Monday’s Montage

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Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day

the absurdity of it   Josh Earnest said he couldn’t say where illegal immigrants were being held because “there are privacy rights” involved. Well, I guess he thought that sounded better than claiming the hard drive with their address crashed.

Articles of Interest

Obama Democrats Lose Their Big Bet on Health Exchanges

columnist avatar Michael Barone by Michael Barone

Words mean what they say. That’s the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges.

The law passed by Congress, Judge Thomas Griffith explained, provided for subsidies in states with state-created exchanges, but not in states with federal exchanges. That’s factually correct, and under the Constitution, the government can’t spend money not authorized by Congress.

This has not prevented Democrats from calling the decision “judicial activism,” which makes as much sense as the claims that the Supreme Court decision overturning the Obamacare contraception mandate cuts off all access to contraception.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/07/25/obama_democrats_lose_their_big_bet_on_health_exchanges_123454.html#ixzz38l4eMQs4

Israel’s Most Dangerous Enemy

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

Barack Obama is apparently very angry with Bibi Netanyahu.

We have known for some time, via hot mike and other methods, that neither he nor his secretary of State much care for the Israeli prime minister. But — perhaps exacerbated by a multiplicity of foreign and domestic policy failures, plus atrocious poll numbers, one this weekend showing Romney beating him handily were the election held today — Obama seemed more irked than usual.

He needed someone to beat up since the world was beating him up. And the Israelis had just hugely embarrassed his secretary of State (and by extension him) by pointing out their absurd bias in favor of Hamas in ceasefire negotiations, so absurd in fact that they outraged even Israel’s most famous liberal/left politician, Tzipi Livni, who would normally do almost anything for a chance for peace. (Ironically, the details of the pro-Hamas negotiations in which Israeli security concerns — the tunnels, demilitarization, etc. — were ignored were exposed by Barak Ravid in Israel’s most liberal newspaper, Haaretz.)

Further, they had outraged the Egyptians, who were dumped from the negotiations by Obama and Kerry in favor of Turkey and Qatar. Our administration seems to have a preference for the more extreme Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood societies, although you would think, given their professed loyalty to women’s and gay rights, these cultures would be anathema to them. Never mind. Obama is an equal opportunity narcissist and everything’s fine, unless you cross him.

Which, according to sources in Israel, is where Netanyahu found himself when the American president called Sunday to admonish him about Gaza. Obama reportedly used or implied the threat of withholding the resupply of weapons — don’t know if this includes the Iron Dome itself — if Israel didn’t fall into line and stop attacking Gaza immediately.

What Obama is doing, in effect, is saving Hamas. It’s almost mind boggling to think, but it’s true.

The standard excuse is that if Hamas is obliterated, what replaces it will be even worse. Oh, really? ISIS or similar may be waiting in the wings to step in, but it’s doubtful if Israel (given its huge 87% public support for the current war) will ever let something like that happen, at least in the near future.

more: http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/07/27/israels-most-dangerous-enemy/?singlepage=true

If Israel, and American Jews, don’t know by now that anti-Semitism is alive and well and lives in the Democrat Party they are willfully blind. Like the Jews in Germany in the 30’s who were so sure that the Nazi’s wouldn’t come for them.

Report: Hamas Used Child Labor to Build Terror Tunnels; Hundreds Killed

By Joel B. Pollack

Hamas killed hundreds of children in the construction of its extensive tunnel network, built partly to carry out attacks on children across the Gaza border in Israel. That report–confirmed by Hamas itself–emerged in 2012, not from the Israeli government, but the sympathetic Journal of Palestine Studies, in an article that otherwise celebrated the secret tunnel system as a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli “siege” of the Gaza Strip.

The article, “Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege,” was published in the Summer 2012 edition of the Journal by Nicholas Pelham, who writes for the Economist and the New York Review of Books, according to his bio. It is receiving new attention thanks to Myer Freimann of Tablet, an online journal of Jewish affairs, whose post about Hamas’s use of child labor has gone viral in social media.

Pelham wrote that despite the economic success of the tunnels underneath the Egyptian border, which enriched Hamas through a thriving black market as well as arming it with new weapons, there were a few drawbacks. One of these was a “cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities,” he noted. “During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials” (emphasis added).

Though some children likely worked voluntarily, the fact that there were public complaints about child deaths, to which Hamas felt compelled to respond at least superficially, is evidence of some amount of coercion. The number of deaths since 2012 has yet to be reported, but almost certainly exceeds the number Pelham reported.

more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/27/Report-Hamas-Used-Child-Labor-to-Build-Tunnels-Hundreds-Died

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Media Malpractice:

 NYT Headlines Decline in Median Net Worth Since 2003, Downplays Much Steeper Drop Since ’07

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

Which is the more important statistic: A 36 percent decline in U.S. median household net worth since 2003, or a 43 percent decline in that same statistic since 2007?

The average person would certainly be more concerned about the latter, which represents an annual drop of about 7 percent compared to the less than 4 percent per year seen in the past decade. But apparently if you’re a reporter or editor at the New York Times, the former statistic is of far more interest, while the latter doesn’t merit a specific numerical mention.

Why? Because the since-2003 stat includes four years of the Bush 43 administration operating with a Republican Congress, giving the Times the ability to present the precipitous decline in net worth and the increased wealth inequality resulting from it as some kind of bipartisan phenomenon — even though the U.S. median increased from 2003-2007.

The trouble is, the underlying research summary the Times’s Anna Bernasek cited in her writeup (“The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less”) is pretty clear, both at its beginning, and in its conclusion, that the problematic years have been those since 2007, which “just so happens” to be the year Democrats took control of Congress and the Senate in Washington.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/07/28/nyt-headlines-decline-median-net-worth-2003-downplays-much-steeper-drop-#ixzz38lFsZCvL

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Christopher Hitchens on  anti-Semitism

Todd: Americans Are ‘Fatigued’ from Obama, Have Lost Confidence in Him

French Prime Minister Warns of Connection Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionist Movement

In the wake of violent riots and attacks against Jews in France by critics of Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the assaults and warned of the connection between anti-Semitism and the anti-Zionist movement in Europe:

“Anti-semitism, this old European disease,” [Valls] said in a speech, has taken “a new form. It spreads on the Internet, in our popular neighborhoods, with a youth that has lost its points of reference, has no conscience of history, and who hides itself behind a fake anti-Zionism.”

