Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Most Voters Want Congress to Ignore Obama Veto Threats
Excerpt: President Obama on Tuesday used one of the very rare vetoes of his presidency to reject a bipartisan bill from Congress calling for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Voters aren’t happy with that veto and want Congress to keep doing what it wants even if the president doesn’t like it.

Important: Donation to Clinton Foundation while Hillary was secretary of state violated ethics agreement, report says
Excerpt: The Clinton Foundation was on the defensive Wednesday after disclosing that it had accepted millions of dollars from several foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including one donation that violated the foundation's ethics agreement with the Obama administration. (Should be called "The Clinton Travel and Perks Foundation." ~Bob. Sorry. This is disqualifying. The Secretary of State cannot take money from foreign governments while allegedly representing our interests in negotiations with that government. It’s bribery: ... The claim is that all of the money went to good charitable causes. But Algeria could donate to Haitian relief funds, or any other charity, directly. There’s an obvious incentive to give money -- even with the allegedly best intentions -- to the Clinton Foundation: access and goodwill to the Clintons. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

W.H. Unable To Explain Why Clinton Foundation Violated Ethics Agreement 

Hillary keeps up Dems' middle-class deception
Excerpt: But when elite Democratic politicians discuss the “middle class,” they're not usually talking about a group of people they intend to help with new policies. Rather, they're affixing a proven and popular label on the same old policies, which mostly do nothing for the tens of millions of Americans who are too rich to take government benefits but not so wealthy that money isn't a constant concern. Take as an example Obama's new enthusiasm for what he calls “middle class economics.” As proposed in his State of the Union, it would have actually raised the average middle-class earner's taxes by seven dollars a year, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. As the Washington Post's Max Ehrenfreund put it bluntly, “There's no point in calling this tax plan 'middle-class economics,' since its main effect is to help the poor.”

Interesting: Hillary Clinton is no feminist champion. By Ashe Schow
Excerpt: If we take a ride back 20 years to the 1990s, Hillary was involved in the most orchestrated and vicious victim-blaming campaigns against women in recent history. She spent years defending husband Bill from accusations that he raped, sexually assaulted or groped women. And even after he admitted publicly that he cheated on her, she stood by him. ... The most that can be said about her “accomplishments” was that she “achieved” them by being married to Bill. That’s not exactly the feminist way of being your own, empowered woman.

Joe Biden Wants to ‘Emancipate Wealth' by Stealing More of It and Making More Poor People
Excerpt: Joe Biden is creepy and dangerous. He was picked by Obama to be the vice-president for two reasons: First, because he knew that Biden could not compete with him in the realm of public popularity. He needed a vice-president who would not upstage him. Biden was the perfect pick. The stooge that made the other guy look better.

Interesting: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln. By George F. Will
Excerpt: The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the past six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan
Excerpt: The Federal Communications Commission, in a party-line vote, approves sweeping 'net neutrality' plan allowing broad regulation of how Americans use the Internet. Makes it easier for the government to find racist, Islamophobic right-wing terrorists--and silence them. ~Bob)

Excerpt: As the Federal Communications Commission is set to approve new Internet rules, a new report shows that George Soros and the Ford Foundation have donated $196 million to groups that support the cause.

Worth Reading: Grievance School. By Steven F. Hayward
Excerpt: Of all the college towns fixed in the American mind as bastions of elite leftism, a Big Four stand out: Cambridge, Madison, Berkeley, and Boulder. It was no wonder, then, that the University of Colorado at Boulder received national attention, and raised many eyebrows, when it announced a couple of years back that it wanted to hire an identified conservative as a visiting faculty member — the beginning of a privately funded pilot program to bring conservative perspectives to its storied campus. I ended up being the guinea pig for this unorthodox experiment.

CNN, DHS & SPLC’s Blame Righty hit job. By Michelle Malkin
Your tax dollars are once again hard at work — defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying the public access to information they funded.
CNN splashed the big scoop on its website: “DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat.” The fear-mongering piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of “violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010.” CNN’s Evan Perez and Wes Bruer prominently quoted Mark Potok of the widely disgraced propaganda outfit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Potok claimed that “there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism.” (Well, the SPLC called Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up poor and black in the Detroit ghetto to become probably the world's most eminent pediatric neurosurgeon, an extremist. case closed. ~Bob)

