Monday, January 27, 2014

Today' Political News

Your one-stop-shop for political news and opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. This blog is created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. As always, we owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, or too far a stretch, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, or in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism. ~Bob

Excerpt: In David Remnick’s long, fawning New Yorker interview with President Obama, most will be struck by Obama’s whine that his present unpopularity may be due to his race (as if after four or five years the public ignored serial 7 percent unemployment, Benghazi, the IRS corruption, the NSA disclosures, the AP tapping, the Obamacare incompetence and dissimulation, and suddenly woke up to the fact that they had twice elected a black president). Or readers might find it strange that Remnick tags along with our progressive populist to serial fundraising shake-downs at mansions of hip billionaire crony capitalists, who, we must assume, qualify as fat cats and corporate-jet owners of the sort who did not know that they should have long ago quit profiting and most certainly did not build their own businesses.

Excerpt: The WFB’s Adam Kredo reports that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, President Obama’s “moderate” “democratically elected” negotiating partner on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear-weapons power for peaceful civilian purposes, is apparently on an “execution binge”:

Admonition of An American Physicist on Japan's Planning for Atomic Power Generation
Excerpt: In 1957, by order of the Economic Planning Minister, Mr. Tatsunosuke Takasaki, I flew to America ,with a colleague of mine, on a fact-finding tour of peaceful uses of atomic energy with emphasis on atomic power generation, a subject which the Government intended to commence a joint study with a panel of learned men. At that time the general public's knowledge of atomic energy was limited and had not expanded much beyond that of the havoc the atom bomb played at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As to its peaceful uses it was next to nil.

Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is 'writing off' patients who are over 75
Excerpt: Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday. They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the worst in Europe. (And this is what to expect from Obamacare, the US "NHS." --JB)

CNN’s Jake Tapper Admits Christie Scandal Getting More Coverage than Benghazi Scandal
Excerpt: Conservative talker Hugh Hewitt had a great interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper wherein he gets Tapper to admit that Chris Christie (R-NJ) has gotten a lot more scrutiny on the “Bridgegate” scandal than Hillary Clinton did on the Benghazi scandal. We conservatives all know and understand that, but it’s nice to hear a mainstream journalist agree to it. Now if we could just get them to do something about the unbalanced reporting…

Muslim Nurses Complain Washing Hands Before Medical Procedures ‘Compromises Modesty
Excerpt: Muslim nurses in the UK have finally been given what they’ve demanded—the right to not wash their hands before medical procedures. This ridiculous demand derived from Islamic Sharia Law compromises the health and safety of every patient in the respective hospitals.

Smith: The USA Is Plunging Into Kafka’s Nightmare
Excerpt: There is a certain level of dishonesty in the common study of history. We look back at the tyrannies of the past, the monstrous governments, the devastating wars and the unimaginable crimes, and we wonder how it could have been possible. How could the people of that particular generation let such atrocities come to pass? 

Leaning Right in Hollywood, Under a Lens
Excerpt: A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum. Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status.

Chrome Bugs Allow Sites to Listen to Your Private Conversations
Excerpt: While we’ve all grown accustomed to chatting with Siri, talking to our cars, and soon maybe even asking our glasses for directions, talking to our computers still feels weird. But now, Google is putting their full weight behind changing this. There’s no clearer evidence to this, than visiting, and seeing a speech recognition button right there inside Google’s most sacred real estate - the search box. 

Crony Capitalism in America: Public Sector Union Scandals Begin to Leak. By Hunter Lewis
Excerpt: Many reporters reflexively support unions, and prefer not to acknowledge scandals related to them, especially at the local and state level. Nevertheless, troubling news accounts have emerged:

Israeli officer: With 30,000 Al Qaeda fighters in Syria, Israel re-evaluates its neutrality in civil war
Excerpt: In a special briefing to foreign correspondents Friday, Jan. 24, a high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, reported that more than 30,000 al-Qaeda-linked fighters are active in Syria, a huge increase over the 2,000 jihadis present there two years ago. With jihadis in control of Syrian territory on Israel's northern borders, the high-ranking officer said “many discussions are taking place behind closed doors about the possibility of rethinking its strategy” of neutrality in the Syrian civil war. (Everyone should read this article as it has great implications for more than than just Israel. While the article talks about al-Qaeda wanting to create a caliphate in the Middle of the Middle East, their long term objective is to also overthrow the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Iran is also on the verge of creating nuclear weapons while we sit on the sidelines and let it happen. Nuclear proliferations will then likely occur. Once miniaturization of nuclear warheads occur, we are all in trouble if given to terrorist, which is likely. It seems the situation is becoming overwhelming for Israel, and I now have my doubts they will attack Iranian nuclear facilities. Rogue Nations and terrorists seem to be winning. --GNH)

