Friday, June 20, 2014

Long, but lots good today

General News and Comment

Poor Hillary's House
Who knew poor populists lived so well? ~Bob

Must Read: America’s Middle East Dilemma: Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have thrown away the hard work of the 2007–08 surge that finally broke the back of both al-Qaeda and Iranian-backed Shiite terrorists.

Worth Reading: Getting Email, Fact, & Truth About IRS Targeting. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: No reasonable person could conclude other than multiple factions of government and people therein are party to crimes (against fellow citizens) and obstructing justice.

The Gonzo Option: Brian Schweitzer is a one-man challenge to the scripted nature of modern politics. But just how much can you run your mouth while running for president? By Martin Cogan
Excerpt: Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this ... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting." (I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard. --Brian Schweitzer on Facebook. He's lucky he's a Democrat. The media would destroy a Republican who used a gay reference negatively about a Democrat. ~Bob

Polls: Obama Approval Drops to Fresh Low, Major Midterm Impact. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: In the fresh NBC/WSJ poll (see updates below on Hillary), Obama's approval slides to (41/53) -- which is tied for his lowest approval level ever in that series. He's at (41/54) on the economy, and a dreadful (37/57) on foreign affairs. A 54-percent majority say Obama is "no longer able to lead the country." For the umpteenth time, the president may have already attained effective lame duck status, but that doesn't make his polling irrelevant.

Under ACA, Premiums Rise by 28 Percent. By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: Sticker shock is back. Obamacare has raised premiums, on average, by 14–28 percent nationally, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. That’s a big hike in a market that was already seeing year-on-year increases before Obamacare went into effect. Vox responds to these numbers by noting that the estimate doesn’t take federal subsidies into account. With subsidies, many individuals will find health care affordable even under the hikes. So everything is peachy-keen, right? Not so fast. Those subsidies, of course, come from the taxpayer—and yesterday the LA Times reported that taxpayers will be on the hook for more than expected. 

American Medical Association Says Gender Is Imaginary. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: For thousands of years, human ignorance convinced us that there were two genders. Now the AMA says that gender is imaginary. You can be any gender you want. Change gender every week. Or every day. We’re in Hopechangeistan now. Biology, like economics and military science, are purely imaginary fields. “Science” says so.

White Paper: The Corps' current strategy will likely result in its irrelevance
Excerpt: “My co-author and I assert that Marines cannot be solely, even excessively reliant on Navy connectors for getting Marine armored firepower ashore in an amphibious operation,” Magee said. “How can the Corps still expect to prevail in the ever-present Beltway argument that says: “Since anybody’s equipment — read as U.S. Army — can be put ashore by these Navy connectors, the Marines aren’t uniquely equipped anymore for amphibious operations, so why do we need them?”

Michelle Obama: Moms can't figure out how to feed their kids unless schools do it for them. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: “Before coming to the White House, I struggled, as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband, to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right,” she explained, sharing a story about her children’s doctor who pulled her aside to talk about her family diet.' Also she struggled with grammar because Harvard and Princeton failed her in two ways. But these days she has a huge staff to help her figure out how to feed her kids and get them jobs working for Steven Spielberg.
The Killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is Finally in Custody, his Gun Dealer is Still the Attorney General. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The good news is the US is finally getting its hands on another of the murderers of a Border Patrol agent. Unfortunately the man who got the killer his gun is still the Attorney General of the United States.

Green Energy for Dead Vets. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Fortunes were spent on solar panels and wind turbines for VA facilities, but veterans died of cancer to save money on a colonoscopy. The corrupt obsession with Green Energy doesn't just waste money, it costs lives. The fanaticism of the Global Warmists in the White House led them to disregard the lives of vets because they thought that saving the world with solar panels and wind turbines was more important. The VA's Green Management Program Office claimed that it would "keep our promises to Veterans through sustainability." Instead it focused on "Environmental Justice" and "Green Purchasing" at the expense of veterans. Solar panels went up and veterans went down.

Iraq: This is no time to blame and shame. Archbishop Cranmer
Excerpt: The West has spent so long defining human rights in economic and social terms to satisfy our cushy cosmopolitan universalism that we have lost sight of the fact that our most fundamental notions of freedom are simply not shared by millions in the Middle East. The moment that Saudi Arabia abstained on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, it ceased to be universal. It was Article 18 of that Declaration - enshrining the right to change one's religion - which was problematic for the Saudis, then the only explicitly Islamic UN member state.

