Sunday, October 5, 2014

Today's Political News and Conservative Comment


With winter closing in, we decided to get out of the house on Saturday, October 4, despite clouds, temps in the 40s and blustery winds. We drove to Reedsburg, about 50 miles NW of Madison, for their Farm Art Tour. The art is on a loop west of the town, at about 40 farms. It was a bit funky and funny, but the countryside is lovely, and the fall colors, though not at peak, were pretty good, despite the limited sunshine. For some pictures click on the link below. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Competence Not Required: Julia Pierson’s ouster is the exception that proves the rule: In Washington it is nearly impossible to get fired. By Stephen M. Walt  
Excerpt: Something unusual happened in Washington, D.C., this week: A federal official was fired ("resigned under pressure") for doing her job badly. I refer to former Secret Service chief Julia Pierson, who stepped down after a series of embarrassing revelations, most notably the recent incident during which an intruder managed to scale the fence, get across the grounds, and then get all the way inside the White House. And the Secret Service couldn't even get its version of events straight for several days. (Competence in government has been an endangered species for a long time. Some days it seems competence anywhere isn't that common. --Del)

2 Louisiana Teachers’ Threesome with HS Student Adds Up to Criminal Charges. 
Excerpt: Two Louisiana high school teachers have been arrested and suspended from their jobs for having sex — including a threesome with a student after a school football game. Shelley Dufresne, who’s a 33-year-old mother of three (left), and Rachel Respess, who is 23 years old (right), taught English at Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish, but apparently their lesson plans included a bit more than the Common Core Curriculum requires. (Apparently I had a deprived childhood. this is like selling booze or pot to teens--you KNOW they will talk! ~Bob)

HUD Official Pleads Guilty To Stealing $843,000 In Taxpayer Funds
Excerpt: Former Housing and Urban Development loan specialist Brian Thompson pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $843,000 of taxpayer money in a wire fraud scheme. Thompson was responsible for selling properties acquired by the government after borrowers defaulted on their HUD-guaranteed mortgages. 

Obama's plantation economy: Jobs vs. food stamps: Illinois last in the Midwest
Excerpt: Since the Great Recession ended, Illinois’ food-stamp enrollment has outpaced job creation by a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. The jobs versus food stamps comparison is a strong indicator of economic hardship. And compared to the rest of the Midwest, Illinoisans are truly feeling the pain.

Despite law, Colorado doesn’t block welfare withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos
Excerpt: For nearly two decades, Colorado law has prohibited the use of welfare cards at casinos and liquor store ATMs, and in 2012 federal law also required states to have policies prohibiting the withdrawals. But in the past two years at least $489,000 in taxpayer money has been withdrawn in exactly those Colorado locations, found.

Son Kills One Of Three Home Invaders In Texas, Possibly Saving EIGHT Lives
Excerpt: Family members told deputies that their mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast with three young granddaughters when the armed men broke in. The woman's adult son heard the commotion from his bedroom and grabbed his gun. "… and when he heard 'please don't hurt the girls,' that's when he took action," deputies said. The son wasted no time in shooting and killing one of the suspects. "They were basically at a standoff, and he discharged first," said Sgt. Felipe Rivera with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "One of the suspects did fire inside the residence."

The Case for Panic: Column: Incompetent government + corrupt elite = disaster. By Matthew Continetti
Excerpt: I have a second opinion. Not only do I disagree with the constant stream of soothing and complacent rhetoric from Dr. Zeke’s friends in government and media. I also believe it is entirely rational to fear the possibility of a major Ebola outbreak, of a threat to the president and his family, of jihadists crossing the border, of a large-scale European or Asian war, of nuclear proliferation, of terrorists detonating a weapon of mass destruction. These dangers are real, and pressing, and though the probability of their occurrence is not high, it is amplified by the staggering incompetence and failure and misplaced priorities of the U.S. government. It is not Ebola I am afraid of. It is our government’s ability to deal with Ebola.

How Heroin Flows Over the Border and Into Suburbia
Excerpt: Most of the heroin bound for Chicago crosses the border in the El Paso area, Riley said, and is then placed into the hands of local gang members for distribution. “In Chicago, we’ve got 100,000 documented street gang members who largely make their living putting Mexican cartel heroin on the street.”

Obama tells frustrated Latinos: ‘I’m going to need you to have my back’ By Jordan Fabian
Excerpt: President Obama on Thursday urged frustrated Latinos to stick by his side, fervently vowing to act on his own to slow deportations by the end of the year. But the growing disillusionment among Hispanic activists over the president’s decision to delay action was evident when a heckler interrupted him during his speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala in Washington.

