Monday, February 10, 2014

Today's Political News

Comment on The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
.... just finished reading it. It is quite a sobering piece of literature and I will definitely promote it to any an all who will listen. Thank you for raising the alarm. --Tom (All royalties go to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund to help wounded veterans. --Bob)

Important: They quit their jobs, thanks to health-care law. By Sandhya Somashekhar
Excerpt: The equivalent of about 2.5 million Americans will quit their jobs, cut their hours or stop looking for work during the next decade because of new benefits available under the health-care law, according to recent Congressional Budget Office estimates that have renewed debate over the program’s effect on the economy. (the Left apparently thinks that 2.5M people stopping work and getting health benefits--and likely other forms of the dole--is a good thing. And when the economy tanks and the country collapses due to debt, they will blame Wall Street, rich Republicans and the corporations that used to employ these folks. ~Bob. Now we are at a point where some sociologists are mentioning that the benefits of ObamaCare for the lower level income people may be good enough that they will be able to choose to not work, or work less. Since working more would raise their income and get them off the subsidies that get them ObamaCare cheaply. We have seen examples in other nations where the dole is good enough that people do choose to work less or not at all and enjoy life in relatively good settings. Is this what we want to have happen here? Interesting times, interesting questions. --Del)

Civil Disobedience May Cure Obamacare. Scott Rasmussen 
Excerpt: the law intentionally to do the right thing is an act of civil disobedience, and it's possible millions of Americans will pursue this path. Would the IRS really go after Brown because she did what was best for her son? Is there a jury anywhere that would side with the government? he numbers show that very few people without insurance are signing up under the president's plan. There were tens of millions of uninsured before the law was implemented, and there are tens of millions after. (ere is the thought that I've had in the back of my mind as a question, for some time. If Rasmussen is right, and the number of Americans who decide to do what is right for them and their families, in violation of the ACA, is large enough, the system does crash. The IRS can't bring hundreds of thousands of people into court, and if they start levying the huge fines on that many people, the screaming across the country will wake the dead. It'll even wake the dead of heart, those politicians wrapped in the comfort of being in Congress, and they will have to act, and again, the system will go down. don't know if he's right, if there will be enough people in revolt to trigger the collapse. But it's possible, and we can hope. --Del)

Fact-Checker: 'Four Pinocchios' for Latest WH Obamacare Claim. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: The president says his signature program has signed up more than nine million Americans so far through the state exchanges and Medicaid expansion. ... From the WaPo Fact Checker: Even if one took the high end of these estimates, the most one could claim is that about 4 million people have gained insurance because the Affordable Care Act, but that’s being extraordinarily generous. ... This has now become a Four Pinocchio violation.

Administration announces another delay in ObamaCare employer mandate
Excerpt: The Obama administration announced another delay Monday in the requirement on businesses to provide health coverage, giving some employers a reprieve next year while phasing in the mandate for others. The administration had already delayed the implementation of the so-called employer mandate by a year, presumably pushing the requirements off until 2015. (For "settled law," Obamacare sure does change a lot. Probably because they don't want more disasters until after the fall elections. ~Bob)

Accenture, hired to help fix, has had a series of stumbles
Imagine that--who would ave guessed? ~Bob. Excerpt: Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but has a record that includes troubled projects and allegations of ethical lapses, a review of the consulting giant’s history shows.

ISIS suicide bomb trainer kills class in 'work accident'
Try not to laugh. Oh, go ahead. ~Bob. Excerpt: In Iraq, a suicide bomb trainer for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham accidentally killed most of his class today in what US military officers often describe tongue-in-cheek as a "work accident" or a "premature detonation."

French Jews Migrate To Israel Citing Rising Anti-Semitism
Excerpt: “If my children are to live their full Jewish identity, their future is in Israel and not in France,” Tibi said during an interview at his office in northeastern Paris, an area packed with kosher stores and restaurants. “Many Jews feel this way. There’s a massive desire to leave.” (Well France has moved Left, and leftists--sometimes called Socialists or even National Socialists, are often anti-Semitic, if they are not Jewish. ~Bob)

School sorry for Black History lunch menu of watermelon, fried chicken. By Ashley M. Williams, and Jolie Lee
Excerpt: A Northern California private school apologized for a lunch menu that offered fried chicken, corn bread and watermelon to celebrate Black History Month.
School administrators for Carondelet High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Concord, Calif., said they did not approve the menu, and it remains unclear who came up with the idea.

New law offers protection to abused Native American women
Excerpt: For decades, when a Native American woman has been assaulted or raped by a man who is non-Indian, she has had little or no recourse. Under long-standing law in Indian country, reservations are sovereign nations with their own police departments and courts in charge of prosecuting crimes on tribal land. But Indian police have lacked the legal authority to arrest non-Indian men who commit acts of domestic violence against native women on reservations, and tribal courts have lacked the authority to prosecute the men.

