Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lots of important political news and comment today

Update

Counted the pills I take daily now. Every day I take at least 31, but it varies with as many as 25 more. The extras are because some are only three days a week, one of the steroids comes in 1 mg or 0.5 mg, depending on the dose I'm taking, so right now I take either 6 or 12 a day.. There are some PRN pills. Eleven of the types are vitamins, Tylenol, Mucinex, Claritin, etc that are OTC. The others are scripts. I've turned into my grandmother. In fact, I've out did her in pills. Then there are two-a-days: FEV numbers on the spirometer, temp, nose spray, Neti pot, Metamucil. Plus once daily weight, blood sugar, nasty drink. And PT rehab three times a week. But I'm still here! ~Bob

General News and Comment

Must Read: The Day Dream and the Nightmare. By Peggy Noonan
Google the title if you hit a paywall. You'll want to share this one. ~Bob. Excerpt: I don't know if we sufficiently understand how weird and strange, how historically unparalleled, this presidency has become. We've got a sitting president who was just judged in a major poll to be the worst since World War II. The worst president in 70 years! Quinnipiac University's respondents also said, by 54% to 44%, that the Obama administration is not competent to run the government

Book Recommendation: Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime. By PC David Copperfield
This well-written, entertaining and very funny book was written by a British Bobby, PC Stuart Davidson, formerly of the Staffordshire Police, about 'Newtown' (actually Burton upon Trent). He had to do his blog, on which this book and a sequel Wasting More Police Time, are based, under a pen name to protect his job. Eventually the brass figured out who he was, but by then he had had a job line up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he is a much happier cop. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_David_Copperfield). It was recommended by British psychiatrist Anthony Daniels (writing as Theodore Dalrymple). Daniels was carrying a copy when he ran into two plainclothes officers. They told him it was a great book. He asked how much was true. "Every word," they replied. This is policing in progressive Britain, where the Bobbies spend 90% of their time doing paperwork to CYA senior officers, filing administrative "detections," and enforcing political correctness, diversity and multiculturalism. The rest they get to spend catching bad guy who get slapped on the wrist or ever in preventing crime. It is a cautionary tale for us. Well worth your time.

Ben Stein: CNN Has 'Flipped Out" In A Leftist Direction
Excerpt: CNN has been transformed from a sober and respected news network into a shrill and biased mouthpiece for liberals, according to actor, author and economist Ben Stein....It wasn't that long ago that they just flipped out in a leftward direction and in a provocative direction and [are] always endlessly, endlessly, endlessly whipping up grievances…. "They just assume the police are wrong, white people are wrong, any Republican is wrong, any businessman is wrong. They just will always play on that nerve." (Welcome to Pravda, USBAR. (US Black American Republic). --Barb)

Time Warner internet outage affects millions of US broadband customers: America’s second biggest internet service provider suffered national outages Wednesday morning
Excerpt: Internet service went down for millions of Americans on Wednesday morning after cable company Time Warner suffered a major outage. The company, which has almost 12m broadband subscribers nationwide, said it was investigating the cause of the outage, which apparently began around4.30am ET. By 6am, it said “services were largely restored”, but an hour later, said it was still “working to restore services to all areas”. By 10am, the company was telling customers the outage had been resolved, but some social media users said access was still spotty. (Yesterday Google reported issues. Today Time Warner....Barb. Thought the Google issues were my computer. ~Bob)

Researchers: Unemployment Rate Higher Than Reported
The second reason is that unemployment numbers are pure BS; we all know it and so too does science: This problem dates back to a 1994 redesign of the survey when it went from paper-based to computer-based, although neither the researchers nor anyone else has been able to offer a reason for why the redesign has affected the numbers. What the researchers found was that, for whatever reason, unemployed workers, who are surveyed multiple times are most likely to respond to the survey when they are first given it and ignore the survey later on.... It also seems to have increased the number of people who once would have been designated as officially unemployed but today are labeled as out of the labor force, which means they are neither working nor looking for work. (So, the government lies, what's new?--Barb. Should report the % of Americans working FT now vs. in 2008. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The leader of a prominent liberal super PAC on Wednesday defended taking money from billionaire George Soros while simultaneously condemning conservatives for benefiting from the fortunes of the Koch Brothers. During a Twitter exchange Wednesday, Brad Woodhouse of the Soros-backed American Bridge 21st Century argued that it is okay for his group to accept money from liberal billionaires because, unlike the Koch Brothers, these donors are “not looking to screw the middle class to enrich themselves.” Conservatives argue that thinking is hypocritical.

Excerpt: Since 2009, President Obama has played 200 rounds of golf. Since that time, Tiger Woods has played 269 rounds. At Obama's current pace, he will soon have played more golf than Tiger Woods!

IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying
Excerpt: The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency. Ms. McGee, who recently gave a speech to the Florida bar titled “When your license to practice before the IRS is on the line,” acknowledged in a phone interview Tuesday that her own job is on the line as she fights disbarment proceedings.

Giant panda 'faked' pregnancy to get treats at Chinese research centre
Welfare state dependency comes to the zoo. ~Bob

'Sons of Guns' canceled after star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor
Excerpt: “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. ... The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series. .. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter. (Just Hollywood sharing their values. Will Whoopi Goldberg defend him, saying it wasn't "Rape rape" as she did about Roman Polanski who raped a drugged 13-year-old? ~Bob)

Welcome to Franklin, Va., population 8,638 — and one mine-resistant vehicle
Excerpt: Not too far from Hampton Roads and just nine miles north of the North Carolina border, the rural city of Franklin, Va., is home to farmland, 8,638 people and one military-grade, mine-resistant vehicle.

Stalin-era mass grave found in Ukrainian castle
Excerpt: Polish and Ukrainian scientists have unearthed a mass grave containing up to a thousand victims of Stalinist terror in a castle once used as a secret police prison. Among the victims found in the grave are Polish soldiers, and the Polish press has already called the find a "new Katyn" in reference to a massacre of thousands of Poles by Stalin in 1940. The Katyn massacre still clouds Polish-Russian relations. (If you don't know, the communists shot Polish officers and NCOs at Katyn so there would be less resistance to the communists in the future. Two other groups of Polish prisoners held by the Soviets simply vanished. One group was traced to a ship going out on the Baltic...~Bob)

Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor 151 years after death at Gettysburg
Excerpt: The White House has announced that a Union Army officer killed at the Battle of Gettysburg will receive the Medal of Honor next month in a White House ceremony. The decision to honor 1st. Lt. Alonzo Cushing, originally of Wisconsin, brings a successful end to a campaign by Cushing's descendants and Civil War buffs that began in the late 1980s with a series of letters to then-Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire. 

