Saturday, September 29, 2012

Five worst new taxes

Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013....

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Cold War story

He was the man who saved the world by single-handedly averting World War Three five decades ago, yet he died humiliated, outcast and an unknown. Only now has his story has come to light.

A documentary shown tonight told how for 13 days during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, the world held its breath as the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. stood on the brink of nuclear war.

At the height of the Cold War, when paranoia on both sides meant the slightest provocation could spark nuclear war, four submarines secretly set sail from Russia to communist Cuba.

Only a handful of the submariners on board knew that their ships carried nuclear weapons, each with the strength of the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945.

Vasili Arkhipov, aboard the sub B59, was one of them. As his craft neared Cuba, U.S. helicopters, aeroplanes and battleships were scouring the ocean for Russian subs.

'At that period of time it was called "special weapon", not "nuclear torpedo",’ said Viktor Mikhailov, junior navigator on Sub B-59. ‘At that time we couldn't even imagine a nuclear torpedo.’

In a game of high stakes cat and mouse it wasn't long before the Russians were spotted. Arkhipov's sub was forced to make an emergency dive.

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Proxy wars

Despite the official US military withdrawal last December, American special forces "recently" returned to Iraq on a counter-terrorism mission, according to an American general in charge of weapons sales there. The mission was reported by the New York Times, in the fifteenth paragraph of a story about deepening sectarian divides.

The irony is that the US is protecting a pro-Iran Shiite regime in Baghdad against a Sunni-based insurgency while at the same time supporting a Sunni-led movement against the Iran-backed dictatorship in Syria. The Sunni rebellions are occurring in the vast Sunni region between northwestern Iraq and southern Syria where borders are porous.

During the Iraq War, many Iraqi insurgents from Anbar and Diyala provinces took sanctuary in Sunni areas of Syria. Now they are turning their weapons on two targets, the al-Malaki government in Baghdad and the Assad regime in Damascus.

The US is caught in the contradictions of proxy wars, favoring Iran's ally in Iraq while trying to displace Iran's proxy in Syria.

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Running out of juice

A Washington Post editorial this week took the Volt to task, as part of a larger argument against the U.S. government's subsidies of electric car technology. The Department of Energy said in 2011 that there could be 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, but as the Post points out, that's looking pretty unlikely right now.

The Department of Energy's conclusion was based on a study that made some assumptions that look kind of silly now. It expected Nissan to sell 25,000 Leafs this year. But through August, the automaker had sold fewer than 5,000 here in 2012. It also predicted that GM would sell 120,000 Volts this year. The reality: Fewer than 14,000 Volts had been sold through August in the U.S. in 2012.

Both of these cars, like much of the still-emerging U.S. electric-car business, were heavily dependent on government aid. GM's massive bailout is no secret, but some of the other Department of Energy aid programs are less well-known: Among other grants and loans, Nissan received $1.5 billion in low-cost loans to refurbish the Leaf's Tennessee factory, and Tesla got a $465 million line of credit to help get the Model S into production.

And what are taxpayers getting for all that? Not a whole lot.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

What we've become

Bits and pieces

A number of black clergymen are urging their flock to stay home on election day. Seems they don't like Obama's support for gay marriage.

...a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds remarkable agreement that those seeking federal financial help must first prove they are Americans. Just over eight in 10 likely voters said "yes" when asked if "before anyone receives government services should they prove they are a citizen?" Rasmussen said 81 percent agreed, and just 9 percent said no. Story
Remember, It's Not Domestic Violence If A Girl Does It. Story  

The "Day of Love" in Pakistan didn't turn out too well last week. 19 were killed and over a hundred were injured.

So just exactly how do they load a space shuttle on a 747? See how it's done here.

It is said by holy men in India that suffering is due to seeking happiness outside ourselves. The quest for happiness is often the source of unhappiness.

A Pakistani federal minister called on Al-Qaeda to kill the man who produced the movie that has the muslim's panties in a twist. He's offering $100,000 to the person who can do the deed.

Joe Biden will never be mistaken for a rocket scientist. The other day he spoke of 650,000 American soldiers remaining in Afghanistan. In reality there is about 68,000 still there.
Only 8 percent of Americans say they have a "great deal" of trust in the news media, according to a new Gallup poll.

Despite an increasing number of successful cyberattacks launched by East Asian hackers against companies and government institutions around the world in recent years, Eastern European cybercriminals remain a more sophisticated threat to the global Internet, security researchers say. Story
Notice how political correctness has lessened our ability to pinpoint certain nationalities and cultures. For instance, "Asians" is a term for a wide swath of people with little in common to each other. I wonder if Asians use "central North Americans" when referring to Americans? Or "southern North Americans" when referring to Mexicans?

Nice quote from Pat Condell..."Once again we see Islam self-detonate and show, once again, why it's about as welcome on this planet as an asteroid.... We don't care if you're offended, and we never will. Get used to it."

Forgotten gaffes by Obama...Austrians speak Austrian, Hawaii is in Asia, Afghans speak Arabic, the Maldives lie off Argentina, there are seven additional states, servicemen are zombie corpse-men, and Kansas twisters kill 10,000 at a time.

Obama and his ravishing wife seemed to have forsaken their vacations this past summer. No Martha's Vineyard. No Hawaii. What's up with that?

David Axelrod in 2005, speaking of the Bush administration...Adding three trillion to the debt in four years is madness.

Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campain manager, is rapidly gaining a reputation for lying through her teeth. She claims that women are not really concerned about what's happened over the last four years. They're only concerned about the next four years.

Mayhem on the border...Authorities have recorded more than 100 deaths in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, this month, including four reported Monday morning.

Headline of the day...Obama Calls Muslim Violence Just "Bumps in the Road," Downgrades Israel to "One of our Strongest Allies in the Region"

George Orwell's novel, considered by leftists as an instruction manual and conservatives see it as a warning to tyrants.

As part of "a new era of civil rights" at the Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Monday that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who believe USDA discriminated against them can file claims to get a piece of at least $1.33 billion in cash awards and tax relief payments and up to $160 million in farm debt relief, beginning this week. Story
Andrew Sullivan believes Obama's second term will cement the view that Obama will be a second, greater (but Democratic) Ronald Reagan. He will become the Democrats’ Reagan. The narrative writes itself. He will emerge as an iconic figure who struggled through a recession and a terrorized world, reshaping the economy within it, passing universal health care, strafing the ranks of al-Qaeda, presiding over a civil-rights revolution, and then enjoying the fruits of the recovery … And unlike Clinton’s constant triangulating improvisation, Obama has been playing a long, strategic game from the very start—a long game that will only truly pay off if he gets eight full years to see it through. That game is not only changing America. It may also bring his opposition, the GOP, back to the center, just as Reagan indelibly moved the Democrats away from the far left.

Chicago is currently caught in its worst wave of gang-related violence in decades. Despite having some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, at least 240 people were shot dead in the first half of 2012 alone, a number far outpacing the number of Americans killed in combat in Afghanistan over the same period. Fatal stabbings, meanwhile, are up 78 percent since 2011. Source
Howard Stern interviews Obama voters...Some like Obama's choice of black man Paul Ryan as Vice President candidate...Some believe Bin Laden is still alive...Some like the fact that Obama is pro-life...Some think John McCain is running and will get 20 to 40% of the vote...One said he'd vote for McCain but not Palin... Video here
Rush Limbaugh on the bad call on Monday Night Football...You people out there who are livid over the incompetence of these refs, livid over the call last night, welcome to the real world. Now you know how we feel watching the mainstream media every day.

Democrats have a bumper stick that says, Bin Laden is Dead -- GM is Alive! But they don't realize that Bin Laden's supporters are still causing death and mayhem all over the globe while GM is still losing money, and its stock price is still in the tank.

