Friday, October 25, 2013

Your weekend reading

Company coming--may not be on line much over the weekend. ~Bob

Happy Saint Crispin's Day: Henry V - Speech - Eve of Saint Crispin's Day
Granddad will be showing his scars and going on all day about Exeter, Bedford and Harry the King. Funny how many now pretend they served in Vietnam, thus holding their manhood cheap. ~Bob

MILINET: CMC Intent On new Covers
Just spoke to CMC. He wants to aggressively debunk the Post/Fox stories. 3 key points: 1. The President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover. 2. We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: the former manufacturer went out of business. 3. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover. Please disseminate as widely as possible. Standing by, should you have questions. S/F, LtCol. David Nevers, USMC, Public Affairs Officer, Office of the Commandant. (That still doesn’t explain women Marines dressing in male uniforms at 8th & I! --GJ. Sir, understand the frustration but the issue is actually one driven by the business world. The company that made the female cover is no longer in business and the company that makes the male cover will not make the current female version as it is cost prohibitive. That said the consensus from my unit is that we have females wear the current male version. This is already being done at 8th & I for parades. Please share. S/F SgtMaj Pensak, Ret)

Good Article: Why climate change is good for the world. Don't panic! The scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm. By Matt Ridley 
Stone the infidels! ~Bob. Excerpt: There are many likely effects of climate change: positive and negative, economic and ecological, humanitarian and financial. And if you aggregate them all, the overall effect is positive today — and likely to stay positive until around 2080. That was the conclusion of Professor Richard Tol of Sussex University after he reviewed 14 different studies of the effects of future climate trends.

So Far under Obamacare, More People Have Lost Insurance than Enrolled. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: And here's the devastating statistic you'll see cited until the numbers change: Over 500,000 individuals have seen their insurance policies cancelled in just 3 states. In all 50 states, only 476,000 applications have been "filed" in an exchange. In short, Obamacare has caused more people to lose their health insurance than gain it so far.

Estimate: 16 Million Americans Will Lose Current Coverage Because of Obamacare. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Because the Obama administration's regulations on grandfathering existing plans were so stringent about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. The rules are very complex.

Obamacare’s Ticking Clock. With every passing day, it's less likely the law's disastrous rollout can be fixed. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: A few hours later, the head of the DNC, Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, went on MSNBC to insist that criticisms were overblown because she actually knew a young man in her state who signed up. This, too, is progress given that the first — widely publicized — young man to enroll, Chad Henderson, actually never signed up.

Obamacare’s Doubtful Deficit Reduction: The law’s cost controls are economic and political fantasy. By Kevin D. Williamson
Excerpt: The history of Obamacare is a litany of broken promises and daft optimism: If you like your coverage, you can keep itYour premiums will be lower. “Obamacare implementation’s going to be great and people will love it.” Some of those promises have fallen apart all at once, but a key one is slipping away bit by bit, like the child’s sand castle that constitutes a beloved triumph for 20 minutes before being abandoned to the tide: the promise that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit.

Ignorance Is Bliss? The Patriot Post
Excerpt: According to The New York Times, "The White House kept close tabs on the creation of the online exchange, with particular attention to the Web site's design…" But Jay Carney insists that Obama "did not know of the problems until the October 1 launch." One of our colleagues suggested, "A little less golf and more attention to his job would seem to be in order."

New, Improved Obamacare Program Released On 35 Floppy Disks
Satire from The Onion. ~Bob

In White House Pitches, Rosy View of Health Care Site. NYT
Excerpt: Just days before went live with disastrous results, top White House officials were excitedly briefing lawmakers, reporters, Capitol Hill staff members and Washington pundits on their expectations for the government’s new health care Web site.

Lawmakers: Sebelius failed at government website projects prior to serving in Obama administration
Excerpt: Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ failure at designing websites to provide government services began during her term as governor of Kansas, long before the Obamacare website debacle, Kansas political insiders told The Daily Caller.

Excerpt: A new CBS report highlights the story of Natalie Willes, "one of the millions of Americans who already have private health insurance but whose policies do not comply with the Affordable Care Act."

