Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Timely Political News and Comment


Posting again today as some timely news. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Must Read: National Honor Matters: Countries don’t act only in a narrow, largely financial definition of self-interest. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Then some jihadi punks beheaded two Americans and taunted the U.S. in the process. The same jihadis conquered and enslaved territories that Americans fought, bled, and died to liberate. They boasted that they beat us in a war and vowed — ridiculously — that their flag would fly over our White House. Lo and behold, it turns out that Americans don’t like that sort of thing. Attitudes, particularly among the very patriotic and pro-military tea-party crowd, suddenly and predictably shifted.

Interesting: Favors and Loot for Sale. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, "So, yeah, there's too much money in politics. There's (sic) special interests that have too much influence." ... The bedrock problem is the awesome power of Congress. We Americans have asked, demanded and allowed congressmen to ignore their oaths of office and ignore the constitutional limitations imposed on them. The greater the congressional power to give handouts and grant favors and make special privileges the greater the value of being able to influence congressional decision-making. There's no better influence than money.

Moulton upends Tierney, sets sights on GOP’s Tisei
Excerpt: Seth Moulton, a Harvard Business School graduate and Marine veteran, on Tuesday became the first Massachusetts Democrat in 22 years to oust a sitting congressman from his own party, decisively defeating embattled nine-term Representative John F. Tierney and setting the stage for an unpredictable general election in November. Tierney, the veteran North Shore congressman, has been politically vulnerable since 2010 when his wife, Patrice, was convicted on federal tax charges in connection with her brothers’ illegal offshore betting operation. ... Moulton will face Republican Richard Tisei, the former state Senate minority leader who nearly toppled Tierney two years ago, in the November election. (Tisei is openly gay. Be an interesting election. ~Bob)

Issa: Holder aide caught red-handed
Excerpt: The administration official calling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) office last week had an odd request. Could the Justice Department get some help leaking information about the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups? asked Brian Fallon, a top spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder. Apparently thinking he had reached the office of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Fallon said the department wanted congressional staffers to get documents to selected reporters so that officials could comment on them “before the majority” did. (You can't make this stuff up. --Barb. Neither surprised nor shocked. SOP for them. ~Bob)

30 minutes by Dr. Ben Carson
This is an address he gave at a college commencement. It is a wonderful speech about America, and one that a great many people really should hear. I recommend it most highly. --Del

Justice Department Stonewalling Internal Investigators
Excerpt: These officers “faced restrictions on their access to certain records available to their agencies that were needed to perform their oversight work in critical areas,” the letter explained. “Limiting access in this manner is inconsistent with the IG Act [the 1978 law that created the inspector general offices], at odds with the independence of Inspectors General, and risks leaving the agencies insulated from scrutiny and unacceptably vulnerable to mismanagement and misconduct – the very problems that our offices were established to review and that the American people expect us to be able to address.” (Like the Mob, the Community has a Code of Silence that means authority is to be ignored; the law does not apply to the Department of Justice. Show me your shocked face. --Barb)

President Obama Rejected From Top NY Golf Courses Over Labor Day Weekend: Sources. The President was in town over Labor Day weekend for fundraising events and a wedding in Westchester. By Jonathan Dienst
Excerpt: The president was in town Aug. 29, a Friday, for fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island. He had been scheduled to stay overnight in Westchester County in order to attend the Saturday evening wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass at Blue Hill Farm. ... On Aug. 28, White House officials announced the president was changing his plans and that he would return to Washington Friday night instead of staying over in New York. (And the cost to taxpayers of him flying home from the Friday fund raisers, them back Saturday to the wedding was? ~Bob. POTUS in NY for wedding of WH Chef to MSNBC host, had some spare time....Barb)

Scary: Scientists Successfully Erase Unwanted Memories
Excerpt: Until now, erasing painful memories has been a fantasy explored in books and in movies, such as the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." But researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have erased the drug-associated memories of mice and rats. Their success gives hope to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and to former addicts who report intense cravings associated with memories associated with their addiction — even something as simple as chewing gum once used to alleviate dry mouth caused by meth. (Easy as erasing emails from an IRS hard drive. ~Bob)

Dad Was Home With His 4-Year-Old Daughter When the Doorbell Rang. Before He Could Answer It, He Realized Something Was Very Wrong
Excerpt: Police later found the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Darrell Miller, bleeding and shot on the front porch. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but he later died from his injuries. Miller had kicked down Rohatsch’s door to gain entry after ringing the doorbell twice, according to a neighbor. The dad was at home with his 4-year-old daughter at the time.