Bloodbath at Telegraph UK. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: Not so long ago, the Telegraph had a secret weapon in the form of the superb, incisive, tell-it-like-it-is blogs section established by Damian Thompson. Thompson's unspoken ambition - in sly defiance of the print paper's increasingly centrist stance - was to create a kind of UK online answer to Fox News. To this end, he recruited a roster of some of the finest right-wing commentators in the business which, at various stages, included: Thatcherism's living conscience Lord Tebbit; MEP Dan Hannan; Toby Young; Douglas Murray; Ed West. I was on the list too and, for a period, Telegraph blogs was the only place to be. At least it was if you thought that the media desperately needed a counter to the almost overwhelmingly left-wing online narrative provided by HuffPo, Slate, Salon and the Guardian's Komment Macht Frei.

Black Wednesday at the Telegraph: Newspaper Dumps Big Name Staff, Advertises 40 New Jobs. Breitbart London
Excerpt: Editor of the Telegraph blogs Damian Thompson tweeted that he is leaving the company in an "amicable" split. Whilst it is unclear how many journalists have been culled today the Telegraph Media Group has advertised 40 jobs at the newspaper on their website. Whilst none of the jobs give precise details on the salary levels most of them are also vague on how much experience is needed to apply. This will fuel rumours that the Telegraph is dumbing down and hiring cheaper inexperienced staff. The quality of the content has already been hit by the removal of large numbers of sub-editors last year.

24 Things the Media Claim Were Caused by ‘Global Warming.’ By Katie Tubb
Excerpt: It seems like with global warming embedded in our politics (for now), anything we don’t fully understand can now be ‘legitimately’ blamed on the weather. Forget the trusty old excuse about the dog eating your homework: A sampling of news stories tells us instead that global warming might really be the cause of all our problems. Allegedly, thanks to global warming:

Excerpt: Needless to say, in none of the interviews about Hillary’s book was she asked about the fact that she once boasted and laughed about helping a child rapist evade justice. (A lawyer is required to give the client the best defense, regardless. But not to brag about getting a child rapist off on a technicality, or to find it amusing that she did so. ~Bob)

Hillary Clinton Turns Liberals into 'Rape-Loving' Scum. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Last week liberal activists were denouncing George Will for questioning the lack of due process for accused rapists on campus. Then the Washington Free Beacon posted a tape in which Hillary Clinton had a good laugh discussing how she freed a child rapist she knew was guilty from prison.

University Prof Says God Is a White Racist. by Tami Jackson
Excerpt: Just when you think you’ve heard it all, Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, claimed that “America’s God” is a white racist in her July 14 editorial. " The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of Trayvon Martin, I have to say: I get it." (So, should the verdict in the Chris Cervini case make whites think God is a black racist? ~Bob. "What if Trayvon Had Been White, and the Shooter Black? By Michael Filozof

Excerpt: The subject turned to the Second Amendment, gun rights and the National Rifle Association. Clinton offered a quote in which she directly assaulted the First and Second Amendments simultaneously. "We cannot let a minority of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people" Wait, what? Americans have the right, given to us not by government but by our Creator, to hold points of view whether the majority agrees with us or not. That right is protected from government by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Hillary’s statement brings up a terrifying question: What steps would President Hillary Clinton take to prevent Americans from holding a “viewpoint?” (This is just beautiful. Hillary actually says what she thinks about those stupid gun owners. Just wait until she's in the Oval Office with a pen and a phone, like Obama. Kids with BB guns will need a federal license and pay $500/yr for the license. --Del. well, a "minority of Americans" jammed Obamacare down the majority's throat, blocked Keystone, supported by a majority, and kept late term abortion, opposed by the majority, legal. ~Bob. And it takes a village (read Community, ergo the Commune, ergo, well you get it) to raise your child (read brainwash through controlled education, i.e., Common Core. --Barb)

Opium production is booming like never before in Afghanistan, threatening to turn the country into a 'narco-criminal' state, a senior US official warnedWednesday. Despite more than a decade of costly US and international counternarcotics programs, opium poppy harvests -- which also help finance the Taliban insurgency -- are at an all-time high, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko warned senators. As a result, the growing opium trade could mean drug-trafficking networks might eventually come to totally dominate the country, he wrote in a report. (Date Jan 16, 2014. Many are forgetting drug culture feeds Taliban growth; yet, pushes to legalize marijuana, tax it, use it for a revenue source, and decriminalize those prosecuted for drug violations by regime as well as recent guidelines for laundering money from DOJ....the Chicago way. --Barb)

AAA: Iraq turmoil likely to keep U.S. gas prices high
Excerpt: As turmoil continues in Iraq, U.S. consumers are paying above-average gasoline prices that hit a six-year high Wednesday for June 18 and are likely to remain up this summer, according to the AAA. While gasoline prices often peak in spring and drop in June, that's not happening this year. In fact, the $3.67 average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline Wednesday is higher than it has been on that day since 2008 and is close to this year's peak of $3.70, which occurred on April 28, reports AAA, a not-for-profit federation of 50 motor clubs.