The Democrats' Freak-Out About ObamaCare Has Begun. By Brett LoGiurato
Excerpt: Frustrated with the disastrous rollout of, the Democratic coalition is beginning to crack slightly on the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a frequent critic of the health care law, is preparing to introduce legislation that would delay Obamacare's individual mandate by a year. Other Senate Democrats are going to push for an extension of open enrollment in the exchanges. And House Democrats are openly venting their frustrations.

Letter From Young Doctor: 'Mr. President, I'm Leaving the Medical Field'
Excerpt: Since the passage of Obamacare everything has changed. When I started college I never intended to work for the government. I never thought I’d have a government bureaucrat dictate what I was worth to the market, and I certainly never imagined those same bureaucrats (who have absolutely no medical training) telling me how to treat my patients.

"If Americans really wanted #Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz

Imagine if your doctor told you, "I know the diagnosis was wrong this time, but come back next month & I'll most likely be right"

Next week I will introduce the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act”

Tip: when hearing Obamacare enrollment numbers, ask how many are in Medicaid as opposed to private insurance. This is very important.

"There will be a substantial reward to the one who finds the young invincibles. Use any methods necessary, but I want them alive."

From The Goldberg File. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Last week on the Special Report online show -- where things get a little wackier than the broadcast version -- I trotted out my joke that the White House had outsourced to the finest programmers in the Amish community. Charles Krauthammer, with his usual arch sarcasm, said something like, "I for one would like to disassociate myself from this needless attack on the Amish community." I replied, "Who cares, it's not like they're watching." Well, I've decided Charles was right. Because here's the thing: When the Amish make something, it works.
What’s Right about Ted Cruz & the Tea Party. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: If you don’t fight, you can’t win. That’s what the Party of Lincoln, a party that tested its mettle in a devastating national conflict, has forgotten. Instead it has become a party of good losers who would rather lose easy than fight hard. The GOP would like to win without fighting. It wants to wait for the voters to come around and recognize that it’s the better choice because it compromises.

American Student Slashed In London, Police Eye “Muslims Patrols”
Excerpt: An American student has been attacked by an Asian gang while out drinking beer with friends, in an area of East London where Muslim patrols have previously attempted to enforce sharia law. Francesco Hounye, 22, who lives in Florida, was beaten savagely by the men who surrounded him, who kicked and punched him before smashing the bottle of beer into his face. Hounye was taken to hospital with deep slash wounds to his head. He has suffered permanent scarring and a chipped tooth. ("Asian" is British media PC speak for Pakistani or other Muslim immigrants. ~Bob)

Guess who backs pro-Hillary super-PAC
Excerpt: Democratic mega-donor George Soros is backing a super-PAC dedicated to electing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as president in 2016.

The ObamaCare Meltdown. By Matthew Vadum
Excerpt: It turns out the pregnant, diabetic woman who nearly fainted in President Obama’s arms at the Obamacare damage-control press event Obama held this week, isn’t herself sold on Obamacare. ... It turns out the pregnant, diabetic woman who nearly fainted in President Obama’s arms at the Obamacare damage-control press event Obama held this week, isn’t herself sold on Obamacare.

To Crush a Swastika — on The Glazov Gang
Excerpt: This week’s Glazov Gang was joined by John Duffy, a Film Producer from the South Bronx,Ann-Marie Murrell, the National Director of, and Orestes Matacena, a Filmmaker whose latest project is,dedicated to the memory of the Jewish resistance in the streets of Warsaw in WWII. (I read Mila 18 in high school. Great book. ~Bob)

Video: Obama Asking Military Officers If They Will Shoot Americans
I think (and hope to Go) this is far out, tin-foil-hat stuff. Of course, they thought that in Germany in 1932 as well. ~Bob

Saudi government warns driving ban activists: Authorities warn of punishment for women drivers, as activists call on them to get behind wheels next Saturday.
Excerpt: Saudi Arabia has warned that it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the conservative Muslim kingdom. (At UN, Saudi Arabia receives praise for Protecting “Women’s Rights”! (Breaking: UN praises Confederacy for work on rights of blacks. ~Bob)

ECONOMIC CRISIS: How Derivatives Can Collapse The Global Economy

Merkel: US Spying Has Shattered Allies' Trust
Excerpt: European leaders united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship.

Obama's all "I'm glad I don't understand Austrian, because Merkel sounds pissed!"