Army Officer Turned Away by Security at Entrance of Daughter’s High School — Want to Guess Why? By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: You see, Baker is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and was in uniform that day — which apparently didn’t conform to the dress code. “The security guard told him that men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student,” Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson told WJBK-TV in Detroit. (Kipling: "Making mock of uniforms that guard you in your sleep, is cheaper than them uniforms, and they're starvation cheap." ~Bob)

Excerpt: The House passed legislation Tuesday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing a proposed rule to define its jurisdiction over bodies of water. Passed 262-152, the bill would prohibit the EPA from using the proposal for any rulemaking regarding the Clean Water Act. The rule, proposed in March, sought to clarify which bodies of water, such as wetlands and streams, are subject to agencies' authority under the act. (DOA in Harry's Whore House. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The National Association of Manufacturers asserted Wednesday that federal regulations cost more than $2 trillion a year, a total equivalent to 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. ...“With growing regulatory compliance burdens, policymakers should be alarmed that our nation’s smallest manufacturers are being put at a competitive disadvantage within the global economy,” NAM President Jay Timmons said. “Now is the time to return clear-eyed economic analysis to the policy process and ease the burden on job creators across the country.” (Survivors have noted extensive regulations were how Hitler took over the German economy. --Barb)

Jay Carney joins CNN
Excerpt: CNN has hired former White House press secretary Jay Carney as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday. Carney left his post as President Obama's chief spokesman in June and will begin his new gig immediately, giving analysis Wednesday night as the president briefs the nation on his strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "Jay's unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns," CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist said. (Another paid lying gig. Nice work if you can stomach it. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Google, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and scores of other technology titans are demanding congressional leaders allow a vote on a bill to grant new privacy protections to people’s emails....The legislation would update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows police to conduct warrantless searches of people’s emails and other information stored on the “cloud” that are more than 180 days old. Critics on both sides of the aisle say the law is antiquated and undermines people’s privacy.

Cheap Politicians. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: However much these and other government officials may have richly deserved being behind bars, the country does not deserve to have its confidence in government repeatedly undermined. A country with 100 percent cynicism about its government cannot be governed. And nobody wants anarchy.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE: IRS Decides To Audit Breitbart News
Excerpt: I’m sure the innocent IRS just randomly chose to audit Breitbart News for no particular reason…unless it has something to do with them blowing the lid off of several of their scandals. Who knows? Check this out…The company that runs the conservative news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated

Race Card News

Worth Reading: Burn the race card. By Terry Garlock
Excerpt: My recent column, “Coddling children in Ferguson, MO” touched a few nerves. Some didn’t like my advice to my hypothetical black son about not dressing or acting like a thug, taking the implication that I believe all young black men are thugs. Quite the contrary, but I would want my hypothetical son’s appearance, for his own safety, to be completely unlike those young black men who are genuine thugs, the ones who make their crime rate astronomical. Why would a well-behaved young black man worry about being confused with thugs? Because even a police officer that is faithfully obedient to anti-profiling policies doesn’t erase from his mind the image of most likely criminals. I’d want my son to present a different image. My real kids are a different race, and I tell them race doesn’t matter, but behavior does. (Terry Garlock, as most of the recipients of this know, is a vet who writes occasional opinion columns for his local paper in Peachtree City, GA. He did a column about race and young Black men recently, that brought on, predictably, some negative comments. Now he really steps outside those yellow safety lines and speaks with total candor about racial situations as he sees them. Whatever negative comments he's received in the past will probably seem like a walk in the park when this column gets public attention. I am sure it will deeply offend some Black activists, and a goodly number of White Liberals as well. But it's an honest appraisal of what's gone on in this country for a long time now, even before Mr. Obama's entry to the Oval Office. Terry is going ahead with courage into the area that is very dangerous to any non-Black in this country (and wouldn't get a Black Conservative a lot of smiles either). For what it's worth, I don't find anything to object to in what is said here. But I've been called racist already, starting as soon as one of my friends heard me question Mr. Obama's qualifications for the presidency back in Fall of 2007. Like Terry, I would be overjoyed to see all Americans of every hue working in the system to better themselves and achieve a life of security and plenty. And I am very sorry that we have such deep seated social problems for our lower classes, which includes some who are not Black, but I can't for the life of me think of some nice, simple solution to the situation. I keep hoping some leader will arise who will come up with good ideas and the way to make them really come true. So far we're not there, and these last 6 years seem to have taken us further away from any solution. --Del)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Excerpt: The AFL-CIO is ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to change parts of the health care overhaul law that could impair benefits for millions of union members. The nation's largest labor federation approved a strongly worded resolution on Wednesday that says the Affordable Care Act will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them. Some individual unions have complained about the law's impact for months, but the resolution marks the first time the AFL-CIO has gone on record embracing that view. (Clever of those highly-paid union bosses to figure out what I knew in 2009. ~Bob)