Worth Reading: Inequality Explained. By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: Why does the left care about income inequality? University of Chicago economist, John Cochrane asked that question the other day and could only settle on one answer: they like big government. But first things first. What do you think would be more helpful to people at the bottom of the income ladder: redistribution of income from the rich or getting a good education and acquiring the habits of self-discipline and self-control?

my thirteen year old asked the "hot" boy "your not a democrat are you?" #ParentingDoneRight

It seems a bit hypocritical unions are against voter IDs in US presidential elections but require a picture ID to vote in a union election!

Judge: IRS watchdog not exempt from disclosure law in White House case. By Josh Hicks 
Excerpt: A federal court this week said the Internal Revenue Service’s inspector general is not exempt from disclosure rules as it investigates whether the White House received unauthorized access to protected taxpayer information. Judge Amy Jackson, with the U.S. District Court in Washington, ordered the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to process a Freedom of Information Act request from a conservative legal group seeking documents related to the probe.

Excerpt: A court tells the White House to acknowledge the existence of a probe into whether one of its advisers used private tax records for political gain. Transparency is being forced on an administration that's anything but. In 2010, an attorney for industrialists and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch told the Weekly Standard of a senior Obama aide telling reporters on background that the Kochs "do not pay corporate income tax" through their company, Koch Industries. How, the attorney justifiably wondered, did the White House get his clients' private information from the IRS? (Well, you have to give Obama and his people credit for being consistent. The IRS is a great tool for slamming or sliming your enemies, so once you start using it that way, you just keep on doing it. And there are enough "sympathetic" people working there, like Lois Lerner, that you can do so and not worry about any whistleblowers. But once in a while it does get noticed and people ask questions, and then.... it's time for stonewalling by all the other agencies you can control. Thank heaven for independent judges who won't let the charade go on, and demand actual openness of government records. Which is exactly what is owed to all of us, all the time. --Del)

Obama IS the only law: Holder defies federal court ruling and refuses to obey judge's order 
Excerpt: In an action not seen in the U.S. Department of Justice in recent history, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday refused to comply with a court order to release a Vaughn Index of Operation Fast and Furious documents. Members of a House committee are requesting the federal judge in the case to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of court for failing to comply with a deadline a judge set to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a federal court motion on Thursday. As per a 1974 court ruling, a Vaughn Index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.

Sent her kids to private schools => MT @kayhagan: NC teachers deserve a champion who stands up for our schools.

Ebola News

Obama Quietly Dumped Bush-Era Quarantine Proposal That Would Prevent Travelers From Spreading Infectious Diseases
Excerpt: In 2010, the Obama administration quietly dumped Bush-era plans to enact quarantine regulations supported by the Centers for Disease Control that were designed to prevent travelers from spreading infectious diseases. Travelers would have been required to submit detailed personal information before boarding a flight or ship.

White House: No Ebola travel restrictions
Excerpt: The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus.

Obama in IL Northwestern Univ, calls the Ebola, "eboli" If Sarah Palin said that, she'd be made fun of 24/7. Obama is probably sending "Corpsemen" to treat "Eboli." ~Bob)

Family moved from home where Ebola patient stayed
Excerpt: Three mattresses, linens, a suitcase and clothing used by Thomas Duncan, the man who contracted Ebola and flew from Liberia to the United States, were removed Friday from the apartment where they were left for five days.

Hey Californians... Can the #Ebola virus live on your mandated reusable grocery bags?!? Hmmmm.

Taste of Africa--poor timing!

Race Card News

Be satire, except true: What’s Racist, What’s Not (As of Friday, Oct. 3, 2014). Note: Will update as necessary. By Andrew Stiles
Excerpt: Liberals tend to devote a significant portion of their daily lives to proving how not racist they are. One particularly expedient way of doing this is to declare that something a conservative has said or done is totally racist, and then to place oneself in opposition to the thing that was racist: “See, I’m not a racist!” As result, the List of Things That Are Racist has grown incomprehensibly long.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Reality Check: Is Obamacare 'Working Pretty Well in the Real World'? By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: In his speech at Northwestern yesterday (which happened to coincide with a pair of high-dollar Chicago fundraisers, with taxpayers paying for the trip), the President Obama stated unequivocally that his agenda is "on the ballot" this fall; voters will have the chance to endorse or reject "every single one" of his policies, he said.