The occasion was the 72nd anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup—the arrest of 13.000 Jews in Paris, by the French police under German authorities during World War II on the 16th and 17th of July, 1942. […]

The Prime Minister justified his decision to forbid last Saturday’s “anti-israeli” demonstration by stating that the recent acts of violence against Jews “justify the choice to forbid,” and not the other way around, as so many critics had claimed. And without naming Dieudonné, the minister attacked the rancid French performer when he pleaded that “the historical reality of the Shoah should not be denied, or diminished.(…) To laugh at the Shoah is to insult the dead.”

In recent weeks, anti-Zionists protesters have burned down Jewish-owned stores, chanting “Death to the Jews” and “Gas the Jews.” The latest surge of European anti-Semitism has been compared to the wave of anti-Jewish attacks that preceded the Holocaust.

The French government issued a ban on anti-Israel protests in response to the violence last week, although many demonstrators have continued to take to the streets.

more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/french-prime-minister-warns-of-connection-between-anti-semitism-and-anti-zionist-movement/

Imagine a day when the French Prime Minister has more guts and integrity than an American Administration. That day is here.

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Worth A Look

U.S. Personnel Evacuate Libya — Again

link: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/u-s-personnel-evacuate-libya-again/

In retrospect perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to help get rid of Ghaddafi. Remember blood-thirsty Hillary Clinton chortling “We came, we saw, he died”? At the time I was disgusted by her laughing at the death of anyone, even a POS like Ghaddifi. Come to think of it, I still am. Is that really the kind of person we want in the White House? Seriously? Just because she’s got the right female equipment? I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s what’s between the ears and in the heart that’s important – she fails on both. She, like Obama, ain’t 1/2 as smart as advertised.

Money Can’t Buy Public Support For Common Core

If politicians listened to their constituents like Glenn Beck does, U.S. education might be in for less of a Common Core-induced trainwreck.

link: http://thefederalist.com/2014/07/22/money-cant-buy-public-support-for-common-core/

Yeah, yeah I know it’s Glenn Beck, and I am certainly no fan, but the point is he listened. And our government does not. They know best. And still the idiots vote for the Dems who inflict all this crap on our people and our country. It baffles.

CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more

link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/27/curl-obama-staffers-not-even-pretending-any-more/

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the absurdity of it   20 Hamas rockets were found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations. The UN vowed to immediately fix the problem by passing a resolution to tell itself to fix the problem.

Last But Not Least…

Israeli Officials, Press Criticize John Kerry’s Ceasefire Proposal

Kerry ‘completely capitulating’ to Hamas’ demands

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JERUSALEM—Secretary of State John Kerry came under scathing criticism from Israeli officials and the Israeli press over the weekend for what they characterized as his bungled attempt to achieve a cease-fire in Gaza.

An unnamed government minister was quoted by Israel’s Channel Two TV as accusing Kerry of “completely capitulating” to Hamas’ demands in a draft agreement the secretary put forward Friday for a temporary cease-fire intended to open the way to negotiations.

The diplomatic correspondent of Haaretz, Israel’s most liberal daily, wrote that Kerry’s draft plan stunned the Israeli cabinet and was a complete reversal of what they had been told was his position the day before. “It sounded like it came from a parallel universe,” wrote Barak Ravid.

The draft plan, he wrote, promised billions for Gaza’s redevelopment and met other demands Hamas is making as a pre-condition to an extended cease-fire while making no mention at all of Israeli demands, primarily the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip and the dismantling of Hamas’ rocket capacity.

more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/israeli-officials-press-criticize-john-kerrys-attempt-to-achieve-cease-fire-in-gaza/


Sunday Not So Funnies

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Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day

the absurdity of it

Things Found Only in America

1. Only in America……can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

2. Only in America……are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

3. Only in America……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4. Only in America……do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.

5. Only in America……do banks leave both doors to the vault open and then chain the pens to the counters.

6. Only in America……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

7. Only in America……do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.

8. Only in America……do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

9. Only in America……do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’.

10. Only in America……do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

Articles of Interest

Hamas’ evil lurks beneath the surface

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

As casualties mount and calls  for a cease-fire grow, the war  in Gaza is probably close to  quitting time. But nobody should be foolish enough to think that silencing the guns will mean a return to the pre-war status quo.

For Israel, a business-as-usual approach is no longer possible. The barrage of Hamas rockets cannot be tolerated again because the weapons’ increased range puts the entire population in harm’s way.

But something else also happened in the last two weeks, and the shock waves are just starting to roll through Israeli society. The discovery of Hamas’ vast tunnel system, which would have allowed thousands of terrorists to cross under the border and emerge inside the Jewish state to carry out surprise attacks, was a wake-up call that is certain to lead to a harder national line against the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu already declared that the threat caused by the tunnels means Israel cannot accept a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/07/27/hamas-evil-lurks-beneath-the-surface/

Providence is Not Just a City in Rhode Island

Every now and then we are reminded by events that providence has saved our civilization from disaster.

There was, for example, reminds my friend Narciso, the Bojinka plot In which Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed planned to assassinate Pope John Paul II, bomb 11 passenger planes, and crash a plane into CIA headquarters. A chemical fire in one of the plotter’s kitchens disrupted those plans. (Khalid went on to commit other atrocities — including planning 9/11 — but providence cannot always protect us.)

This week the Daily Mail reported that the underwear bomber failed in his mission because he had not changed his underwear for the 2 weeks before boarding the plane, degrading the bomb inside his pants.

Today, with Hamas’ army demoralized and almost certainly whipped we have another example of providence preventing enormous tragedy and mayhem.