Will We Be Watching Afghanistan Burn in a Couple Months, Too? By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
"Morning Jolt is a free e-newsletter, well worth subscribing to. ~Bob. Excerpt: So . . . by the time Obama’s presidency is done, will we conclude we have lost two wars? “What’s the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan?” asked John Noonan, a top House Armed Services Committee Republican aide, on Twitter last week. “A: About 5 years.” No one in Washington is laughing. Notice which direction Politico goes with the story: Instead, worry is quietly building that the ongoing crisis in Iraq -- the struggles of a government partly seen as illegitimate, the collapse of its American-trained military and the ascendance of Islamic extremists -- is just Part 1 of a grim coda to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Part 2 could be a repeat of this scenario in Afghanistan as, or after, the last American combat troops come home over the next two years. Whose foreign policy? In 2011, President Obama told us . . ."Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations." . . . and he made it sound like the mission in Afghanistan was nearly complete, too: "In Afghanistan we’ve broken the momentum of the Taliban. Because of you, we’ve begun a transition to the Afghans that will allow us to bring our troops home from there. And around the globe, as we draw down in Iraq, we have gone after al Qaeda so that terrorists who threaten America will have no safe haven, and Osama bin Laden will never again walk the face of this Earth."

Harvard Educated Michelle Obama Says Founders Not Born In America
Excerpt: “It’s amazing that just a few feet from here where I’m standing are the signatures of the 56 Founders who put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history,” she said during her speech, referring to the Declaration of Independence. “And like the 50 of you, none of them were born American – they became American.” ... Did she actually mean that those who signed the Declaration of Independence and participated in the drafting of the Constitution were not born in America? Benjamin Franklin was born in Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison were born in Virginia. John Adams was born in Massachusetts. Surely she knows this. But maybe not. (Probably born in Kenya. Guess she's a "founder birther." ~Bob)

This Judge Jeanine Pirro Monologue - Would Convince Even Obama That He Needs to be Impeached
Until you have 10 or 15 Democrat senators on board, and some of the legacy media, this is a waste of effort, and counter productive. they will sell it as racist, and it will HELP Obama, just as impeachment helped Clinton--which I predicted at the time. ~Bob

Worth Reading: 3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%
Excerpt: There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over. But there’s one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive? Last November, our team at the Manhattan Institute published a study indicating that Obamacare had increased the underlying cost of individually-purchased health insurance in the average state by 41 percent in 2014, relative to 2013. We’ve now redone the study on a county-by-county basis, complete with a brand-new interactive map. Depending on where you live, the results may surprise you. (Only idiots believed you could provide more healthcare for more people--with no more doctors or other professionals--and it would cost less. It reminds me of the joke about the manufacturer who says, "we lose $1.22 on every widget, but we're making it up on volume." Obama's promise that the ACA would lower premiums by $2500 per family was just another lie to sell it. It reminds me of a folk song, "It won't be the last time, I can promise you that. They are only telling you lies." ~Bob)

Obamacare subsidies on track to cost billions this year, report says
Excerpt: The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up approximately 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act are on track to cost billions of dollars this year, a new federal report indicates. Nearly nine in 10 Americans who bought healthcare coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.

Worth Reading: If Universal Health Care Is The Goal, Don't Copy Canada. By Avik Roy
Excerpt: Too often advocates of Canadian-style health care in the U.S. present limited or even misleading information about the true state of Canada’s health care system and worse, often times present the ideal of Canadian health care rather than its reality. It’s first important to recognize that a single-payer model is not a necessary condition for universal health care. There are ample examples from OECD countries where universal health care is guaranteed without imposing a single-payer model. Amongst industrialized countries — members of the OECD — with universal health care, Canada has the second most expensive health care system as a share of the economy after adjusting for age. 

Under ObamaCare Scheme, Union Bosses Win While Workers And Taxpayers Lose
Excerpt: While many companies have already begun cutting their numbers of full-time workers to part-time status, union bosses don’t have to worry about their jobs being reduced to part-time or their healthcare being cut. Not at all. In fact, most union bosses (and their staffs) of most major unions get their health care (as well as retirement pensions) paid for by their union members’ dues.

Sources: Lois Lerner’s emails likely gone forever
Excerpt: Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightning rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources. (If only Nixon had thought to recycle the tapes when they were first revealed...~Bob)

Excerpt: Judicial Watch announced today that in March 2014 it obtained internal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documents revealing that on November 25, 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was informed that top VA officials had ordered a nationwide purge of “all outstanding [MRI] imaging orders for studies older than 6 months.” Seven days later, on December 2, 2009, the OIG closed its investigation without taking further action.