Doctors cut from Medicare Advantage networks struggle with what to tell patients. By Ariana Eunjung Cha
Excerpt: Thousands of primary-care doctors and specialists across the country have been terminated from privately run Medicare Advantage plans, sparking a battle between doctors who say patient care is being threatened and insurers that insist they have to reduce costs and streamline their operations. Medical associations, which describe the dismissals as the largest in the program’s history, say the cuts are forcing some patients to leave their doctors in mid-treatment and creating gaps in the types of medical specialists covered in some areas.

A Simple Alternative to the ObamaCare Mandate. By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: The health reform law is trying to force $15 an hour workers and their employers to buy more than a million dollars of coverage when they don't have anything like a million dollars in assets to protect. Further, some of these families are being forced to give up"mini-med" plans that paid the first $2,000 or $3,000 of medical bills and enroll in plans with deductibles of $10,000 or more. Why do we need to force a family at this income level need to pay the first $10,000 of medical costs? We don't.

NCHR: MB smuggled arms, took part in setting fire on churches
Excerpt: The semi final report drawn up by the fact finding committee set up by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) on the acts of violence at Rabaa and al-Nahda violence said Rabaa and al-Nahda sit ins were not peaceful as sit inners were supplied with different kinds of arms. (That darn YouTube video is still screwing up Obama's Mideast policies. ~Bob.)

'You've messed with the wrong Muslims!' CCTV images show the dramatic moment three women tried to kidnap and rob their sister's lesbian lover during row over arranged marriage
All cultures are equally valid--except, of course, traditional Western culture. ~Bob

Obama Eliminating Opposing Voices by Using Dictatorial Practices
Excerpt: The Obama Administration is now so firmly in control, it no longer feels it necessary to hide its dictatorial practices in the elimination of opposing voices.

How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note. By Tim Stanley
Excerpt: There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news. You must remember the story? Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath. He wanted to reform the unions and bring spending under control – and the public sector came out onto the streets to stop him. It was a kind of velvet revolution led by teachers and social workers and the folks who shoot bears when they start eating out of trash cans. They tried to remove Walker from office, but that didn't work because he somehow won the recall vote, making him the only governor in US history to do so. And then it all went oddly quiet from the Badger state. (The experience of Obama has shown that radical ideology untempered by practical experience and competence has been disastrous for the country. Having a conservative governor as our next president is the best way to ensure a rollback of statism, competent administration, fair delivery of appropriate services for all citizens and legal residents. I think that senators and congressmen who have not managed anything bigger than their D.C. staffs need more seasoning. Oratory alone is not sufficient. Able leadership once in office is required, now more than ever before. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Excerpt: MSNBC revised its daytime lineup on Monday, opening up an hour for its much-talked about recent hire, Ronan Farrow. The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Mr. Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Mr. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration.

The Importance of the Jordan Valley Corridor. By Reuven Berko
Excerpt: The Israeli demand for a security presence along the Jordan River was again raised last month in the Kerry-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Its objective would be to stop Palestinian and global jihad terrorists from infiltrating into Israeli territory and to prevent the smuggling of rockets, explosives and other weapons which would be used by the Palestinians to attack Israel along its eastern border.

MEMRI: Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Denies the Holocaust
Excerpt: Now, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), reports that Khamenei's original statements on the official Persian-language website proves that the Khamenei did, in fact, refer to the Holocaust as a "myth." The investigation confirms that the English translation on the official website is accurate, as Khamanei refers to the "myth of the Jewish slaughter known as the Holocaust."

Unfree Dominion. Posted by Baron Bodissey
Excerpt: One of our Canadian readers just sent us this message: Some fairly important news out of Canada last week. Richard Warman closed down the Free Dominion website through litigation via the Human Rights Commission. There is the threat of jail now for the two very nice people who ran it. Here is Mark Steyn article from 2012 about the execrable Richard Warman.