Had thugs not brutally murdered three young men in Israel, the Israelis would not have stepped up efforts to find those responsible. Had the Israelis not done so Hamas would not have begun the rocket barrage into Israel. Had the rocket barrage not occurred and not ceased, the Israelis would not have entered Gaza, Had the Israelis not entered Gaza they would not have found the tunnel system, or the storage there of fake IDF uniforms, sedatives, handcuffs, and ropes, nor learned of the long- planned Hamas effort to send thousands of their troops deep into lightly guarded Israeli communities on the holiest of days, Rosh Hashanah, to murder thousands and capture and hold as hostages countless more.

The murder of the three young men set in motion something that may have saved Israel from unthinkable disaster.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/providence_is_not_just_a_city_in_rhode_island.html

Kerry ceasefire proposal “was everything Hamas could have hoped for”

“It’s as if he isn’t the foreign minister of the world’s most powerful nation, but an alien, who just disembarked his spaceship in the Mideast.”
William A Jacobson  by William A. Jacobson

When I heard parts of John Kerry’s news conference today, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He was talking as if he’s trying to create a way to bolster Hamas when the fighting is over.

Sure enough, Barak Ravid, a well-regarded reporter for the left-wing Israeli Haaretz newspaper presents a chilling tale of John Kerry’s complete incompetence in the Gaza ceasefire negotiations, Kerry’s latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking?

The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal [the political head of Hamas who lives in Qatar]. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/kerry-ceasefire-proposal-was-everything-hamas-could-have-hoped-for/

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Two Tough Questions

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate A.

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with an astrologist. He’s had two mistresses.   He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B.

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C.

He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, only drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife. Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first … no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

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Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Candidate B is Winston Churchill.

Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question: If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Media Malpractice:

Megyn Kelly Chronicles IRS Lies and Flip-Flops the Press Refuses to Cover, Let Alone Feature

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

On Thursday, with PJ Media’s J. Christian Adams as her guest, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly recited a list of assertions (under oath, she reminded us) made by Internal Revenue Service officials which have later been shown to be lies or cause for agency flip-flops after “new” facts have been revealed.

It’s a significant list. By implication, it’s an indictment of the vast majority of the establishment press, which has refused to give the IRS scandal the attention it deserves. Video and a transcript follow the jump.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/07/26/kelly-chronicles-irs-lies-and-flip-flops-press-refuses-cover-let-alone-f#ixzz38ffUSeZs

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The Case for Israel

Has Obama Already ‘Checked Out’ of the Presidency?

Rick Moran by Rick Moran

The fact that people are seriously discussing the idea that the president of the United States has given up and is pining for retirement is unprecedented in my lifetime. I’m sure the during their last few months in office, most presidents begin mailing it in. But we are two and a half years from the end of the Obama presidency and the world order is collapsing while our borders are disintegrating. Without a strong hand at the helm of the ship of state, the aimless drift of American leadership is causing events to spiral out of control.

Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller penned a column for the Telegraph this weekend that states “Barack Obama has already checked out of his job.” But Lewis isn’t the only commentator who has wondered out loud about the president’s commitment to his job. Peggy Noonan wrote in her Wall Street Journal column earlier this month that Obama appears “above it all” and that his fancy dinners with celebrities and intellectuals as well as his endless rounds of golf present a frightening picture of a president detached from reality and “waiting for history to recognize his greatness.”

more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/07/26/has-obama-already-checked-out-of-the-presidency/

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Worth A Look

Struggling Bruce Braley shakes up campaign

link: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/bruce-braley-iowa-campaign-2014-109399.html?hp=f3

If Politico with it’s gigantic liberal bias says Braley is struggling it must be worse that we think. I certainly hope so. This guy is an ass. Go Joni Ernst!

Column in Which I’m an Exact Genetic Copy of Both Evil Koch Brothers

John Ransom by John Ransom

link: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2014/07/27/column-in-which-im-an-exact-genetic-copy-of-both-evil-koch-brothers-n1868437/page/full

the absurdity of it

NBC News announced its news reporters will no longer use the phrase illegal immigrants while reporting on the flood of new arrivals in Texas. The network considers the term to be politically incorrect. Instead, NBC will call them Obama’s houseguests from south of the border.

Last But Not Least…

Michigan incomes rise in wake of right to work legislation

Former union stronghold Michigan shocked the labor inion bosses when it became a right to work state in December 2012. There were threats of violence:

“There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes.

And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the “little guy” as ruthless bosses would exploit the defenseless workers.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, said that right-to-work legislation would lower employee wages.

Utter self-serving nonsense from the political party which rakes off union dues as political “contributions” from workers whose paychecks are deducted from by their union bosses. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:

Michigan’s per-capita personal income increased from $38,291 in 2012 (before right-to-work became law) to $39,215 in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That increase was the ninth highest in the country. (snip)

“The dire predictions of right-to-work detractors have not come true — Michigan has been a leader in income growth since passage,” said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/michigan_incomes_rise_in_wake_of_right_to_work_legislation.html


Saturday’s Snapping Synapses

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Quote of the day:

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the absurdity of it  The 17-year-old daughter of one of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was arrested today for DUI and driving on a suspended license. She’s expected to receive 12 months of probation and a spinoff. ~ Seth Meyers

Articles of Interest


Hamas Terror Tunnels: What Did the UN Know and When Did It Know It?

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

Amidst news the Israelis have turned down secretary of State Kerry’s latest, apparently Qatar-inspired, ceasefire, not to mention the other day’s nauseatingly familiar anti-Israel fusillade from the mega-Orwellian UN Human Rights Council, comes word that Hamas had been planning a gigantic attack on Israel this September via its dozens of tunnels.

From the Gatestone Institute:

Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today by the Israeli daily Maariv.

The Hamas plan consisted of what was to be a surprise attack in which 200 fighters would be dispatched through each of dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel, and seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians.

Assuming this to be true–and Hamas has already used the tunnels for a similar attack last week–questions arise. Why didn’t Israeli and U.S. intelligence know about the extent and dangers of these tunnels earlier — if they didn’t? And if they did, why didn’t they do something about it?