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

The Americans should be congratulated for bugging the phones of 35 world leaders, not pilloried. By Con Coughlin
Excerpt: When the dust has settled on the media frenzy over allegations that America's National Security Agency (NSA) succeeded in bugging the mobile phones of 35 world leaders, surely the agency should given an award for undertaking one of the most remarkable feats of intelligence-gathering of modern times, rather than subjected to universal condemnation.

GermanyBrazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies
Excerpt: Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency’s intrusions into the online communications of foreigners, according to diplomatic sources familiar with the push. The effort follows a German claim that the American spy agency may have tapped the private telephone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of other world leaders. It also comes about one month after Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff denounced NSA espionage against her country as “a breach of international law” in a General Assembly speech and proposed that the U.N. establish legal guidelines to prevent “cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war.”

'Out of Hand': Europe Furious Over US Spying Allegations
Excerpt: The allegation shows once again that our fears have been confirmed," said Thomas Oppermann, chairman of the Parliamentary Control Panel, which is responsible for monitoring Germany's federal intelligence services. "The NSA's monitoring activities have gotten completely out of hand and evidently take place beyond all democratic controls," continued the center-left Social Democrat, who called an emergency meeting of the Control Panel for 2 p.m. on Thursday…." During his visit to Germany, the US president grandly promised a trustful cooperation.” (Yeah, right up there with our “transparent” government with unreported meetings at White House, (oh, but they announced SOME of them), fake email accounts…and you can keep your insurance and your MD, too. --Barb)

Frenemies: Spying on Allies Fits Obama's Standoffish Profile
Diplomats are not surprised that the security agencies under US President Barack Obama have reportedly been monitoring close allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state, causing much frustration around the world.

Experts' Report: Iran Could Have a Nuclear Bomb Within a Month

Excerpt: ISIS made the estimate in a new report published on Thursday by USA Today. "Shortening breakout times have implications for any negotiation with Iran," stated the report. "An essential finding is that they are currently too short and shortening further." David Albright, president of the institute and a former inspector for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the estimate means that Iran would have to eliminate more than half its 19,000 centrifuges to extend the time it would take to build a bomb to six months. (POTUS’ team said 1 year. So do they just “not know” again or just speaking with forked tongue as usual to the sheeple? Guess POTUS will read it in the newspaper, eh? --Barb)

Eastern Libyans Declare Autonomous Government
Excerpt: The leaders of a movement for self-rule in oil-rich eastern Libyan unilaterally announced Thursday the formation of a shadow government, the latest challenge to the weakened central authority. The announcement came several months after the movement, backed by some militias and local tribes, declared the eastern half of Libya to be an autonomous state, named Barqa, claiming broad self-rule powers and control over resources. (More bitter fruit from Obama's lead-from-behind, unauthorized war. ~Bob)

Sebelius says she doesn't 'work for' those calling for her resignation
Excerpt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is rebuffing calls from Republicans for her to resign over the troubled launch of the ObamaCare sign-up website, saying those asking her to resign are “people I don’t work for.” (True. Congress represents the people. Clearly she doesn't work for us. ~Bob

It's Ted Cruz's Fault! By Andrew Benjamin
Excerpt: ObamaCare's 5 million lines of code cannot be "fixed." They have to be rewritten in their entirety. ObamaCare cannot be 'fixed.' ObamaCare will cost dramatically more in 45 out of 50 states than its equivalent private insurance and will become a stranglehold on the economy, crushing the job market. 27 year olds will pay 168% more in some states. The workability of ObamaCare depends on the young to subsidize the old, and if the young do not sign up, ObamaCare will fall of its own weight.

Jon Stewart Clashes With Krauthammer: Why Is GOP Bringing So Much 'Chaos' to Washington?

How To Opt Out of ObamaCare Without Paying the Fine. By John Nolte
Excerpt: Less than two-hours ago, I submitted a revised W-4 form to our payroll department. My goal is to avoid being in a position where at the end of next year I am owed a refund from the federal government. As an act of civil disobedience, I am refusing to purchase health insurance. This means that I am subject to a tax/fine of 1% of my income (2% the following year, 2.5% thereafter). But the beautiful thing is that unless I am owed a tax refund, the government will never get any of that money.