Excerpt: I'm a "boomer". I am among those born between 1946 and 1964. Just about every day I read something from a boomer criticizing the "younger" generation. I also see some pretty dim Gen X and Gen Y'ers complaining about having to fund Social Security for the "blue hairs". There is more than enough blame to go around for everyone but Gen X and Gen Y do have a few points.

Excerpt: This video gives the lie to the “Palestinian” jihad propaganda about Israel being an “apartheid” state, as well as to the all too common characterization of the Israeli defense against the “Palestinian” jihad as the “Arab/Israeli conflict.” Many Christian Arabs do not support the jihad against Israel, and many non-Arab Muslims do support it. The conflict that Israel faces is not with Arabs as such, but with Islamic jihadists who believe that its existence is an insult to Islam.

Jordanian gets reduced sentence for "honor killing"
Excerpt: A Jordanian court has reduced the sentence of a man who killed his daughter because she left home without her husband's knowledge from death to 10 years in jail, an official said Thursday.

‘Skimpy-clothed’ tourists triggered Jama Masjid attack
Excerpt: Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Yasin Bhatkal organized the attack on Delhi's Jama Masjid in 2010 as he was upset with tourists entering the mosque in skimpy clothes. This is what Yasin told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) following his arrest from the India-Nepal border last year.

Excerpt: The couple had fled in order to get married, but the girl’s family lured them back. This is an Islamic phenomenon, and can only be stopped if it is confronted as such. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

Excerpt: Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday.

Unknown vandals desecrate eight graves in a Christian cemetery in Kuantan
Excerpt: It is likely to fuel sectarian tensions in the Asian country, where Catholics and Muslims are already at loggerheads over the use of the word Allah for the Christian God, something that is currently before the courts. (Doubt it was Jews...~Bob)

Excerpt: The Israeli Air Force (IAF) today targeted Gaza-based terror operative Abdallah Kharti. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Kharti is a "key Popular Resistance Committees operative." Kharti, born in 1985, is affiliated with "global Jihad," and has been "involved in numerous incidents of rocket fire towards Israel," the IDF's statement said.

Excerpt: Check it out: A current New York mayor has publicly announced his decision to leave Mayors Against Illegal Guns because the gun control group demands an all-out “confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.

EgyptRussia Seal $2B Arms Deal: Saudi Arabia and UAE foot the bill for sale of advanced defense systems, helicopters, aircraft and anti-tank missiles.
Excerpt: Egypt has concluded an arms deal with Russia worth $2 billion, a senior official source told Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, noting that the Egyptian and Russian sides reached agreement on all details of the agreement over the past few weeks. The source, who asked not to be named, said the two Gulf kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and the UAE played a “vital role” in sealing the deal. The official revealed that the first tranche of Russian weapons to Egypt will be delivered before mid-2014. (The result of "leading from behind" is increased Russian influence and diminished US influence in the region. ~Bob)

WATCH: Iranian TV Simulates Attack on Israel, US. In latest belligerent move, Iranian state television airs documentary showing simulated missile attacks on Israel, US.
How's that peace deal with Iran working out for you, Barack? The rest of us are scared. ~Bob) Excerpt: Iranian state television ran a documentary showing simulated air attacks on Israel and the United States Friday, as revealed in an inflammatory clip uploaded to YouTube. The clip shows Iranian drones and missiles carrying out simulated strikes on the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, striking American military targets in the Persian Gulf and downing US aircraft. It was aired just one day before Iran's Revolutionary Guard issued threats Saturday, warning the US that its drones and missiles could reach American vessels in the Persian Gulf.

Iran Denies Nuclear Inspectors Entry to Parchin Military Base
Excerpt:….Parchin has long been suspected as a site where nuclear bomb triggering devices are being tested, a suspicion supported by repeated satellite evidence last August and in August 2012. The denied access is particularly concerning following a Pentagon report last week, that acknowledges the US would have no clue if Iran acquired nuclear weapons. The declaration that Parchin will be barred comes just nine days before negotiations over a long-term agreement between Iran and world powers begins. (Good thing Obama freed up all those millions of dollars for them to make them more cooperative. ~Bob)

Bill Would Turn Employers of Illegals into Criminals
Excerpt: The Ministerial Law Committee on Sunday authorized for a Knesset reading a law that would substantially increase the punishments meted out to employers of illegal workers….The law would increase the level of offense in employing illegals, turning it from a civil offense to a crime. The new law would allow judges to sentence not only employers, but those who transport or house illegals, to up to four years in prison plus a large fine.