Obama 2008: Va Will Be 'Leader Of Health Care Reform': N.Y. Times columnist cited 'huge success story' of 'socialized medicine.' By Garth Kant
Excerpt: WND has discovered that during his transition into the White House in 2008-09, President Obama proposed in his “Obama-Biden” plan to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible.”

Onetime Auschwitz Guard Arrested In Philadelphia On German Warrant. By Scott Neuman
Excerpt: An 89-year-old man accused of aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jews as a Nazi camp guard at the concentration camp located in Auschwitz, Poland, during World War II, has been arrested in Philadelphia.
Worth Reading: 10 Economic Truths Not Understood by Liberals
Excerpt: While today's political climate is tense, agreement on some essential economic truths could help lawmakers get things done in Washington, says Jeffrey Dorfman, University of Georgia economics professor.

Hillary Clinton: Child Border Crossers Should Be Sent Home. By Josh Siegel
Excerpt: “They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who the responsible adults in their families are,” Clinton said. “There are concerns about whether all of them can be sent back, but I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families [in their native countries].” (Where will they find "responsible adults"? Certainly not in Washington where the push to bring in illegal future Democrats created this crisis. And responsible adults do not send their kids off alone to be preyed upon. ~Bob)

Excerpt: According to a Wall Street Journal-NBC poll this week Barack Hussein Obama has lost the hearts and minds of the American people. His Benghazi coverup, his impotency as Russian invaded the Ukraine, and his trading 5 high level terrorists for an army invader seems to have done him in. The new poll shows only 30% of his most ardent liberal supporters favored the Bergdahl trade. More telling, 59% of America now believes Obama simply doesn't have the capacity to lead. Well, just coincidently, Obama is basking today in the capture of one of the terrorists who attacked and killed four Americans in Benghazi. Even that is suspect. This terrorist dude had been interviewed by no less than a dozen western journalists in Libya and he had never hidden out to avoid arrest.

VIDEO: 'Climate Change": Eight Thumbs Down! By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Still, in the end they turned out to be pretty Honorable. Click the video below, and note the moment 1 minute and 20 seconds in, when Senator Jeff Sessions says: The President on November 14th 2012 said, 'The temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted, even ten years ago.' And then on May 29th last year he also said - quote - 'We also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or ten years ago.' Close quote. So I would ask each of our former Administrators if any of you agree that that's an accurate statement on the climate. So if you do, raise your hand. Do stick with the video to see how many of the EPA honchos agreed with the President. (0)

The Latest Allegations in Wisconsin Are Much Ado About Nothing. By Hans von Spakovsky
Excerpt: Today’s revelations about local prosecutors’ claims that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups” in a “criminal scheme” are much ado about nothing. Why? Because federal district court Judge Rudolph Randa already enjoined the prosecutors’ investigation, saying they were trying to criminalize the political speech of the governor and conservative organizations in violation of the First Amendment. In fact, Judge Randa called the prosecutors’ appeal of his injunction order “frivolous.” (The Left's #WarontheFirstAmendment opens a new front. ~Bob)

Welcome to the White House's Nightmare. Already swamped by domestic and foreign crises, Obama finds that even his self-proclaimed successes are at risk. That's just about the last thing he needs now. By James Oliphant
Liberal Journalist. ~Bob. Excerpt: More than anything, these events and others have served as a rebuke to Team Obama's worldview that a new generation of leadership could move on from both the Clinton-era and Bush-era policies. Both of those administrations were more hawkish and aggressive about the exercise of American power, whether it was to intercede in regional conflicts in the Balkans or take down Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq. Disdainful of much of Washington's foreign policy establishment, Obama and his close-knit circle of advisers, on the other hand, talked about engaging Iran diplomatically, using sanctions to punish bad actors, "pivoting" to Asia, and neutralizing the threat of terrorism more bloodlessly through the use of drones. 

Blaze Books Review: ‘The Weed Agency’ by Jim Geraghty
Have not read, but on my wish list. ~Bob. Excerpt: Jim Geraghty of National Review has penned a book about a government bureaucracy that you’ll actually want to read. The humorous new book is part “Atlas Shrugged,” part “House of Cards,” and part “Forrest Gump.” Geraghty follows the growth of the eerily realistic but fictional Agency of Invasive Species, and its corrupt and conniving bureaucratic leaders, along with their conservative foil who dedicates his career to killing the agency. 