Worth Reading: Obama’s Hazy Sense of History. For the president, belief in historical predetermination substitutes for action. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: President Obama doesn’t know much about history. In his therapeutic 2009 Cairo speech, Obama outlined all sorts of Islamic intellectual and technological pedigrees, several of which were undeserved. He exaggerated Muslim contributions to printing and medicine, for example, and was flat-out wrong about the catalysts for the European Renaissance and Enlightenment. He also believes history follows some predetermined course, as if things always get better on their own. (Dr. Hanson is a well-respected and frequently-publshed classical historian. His A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War is terrific. ~Bob)

Ukraine rebel leader reportedly admits thousands of Russians fighting with separatists
Excerpt: A leader of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly has admitted that thousands of Russians have been fighting alongside his troops. Alexander Zakharchenko told Russian television that he estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 Russians had joined the ranks, and claimed that they were either former Russian service members or current military personnel on leave, according to the BBC. However, he also insisted that any Russians who went to flight did so voluntarily and not on orders from superiors in Moscow. (When asked to comment, Obama said, "Let me be clear...hey, look, Ferguson!" ~Bob"

Hillary’s nagging problem. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: As the foreign policy debacles continue to add up, Hillary Clinton’s barriers to the presidency rise. The last time she tried to distance herself from President Obama she went scrambling back, which is not exactly the sort of resoluteness one wants in a commander in chief. (If a former boss can intimidate her, imagine how she’ll fare with presidential-level push-back.) For now she is lying low, but should she come out of hiding, she needs to answer these questions:

National debt has doubled since financial crisis: budget office. By Joseph Lawler
Excerpt: The federal debt this year will be double what it was before the financial crisisCongress’ official budget scorekeeper projected Wednesday morning. The debt is on pace to reach 74 percent of the country’s economic output by the end of the year, double what it was in 2007 and the highest percentage since 1950, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Winter blackouts could hit Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, regional grid operator warns
Excerpt: A repeat of last winter's deep freeze could lead to electricity blackouts in a clutch of states spanning the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic as proposed environmental regulations propel a switch toward natural gas-fired power.

2016: Iowa Poll Shows Huge Lead for... Mitt Romney. By Warner Todd Huston
Excerpt A new poll shows that two-time losing GOP candidate for President Mitt Romney leads in Iowa among candidates for the 2016 nomination.

Chinese Women Soldiers
Of course we take prisoners, Corporal. Why do you ask? ~Bob

Worth Reading: Navy with a mission in mind. By George F. Will 
Excerpt: Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the “near seas,” meaning China’s seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s multiplying preoccupations — CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea. This is designed to prevent incendiary accidents, a topic of special interest during this month’s centennial commemorations of the beginning of a war that, ignited by miscalculations, ruined the 20th century.

FBI Examining Whether Russia Is Tied to JP Morgan Hacking
Excerpt: Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe. ... In one case, the hackers used a software flaw known as a zero-day vulnerability in one of the banks’ websites. They then plowed through layers of elaborate security to steal the data, a feat security experts said appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers. 

Have it His Way. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Like Pfizer and other companies, Burger King has figured out that the quickest way to escape Obama's America is to buy a business in another western nation and order up a new set of letterheads with a foreign address. President Tee-Time will doubtless give a speech at a fundraiser demonizing Burger King and reminding them that in this burg there's only one king and his slogan is "Have it my way!" .... A country that was once a byword for dynamism and energy has chosen not decline but something closer to suicide.

Obama’s use of executive authority is about to become a real political issue. By Aaron Blake
Excerpt: President Obama is weighing a big-time executive action on immigration that has both Democrats and Republicans anxious. He's also pursuing a major international climate-change agreement without ratification by Congress. And it's not yet clear whether the White House will seek congressional authorization for military action in Syria that appears increasingly likely. Yes, we are finally entering into what could be a very big debate about executive authority -- and with the 2014 election just weeks away.

Excerpt: The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans’ benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population. When America re-elected President Barack Obama in 2012, we had not quite reached the point where more than half the country was taking benefits from the federal government. (As I said after the 2012 election, the "loot the future" voters now outnumber us. But the Democrats plan to make a majority government employees or government depended, has a fatal flaw. It will collapse in fiscal ruin. And the country with it. Buy ammo and canned goods. ~Bob)

Race Card News

Omaha Police Chief confirms "COPS" TV crew member killed by 'friendly fire'
Excerpt: In a press conference, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer confirmed those involved in the police shooting that left a suspect and “COPS” TV show crew member dead. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Cortez Washington. (If everyone was white or black, this would be news for two days. The alleged robber, Washington is black and was armed with an airgun that looks very like a semi-auto handgun. If the cops were white, be prepared for another circus...~Bob)


Police fired shot that killed 'Cops' crewmember
Excerpt: hen police confronted the suspect he fired twice, according to witnesses cited by Schmaderer. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, multiple times. One shot also hit Dion.It turned out that shot could not have come from Washington, because the suspect was only armed with an Airsoft pistol, which fires plastic pellets.

"Does Not Appear to be a Hate Crime": 20 Blacks Beat Up 2 Iraq Vets for Being White
http://lastresistance.com/7057/appear-hate-crime-20-blacks-beat-2-iraq-vets-white/
Excerpt: Predictably, the police chief is claiming that this incident is not a hate crime, despite witnesses saying that racial slurs were hurled at the two victims as they were being beaten up. That’s one of the things police look for in determining which crimes are “hate crimes.” If there were racial or other slurs hurled at the victims in the midst of the attack, police would generally designate it a hate crime. Especially if the victims are black, and the suspects are white. If the victims happen to be white and the suspects black, it’s very rare for such an instance to be deemed a hate crime.