Hmmm. 1692 tornadoes in 2011. 757 tornadoes so far in 2012. Hmmm.

The average ratio of government debt as percentage of GDP is 41.4% in the nine formerly communist countries, ranging from 6.6% in Estonia (5.6% per IMF) to 79% in Hungary (75.5% per IMF). The average for the European Union is 83.4%, and 105% for the USA.

Obama on The View says he's Eye Candy. Ha.

Brit Hume tweets...Replacement refs doing the best they can. That's the problem. Sort of like President Obama.

Police are investigating racist pictures sent to female black conservative running for Congress, Mia Love of Utah. Story
True or False?...Some believe that blacks are just like whites. And if America became all black, America would not be changed in any fundamental way.

It’s not just Ohio and Florida where Republicans and the Romney campaign are being outspent on ads. The new campaign finance tracker tool from the Washington Post Graphics team shows that the Obama campaign and other Democratic groups have spent $266.1 million on advertising, while Republicans have spent $144.7 milion. Story
Years before F-22 pilots began getting dizzy in the cockpit, before one struggled to breathe as he tried to pull out of a fatal crash, before two more went on television to say the plane was so unsafe they refused to fly it, a small circle of U.S. Air Force experts knew something was wrong with the prized stealth fighter jet. Story
Conservative wags are saying Ahmadinejad's recent speech at the U.N. was actually pretty similar to Democrat views on Capitalism, America, and well,...just about everything.

Amazing photos of Iran here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ten poorest states

1- Mississippi

2- Arkansas

3- Tennessee

4- West Virginia

5- Louisiana

6- Montana

7- South Carolina

8- Kentucky

9- Alabama

10- North Carolina

This ranch in south Texas is owned by George Strait.
I believe he calls it the Cactus Jack Ranch.




Mark Steyn...

Andy, re all that "interdependedness" the President was going on about yesterday, one of the best responses to that came a few days after 9/11 from some bloke called Lowry after Edward Said had been peddling the usual hooey about the "interconnectedness" of Islam and the west, and how they’re so "intertwined" that it’s impossible to "draw the line" between them. I quote Rich’s reply on page 138 of my book, America Alone:

Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, wasn’t impressed by this notion. "The line seems pretty clear," he said. "Developing mass commercial aviation and soaring skyscrapers was the west’s idea; slashing the throats of stewardesses and flying the planes into the skyscrapers was radical Islam’s idea."


Obama's way

"Obama Research," reads the front covers of 22 three-ring binders containing every ounce of opposition research prepared in 2004 by Republican Jack Ryan’s campaign in his effort to stop then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama from ever rising to the ranks of the U.S. Senate — and perhaps, by extension, to the presidency.

But Ryan’s campaign never made it off the ground, dragged to its knees by a Chicago Tribune-led lawsuit that publicly revealed Ryan’s messy 1999 custody proceedings with actress and ex-wife Jeri Ryan. Those documents showed that Jeri Ryan claimed her wealthy husband, a former investment banker, had brought her to sex clubs around the globe, which led her to fall in love with another man.

Jack Ryan’s presumed engagement in strange sexual activities with his own wife wasn’t a typical sex scandal, but it was enough to doom his campaign. Under bipartisan pressure to leave the race, and with collapsing poll numbers, he soon stepped aside.

Alan Keyes, a Maryland resident and stalwart social conservative, was chosen as his replacement, and Obama won the race in a landslide. Soon the future president was gracing the cover of weekly news magazines, promoted by the media as a transformative pragmatist who could bring a deeply divided nation back together.

What remains from Ryan’s doomed campaign is a time capsule of information about President Barack Obama, found in the many thousands of pages that make up Ryan’s opposition research. The Daily Caller has obtained that collection.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ralph Nader doesn't like Obama

It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more.

On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, "in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide," Nader said, going so far as to call Obama a "war criminal."

"He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world is his plate, that national sovereignties mean nothing, drones can go anywhere.

They can kill anybody that he suspects and every Tuesday he makes the call on who lives and who dies, supposed suspects in places like Yemen and Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that is a war crime and he ought to be held to account."

Nader called Obama "below average because he raised expectation levels. What expectation level did George W. Bush raise?… He’s below average because he’s above average in his intellect and his knowledge of legality, which is violating with abandon."

"I don’t know whether George W. Bush ever read the Constitution," said Nader. "This man taught the Constitution, and this is what we got."

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Fair Tax

They tried to get the FairTax idea, as a piece of legislation, through the House Ways and Means Committee the usual Washington way.

After six months they gave that up, Linbeck said, and decided to follow a grass-roots path.

"I'm convinced that what we have for government is a contemporary form of feudalism," he told me.

"We have an elected elite, their staff, lobbyists, the academics. Perhaps 100,000 people. It's a relatively small number of people, well-educated, well-intentioned, not bad people. But they believe they ought to decide. They gravitate toward complexity, not simplicity. … ," Linbeck said. "If you accept a simple idea - that complexity creates opportunities for manipulation - then you can immediately see that the largest single tool is our tax system."

Alas, the idea may make too much sense to go far in Washington.

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How to insult America

The following is satire. If you don’t like it please don’t burn down anything.

Chairman Muhammad: "This meeting of the Revolutionary Committee of the Islamic Liberation Movement is called to order. The purpose of this meeting is to figure out what kind of video we can make to get back at the Americans. Brother Ali of the Research Committee has the floor."

Ali: "We have worked around the clock to come up with some good ideas for the anti-American video. We looked into ridiculing their religions. But we found out they do that already. Then we examined the idea of showing their women as mere sex objects. We found, though, that Hollywood and advertising had already beaten us to it. Of course, we didn’t give up. So we examined the idea of demeaning their values, their families, their communities. Guess what? They do that every day!"

Walid: "Bitter clingers and all that."

Ali: "Exactly, brothers! But then we hit on it. The greatest idea ever. We are going to profoundly insult the American ruling class, the man who killed brother Usama, and all of those arrogant imperialists who invaded and occupied Libya."

Yusuf: "How?"

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Californians flee

Californians are fleeing in droves to live in better-managed states, according to a conservative research group.

The long-running exodus from the cash-strapped Golden State is an old story, but a new study by The Manhattan Institute finds that the biggest beneficiaries of the population drain are Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina. Lower cost of living, less government debt and a more business-friendly culture are the main drivers, according to the study.

"States that have gained the most at California’s expense are rated as having better business climates," the study concluded. "The data suggest that many cost drivers —taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs — are prompting businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus."

Census data shows that more Americans have left California since 2005 than have come to live in it. The finding is a sharp contrast to earlier decades -- 4.2 million Americans moved to California from other states between 1960 and 1990.

The report found that since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 million residents through migration to other states, like Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina. The average number of residents leaving the state each year over the last decade is 225,000, the report found.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Obama lied about insurance

During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term.

But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.

Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370.

What's more, premiums climbed faster in Obama's four years than they did in the previous four under President Bush, the survey data show.

There's no question about what Obama was promising the country, since he repeated it constantly during his 2008 campaign.

In a debate with Sen. John McCain, for example, Obama said "the only thing we're going to try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed onto you. And we estimate we can cut the average family's premium by about $2,500 per year."

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Who funded Obama's education?

Journalist Frank Miele, editor of The Daily Interlake, has come up with a tantalizing new bit of information from November 1979, that provides new information about proposed Arab funding of higher education for American blacks, and that substantiates a widely discredited report from a major African-American black political leader, Percy Sutton, who claimed in a TV interview in 2008 that that he was asked by Khalid al-Mansour (aka Donald Warden of The Black Panther Party) to write a letter of recommendation to help Barack Obama get into Harvard Law School.