U.S. cuts aid to Uganda, cancels military exercise over anti-gay law
Excerpt: The United States on Thursday cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and canceled a regional military exercise in response to a Ugandan law that imposes harsh penalties on homosexuality. (It's one thing for Muslim countries to turn a blind eye to slavery, stone teenage rape victims to death, allow people to mutilate the genitals of young girls, oppress women and limit sanctions against family members who murder women for honor--but this is going too far and demands strong action! Not that I'm opposed--and cut in aid to Islamist countries is fine by me. ~Bob)

The Government Benefits from Fracking
Excerpt: Even though environmental activists have tried to convince the American public that fracking is harmful, new evidence from a study by HIS Economics Consulting for the American Petroleum Institute confirms the many economic benefits of fracking. Fracking reduces electricity and gas prices, which frees up additional funds: America's public schools paid about 12 percent less for gas and electricity during the 2012-2013 school year. The $1.2 billion savings that the schools gained from fracking could be used for educating children and retaining good teachers. State and local governments saved a total of $720 million on electricity and gas thanks to fracking. These significant savings are equivalent to the cost of hiring 25,000 full-time employees.

The Value of a Summer Job
Excerpt: The New York Times reports that fewer American teenagers are engaged in the workforce. Since 1948, an average 40 percent of American teenagers were in the labor force. While that number dropped to 37 percent in the mid-1960s, it reached a high of 48.5 percent in 1979. ... In 2013, just one quarter of Americans ages 16 to 19 were in the workforce. ... These trends remain steady when looking only at summertime employment, which is unfortunate, because according to research, teenagers who work in high school have wages 10 to 15 percent higher than their peers after college graduation.

Al Qaeda Hits Baghdad —- Obama Hits the Beach. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: St. Paul has an Ocean Street. It has an Ocean Spa and Salon. It even has an Oceanaire Seafood Room. It does not however have an ocean. But with ObamaCare an unpopular subsidized failure, the few new jobs around being confined to a local McDonald’s and Al Qaeda taking over Iraq; Obama has nothing left to do but to go back to his old promise of defeating the rise of the ocean.

Rape victim: Hillary ‘lied’ to defend my attacker
Excerpt: A woman who says she was raped as a 12-year-old girl by an Arkansas man who was defended by a young novice defense attorney named Hillary Clinton says the future presidential candidate smeared her to get her attacker off with a light sentence

Worth Reading: Rape Victim: Hillary Clinton 'Took Me Through Hell.' By Guy Benson
Excerpt: “I would say [to Clinton], ‘You took a case of mine in ‘75, you lied on me… I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me. And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I hear you on tape laughing.”

MSNBC Says – Obama’s Presidency is Over
Excerpt: Somehow or other there are still people in America who think that President Obama is doing a good job. I don’t actually know any of these people, but it still scares me to think that they may be out there… Fortunately, the number of people who think President Obama is doing a good job is constantly shrinking (as it should), and NBC has just started taking note of how quickly and how deeply President Obama seems to be tanking.

The poor have more time for neighbours--because they have need of them. By Allan Massie
COMMENT FROM KATE: I fell through the cracks about eight years ago and am just beginning to see daylight. I have found, over and over again, that "poorer" people don't have needs. They have greeds. They already have housing, food, cars, etc., and now they want more. They want my inner life. They want the soul and the spirit and all the amazing stuff I have been privileged to develop over the past 67 years. They don't want to do the work I did. They don't fancy the sacrifice or suffering. If I won't hang around with them and gossip, they gossip about me. If I try to politely ignore them, they reach out and grab me. It got so bad in Los Angeles that I was always prepared to start batting people off while shouting, "Get your hands off me!" I knew they were going to grab me before they did. Malfunctioning units are predictable. Sometimes I carried an umbrella to swat them with. I just read Stephen King's book called Doctor Sleep, wherein he describes these people. They are everywhere now. I don't know if the more prosperous people know about them. They don't want your blood, like normal vampires. They want your essence. They have no life. They want yours. If they can't get your life, they want to at least stop you from having it. In LA, people of all races and nationalities do this merely by shouting at the tops of their voices at all times. "Bar-bar-bar" was the Roman word for 'blah-blah-blah.' Adaptation is one thing. Mutation is another. When you live in present-day LA, you know you're not in Kansas anymore. But I suppose that sounds weird to those who have not been treated to Extreme Diversity

"Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home." By Matt K. Lewis
Excerpt: [The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins:] You don’t really want government agencies to become the arbiter of acceptable words and images. You really don’t. The main reason you don’t is because, like it or not, what’s offensive is subjective. It creates “a morass of uncertainty,” Rottman wrote. Consider how many offensive violations someone could find in one episode of “The Family Guy.” Or “Game of Thrones,” or “Orange Is The New Black.” “Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one’s home,” Fran Lebowitz wrote. She added, “I do not like after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs.”