Morgan Freeman talks to Mike Wallace about racism.
A shocking point of view for many. --Del

Voters Think Justice Department Motivated Mostly by Politics
Excerpt: Most voters have an unfavorable opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice and think it is more interested in politics than in serving justice. Voters are also strongly opposed to more federal control over their local police. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the Justice Department, while 53% view it unfavorably. (Gee, I can't think why. Maybe they are influenced by the right wing tilt of the mainstream media? ~Bob)

On Sunday night, Ivy League professor Anthea Butler used the MTV Video Music Awards as an occasion to send an odious 101-character text message to the world. Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was frustrated that Ariana Grande won the 2014 award for best pop video for a song called “Problem,” reports Campus Reform. In response, Butler tweeted: “First they shootin us in the streets, and then they taking all the video awards for sorry songs y’all.” (How did the song go? “They have to be carefully taught.” And pay megabucks for it. --Barb. Wonder if she is aware that, according to the FBI, blacks, who make up 13% of the population commit about 53% of the murders, and are twice as likely to kill a white victim as a white person is to kill a black person. But the vast majority of blacks "shot in the streets" are shot by other blacks. No one cares about them. Her twiitter address is @antheabutler. ~Bob)

Norm Pattis: ‘White folks need to learn to just shut up and listen’
No excerpt...just that I'm outraged because I'm not allowed to say anything. I went to integrated schools growing up...in fact, exceptional schools with exceptional students. Success wasn't a surprise...it was expected, no...demanded. Given this environment it's amazing that there was a parallel culture of mediocrity, one that refused to do the hard work and take responsibility, instead spending time dancing, fornicating, and playing basketball. And those were the non-violent ones. Fast forward 40 years, and 55 years into the war on poverty, 3 generations of feral children, and now I'm not allowed to talk. --George

Would It Kill You to Hire More Black Cops? (Yes). By Ann Coulter 
Excerpt: As Brown may or may not have said seconds before his death: I give up.
If the Ferguson police are forced to hire more minorities and women for the sake of diversity, the one thing we can be sure of is that more black people will be murdered, raped and assaulted.
Someone’s got to say it, so it might as well be me: I’m against more black people being murdered, raped and assaulted.

Rev. Al Gets It Right. By Michael Reagan
Excerpt: This time Sharpton is being criticized by other blacks – liberal blacks – who didn’t like the tough sermon he preached at Michael Brown’s funeral on Monday. Sharpton’s fiery eulogy was not the familiar Gospel of the Rev. Al. ... But after calling for major reforms in policing, Sharpton pulled a switcheroo. He pointedly condemned the violence and rioting that came in response to Brown’s death.

Cnn Now Worried Ferguson Shooting Audio Is Hoax
Excerpt: What a difference a day makes. The language coming from "New Day" anchor Michaela Pereira Wednesday morning is much more cautious. "Do you think it's authentic?" she squeaked to two law enforcement experts, both of whom believe it is a hoax:

Another Ferguson? Wait, Wrong Race, No Interest. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: Why has there been no media interest in the police shooting of an apparently unarmed suspect in Salt Lake City? (Black writer. ~Bob)

A problem bigger than Ferguson: Defiant black youth tangling with cops often come from fatherless families. By Dr. Ben Carson
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/26/carson-a-problem-bigger-than-ferguson/
Excerpt: Once we get the most powerful economic engine the world has ever seen back on track with sensible economic policies, we should devote some of the tax revenues generated to child care facilities, which will allow many of those unwed mothers to get their General Education Development or higher degree and become self-supporting. There are also a number of programs across the nation that offer free classes that teach social and job skills, which will give many of the young men some different options. ....We have a social crisis brewing if we continue down the path we are on now, but we have the power to change our downward course with true compassion that allows people to rise and escape dependency.

Obamacare News

IRS Struggling to Figure Out Which Companies Owe This Obamacare Tax
Excerpt: Internal Revenue Service officials must enforce a new Obamacare tax designed to collect money from medical device manufacturers, but they’re losing money because they don’t know which companies even qualify for the tax, a new audit shows. On top of that, the IRS wrongly penalized more than 200 of these companies for not paying their taxes when, in fact, they did pay, the audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports.

Undocumented Democrat News

Worth Reading: Obama’s immigration decision could roil 2014 election. By Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa
Excerpt: Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could change the course of November’s midterm elections. In the past few days, Democratic candidates in nearly every closely fought Senate race have criticized the idea of aggressive action by Obama. Some strategists say privately that it would signal that he has written off the Democrats’ prospects for retaining control of the chamber, deciding to focus on securing his legacy instead. (Keep in mind that, by assuming that he alone has the power to legalize millions of people who entered the country illegally, Obama's taking another hatchet to the concept of checks and balances in the Constitution. Just yesterday we learned this White House asserts it can join international treaties that the U.S. Senate will not ratify. Don't take it from me; take it from the New York Times staff: -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

Obama’s Illegals Swamp Blue-Collar City in Massachusetts
Excerpt: President Barack Obama is dumping hundreds of Guatemalan migrants into the blue-collar town of LynnMass., boosting its education costs, forcing cuts in government services, and helping raise rental prices for Americans, according to the city’s mayor. Many “are illiterate in both English and Spanish [and] the odds of us getting them to pass a 10th grade math test are negligible,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy, the mayor of Lynn, told reporters Aug. 27. Most of the city’s residents “are very afraid to speak publicly about it, because they don’t want to be branded as a racist,” Kennedy said. (Racist? What about all the people who obeyed the law and emigrated legally, paying all the fees, getting the inoculations, filling out all the forms….So it is okay for some to break the law and others who follow the law are fools? One of my favorites: “Thomas More: ... And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you--where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast--man's laws, not God's--and if you cut them down, ... d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.” ― Robert BoltA Man for All Seasons --Barb)

Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled in Public Schools. By Penny Starr
Excerpt: The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Muscatine woman pleads guilty in voter fraud case
Excerpt: Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales initially was charged with felony election misconduct after registering and voting as a non-U.S. citizen. ... Her case was part of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's statewide investigation in voter fraud that concluded earlier this year. The effort, conducted with investigators from the Iowa of Criminal Investigation, resulted in evidence of 117 illegally cast votes, charges filed in a few dozen cases and, to date, fewer than 10 criminal convictions. It cost $250,000. (Tweet said she was an illegal. Nothing in the story about that either way, of course. ~Bob)

Excerpt: On Monday, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto called on other states to “evolve” like California so the United States can be more like his home country. Appearing with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown in Los Angeles, Peña Nieto called for amnesty legislation and more open borders while blasting governors who have taken a tough stance on illegal immigration. “This is the other Mexico,” Peña Nieto reportedly “said of the United States, which is property to an estimated 11 million Mexican immigrants,” according to the Los Angeles Times. (So, we should have immigration--and voter ID--laws like Mexico has? ~Bob)

"You're Greener Than Gore" News

One Democrat's gamble on climate change
Excerpt: This Rust Belt state is one of the last places you might expect to wage a winning Senate campaign by trumpeting climate change to liberals at Netroots Nation and boasting about voting for cap and trade. But Michigan Democrat Gary Peters is making the climate cause a central message in his neck-and-neck Senate campaign, in a state that for decades built gas-guzzling cars into a foundation of the U.S. economy.