Healthcare Expert: Obamacare's 'Quiet Summer' is About to End in a Big Way. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: One major reason for the enduring opposition is that the law has violated virtually every major promise erected in dishonest ideologues' sales pitch. Another is that an ongoing parade of unpleasant developments continues to make headlines, including the recent revelation that was hacked last month. 

Obamacare's bill for small businesses? Big bucks, fewer jobs. By Dan Mangan
Excerpt: Obamacare is taking a toll on small businesses, according to a new analysis of the effects of the health-care reform law, which found billions of dollars in reduced pay and hundreds of thousands fewer jobs. Take-home pay at small businesses was trimmed by some $22.6 billion annually because of the Affordable Care Act and related insurance premium hikes, researchers at the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, found in a report released Tuesday.

Excerpt: India’s recently elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will visit the United States later this month. One of the sticking points in the U.S.-India relationship is weakness in India’s laws governing intellectual property (IP). The Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks 25 countries in its Global IP Index, and India comes in last place. Indian growth will continue to lag as long as this persists, as researchers have demonstrated the positive relationship between IP protection and a country’s prosperity. One of India’s weak spots is patent protection for new prescription drugs. New research also shows, counterintuitively, that this limits patients’ access to new medicines.

Undocumented Democrat News

Excerpt: According to the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, the Obama administration has not subjected a large number of these children to proper medical screening processes. Instead, the federal government has sent the unaccompanied minors to various U.S. locations to live with relatives or, in some cases, to live as foster wards. The children then enroll in local, taxpayer-funded public schools with no questions asked — by law. (Your kids are legal, so need screening to protect the health of the illegals. ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Arctic Sea Ice Up 60 Percent in 2013
An unusually cold Arctic summer has resulted in almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice compared to the same time last year, bucking predictions that global warming would result in the disappearance of the ice cap by 2013. According to MailOnline, Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013 compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded in September 2012. ...There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped," Anastasios Tsonis of the University of Wisconsin told the Mail. (Tell that to John Kerry, Al Gore, et al. --Barb)

Religion of Peace News

Obama Ready to Authorize Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria
Excerpt: But Mr. Obama is still wrestling with a series of challenges, including how to train and equip a viable ground force to fight ISIS inside Syria, how to intervene without aiding President Bashar al-Assad, and how to enlist potentially reluctant partners like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. ... Mr. Obama has resisted military engagement in Syria for more than three years, out of fear early on that arming the rebels who oppose Mr. Assad would fail to alter the balance in the civil war while more direct military intervention could have spillover effects in the volatile region.

Excerpt: President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Tuesday he doesn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists....Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has peaked. Seven in 10 Americans believe the group has the ability to launch an attack against the United States, according to a CNN poll released Monday, while just 30 percent say Obama has presented a clear plan for dealing with the group. (doesn't want to be like Bush, who had Congressional approval, including many of the Democrats who looked at the same intel Bush had. It might make Congress think they were a co-equal branch of government. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Only 32 percent of Americans support President Obama's foreign policy decisions as the focus shifts to his prime-time speech that will outline a strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The all-time low was recorded by an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released late Tuesday. A majority of Americans, 61 percent, believe it is in the national interest to take military action against ISIS. ...A stunning 94 percent of Americans have heard about the murder of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic militants, the highest percentage of any news item in the past five years for the poll.