Something for the Chart-Lovers Out There: NPR's New Poll of Battleground States Brutal for the Democrats. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: You already know how the national polling looks, but those numbers include the opinions of many Americans whose votes will have zero impact on the much-watched battle for control of the Senate. NPR clears out New Yorkers, Californians and Texans (among others) from its sample, focusing instead on the following 12 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and West Virginia. A look at the results, bearing in mind that presidential approval rating has historically been the single most significant variable in midterm election cycles:

[Arkansas Republican Senate Hopeful] Tom Cotton and the Farm Bill. By Jay Cost
Excerpt: Earlier this year, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton—now locked in a toss-up Senate race with Democrat Mark Pryor—voted against the farm bill. According to politicos and pundits in Washington, D.C., this is a politically dangerous vote to have cast. .. The farm bill helps the wealthiest farmers because its subsidies are ultimately keyed to agricultural output. You have to farm more to get more from Uncle Sam, which means that small farms get very little. More than this, economists have found that the only groups to benefit from the farm bill are those possessing inelastic inputs.

Maiden Voyage: Uprisings in the East, Corruption in the West--Ukraine emerges from elections divided and weakened. By Christopher Caldwell
Excerpt: President Obama, who has been taunting Putin for months, now finds himself in a pickle. For Putin, events in Ukraine are a matter of national survival. Ukraine is right next-door. It has 45 million people in it. It has long been the home of Russia’s warm-water navy. But Obama and the leaders of the 28-nation European Union are, diplomatically as well as geographically, all over the map—from Poland, which sees countering Russian power as its top foreign-policy priority, to Bulgaria, which depends on Russia for close to 100 percent of its oil and gas.

VIDEO: Back by Popular Demand: Daniel Greenfield: Obama Lied, Americans Died in Afghanistan (18:10)
Excerpt: Daniel discussed “Obama Lied, Americans in Afghanistan Died,” outlining the president’s disastrous Afghanistan give-away. The dialogue also involved an analysis of Obama’s surrender of Iraq, more revelations on the Benghazi betrayal, the scandalous Taliban-Bergdahl swap, and much, much more:

Worth Viewing: VIDEO: NOT ONE OF US: Bowe Bergdahl. By Bill Whittle at Truth Revolt (6:29)
Excerpt: And what about this man [Obama]? The man who grew up in Muslim schools in Indonesia. The man whose chosen mentor was a known communist and self-proclaimed pedophile. The man who thanked his pot-smoking gang, but not the grandmother who raised him, in his yearbook picture. The man that roomed with Muslim radicals at Occidental College. The man who was President of the Harvard Law Review but who never wrote a law review. The man whose political career started in the living room of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers – by the way, here’s a picture of the President’s sponsor coincidentally taken on the same day that the towers fell thanks to his future National Security Advisors ideological blinders. The man who orders his Attorney General not to secure our borders from armed invasion from narcotics traffickers and then ordered him to sue the states for trying to secure their borders on their own.

Greens are Raging Extremists, Says Greenpeace Founder. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: "Climate change" is a theory for which there is "no scientific proof at all" says the co-founder of Greenpeace. And the green movement has become a "combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one." Patrick Moore, a Canadian environmentalist who helped found Greenpeace in the Seventies but subsequently left in protest at its increasingly extreme, anti-scientific, anti-capitalist stance, argues that the green position on climate change fails the most basic principles of the scientific method.

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline in later years
Excerpt: The tiny particles in vehicle exhaust and other sources of air pollution may hasten cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new U. S. study. “We decided to examine the link between air pollution and cognitive function in older adults because there is growing evidence that fine particulate matter air pollution affects brain health and development, but relatively little attention has been given to what this means for the aging brain,” said Jennifer Ailshire, who co-wrote the report.... Those pollution particles 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) can travel deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream, past research has shown.

Obamacare sticker shock. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: When last we left off in the late spring, the administration was goosing up the enrollment figures without ever telling us how many had paid and how many were newly insured Americans. But the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act has always been its Achilles heel. By heavily subsidizing health-care insurance and insisting on very expensive coverage plans, the administration is almost certainly encouraging demand (i.e. overuse) — thereby moving the price of health-care insurance in the wrong direction.

Veteran Returns Home To Fixed Up Surprise
Excerpt: After more than two decades serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, a North Bay man stationed in Japan just wanted to get home. But what he saw on Tuesday when he arrived at the fixer-upper he purchased in January brought him to tears. (Marines doing one of the things they do best...taking care of a brother Marine. OOH RAH! MasterGuns)

Connecticut High School Blocks Students from Viewing Conservative Websites, No Block on Liberal Sites.
Excerpt: 18-year-old Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School, said he made the discovery when he was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control in May. Lampart said he first noticed that he could not get on the web site for the National Rifle Association. “So, I went over to the other side. And I went over on sites such as Moms Demand Action or Newtown Action Alliance and I could get on these Web sites but not the others,” Lampart said. (I was on the hellmouth at Los Angeles City College for a computer applications class early one morning in 2008, and a young black kid came in and sat at the computer next to me. "Wow," he said, "You can get into the web on this computer!" He then explained to me he'd come to LACC from the Trades Tech and at the Trades Tech, no matter what address you typed in, it always went to YouTube. Kate)

