More than three years after Obamacare was signed into law and fewer than two weeks before its health insurance exchanges are to launch, many Americans don’t know a lot about the pending changes except this: They don’t much like them.

Paul #Krugman was an #Enron advisor. But now he's the high priest of Liberalism & gets to call us "crazy."

Tweet from Lapu ‏@navy8r
Lady in front of me in long black burka, three screaming kids hanging off her, doesn't speak English, uses EBT card to pay. ...America...

Canada Will Ask For Fingerprints From Visitors From Muslim Countries
Excerpt: Starting from this October (December in some countries), the Canadian government will have special requirements for travellers from specific countries, in other words most of these countries are Muslim. Now along with a passport and Visa, people travelling from countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Yemen, Nigeria, Albania, and Somalia will also have to give a finger print to Canadian Immigration, to ensure that multiple people are unable to enter Canada with the same Visa.

That was not a white man that sold our PPL into slavery. It was an African w dark skin whose children looked just like ours. It was tribal

Robbers hold iPhone campers at gunpoint outside southwest Houston store
Excerpt: Apple fans waiting in an early-morning line for the release of the new iPhone were robbed at gunpoint on Friday, Houston police said. (What’s an iPhone? The cell phone I have still makes calls just fine. Have even bee4n able to respond to a few text messages. And my granddaughter says it would take pictures, too, if I wanted to. ~Bob.)

Collection of interesting maps

Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout of Online Health Exchanges
Excerpt: Less than two weeks before the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul, the government's software can't reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, according to insurance executives and people familiar with the program. (Say, is that a train whistle I hear? But the bridge is out! ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Police believe the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the Black P. Stones and Gangster Disciples, a law enforcement source said. (Lets see, Holder gave military grade weapons to the Mexican drug cartels in Fast and Furious, and the cartels are strong in Chicago…Nah. ~bob.)

Lovefest on Capital Hill: Caroline Kennedy's Senate Confirmation Hearing United Parties. By James Warren
Excerpt: Finally, there’s a lovefest on Capitol Hill. The Senate confirmation hearingThursday for Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as ambassador to Japan was a bipartisan tribute to her and her legendary family. For a woman who swam 3 miles from Nyack to Sleepy Hollow to raise money for leukemia prevention over the weekend, this was a piece of cake. [Jackie was a major swimmer too. Kate]

Largest Bank In World Announces Crash
Excerpt: The Bank for International Settlements, the most powerful bank in the entire world, has just announced ‘the crash’ according to this story below translated below from Germany. (Extremely important. Financial pundits have been predicting this for years and anyone who knows a little math knew that Bernanke et al. were brewing up a perfect storm guaranteed to cause a gargantuan crash. Now the BIS agrees. The financial world is finally waking up, not that it is too late. --Don Hank)

Gang Aft Agley: Health Exchange Fun - Part 1
Excerpt: I have to say, as a middle aged white guy, I am starting to feel a little awkward, like I wondered into the wrong bathroom or something...I then went to the 'Choose Your State' selection bar to see what my options were. Clicking on the menu, I noticed right away that territories and the District of Columbia had apparently become states with the adoption of Obamacare. COMMENT Salt LickSeptember 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM You clearly did not get the memo. White guys are expected to either die or self-terminate. Because, slavery.

Americans Opting to Pay Penalty Rather Than Enroll in ObamaCare Trainwreck
Excerpt: Keep in mind these are CNN viewers, so it’s a 99% likelihood they’re also Obama voters. Meanwhile, the only person who still believes it’s affordable is the schmuck in the White House. 

Pro tip: having a sense of humor is less exhausting than being perpetually outraged.

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