Miele’s article talks to the issue of how Barack Obama’s college and law school education was funded, whether or not it came from wealthy Saudi money, and whether the proposed money- a fund that would spend "$20 million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students each year" and presented by al-Mansour to OPEC Secretary-General Rene Ortiz in September of 1979 ever was actually set up.

The shocker in Miele’s article is that the 1979 story was written by none other than Vernon Jarrett- the leftist journalist who was the future father-in-law of Varlerie Jarrett, now Obama’s top advisor. Jarrett, as Miele notes, was "one of the best friends and a colleague of Frank Marshall Davis," the black Communist who became influential in the life of Barack Obama. In his article, Jarrett wrote that those receiving these funds would help create a "new black advocacy for a homeland for the Palestinians" and presumably support other Arab interests in the Middle East.

Miele’s find deserves widespread attention. In 2008, Percy Sutton’s claim was denigrated as the ramblings of an old man close to senility, and had no legs. Now, Miele shows that al-Mansour was involved in trying to get Arab money for American blacks in 1979, and it gives new credibility to Sutton’s claim that he was approached by Mansour at the time Obama was trying to get accepted to Harvard Law.


Oil and independence

On the presidential campaign trail, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have vowed to break the United States free of foreign oil, offering a pledge of at least North American "energy independence."

In some ways, that's an easy promise to make. No matter who resides in the White House for the next four years, the United States is already on a trajectory to derive much of its oil and all of its natural gas from within its own borders, thanks to technologies allowing energy companies to harvest the fossil fuels from dense rock formations.

But abundant domestic supplies don't guarantee a drop in the cost of energy. Oil prices are set on a world market, subject to a complex mix of factors outside the United States' control. And even if net U.S. or North American oil imports plummeted to zero, the United States would still be connected to that global market.

Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that the notion of real energy independence requires more than just "impressive arithmetic": It isn't just adding up total imports and exports to get to zero.

"So long as you are part of a global oil market, your economy remains vulnerable to unrest in that market - even if you are buying oil from yourself," Levi said.

For instance, OPEC countries could cut their production to offset any spikes in U.S. oil - a scenario even bullish analysts anticipate.

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Male liberation

A reader's comment from a blog post here....

Look, let’s really be honest here: does it really matter if "America" became a sharia state, as opposed to what it is today, a society of feminists and sodomites under a minority occupation? My understanding is that Islam under Sharia law is a masculine, patriarchal religion. While being an infidel is not a good position, converting to Islam is relatively easy. It would make sense for every average white man to convert to Islam and become the enforcers of Islam against anyone who does not conform. Sharia law is exactly what is needed to bring liberalism to heel.

Why is this outcome not wanted? What is the point of preserving an America where you have no rights, no freedom and are a third-class citizen if you are an average, unconnected white male? To protect Churchianity? Entertainment? I say, let Islam take over. I can do far better under Islam than academics, women, lawyers, judges, journalists, fake religious leaders, and the rest of the ruling class ever would.

Monday, September 24, 2012

EU and defense spending

Many European Union countries will not be able to afford key parts of their armed forces, such as air forces, in a few years unless they spend more and cooperate more closely on defence, the top EU military officer said on Wednesday.

In a hard-hitting speech, Hakan Syren, a Swedish general who chairs the EU's Military Committee, the bloc's highest military body, said rising costs, inefficiencies and budget cuts had brought European defence to a critical point.

"The military capabilities of the EU member states are on a steady downward slope," Syren told a seminar in Brussels organised by Cyprus, which currently holds the EU presidency.

"Looking a few years into the future, it is simple mathematics to predict that many member states will be unable to sustain essential parts of their national forces, air forces being the prime example," said Syren.

He said he was speaking out now because he is nearing the end of his three-year term as chairman of the Military Committee.

Many EU states have slashed defence spending as part of deficit-cutting measures forced on them by the financial crisis, which has plunged the euro zone into turmoil. Only a handful of NATO's European members meet the alliance's goal of spending 2 percent of their economic output on defence.

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Obama's flag

I see the Obama campaign has redesigned the American flag, and very attractive it is, too. Replacing the 50 stars of a federal republic is the single "O" logo symbolizing the great gaping maw of spendaholic centralization. And where the stripes used to be are a handful of red daubs, eerily mimicking the bloody finger streaks left on the pillars of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi as its staff were dragged out by a mob of savages to be tortured and killed. What better symbol could one have of American foreign policy? Who says the slick, hollow, vapid marketing of the Obama campaign doesn't occasionally intersect with reality?

On the latter point, after a week and a half of peddling an utterly false narrative of what happened in Libya, the United States government is apparently beginning to discern that there are limits to what even Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice can say with a straight face. The official line – that the slaughter of American officials was some sort of improvised movie review that got a little out of hand – is now in the process of modification to something bearing a less patently absurd relationship to what actually happened. That should not make any more forgivable the grotesque damage that the administration has done to the bedrock principle of civilized society: freedom of speech.

The more that U.S. government officials talk about the so-called film "Innocence Of Muslims" (which is actually merely a YouTube trailer) the more they confirm the mob's belief that works of "art" are the proper responsibility of government. Obama and Clinton are currently starring as the Siskel & Ebert of Pakistani TV, giving two thumbs-down to "Innocence Of Muslims" in hopes that it will dissuade local movie-goers from giving two heads-off to consular officials. "The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video," says Hillary Clinton. "We absolutely reject its content, and message." "We reject the efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others," adds Barack Obama. There follows the official State Department seal of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

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Tax bite

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekend update

Al-Qaida’s American-born spokesman Adam Gadahn has a message for President Obama; his outreach to Muslims has failed and that he is liar if he says America is not at war with Islam. Story

Democrats feast on grievances. Each faction within their party has grievances against the evil white (beige, actually) majority. By handcuffing the majority with affirmative action and accusations of racism, the sainted minority grievance goons still won't rein in their rhetoric. It is obvious to this blogger that the nation's economy is slowly grinding to a stop because of these factions. Nothing seems to cool the ardor of the ever increasing demands and wild accusations. And so it is rather amusing to see the Democrat foreign policy disintegrating because of the muslim protests. Muslims are using the same tactics against the U.S. that the Democrats have been using against the evil beige majority. Suck it up, Barry. Karma is a bitch. May the circle remain unbroken. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Arab approval of the United States in the Middle East has plummeted so drastically that it now is lower than it was during the presidency of George W. Bush, according to a startling new survey...

If you don't believe in karma, you might now. During a riot held by Islamists in Pakistan last weekend, one participant was sent to the hospital after too much American flag burning. He later died. Story

Ann Coulter says she didn’t think Sandra Fluke needed any birth control beyond her haircut.

A Florida family is facing fines for hosting a weekly Bible study in their home – an act that city officials argue violates zoning codes. Shane and Marlen Roessiger, of Venice, Fla. are facing a $250 per day fine for hosting Friday night prayer and Bible study gatherings that are attended by as many as 10 people. "It is difficult to understand how it is illegal to have a prayer meeting on Friday night with a half dozen people but it is alright if I invited the same group on Monday evening to watch Monday night Football," Roessiger said. Story

The U.S. military recently suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans were being killed by their erstwhile allies. I wonder whose brilliant idea it was to conduct joint operations? Imagine General George S. Patton arming and training German civilians to fight their neighbors.