Well, we don’t know. But at least the Israelis are doing something about it now, even with resistance from the Americans.

Meanwhile, another culprit waits in the wings, perhaps the greatest enabler of all of Hamas terror — the United Nations. I strongly suspect the UN has not just been consistently biased and hateful toward Israel, it has also — at the very least — looked the other way as mass murder and kidnappings (sedatives and handcuffs have been found in the tunnels) were being planned against Israel’s citizens.

We already know that Hamas hid missiles in at least two UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) schools in Gaza. Ban Ki-moon claimed to be shocked, but I predict he will be really shocked if a full investigation were made because there is far worse.

How much did the UN workers actually know about the secret tunnels? Many of them have been living in Gaza pretty much full time since the Israelis vacated Gaza voluntarily in 2005. Those of us who have been paying even partial attention to the situation remember the UN workers’ frequent complaints — augmented by the naifs in Israeli peace groups like B’Tselem - that the poor Gazans weren’t getting sufficient concrete to build their society.

more: http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/07/25/hamas-terror-tunnels/?singlepage=true

Oregon’s Monica Wehby may make a house call on the Senate

00 12 columnist avatar george will by George Will

“Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life.

Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign’s bumper stickers: “Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator.” She is trying to take a Senate seat away from freshman Democrat Jeff Merkley, who was elected in 2008 with 49 percent of the vote when Barack Obama carried the state with 57 percent. This year, Merkley’s task is to run far ahead of what Wehby’s internal polling shows is Obama’s 43 percent job approval among Oregonians , with 54 percent of independents disapproving of the president.

more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-oregons-dr-monica-wehby-may-make-a-house-call-on-the-senate/2014/07/25/1743d13c-1362-11e4-98ee-daea85133bc9_story.html

Architect of Obamacare: You only get tax credits if buy on state exchange (Video)

 by William A Jacobson
In 2012 it made perfect sense to Jonathan Gruber, now he calls it a typo.

In the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Halbig case, the court held that under Obamacare as drafted, federal subsidies in the form of tax credits only are available to individuals who purchase on state exchanges, not on the federal exchange.

The Court in Halbig relied on the wording of the statute and its plain meaning. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, found that there might be an ambiguity, and that there were possible other interpretations.

Jonathan Gruber, Professor at MIT, widely is regarded as the architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare.

In 2012, Gruber gave a speech in which he stated that the law clearly provided for tax credits only if the individual purchased on a state exchange:

“I think what’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”

He goes out to point out the politics of the provision, which would put pressure on states to make sure their own citizens received subsidies by opening state exchanges.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/architect-of-obamacare-you-only-get-tax-credits-if-buy-on-state-exchange/

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Media Malpractice:

NBC, CBS Allow a Scant 43 Seconds to Hero Doctor Who Shot Crazed Gunman

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the networks highlighted President Obama’s call for more gun control to rein in violence. However, NBC and CBS on Thursday night and Friday morning allowed a mere 43 seconds for the story of a hero doctor who used his own firearm to shoot a crazed gunman in Pennsylvania. Good Morning America reporter Ron Claiborne covered the story in a full report. The ABC journalist recounted, “…A psychiatric patient with a criminal past got into an argument with his caseworker, opened fire on her allegedly and then the doctor pulled out his gun and shot the gunman.” [MP3 audio here. See video below.]

Former patient Richard Plotts entered the psychiatric wing of the Mercy Fitzgerald hospital and shot his caseworker, Teresa Hunt. Quick thinking Doctor Lee Silverman pulled out his own weapon and hit Plotts twice in the stomach. Claiborne chided, “This morning, it is unclear why Dr. Silverman brought a gun to work, which is against hospital policy.” (Perhaps because he was worried about just this situation?)

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/07/25/nbc-cbs-allow-scant-43-seconds-hero-doctor-who-shot-crazed-gunman#ixzz38a4XMJQ1

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The War on Work

 Joan Rivers Rants Against Media’s Anti-Israel Bias: ‘They Should Be Ashamed’

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From Sudanese Death Row to a Vatican Meeting with Pope Francis

The Sudanese woman who was put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, NBC News reports.

Meriam Ibrahim was flown out of the country with her American husband and two young children. She was blessed by the pontiff during a private audience and is expected to fly onto the United States in the next few days.

After an almost year-long ordeal that triggered outrage around the world, the State Department had been negotiating with Sudanese officials for weeks to secure the family’s safe passage out of the country. Ibrahim, 27, has been sheltered at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum for almost a month.

Ibrahim, pregnant at the time, was jailed after authorities in Sudan were alerted that she converted to Christianity in order to marry her husband, a crime that is punishable by death.

more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/from-sudanese-death-row-to-a-vatican-meeting-with-pope-francis/

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Worth A Look

Eleanor Holmes Norton: ‘You Don’t Have a Right to Know Everything’ Government Does

link: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/07/25/Dem-Rep-You-Dont-Have-a-Right-to-Know-Everything-Government-Does

When the “government” is breaking the law, we sure as hell do have the right. Not to mention that this liberal POS would be singing a whole different song if a Republican was in the White House. Yes, I do get tired of pointing out the hypocrisy but feel I must do it anyway because so many hypocrites, and supporters of hypocrites are not called out on their hypocrisy.

Detroit’s water ‘spigot bigots’

Now it’s ‘racist’ to expect freeloaders to pay the water bill

link:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/24/editorial-detroits-spigot-bigots/#ixzz38a8eIt00

the absurdity of it The border crisis continues. And a new poll shows the majority of Americans disapprove of how President Obama is dealing with immigration. Of course, those numbers could change if he lets more people into America. ~ Seth Meyers

Last But Not Least…

Maybe Democrats Should Have Read Obamacare Before They Passed It

Kevin Glass by Kevin Glass

First, a fact. Obamacare’s legislative text reads that tax subsidies administered by the IRS to help Americans pay for health insurance they are federally mandated to purchase reads that those tax subsidies will only apply to people who purchase coverage from insurance exchanges “established by the State.” An exchange “established by the State” refers to state-run health insurance exchanges, established in ACA section 1311, as opposed to federally-run exchanges, established in ACA section 1321. The legislative language is pretty clear.