Undocumented Democrat News

Obama and Chicago Hispanics
From a Marine Vietnam Vet. He asked me not to use his name, but seems pretty knowledgeable about this. Take it for what it is worth. ~Bob

Mother watched in horror as 2 children hit at Wilson Co. school bus stop
Excerpt: German Arroyo-Correa, 10, and Areli Arroyo-Correa, 5, are in serious condition after the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said they were hit by an Ford Explorer while trying to board their school bus Thursday morning. Both children have been transferred to UNC Hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Troopers said the bus was stopped on Rock Ridge Sims Road with its lights on when the SUV's driver, 27-year-old Marcos Santiaga Bautista, failed to yield to the extended stop arm, striking the two children and then driving away. (Website that linked this story claimed Bautista was an illegal, but the story doesn't say, so I don't know how they documented it, or if they just assumed. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Interesting: Biden apologizes to Turkey’s Erdogan. By Liz Sly
Excerpt: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not known as the kind of leader who readily admits mistakes, and Vice President Biden is well known for his capacity to make them.
So after Biden claimed that Erdogan had acknowledged fault in enabling the flow of foreign fighters across the Turkish border, it was inevitable that a firestorm would ensue. ... But this furor comes at a critical moment in the United States’ already fraught relationship with NATO ally Turkey. (Joe Biden--Obama's life insurance and anti-impeachment policy. ~Bob)

The Constitution and the War in Iraq and Syria. By Rich Nugent, Member of Congress
Last month, President Obama sent Congress a letter, pursuant to the War Powers Act, officially notifying us that he had begun conducting airstrikes in Iraq. That letter (or more precisely the airstrikes themselves) started the sixty-day clock. One thing that’s important to note - in both the case of Libya a couple years ago and in the case of Syrian airstrikes now, the President never provided that official notification. I may be old-fashioned, but in the case of Libya, I did not feel that the President had proper authorization to proceed and I argued loudly that Congress should stand up for its constitutional rights and check him. In that case, hostilities ceased quickly and the issue pretty well subsided. But in the case of Syria, the airstrikes will almost certainly continue for some time. It’s time we have that discussion. Without getting into any classified details, it’s important to know from the start that Syrian air defenses are Russian-made systems. They are not old rinky-dink air defenses. They are sophisticated and they are dangerous to our pilots. These airstrikes are not without risk. Furthermore, no matter how much we may detest President Assad, Syria is a sovereign nation. Where I come from, launching missiles into somebody’s backyard constitutes an act of war. Therefore, I believe that the President has the constitutional responsibility to request proper authorization from Congress. He has started a war with ISIL and technically speaking – he has started a war with Syria. That’s a big deal and Congress has the constitutional responsibility to insist on a request for authorization by the President. It then has a responsibility to consider it. While many of us question the effectiveness of a long-term strategy relying on airstrikes in Syria, polls suggest the country is largely supportive of those strike. So, in other words, this isn’t just about the airstrikes themselves. Frankly, the President probably won’t have much trouble gaining the authorization once he requests it. But to treat the process of submitting a presidential request, debating it in Congress, and holding an up-or-down vote as an unnecessary formality is treating the Constitution itself as an unnecessary formality - no longer needed in a modern-day world. I think that is a complete and utter abdication of duty and Congress needs to step up to the plate. The simple fact that a military action is popular does not mean we should just shrug as a nation and fail to deliberate properly as our Constitution demands. If we don’t take that step, then future presidents can use this as a precedent to expand their war powers beyond what the Founders intended. 

Excerpt: Dear Mr. Albert Gore: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country which owns Al Jazeera America, the network which was established following your sale of CurrentTV to Al Jazeera for $500 million in 2013. ... We urge to you read the information below, which includes evidence that Qatar is arguably the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today. It is a benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram; it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell; and profits from operating a virtual slave state. Qatar is involved in terror operations from Nigeria to Gaza to Syria to Iraq.

Child soldiers, mass executions, and jihadi slave markets where women are sold for sex for $10: UN report confirms ISIS’s atrocities across Iraq
Excerpt: UN Investigators believe as many as 2,500 women and children have been captured, subjected to sex attacks and then sold for around $10 a head by extremist militants in Iraq

The Origins of ISIS. Video

Photo said to be of Female Kurdish Soldiers

Kurdish female fighter blows herself up on ISIS
Excerpt: A female Kurdish fighter carried out a suicide bomb attack against jihadists from the Islamic State group outside the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane on Sunday, a monitor said.

Excerpt: President Obama and his subordinates take pains not to mention al Qaeda, particularly in the context of continuing plots to mass-murder Americans, because the president repeatedly and falsely claimed during the 2012 campaign to have “decimated” the terror network and put it “on the path to defeat.” The administration miniaturizes the continuing threat by breaking al Qaeda down into its components and speaking about them as if they were independent actors rather than a global jihadist movement unified by virulently anti-American Islamic-supremacist ideology.