The truth hurts...Mitt Romney was dealt a new distraction when a video surfaced Monday that shows him dismissing President Barack Obama’s supporters as people who take no responsibility for their livelihoods and who think they are entitled to government handouts. Story

So what happens in a couple of weeks when the big-budget Hollywood movie about killing Bin Laden comes out? The movie makers had unprecedented access to the White House and information about Seal Team 6, and this film will probably be seen as celebrating the death of OBL. Will those movie makers be getting a late night visit from the Obama brownshirts, or a late night phone call from the head of the Joint Chiefs, or will CNN broadcast the names and home addresses of those movie makers, just in case any deranged muslims want to assassinate them? Source

"Compared to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Obama has been more fiscally conservative than any other president in recent history, with the exception of President Bill Clinton." Despite over $5 trillion in new debt created by the 44th president, so hysterically wrote Barbra Streisand at the Huffington Post Tuesday. Story

Ain't it the truth?..."The Democratic solution to every problem is more funding."

One retired and one resigned from the Department of Justice over the Fast and Furious scandal. But the top dog, Eric Holder, is still in charge. Apparently he's unaware of what his subordinates have been doing for the past four years.

Scary quote of the week...Obama told Dave Letterman that the $16 Trillion debt won't hurt us in the short term. (how about the long term, Einstein?)

Stupidest quote of the week..."Air Pollution From Grilled Burgers Worse Than Trucks"

Quirkiest quote of the week...Father Do Not Forgive Them. They Know Damn Well What They Do

The Washington Examiner has investigated the narrative given to us by Barack Obama and the Democratic party and found it filled with lies. The truth is the president had a privileged up-bringing, went to the best schools throughout his life. His mother and step-father lived in the most exclusive neighborhood in Jakarta, Grandma who raised him in Hawaii was a bank VP. In Chicago he lived in the very upscale Hyde Park, and his clients were not the poor and underprivileged but the wealthy, some of who took advantage of Chicago's poor. Oh and about his time as a professor, he wasn't very popular--in fact it looks as if he mailed it in. Story

The U.S. government believes that cyber attacks can amount to armed attacks, and are subject to international humanitarian law and rules of war, the top State Department lawyer said Tuesday. Story

Monica Lewinsky is reportedly set to write a tell-all book about her affair with Bill Clinton - including her intimate love letters to the ex-president and how he had an insatiable desire for threesomes. The former White House intern, 39, reportedly wants revenge on Clinton, who she believes escaped unscathed while she has never been able to shake the disgrace of their Oval Office trysts. Friends claim publishers are scrambling to get their hands on the book, and after holding meetings, she has learned she could get as much a $12 million if she recounts every tawdry detail. Story

Obama keeps saying we've hit bottom and the economy is improving but Back of America doesn't seem to agree because they are laying off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

After a week in which the Obama administration claimed that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was a result of demonstrations...they now say it's "self-evident" that it was a terrorist attack.

Mohammed Tariq Khan, a protester in Islamabad, said: "Our demand is that whoever has blasphemed against our holy Prophet should be handed over to us so we can cut him up into tiny pieces in front of the entire nation." Story

In response to media reports that Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop making charitable donations to groups like Focus on the Family, the company today released a statement to set the record straight. Contrary to reports first made by the gay-activist group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) on Tuesday and later picked up by mainstream media outlets, Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago. Story

Love, peace, and Islam

There are religions that promote turning the other cheek even when mocked, but it appears Islam is not one of them. According to one of the most prominent imams in North America, Islam never condones violence, but it also, under no uncertain terms, "ever accepts" speaking ill of the Prophet Muhammad.

In fact, so grave is mockery of the prophet considered, that the cleric – Mohammad Qatanani, who leads one of the largest mosques in New Jersey – even believes free speech that criticizes Islam poses a national security threat to the U.S. and that those responsible should be investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

"We, as Americans, have to put limits and borders [on] freedom of speech," Qatanani, leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), told TheBlaze. He explained that while Americans may "have the freedom" to speak their mind, ultimately, they "have no right to [talk about Muslim] holy issues" as it will incite "hatred or war among people."

Qatanani said he thinks agitators who slander Islam, or, more specifically, the Prophet Muhammad, incite violence and hence, pose a national security risk that threatens the safety of Americans at home and abroad. Thus, America should disregard its First Amendment as it is typically applied and instead act in accordance with sharia law for the ultimate "good" of society.

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Middle East policy in ruins

"US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy is in ruins. Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world. After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military. And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It’s a bitter outcome for Obama.

"Obama was naive to believe that one only needed to adopt a new tone and show more respect in order to dispel deep-seated reservations about the free world. In practice, the policies of the Obama administration in the region were not as naive as they may have seemed at times, and the Americans have always been much more involved in the Middle East than the passive Europeans. But Washington has provided the image of a distracted superpower in the process of decline to the societies there. This image of weakness is being exploited by Salafists and al-Qaida, who are active in North Africa from Somalia to Mali.

"One thing is clear: If jihadists believe they can attack American installations and kill an ambassador on the anniversary of Sept. 11, then America’s deterrent power has declined considerably. For a superpower, it is not enough just to want to be loved. You have to scare the bad guys to keep them in check."


Friday, September 21, 2012

Obama's rage

There is a school of thought, ably represented by First Things editor R.R. Reno, that blames the leftward drift in American higher education for Barack Obama’s resentment of the United States, rather than his Third World upbringing. The estimable Dr. Reno, who is a friend and former colleague, called D’Souza’s film 2016 "misguided" in a recent post on the FT blog:
I was and remain unconvinced by the argument that Obama’s anti-colonialist father explains his governing mentality. By my reckoning, the emerging postmodern liberalism of Columbia University circa 1982 (where I was for a semester as a visiting student) explains Obama pretty well.

Not only do we not need to go to Kenya to find the sources of Obama’s worldview (the Ivy League will do just fine), but in fact the very realistic and at times cold-blooded sentiments of post-colonial Africans who wrested their futures out of the hands of their European masters cuts against the magical thinking that characterizes the sort of liberalism that the Obama White House represents.

Rusty’s got a point–I got a B.A. from Columbia a few years earlier at a time when you could read one book by Marx and one by Freud (as the joke went) and pass any course in the College. But D’Souza has a better point. My own reading has a minor difference with D’Souza’s (the key figure in Obama’s mind is his anthropologist mother rather than is absent Kenyan father), but we are on the same page: Obama is an alien intrusion into American political life, a third world anthropologist profiling us. D’Souza may not be not as smart as Rusty Reno (few people are) but he has an advantage: he grew up in the Third World and knows that it means to actually be there.

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End of America?

In less than 4 years, the Bill of Rights is well on its way to being supplanted by Islamic blasphemy laws with the purpose of restricting free speech; while at the same time all the President's men and women are intent on limiting the rights of Christians to practice their religion in the public sphere; and turning a blind eye to Iran's dream of a world without Israel or the Jews.

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Susan Nordyke was born at Kapiolani Hospital at 2:12 p.m. Hawaii time on Aug. 5, 1961, and was given No. 151-61-10637, which was filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 11, 1961.

Gretchen Nordyke was born at Kapiolani Hospital at 2:17 p.m. Hawaii time on Aug. 5, 1961, and was given No. 151-61-10638, which was also filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 11, 1961.

Barack Obama was born at Kapiolani Hospital at 7:24 p.m. Hawaii time on Aug. 4, 1961, and was given No. 151-61-10641, which was filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 8, 1961.

Virginia Sunahara was born at Wahiawa Hospital at 9:16 p.m. Hawaii time on Aug. 4, 1961, and was given No. 161-1961-011080, which was filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 10, 1961.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Obama, Nobel laureate stone cold killer

What’s changed since the bad old days of George W. Bush? Michael Hayden, Bush’s former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency summed up the differences between President Obama and George W. Bush’s tactics in fighting terrorism. President Obama kills more people.
"And so, we’ve seen all of these continuities between two very different human beings, President Bush and President Obama. We are at war, targeted killings have continued, in fact, if you look at the statistics, targeted killings have increased under Obama."He said that was the case because, in one differing path between the two presidents, Obama in 2009 closed CIA "black sites" and ratcheted down on torturing detainees. But instead of capturing so-called "enemy combatants," President Obama kills them instead, Hayden said.