Excerpt: Can’t get two-thirds of the Senate to approve a bit of Green Legislation you favor? No problem! Just pretend that the United States of America is subject not to its Constitution but to the transnational organization of gangsters, kleptocracies, and Third-World dictatorships known as the Untied Nations.

Important: EPA Chief: CO2 Regulations Are About ‘Justice’ For ‘Communities Of Color’
http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/27/epa-chief-co2-regulations-are-about-justice-for-communities-of-color/#ixzz3Bele4A6X
Excerpt: “Asthma disproportionately affects African-American kids,” McCarthy added. “In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those numbers go up from there.” “These standards are also doing more than to just address public health. By the time these standards are fully in place in 2030, the average household will also save $8 a month on electricity and create thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas,” McCarthy said. (Yeah, and your health insurance costs will be lower; you can keep your doctor; and the Community Regime will decrease the # of white carbon units taking up space, eating and emiting CO2. But it won’t affect you if your are a “person of color.” Oh, and a lot with a sink hole is prime real estate….Very scary logic. Talk about hate speech. --Barb. And the higher energy costs will hit the poor, including persons of color [colored persons?] hardest as heating, gas, food and everything else go up. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

A year-long fight against the forces of darkness By Ahmed Khalaf Al-Dulaimi 
Ahmed Khalaf Al-Dulaimi is governor of Iraq’s Anbar province. He can be reached at samaanbar44@gmail.com or on twitter at @Ahmed_Alduliami.
Excerpt: For about a year, Anbar has been fighting a fierce war against the terrorism of the Islamic State. This is a war begun on the timing and terms of the forces of darkness, but we are determined to end it in a way and at a time of our choosing — once we have rid the world of this tyranny. We are fighting this war to defend the right of all humanity, and not only Iraqis, to live in peace, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

Child marriage is tragic consequence of Syrian conflict
Excerpt: The crisis in Syria has killed thousands, displaced millions and like many conflicts before it, increased the rate of child marriage dramatically, according to a disturbing study recently released by Save the Children. (Just following the example of Mohammad, who according to the Holy Qur'an is the prefect example of conduct for all Muslims. The sacred Hadith say he married his youngest wife when she was six, consummated the marriage when he was nine. Remember, all cultures have equal value--who are we to judge pedophilia. ~!Bob)
Excerpt: The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. (Yet another good reason to hammer ISIS until nothing moves on the ground. Most of these murders will survive a "proportional response" to come home. ~Bob)

Man Threatens to Murder Children Due to Israel-Hamas Conflict
Excerpt: An Ohio school was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a man with a “heavy accent” phoned the school and threatened to murder children with an AK-47 due to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to local police.

Excerpt: As Boko Haram has continued to unleash its violence across northern Nigeria, the group seems to be gaining ground. Under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram has evolved from a terrorist group into an insurgency that seeks to establish an Islamic state. And Boko Haram's tactics have changed accordingly, from smash and dash attacks, killing thousands, into attempts to grab and hold territory.

CAIR Lawyer Ponders Outlandish US/Mossad Conspiracy Theory. By Ravi Kumar
Excerpt: Lena Masri, a CAIR attorney in Detroit, linked from her Facebook page Aug. 22 to an article by Iran's official news agency, IRNA, about ISIS and its rise to prominence. Among its claims, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, "is really Simon Elliot, a Jewish agent for the Zionist intelligence agency Mossad."

The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns. By Raymond Ibrahim 
Excerpt: Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been acting—whether Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Mesopotamia’s Islamic State, Somalia’s Shabaab—perhaps few things are as disgusting and cowardly as the Muslim rape of nuns: defenseless Christian women who sacrifice much of their lives to help sick and needy Muslims.

American ISIS Supporter Plotted to Blow Up ‘Zionist’ Day Care. By Lloyd Billingsley
Excerpt: Teausant told the reporters that while living in Montana he met a beautiful Muslim woman who would speak only to Muslim men. That spurred his interest in Islam, but it wasn’t only romantic. The zealous convert came to believe his daughter’s day care center was “Zionist.” He wanted to blow it up but claims he told the informant he would only bomb the place when nobody was there. Teausant doesn’t recall discussing any bomb attacks in Los Angeles but on fighting overseas he showed good recall. The newly minted Muslim soon became convinced that the government of Syria needed to be taken down.

Egypt Investigating Morsi for Handing Over Documents to Qatar
Excerpt: The former leader is suspected of providing "documents relevant to national security to Qatar via the Qatari Al-Jazeera chain when he was president of the republic (...), damaging the country's national security", said MENA.... Al Jazeera, which is owned by the government of Qatar, has been called "the Muslim Brotherhood channel" and has been blamed for stirring up much of the violence that has rocked the Middle East in recent years and is often referred to as the “Arab Spring.” The governments of Saudi ArabiaBahrain, and the United Arab Emirates recently withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar, in protest over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, especially in Egypt. (But POTUS and Kerry using Qatar versus Egypt as diplomatic channel. Media silent. Remember, MB welcomed to WH. --Barb)

The Only JayVee Player on the Court. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: If there is a JV player on the court at the moment, if you ask Putin, if you ask the mullahs, if you ask the Chinese Politburo, if you ask ISIS, if you ask every rinky-dink jihadist on the outskirts of Benghazi who the JV player is on court, they're going to have no problem telling you it's President Obama. A man who's shredded American foreign policy and left Al Qaeda, ISIS, and its affiliates running around, gamboling across a vast swathe of territory from West Africa to Afghanistan - that's the JV player on the court today.

Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
Excerpt: In particular, it included a short snippet of a stand-up performance during which Williams borrows a pink scarf from an audience member in the front row and wraps its round his head to simulate a Hijab, or Islamic headscarf. ... "I would like to welcome you to Iran… Help me!" he cries. Viewers participating over Twitter were quick to criticise the inclusion of the joke as "racist": (Islam is the only race you can join by making a simple statement of faith: "There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his (last) prophet." ~Bob)

Spanish Cleric: 'Allah Destroy the Jews, Spare None of Them'

Excerpt: In a recent Friday sermon by a Muslim cleric in Azuqueca De HenaresSpain, the rampant anti-Semitism palpable in that country was put on display in rare fashion. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Monday translated the speech by Sheikh Saleheoldine El Moussaoui, who concluded his words with the rousing prayer: "Oh Allah, destroy the plundering Jews...count them one by one and do not spare a single one of them.".... However, the outpouring of hatred against Jews does not seem to keep Spain from being in the sights of the extremist Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), which vowed last month that it would take over Israel, Rome and Spain.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today's Interesting Political News and Comment

Update

I was going to post last night, but couldn't get on BlogSpot. Google problems. Finally rebooting fixed it.