The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses. By Phillip Jennings 
Excerpt: The Last Days in Vietnam is an Oscar-nominated documentary covering the very end of South Vietnam, in April, 1975. Rory Kennedy’s dramatically sad and horrific documentary is both difficult (for a Vietnam Veteran at least) to watch and a chronicle of American compassion and angst. The fall of a democratic society to Communist tyranny should be lamented by Americans, who sacrificed greatly in their defense. It is a film of pathos, frustrating and yet strongly uplifting at times as American soldiers, diplomats and newsmen risk their careers and their lives to save Vietnamese friends from the invading North Vietnamese Army. Uplifting, unless you’re Associate Professor Christoph Giebel of the University of Washington, Seattle. In a review of the film posted to the website of Vietnam Scholars Group (sic) by Professor Giebel, the film is “dangerously simplistic,” and “much more of a commentary on current US culture—steeped in nationalistic discourses of exceptionalism, thoroughly militarized, and narcissistic—than a reflection of its actual quality.” (An article to read and pass around. --Del)

Public Pensions' Scary First Cousin -- Retiree Health Benefits. By Nancy Smith
Excerpt: The subject of public employee retirement systems is one of the toughest nuts for legislatures especially to crack. But for many local governments in Florida, there's another, seldom-mentioned "ticking time bomb" -- something separate but oh-so-related to public pensions: commitments to subsidize retiree health care premiums. A report released earlier this week by the LeRoy Collins Institute, "Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits," reveals public employees' health care premiums in the Sunshine State are responsible for some $8.4 billion in unfunded liabilities.

Race Card News

Unbelievable: Citing Stigma, The University Of Minnesota Removes Race Descriptions In Crime Alerts
Excerpt: Facing backlash for allegedly stigmatizing minorities — particularly black men — the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities announced on Tuesday that it will no longer include racial descriptors in crime alerts issued to students and faculty. “This change supports our public safety goals while recognizing the harm that the use of race in crime alerts causes for some members of our community,” the university, which has nearly 50,000 students and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paulsaid in a statement. (Are they saying that blacks commit a disproportionate share of the crimes? Not a stigma other wish. But they should leave out gender and age--those are protected classes we don't want to stigmatize either. An alert would read, "Be on the lookout for someone on campus who is an armed, homicidal maniac, but we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by describing the person. Good luck. Stay safe." ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Doctors Not Cashing In on Meaningful Use Incentives
Excerpt: Despite ONC's authority and intentions, their efforts are not seeing results. "Meaningful use" of ONC-certified EHRs triggers incentive payments for medical professionals but they are not cashing in. In 2014, only 3,154 eligible medical professionals had attested to the second stage of meaningful use to receive their payments for installing EHRs. A 2015 SERMO survey found 55 percent of the nearly 2000 physicians surveyed would not attest to the next stage of meaningful use this year. In response to this, federal penalties have been levied against 257,000 physicians, 280 providers and 200 hospitals for not using EHRs "meaningfully." Why are doctors not using EHRs meaningfully? Doctors are learning the actual cost of installing EHRs includes loss of productivity, a cost the incentive payments do not compensate for.

State's ObamaCare overcharges 13K
Excerpt: The Washington state ObamaCare exchange says that it withdrew the incorrect amount of money from the bank accounts of 13,000 people.

Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments. By Philip Kline
Excerpt: The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.
At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.

Undocumented Democrat News

Worth Hearing: Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw at Oversight Hearing
Grieving black father: "Do black lives really matter? Or only if they are killed by a white person?" Mother was in Iraq at the time. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Our Illiberal Immigration Policy Leads to Chaos. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration. Take liberal immigration. It is governed by laws passed by Congress and signed and executed by the president. Nearly all Americans accept that no individual can pick and choose which federal statute he chooses to obey, depending on his own perceived self-interest. Liberal immigration would be entirely legal, meritocratic, and ethnically blind. Skills and education would matter more than proximity to the border or political clout.

Well, the "Ex-President-in-Waiting" could describe any of us as "Corpses-in-Waiting." ~Bob

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Religion of Peace News

‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi. By Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman
Excerpt: But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize. (Just an immigrant wanting a better life. ~Bob)

Austria passes controversial reforms to 1912 Islam law
Excerpt: The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams.

Jews Who Embrace Their Enemies. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Last February, a divestment resolution went before the UCLA student government. Despite intense pressure, harassment and hate, Jewish against it. And the resolution failed 7-5. In November, a divestment vote came up again and UCLA Jewish student groups chose to sit it out. Instead of opposing the resolution, they would work on an approach “markedly from that of last year’s pro-Israel community, which passionately and publicly opposed divestment actions in a climate of toxic relations between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students.”

America's first "war on terror" Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

Statement on the Murder of Dr. Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi Ally and Friend
Excerpt: We at the Center for Inquiry are shocked and heartbroken by the brutal murder of our friend Dr. Avijit Roy in Bangladesh, it is speculated at the hands of Islamic militants. Dr. Roy was a true ally, a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country where those values have been under heavy attack.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

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