"We have made it so politically dangerous and so legally difficult that we don’t capture anyone anymore," Hayden said. "We take another option, we kill them. Now. I don’t morally oppose that."

Obama’s kill list has even included American citizens.

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EPA, Enemy of the state

One issue that has been noticeably absent from the Republican platform this election season is any discussion of the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It didn’t even come up at the Republican National Convention a couple of weeks ago. If the omission was an oversight, it was a big one. If it was intentional, it’s cause for concern.

The EPA has spent the better part of its 42-year existence trying to put America out of business, but especially under the Obama administration. You don’t believe me? Ask anyone in the coal industry, which has been victimized by the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, proposed greenhouse-gas-emission rules and usurpation of the Army Corps of Engineers’ permit-writing authority, to name just a few EPA abuses of power.

Even though the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was vaporized recently by a federal appellate court, the rule was in existence long enough to cause electric utilities to start planning for a coal-less future.

Until recently, the Obama EPA was aggressively pursuing the burgeoning shale gas industry, desperately trying to link hydraulic fracturing with drinking-water contamination. The Obama EPA went so far as to cook up an error-filled report linking "fracking" to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyo., from which it has since had to retreat.

But the lull in the persecution of the shale gas industry is only temporary. The Obama administration has realized that the illusion of endless cheap natural gas is an even more effective weapon against the hated coal industry than draconian regulation. So once the coal industry has been finished off, the EPA will be able to return to targeting shale gas.

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Jesus was married?

A Harvard University professor on Tuesday unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus she said is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife.

Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife," whom he identifies as Mary. King says the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century.

King helped translate and unveiled the tiny fragment at a conference of Coptic experts in Rome. She said it doesn't prove Jesus was married but speaks to issues of family and marriage that faced Christians.

Four words in the 1.5-by-3-inch fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, King said. Those words, written in a language of ancient Egyptian Christians, translate to "Jesus said to them, my wife," King said in a statement.

King said that in the dialogue the disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy and Jesus says "she can be my disciple."

Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was unmarried even though there was no reliable historical evidence to support that, King said. The new gospel, she said, "tells us that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage."

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Obama's retirement?

Are Obama insiders secretly making retirement plans for the Obamas with the expectation the president will lose his bid for re-election in November?

Very quietly, Obama’s chief financier, Penny Pritzker, has entered the Hawaii housing market to buy a retirement home for the president and his family that will be available not in 2016, but in January 2013, according to a confidential source within Pritzker’s Chicago organization

Pritzker, a wealthy Chicago business executive and heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, served as national finance chairman for Obama’s 2008 campaign and is the co-chairman of his 2012 effort.

The source told WND that highly confidential internal polls conducted by the Obama campaign indicate Obama cannot win re-election, despite public surveys that show him in the lead.

"The public polls are mostly political," the source argued. "Obama radicals want Romney supporters to feel discouraged and give up. Truth is that Romney’s winning."

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is Obama gay?

When I first heard a few days ago that Obama might be gay, my initial reaction was, that's ridiculous. He's married, has two kids, and he's never set off my gaydar. I had read a few years ago about Larry Sinclair, who claimed he had given Obama oral sex when Obama was a state senator. But at the time I just figured that any famous person is bound to attract a few loonies who will say anything to get publicity.

But after I read the article linked two posts ago (and directly below), I started reading more about Obama's gayness, and after a while, it just made too much sense not to be true.

In his article in, Jerome Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D. in political science, said that Obama (along with Rahm Emanuel) was a lifetime member of Man's Country, a gay bathhouse in Chicago. Obama was evidently well known there and many of the older clientele remembered him:

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, who worked with the National Security Agency from 1984 to 1988 as a Navy intelligence analyst, confirmed DuJan’s claims.

"It is common knowledge in the Chicago gay community that Obama actively visited the gay bars and bathhouses in Chicago while he was an Illinois state senator," Madsen told WND.

Obama's reputation in gay circles, by the way, was that he liked to receive oral sex but not to give it, which squares with what Larry Sinclair had said about him. (It's his "signature." And receiving blow jobs but not giving them would be consistent with Obama's narcissistic personality.)

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Climate alarmism

Pick up any 40-year-old science textbook – on chemistry, biology, geology, physics, astronomy or medicine – and you’ll find a slew of "facts" and theories that have been proven wrong or are no longer the "consensus" view. Climatology is no exception.

Back in the 1970s, many scientists warned of global cooling – and fretted that a new ice age brought on by fossil fuel use would cause glaciers to expand, wreaking havoc. They predicted every conceivable disaster, short of roving herds of wooly mammoths stampeding through ice-covered streets. (The possibility of cloning a well-preserved mammoth could buttress the next scary ice age scenario.)

Newsweek’s 1975 cover story "The Cooling World" breathlessly reported that, "after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down." Meteorologists are "almost unanimous" that the trend will "reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century," it intoned, and "the resulting famines could be catastrophic."

The CIA, NASA, National Academy of Sciences and many news organizations issued similar alarums. Dr. John Holdren, now President Obama’s science adviser, joined Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich in penning an essay that warned: "The effects of a new ice age on agriculture and the supportability of large human populations scarcely need elaboration here. Even more dramatic results are possible, however; for instance, a sudden outward slumping in the Antarctic ice cap, induced by added weight, could generate a tidal wave of proportions unprecedented in recorded history."

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Myths and delusions

Globalization certainly did not bring the premodern world of the Middle East closer together with the postmodern West — despite Barack Obama’s 2007 narcissistic vows that his own intellect and background could bridge such a gap. If anything, the more we know about each other, the more we sense we are back to Lepanto and the siege of Vienna. Since the 9/11 anniversary attacks, the Obama administration has seemed bewildered, petulant, and more or less shocked in Casablanca-style fashion about the hatred shown the United States — whether overt among the Arab Street, or implicit among Arab governments’ wink-and-nod inability to protect U.S. embassies. It apparently forgot some basic rules about how to deal with radical Islam, and instead regressed back to the old familiar appeasement that led to 9/11/2001.


With the implosion of the Middle East comes the end of the mythic foreign policy of Barack Obama. Just as Russia was not reset and our enemies did not become friends, so, too, the fantasy that Barack Obama’s name, race, and lineage, when coupled with leftist politics, would win over our Middle East never arrived. All that failed — failed not just for America, but for the Nobel laureate himself. In that regard, Obama’s entire four-year project has failed: $5 trillion of borrowed stimulus did not jump-start the economy; only more federal debt and bankruptcy followed "solar and wind and millions of green jobs," as vast new finds of oil and gas on public lands were ignored, while gas hit $4 a gallon. The problem for supporters of Obamacare is not to implement, but how to junk, this boondoggle without loss of face. Government Motors and the Volt went nowhere, and appointees like Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Timothy Geithner, and Janet Napolitano proved embarrassments. Now we are left with the Federal Reserve desperately printing money before the election.

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...evil men now call the shots. And nobody is even allowed to call them evil men. The correct term is the righteously indignant believers in a religion of peace, who were until they watched YouTube, were strong supporters of the administration. Bullshit.

And they’re coming not just just for the poor girl in Pakistan, they’re coming for those who once thought they were beyond that danger. No sirree. And increasingly less so with each passing day. From now on the elites will be begin to feel Fear. Not the fear of Romney, who at last report was preparing a series of speeches on how he would fix the economy if he was elected President.