Still off O2, at 96% to 99% oxygen sats around the house, dropped to 91%-92% in last few minutes on treadmill Monday. Coughed only a little Monday and popped that back muscle spasm for the 4th time. Not as bad as the other three. Was able to do FEV numbers--and the average was over 1.50 LPS yesterday.

Britnye's dad coming for a visit today, staying for a week, so I may be busier than usual.

L (prefers not to use full name), whose story I posted in the blog has been going down hill, needs another kidney. And our friend Joe, from PA, who got a lung last August, was just diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer, can't do chemo because of the lung. Likely related to the immune suppressant drugs. He was doing great, a poster boy for transplants. Please add L, Joe and Brenda (Joe's wife) to your prayer list. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Important: Judicial Watch: Federal Attorney Says Backup Of Lois Lerner Emails Exist
Excerpt: Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system. (Onerous for whom? ~Bob)

Excerpt: Judicial Watch announced the following developments in the IRS’ missing emails investigation. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated: Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. ... There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. (As Bob would say, "Show me your shocked face." So, who stands up for truth, law and justice, since the DOJ is stonewalling a la orders? --Barb)

Excerpt: The Democratic National Committee is going after Ben Carson — who won a presidential straw poll of Republican voters in Iowa over the weekend — by drawing attention to colorful remarks made by the neurosurgeon. On Monday, the DNC sent a short email to reporters about “Ben Carson’s 2016 Momentum.” ...The DNC then drew attention to previous headlines about Carson, including “Ben Carson: Obamacare worst thing ‘since slavery’” and “Ben Carson: America’s now ‘very much like Nazi Germany.’”

Playing the Game Badly. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: For example, when Maj. Gen. Harold Greene died, the Secretary of Defense did attend the funeral. Gen. Greene was the first General killed in combat since Vietnam. The SecDef needed to be there. But the President probably didn’t need to be fist bumping on the golf course while this was going on. Given the situation in Ferguson, MO, it made sense for the President to have someone at Michael Brown’s funeral service. But it also made sense to have someone at James Foley’s memorial service. After all, the President had just had a terrible couple of days in the news for looking angrily into a camera to denounce Mr. Foley’s decapitation, then rushing to a golf course. (NPD--he doesn't care about anyone, including Democrats, except Obama. ~Bob)

Dear Millennials: Hollywood, Your Favorite Bands, and Your College Professors Have Been Lying To You About Life. By John Hawkins
Excerpt: I feel sorry for Millennials. We are leaving them an almost insurmountable debt, an American Dream that seems tarnished, and chances are, they're not going to have it as good as their parents. However, we've done something even worse to these kids. We've left far too much of their education in life to Hollywood, musicians, and college professors who've passed on a skewed view of the world.

Do We Have a Sociopath in the White House? By Wayne Root
Excerpt: Either Obama is detached and just couldn’t care less…or he just doesn’t like America very much, so he’s purposely fiddling while Rome burns....This is most certainly “The Murder of the Middle Class.” And the death of America. (I don't think the writer is qualified to diagnose, certainly not long distance, Neither am I, but my best guess would be NPD--Narcissistic Personality Disorder. ~Bob)

Interesting History: France's Troubled Liberation. By Alan Riding
Excerpt: But in one high profile arena, that of media, culture and entertainment, the myth of la France résistante was harder to sustain because so many well-known writers, artists and singers had worked under German rules in full view of the public. And this in a country where intellectuals and artists have long claimed the right to pontificate on all topics from the moral high ground. What every Parisian knew — and usually applauded — was that within months of the fall of France, the city’s cultural life was once again buzzing (albeit with Jewish artists first excluded and later persecuted).

Feds creating database to track hate speech on Twitter
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” (So POTUS, FLOTUS, DOJ, Lerner, Sharpton, Jackson, Politico, Soros-funded media attack groups, Reid, Pelosi (She spit in the House, remember) et al will be listed? Yeah, when a warm place freezes over or when Obama quits playing golf. The rub is in who determines "what" is hate speech. USSR here we are. Or the IV Reich. What happened to "freedom of speech" in the Constitution? Gone with the Wind. Maybe ISIS is right; we are "sheeple." Who is paying for this censorship that is supposed to "preserve open debate"? --Barb. Well, I'm sure some kinds of hate speech will still be protected by the First Amendment, like calls to murder Jews, Christians, whites, rednecks, Tea Party members, etc. ~Bob)

Be Very Suspicious of Obama’s Detached Appearance
Excerpt: There’s a Politico story. Again, it’s about Obama going to play golf so soon after delivering the fake speech on Jim Foley. And here’s the telltale line. Again, from the perspective that Obama hasn’t checked out, that this is a ruse, that this is a camouflage, Obama is simply appearing detached and checked out to lull everybody to sleep so that they’re not awake enough to see just how much he is doing, and I think, folks, you had better pay attention. (I think he's the first it's-all-about-me president, just doesn't care what anyone thinks. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The Republican Racist Myth. By Mona Charen 
Excerpt: Well, the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat in 2010 by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority Democrat) for violating 11 ethics rules and “bringing discredit to the House.” The New York Times called it a “staggering fall” for the senior Democrat. But fall-schmall, he’s since been reelected and will retire at his leisure. While chatting with Brian Lamb, Rangel dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. This isn’t to pick on Rangel. He’s just illustrative.

Worth Reading: The Madness of 2008: A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership.

Wake Up, Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservatives. The GOP isn’t the political party in debt denial. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: When George W. Bush added nearly $5 trillion in national debt in two terms you were scandalized. When Obama added more than that in one term, you yawned. When, in 2006, then-senator Obama condemned Bush’s failure of leadership and vowed to vote against raising the debt ceiling, you thought him a statesman. Obama, who wants to borrow trillions more, now admits that was purely a “political vote.” Yet when Republicans actually have the courage of Obama’s own convictions, you condemn them.