The Simple Math of an Iranian Nuclear Bomb. In an excerpt from ‘Nuclear Iran,’ calculating, with scientific precision, just how far Iran has come in its quest for the bomb By Jeremy Bernstein
Excerpt: No single threat to Israeli—and perhaps global—security has generated as much controversy in the last decade as Iran’s nuclear program. Iranian officials insist the program is peaceful. International observers, Israeli intelligence, and U.S. foreign-policy stewards are skeptical. But behind the diplomacy, spycraft, jockeying, and feinting lies the science of nuclear reactors and weapons: the specific engineering hurdles, the physics of fission, the “weaponization” of minerals required to produce as complex a device as a nuclear bomb. In this excerpt from Nuclear Iran, physicist Jeremy Bernstein unpacks what we know about the centrifuges at Natanz to take an informed guess at how likely Iran is to have enough weapons-grade uranium to make a nuclear warhead. (I think we are fairly likely to lose New York City or DC in the next ten years, destroying the economy and bringing on the fiscal, political and social collapse that is likely coming anyway, due to debt and others stresses on the Republic. ~Bob)

Fox’s Controversial Interview with a Muslim Insider from Oklahoma Beheader’s Mosque
Excerpt: On Tuesday night Fox News host Megyn Kelly interviewed a Muslim insider who has attended the same mosque as Alton Nolen, the man who beheaded a woman in Oklahoma. The man had been worried about repercussions from his interview, so he asked to have his identity concealed, which Fox agreed to. Here is the chilling interview.

Excerpt: A Bill of Particulars was filed Thursday in Cleveland County District Court following an announcement Wednesday that the district attorney would seek the death penalty for murder suspect Alton Nolen. ... Nolen had several previous disagreements and arguments with employees in the past and several had overheard him say he beat Caucasians, the affidavit said. After recently converting to the Islam religion, he had been attempting to convince other employees to convert to the religion.
“Witnesses also advised that Nolen had become aggressive and belligerent to other employees and wanted others to call him ‘Muhammad’,” records show

Maher Schools Affleck On Islam
Excerpt: Maher’s about the only Lefty in Hollywood that both understands Islam is a death cult and does not hold back slamming them. Watch Bill educate Ben. Enjoy. Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Nicholas Kristol, Michael Steele, and author Sam Harris got into what could only be described as a tumultuous continuation of Maher’s comments on Islam from last week, with Maher and Affleck tearing into each other over the influence of fundamentalists in the Muslim community. (Watch Ben brood like a spoiled child. --JB)

Worth Reading: The Godfather’s Guide to the Middle East: Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family. By Lee Smith
Excerpt: And that’s the point. What makes The Godfather movies central to American culture is not that they are so rich with rare jewels of wisdom and insight, but that they present a relatively accurate picture of the way the rest of the world still experiences reality. Or to put it another way, if most American males picture themselves as Michael, the talented, thoughtful yet ruthless former war hero, played by the brooding and beautiful 30-year-old Al Pacino, the world’s most dangerous spots are actually run by men much more like Santino, the eldest Corleone boy, whose stars are ruled only by murder, sex, and food.

Dutch military backs down from tweeted threats. By Timon Dias
Excerpt: By ordering Dutch soldiers to become "invisible" in The Netherlands, what message is the government sending to its enemies, let alone its own citizens? Dutch-Iranian law professor Afshin Ellian rightfully asks: if Dutch soldiers aren't safe anymore, than who is? Jihadists now know that a few tweets from a single Dutch jihadist can fundamentally alter Dutch defense policy. Dutch citizens now know that a few tweets from a single Dutch jihadist will send shivers down their government's spine and that -- instead of making sure all threats are neutralized -- it will order the personnel tasked with keeping them safe, to hide. The Dutch-Israeli psychotherapist and author Martin van Vliet voices his concern: "Are we supposed to be protected by a military that orders its soldiers to start wearing the invisibility cloak as soon as they find out combating Jihad is not a video game without risks? The Dutch would be right not to place their trust in their military." (The U.S. military also orders personnel not to wear the uniform in public except when going to or from duty. As I understand it, the uniform is not to be worn on commercial flights. It is sensible not to expose unarmed soldiers to terrorists, but it is a shameful sign of the times that jihadists are so brazen and are not the ones cowering in fear. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Qatar’s friends-with-everyone approach rankles some of its Persian Gulf neighbors. By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Excerpt: The U.S. military orchestrates the air war over Iraq and Syria from a hulking command center on the vast al-Udeid Air Base, a Qatari-owned encampment that is home to 8,000 American military personnel and dozens of Air Force jets. Giant video screens inside the windowless, two-story structure allow troops to track every plane and observe live footage from every drone involved in operations against the Islamic State. Twenty miles to the northeast, in the heart of this opulent and fast-growing capital city, the even more gargantuan Grand Mosque has served as a key outpost for al-Qaeda-linked rebels fighting the Syrian regime.

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