The dread will be of something worse: of actual bankruptcy and poverty from the collapse of financial institutions; of physical danger from forces they once thought they could toy with and which are now toying with them; of the total loss of prestige that comes with being a nothing. In other words they fear all the things which the America they so hated once protected them from. How do you like it?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Occupy in disarray

Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

Punches were thrown and objects were hurled at moderators' heads. Protesters accused each other of being patriarchal and racist and domineering. Nobody could agree on anything and nobody was in charge. The moderators went on strike and refused to show up, followed in quick succession by the people who kept meeting minutes. And then the meetings stopped altogether.

In the city where the movement was born, Occupy was falling apart.

"We weren't talking about real things at that point," says Pete Dutro, a tattoo artist who used to manage Occupy's finances but became disillusioned by the infighting and walked away months ago. "We were talking about each other."

The trouble with Occupy Wall Street, a year after it bloomed in a granite park in lower Manhattan and spread across the globe, is that nobody really knows what it is anymore. To say whether Occupy was a success or a failure depends on how you define it.

Occupy is a network. Occupy is a metaphor. Occupy is still alive. Occupy is dead. Occupy is the spirit of revolution, a lost cause, a dream deferred.

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Why do muslims hate us?

With much of our embassies in flames (Cairo, Sanaa, Khartoum, Tunis, Benghazi) or threatened (London, Paris, Berlin), Americans are wondering "Why Do Muslims Hate Us?" Or perhaps why they hate hate hate us. Most also wonder what Obama’s plan or response will be (and we already know it: Sharia Surrender). But the real reasons are this: Muslims are failures, and they know it. We are weak, and they know that too. Muslim Failures plus American weakness = Burning Embassies and murdered Ambassadors. It is that simple.

No one has more reason to hate Russia and Putin than Muslims. The Second Chechen War may have led to as many as 40,000 Chechens killed. The now-dead Aslan Mashkodov claimed 200,000 Chechens died in both Chechen Wars. There is an ongoing insurgency still in Chechnya and related Caucuses Mountains Republics. In addition to that, Russia aided Khadaffi, and stood by him as he faced his ouster, to the dismay of the hard-line jihadists and Salafists who fought to get rid of Khadaffi. Not only that, but Russia under Putin has actively aided Bashir Assad, and his despotic regime, responsible for the deaths of thousands of Muslims, as Assad attempts to retain his Alawite (Sunnis do not consider them even Muslim) control as an Iranian Shia client state over Sunni jihadists backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

Not to mention the historic hatred for Russians over the invasion and degradation of Afghanistan, and the support for secular regimes such as Nasser’s, and the Assads, and Khadaffi. If there is any people and regime that should be hated and be the target of constant violence, it should be Russia and Putin.

And yet, after Beslan, it all ceased. Weak, and craven Boris Yeltsin, who spent most of his time getting drunk, intimidated no one. Weeks after the attack, Russian forces struck back at places like Grozny, leveling it. The Chechens and Muslims world-wide took their measure of Putin. And were AFRAID. Their fear was not limitless, however. They knew if they simply refrained from attacking Putin, they would be left alone. If they did not, and attacked them, they knew they would die very unpleasant deaths very soon.

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Public school teachers like private schools

More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.

In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.

In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent. The same trends showed up in the San Francisco-Oakland area, where 34 percent of public school teachers chose private schools for their children; 33 percent in New York City and New Jersey suburbs; and 29 percent in Milwaukee and New Orleans.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Ambassador was gay

You won’t hear any of this in the media, no doubt, but in Chicago’s diplomatic circles at least there is no doubt that Chris Stevens was gay and that pretty much anyone in the diplomatic world knew that. That includes the Libyans who were hired as security at the consulate in Benghazi who betrayed Ambassador Stevens and assisted in his murder.

Meanwhile, the White House is ignoring the fact that a gay ambassador to a Muslim country was murdered and they are in fact still pretending that all of this is about some obscure movie about Muhammad and has nothing at all to do with Barack Obama repeatedly and vociferously spiking the football over killing Osama bin Laden (which took place all throughout the Democrats’ convention last week).

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What with a worldwide epic case of Muslims misunderstanding their peaceful religion, sooner or later one of them was bound to try and misunderstand the wholly peaceful nature of Islam in Obama's own backyard.
Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday.
Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be terrorists provided him with a phony car bomb.

I wonder why he chose a bar. So far popular targets of Muslim terrorist attacks have included synagogues, a Christmas tree lighting, Christmas flights and a showing of the Lion King.

The pattern here is that Islam hates other religions and people having fun.

Progs will of course complain that Abel Daoud was never really a threat until the FBI arranged for him to become a threat, his lawyer will appeal to the judge and the judge will reject any terrorism charges and Abel will change his name to Cain and be out plotting to bomb bars in 2-3 years.


Government informant

Clinton’s attempt to distance the U.S. from "Innocence of Muslims"--and, by extension, its felonious producer--may be complicated by the revelation that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula became a government informant after his 2009 arrest for bank fraud, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Though many key documents from the U.S. District Court case remain sealed, a June 2010 sentencing transcript provides an account of Nakoula’s cooperation with federal investigators in Los Angeles (and how his prison sentence was reduced as a result).

Nakoula, 55, was arrested in June 2009 for his role in a check-kiting ring that stole nearly $800,000 from six financial institutions by using stolen Social Security numbers and identities. Nakoula was named in a six-count felony indictment accusing him and unnamed "co-schemers" of perpetrating the bank fraud.

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Respecting all faiths

The New York Times editorial of October 2, 1999, defends the display of Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ and Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary:
A museum is obliged to challenge the public as well as to placate it, or else the museum becomes a chamber of attractive ghosts, an institution completely disconnected from art in our time.
The New York Times editorial of September 12, 2012, condemns the display of The Innocence of Muslims:
Whoever made the film did true damage to the interests of the United States and its core principle of respecting all faiths.
Whatever happened to "challenging the public"? Or is that obligation rendered non-obligatory when a certain public responds to challenges by killing people?

(Core principle of respecting all faiths? All except Christianity, perhaps)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday clutter

French President Hollande took office in May. His popularity has dropped to 22% in just four months. He wants to tax the wealthy at a 75% rate. He's even worse than Obama which I wouldn't have thought possible.

New York Post..."In Minnesota's 2008 disputed US Senate election, won by Al Franken—who proceeded to cast the deciding vote in favor of ObamaCare—the margin of victory was 312, but it turned out that 1,099 votes were cast by felons who were ineligible to vote. Many of them have gone to jail, but Franken has remained in the Senate."[Dead voters & a dying democracy? August 27, 2012]

According to the Heritage Foundation, in 1998 between 24,000 and 36,000 of the people called in for jury duty in Orange County, California asked to be excused because they weren't citizens. Names of people called for jury duty are taken from voter registration rolls. The Heritage Foundation also reports that at one point in the 1980s there were some 80,000 illegal aliens registered to vote in the city of Chicago alone, according to a United States Attorney

Margaret Thatcher said socialists "always run out of other people’s money." Charles Prince, then head of Citigroup, said in 2007, "as long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing." A worst-case scenario is that the 2012 election will be remembered as one in which voters thought the music was still playing and danced away, only to discover before long that the other people’s money had run out. Source

So what's more appropriate on the anniversary of 9/11 than having mobs attack the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya? And now Yemen and Sudan and Tunisia and.... Muslims have been at war with the western world since 1979 and we just continue wanting to hug them and apologize to them. Weren't they supposed to start loving us once Oama was elected? How's that working out? Didn't we help overthrow Mubarak and Ghadaffi for them? Look where it's gotten us.

According to Cybercast News Services...Over the past three years, the bound edition of the Code of Federal Regulations has increased by 11,327 pages -- a 7.4% increase from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011."