The college majors most and least likely to lead to underemployment
Excerpt: Employees with degrees in fields like English, general studies, and graphic design are among the most likely to report feeling "underemployed" at their current jobs. This is according to a recent survey of 68,000 workers by salary information firm PayScale. (Worth sharing with your high school or college student. A woman wrote to my blog a year or so ago, complaining that she had two master's degrees and was ABD for a PhD. "Let me guess in what," I replied. Sure enough, they were in social work and education. I explained the law of supply and demand to her. ~Bob

If Britain were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest, behind Alabama and before Mississippi. By Hunter Schwarz
Excerpt: The ranking, determined by Fraser Nelson, an editor of The Spectator magazine, was made by dividing the gross domestic product of each state by its population, and it took into account purchasing power parity for cost of living. Several other European countries were also included in the ranking. (Well, British Progressives have a head start on US Progressives in the fundamental transformation of Britain. Suggested reading: Life at the Bottom by Dr. Anthony Daniels, British psychiatrist who writes as Theodore Dalrymple. ~Bob)

Interesting: The 10 things we know 10 weeks before Election Day. By Chris Cillizza
Excerpt: With just 10 weeks separating us from our favorite biennial event, let's go through 10 things -- 10 weeks, 10 things....get it? -- that I think we know about the midterm election to come. They're listed in no particular order.

Juncker tells EU leaders to pick more female Commission candidates
Excerpt: Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, is urging EU member states to pick more female candidates to serve on his top team. (because, as every Progressive knows, you always get better people when you select based on gender, race or ethnicity than when you select based on character, experience and ability. The KKK would agree. ~Bob)

Important: Does democracy cause pension mismanagement?
Excerpt: Red states’ pension management records can be just as irresponsible as blue states’, to be sure. But a new paper suggests that the real threat may come from purple America. The University of Michigan’s Sutirtha Bagchi lays out a carefully quantified case that fiscal irresponsibility stems from too much political competition, not its lack. Bagchi compares data on 2,000 local pension plans in Pennsylvania with the vote shares each political party received in these same localities, for all major state and national races held between 1980 and 2009. (Vote buying by both parties...we are doomed. ~Bob)
Lost in America. By Frank Bruni
Excerpt: More and more I’m convinced that America right now isn’t a country dealing with a mere dip in its mood and might. It’s a country surrendering to a new identity and era, in which optimism is quaint and the frontier anything but endless. There’s a feeling of helplessness that makes the political horizon, including the coming midterm elections, especially unpredictable. Conventional wisdom has seldom been so useless, because pessimism in this country isn’t usually this durable or profound. (Despair and pessimism are where progressive states go. reading Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple or Wasting Police Time by PC David Copperfield shows that Britain is far ahead of us. ~Bob)

Excerpt: I really like National Public Radio....and I like Public Television too. They are the only source I've found that is willing to spend the time to discuss an issue in detail. Yes, I know that 90 percent of the time they are championing liberal causes, but at least they are talking about it! So, as most of you know Burger King is planning to leave the U.S. for Canada. The King is telling Prince Obama that he's had enough of America's 35% corporate tax rate and find Canada's 15% tax rates far more friendly for the corporate bottom line. (Haven't gone into a Burger King even for coffee since they killed a veterans' documentary unfriendly to Kerry by pulling ads from the program during the 2004 election. They reap what they sow. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The Democrats’ corporate hero, Warren Buffett, is playing a part in American-based Burger King buying Canadian-based Tim Horton’s. Naturally the Democrat supporter is going to heed President Obama’s call for “economic patriotism” and move Tim Horton’s HQ to the U.S. so the company can pay more taxes in the states, right? Actually, it’s going to end up the other way around:

Worth Reading: Blacks Must Confront Reality. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn't, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let's pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.
In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today it's close to 70 percent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. (Dr. Williams is a black economist, former department head at George Mason University, grew up in a poor, black project in Philly. I recommend his autobiography, Up from the Projects. ~Bob)

Rick Perry Puts Out Most Brilliant Political Ad Ever
http://politicaloutcast.com/2014/08/rick-perry-puts-brilliant-political-ad-ever/
Excerpt: Rick Perry’s Super PAC is now selling $25 t-shirts with his mugshot on the front.
“Wanted for securing the border and defeating Democrats,” the front of the shirt reads.
On the back is the mugshot of Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County District Attorney that Perry asked to step down after she was arrested and accused of drunk driving in 2013. 

US Military Blows Up Hypersonic Weapon After Failed Test Launch
Excerpt: The U.S. Army launched a prototype hypersonic weapon test from Alaska on Monday (Aug. 25), only to destroy the superfast vehicle seconds later when something went wrong. The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, as it is called, blasted off from Alaska's Kodiak Launch Complex just after 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT) on Monday, but was commanded to explode as a safety measure when an anomaly was detected in the test flight. (Photo of explosion included. --Barb)

Ferguson News

I suspected this one: Sadly Believable Satire Story Fools Me
Excerpt: Ok, they did it again and got me. I regret to inform you that the story below was from a satire site. I try to be careful about such things, but sometimes in my haste to get you the most news in a timely manner, something slips though. I apologize and hope you will accept this correction. The sad part was that it really wasn’t out of the realm of believability for Holder. ... Ferguson Gang Leader Admits “Eric Holder Paid Us To Start Riots” (This story was in my last post. I was suspicious, labeled it "Needs confirmation." Apparently from a "satire" site, though not very funny. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Facts vs. Visions. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain.

White Marine Brutally Beaten by Black Mob, In Apparent ‘Revenge’ Attack for Ferguson
Excerpt: A White former Marine suffered a severe brain injury after a group of Black men beat him at a Mississippi restaurant in an apparent ‘revenge’ attack for the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.... Weems was already inside the resturant when Knighten was approached by another patron who said the men should leave since a group of Black diners were “upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn’t a safe place for whites,” Knighten told the Associated Press. ... Police spokesperson said: the attack “does not appear to be a hate crime.”

Funeral Pastors Compare Michael Brown’s Death To Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion [VIDEO]
http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/25/funeral-pastors-compare-michael-browns-death-to-jesus-christs-crucifixion-video/#ixzz3BUk02Mdi
A crowd of family, friends, music stars, civil rights leaders and preachers gathered at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the memorial of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old robbery suspect who was fatally shot by local police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made parallels of his nephew’s life and that of the life of Jesus Christ. (I had dinner out last night and the restaurant had one TV on CNN which I never watch. It took me 1 hour to finish my meal. The coverage was on Brown and his funeral; 2 minutes or so on the damage in Napa, maybe 5 minutes on maybe knowing who is the British dude that cut off Foley's head, and then the rest of the time reverted to race-baiting coverage. --Barb. Jesus was no thug. --JB)

The Lie Behind the Lynch Mob. By John Perazzo
Excerpt: The study did not distinguish between whites and Hispanics,[2] but instead categorized all members of those two demographics as “white.” So, for the moment, let’s refer to this group as “W&H” (Whites & Hispanics) rather than “whites.” During the course of the entire 23-year period examined in the study, 56% of all suspects killed by police were W&H, and 42% were black. Over time, W&H constituted an ever-increasing percentage of those who were killed by police: In 1978, they accounted for 50% of all such killings. By 1988 that figure had climbed to 59%, and by 1998 it stood at 62%. ... In 1998 specifically, 3.2 out of every 10,000 black officers killed a black suspect sometime that year, whereas only 1.4 out of every 10,000 W&H officers killed a black suspect.