Fjordman: Mass Murderer Breivik's Confession and the Media's Silence. Posted by Baron Bodissey
Excerpt: Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at FrontPage Magazine. Some excerpts are below: From his prison cell, the confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in January 2014 circulated a letter in which he repudiated all association with the Counterjihad and anti-Islamists. He gloated over how easy it was to fool the Western mainstream media (MSM) into supporting his intended witch-hunt on peaceful anti-Islamists:

Excerpt: In order to standardize health insurance plans, the ObamaCare law requires insurers to offer plans that are categorized as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These plans, in turn, must cover 60%, 70%, 80% and 90%, respectively, of the expected costs. The “actuarial value” of a claim is the average amount a plan with a given set of benefits is likely to pay given a standard population. If the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) overestimates actuarial value, which it appears that it has done, the bloated insurance plans required by ObamaCare can be offered with higher deductibles, copayments, and other out-of-pocket costs than would otherwise be the case. All else equal, higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs also enable lower premiums.

The Arab Spring Killed the Left’s Foreign Policy. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Three years later, no one talks about the Arab Spring. Its anniversaries pass in rioting and terror; clubs, bombs and juntas mixing together in a bloody cocktail. Protesters die, police die and the liberals who once claimed that the Age of Aquarius had come to the Land of the Nile have turned their faces away.

Syrian Christians Kick Jihadi Butt, 65 of Them Left Dead on the Battlefield After Attacking a Church.
Excerpt: A small band of Christians have formed an army to fight and kill jihadists who attack the holy sights of Syria. This is an incredible story of heroism, of how a few men can defeat entire armies, and it has never been reported before in the English language, until now.

40 Years Later, Cop-Killers Admit Murders, PBA Wants Parole Denied
Excerpt: After four decades of adamantly denying any role in the 1971 assassination of two police officers, one of whom begged for his life saying he had two small daughters, two members of the Black Liberation Army have finally admitted to the murders in a transparent bid to win parole. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) is seeking help in opposing parole for these two cold-blooded cop killers by asking the public to send a letter of opposition through the union’s “Keep Cop-Killers In Prison”website at

Medicare Execs Are Overpaying $35 Billion a Year…And They Don’t Seem to Care
Excerpt: Medicare’s Private Fee-For-Service Plans, just one of the many entitlement programs run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, overpaid billers by $34.6 billion dollars in 2013, according to its own estimates. With an “improper payments” rate of 10.1 percent of outlays, Medicare FFS is one of numerous government programs that wastes tens of billions of taxpayer dollars annually yet does little to recover any of that cash

Why Small Business Owners Are Staying Away From Obamacare Exchanges. By Patrick Clark  
Excerpt: Alex Wayne writes for Bloomberg News today about just how slow the uptake has been. Kentucky, which garnered praise for the launch of its state exchange amid’s rocky rollout, had enrolled just 14 companies in SHOP plans. Colorado had enrolled 101 companies, and Connecticut 106. In New York, about 5,000 employees at companies with fewer than 50 workers had signed up for Obamacare’s small business plans.

Hollywood Commie TV, Tune Out Before They Turn You Into A Zombie Drone.
Excerpt: So, Breitbart alerted us this weekend to a Writers Guild of America-East event in February, at which entertainment writers and other intellectual luminaries – including a communications professional from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – will meet to discuss the topic of “The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama, and Reality – Portraying Obamacare in TV & Film.” Yes, this workshop is about positioning Obamacare in entertainment narratives – series TV, movies – in order to embed themes about it in people’s minds. 

Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Trailer Released (Video)
Excerpt: D'Souza was released on a $500,000 bond on Friday. He was asked to surrender his passport and agree to certain travel restrictions. D'Souza's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, says D'Souza "did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent," and Molen says the charge against D'Souza could be an act of political retribution for 2016, a critical look at President Barack Obama, or an effort to stymie his next film, which is due four months before midterm elections.

Starting the Insurgency
Excerpt: Although fears that a witch-hunt is on will be dismissed as tin-foil hat conspiracy theory by the MSM, that is probably the intended effect of the administration. They would love to send a chill down every conservative’s spine. It would be seemingly to their advantage for every conservative activist wake up in a sweat; to regard each delivery of mail, each peek into their email inbox with trepidation. Which administration hack would not enjoying watching their rivals react to each knock at the door like the summons of doom?

These are the people who will lecture us about income inequality

It’s been reported that Barack Obama is going focus on income inequality in his SOTU speech: President Obama will try to pump some vitality into a lackluster second term on Tuesday when he delivers his State of the Union address. The address will include a “healthy dose” of the income inequality message the White House has focused on in recent weeks, according to one senior administration official familiar with the text.

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