Beware Insurance Pitches Disguised As Obamacare
Excerpt: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is looking into what appears to be a bogus campaign to sign people up for federal health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Don’t be tricked. You may think you’re signing up for affordable health care, but experts say it could be a scheme to get you to enroll in something else. (Yep, if you leave the door open on the Net for abuse of your own website, you can count on people jumping at the chance. The overall competence of those setting up the Obamacare startup appears to fit somewhere between seriously retarded and drooling idiot. Word is the Mr. Obama is frustrated and embarassed about this. What he should be is furious, the buck stops on his desk, and there should have been some sudden retirements from his team within a week at most of the rollout starting. We're now nearly four weeks since the rollout and we're not seeing any reports of great breakthroughs in fixing things. One of the vendors was quoted as saying it would take months, not weeks, and perhaps that's the most accurate thing said about this mess. --Del)

Cops are looking for scam artists using Obamacare to prey on the poor and confused? Start with 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Sherlock.

Excerpt: I drove over to my local Home Depot this morning as soon as it opened at 6AM. Had to pick up a part to fix one of my toilets. A sure sign that the real estate industry is again thriving was the appearance of a contractor truck pulling up in front of a crowd of illegal Mexicans who hang around Home Depot looking for work. I heard the contractor yell out "eight workers, ten dollars per hour, six hours guaranteed". As the Mexicans tried to all jump into the back of the truck, the contractor said something to each one, then culled the crowd for his eight workers, loaded them on, then drove off. One part of Arizona SB 1070 made this method of hiring illegals against the law.

"Thought Police" Ban All Words!
Excerpt: Seattle is considering banning the words “brown bag” and “citizen” because the words offend black people and illegals. Daniel Greenfield responds, “When Seattle one day gets around to banning all words, because language is inherently offensive to the illiterate, and everyone is reduced to communicating with grunts and emphatic gestures, an era of true tolerance and nomadic lifestyles will be upon us.” That is hilarious Daniel! Well said.

Yemeni girl, 15, 'burned to death by father.' By Mohammed Jamjoom, Hakim Almasmari and Saad Abedine, CNN
Excerpt: A 15-year-old Yemeni girl was burned to death by her father for "communicating with her fiance," according to Yemen's Interior Ministry.

Our Bloodless Coup (Reader Post)
Excerpt: We are being governed by a political class of radical leftist whose capacity for destruction knows no bounds, and by a spineless opposition without convictions who are perfectly comfortable with going along with the destruction of the republic, as long as their own perks are undisturbed. It feels like a bloodless coup.

Secret White House Memos Reveal Obama Exploring Options for Third Term!
I take with a grain of salt. Zero cance it would pass enough state legislatures. ~Bob. Excerpt: Documents obtained by the National Report, including emails and private memos between Obama and Attorney General, Eric Holder, contain specific, though as yet, ‘speculative’, questions from Obama, seeking advise regarding either circumventing the 22 amendment to the Constitution, which restricts Presidents to two terms, or drafting another constitutional amendment which would pave the way for Obama to ‘legally’ be reelected. A source in Holder’s office, who agreed to speak with The National Report on condition of anonymity, had this to say: “As is stands today, the Constitution forbids a third term of course, but as any American knows, the Constitution is a living document which is meant to be altered as the nation sees fit and in time of great need. The fact that we have had 27 amendments, shows that it has been done many times in the past, so the idea of a third Obama term, though it would require leaping over what may appear to be insurmountable hurdles, is still quite possible if, in the best interest of all Americans, it is deemed necessary to prevent far Right Republicans from taking control of the Executive branch of government. (Per article, “This is something that the Obama administration would deem a threat to our democracy, thus requiring emergency measures.” (My bolding) The Constitutional Law is a threat to his democracy. --Barb)

Hidden in ObamaCare Site: Applicants Surrender Right to Privacy
Excerpt: During Thursday’s congressional hearing with the contractors responsible for building the troubled ObamaCare federal exchanges, we learned that whether you end up enrolling in ObamaCare or not, no one who puts any information into the ObamaCare website can expect to have their privacy protected. Moreover, the fact that you are giving up your right to privacy is hidden in source code that reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system.” (Just as I suspected. If you even access the site your IP address will be added to the system, cookies added to your computer, and the collection of additional information as well as gross violations of your privacy. --MM)