Barack Obama: President of the United States of Black America
Excerpt: Dillon Taylor, 20, who is from Salt Lake, was exiting 7-Eleven with his brother and cousin, Adam Thayne, around 7 p.m. on Monday, when Salt Lake City police arrived, responding to a report of a man waving a gun in the area. The officers ordered the men to the ground. (Report I heard on Mark Levin last night commented on this case and the disparity of WH and DOJ and NAACP response. Dillon was about to become a father. He and his brothers were reportedly on their way to visit their parents' graves. Dillon had ear phones in and did not hear the cop's demands initially, as his brothers did. He reached to pull his pants up and remove his cell phone and was shot to death. Where are the white folks screaming and looting? The title of this article says it all. And who wants USBA? The New Black Panthers, folks. Read their documents. We don't have to have ISIS infiltrators though no doubt here. They are organized in the Community, fanned with race hate and primed to go for that ultimate transformation. --Barb)

.Excerpt: There is always racism everywhere, but America may be the least racist country on earth. For black people to think otherwise is to believe lies created to keep a narrative in place. The narrative gives the people who create it power and an appearance of virtue — Holder, Sharpton, Jackson, the news media and the rest. (As my friend John, a black Marine combat vet of Vietnam said to me, "Bob, there's a lot wrong with America. But if you don't like it here, if it's not working for you, why wouldn't you go live someplace else?" ~Bob

Worth Reading: Cop Block
Excerpt: Does anyone remember Detective Melvin Santiago? He was a Jersey City police officer who was shot to death just a month ago, on July 13th. Santiago was white. His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black. Does anyone recall Obama appearing before national television and calling for justice for Officer Santiagos family? Does anyone recall Eric Holder rushing to Jersey City to see that justice was done? ... Over the past 60 days, there have been five reported deaths of police officers by gunshot in the US. Of those, four were white officers who were murdered by black men. Blacks complain that white officers threat black men more aggressively on the street. You can draw your own conclusions on that one, as well.

Obamacare News

Obamacare curveball : Sign of the times: The Cubs' rain-delay disaster was due, in part, to the health-care law
Excerpt: Turns out, the damage done to the field wasn’t just the result of typical Cubby incompetence. Earlier that night, Cubs management had sent home 10 workers, in part to keep them under 30 hours a week — and avoid paying health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
Which is exactly what’s happening in business after business across America.

Medical Device Tax Not Producing Projected Revenue
Excerpt: One of the many new taxes in the Affordable Care Act is the Medical Device Tax, a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales. Before the law was implemented, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimated that it would take in $1.2 billion from the new tax in 2013. But according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the government took in just $913.4 million, 23 percent less than the IRS had expected. Kyle Pomerleau, an economist at the Tax Foundation, explains what the tax covers: pacemakers and defibrillators, for example, are taxed, while eyeglasses and other direct consumer purchases are not. That might seem simple, but the tax is actually quite complicated: The tax includes a number of exemptions and safe harbors, making applicability confusing for businesses and manufacturers.

Excerpt: Medicare Advantage consists of private plans in which Medicare beneficiaries can choose to enroll. They were made more popular by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, which also introduced Medicare’s drug benefit (Part D). If not for Medicare Advantage, beneficiaries would be stuck in the traditional Medicare Part A (physician) and Part B (hospital) plans, where the federal government determines how much to pay providers according to bureaucratic formulae. It’s sort of like Gosplan, the old Soviet economic pricing and planning mechanism. To escape this fate, one third of Medicare beneficiaries now choose Medicare Advantage plans. Obamacare (“the ACA”) was supposed to squeeze those seniors out of their plans in order to finance Obamacare. However, when the time came, the Administration balked. Meghan McCarthy of Morning Consult explains this “Potomac Two-Step“:

You're Greener than Gore News

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
Excerpt: In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. (Look at how these people speak. If you cannot get the Senate to ratify a treaty (technically, passing a resolution of ratification), then the United States is not a party to that treaty. Period. Full stop. The Constitution is not iffy on this. This part is not a suggestion. There is no wiggle room. There are a lot of nonsensical or highly exaggerated chain e-mails accusing the president of working with foreigners to subvert the U.S. Constitution. But this time you've got the foreigners and administration officials themselves confirming it on the front page of the New York Times! -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

Excerpt: Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Undocumented Democrat News

Gov. Jerry Brown to Illegals: ‘You’re All Welcome in California
Excerpt: On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. (With taxpayers fleeing the state, who will provide them with food, shelter and health care? Go look in the mirror--or, rather, at your grandkids. ~Bob)


Religion of Peace News

Interesting: Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.
Excerpt: Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts. ... The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines. (Why would they tell Obama, knowing he favors the Muslim Brotherhood? WE have no influence now, Obama having alienated all sides there. ~Bob)

Interesting: A Necessary Response to ISIS. By The NYT Editorial Board
Sounds like they are calling for "A Coalition of the Willing." ~Bob. Excerpt: The United States cannot go it alone in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group known as ISIS whose ruthlessness and killing has dumbfounded and horrified the civilized world. American airstrikes and other assistance from the United States have brought some measure of relief to religious minorities and others that ISIS has threatened. But defeating, or even substantially degrading, ISIS will require an organized, longer-term response involving a broad coalition of nations, including other Muslim countries, and addressing not only the military threat but political and religious issues. (Holy Schmoley, Batman, even the NEW YORK TIMES editors have figured out that ISIS is a real problem for everyone, and something really, really must be done to smash them, and that (here's the real kicker) some Muslim countries need to get on this bandwagon too, and with more than rhetoric. When I see this, I actually have hope that maybe this will catch on, and more European nations will really pony up serious support and, best of all, some Muslim nations will at the least stop supporting these maniacs, and maybe a few others will do something, however modest, even more significant. These nutcases can be beaten, they are not all-powerful, they don't have 100K trained men and full capacity in artillery or air power, and a really determined, will supplied, well led, coalition of Kurds, Iraquis, and just maybe a few others, with total air support, satellite spy availability, etc, can break them, start them running, and chase them until they drop. We can all hope for this. --Del)