Excerpt: The US air campaign to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces break the Islamic State's siege of Amerli benefited the Hezbollah Brigades, a Shia militia that is supported by Iran and is listed by the US government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group. The Hezbollah Brigades is the second Shia militia involved in killing US soldiers to have taken advantage of US airpower to gain territory.

A Mismanage-able Problem: Obama’s belief that he can “manage” the Islamic State may collide with reality. By Andrew C. McCarthy
Excerpt: President Obama says he intends to shrink the al-Qaeda-spawned Islamic State into a “manageable problem.” Perhaps we’ll learn more about how when he speaks to the nation on Wednesday evening. Still, the question presses: Is he the manager for the job?

WE’RE SCREWED: Josh Earnest Says Americans Should Trust Obama to Take Care of Them Against ISIS
Excerpt: Oh, thank goodness. I’m so glad that Josh Earnest can reassure us that the President who stood in front of the whole world and told them he didn’t have a strategy against ISIS will protect us from them. Check this out…White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Americans should not be concerned about ISIL attacking the United States, suggesting that they trust President Obama to keep them safe.

First Public Benghazi Hearing Officially Announced For September 17. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: According to the Committee website, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Greg Starr, Independent Panel on Best Practices Chairman Mark J. Sullivan and former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security Todd Keil will be the witnesses. 

New Media Win: Mohamed Elibiary Out At DHS Following Breitbart Exposé
Excerpt: Elibiary was found to be openly supportive of brokering a partnership with the global Muslim Brotherhood terror movement, according to a report by National Security expert Ryan Mauro. He is also a close friend and confidant of former Holy Land Foundation president Shukri Abu Baker, whose organization was founded as a financing operation for Hamas, the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization....In 2011, he was accused by Texas officials of downloading classified information that he had access to because of his position at DHS, then manipulating the data to try and smear Texas Governor Rick Perry as an "Islamophobe."

Has The New York Times Just Provided Proof Of Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operations In The United States?
Excerpt: The New York Times has provided a very important glimpse into a new era of foreign-government influence operations in the United States. Those who raised concerns about it in the past should now feel vindicated. But if members of Congress or the Department of Justice decide to dig deeper into this issue, their investigation cannot stop at influence-buying of US think tanks but must look into every aspect of America’s national security apparatus. (Infiltration of DOD, DHS, TSA, "DOJ" most likely FEMA, WH....Purging of top military personnel with knowledge of Muslim history/ops. --Barb. Nick Diamos: "Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity." ~Bob)

Terrorist threats worry Americans
Excerpt: President Obama met with his counterterrorism advisers Tuesday to prepare for the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, as a new poll suggests Americans are more worried about another terrorist attack than at any point since 2001. Lisa Monaco, the president's national security czar, has spent the past several months meeting with counterterrorism and homeland security officials across the government to "review our security posture in light of not only this anniversary but the range of global threats we face," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. That effort includes reevaluating counterterrorism procedures following the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (He showed up for a meeting? He has been cited as saying he wish the US had another 9/11 because of the wonderful feeling of cooperation from all. Yet he race baits and stirs division, never missing any opportunity...unless a hapless white has been brutalized or killed by a black. Holder and the VP jet can stay home on that. The American people are right to fear the ability of the Regime to serve and protect ALL citizens. Remember, they ignored the Russian info on Boston bombers....Barb. Smart strategy would be to lay low on 9/11, then hit a week or two later when we have relaxed. ~Bob)
Excerpt: “Several hundred” Americans might have traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a House Republican saidWednesday....A Homeland Security Department official said Americans and Westerners pose a "short-term" threat to the U.S. “I do believe it could be short-term and long-term threat to the United States," said Troy Miller, acting assistant commissioner for intelligence and investigative liaison for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (According to article DOS sees as a "long-term threat." Oh, gee, depends on the amount of CAIR indoctrination and regime lockstep. The powers that be dithering amongst themselves. Reassuring. Note the "Republican" is the nasty person outing that there are more than the Regime-approved "just a 100 or so." You can keep your doctor and your health insurance will cost less, too....Barb)

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