Jay Leno Rips Obama

Report: U.S. told allies Assad was collapsing while intel warned of rebels’ defeat
Excerpt: The U.S. intelligence community, while still assuring allies of his regime’s imminent collapse, determined as early as April 2013 that President Bashar Assad was reversing Sunni rebel gains in Syria. The State Department issued a classified briefing on June 10 that warned of a rebel defeat, particularly that of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, in the more than two-year-old war against Assad…. We are headed toward our worst case scenario: rebel gains evaporating, the moderate opposition — including [FSA chief] Salim Idriss — imploding, large ungoverned spaces, Assad holding on indefinitely, neighbors endangered, and Iran, Hizbullah, and Iraqi militias taking root,” the State Department said. (Hence the questionable “use” of chemical weapons; too bad the rebels got so excited they made that YouTube video showing the canisters with the country of origin label…not Syrian. Article notes US told Saudi Arabia exact opposite, that rebels beating Assad….Might explain why they are, um, perturbed with Mr. Obama. --Barb)

Excerpt: Costello agreed with panelist Jason Johnson that the Obama administration can be thin-skinned, and said that “President Obama’s people can be quite nasty. They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job.” Video at the link. (It's The Chicago way. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The stock market is "set up for a major crash," thanks to the Federal Reserve's massive easing program, says hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel, founder of Universal Investments. Equities could plummet 40 percent, he tells CNBC. That would put the Standard & Poor's 500 Index at 1,051 compared with Thursday morning's reading of 1,751. Our economic structure is the problem, Spitznagel says.

America’s Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude
Said I belong in Georgia. ~Bob

Libs & Dems compare T-Party to KKK. BUT, it's their friends in the abortion industry who kill more Blks every 4 days than the KKK in 150yrs.

Obama's War on the Christian "Extremist" Threat. By Joseph Klein
Excerpt: President Obama proclaimed to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” In keeping with this sentiment, his administration decided to scrub all federal law enforcement training materials in order to eliminate the use of such words or phrases as jihadists or Islamic terrorists, since the use of such terms could be viewed by Muslims as evidence of Islamophobia.

Elderly Patients Sick Over Losing Their Doctors Under Obamacare. By Carl Campanile
Excerpt: Elderly New Yorkers are in a panic after getting notices that insurance companies are booting their doctors from the Medicare Advantage program as a result of the shifting medical landscape under ObamaCare. That leaves patients with unenviable choices: keep the same insurance plan and find another doctor, pay out of pocket or look for another plan where their physician is a member.

Police Dept Will Posts Photos Of Walmart EBT [Food Stamp] Thieves Online
Excerpt: Walmart shoppers in Many who may have taken advantage of last week’s EBT glitch might soon find their faces posted online. In addition to the mega-retailer’s Springhill and Mansfield locations in Louisiana, the store in Many saw customers filling up carts with goods paid for on EBT cards that weren’t showing limits.

Oregon Officials Say They Have Yet To Enroll A Single Person In Obamacare Through Exchange Website.
Excerpt: They should have spent less on those hipster ads and more on the actual program.

US Food Stamps Cutbacks Lie Ahead. By John Morgan
Excerpt: reported there are more Americans on food stamps than there are people in Spain, and the number of food stamp households adds up to more than the total households in the Northeast United States. The SNAP cutback proposals in Congress are widely different — a House version would eliminate $4 billion annually from the program, while the Senate version would cut only $400 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Oh, no...60's - 70's Loony Angela Davis is Back: 'What does Angela Davis know about freedom? By Alan Johnson
Excerpt: Tonight, a woman who supported the imprisonment of Soviet political dissidents (calling them common criminals), cheered on the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize (formerly the International Stalin Peace Prize) by communist East Germany, will give the Birkbeck-University of London Annual Law Lecture. Her title? ‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle.’ She is the American Angela Davis, former self-styled "political prisoner", tried and acquitted of suspected involvement in the abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County California in 1970, unrepentant Communist Party member until its collapse in 1991, the US Communist Party Vice-Presidential candidate in 1980 and 1984, and now retired professor of history of consciousness and feminist studies at UC Santa Cruz.

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