Worth Reading: If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take: Killing the Islamic State requires neither more nor less than waging war. By Angelo Codevilla
Excerpt: The Islamic State’ video-dissemination of one of its goons beheading an American is an existential challenge from which we cannot afford to shrink. Until the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) did that, it made sense for the U.S. government to help contain it because the Islamic world, which the IS threatens most directly, must destroy it sooner or later. But internetting that beheading was a gory declaration of America’s impotence—a dare-by-deed that is sure to move countless young persons around the globe to get in on killing us, anywhere they can. The longer the Islamic State survives, the more will take up its dare. Either we kill the IS, or we will deserve the wave of terrorism that will engulf us. (Wow... beautiful, just beautiful. But with this President, chances run from slim to none. Closer to none. --Del)

SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to 'smash Islamic State'
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/sas-special-forces-forming-hunter-4097083#ixzz3BLSltSjC
Excerpt: Elite British and US special forces troops are forming a hunter killer unit called Task Force Black – its orders: “Smash the Islamic State.” The undercover warriors will aim to “cut the head off the snake” by hitting the command structure of the Islamist terror group responsible for a trail of atrocities across Iraq and Syria, reports the Sunday People. (And they will do it wearing flip-flops, to keep Obama's "No boots on the ground" pledge. ~Bob)

American woman is being held hostage in Syria
Excerpt: The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria
Excerpt: Photos of McCain's passport and of his body -- which feature a distinctive neck tattoo -- have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle. (If you made up a name like that for a novel, no one would believe it. What a name or a California multiculturalist! ~Bob)

Obama's Iraqi Mission Impossible
Excerpt: Anthony Shaffer, a former lieutenant-colonel in US military intelligence who worked on covert operations, said: “I’m told it was almost a 30-day delay from when they said they wanted to go to when he finally gave the green light. They were ready to go in June to grab the guy [Foley] and they weren’t permitted.” Another US defence source said: "..../. These people are a bunch of academics who endlessly analyse stuff and ordering up another deep-thinking paper but can't decide what to order for lunch."

Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law
Excerpt: "Allah has granted us success in Gwoza because we have risen to do Allah's work," Shekau says, reading out a statement off a notebook, with two masked gunmen on each side of him and three four wheel drive vehicles behind him in thinly forested bush. "Allah commands us to rule Gwoza by Islamic law. In fact, he commands us to rule the rest of the world, not only Nigeria, and now we have started."

Nigerian troops cross border after Boko Haram clashes
Excerpt: Reports claimed that the troops had joined thousands of citizens fleeing the fighting, but Nigeria said they were conducting a "tactical manoeuvre". Clashes are said to be continuing in the border town of Gamboru Ngala.

European anti-Semitism: it is the new black
Excerpt: A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi: ... Which translated into English means roughly:
ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s a preconceived plan by Zionists who want to deliberately blacken Islam’s name. Who is Yasmina Haifi? She’s an official at the Dutch Ministry of Justice who serves as project leader at the NetherlandsNational Cyber Security Center. And she thinks Isis is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad.

Fears for Saudi Christian converts
Excerpt: Friends of Christian convert Khalid Muidh Alzahrani fear the refugee has been abducted from his Christchurch flat and taken back to Saudi Arabia – home to the Islamic holy city of Mecca – where it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith. Two Saudi Arabian asylum seekers at opposite ends of the country have suddenly flown home, and friends are convinced they have been forcibly repatriated because they'd turned their backs on Islam. Tony Wall and Blair Ensor investigate. (Muhammad commanded: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). --Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org.)

Muslim toddlers being taught to admire Jihad by practicing beheading on their dolls
 Excerpt: Warning over radicalisation of children as jihadi Twitter pictures show a young boy ‘executing’ a doll dressed in orange in scenes that mock murder of James Foley.

Prominent Islamic Cleric Justifies Foley Beheading: “Islam is a Religion of Beheading”
http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/08/prominent-islamic-cleric-justifies-foleys-beheading-islam-religion-beheading/
Excerpt: If you recall, we covered a Muslim imam who described how to kill the infidels, telling his disciples to enjoy themselves while cutting the throats of their enemies. Now, jihadi cleric Hussein bin Mahmoud claims "Islam is a religion of beheading. "It's not that we needed this cleric to tell us this, but once again, I don't see Muslims out in the streets in mass saying this is not so. In fact, the silence of their opposition to any of what Islamists are doing throughout the world is deafening. Their silence is complicity. (The moderates are unarmed and scared. A few brave ones speak out--have had their stories in the blog. ~Bob)

Hollywood Condemns Muhammad
Excerpt: Nearly 200 people from the entertainment industry (including Sylvester StalloneArnold Schwarzenegger, and many others) have signed a statement condemning the seventh article of the charter of Hamas as an "ideology of hatred and genocide." ... Interestingly, the quotation from article seven was taken directly from Muhammad himself. Hence, all of these entertainers have condemned Muhammad, Islam, and the Quran.

The Truth About CAIR

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Suspect says he murdered New Jersey teen as revenge for U.S. military killings in Middle East: police
Excerpt: Ali Muhammad Brown is accused of killing a 19-year-old in New Jersey and three men in Washington State. According to court documents, the 29-year-old claimed he wanted to kill the teen as an act of 'vengeance' to retaliate for U.S. military action in the Middle East.

44% Blame U.S. Policies for Worsening Relations with Islamic World
Excerpt: Voter perceptions of U.S.-Islamic relations continue to deteriorate since President Obama’s highly publicized speech in Cairo, Egypt five years ago reaching out to the Islamic world. Many blame recent U.S. policies for that. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only nine percent (9%) of Likely U.S. Voters think U.S. relations with the Islamic world are better now than they were five years ago. 

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds
Excerpt: Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said. ... Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist” The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled "racist" if they focused on victims' descriptions of the majority of abusers as "Asian" men. (Where we are headed. ~Bob)


Excerpt: If the estimate turns out to be correct, Sweden’s population will increase by a million people within five years. Now Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (M) acknowledges for the first time that mass immigration is not profitable for the Swedes….(Where we are headed. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Recently a Muslim participating in an Arabic talk show put the Swedish police on alert as he exclaimed that “Until the day we die, we will engage in war against Sweden and Europe.” Asked about receiving welfare from the Swedish infidels, he answered: “No. It is not their money, the money can only come from god.”


Excerpt: One of the goons threw a water bottle that hit the wife, and the 27-year-old husband was punched in the side of his head when he came to her defense, according to law enforcement sources.