Meanwhile in multicultural Europe...Around 80 police officers were injured and 31 people arrested in Mannheim on Saturday after an international gathering of about 40,000 Kurds erupted in violence triggered when a teenager was stopped with a banned flag. Story

At the present time there are 27 separate lawsuits challenging the Obamacare abortion mandate.

History of the mobile phone in photos

Sarah Palin speaks...America can't afford any more "leading from behind" in such a dangerous world. We already know that President Obama likes to "speak softly" to our enemies. If he doesn't have a "big stick" to carry, maybe it's time for him to grow one.

Stupid question of the day...Obama to Egypt: Are you an ally or enemy?

Rumor of the day...U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson did not permit U.S. Marine guards to carry live ammunition.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul on Most Corrupt Members of Congress list.

A respected BBC broadcaster has claimed television is dominated by ‘liberal sceptical humanists’ who laugh at Christianity but are afraid to mock Islam. Story

When Barack Obama first ran for president, being green was so popular that oil companies like Chevron were boasting about their commitment to renewable energy, and his Republican opponent, John McCain, supported action on global warming. As Mr. Obama seeks re-election, that world is a distant memory. Some of the mightiest players in the oil, gas and coal industries are financing an aggressive effort to defeat him, or at least press him to adopt policies that are friendlier to fossil fuels. Story

Quote of the Decade..."The day I'm inaugurated Muslim hostility will ease."

According to The Daily Caller... "A top official at a liberal super PAC with the goal of eradicating tea partiers from Congress is telling activists that it’s more effective [with voters] to label Republicans as racists than criticize their policies. According to an audio recording obtained by The Daily Caller, Matthew 'Mudcat' Arnold, the national campaign manager of the liberal CREDO super PAC, told a gathering of supporters in Aurora, Colo., on Sept. 8 that they’ve realized," Democrats have realized, "'policy did not move voters.'"

Advice for young unmarried men...A pretty face doesn't necessarily come with a pretty heart.

The Wall Street Journal reports...Home Depot, in deciding to close all seven of its remaining big-box stores in China, conceded that it misread the country's appetite for do-it-yourself products.

An imposing wall prominently divides the visions of President Obama and congressional Republicans when it comes to economic growth and creating jobs. Solyndra is on one side and the Keystone pipeline is on the other. These two energy projects tell a dramatic yet revealing story, one that explains our slow economic recovery, our burgeoning federal debt, and our over reliance on Middle Eastern oil. Story

Tis the season

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fossil vs Green

When Barack Obama first ran for president, being green was so popular that oil companies like Chevron were boasting about their commitment to renewable energy, and his Republican opponent, John McCain, supported action on global warming.

As Mr. Obama seeks re-election, that world is a distant memory. Some of the mightiest players in the oil, gas and coal industries are financing an aggressive effort to defeat him, or at least press him to adopt policies that are friendlier to fossil fuels. And the president’s former allies in promoting wind and solar power and caps on greenhouse gases? They are disenchanted and sitting on their wallets.

This year’s campaign on behalf of fossil fuels includes a surge in political contributions to Mitt Romney, attack ads questioning Mr. Obama’s clean-energy agenda, and television spots that are not overtly partisan but criticize administration actions like new air pollution rules and the delay of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

"Since Obama became president, gas prices have nearly doubled," said one advertisement by the American Energy Alliance, a group financed in part by oil executives. "Tell Obama we can’t afford his failing energy policies."

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Cranks on speed dial

It was bad enough, two years ago, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called fringe Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him not to burn copies of the Koran, or last week, that chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey took his turn to call Jones to ask him to stop publicizing a YouTube video, The Innocence of Muslims. But then on Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told the world that the violent protests in Cairo and Benghazi and elsewhere were a "response not to United States policy, and not obviously the administration or the American people," but were "in response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting." Carney repeated the point for emphasis: "This is not a case of protests directed at the United States at large or at U.S. policy, but in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims."

Carney’s comments lie outside the range of plausible spin, even by Obama administration standards, and if his bosses believe them—as we fear they do—are simply delusional. But they are not without consequence. Nor are Gates’s and Dempsey’s phone calls. They all send the message to America’s enemies that if you kill our diplomats and lay siege to the our embassies, the first move the American government will make is to denounce .  .  . Americans. Our leaders apparently believe that the way to protect Americans from extremists and terrorists abroad is to tell other Americans to shut up.

What’s next? Where does it go from here? There are more than 300 million ways in which Americans expressing themselves might give offense to those who make it their business to be offended. Maybe it’s some other film, maybe it’s a book or even just a tossed-off phrase that our enemies might seize on to galvanize support for their causes. Is the White House going to put every American crank on speed-dial so it can tell them to shut up whenever a mob gathers outside a U.S. embassy or consulate?

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Solar eclipsed

The global solar power industry is in crisis. The industry blames widespread national subsidy cuts and over productivity; China, in particular, being widely vilified on the second count. However, the real cause of the solar industry’s malaise runs deeper, rooted, as it is, in the inescapable fact that, in terms of current technology, commercial scale solar energy remains a non-viable proposition.

Wherever you look the solar power industry is mired in financial problems, all of which lead back to the (life support) of public subsidy, the impact of market-skewing regulations (creating the appearance of commercial viability) and, ultimately, protectionist trade wars (US and Europe v China). In economic good-times, three natural consequences of government-sponsored global industries that can be obfuscated by a network of feed-in tariffs, levies and other ‘green’ taxes to pay for them. But in leaner economic climes, the real cost of ‘free’ energy becomes all too clear.

Germany’s solar industry has led the way in Europe. Until recently the country was the world leader in manufacturing solar cells. Half of the world’s total solar power generating capacity is installed in Germany. But, according to Klaus Dieter Maubach, Technology Chairman at the country’s power major EON, Germany’s solar industry is in a death spiral. Speaking to Focus magazine, Maubach states that "not a single company is in the black" and that the entire German solar industry "will disappear within five years". His bleak prediction merely echoed the view of investment consultants Citigroup who warned in March that Germany’s subsidy cuts would "nearly kill Germany’s solar industry". Widespread complaints of Chinese solar companies dumping cut price solar panels on the European market have merely added to the malaise. In early September, the European Commission announced a formal inquiry into this allegation that could well trigger a cut-throat solar trade war with China.

But as Eon’s Maubach points out with regard to the international solar market, China itself is suffering from precisely the same market problems as all its competitors. While Beijing will attempt to stave off decline through government stimulus, it is only a question of time before the loss of European and US markets for cheap Chinese goods, including solar panels, causes an economic downturn there, too.

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No huddle offense

This season, the NFL's best teams are embracing the same theory when it comes to scoring points: If you run your offense at a freakishly fast pace, and don't bother breaking for a huddle, the other team's defense will get so exhausted and confused that it won't be able to stop you.

As offensive statistics continue to soar, most NFL fans seem quite content with this new arrangement. But there is one important constituency in the football business that isn't celebrating: television.

Since the 1970s, when the NFL began to take hold as one of TV's all-time darlings, games have mostly had a natural pace and progression that meshed perfectly with the medium. With plenty of time between plays, there was copious room for graphics and replays from various angles. If a broadcaster had a nugget of information or a nice anecdote to share about a player, there were lots of pauses to squeeze them into.

But today, the so-called "no-huddle" offense is not only becoming more widespread, it is the preferred strategy of many marquee teams like the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. It's not just that these teams avoid the huddle, they're determined to eliminate any extra time between snaps. During no-huddle drives, players will throw the ball to the referee immediately after being tackled, then sprint back to the line of scrimmage to get set. Plays can be communicated by the quarterback by shouting one word, and there are almost never substitutions. Last week, 14% of NFL plays were run without a huddle, an increase of 56% from last season and 100% from five seasons ago.