Excerpt: Corruption affects all member countries of the European Union and costs the bloc's economies around 120 billion euros ($162.19 billion) a year, an official EU report published Monday said.

A Conservative Reply to Marxist Fibs, Stories and Fairy Tales
Excerpt: But his underlying message is that communism is vastly better than capitalism (even though Marxists commit the same crimes as capitalists). Myerson offers up seven areas where reality and the right-wing myths supposedly differ, as follows... (Personally, I cannot believe that our liberal friends truly embrace the Marxist lies and agenda. For the most part, the planned subversion of public education by the communist has victoriously succeeded. MM)

An Immigration Morality Tale. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: are executive orders overriding federal immigration law to extend amnesty to foreign nationals, without legal residence, and to continue their educations, there are also de facto all sorts of un-Dream Acts that simply allow anyone wishing to enter the United States without much audit. In other words, one of the strangest things about illegal immigration is that a nation that is monitored, taped, videoed, and bugged, that is struggling now with the AP, IRS, and NSA scandals whose common theme is excessive government intrusions in our private lives, knows absolutely nothing about those who arrive illegally into the U.S. (A detailed study of an event involving an illegal immigrant, which really serves an important purpose, to demonstrate how costly illegals are to society. As someone wrote recently, the nation that went in three years from being unprepared for war to producing hundreds of tanks and planes every single day most certainly can arouse itself and find ways to tighten our southern border to where the number managing to get in will drop from hundreds per day to perhaps dozens per month, or fewer. What is needed is a President and Congress with the will to wake up and get it done. --Del)

Victor Davis Hanson on America’s ‘path to Armageddon.’ By John Bennett 
Excerpt: Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently gave one of the finest and most memorable presentations on the subject of immigration. America could be on “a path to Armageddon,” given the blend of relativism, racial preferences, and nullified immigration laws, he warned in an interview with Mark Levin. Hanson is a military historian who taught the classics and is now a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Winner of the prestigious National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008), his writing is generally seen as well reasoned and insightful. (Another common sense commentary on immigration. --Del)

Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens
Excerpt: Since then, senior Obama officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and John Brennan, Obama's top terrorism adviser and his current nominee to lead the CIA, have explicitly argued that the president is and should be vested with this power. Meanwhile, a Washington Post article from October reported that the administration is formally institutionalizing this president's power to decide who dies under the Orwellian title "disposition matrix." (I don't think Stalin called it that, but the action is the same. --JB)

Illegal Immigrant Sentenced For Sexual Abuse of 11-Year-Old Girl. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: An illegal immigrant from Honduras, 39-year-old Hernan Ramirez-Ortega, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for sexually abusing an 11-year-old Tohono O'odham girl. He was also sentenced for sexually abusing a woman living on the Gila River Indian Reservation. (Just a hard-working immigrant [or "future Democrat" to be PC] looking for a better life. ~bob)

AR-15 Cosmetic Redesign Makes Gun Suddenly Legal in New York, Doesn't Change Firing Power. By Christine Rousselle
Excerpt: The manufacturers of the popular AR-15 rifle have made some slight cosmetic changes that have made the gun legal in New York state. The actual firing power of the gun has not changed, but the gun no longer includes a pistol grip and now resembles "an odd paintball gun." The modified gun also lacks a bayonet lug. 9as long as it doesn't look like a scary military rifle, no sweat. ~Bob)

Communism Was the Worst Mistake in Human History. Do NBC Sports Anchors Know This? By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt. (Worth subscribing to. It's free. ~Bob)
Excerpt: What you think depends upon what you know. You're a smart, well-read, well-educated audience. (And handsome, too!) When I say "Communism," or more specifically, the "Soviet Union," a lot probably comes to mind. You may think of the occupation of Eastern Europe. Or themassive internal forced migrations. Or the Ukranian famine, which killed 7 to 11 million people in a two-year period. Or the system of several hundred gulags and labor colonies, which imprisoned and in many cases killed 14 million people. Or the extensive, brutal, far-reaching and ruthless secret police, the KGB, the NKVD and others. Or the Katyn Massacre, killing about 22,000. The treatment of German civilians after World War Two. The deployment of nuclear missiles to Cuba, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear conflict in 1963. The KGB's active support of terror groups around the world. The unprovoked invasion of Afghanistan. Or the shooting down of KAL 007. Or their callous attempt to cover up the catastrophic disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, not mentioning anything to the public for nearly three days. I'm sure you can think of other glaring examples of the Soviet Union's epic, unparalleled, brutal reign of terror over a large chunk of the globe for decades. The point is that a LOT comes immediately to mind. Friday night's opening ceremony of the Olympics in Sochi offered a ludicrously rewritten version of Russian history, in which some of humanity's most bloody chapters were reimagined as Mardi Gras in Candyland. "A bittersweet moment," declared NBC anchor Meredith Vieira. And I lost it, needing to break character on Twitter from my persona of a staunchly loyal Russian apparatchik. Can it really be that Vieira genuinely believes the end of the Soviet Union was a "bittersweet" moment? If one of Putin's goons was in the booth with her, glaring at her menacingly with his hand on the grip of his silenced pistol, I'll forgive her.