What ACA proponents want to say is that this just amounts to a “drafting error.” Congress, of course, intended for the subsidies to apply to the exchanges run by the federal government; they just made a mistake.

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kevinglass/2014/07/25/obamacare-and-the-problem-with-democrats-refusing-to-read-the-bill-n1865814

What good would it have done for them to “read” it if they could not understand it. And they could not have understood it. Fact is – they still don’t.


Friday’s Freakshow

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Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

the absurdity of it

Netflix is testing a new feature that will allow you to hide what you’ve been watching. You just click the button and it says, I want to stay married. ~ Conan O’Brien

Articles of Interest

How did we get here?

Michael Ledeen by Michael Ledeen

Not so long ago, it was decidedly taboo to speak badly about Jews. Today, from tenured professors at major universities to mobs trying to burn down synagogues in Paris, people openly speak and write — sometimes cautiously, sometimes not — about the presumed malevolent power of Jews. Sometimes they carefully denounce “Zionists,” but open Jew-hatred is now commonplace, and the Jew-haters are getting a hearing.

It’s important to understand how we get from there to here, from a near-universal taboo against anti-Jewish remarks to toleration of nasty anti-Jewish incitement. And there’s no one who has provided as good a guide to that grim journey than Ben Cohen. It’s in his recent book, Some of My Best Friends.

Dramatic changes of this sort don’t happen quickly. Cultural paradigms — embodied in standards of “good manners” — change slowly, and it has taken several generations for antisemitic language to slither back into permissible discourse. One of the many great things about Ben Cohen’s book, which is a collection of his essays over the past several years — is his keen eye for the little watersheds along the way. Bit by bit, small event after small event, we got there. Kudos to Mr. Cohen for noticing them and doing the hard and depressing work of chronicling them.

more: http://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2014/07/24/how-did-we-get-here/?singlepage=true

Obama’s Israel legacy: A hostile Democratic Party

William McGurn by William McGurn

It’s a chicken-or-the-egg question. Which came first: The Obama administration’s public contempt toward our allies in Jerusalem, or liberal Democratic animosity toward Israel?

Either way, when Barack Obama steps down as president in January 2017, the Democratic Party he leaves behind will be one whose sympathies no longer embrace the Jewish state.
It’s an extraordinary legacy. And it’s underscored by the more or less constant snubs President Obama has directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Of course, world leaders not getting along is nothing new. As Churchill’s wartime liaison to de Gaulle said of Britain’s French ally, “The greatest cross I have had to bear is the Cross of Lorraine.”

But the case of Obama and Netanyahu is much more than a clash of personalities. It’s a conflict between two competing world views. And if a poll released this month by the Pew Research Center is any clue, this conflict has now become embedded in American party politics.

Pew asked a basic question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, who do you sympathize with more?”

Overall, Pew found a slim majority of Americans, 51 percent, sympathize more with Israel. But the breakdown by party is where it gets interesting:

Basically, support for Israel gets stronger as you move right, and weaker as you move left: 77 percent of conservative Republicans support Israel, against 64 percent for moderate Republicans. In sharp contrast, just 48 percent of moderate Democrats support Israel, and only 39 percent of liberal Democrats.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/07/24/obamas-israel-legacy-a-hostile-democratic-party/

Architect of Obamacare: You only get tax credits if buy on state exchange (Video)

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

In the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Halbig case, the court held that under Obamacare as drafted, federal subsidies in the form of tax credits only are available to individuals who purchase on state exchanges, not on the federal exchange.

The Court in Halbig relied on the wording of the statute and its plain meaning. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, found that there might be an ambiguity, and that there were possible other interpretations.

Jonathan Gruber, Professor at MIT, widely is regarded as the architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare.

In 2012, Gruber gave a speech in which he stated that the law clearly provided for tax credits only if the individual purchased on a state exchange:

“I think what’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”

He goes out to point out the politics of the provision, which would put pressure on states to make sure their own citizens received subsidies by opening state exchanges.

The excerpt appears at 31:30 of the full video.

This is important because this reading of the law has been dismissed by critics of the Halbig decision as absurd and even dishonest.

Not according to the Architect of Obamacare.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/architect-of-obamacare-you-only-get-tax-credits-if-buy-on-state-exchange/

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Media Malpractice:

ABC, NBC Ignore Grim Housing Report; Focus Instead on Selfie with Queen, 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Both ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News failed to mention a new, troubling report from the Census Bureau on Thursday night that sales of new homes decreased by 8.1% in June and that May’s originally reported double-digit increase was revised lower, from almost 19% to only 8%.

The CBS Evening News did cover this story, but it only was in the form of a 12-second news brief from anchor Scott Pelley. Pelley grimly reported that: “Today’s report on the housing market is raising concerns about the economic recovery. Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month, more than 8%, and that’s the largest decline in nearly a year.”
more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/07/24/abc-nbc-ignore-grim-housing-report-focus-instead-selfie-queen-50-shade#ixzz38TxRY2v0

Watch This:

McCormack: Clinton Can’t Run Away from Failed Reset, ‘So She Has to Spin It as Something Positive’

Dermer Slams CNN’s Israeli-Palestinian Coverage: You Do Your Viewers a Disservice

IDF Leaves No Man–and No Dog–Behind

By Jordan Schachtel

Staying true to the conviction that no soldier should be left behind, Israeli forces were seen carrying a wounded bomb-sniffing dog off the battlefield.