V.A. Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert
Excerpt:....Dr. Jacqueline Brecht, a former urologist at the Alaska V.A. Healthcare System in Anchorage, said in an interview that she had a heated argument with administrators at a staff meeting in 2008 when she objected to using phantom appointments to make wait times appear shorter, as they had instructed her. She said that the practice amounted to medical fraud, and complained about other patient care problems as well. Days later, a top administrator came to Dr. Brecht’s clinic, put her on administrative leave, and had security officers walk her out of the building.

Deportation statistics
I found these numbers to be interesting. We've had a steady increase in deportations fro these 14 years (2013 not yet available), which we might think is a good thing, given the concerns about a flood of illegals coming in. But what is really interesting is that in the latest year reported 55% of them were convicted criminals, another 21% were repeat violators, meaning they've been caught and deported before. That's over 200K convicted criminals, which is a great thing from one point of view, and scary from another, since we know that we're not catching all of them. How many of the illegals still here are criminals? Yes, I believe the majority are just poor people desperate to make more money for themselves and their families, but that some significant number of them are drug dealers, thieves, robbers, rapists, etc, is worth concern. We have seen court cases of criminal illegals who ended up killing or raping someone here. Now we are getting hit with a wave of kids, who of course are not criminals or dangerous, but pose a whole new kind of problem for us to handle. People say you can't seal the border, and I'm sure it's not possible to make it airtight. But it could be a whole lot tighter than it is, and I think the government should have invested a lot more in the Border Patrol and a very serious fence and all the technology possible for finding incoming groups. If the border gets really tight, yes, some will still make it through, but a lot fewer, and others will stop trying. --Del

Number Deported
Deporation Purpose 2012
Convicted Criminals
Immigration Fugitives
Repeat Immigration Violators
Border Removal
Other Removable Aliens









Religion of Peace News

Obama sending up to 300 soldiers to Iraq as advisers, says move is limited
Excerpt: President Obama authorized additional military assistance for Iraq’s fight against advancing Islamist militants Thursday, but made clear that he will continue to hold back more substantive support, including U.S. airstrikes, until he sees a direct threat to U.S. personnel or a more inclusive and capable Iraqi government. (I suppose if there's a chance you'll run across Persians, 300 guys is a good number to have. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt "Al Qaeda's on the path to defeat. The war in Iraq is over." --Barack Obama, November 1, 2012.)

Abdication has a price. By Charles Krauthammer 
Excerpt: Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaeda in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office. Which makes Bush responsible for the terrible costs incurred to defeat the 2003-09 jihadist war engendered by his invasion. We can debate forever whether those costs were worth it, but what is not debatable is Obama’s responsibility for the return of the Islamist insurgency that had been routed by the time he became president.

George Bush’s Prediction of the Iraq Meltdown. By David Paulin
Excerpt: ormer President George W. Bush is remaining mum on the tragedy unfolding in Iraq. But as an army of bloodthirsty Islamists rampages across Iraq with the goal of establishing a 7th century religious tyranny — a caliphate — it’s worth recalling who years ago had predicted this would happen if the Democrats got their way. It was President George W. Bush and his top officials. They warned early on that Iraq was ripe for the rise of an Islamic caliphate — either in a failed state created by Saddam Hussein or, they later contended, if the U.S.-led coalition bugged out without leaving behind a stable Iraq

Excerpt: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's media wing in Wilayat Ninewa released a series of photos yesterday to social media sites illustrating the group's staggering gains. They also demonstrate wide public support for ISIS in the northern Iraqi province. The ISIS has divided its "state" in Iraq and Syria into 16 administrative units, or wilayats.

"The guards don't run the prison, Islam does": my interview with a 'reformed' [English Defence League] leader Tommy Robinson. By Jamie Bartlett
Excerpt: Woodhill is a maximum security prison. Around 15 per cent of inmates are Muslim (which mirrors national averages – Muslims, who make up 3 per cent of the total population, are overrepresented in British prisons). It also holds what are known as "category A" prisoners – the most serious offenders. This, according to Robinson, includes a number of Islamist extremists, such as those convicted last year of trying to detonate a bomb at an EDL march (data protection law means I'm unable to verify this). Why Robinson – whose crime makes him a category C prisoner – was sent there is not clear.