Excerpt: Forgive and forget? Not Bill and Hillary. A system of political rewards and punishments devised by the political power couple set aside “a special circle of Clinton hell . . . for people who had endorsed [President] Obama,” according to “HRC,” a new book by Politico former White House bureau chief Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes of The Hill. The most helpful Clintonistas were rated “1” under the Clintons’ rating system, while turncoat former allies, such as John Kerry, received “7’s.”

Switzerland backs immigration quotas by slim margin
Excerpt: Eurosceptic anti-immigrant movements across Europe received a boost on Sunday when Switzerland voted by the slimmest of margins to impose quotas on newcomers to the country, thrusting its relations with the EU into uncertainty.

Virus Advances Through East Caribbean
Excerpt: A painful mosquito-borne virus common in Africa and Asia has advanced quickly throughout the eastern Caribbean in the past two months, raising the prospect that a once-distant illness will become entrenched throughout the region, public health experts say. (Well, the sick, like the millions dead in Africa from malaria, can thank the Progressive ban on DDT to save the birds--so the birds can now be chopped up by the Progressives' green wind farms. ~Bob)

American al-Qaida Member Is Potential Drone Strike Target
Excerpt: The Obama administration is debating whether to target an American member of al-Qaida for a drone strike, according to U.S. officials. The Justice Department has not finished building a case against the alleged terrorist, who is said to be actively planning terrorist attacks against Americans overseas. President Obama's new policy states that American suspected terrorists abroad could only be killed by the military, as opposed to the CIA. This policy shift creates a dilemma for the administration since the suspected terrorist is located in a country that refuses American military action on its soil.

Obama Lied With Every Word. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Some of the policies that Obama kept insisting were neither liberal nor conservative, neither Democrat nor Republican, included raising the minimum wage, raising taxes and yet another stimulus plan. These policies may be archetypically liberal, but Obama carries his own reality with him, his own mathematics, his own history, his own dictionary and his own moral code which he adapts to the moment.

Senator Tom Harkin —- Once Bitten Twice Duped. By Humberto Fontova 
Excerpt: If Justin Beiber had returned from Cuba smitten with its healthcare and calling it “awesome!” most Americans would understand. But Iowa Senator and Obamacare champion Tom Harkin serves as chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He just returned from an official tour of Stalinist Cuba hailing its healthcare as “quite remarkable.” (Harkin was exposed by Barry Goldwater as a phony Vietnam "hero," but it didn't hurt his political career. ~Bob)

The Affordable Care Act and the Rule of Law
Excerpt: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents disrespect for the rule of law, say Christina and Timothy Sandefur, attorneys at the Goldwater Institute and the Pacific Legal Foundation, respectively. The Affordable Care Act has not merely been a Web site disaster. Its problems began at its passage when it mandated the purchase of insurance or imposed a "penalty." When the law reached the Supreme Court, five justices recast that penalty as a "tax," thereby upholding the law. (Tax bills must originate in the House, according to that "out dated, living document, the US Constitution. Obamacare originated in the Senate. ~Bob)

Castro Eyewitness to Oregon Senate: “Marxism is Not Coming, Marxism is HERE”
Excerpt: Imagine fleeing a Communist regime to escape to freedom…and then watching that freedom slip away. (Imagine how those from the former USSR feel seeing the same thing. --JB).

Excerpt: This week the Republicans all but ruled out passing immigration reform this year. They cite a lack of confidence that any immigration laws passed by Congress would simply not be enforced; especially the punitive aspects of the law that might stem the wave of invasion. I'm not surprised. It was only last week, during the State of The Union speech, that Obama pledged to issue executive orders to achieve any socialist goals that the Congress should fail to act upon. As he has done for five years now, Obama has declared himself Emperor and used his dozens of Czars to circumvent both the Judicial and Legislative arms of our republic.

White House's Senate strategy: Keep Obama away

Excerpt: The White House and Senate Democrats are preparing an extensive midterm campaign strategy built around one unavoidable fact: Hardly any candidates in the most competitive states want President Barack Obama anywhere near them. POLITICO spoke with nearly every incumbent up for reelection and aspiring Democratic Senate candidates across the country, but only a handful gave an unequivocal “yes” when asked whether they wanted Obama to come campaign with them.

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