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Facial hair un-Islamic

Malik Ameer Muhammad Afridi has become a celebrity in his own right owing to his 30-inch long moustache curling up to his forehead which he proudly displays along the streets of Peshawar.

Aside from the usual looks of amusement, Afridi’s gangling moustache managed to draw the attention of members of militant group Lashkar-e-Islami.

The iconoclastic facial hair caused him to abandon his hometown of Bara in Khyber Agency after the militants declared it ‘un-Islamic’.

"It was the summer of 2008, when members of the LeI arrested me and took me to a religious scholar who declared the moustache un-Islamic and ordered it to be shaved," he said.

The pride of Afridi’s life was shaved at gunpoint. Refusing to be cowed by the militants’ threats, however, he decided to move to Peshawar so that his moustache may thrive unfettered.

Afridi said he has not been able to visit his hometown for four years owing to the threat of ‘anti-moustache’ militants. "I left my dear homeland, my friends and relatives and prepared to sacrifice all that but will not compromise my moustache," he said.

Afridi has been living in Peshawar after braving ‘anti-moustache’ hardliners in Khyber Agency.

Now, he proudly displays his handle-bar moustache in the relatively secure environs of the provincial capital. The 47-year-old runs an electronics business in Deen Plaza and says, "My moustache style is unique. It has made my tribesmen proud as no one in Pakistan has such a moustache.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Innocence of Muslims

U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya, Egypt and Yemen have come under violent assault in recent days, all ostensibly on account of an online trailer for a film nobody has seen called "Innocence of Muslims." The 14-minute clip, almost comically badly acted, depicts the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a, well, unflattering light. The actors in the clip have insisted they were duped into thinking the film was set 2,000 years ago in (pre-Islamic) Egypt, and that the Muhammad character was named "George." The anti-Islamic thrust of the clip appears to have been added later by way of some crude overdubbing.

Since then questions have swirled about the identity of the film-maker. On Tuesday, the Journal spoke to a man who claimed to be the director and called himself Sam Bacile. He described himself as a 52-year-old Israeli-American real-estate developer, called Islam a "cancer," and said the film had been funded by Jewish donors to the tune of $5 million.

But as the Journal reports, there are no records of a "Sam Bacile" either in the U.S. or Israel. The Journal also reports that "Sam Bacile's" phone number was traced to an address in Cerritos, Calif., which appears to be the home of somebody named Nakoula Bassely Nakoula. Along with a "Sam Basselley," Mr. Nakoula is listed as one of the film's producers. In a conversation with the Associated Press, he denied being Sam Bacile but claimed to be a Coptic Christian and the manager of the company that had produced the film. Records indicate that a man named Nakoula Nakoula recently served a prison sentence for bank fraud. Among his known aliases are Mark Basseley Youssef and Youssef M. Basseley.

With help from a tipster, I've done some sleuthing myself and come up with a few intriguing leads. Until the page suddenly vanished yesterday, someone named Sam Bassel had a Facebook page in which he identified himself as a male "Movei [sic] maker" in Hollywood, California. Also promoted as a "Favorite" on the page is a movie called "Innocence of bin Laden," which seems to have been the original title for "Innocence of Muslims." Most of the written exchanges on the page are in Arabic, and most of Sam Bassel's Facebook friends appear to be of Arab origin as well. Also listed as a Favorite on the page is a link to a Facebook group called "I am Egyptian."

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Look for the woman

"Cherchez la femme," advised Alexander Dumas in: "When you want to uncover an unspecified secret, look for the woman." In the case of Barack Obama, we have two: his late mother, the went-native anthropologist Ann Dunham, and his rancorous wife Michelle. Obama’s women reveal his secret: he hates America.

We know less about Senator Obama than about any prospective president in American history. His uplifting rhetoric is empty, as Hillary Clinton helplessly protests. His career bears no trace of his own character, not an article for the Harvard Law Review he edited, or a single piece of legislation. He appears to be an empty vessel filled with the wishful thinking of those around him. But there is a real Barack Obama. No man — least of all one abandoned in infancy by his father — can conceal the imprint of an impassioned mother, or the influence of a brilliant wife.

America is not the embodiment of hope, but the abandonment of one kind of hope in return for another. America is the spirit of creative destruction, selecting immigrants willing to turn their back on the tragedy of their own failing culture in return for a new start. Its creative success is so enormous that its global influence hastens the decline of other cultures. For those on the destruction side of the trade, America is a monster. Between half and nine-tenths of the world’s 6,700 spoken languages will become extinct in the next century, and the anguish of dying peoples rises up in a global cry of despair. Some of those who listen to this cry become anthropologists, the curators of soon-to-be extinct cultures; anthropologists who really identify with their subjects marry them. Obama’s mother, the University of Hawaii anthropologist Ann Dunham, did so twice.

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Everybody seemed to love Bill Clinton's speech at the DNC last week. The former president has become the sainted elder statesman of the Democratic party, taking credit for the economic prosperity of the ‘90s.

But people should be more skeptical of his claims, as I write in my syndicated column this week:
He appears in an Obama commercial -- in full "I feel your pain" mode -- saying that Obama "has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up."

When someone claims anyone can rebuild a society from the ground up, I say he is arrogant and delusional.

Clinton then tries to scare viewers by telling them that Republicans want to "go back to deregulation. That's what got us in trouble in the first place."

Ah, the progressives' George W. Bush deregulation myth: Bush's anti-regulation crusade caused our problems. This is a lie that seems true because of constant media repetition. In fact, Bush talked deregulation but vastly increased the regulatory state. He hired an astounding 90,000 new regulators. Under Democrats and Republicans, regulation grows.

A rare exception was repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which forbade financial companies from offering both commercial and investment banking services. You know who signed that?
Bill Clinton.
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Conservatives more generous

When an empirical study of the actual behavior of American conservatives and liberals was published in 2006, it turned out that conservatives donated a larger amount of money, and a higher percentage of their incomes (which were slightly lower than liberal incomes) to philanthropic activities.

Conservatives also donated more of their time to philanthropic activities and donated far more blood than liberals. What is most remarkable about this study are not just its results. What is even more remarkable is how long it took before anyone even bothered to ask the questions. It was just assumed, for centuries, that the left was more compassionate.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Military against 1st Amendment?

Nobody in the U.S. government, least of all the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff acting in his official capacity, should be calling Terry Jones or any other American citizen about the Mohammed spoof. Not only does that elevate Jones to some sort of semi-official status, but spoofs of deities are entirely within our rights and absolutely no business of the government’s. The U.S. government should not be taking an official position on the Mohammed spoof. It is entirely outside the official competence of United States military to be calling private citizens asking them be quiet, especially when they are exercising a constitutional right. Offending people is not an incitement to violence. Otherwise I could get everyone who wears a Che Guevara t-shirt brought up on charges of incitement.

The only issue that need concern the government of the United States right now is that the criminals who attacked our citizens and our embassies are still on the loose. The government of Egypt should have prevented the attack on the embassy, and should be held accountable for prosecuting those who incited, organized, and carried it out. The Egyptian government should understand that its failure to carry out those obligations will make it accountable for the attacks. All aid coming from America, whether directly or through the IMF, should be conditioned on Egypt’s responsiveness in this matter, and we should be lobbying our European allies and other partners hard. And as for Libya, as I said earlier, we should have special ops and CIA on the ground in Libya hunting the terrorists down right now.

Meanwhile, members of Congress should formally protest General Dempsey’s phone call to Terry Jones. I know Petraeus did it when Terry Jones was going to burn some Korans, but he was wrong then and General Dempsey is wrong now. In their private capacity they can make whatever phone calls they want. In their official capacity they have no business making phone calls like this.

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