ISIS Insurgents were US Trained at Secret Base in Jordan. Dean Garrison 
Excerpt: Yesterday, I discussed the fact that many of the same ISIS insurgents in Iraq are men who were fighting against the Assad Regime in Syria. We provided them monetary aid and weapons. Now they are our enemy on the battlefield, but it gets worse. Much worse. I don't think many of our readers will be surprised, but we trained many of these men as well. Aaron Klein, reporting for WND, now tells us that many of these rebels were trained by the U.S. at a secret facility in Jordan. (Needs confirmation beyond WND, which always puts the worst spin on everything and believes all rumors that support its views. ~Bob)

Apartment Balcony Decoration Reportedly Deemed a ‘Threat to the Muslim Community’ and Ordered Down — Want to Guess What It Is?
Excerpt: When Duy Tran moved into his apartment a few days ago, he wasted no time in hanging an American flag from the balcony. ... But Tran said the manager of the Lodge on El Dorado apartments doesn’t see it that way, and told him he had to take down his flag because it’s a “threat to the Muslim community.” (No matter what concessions you make to Muslims, they will find something else to be offended by. Creeping Shari'a. Irony is the guy is a Vietnamese-American. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Out of the Palestinian unity deal forged between Hamas and Fatah earlier this month, a new splinter has formed. Hesn is a shadowy Iran-backed jihadist faction in the Gaza Strip. The group's name is an acronym for Harakat as-Sabeereen Nasran li-Filastin, or "The Movement of the Patient Ones for the Liberation of Palestine." Hesn (or hosn) means "fortification" or "bulwark." The implication is that the traditional Palestinian factions have gone weak in the knees. And for these Iran-backed fighters, one can understand why they believe this is so. 

Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Hussein's Chemical Weapons Facility: Officials Don't Believe the Militants Will Be Able to Create a Functional Weapon From the Material. By Julian E. Barnes
Excerpt: Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein's premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department and other U.S. government officials said.

Your taxes at work: Syrian Brought to US for Democracy Training Endorses Jihadis. By Ravi Kumar
Excerpt: A Syrian immigrant being trained in a State Department program for prospective leaders has repeatedly praised some of the most radical elements in his country's brutal ongoing civil war. Qutaiba Idlibi came to the United States as part of the "Leader for Democracy Fellowship," funded by the Middle East Partner Initiative (MEPI). MEPI is a State Department program which "offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to create positive change in the society."

DHS Adviser’s Anti-American Tweets Celebrated by ISIS Terrorists. By Adam Kredo
Excerpt: Affiliates of the Iraqi terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, are praising and potentially recruiting extremists based on controversial tweets by a senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser who recently claimed that ISIL is proof that a Muslim “caliphate” is making an “inevitable” return. The recent tweets by Mohamed Elibiary, a controversial figure who serves as a senior member of DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), were recently picked up in the Arabic press and widely disseminated on Twitter by multiple Islamic extremists.

17 Killed in Philippines Clash With Muslim Extremists
Excerpt: Ten Muslim extremists and seven soldiers were killed today in one of the bloodiest clashes in the southern Philippines in recent months, the military said. Soldiers were approaching a known hotbed of the militant Abu Sayyaf group on the strife-torn island of Jolo when the fighting broke out, military statements said.

Global Persecution: An International Round Table Discussion.
Excerpt: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's brilliant op ed in the WSJ, "Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Schoolgirls," laid bare how moderate Muslims’ silence has abetted the rise of Jihad in places like Mali, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, her homeland of Somalia and even here in the West. Murderous acts committed by Muslim extremists like Abubakir Shekau, extolling the virtues of Islam’s exemplar, the Prophet Muhammed saying it is all about “I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill, the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams." Ali at the conclusion of her piece noted: "I am often told that the average Muslim wholeheartedly rejects the use of violence and terror, does not share the radicals' belief that a degenerate and corrupt Western culture needs to be replaced with an Islamic one, and abhors the denigration of women's most basic rights. Well, it is time for those peace-loving Muslims to do more, much more, to resist those in their midst who engage in this type of proselytizing before they proceed to the phase of holy war. (the problem is that "peace loving Muslims" who speak up, are like Peace Loving Germans in 1939--they are killed. ~Bob)


  1. The VA lets vets die.
    The borders are open.
    Justice and the IRS indulge in selective enforcement and thumb their Executive Branch nose at Congress.
    In Wisconsin local prosecutors indulge in political persecution and are applauded by the press.
    But at least the Patent and Trademark Office has protected us from being offended by canceling the trademark "Redskins."
    Let us all salute that example of diligence and sensitivity with another registered product - a bottle of MILF Stout.

  2. I am perplexed by the handling of the IRS matter.
    Why hasn't the House compelled her testimony by granting her immunity from prosecution?
    One gets the sense that the investigation IS being stage-managed for maximum political impact, rather than to get to the facts expeditiously.