By contrast, Hamas has been suspected of rigging a donkey with explosives and trying to use the animal as a suicide bomber against Israeli forces.

more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/24/IDF-Leaves-no-Man-and-No-Dog-Behind

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Worth A Look

Americans Say Obamacare Is Hurting Families

link: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/americans-say-obamacare-is-hurting-families/

A Government Feared and Distrusted

By Kevin Wade and Fay Voshell

link: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/a_government_feared_and_distrusted.html

Ben Carson Sold More Books Than Hillary Clinton Last Week

link: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/24/ben-carson-sold-more-books-than-hillary-clinton-last-week/#ixzz38TzQef3Q

the absurdity of it

A judge wrote an opinion today in favor of Obamacare, saying that getting healthcare from the state or federal government is the same as ordering from Pizza Hut vs. Domino’s. I’m not sure I agree. THEIR websites always worked. ~ Seth Meyers

Last But Not Least…

Begich Fundraises on Equal Pay, Pays Women Staffers 71 Cents on Dollar

Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) is fundraising on his desire to put an end to gender pay inequality, but women currently working in his Senate office are making just 71 cents for each dollar paid to men.

“Alaska women make just 74 cents on the dollar compared to Alaska men,” wrote Begich in an email to supporters this week. “And anyone who wants to tell Alaska women that they’re not working hard enough should be ready to find out just how tough Alaska women are.”

The average female salary in Begich’s office is a staggering $23,504 less than the average male salary. Women working for Begich are paid just 71 cents for each dollar paid to men, even less than the statewide statistic used by the senator in his email.

more: http://freebeacon.com/politics/begich-fundraises-on-equal-pay-pays-women-staffers-71-cents-on-dollar/


Thursday Things

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Quote of the day:

The two most oppressed minorities in America: Black conservatives and gay conservatives. The media doesn’t even acknowledge they exist, and everybody hates them except white conservatives. ~ Dixon Diaz

the absurdity of it

Whether you are pro- or anti- gay marriage, the lesson here is that in our so-called democracy, your vote ain’t worth a s^#@. Because a judge who doesn’t like what you voted for can cancel it out. Liberals take note: you’re still bitching about how the Supreme Court “appointed” Bush in 2000. But you’re real happy when a court overturns the will of the people for something you support, aren’t you.

Articles of Interest

Palestinians’ Prize for Terror

Joseph Klein front page magazine by Joseph Klein

Secretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under Palestinian civilians’ homes, schools and hospitals, which Hamas is using to hide its weapons and as bases from which to sneak its jihadists into Israel for the purpose of abducting or killing its citizens.

“The objective here is to get the fastest possible ceasefire. That doesn’t mean that  it’s going to be fast, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but that’s the goal,” a senior US official travelling with Kerry was quoted by AFP as saying on condition of anonymity.

Kerry is even throwing in additional money for Gaza to help seal the deal. On top of the half a billion dollars that the Obama administration is continuing to send to the Palestinian “unity” government in which Hamas is a partner, Kerry has just offered a $47 million bribe in the form of so-called “humanitarian” aid for Gaza. Some of the $47 million would flow through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This is the very same agency which found at least twenty Hamas rockets in one of its schools and which is reported to have returned those rockets to the “local authorities.” In Gaza, the “local authorities” are presently the Hamas operatives who govern Gaza. Presumably, UNRWA will be sharing the Kerry-provided windfall with those same “local authorities.”

As usual, while the Obama administration is prepared to reward the Palestinians, it seeks to pressure Israel into agreeing to a short term peace that will simply buy Hamas more time to build up an even greater arsenal of deadly weapons. Before Kerry left on his latest jaunt to Cairo, he was heard on the open mike issuing a not-so-subtle warning to Israel not to try the Obama administration’s patience. “I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” apparently referring to the Obama administration’s rhetorical support for Israel’s right of self-defense. “That better be the warning to them.”

After arriving in Cairo, Kerry acknowledged Israel’s right to defend its citizens from Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks, but then added: “We are deeply concerned about the consequences.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-klein/palestinians-prize-for-terror/

Good for Mike Bloomberg

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday banned all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel, but that is not stopping former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg from visiting the country, the Weekly Standard reports.

He issued the following statement late on Tuesday:

 This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hand Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.

Israeli airline El Al will still be sending flights to Tel Aviv from New Jersey’s Newark airport.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/good-for-mike-bloomberg/

 It isn’t often I agree with Mike Bloomberg about anything. Today and about this I do. It feels really strange.

Wising up to Albany’s political ‘con’ game

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin  by Michael Goodwin

Sullen but not mutinous. That is the New York state of mind in this election year.

The Siena poll finding that an incredible two-thirds of New Yorkers assume state legislators are in the job only for themselves and their friends is a dismal reflection of recent history. And it’s no surprise that voters are not surprised when the pols get busted for corruption.

The only shocker is that the public seems prepared to accept the status quo as the best the Empire State can do. Big mistake.

Apathy benefits incumbents, including the worst ones, and the poll is more proof that this year’s contests are not generating any passion. If voter enthusiasm had to produce actual electricity, we’d be headed for a summer blackout.

The poll shows Gov. Cuomo holding a massive, 37-point lead over Republican Rob Astorino, 60 to 23 percent. The lopsided margin is in line with other surveys.

Yet Astorino, in an interview yesterday, insists that the race is far from over, and claims to see an opening because he is making Albany ethics, or the lack of them, a top issue. That puts him in sync with voters, although he clearly hasn’t convinced them he can clean the stables; that, in turn, has made fund-raising difficult.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/07/23/wising-up-to-cuomos-political-con-game/

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Media Malpractice:

NBC Spotlights Bloomberg Blasting FAA For Suspending Flights to Israel; ABC, CBS Omit

Matthew Balan  by Matthew Balan

Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News was the sole Big Three evening newscast to notice the criticism of the Obama administration banning U.S. airliners from traveling to Israel. Prominent politicians from both sides of the political spectrum, including Senator Ted Cruz and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have denounced this move by the FAA. Senator Cruz accused the administration of using the “federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel.”

Anchor Brian Williams zeroed in on Bloomberg’s blunt critique of the travel ban, as he introduced a report from correspondent Richard Engel:

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/07/23/nbc-spotlights-bloomberg-blasting-faa-suspending-flights-israel-abc-c#ixzz38NxPkQkQ

 Any actual journalistic creds Williams might have gained were lost when he joined the other networks in ignoring the GAO Study and Williams glossed over the GAO investigation on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, but set aside 21 seconds of air time to tout the latest enrollment numbers for ObamaCare

Networks Ignore GAO’s Study on ObamaCare Accepting Fake Applications; NBC Touts Enrollment

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/07/23/networks-ignore-gaos-study-obamacare-accepting-fake-applications-nbc-#ixzz38Ny9ajdj

Watch This:

DWS Gets Called Out On Air for False Obamacare Claim

 Woman Loses Obamacare Coverage Despite Making Full Payments

Poll: 58 Percent Say Obama Regime Is Incompetent At Managing The Government…

Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no — including about a third of Democrats.

A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.

Forty percent of voters do say the administration has been competent at running the government.

https://kenoshamargetwo.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=29734&action=edit&message=10

 The forty percent that thinks he’s competent probably reside in one of the 7 of 57 states Obama mentioned. Just plain stupid if you can’t see what a disaster Obama has been for this country. A D after the name and enough melanin in the skin means more than honesty, decency, competence and integrity – typical of Obama voters.

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Worth A Look

Democrats About Ready to Chalk Montana Up as a Loss

NYT finds that appointed senator plagiarized parts of his U.S. Army War College thesis.

 

link: http://pjmedia.com/blog/democrats-about-ready-to-chalk-montana-up-as-a-loss/?singlepage=true

Billionaire Warns: Yellen Collapse ‘Will Be Unlike Any Other’

link: http://www.moneynews.com/MKTNews/Billionaire-yellen-market-collapse/2014/07/21/id/583962#ixzz38Nua5Y9p

Slate Editor takes her childhood Zionist regrets out on dead Israeli “lone soldier”

Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.

William A Jacobson  by William A. Jacobson

link: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/slate-editor-takes-her-childhood-zionist-regrets-out-on-dead-israeli-lone-soldier/

What the hell is it with liberals – everything is ALWAYS about them. Sit down and STFU you POS! But then she writes for Slate so what else can be expected?

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/

the absurdity of it

Why doesn’t Obama solve the Israel-Gaza conflict the good old Liberal way: go over there and organize a group chorus of Kumbaya and tell both sides that we’re all one big family? That always works.

Last But Not Least…

Do Blacks Need Favors?

Walter E. Williams by Walter E. Williams

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply? Let’s look at it.

There are some areas of black life in which excellence can be found without the slightest hint of racial preferences. Young blacks dominate basketball, football and some track-and-field events despite the fact that there has been a history of gross racial discrimination in those activities. Blacks are also prominent in several areas of the entertainment industry. Those observations mean that racial discrimination alone is not an insurmountable barrier to success. By the way, I can’t think of any two fields with more ruthless competition.

You say, “OK, Williams, everyone knows about the success of blacks in sports and entertainment, but what about the intellectual arena?” A few inner-city junior high and high schools have produced black champion chess players, schools such as Philadelphia’s Roberts Vaux High School and New York’s Edward R. Murrow High School. Last year, two black teens — from Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Brooklyn, New York — won the national high-school chess championship. All of this is in addition to quite a few black international masters and grandmasters in chess. Moreover, there’s a long list of former and current black inventors and scientists. So there’s no question that black people have the capacity to compete intellectually.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2014/07/23/do-blacks-need-favors-n1864237/page/full


Tuesday’s Tensions

Witch’s Will

I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.

Don’t blame Obama and his administration alone for this bullshit – Bush started it with “Free Speech Zones”. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

IRS official Lois Lerner warned fellow IRS workers to watch what they say in old e-mails that surfaced Thursday. She lost her e-mails and the IRS says their main server crashed so there’s no record of targeting conservatives in 2012. Just the Republicans’ luck, it turns out that Edward Snowden is the only government worker responsible enough to keep good records.

My Top Stories For Today:

Bordering on Madness

thomas_sowell by Thomas Sowell

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!”

One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing “the race card” is such an irresponsible and dangerous political game.

The real issue when it comes to immigration is not simply what particular immigration policy America should have, but whether America can have any immigration policy at all.

A country that does not control its own borders does not have any immigration policy. There may be laws on the books, but such laws are just meaningless words if people from other countries can cross the borders whenever they choose.

One of the reasons why many Americans are reluctant to keep out illegal immigrants — or even to call them “illegal immigrants,” instead of using the mealy-mouthed word “undocumented” — is that most Hispanics they encounter seem to be decent, hard-working people.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/07/22/bordering_on_madness_123405.html#ixzz38C9k20IA

John and Ban’s Not-So-Excellent Cairo Adventure

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

You know you’re living in mundo bizarro when Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sounds (and is!) more reasonable than the U.S. secretary of State and the UN secretary general.

But that’s the way it is in this best of all possible worlds with John Kerry and Ban Ki-moon rocketing to Cairo to bring about a ceasefire in the latest Gaza War before Israel does something so rash as finally obliterating the murderous religious psychopaths of Hamas. Heaven forfend!

El-Sisi undoubtedly knows better, as do numerous relatively more silent types like the Saudis and the Jordanians, all — or anyway most — of whom would like to see Hamas and its Muslim Brotherhood-Iran allies brought low, not to mention IS/ISIS and the rest of the mad Sunni branch. The people who live there — the semi-normal ones anyway — know that the Middle East is in serious need of a swamp draining and the only ones capable of doing it are the Israelis. The Americans under Obama are so out to lunch that they might as well be opening a McDonald’s franchise on Alpha Centauri.

more: http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/07/21/john-and-bans-not-so-excellent-cairo-adventure/?singlepage=true

Obama Dismisses ‘Haters’

Charlie Spiering by Charlie Spiering

During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him.

“I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart.

“Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just — what’d someone say — hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said.

Obama said that people should only focus on “constructive criticism.”

“One thing you should learn is, if somebody is being constructive in their criticism, usually they are not criticizing you, they’re criticizing your actions and what you do and are giving you something specific,” Obama said.

more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/21/Obama-Dismisses-Haters

Good old Obama bullshit – if you critisize him, well then you are a hater which probably means you are a racist. Why does anyone listen to this lying POS? You have to be a complete idiot to still support him.

Kerry and the illusory “peace plan”

It’s extraordinary to think that this man is our Secretary of State.

By neo-neocon

There’s a long, long article appearing in TNR that professes to be “The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble.” It’s worth reading, but perhaps not for the reasons the authors intended.

The problem with the article and so many other treatments of the subject is that its premise is that there is a peace plan that can be built and that can crumble—and that someone like John Kerry has the smarts to do it, if it were possible to do it. But the whole thing is a chimera at this point.

The piece’s conclusion contains a more realistic appraisal of the situation, from Avi Dichter, former head of Israel’s Shin Bet:

The American effort will always be multiplied by the amount of trust between the two leaders. So if Kerry’s pressure represents the number five, and then Obama’s help brings the number to ten, it really doesn’t matter. You’re still multiplying it by zero. The final result will always be zero.

The amount of trust—or distrust—between the two leaders reflects the amount of distrust between the two countries and their peoples. Peace plans sometimes have been entered into by these two groups (or Israel and other Palestinian groups) for temporary tactical reasons, but that’s about it. The Palestinian government does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and Hamas is a terrorist group dedicated to its destruction. But for various reasons both have become the darlings of Europe and the Left, and that helps tie Israel’s hands to a certain extent. But “partners for peace” they ain’t.

As for Kerry, long before Obama became well-known as a narcissistic leftist and a self-serving liar, those terms described Kerry very well.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/kerry-and-the-illusory-peace-plan/

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This Too:

Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

Michael Cutler  by Michael Cutler

Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable. Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities.

In point of fact, on July 15, 2014, the publication “Mail Online” published a report with a self- explanatory title: “America’s 1 percenters are even richer than we thought: Richest actually control 37 percent of U.S. Wealth”

It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Similarly, the term wage “equality” is an emotionally evocative term that is viewed as something good and worthwhile to achieve. Generally this is the proper perspective, but of course it is important to pose some significant questions. For example, “How will equality be attained?” It is also critical to understand what baseline will be established for achieving equality. (Will wages be increased or will some wages be decreased to bring about this change? If, in fact, some wages will be lowered, whose wages will be lowered?)

Finally, as we will see, sometimes inequality in wages may not be a bad thing, after all.

Before we consider the words many politicians use, we would be wise to consider two important quotes from George Orwell, the author of “1984” and other significant literary works.

“Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Having been forewarned let us now consider the definition of “equality.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/michael-cutler/immigration-reform-engineered-destruction-of-the-middle-class/

Media Malpractice:

NewsBusters Win: WashPost Admits It ‘Should Not Have Sent’ Fiercely Anti-Israel Intern to Cover Protest

Tim Graham by Tim Graham

Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit reported a win for NewsBusters on Monday night. Yesterday, we noted The Washington Post published a story on anti-Israel protests written by a transparently anti-Israel graduate student (and apparent Post intern) named Britain Eakin. The Post now admits this was a mistake, and that it wasn’t aware she was trashing Israel in fierce editiorials for al-Jazeera America and the leftist website Counterpunch.

Although Post spokesman Kris Coratti did not send us a statement, an editor’s note was appended online:

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Post covered a protest outside the State Department on July 20 against U.S. policy in the Middle East and Israel’s actions in Gaza. One reporter sent to cover the protest, Britain Eakin, is an intern who has written opinion pieces elsewhere that sharply criticize Israel in the conflict. The Post should not have sent her to cover the protest and, had it known of her writings, would not have done so.

We commend the Post editors for this admission, and saying it would not be their policy to send fierce advocates to support protests under the guise of “objective” reporting.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/07/22/newsbusters-win-washpost-admits-it-should-not-have-sent-fiercely-anti-is#ixzz38CUfKjn9

Oklahoma Governor: ICE Sent Us 1,200 Illegal Alien Children – Including 90 From India

Halper: Bill is Hillary’s Biggest Liability for 2016

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President Obama’s interview on Between Two Ferns last fall was nominated for a Emmy Thursday. Good call. He convinced the host that Obamacare would be easy to access, lowers costs and lets you to keep your doctor, and all the Academy could say was brother, that’s acting.

Worth a Read:

Bruce Braley Missed More than 75% of Full Veterans’ Affairs committee Hearings

link: http://freebeacon.com/politics/bruce-braley-missed-more-than-75-of-full-veterans-affairs-committee-hearings/

Illegals have had it! ‘Enough is enough!’

By Carol Brown

link: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/illegals_have_had_it_enough_is_enough.html

A “Nation of Laws” would lock their arrogant, illegals asses up just long enough to arrange to ship them back where they came from.

Reporters bristle as WH derides, then offers, anonymous sources

Complaints from White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday about anonymous news sources prompted a testy exchange with reporters who noted that administration officials regularly demand anonymity.

Earnest was asked about a Washington Post report charging that the administration ignored predictions last year from the Department of Homeland Security about the surge of unaccompanied minors who have flooded across the border in recent months.

But the spokesman looked to challenge the report by arguing it was “based entirely on anonymous sources.” Earnest also offered a broader critique on the use of anonymous sourcing in a bid to challenge the credibility of the story.

“In the course of reporting, I think it’s important, based on my own personal view, for those kinds of quotes and those kinds of stories to be given greater weight than just anonymous sources,” Earnest said. “So, what that means is, if you have anonymous sources at the White House who are telling you something, and you’re gonna say to them — that anonymous source — ‘Look, I’m willing to give your side of the story a little less weight right now, because you’re telling me this anonymously.’ “

That prompted complaints from reporters who noted that the White House routinely insists on anonymity when unveiling new efforts.

“Would you guys commit then, when you have situations like today’s call, which is people specifically picked by the White House to roll out a policy of the White House, would you commit to have those people speak on the record?” asked Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace. “Because there doesn’t seem to be a reason to put them on background.”

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